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By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
December 14, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Dr. Vincent Grosso is here to help the residents of his community with all of their dental needs. If you require root canal treatment in Kissimmee, Fl, look no further!

Let's Take a Closer Look

Dr. Grosso is very experienced with root canal treatment in Kissimmee, Fl, and can work with you to ensure that your procedure is successful, every step of the way. Let's look at what a root canal procedure entails:

We start out with an x-ray to get a close look at the situation and determine how best to proceed. From there, we will apply anesthesia to numb the area that we will be working on. Next, the tooth is isolated so that it can be worked on without affecting the surrounding teeth. The space is opened and cleaned. Once the root area has been prepared, it is filled.

Typically, the filling used for a root canal procedure is an adhesive cement that is compatible with your body. Once the root canal is completed and the area is capped, you will be finished with the first part of the procedure. An additional appointment will be necessary to install a crown over the affected tooth.

Because of advancements in technology, a root canal is no longer the painful and complex procedure it used to be. There is no reason to delay getting this procedure when it is necessary. In fact, by putting off your root canal, you may make the situation worse. Dr. Grosso can answer any questions that you may have and address your concerns so that you can get the treatment you need. Many patients report total relief following their root canals, so the sooner the better to have yours done!

Find Out More Today!

If you need root canal treatment in Kissimmee, Fl it's time to call Dr. Grosso at (407) 350-5969. Our team is here to help you get the treatment you need and enjoy a lifetime of good dental health!

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
December 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
4ThingsYouCanDotoFosterBetterOralHealthforaPersonWithDisabilities

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion people around the world have a disability. That's one in eight individuals of all ages who may need assistance managing their daily lives. One area in particular that often requires caregiver attention is oral health, which isn't always easy.

Depending on the disability, addressing a disabled individual's health needs can be overwhelming—and such concerns may be even greater now due to COVID 19. In light of all these and other pressing issues, caring for a disabled person's teeth and gums could easily take a back seat.

But oral health has a far greater impact on a person's health than just their mouth. Inflammation related to gum disease, for example, could worsen other systemic diseases like diabetes or heart disease. And, unhealthy (or missing) teeth could inhibit a person in meeting their nutritional needs.

But you can effectively manage their oral health by keeping your focus on a few principal items related to dental care. In recognition of International Day of People with Disabilities this December 3rd, here are some practical guidelines for ensuring your friend or family member maintains their oral health.

Stay consistent with daily hygiene. Brushing and flossing can be very effective toward preventing dental disease, but only if it's consistently practiced every day. Someone with a disability may need help maintaining that consistency, so be sure you set a regular time and place for them to brush and floss to help reinforce the habit.

Make brushing and flossing easier. These twin hygiene tasks may also pose challenges for a disabled person who has issues with physical dexterity or cognitive function. You can help ease those challenges by making sure they have the best tools to help them perform the task at hand, like large-handled brushes, flossing picks or water flossers.

Brush and floss together. For some individuals with a disability, a caregiver may need to perform their hygiene tasks for them. But even if they're able to do it for themselves, it may still be overwhelming for them on their own. In that case, brushing and flossing with them, and injecting a little fun into the activity, can help positively reinforce the habit for them.

Accompany them to the dentist. If you're heavily involved in a disabled person's daily oral care, you may want to go with them and sit in on their regular dental visits. This is a time when you and their dentist can "exchange notes," so to speak, to better be in sync with what needs to be done to improve your loved one's oral care.

If you would like more information about disabilities and oral care, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Aging & Dental Health.”

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
November 30, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
SeeYourDentistFirstBeforeUsingaHomeTeethWhiteningKit

Are your stained teeth bumming you out? There's good news—you can transform that dull and dingy smile yourself with a tooth whitening product.

There are dozens of over-the-counter whitening kits that allow you to brighten your own smile. Although not as controlled and long-lasting as a dentist's professional whitening, these DIY kits can still give you effective results.

But since these products involve chemical solutions that bleach tooth enamel, there's a common concern about their safety. Could you be harming your teeth by using a home whitening kit?

The answer is no—as long as you follow the manufacturer's directions for using the product. These kits have been formulated with a lower percentage of bleaching agent (usually 10% carbamide peroxide) than whitening solutions used by dentists. They've also been subjected to several clinical studies gauging both their effectiveness and safety.

That said, though, exceeding a product's recommended directions and frequency of use could cause you problems. If not used properly, a bleaching solution can erode tooth enamel—and this protective tooth layer doesn't grow back! As long as you whiten "within the lines," so to speak, you shouldn't encounter this kind of situation.

With that said, though, there are good reasons to consult your dentist before using a whitening product, or have them perform the whitening for you.

