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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.
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”