3D Vision at the Dentist? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

It seems like everything is getting more realistic when it comes to the movies and shows we watch. The dinosaurs and aliens we seem like working actors because technology is so advanced, it’s difficult to tell the difference. But did you ever think this 3D technology was ever going to involve your dental visits? It’s true. Modern dentistry is slowly catching up to today’s technology and the use of 3D digital imaging being just one of the many new advancements.

It’s really great because it allows dentists a wide variety of perspectives of the face, neck and teeth, giving you a better diagnosis and making a more complete treatment plan. With 3D ConeBeam Imaging, dentists do a lot more than ever before. The technology is fast, simple and completely non-invasive, so there’s no need to worry. All you have to do is sit in the chair for a scan, and the dentist has a computer-generated view of your face, teeth and other important details from various perspectives.

The imaging system is basically an X-ray scanner, only it’s mounted on a rotating arm. While you sit in the chair, the scanner will move around your head to gather all the data necessary. There’s no preparation of any kind involved. The dentist can then call up any necessary view on a computer monitor. This accessibility makes it easier to see bones, teeth, airways, nerves, as well as tissues and see the relationship between them in order to create a more effective treatment plan.

For more information about 3D imaging, 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.

As I Age My Teeth Are Looking Longer. How Can I Stop This? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Aging is something that can’t be helped – it’s inevitable. And as it happens, our bodies begin to break down. Aches and pains are becoming increasingly apparent and bones become more brittle. The same goes for our mouths. Not only do our teeth begin to break down, but our gums do as well. The term “long in the tooth”? It originated from gum recession.

Gum recession is the progressive loss of gum tissue covering the teeth and jawbone. To find out more, click here.

For more information about gum recession, 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.

How Can I Make My Dentures Last? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

When it’s time to get dentures, it is important to know that your lifestyle will have to change a bit. After all, if you want them to last as long as possible, there will be some efforts made that you just aren’t used to. Like many other dental appliances, dentures will have to be taken special care of to last for as long as intended, or even longer. Here are a few tips to help you take better care of your dentures:

  • As much as possible, stand over a folded towel, or a basin of water, or carpeted floors, or basically, anything clean and soft when handling your dentures to prevent them from breaking.
  • Dentures should be placed in a glass of plain water or denture cleanser soaking solution when not being worn. Warm water is not advised as it can cause warping.
  • Dentures will have to be brushed like natural teeth to rid them of food deposits and prevent plaque build-up, as well as stains.
  • The gums, tongue and palate should also be brushed at least once every day. Preferably, use a soft-bristled brush and do this every morning, before the dentures are inserted.
  • Any breaks, chips, cracks on the dentures should be reported to the dentist immediately. So too should be any feeling of looseness. Any attempt of adjusting the dentures yourself may only result in irreversible damage.
  • Missing teeth don’t only look bad, they’re also bad for the health.

Visit your dentist today to have your missing teeth replaced with dentures so you can have your smile back again and for you to not have to suffer from further health complications resulting from missing teeth.

For more information about dentures, 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.

How Advanced Technology May Reduce Pain & Fear in the Dental Office | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Many of today’s advances can help make dental surgical procedures more conservative, less invasive and often times less painful.  Fear tends to be the main reason patients delay or never seek recommended treatment.  Unfortunately, issues with the teeth, gums and jaw bone do not repair themselves.  When left untreated, these problems typically lead to more significant problems including tooth loss and pain.  More invasive procedures may be required to address a situation that might have been able to be addressed in a less costly and less involved manner.

To find out more about these treatment options, click here.

For more information about dental pain fear solutions, 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.

What Is Toothpaste? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

oral hygieneWe know the importance of looking after our teeth, and in doing that, brushing on a daily basis. Brushing, along with flossing, will not only remove food debris and plaque but will also protect your teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. But have you ever wondered why we use toothpaste? Sure, it tastes great and makes our breath less harsh, but is that all it does for our dental health? You may be surprised by just how much it does…

Dentists recommend that you use fluoride toothpaste, as it not only cleans your teeth but protects them. Toothpaste and gentle circular strokes work to remove plaque, a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on your teeth that causes cavities, gum disease and eventual tooth loss if not controlled. For toothpaste that contains fluoride, which makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay, and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before the damage can even be seen.

Special ingredients in toothpaste help to clean and polish the teeth and remove stains over time. Toothpaste helps freshen breath and leaves your mouth with a clean feeling. But contrary to what toothpaste commercials show, the amount of paste or gel needed on your brush for effective cleaning does not have to be a heaping amount. Simply squeeze a pea-sized dab of paste on the top half of your brush.

Whatever toothpaste you choose will be effective in that it will clean your teeth and prevent the risk of tooth decay. Your dentist can advise about toothpaste, so feel free to ask him/her for their advice.

For more information about toothpaste, 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.