For one thing, an over-the-counter whitening product won't work if the staining originates from inside a tooth. It's wise, then, to have a dental examination first before using a whitening product to uncover this or any other underlying dental problems that should be addressed first.

You may also find a professional whitening will give you a more desirable result. A stronger professional bleaching solution under a dentist's expert control can produce a brighter, longer lasting smile than a home use product. A dentist may also be able to control the level of brightness better to help you achieve the smile effect you desire, from subtle white to ultra-bright.

Whichever way you go, your dentist can advise you on your options and make sure your teeth are in good shape for whitening. The end result can be a brighter smile—and a brighter mood.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
November 20, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
DentalHygieneandCareCriticalDuringCancerTreatment

After months or even years of radiation or chemotherapy, the words "cancer-free" is music to your ears. Your joy and relief, though, may be tempered by the toll these treatments can take on the rest of your body—including your mouth.

Both of these treatments can destroy healthy tissue along with targeted cancer cells. If the focus has been on the head and neck regions, they could damage the salivary glands to the point that they won't produce adequate saliva flow.

A lack of saliva can have a detrimental effect on your oral health. Saliva buffers and helps lower oral acid levels that soften and erode enamel and increase the likelihood of tooth decay. Saliva also supplies antibodies that fight disease-causing bacteria. Otherwise, bacteria—and the risk for disease—can rapidly grow.

If these or other scenarios occur, you may experience dental damage, even tooth loss. Fortunately, we can restore an injured smile in various ways, including dentures, bridges or dental implants. But we should also attempt to limit the potential damage by taking steps to prevent dental disease during cancer treatment.

The most important of these is to brush and floss daily. Everyone should practice these hygiene tasks to remove disease-causing dental plaque, regardless of their health status. But because some natural disease-fighting mechanisms in the mouth may be disrupted during either radiation or chemotherapy, it's even more important if you're a cancer patient.

It's equally important to maintain as much as possible regular dental visits during cancer treatment. Dental cleanings provided during these visits remove any residual plaque and tartar (hardened plaque), which further lowers your disease risk.

Your dentist can better monitor your overall dental condition during frequent visits and provide as much treatment as you can tolerate. They can also enhance your protection against disease by prescribing antibacterial mouthrinses, fluoride applications or products to boost saliva production.

Some teeth and gum problems may be unavoidable; in that case, you may need post-treatment dental care to restore your oral health as needed. But caring as much for your dental health as you're able during cancer treatment could help you realize a better outcome.

If you would like more information on dental care during cancer treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
November 12, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you have a tooth problem causing you pain or discomfort? Dr. Vincent Grosso of Grosso Dental in Kissimmee, FL, is here to offer you the right treatment. The dentist will examine you comprehensively to determine whether a root canal treatment or extraction is right for you.

When Is Root Canal Treatment Recommended?

A root canal is recommended when the pulp is damaged by an infection due to decay, crack, chip in the tooth, or faulty crown. However, this procedure can only work if the infection is not established. 

When Is Tooth Extraction Recommended?

A dentist might recommend a tooth extraction when nothing can be done to save the tooth. For example, if a tooth has developed a large cavity that greatly compromises its structure, it can be impossible to repair it. In such a case, extraction is the only option. 

Which Of the Two Procedures Is Better?

Both root extraction and root canal treatment in Kissimmee, FL are effective in dealing with various problems affecting teeth. No method is better than the other. Your dentist will examine your condition accordingly to determine which of them is most suitable. They will also explain why they chose the procedure and answer any questions you might have.

Root Canal Procedure

When you go to the dentist for a root canal procedure, they start by numbing the tooth and the surrounding area. They then create a tiny opening into the affected tooth to expose the canal. They can use tools like a microscope to have a better view of the canal if need be. 

From there, the dentist removes the damaged tissue from the canal, then cleans and disinfects it. The canal is then filled with a biocompatible material, which protects it from infection. The tooth can also be filled with a crown or filling to restore its normal appearance and function. You may feel some discomfort after the procedure, but that shouldn’t worry you as it goes away after some time. 

Tooth Extraction Procedure

Just like in the tooth canal procedure, the dentist will first numb your teeth as the first step of tooth extraction. From there, they use some specialized equipment to loosen the tooth and pull it out. You might feel some pressure during the procedure and bleed lightly after. The dentist will give you a piece of gaze to bite for around 45 minutes after the procedure. You may also experience pain a few days after the procedure. The dentist will recommend some pain killer to relieve the pain until you are healed. 

Sometimes, determining whether a root canal treatment or extraction will solve your dental problems is not easy. However, you don’t have to worry; Dr.  Grosso of Grosso Dental in Kissimmee, FL, will help you know which procedure is most suitable after a thorough evaluation. Call (407) 350-5969 to book an appointment.





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