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.

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You can't correct a poor bite with braces or clear aligners overnight: Even the most cut-and-dried case can still require a few years to move teeth where they should be. It's a welcome relief, then, when you're finally done with braces or aligner trays.

That doesn't mean, however, that you're finished with orthodontic treatment. You now move into the next phase—protecting your new smile that took so much to gain. At least for a couple of more years you'll need to regularly wear an orthodontic retainer.

The name of this custom-made device explains its purpose: to keep or “retain” your teeth in their new, modified positions. This is necessary because the same mechanism that allows us to move teeth in the first place can work in reverse.

That mechanism centers around a tough but elastic tissue called the periodontal ligament. Although it primarily holds teeth in place, the ligament also allows for tiny, gradual tooth movement in response to mouth changes. Braces or aligner trays take advantage of this ability by exerting pressure on the teeth in the direction of intended movement. The periodontal ligament and nature do the rest.

But once we relieve the pressure when we remove the braces or aligners, a kind of “muscle memory” in the ligament can come into play, causing the teeth to move back to where they originally were. If we don't inhibit this reaction, all the time and effort put into orthodontic treatment can be lost.

Retainers, either the removable type or one fixed in place behind the teeth, gently “push” or “pull” against the teeth (depending on which type) just enough to halt any reversing movement. Initially, a patient will need to wear their retainer around the clock. After a while, wear time can be reduced to just a few hours a day, usually during sleep-time.

Most younger patients will only need to wear a retainer for a few years. Adults who undergo teeth-straightening later in life, however, may need to wear a retainer indefinitely. Even so, a few hours of wear every day is a small price to pay to protect your beautiful straightened smile.

If you would like more information on orthodontic retainers, 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 “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”

By Cohrs Family Dentistry
October 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  
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One of the major signs that a young person's dental development is nearing completion is the eruption of the last four permanent teeth: the third molars, located rear-most on either side of both the upper and lower jaws. But the advent of these molars, also called wisdom teeth, isn't always a cause for celebration: They can give rise to serious dental problems.

Wisdom teeth often arrive on an already crowded jaw, making them subject to erupting out of position or becoming impacted, totally or partially submerged in the gums. This can cause harm not only to themselves, but also to other teeth: They can impinge on and damage the roots of their neighbors; impede brushing and flossing and increase the risk of disease; and skew the alignment of other teeth to create poor bites that affect dental health and function.

Wisdom teeth are considered so prone to these problems (an estimated 70% between ages 20 and 30 have at least one impacted molar) that it's been a common practice to remove them before they show signs of disease or poor bite development. As a result, third molar extractions are the most common surgical procedure performed by oral surgeons.

But the dental profession is now reevaluating this practice of early removal. On the whole, it's difficult to predict if the eruption of wisdom teeth in a particular person will actually lead to problems. It may be premature, then, to remove wisdom teeth before there's sufficient evidence of its necessity.

As a result, many dentists now follow a more nuanced approach to wisdom teeth management. An impacted wisdom tooth that's diseased or contributing to disease is an obvious candidate for removal. But if the eruption is proceeding without signs of impaction, disease or poor bite development, many providers recommend not removing them early. Instead, their development is allowed to continue, although monitored closely.

If signs of problems do begin to emerge, then removal may again be an option. Until then, a more long-term watchful approach toward wisdom teeth may be the best strategy for helping a young person achieve optimal dental health.

If you would like more information on managing wisdom teeth treatment, 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 “Wisdom Teeth: Coming of Age May Come With a Dilemma.”