Posts for category: Dental Procedures
Have you ever experienced a throbbing toothache? You'd do anything to make it stop, wouldn't you? At Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI, Dr. Jason Cohen evaluates patients with toothaches and often recommends restorative root canal therapy. Comfortable, tooth-sparing, and pain-relieving, root canals extend the useful lives of millions of teeth every year.
Just What Are Root Canals?
Dentists call it endodontic therapy, but whatever the name, a root canal removes diseased and inflamed soft pulp from inside a tooth, including its roots. The pulp, composed of nerves, small blood vessels, and connective tissue, nourishes the tooth as it develops, but once a patient is an adult, the tooth can function well without the pulp. During a root canal procedure in Southgate, MI, Dr. Cohen opens the tooth, removes the pulp, seals the root canal and finally, crowns the tooth to strengthen and beautify it.
It Relieves Tooth Pain and More...
Root canal therapy has an undeserved reputation--that is, it's uncomfortable, causes infection in other parts of the body and simply doesn't work. Actually, the contrary is true, says the American Association of Endodontists (AAE). A root canal will relieve the pressure of an infected, injured tooth by removing the source of the problem and leaving only healthy tooth structure behind.
Additionally, root canal therapy eliminates infection at the source. The AAE maintains that there is no truth to the claim that having a root canal will make you sick.
Finally, most root canal procedures are highly successful. True, any dental procedure holds the possibility of failure, but by and large, root canals work and preserve tooth structure for many years.
Better Than Dental Extraction
Most dentists, including Dr. Cohen, would agree that root canal therapy is preferable to tooth extraction. Unless a tooth is hopelessly damaged, keeping it preserves natural tooth alignment, jaw bone dentistry, and strong biting and chewing. No dental prosthetic is equal to a real tooth.
Find Out More
If you have dental pain, drainage, a swollen jaw or other worrisome symptoms, Dr. Cohen will examine and X-ray your tooth and determine your best course of treatment. It could be root canal therapy. Please don't hesitate to call Cohen Modern Dentistry to schedule an appointment. Contact our Southgate, MI, office at (734) 283-1263.
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”
A missing tooth can present a number of unnecessary and avoidable challenges. Many patients are now opting to have their gapped smiles restored with dental implants. Even patients who have multiple missing teeth can benefit from this treatment. Understand what dental implants can do for you so that you’ll be ready to begin the process of having one installed by a dentist at Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI.
How a Dental Implant Benefits You
Standard dentures serve two purposes: they cover gaps in the smile that are visible to others and they allow patients to chew solid foods. Dental implants offer additional benefits including:
- You maintain healthy bone tissue and jawbone structure.
- You can bite and chew all types of foods with ease (no concerns about the device coming loose).
- Dental implants require simple maintenance and care (just brush and floss).
- Porcelain crowns are used with implants, making them look more like real teeth.
What About Multiple Missing Teeth?
With several dental implants installed, your Southgate, MI, dentist can also replace multiple missing teeth at the same time--even if a whole row of teeth have been extracted. A custom specialty denture or bridge can be modeled and fabricated that will attach to each implant. The implant-supported denture device can be removable or non-removable (permanently affixed).
Dental Implants: A Long-Term Solution
Once your dental implant heals (a process that takes several months), you won’t have to worry about replacing the tooth again—as long as you observe good oral hygiene. Preserve the health of your implant (and your natural teeth) by going to the dentist to have them cleaned professionally. Brush and floss with regularity—at least twice per day. If you clench or grind, train yourself out of that habit by wearing a custom nightguard mouthpiece created by your dentist. Following these simple steps will go a long way in keeping your implant, crown, and entire smile intact for many years.
Discuss Dental Implants with Your Dentist
Dr. Jason Cohen can help you decide if dental implants are the best choice for your smile. Call Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI, at (734) 283-1263 today to set a time to visit Dr. Cohen and his staff.
If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you’re in good company. Dentists have placed more than 3 million of these popular devices since their introduction in the early 1980s.
But if you have multiple missing teeth, you might think the cost of all those individual implants could put them out of your league. Yes, replacing multiple teeth with individual implants can be quite expensive—but implant technology isn’t limited to one tooth at a time. A few well-placed implants can impart their proven durability and stability to other types of restorations.
For example, we can incorporate implants into a bridge for a series of missing teeth. Conventional bridges are normally fixed in place by altering and then crowning natural teeth on each side of the missing teeth gap with a fixed row of prosthetic (false) teeth in the middle to fill it. Instead, two implants placed at the ends of the gap can support the bridge rather than natural teeth. This not only provides greater stability for the bridge, it also avoids permanent altering the natural teeth that would have been used.
Implants can also support a fixed bridge to restore complete tooth loss on a jaw. The new bridge is attached to a few strategically placed implants along the jaw line to equally distribute biting forces. This can result in a strong hold with excellent durability.
We can also use implants to improve traditional dentures. Dentures normally rest directly on the gums’ bony ridges, depending on a snug fit for stability. But bone loss, a natural consequence of missing teeth, can still occur while wearing dentures, which may in fact accelerate the rate of loss due to the appliance’s constant pressure and friction against the gums.
Instead, just a few implants placed along the jaw can, with attachments built into the denture, hold it securely in place. This not only decreases the pressure on the gums, but the natural bone growth that occurs around the implant may even deter bone loss.
Depending on your situation, there could be a viable restoration solution involving implants. Visit our office for a complete examination and evaluation to see if implants could help change your smile forever.
If you would like more information on implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101: the Most Significant Innovation in the Past Century.”
Good oral health and hygiene habits begin in childhood. Young children can be more vulnerable to tooth decay and cavities as their teeth mature and they learn to develop effective brushing and flossing techniques. Dental sealants can help to protect young teeth from bacteria buildup and tooth decay by smoothing the chewing surfaces of hard to reach back teeth and molars. The dentists at Cohen Modern Dentistry Dr. Jason Cohen and Dr. Killgrove offer pediatric and adult dentistry services in Southgate, MI.
Protect Your Children's Teeth with Dental Sealants in Southgate, MI
Sealants are a protective coating that creates a flatter and smoother surface to make the teeth easier to brush, and prevent food particles and bacteria from accumulating in the pits and crevices where the bristles of a toothbrush can't always reach. Sealants also work as an additional layer of protection as the enamel strengthens over time.
How Sealants Work
The procedure is non-invasive. In the first step, the dentist will clean the teeth and remove any traces of bacteria or plaque buildup. The plastic resin is brushed onto the teeth in liquid form and may be dried with a special blue light to help the resin harden in place. The application process takes a few minutes and can be completed in a single visit. Even if your child is nervous or afraid of the dentist, the sealant process is very gentle and straightforward.
Sealants are not a substitute for good oral hygiene practices and regular preventive dental care. Your child will still have to brush and floss every day and visit the dentist for preventive care and dental cleanings. In most cases, sealants can last up to a year. At each check-up, the dentist will monitor the sealants to make sure they are holding up.
Find a Dentist in Southgate, MI
For more information about dental sealants and pediatric dentistry services, contact Cohen Modern Dentistry by calling (734) 283-1263 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohen today.