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

Undergo Treatment for Teeth Grinding to Protect Your Oral Health

By drmori on May 28, 2016

Illustration of healthy teeth vs. those damaged by teeth grindingMany people put a great deal of care into protecting their teeth and preserving good oral health. Unfortunately, if the structure of the teeth becomes damaged, the risk of dental complications increases. Teeth grinding is one of the most harmful habits that can affect the teeth. Consistent grinding and clenching wears down tooth enamel and leaves the teeth more vulnerable to the damaging effects of bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Dr. Joseph Mormino offers a full range of general dentistry services to assist patients in the preservation of good oral health, including treatments to stop the damaging effects of teeth grinding. Teeth grinding treatment allows our Staten Island, NY patients to restore the strength and health of the teeth while preventing further damage from occurring.

Damage Caused By Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can be a nervous habit, a way of relieving stress, or a side effect of a misaligned bite. Whatever the case may be, the effects of teeth grinding are the same. Persistent teeth grinding places excessive force on the teeth. Gradually, this habit destroys healthy tooth enamel and increases the risk of a number of oral health problems, including:

  • Root canal infection
  • Chips or cracks
  • Fractures
  • Tooth loss
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder

How Do I Stop Grinding My Teeth?

Knowing the harmful effects of teeth grinding is important, but that doesn’t make it any easier to stop this habit. Most habits are difficult enough to break, but the problem with teeth grinding is that it typically occurs while a patient sleeps. Since this is a subconscious habit, it is difficult to stop.

Fortunately, Dr. Mormino offers effective treatment for teeth grinding. The most common treatment for teeth grinding is the use of a dental mouth guard. This custom oral appliance is worn while a patient sleeps. Because the mouth guard is fabricated using a mold of each patient’s teeth, it fits comfortably without interrupting with sleep. A protective guard aligns the jaw properly and also creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth so that a patient cannot clench or grind their teeth.

Another possible treatment to reduce or eliminate teeth grinding is orthodontic treatment. If a severely misaligned bite is thought to be the cause of teeth grinding, Dr. Mormino can discuss orthodontic treatments to align the teeth and straighten the bite. When the jaw is properly aligned, patients are less likely to clench or grind their teeth.

Repairing the Damage Caused By Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding treatment is a great preventative tool for protecting the strength and health of the teeth. However, most cases of teeth grinding are diagnosed after damage has already occurred. Dr. Mormino offers a full range of restorative dentistry treatments that rebuild lost or damaged tooth enamel to restore the strength and health of the teeth. He can discuss the extent of damage and which of these treatments is most appropriate.

Contact Us

If you believe that you may be grinding your teeth and you are concerned about the affect it will have on the health of your smile, contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about teeth grinding treatment. Dr. Joseph Mormino will be happy to discuss the treatment options available to restore and protect the strength of your teeth.

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