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

The Space Between: Treatments for Missing Teeth By drmori on August 27, 2016

A dental implant placed in a tooth gapThe people of Staten Island know that they can trust our team to help them smile with confidence again. Even when facing major issues with dental wellness, we offer advanced restorative dentistry treatments, all of which can improve the look of a smile as well as its overall ability to function.

Missing teeth are one such dental problems we are well-equipped to handle. Let's consider some of your options for treatment.

The Problems Associated with Missing Teeth

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, there are a number of problems that you may face.

For one, missing teeth cause a number of aesthetic/cosmetic problems. If you are even just missing one this, this can make you hesitant to smile and laugh, even around people you have known for years. Many missing teeth can also lead to a sunken-in or hollow look around the cheeks and lips.

In addition to the issue with aesthetics, missing teeth can also result in a number of wellness issues. Eating certain foods can be more difficult, meaning greater chance of nutritional deficiencies. Bone loss and gum recession may also occur due to tooth loss given the lack of root structure.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a good treatment option to consider for people who are missing a tooth or a few teeth. These appliances help bridge the gap when you are missing a tooth. They are held in position by latching around the remaining tooth structure adjacent to the tooth gap.

Partial and Full Dentures

When a person is missing many teeth in a row, the ideal option is typically a partial denture or a full denture. A bridge is not longer possible since there is not sufficient tooth structure to clasp around. A denture is instead held in place by bracing around the the dental arch. A denture cream/dental adhesive can be placed to improve stability.

Crown-Supported Dental Bridges

While removable dental bridges are a strong option for tooth loss, it is also possible to have a dental bridge placed that is fixed in position. This is known as a crown-supported dental bridge. These bridges have crowns on either side of the appliance. The crowns cap the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap, ensuring stability.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are used to hold dental appliances in place when a person is missing a tooth or a few teeth. They are surgically embedded into the jawbone and gum tissue, where they fuse with the living structures of the mouth. Dental implants offer the most secure hold for dental appliances, and they can be used to support bridges, dentures, and even individual dental crowns.

Since oral surgery is required for dental implants, not all people are eligible to receive them. We can go over this and other factors regarding candidacy during a consultation.

Finding a Treatment Just for You

Treating tooth loss means customizing care to meet your needs. During a consultation at our practice, we will be sure to create a custom treatment plan just for you. We will be more than happy to answer your questions and address your concerns as they arise.

Learn More About Treating Tooth Loss

For more information about treating tooth loss and helping you smile with renewed confidence, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at our practice is here to help you.

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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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