My Tooth Hurts when I Chew… | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

When we experience tooth pain, we do anything we can to try and stop the pain before we call the dentist. But there are various reasons we have tooth pain and only a dental professional will be able to fix the issue properly. This is why keeping checkups regular are a great way to intercede any issues from arising.

Many patients will experience tooth sensitivity and it may not be much of an issue. If it only hurts when you are biting down, make sure to contact your dental professional as soon as possible. There are many reasons it could be, and a thorough examination will be necessary.

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For more information about tooth pain, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

I Want a Dental Implant but I Will Be Leaving Soon for the Summer… What Can I Do? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Let’s face it – we love to travel during the warm summer months. It’s gorgeous weather out so we want to explore bit of the world we’ve never seen or return to places that have touched our hearts. And despite the COVID-19 restrictions, we are ready to venture outside safely and as soon as possible.

The problem is, preparing for your adventures during a time you need dental work may take a bit of maneuvering. There isn’t an issue with planning these dental procedures ahead of time, as long as you and your dental professional have a treatment plan set in place. In fact, if you want a nice way to heal after dental surgery, why not while you’re relaxing somewhere you enjoy?

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For more information about dental procedures, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

Basic Steps of the LANAP Protocol | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

No one wants to have gum disease, but there are lots of options available to help treat it. One of these options is Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®). With this laser gum disease treatment, patients can repair gum health without undergoing any painful cutting and stitching of the tissue. By using a laser rather than a scalpel to remove unhealthy tissue, patients will experience less discomfort and a smaller chance of infection. But what does it actually entail? Here is what you need to know:

Measuring pocket depth. First, we measure periodontal pockets how much loss of gum attachment has occurred with a small measuring instrument between the teeth and gum line.

Removing the bacteria. The next step is to remove any bacteria and diseased tissue from the area, using a laser rather than a traditional blade, making it less painful for the patient.

Removing calculus deposits and stimulating the bone. Ultrasonic scalers are used to remove calculus deposits from underneath the gum line. Ultrasonic instruments stimulate new bone-forming cells to come out of the bone, forming new bone around the teeth.

Blood clot formations. The treatment also causes the blood to clot and form a tight seal around the tooth. In this way, LANAP® can create a safe environment for the repair of bone and gum health.

Tissue compression. Next, we compress the tissue gently against the tooth, but without using sutures (stitches).

Adjustment of bite. During the final step of LANAP® gum disease treatment, patients will have their bite examined for signs of trauma and adjusted where there are spots of excessive force.

For more information about LANAP®, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

Computer CT Guided Dental Implant Surgery: Implant Procedures with No Incisions | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

When we lose a tooth, it can cause us to become uncomfortable to smile or show off your teeth. Fortunately, there are solutions to this predicament – dental implants. The issue that most patients find is that they are nervous about the procedure and therefore bypass seeking attention. Unfortunately, this leads to future issues arising.

Thankfully, there is good news. Computer CT guided dental implant surgery is a way for dental professionals to tend to the missing teeth without incision, making the procedure less invasive and, more importantly, less painful. This article will inform you about both the traditional procedure and the CT guided versions.

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For more information about computer CT guided dental implant surgery, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

Stay Knowledgeable About Sedation | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Does the thought of having your teeth worked on make you anxious or uncomfortable? Does the sight of needles and the sound of dental drills make you cringe? Dental phobia is actually a lot more common than you may think, affecting about 15% of Americans. Not only will this fear affect your dental health but will put you more at risk to developing other health issues. Now imagine if you could have everything done while you nap comfortably, waking with zero recollection of the procedure. Would that be a dream come true or what? By the use of oral sedation, this can be your new dental reality.

But first, who does dental anxiety affect? What kinds of symptoms should one look out for? It can actually affect a wide range of patients, including people with:

  • High dental anxiety and fear
  • A severe gag reflex
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Extensive treatment needs
  • A desire to have dentistry done comfortably while they are in a relaxed state

To break it down simply, sedation dentistry your dentist’s way to relax you enough to handle the dental procedure and it’s done through the use of medication. There are various levels that you can be sedated, from minimal sedation to the completely unconscious general anesthesia. The idea is to make you as comfortable as possible as they do their job and to make recovery time minimal.

It is important to discuss all of your options with your dental professional before any procedure. Mention your medical history or any other vital information that will help them to decide the appropriate method. The more you know, the calmer you will feel when it’s time to get things done. And isn’t that the point?

