From our Family to Yours, we hope and pray that everyone in your life is healthy and feeling well. To say we are living in uncertain times is a massive understatement and fear is normal. However, Faith is what fuels us through times of fear and uncertainty. Many of you have reached out to see if our office is open during this crisis. Please rest assured that as Healthcare Providers, treating patients is what we do. The Infection Control and Anti-viral protocols that we have practiced for 30 years to protect our Patients and Staff from viruses stronger than Covid-19 is what the rest of the world is just catching up to now. So the answer is YES we are open for treating emergency patients on an as needed basis and taking care of patient's needs. Our On-Site Laboratory also makes us uniquely qualified to handle emergencies in a timely and efficient way.

Additionally, many dental offices on Staten Island and Brooklyn have simply shut their doors completely during this crisis leaving many patients with emergencies and potential infections in need. The last thing we want is for those patients to resort to emergency rooms when hospitals and staff are already extremely overburdened. Rest assured that we and our On-Site Lab are welcoming new emergency patients in need, to treat you and your family in a timely and safe way.

We are also working on a proprietary method to perform consultations using tele-dentistry and should have a method on-line to help patients with that soon.

Humans are resilient, New Yorkers even more than most!!! We will get through this. We are here to help however we can.

Dr. Joseph T. Mormino and Staff Lauren Lisa Anne Marie Mary Annie Gladys Stephanie

Joseph T. Mormino, DDS

Your Treatment Options for Cavities

By drmori on April 29, 2016

An illustration of a tooth that has been restored with a dental inlayCavities. No one wants to develop them, but almost everybody does as some point in their lives. Fortunately, if you do have a cavity, we offer a range of restorative dentistry treatments to improve the health of the affected tooth. At the practice of Joseph T. Mormino, DDS, we can use a dental filling, inlay, onlay, or crown to restore your tooth. These tooth-colored restorations fill in areas that have been lost to decay, lending strength and support to the damaged tooth. To find out which treatment for cavities is right for you, contact our Staten Island, NY practice today.

Cavity Treatment: Stage 1

The first step of cavity treatment is to remove any infected or damaged tissues. If the cavity only affects the enamel and dentin layers of the tooth, we will remove the damaged tooth structure with a dental drill. First, a numbing medication will be applied to the tooth and gums to maintain your comfort. Then, we will use dental tools and water irrigation to clean out all signs of infection. When this is complete, the tooth is ready to be restored.

If the cavity has grown and bacteria have reached the inner root canals of the tooth, we will perform root canal therapy. In this procedure, we will use dental files to remove diseased tissue from the root canals. Once the infection has been eliminated, we will fill the root canals with a rubber compound. The tooth can then be restored, typically with a dental crown.

Cavity Treatment: Stage 2

When all signs of tooth decay have been treated, we can restore the tooth with a:

  • Dental filling: A dental filling is the most conservative treatment option for fillings. This treatment involves the direct application of a tooth-colored composite resin to the cavity. The resin is applied and hardened in layers to fill in the hole, restoring the tooth’s strength and bite.
  • Inlay or onlay: Inlays and onlays differ from fillings in two significant ways. First, they are only used to treat cavities affecting the biting surface of the molars, whereas fillings can be used on any area of any tooth. Second, inlays and onlays are made of porcelain, and fabricated indirectly, in a lab setting. After cleaning your tooth, we will take impressions of it so lab technicians can craft the inlay or onlay. An inlay can be used to replace lost tooth structure within the indented surface of the molars, and an onlay can restore the indented surface and the cusps. When the custom inlay or onlay is fabricated, it is cemented onto the tooth, restoring its form and function.
  • Dental crown: Similar to an inlay or onlay, a dental crown is made of porcelain and fabricated indirectly in a dental lab, but the similarities end there. A dental crown can be used to completely encase any tooth, lending it the strength and support it needs to withstand the daily pressures of biting and chewing. A crown is used on a tooth that has suffered significant damage due to a large cavity, multiple cavities affecting a single tooth, and a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.

To find out which treatment is right for you, contact Dr. Mormino’s practice today.

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