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

Cosmetic and Restorative Treatments for Chipped Teeth By drmori on March 28, 2017

Treatment for Chipped TeethIn most cases, a chipped tooth is a minor cosmetic concern and poses little risk to your oral health. In other cases, a chipped tooth may cause pain and even internal damage. If you chip a tooth, it’s best to have it looked at by Dr. Joseph T. Mormino at our Staten Island, NY office. He offers a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments for chipped teeth to give you a healthy and beautiful smile once more.

Depending on the extent of damage, you may need a simple cosmetic procedure, or you may need restorative treatment. Dr. Mormino will thoroughly examine your tooth to determine which treatment option is best for your oral health.

Cosmetic Treatments

Dr. Mormino offers dental bonding and porcelain veneers, both of which can conceal a chipped tooth and restore functionality. Although these treatments achieve similar results, the procedures and materials are different.

  • Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain is a strong, durable, lifelike material that can conceal and protect a chipped tooth. The veneer resembles a thin shell, which Dr. Mormino cements to the front of the chipped tooth. Porcelain veneers are a two-appointment process. In the first appointment, Dr. Mormino removes a small amount of your tooth’s enamel and then takes impressions. A couple weeks later, after a lab has created your custom veneer, you will return and he will cement it in place.
  • Dental Bonding: Unlike porcelain veneers, Dr. Mormino can complete the dental bonding process in a single appointment. This process uses composite resin, another tooth-colored material, to restore the shape and size of a chipped tooth. Dr. Mormino simply applies the composite in layers, and then uses a UV light to harden the material.

Restorative Treatments

In cases in which a chipped tooth causes more serious structural or internal damage, a patient may need root canal therapy and a dental crown. These treatments will protect the tooth from further damage while maintaining aesthetics.

  • Root Canal Therapy: If the chipped tooth has resulted in damage to the pulp, or inner tissues, of the tooth, root canal therapy may be needed. With this treatment, Dr. Mormino will remove the damaged pulp to prevent infection and the need for extraction. The root canals are then disinfected and sealed. In most cases, a dental crown is placed to protect the tooth.
  • Dental Crown: In some cases, a chipped tooth is too severe for a veneer or bonding to be adequate. A dental crown will cover and protect the tooth from further damage while also restoring the tooth’s functionality. Dr. Mormino offers porcelain dental crowns so patients can maintain a beautiful smile, and in many cases, he can create and place the crown in a single appointment.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Even if you aren’t experiencing any pain, you should seek treatment for a chipped tooth. The weakened structure could put you at risk for future, more serious damage if left untreated. Contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation.

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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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