Can Bone Loss Cause Jawbone and Tooth Loss? | Palm Beach Dentist

Let’s face it – no one wants to lose anything. It could be your keys, a significant other or some other type of possession. But one thing we hardly think about losing is our gums. Yes, it’s a natural fact of life. We all begin to have some gum recession as we age. But there are other ways your gums may begin to recede. Genetics, trauma, poor dental hygiene are just a few of the reasons we develop gum recession.

Unfortunately, if left untreated, it can cause further issues in our mouths. Not only can you develop a progressive form of gum disease, but you can also lose jawbone and teeth.

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For more information about gum loss, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

Relax Your Way to a Healthy Mouth | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Now that we are in the midst of the new year, it is a good time to consider setting yourself up a dental appointment. After all, the holidays are over, and we’ve overindulged in all of the delicious treats that the time of year has to offer, and this may have done some damage to our smiles. In addition to a quick checkup, your dentist will also check for periodontal, or gum, disease. However, for some patients, keeping a dental appointment is more difficult than for others.

The problem is dental issues don’t care that you’re scared – they’re only going to worsen. Thankfully, there is help for those with dental anxiety – IV sedation.

A sedative is administered to a patient intravenously before your dental procedure begins, and because it is sent through your veins, it works very quickly. The nice part about IV sedation is that your dental professional can adjust the amount of sedative according to your specific needs. Here are even more reasons to keep your dental appointments from now on:

More powerful. IV sedation has a higher level of sedation than the inhaled or oral variations.

Quick recovery. The advantage of IV sedation allows for a quicker recovery than other options.

Anxiety killer. Dental anxiety is a documented issue. But even those with the worst dental anxiety will find lots of relief from IV sedation.

No gag reflex. This form of sedation will alleviate any of those sensitive gag reflex issues.

Conscious procedures. This version allows you to remain awake and communicative, but the amnesia-like effects will make it tough to remember you were.

For more information about IV sedation, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

Less Pain Pill Access Is Hurting Those Who Hurt | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

We are all well aware of the opioid crisis that we are facing and that things are beginning to gain some traction as far as laws being passed on a government level, but are they passing the right laws? Who or what exactly is it helping? These CDC guidelines are strict and while pain killer use has been reduced from years previous, reducing the strength of the pain killers for some patients becomes more of an issue when it comes to pain tolerance.

There has now been a development in pain treatment that doesn’t have to do with prescriptions – body biofeedback. This revolutionary alternative for relieving chronic pain by interrupting the pain signals being sent to the brain, thereby reducing the idea of pain rather than magnifying it.

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For more information about periodontitis, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.



Celebrate the Holidays by Flossing | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

As we finish up Thanksgiving and prepare for the rest of the holiday festivities, we know that busy is just an understatement to what our schedule will turn out to be as we balance our day-to-day lives and our social schedules. One thing we need to realize is that we need to maintain our health in order to be able to celebrate these festive times with our loved ones. And this first line of defense against most health issues is our mouth, so it is imperative that we take the time to follow our dental routines every day. And that includes flossing.

Flossing is merely the act of wrapping a piece of string around your teeth, one by one, in order to remove any bacteria and excess material stuck between each tooth. The process itself is relatively simple. Cut yourself a piece of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap both sides around your fingers until you have a good two inches separating either side. Pull it taut between your thumb and index finger and guide the floss in between each tooth. With a downward zigzag motion, slide the floss around each tooth in a curved motion, to gently scrub down all the space between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Work from top to bottom or vice versa. Floss before you brush your teeth or after. You just want to get the cleanest mouth you possibly can each time you clean those pearly whites to prevent cavities or some other kind of gum disease while you aren’t looking. Preventative measures lead to fewer emergency dental visits.

For more information about dental hygiene, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

My Partial Denture Is Moving: What Do I Do? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

When we have dentures, partials or otherwise, we have to get used to a new way of living. Nothing really drastic, however, there are definite changes that will take place as you get used to things. But what happens when your partials begin to slide around? After all, it takes some time to get used to speaking and eating with your new teeth, having them slide around can cause an embarrassing issue. But worry not – this isn’t uncommon. If you find that your partials have begun to give you trouble, call for a consultation to discuss your options on dental implants in order to help stabilize your partial/denture, or discuss the option of changing it to a fixed prosthesis.

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For more information about periodontitis, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.