Dental Services in Greater Cleveland
Everybody knows how important good dental care is for maintaining strong, healthy teeth. At Bradley Cohn, D.D.S., we offer personal dental care for the entire family in a warm, friendly setting.
Visit us for all your family's dental care needs, including:
Preventative Care and Maintenance:
Profession concerned with the teeth and mouth. It includes repair or removal of decayed teeth, straightening and adjustment of teeth for proper occlusion, and design, manufacture, and fitting of false teeth and other prosthetic devices. X-rays are used to show conditions not visible on examination. Using local anesthesia, carles in teeth are drilled to remove diseased areas and filled with various materials. Decay that reaches a tooth’s root risks infection of the nerve and requires root-canal surgery. Teeth that must be extracted are replaced by crowns for single teeth and full or partial dentures or implants for more. Dentists also educate patients on oral hygiene, examine and clean teeth, and apply fluoride compounds for decay resistance.
With the introduction of new filling materials, amalgam is not used as often as it once was. More than 70% of all fillings today are placed in the tooth with resin or composite materials by dentists. Amalgam has been deemed safe by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the FDA and the US Public Health Service. Important Update-June 2008: The FDA Admits Silver Dental Fillings May Not Be Safe.
Extensive damage to a tooth caused by decay, cracks or breakage may require a tooth extraction. There are several underlying factors that make extraction a suitable alternative to repair, and in instances of advanced periodontal disease, malpositioned or non-functional teeth, the tooth may be extracted in preparation for a restorative dental procedure or for an orthodontic treatment, such as braces. A thorough examination of your teeth will be conducted to determine if extraction is the right solution for you.
What are tooth caps? Grinding of your teeth, an improper bite, age, fillings and tooth decay can all be contributing factors in the wearing down, cracking or breakage of your teeth. Dental caps cover the entire visible surface of your affected tooth and add strength, durability and stability.
When you hear the term "root canal," you may think of a long, uncomfortable, and even painful dental procedure. Well, root canal therapy has earned an erroneous reputation. In most cases, the pain of a damaged tooth is actually much worse than the root canal procedure to correct it!
Root canal therapy may be needed if disease or damage has spread into the pulp of the tooth. Pulp is soft, living tissue deep within the tooth. When it is damaged, the nerves in the tooth respond by sending out strong pain signals. During a root canal procedure, Dr. Cohn will remove all of the damaged pulp, thoroughly clean the remaining tooth area, and seal the tooth with a crown. The "toothache" will be gone and the new crown will restore your smile.
If you still have concerns about root canal therapy, talk to Dr. Cohn. With oral sedation dentistry, a root canal procedure can even be relaxing and comfortable! Please contact our office at 216-381-6000 to learn more.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea:
Did you know that snoring is more than just a nighttime nuisance? Seventy to ninety million Americans snore. Snoring occurs when the muscles of the mouth and throat relax during sleep. The loose muscles allow the tongue to drop back, narrowing the breathing passage. As air is forced through this smaller opening, the tissues vibrate, producing the snoring sound.
In some cases, the tongue can completely block the throat, cutting off the flow of air. As a result, the oxygen level of the blood drops. As the brain senses the drop in oxygen, it signals the body to awaken. The snorer wakes, gasps for air, gets more oxygen into the bloodstream, and falls back asleep. This cycle repeats throughout the night, up to hundreds of times. This condition is known as obstructive sleep apnea, and it affects over 12 million Americans. Severe cases can even be life threatening.
If you snore, or if you think you may have sleep apnea, Dr. Cohn can help by prescribing an adjustable, comfortable, custom-made appliance. Dental snoring appliances move the lower jaw and tongue forward to keep the airway open during sleep. They are over 70 percent successful in treating snoring and even mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Snoring and sleep apnea can be serious problems. If you or someone you love is suffering, Dr. Cohn can help. Please call his office at 216-381-6000 today.
Your smile is the most expressive part of your body. It can portray a huge variety of emotions, such as love, joy and happiness. At the dental practice of Bradley Cohn, DDS, we want you to have the sparkling and beautiful smile you are meant to have. From tooth whitening to complete cosmetic restoration, we have the experience and skill to correct your dental impediments.
Many people hesitate to smile because of stained or yellow teeth. That’s a real shame considering that modern teeth whitening methods can really improve the appearance of many people’s teeth. Here at Dr. Cohn’s, you’ll learn all about tooth whitening, and we hope to find a method that’s perfect for you.
Natural Colored Fillings:
Tooth-colored fillings, or posterior composite resins, can be used to replace unsightly silver or dark fillings. This gives the teeth a more natural appearance. This bonding procedure for the back teeth takes a bit more time and costs slightly more than silver/mercury fillings, but the esthetic results are amazing. Recent studies indicate that bonded fillings can restore a tooth up to 80 percent of its original integrity because the walls of the tooth are virtually bonded together. The life expectancy of posterior composites is 4-7 years.
Fresh Breath Therapy
Breath malodor, or bad breath, is a condition experienced by many people, and it often goes untreated or is accepted as normal. However, it is treatable and it need not affect your daily life anymore. Bad breath is usually caused by sulfur producing bacteria that live on the surface of your tongue and within your throat. Poor oral hygiene, food trapping, gum disease, tooth decay, sinusitis and dry mouth all contribute to bad breath. A visit to the dentist is the first step to getting rid of bad breath forever. Your first visit will involve an assessment of the condition, oral hygiene instructions and a thorough scale and polish. A follow-up visit will be needed around six weeks later to re-evaluate the condition.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution to many kinds of dental imperfections. Teeth that are chipped, discolored, weakened, or irregularly shaped can be made stronger and more attractive with dental veneers. During the treatment, ultra-thin shells of extremely durable and natural-looking porcelain are custom-made for you and are laid over your teeth. The translucent nature of the porcelain material means that your veneers will be nearly indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. The porcelain is also highly stain resistant, allowing your veneers to stay stain free longer. The imperfections in your natural teeth will no longer be visible, and your smile will be more attractive and stronger.
If you are missing a tooth or have a severely damaged tooth that must be removed, Dr. Cohn may recommend a bridge to restore the health and beauty of your smile. Bridgework is permanently attached to the adjoining teeth and is referred to as a fixed restoration, as opposed to removable restorations such as partial dentures. Dr. Cohn would be pleased to evaluate your dental condition and help you determine if bridgework is the best restoration option for your needs.
Crowns, sometimes called caps, look and function just like natural teeth. Dr. Cohn may recommend a crown if your tooth has such damage that it cannot hold a filling, or if your tooth is cracked or broken and in danger of injuring the root if left unattended. A crown covers your tooth completely. It fits snugly at the gum line and protects what remains of the natural tooth. Dr. Cohn offers porcelain crowns that match the rest of your teeth, without a dark metal line, and keep your smile looking natural and healthy.
Dr. Cohn offers Invisalign®, an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign® is a dramatically different way to straighten teeth. Using a series of clear, custom-molded, removable retainers, your teeth can be straightened without any metal, bands, or brackets. Over the course of your treatment, as you proceed through your set of retainers, your teeth will gradually move into their new, more attractive position. Many people complete an Invisalign® treatment and achieve a beautiful new smile in only about a year. Best of all, the aligners are removable, so you can eat, drink, and care for your teeth as usual throughout the treatment. No one will even know you are wearing braces!
To learn more about orthodontic treatment with Dr. Cohn, including Invisalign®, please call us today at 216-381-6000.