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Dr. Aaron Cook

Dentistry
Birmingham, AL
17 years experience male

Locations

Office

Birmingham, AL

Address

2161 Clearbrook Road, Birmingham, AL
Directions

About

Bio

My practice is in Hoover Alabama. I am married with a 2 1/2 year-old son and a daughter on the way. I attended UAB Dental School and completed a residency at Rochester General Hospital where I remained as an Attending Dentist for several years afterwards. Contact me with any questions.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dentistry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

60 Answers
12 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
No particular age: I have seen patients who need dentures in their 20's, so i'd say if you feel you need dentures, see your dentist to discuss your options. You probabl... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
To save a tooth: Untreated tooth decay will eventually reach the tooth's nerve, causing pain and possibly infection. If the tooth is deemed restorable by a dentist, a... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
May be trismus: Not uncommon...Probably trismus, which can unfortunately last days/weeks. Nsaid medications, warm compresses to the side of your face receiving the r... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Many options: Learning to eat and speak "normally" with new dentures can take several weeks or more, so patience is key. Stick to a softer diet, cut food up into s... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
All night: Bruxism, or tooth grinding, usually doesn't go away, though it's frequency and intensity can vary depending on your daily stress level changes. If yo... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
No: A conventional partial denture has not been shown to prevent bone resorption that occurs when a tooth is pulled. If you have an implant placed to h... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Immediately: Your dentist can often plan for you to be wearing a denture on the way out of the office the same day you have teeth pulled...There are many things t... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Impossible: Root canal morphology can vary to infinite degrees in different teeth and people...Dentists are trained to know the basic morphology of certain teeth,... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Specialist: Endodontists receive extra training after dental school for root canals. Some teeth, especially molars, have very complex root canal systems, so gene... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Yes: An endodontist or general dentist can perform diagnostic tests to determine if you need a root canal. Sometimes it can be very difficult to determine... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Lots: Dental implants are titanium "screws" that are placed in the jawbone to prevent boneloss and anchor crowns/bridges/dentures. Complete dentures, when ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
No mercury: There is no mercury in the metals or acrylics used in partial dentures in my practice, and i've not heard of it ever being used an any...There are man... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Floss holder: If flossing by hand is difficult, try a floss holder that can be purchased at your local drugstore in the toothpaste aisle. Several types exist...Som... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Probably not: If it was a small piece of plastic, odds are that it will simply pass right through you.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Yes: The whitening agent should not damage the filling material in your teeth...Keep in mind though that only tooth structure will "whiten". Tooth colored... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Can take a while: First-time partial wearers should expect it to take several weeks or more to really get used to their new partial...Though if you're patient, you'll g... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Depends: There are different types (and costs) of partial dentures...The more expensive ones are usually more durable and stable, and should be more satisfacto... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Nerve compression?: When teeth are lost and not replaced with implants, the bone can shrink/resorb. If your bone has resorbed enough, a nerve may be sitting close to you... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Should resolve: Numbing teeth for dental procedures often results in a portion of the patient's face feeling numb and "droopy". This can take several hours to resolv... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Probably so: A thin strand of floss is not as effective at cleaning large spaces between teeth as a waterpik, proxy brush, or even a small tooth brush. Floss is b... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Have them removed: This is a problem that could continue and only get worse with time. Wisdom teeth commonly come in at odd angles and can cause problems due to their l... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
See your dentist: It could be many different things..Most likely nothing to worry about, but definitely see your dentist asap for an accurate diagnosis. As with most t... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Depends: If the cavity extended near-to or below the gums, removing all of the decay and then polishing the filling material can cause temporary irritation to ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Not always: Gum recession can expose the more "sensitive" root surfaces of a tooth, leading to increased temperature sensitivity. Tooth whitening can cause sensi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
As many as necessary: Prior to starting a root canal, a dentist wants the tooth to be completely numb. Different teeth require different amounts of local anesthetic ("nova... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Not always: After a tooth is extracted, the bone will shrink, which can have negative cosmetic and structural consequences. A graft would help prevent/slow the ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Http://www.ncbi.nlm.: Ascorbic acid has been shown to reduce demyelination and improve muscle function in mice...However, its efficacy is unknown in humans.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
No: It probably not have the desired pain-relieving effect, but it should not do you any harm. If you feel your denture is rubbing sore spots on your gum... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Yes: Carbocaine does not have epinephrine, so its effects do not last as long as some other local anesthetics...For this reason it is not often used by its... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Depends: If the nerves of the supporting teeth die or develop "irreversible" symptoms like waking you at night, aching throughout the day, etc, then yes, they ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Yes: Some dentists receive additional training in order to administer certain forms of light sedation for patients not wanting to receive treatment with lo... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Maybe: If you are not having discomfort, you might be able to wait. Make sure the next appointment is in the near future. Temporary filling material can be... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Patience : Properly-fitting dentures take on average 3-4 office visits for impressions, measurements, planning, etc. Avoid temptations of "dentures in a day" ty... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
No: Root canal therapy removes the nerve and organic matter from inside a tooth's root canal system and then fills it with a material (gutta percha) and s... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Not yet: You should see your general dentist first to examine the tooth to see what's going on. He/she will refer you to a specialist if they think that's in ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Depends: Numbing bottom teeth often causes the lip and tongue to feel numb, so this can make eating more challenging shortly after your appointment. Top teet... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
No: "extreme pain" should not be occurring. Sensitivity to cold can occur for a short period following a filling. If your "pain" is spontaneous, wakes y... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Both good options: Both replace missing tooth/teeth. Bridge: relies on surrounding teeth for stability, cannot floss between bridge teeth, faster treatment than impl... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Ask your dentist!!: Make sure to communicate with your dentist first. Any medications you're on can affect what they're planning on doing so you'll want to plan ahead of... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Be patient!: It usually takes 3-4 appointments for measurements and try-ins before you take the partials home. The first few weeks or so will be you getting used... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Allergic reaction: Sounds like an allergic reaction, possibly a contact dermatitis. He should schedule an allergy test with his md. Be sure to tell the doctor if your ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Filling without shot: I'm guessing you're having fillings done without getting a shot, and you're asking if topical anesthetic (the numbing jelly) can be used, then yes it ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
2 schools of thought: I have silver fillings. The american dental association has articles available on it's website (ada.Org) about this topic, there's no scientific e... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Depends: If your tooth had a root canal, it'll need a crown asap if: it is a back tooth (molar or pre-molar), or if it is a front tooth that has lost a lot of... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
See your dentist: "severe" pain sounds like you're having pain throughout the day and possibly even having trouble sleeping/eating...If this is the case see your dentis... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Depends: For teeth in the back of the mouth (molars and pre-molars) you should usually have the tooth crowned asap after having a root canal to prevent tooth f... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Veneers: Dentin is the tooth structure below enamel, and it is yellowish in color. Thin/eroded enamel may allow more dentin to show through. If this is the c... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Can take a while: I tell patients to expect it to take several weeks before their tongue, lips, cheeks, etc become fully used to their new partials. Just be patient an... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Crown Retention: Sometimes, tooth decay can result in the removal of a significant amount of tooth structure above the root and surrounding bone. A small amount of t... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Patience: Often, a tooth will be tender/sore after having a root canal. This can last several days or more, especially if the tooth and tissues surrounding the... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Cook is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Cook is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This saved my life. Thank You!!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Alabama School of Dentistry
Graduated 2005MD

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

AGD, ADA
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