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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
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 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.

LoveandHipHopHostsNo-GapSmileandHowYouCanHaveOneToo

Nina Parker, the host of Love & Hip Hop for six seasons, is now busy with the new game show Blockbusters and her own talk show The Nina Parker Show. But even with a full plate, she took time recently for some personal care—getting a new smile.

Parker's fans are familiar with her noticeable tooth gap. But a video on TikTok in February changed all that: In the video, she teasingly pulls away a mask she's wearing to reveal her smile—without the gap.

Parker and other celebrities like Madonna, Michael Strahan and David Letterman are not alone. Teeth gaps are a common smile feature, dating back millennia (even in fiction: Chaucer described the Wife of Bath as being "gap-toothed" in The Canterbury Tales).

So, what causes a tooth gap? Actually, a lot of possibilities. The muscle between the teeth (the frenum) may be overly large and pushing the teeth apart. There may be too much room on the jaw, so the teeth spread apart as they develop. It might also have resulted from tongue thrusting or late thumb sucking as a child, influencing the front teeth to develop forward and outward.

A tooth gap can be embarrassing because they're often front and center for all the world to see, but they can also cause oral health problems like complicating oral hygiene and increasing your risk for tooth decay. They can also contribute to misalignment of other teeth.

Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate a gap. One way is to move the teeth closer together with either braces or removable clear aligners. This may be the best approach if the gap is wide and it's contributing to misalignment of other teeth. You may also need surgery to alter the frenum.

You can also reduce less-pronounced gaps cosmetically with dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Bonding involves applying a type of resin material to the teeth on either side of the gap. After some sculpting to make it appear life-like, we harden the material with a curing light. The result is a durable, tooth-like appearance that closes the gap.

A veneer is a thin wafer of porcelain, custom-made to fit an individual patient's tooth. Bonded to the front of teeth, veneers mask various dental flaws like chips, deformed teeth, heavy staining and, yes, mild to moderate tooth gaps. They do require removing a small amount of enamel on the teeth they cover, but the results can be stunning—completely transformed teeth without the gap.

Getting rid of a tooth gap can be a wise move, both for your smile and your health. You may or may not take to social media to show it off like Nina Parker, but you can feel confident to show the world your new, perfect smile.

If you would like more information about treating teeth gaps and other dental flaws, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Space Between Front Teeth.”

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
September 17, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Extractions  

Find out why wisdom teeth often need to be removed.

Impacted teeth are teeth that don’t fully erupt through the gums. This is often the case with wisdom teeth, the third and final set of molars to develop in your teens or early 20s. Unfortunately, impacted teeth can cause a host of problems, so it’s important to consult with your Kissimmee, FL, dentist Dr. Vincent Grosso to find out if dental extractions are needed.

Why Impacted Wisdom Teeth are a Problem

If your wisdom teeth are impacted or aren’t growing in properly, your Kissimmee, FL, dental team is going to recommend dental extractions. Most of the time, our jaws don’t have enough room to accommodate these newly emerging teeth. As a result, leaving impacted wisdom teeth can lead to a wide range of issues including:

  • Swelling, bleeding, and tenderness of the gums
  • Gum disease
  • An infection
  • An abscess
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Dental alignment issues that may require braces to fix
  • Decay
  • Persistent jaw pain
  • Recurring headaches

Why You Should See a Dentist About Impacted Wisdom Teeth

You shouldn’t wait until an impacted tooth causes these problems before you turn to us. By coming in twice a year for checkups and cleanings, we can monitor the development of your wisdom teeth through X-rays. This way, we can understand and keep tabs on how your teeth are developing and erupting to determine if an extraction is right for you.

While some people can keep their wisdom teeth, for most people this is not the sound choice for the overall health of their smiles. Having impacted wisdom teeth removed sooner rather than later can prevent further issues down the road.

If you are concerned about impacted wisdom teeth and want to discuss whether your smile could benefit from dental extractions in Kissimmee, FL, then it’s time to turn to your dentist, Dr. Grosso. We are also proud to serve the Hunters Creek, FL, area. To schedule an evaluation, simply call (407) 350-5969 today.