Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Cohrs Family Dentistry
September 15, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

You want to do everything you can to help keep the smiles of your children healthy, but as you help them to brush their teeth every night remember that you do not have to do all of this alone. Your Portage, MI, children's dentist can help, offering a great variety of services targeted toward protecting their smiles. Learn more about all the children's dental services offered by contacting Dr. Keith Cohrs.

Preventive Care

Preventive care begins at home but it doesn't end there. Regular dental checkups and cleanings at your dentist's office can help protect their smile against the damaging effects of plaque, as well as help monitor potential complications. Dental problems are always best treated early, before they become more involved, and often, costlier to correct.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a way that your child's dentist can protect their smiles against plaque. These protect their permanent molars, which can be more difficult to keep clean, during a period in their life when cavities are the most common.

Fillings

When cavities do happen it's important to have these taken care of by your children's dentist to stop the spread of decay. The dentist will first remove the affected tooth structure and then fill the space with either traditional amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings, or any other options available at the office.

Mouth Guard

Decay is not the only thing that threatens a young smile. If they are involved in sports, a custom-made mouthguard can help prevent accidents. Accidents can't always be prevented, so for these cases your Portage, MI, office also offers emergency assistance.

Orthodontics

To correct problems related to your children's bite, to straighten crooked teeth, and to solve a variety of dental complications your dentist may suggest orthodontic care. Even early orthodontics for children who may require them, although all will benefit from early examinations.

Your Portage, MI, Children's Dentist

Listed above is not the complete list of available services at your Portage, MI, office, only a sampling of all the ways that your children's dentist can help to improve their smile. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Cohrs by dialing (269) 382-3125.

By Cohrs Family Dentistry
August 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are a busy person who is not able to sit in a dentist's chair for many hours over the course of several appointments, single-visit crowns are the best way for you! Dr. Keith Cohrs in Portage, MI can guide you through the process of receiving single visit crowns and answer all your questions and concerns.

Below are some facts about single visit crowns:

  • A quick procedure. Single-visit crowns only take about two hours to be placed, while traditional dental crowns would take two appointments several weeks apart to complete.
  • Durable material. They are made of porcelain just as traditional crowns. This also means that they would be made to match the size, color, and shape of your teeth.
  • Increased comfort. Because of the ease of application, single-visit crowns really are the best way to replace missing or decayed teeth at a quick notice.
  • Care. They require the same amount of care as your natural teeth and traditional porcelain crowns as well. Maintenance would be attributed to appropriate oral and dental hygiene and using mouthwash, in addition to seeing your dentist every six months.

Dr. Keith Cohrs of Cohrs Family Dentistry in Portage, MI would be happy to attend to any of your questions and concerns about single visit crowns and see if this is fit for you. Book your next appointment at (269) 382-3125.

By Cohrs Family Dentistry
August 17, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Fillings  

Dr. Keith Cohrs of Cohrs Family Dentistry is here to help when you have a cavity. White fillings by your dentist in Portage, MI, replace tooth decay with strong material to save your tooth and preserve your smile. A filling can salvage a tooth that has decay, and save you from more pain and even needing a tooth replacement.

Cavities and Fillings

When plaque isn't removed by regular brushing, it builds up on the teeth and eats away at your tooth's enamel, creating a cavity. Cavities can be painful and will only get worse if left untreated. They can only grow in size from more tooth decay. You need a filling to replace the decayed tooth structure with strong material to save your tooth.

Advantages of white fillings

Traditional metal fillings are made from a mixture of metals called amalgam. These fillings are strong but unsightly, and concerns about the inclusion of mercury in the alloy have made tooth-colored fillings the most popular choice. The composite resin material used is made from a mixture of plastic and glass. The material is white and blends in with your teeth perfectly. When you get a white filling, it also requires less drilling of the tooth than with amalgam fillings.

Getting a filling

Getting a filling is a routine procedure and should be relatively painless. You should only feel small injections of novocaine to numb the tooth. Once you are completely numb, your dentist will drill away all the decay. When all the decay is gone and only healthy tooth structure remains, your dentist fills the cavity with material by sculpting it directly onto the tooth. The material is then trimmed and polished and you leave the office with a strong and beautiful tooth!

Cohrs Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, provides white fillings that blend in with your smile when you have a cavity. To make an appointment with Dr. Keith Cohrs, call us at (269) 382-3125.

By Cohrs Family Dentistry
July 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sealants  

Find out how dental sealants could protect your child from cavities.

One of the surefire ways to prevent cavities in your child is to make sure that they are brushing and flossing regularly. Of course, it can be sealantschallenging to reach those back teeth. As a result, molars are prone to developing cavities. One way to protect these back teeth is for our Portage, MI, children’s dentist, Dr. Keith Cohrs, to place dental sealants.

 

What is a dental sealant and how do they work?

Sealants are very thin, plastic coatings that are bonded to the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars to help keep food and bacteria from getting trapped in the crevices of these chewing surfaces. While proper brushing and flossing are still the hallmarks of maintaining good oral hygiene, sealants can also help stop early signs of decay from turning into a cavity.

Sealants are a great preventive measure to take to protect your child’s smile from cavities. In fact, the CDC reported that school-age children that didn’t have sealants had nearly three times more cavities than children with sealants.

Just as wearing a hat or using an umbrella helps protect you from getting wet when it rains, a sealant provides a protective barrier over the chewing surfaces of your child or teen’s back teeth so that acid cannot create holes in the enamel.

 

When should a child get sealants?

You will want to wait until your child’s first set of molars comes in. This is typically around the age of 6. When you bring your child in for their six-month checkups, our Portage, MI, children’s dentist will be able to monitor the development of the molars to determine the best time to place sealants.

Your child’s second set of molars won’t actually erupt until your child is 12 years old. During this time, they can come back into our office to have sealants placed on these new back teeth.

 

How are sealants placed?

This process is extremely easy, painless, and fast. In fact, there is usually no need to schedule a separate appointment. Our Portage, MI, children’s dentist can often place sealants during your child’s next dental cleaning. After their teeth have been cleaned, we will apply a gel over the tooth, which will roughen the chewing surface so that the sealant bonds to the tooth. The gel is washed off and then the sealant is painted onto the tooth.

Once the plastic coating has been painted on, we will use a special UV light to harden the sealant into place. With the proper care, sealants can last several years before needing to be replaced. This entails making sure that you bring your child in for regular dental visits so we can check the condition of their sealants.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

If you think that your child could benefit from getting dental sealants, then call our Portage, MI, office today at (269) 382-3125. We will be happy to place dental sealants during your child’s next cleaning!

By Cohrs Family Dentistry
February 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your Portage, MI dentist has the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.Teeth Whitening

Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.

Who Is a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. Your dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.

What will Happen at the Teeth Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.

How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.

Contact Your Portage, MI Dentist for More Info on Teeth Whitening!

You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your Portage dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call Keith Cohrs D.D.S. at (269) 382-3125 for an appointment today!