Known throughout the neighborhood as “Dr. Bob”, Robert L. Cohen, DDS, has served the Sherman Oaks community for over thirty-seven years at his state-of the-art private dental practice. The practice offers comprehensive general dental care, smile makeovers, high-tech dental implants, painless laser dentistry, TMJ disorders and dental sleep medicine in an atmosphere of personalized, compassionate care.
Dr. Cohen is committed to delivering the most advanced dental care while treating each patient as if he or she were a guest in his home. His goal is to provide informed, educated options for patients to receive the dental care and attain the smile that they want for themselves, without imposing a complex treatment plan.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Dr. Cohen graduated from UCLA, obtained a Master of Public Health in Nutrition from the UCLA School of Public Health, earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the New York University College of Dentistry, and completed his residency with a specialty on TMJ at UCLA. He has taught at the USC School of Dentistry as an Assistant Professor, and has been a Visiting Lecturer at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Opening his Sherman Oaks dental practice, Dr. Cohen has always considered himself extremely blessed to be able to help his patients enhance their smiles and oral health with every passing year.
He has a long history of involvement in the local community, where he has held numerous civic offices, including President of the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce and Founding Board Member of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council. Over the years, he has been recognized with several awards for both his business and volunteer efforts, including: “Best Dentist” in the Los Angeles Daily News Readers’ Choice Awards, the California 46th Assembly District’s “Small Business of the Year Award” and the United Chambers of Commerce “Small Business of the Year Award”.
Dr. Cohen and his wife Diane live in the Greater Sherman Oaks area with their Golden Labrador Retriever, Riley. They are very proud of their twins, Caitlin and Ryan, recent college graduates. In his free time, Dr. Cohen enjoys sports, music, traveling, photography and family time.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.