From our Family to Yours, we hope and pray that everyone in your life is healthy and feeling well. We are pleased to announce the Full Re-Opening of our practice! As we begin to return to our normal lives, our practice is now open for all dental procedures, not just emergent ones. Throughout this crisis, we have remained open to care for all emergency patients and we look forward to resuming all aspects of dental care. Lack of oral health has been directly linked to more serious health issues and cannot be overlooked. It is important to resume dental cleanings and to address any dental issues that have been put off during this crisis. Our staff is fully prepared to continue to protect our Patients from not only Covid-19 but from all viral exposure as the Infection Control and Anti-viral protocols that we have practiced for 30 years far exceed industry standards. To all our patients that had appointments cancelled due to this health crisis, we will be contacting you to reschedule those appointments. As always you can reach us at 718-876-9100 to schedule an appointment on your own or with any questions you may have. As always, our office and lab continue to welcome all new patients and emergencies if your current dental office is not available We look forward to seeing each of you again soon! All the best, Dr. Mormino, Lauren, Lisa, Anne Marie, Mary, Gladys, Annie & MaryEllen

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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Dr. Joseph T. Mormino, DDS

Dr. Mormino is a member of several prestigious organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Second District Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologist 
  • Academy of General Dentistry 

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (718) 876-9100 today!

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