Your Gums Should Not Be Bleeding like That | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Gum recession is a common dental problem that few are aware they have, likely because the beginning symptoms are subtle, but gum recession is not something you want to ignore. If you think your gums are receding, make an appointment with your dentist in order to receive the proper treatment options to repair the gum and prevent further damage. Let’s talk about the signs and symptoms that commonly lead to receding gums:

Periodontal disease. More commonly known as gum disease, this bacterial infection that destroys gum tissue and the supporting bone that holds your teeth in place.

Aggressive brushing. Brushing your teeth too hard can cause gums to recede, as well as cause the sensitive gum tissues to recede.

Genes. In some cases, people whose parents had chronic gum recession can be more susceptible to receding gums.

Tobacco. Smoking tobacco causes the gum tissues to lose blood supplies, chewing tobacco physically irritates the tissue, and this ongoing irritation can result in gum recession in the area.

Poor dental hygiene. Not keeping up with a normal dental routine can cause several problems. Receding gums can be a result of untreated cavities, postponed cleanings, and persistent gum problems.

Piercings. Constant irritation of gum tissue rubbing against a lip or tongue piecing can cause for the gum to recede.

Hormonal changes. Changes in the female hormone levels during a woman’s lifetime can all cause for gum sensitivity or gum recession.

Misalignment. When teeth are not aligned evenly it can cause more plaque buildup, they’re more difficult to clean, which can cause gingivitis and stress on your teeth and gums.

For more information about gum recession, 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.

Brushing Your Teeth Saves You Money | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

While it is a lovely sentiment to think “money isn’t everything”, it seems like everything we need in this world costs some cash. But what if there was a way to save those pennies for a rainy day, instead of spending it on things like dental bills? Turns out there is, and it isn’t even tough to do. Curious? Dental hygiene. If you take the time to care for your smile, not only will help to keep your overall health intact but will also prevent the most common dental affliction – gum disease.

Gingivitis and periodontal disease are conditions that describe bacterial infections within the gum tissue. Once the bacteria have begun impacting the underlying bone tissue, it can cause both gingivitis and periodontal disease. Treatments for gingivitis tend to be less invasive than those for periodontal disease, because gingivitis is a milder case of the disease. Primary treatment for gingivitis is going to be an in-office dental cleaning, where tartar can be removed, plaque will be cleaned, and the dentist may use physical instruments to remove buildup below the gum line.

Left untreated, gingivitis will eventually lead to periodontal disease, where the bacteria work their way into the deeper gum pockets and, eventually, the bone beneath the teeth. Treatment for periodontal disease will be far more involved. Depending on the nature of the infection, a periodontist may also recommend flap surgery, or bone and tissue grafts to encourage regeneration by using regenerative aids to aid the mouth in healing and rebuilding healthy gums. There is also the Chao Pinhole Technique, a less evasive treatment using a single pinhole prick to the affected area.

For more information about gum disease treatment options, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0200 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

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

Laser Periodontal Therapy: Saving Your Teeth Without Traditional Surgery | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Whether we lie it or not, there is a very high chance that we will develop some form of gum disease in our lifetime. This is why it is important to keep your regular dental appointments. Practicing proper dental hygiene and catching it early will ensure there is a treatment option available to cure it. Keeping our mouths healthy will also help keep our overall health in tip top shape. If it isn’t healthy, gum disease can progress and necessitate advanced periodontal treatment – traditional periodontal surgery and laser periodontal therapy (LANAP).

To find out more about these treatment options, click here.

For more information about periodontal treatment options, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0200 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

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

My Tooth Hurts When I Chew | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Now that summer has begun, and our summer fun is underway, it is safe to say that our diets are taking a bit of a turn to indulge in all of the tasty foods this season has to offer. We go to BBQs and eat lots of fantastically charred meats, we sit around the pool with a tall glass of sweet tea, or we quench our overheated bodies with a frozen confection. Everywhere we look, there is something delicious to munch on.

But what if it begins to hurt when you chew? Nothing sounds worse than not being able to eat these summertime delights! Unfortunately, there are a number of factors that can cause your biting trouble. Regardless of the issue, if you are experiencing some type of pain while you chew, it is best to make a dental appointment for a proper diagnosis.

To find out more about reasons you may be experiencing pain when biting, click here.

For more information about pain while chewing, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0200 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Tequesta, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach and Singer Island and all surrounding areas.

Sensitive Teeth: What Are My Treatment Options | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

On this Memorial Day weekend, we take a break from our busy schedules to enjoy a little bit of fun in the sun with family and friends. It’s time for picnics and BBQs and all the fun that comes with it. Spring has turned into summer, and we are all ready to have some fun.

And in this heat, it is time for all of the delicious frozen treats the season has to offer. Here it is – your favorite frozen creation. You go to take a bite and ZING! A painful zing shoots through your entire mouth. Hate to break it to you, but for one reason or another, you have developed a case of tooth sensitivity. It’s time to visit the dentist…

To read about treatment options for tooth sensitivity, click here.

For more information about tooth sensitivity, call Dr. Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0200 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Tequesta, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach and Singer Island and all surrounding areas.