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

A Notch Above…the Gum Line: Dental Abfractions By drmori on January 27, 2017

An illustration of a healthy tooth next to a tooth with an abfractionWhile the term “dental abfraction” may not necessarily be familiar to you, the condition itself may be. If you have teeth with portions that have been notched out at the gum line, then you have what are clinically known as dental abfractions. It was once believed that people could prevent abfractions from becoming worse simply by changing their tooth brushing habits. However, it is now known that abfractions will only increase if restorative dentistry treatments are not performed.

In discussing dental damage and abfraction during consultations at his Staten Island, NY cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice, Dr. Joseph T. Mormino acquaints patients with their treatment options and helps them determine which is best suited to their particular cases. He also explains to them why it is so important to treat dental abfraction in a timely manner and not allow the problem to worsen.

If you have noticeable notches in your teeth at the gum line, we urge you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Joseph T. Mormino today.

What Are Abfractions and How Are They Caused?

It is important to note that abfractions are not caused by tooth decay. Unlike tooth decay, bacteria are not the cause of abfraction, although exposure to bacteria can cause an abfraction to worsen over time. It was once thought that the primary cause for abfraction was improper tooth brushing. Again, while over-aggressive tooth brushing can certainly cause abfractions to become worse (in addition to causing other dental problems), it is generally not the cause of abfractions.

The two most common causes of abfractions are:

  • Bruxism: More commonly known as tooth grinding, chronic bruxism exerts unnecessary pressure on the teeth. Over time, this can lead to the breakdown of the enamel and cementum that protect the teeth above and beneath the gum line, respectively. As these protective substances are damaged, notches can form in the underlying dentin at the border of the gums.
  • Malocclusion: Otherwise known as a “bad” or faulty bite, malocclusion refers to the failure of the upper and lower teeth to meet properly when the jaw is closed. Like bruxism, malocclusion can place undue pressure on the teeth, particularly while chewing. This, in turn, can cause abfractions to form as the result of enamel and cementum breakdown at the gum line.

If left untreated, abfractions can grow in size, allowing bacteria greater access to the delicate dentin layer of the teeth. Over time, this will lead to root canal infections and eventual tooth loss. However, Dr. Mormino can treat abfractions, whether minor, severe, or in between, with restorative dentistry. Treatments such as tooth-colored fillings and dental crowns can be used to restore and protect the teeth from further damage. At the same time, he can recommend therapies for bruxism or malocclusion to address the underlying cause of abfractions.

Learn More about Dental Damage and Abfractions

To learn more about dental damage and abfractions, or to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Joseph T. Mormino, please contact our restorative dentistry practice today.

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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 

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