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By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
May 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How root canal treatment from your dentist in Kissimmee, FL, can help your smile

If you have been told you need a root canal, you may be fearing the worst. The truth is, root canal treatment is nothing to fear. Modern root root canalcanal therapy is easier than you think, and it’s the perfect solution to remove tooth pain, and avoid tooth extraction. Dr. Vincent Grosso II in Kissimmee, FL, offers root canal therapy to help your smile.

Your tooth can hurt for a variety of reasons including tooth decay, infection, trauma, periodontal disease, and other causes. So, how do you know if you really need a root canal? There are some signs and symptoms which may indicate a root canal can help you. Let your dentist know if you experience:

  • Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Increasing pain when you bite down or chew your food
  • A red or white bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage including blood or pus coming from the bump on your gums
  • A tooth becoming noticeably darker or grayer than the teeth next to it

If you do need a root canal, don’t worry! Dr. Grosso begins by creating a small opening in the top of your tooth. Using ultra-thin instruments, he will draw out the infected and inflamed tissue through the opening. A temporary sedative filling is then placed inside your tooth. This sedative eliminates inflammation, pressure and pain.

When your symptoms have subsided and your tooth is no longer painful, Dr. Grosso will remove the sedative material and fill your tooth with an inert material. The opening is then sealed up with a permanent filling.

Your root canal is complete, and your pain is gone! You also have kept your complete smile! To find out more about how root canals help your smile, call your dentist, Dr. Vincent Grosso in Kissimmee, FL, today!

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
May 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontic  

There have never been more options available to invest in a straighter, healthier, and more attractive smile for children, teenagers, and INVISALIGNadults. Traditional metallic braces are just one of several options available to correct common bite and alignment problems like crowding, overbite, open bite, crossbite, and excessive gaps and spacing. Dr. Jeff DiMariano, your dentist in Sacramento, CA, recommends Invisalign clear aligner trays for teenage and adult patients looking for a discreet and minimally invasive alternative to braces. Read on to learn more about the different types of braces!

 

The Traditional Orthodontic Treatments Available at Our Sacramento Office

Traditional braces are available in a few different styles depending on the patient's alignment needs and personal preference:

  • Metallic braces with wires and brackets
  • Ceramic braces (the clear version of wires and brackets for a more discreet look)
  • Lingual braces (the appliances are placed on the back of the teeth so that they aren't visible)
  • Self-ligating braces (they use clips instead of rubber bands for less pressure and adjustments)

 

The Benefits of Invisalign

Given that many older teenagers and adults are understandably reluctant to wear metallic braces for personal and professional reasons, Invisalign can be a good alternative to discreetly straighten your teeth.

Invisalign can correct many of the same issues as traditional braces, and it offers a number of additional benefits for qualified patients. The trays can be removed for up to two hours every day, allowing you to keep up your oral hygiene routine and enjoy the same foods and diet. In some cases, the length of treatment time is shorter with Invisalign. However, some orthodontic problems are too severe to warrant the use of Invisalign—depending on the type and severity of your bite problems, your dentist will recommend the best type of orthodontic appliance for your needs.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

To learn more about which orthodontic options is best for you, contact our Sacramento office today by calling (916) 929-3898 to schedule an appointment with Dr. DiMariano!

HowShawnMendesandMileyCyrusGotTheirStellarSmiles

The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
April 18, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
The3TopIngredientsThatMakeYourToothpasteaSuperPlaqueBuster

Human beings have known for millennia the importance of keeping teeth clean. Although we've only come to more fully understand dental plaque's role in dental disease in the last century, our ancestors seemed to know instinctively this gritty biofilm on teeth had to go.

People from the past once used a variety of substances like ground oyster shells or leftover fire ashes to remove plaque from their teeth. Today, most of the world has replaced these substances with toothpaste, a mainstay of daily oral hygiene.

So, why is toothpaste better than other substances used in the ancient past? Besides the many other ingredients found in the typical tube of toothpaste, here are the top 3 that make it the ultimate tooth cleaner.

Abrasives. While your toothbrush does most of the mechanical work loosening plaque, toothpaste has ingredients called abrasives that give an added boost to your brushing action. The ideal abrasive is strong enough to remove plaque, but not enough to damage tooth enamel. If you look at your toothpaste's ingredient list, you'll probably see an abrasive like hydrated silica (made from sand), hydrated alumina, calcium carbonate or dicalcium phosphates.

Detergents. Your toothpaste's foaming action is a sign of a detergent, which helps loosen and break down non-soluble (not dissolvable with plain water) food substances. While similar to what you may use to wash your clothes or dishes, toothpaste detergents are much milder, the most common being sodium lauryl sulfate found in many cosmetic items. If you have frequent canker sores, though, sodium lauryl sulfate can cause irritation, so look for a toothpaste with a different detergent.

Fluoride. The enamel strengthening power of fluoride was one of the greatest discoveries in dental care history. Although not all toothpastes contain it, choosing one with fluoride can improve your enamel health and help protect you from tooth decay.

These and other ingredients like binders, preservatives and flavorings, all go in to make toothpaste the teeth-cleaning, disease-fighting product we've all come to depend upon. Used as part of daily oral hygiene, toothpaste can help brighten and freshen your smile, and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you would like more information on using the right toothpaste, 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 “Toothpaste: What's in It?

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
April 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth grinding  
StressandNighttimeTeethGrinding

April is National Stress Awareness Month. But what does stress have to do with dentistry? According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, if you have a Type A personality or are under a lot of stress, you are more likely to suffer from a condition called bruxism, which means you habitually grind or gnash your teeth. One in ten adults grind their teeth, and the rate is much higher in stressful professions. In fact, the bruxism rate is seven times higher among police officers!

Many people grind their teeth in their sleep without realizing it, so how would you know if you are a "sleep bruxer"? If your spouse frequently elbows you in the ribs because of the grinding sounds you make, that could be your first clue. Unfortunately, dental damage is another common sign. Some people find out they are nighttime teeth grinders only when they are examined by a dentist since bruxing often leads to wear patterns on the teeth that only happen because of this behavior. Other complications can also develop: The condition can interfere with sleep, result in headaches and cause soreness in the face, neck or jaw. Chronic or severe nighttime teeth grinding can damage dental work, such as veneers, bridgework, crowns and fillings, and can result in teeth that are worn down, chipped, fractured or loose.

The most common treatment is a custom-made night guard made of high-impact plastic that allows you to sleep while preventing your upper and lower teeth from coming into contact. Although a night guard will protect your teeth and dental work, it won't stop the grinding behavior. Therefore, finding and treating the cause should be a priority.

The Bruxism Association estimates that 70 percent of teeth grinding behavior is related to stress. If you are a bruxer, you can try muscle relaxation exercises, stretching and breathing exercises, stress reduction techniques and, where feasible, any lifestyle changes that can allow you to reduce the number of stressors in your life. Prescription muscle relaxants may also help. In addition, teeth grinding may be related to sleep apnea. This possibility should be investigated since sleep apnea can have some serious health consequences—we offer effective treatments for this condition as well.

We can spot signs of bruxism, so it's important to come in for regular dental checkups. We look for early indications of dental damage and can help you protect your smile. If you have questions about teeth grinding or would like to discuss possible symptoms, please contact our office or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Grinding” and “Stress & Tooth Habits.”





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