Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Smile with General Dentistry
Many patients do not realize that periodontal (gum) care is a crucial aspect of maintaining good oral health. If you suffer from gum disease, Dr. Joseph Mormino can perform a scaling and root planing procedure, also known as a deep cleaning, to restore your periodontal health. During treatment, Dr. Mormino will remove pockets of plaque from below the gum line and smooth rough spots on dental roots to prevent the accumulation of bacteria.
At Joseph T. Mormino, DDS, we stress the importance of preventive care as the best way to maintain a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. To ensure you are properly caring for your teeth and gums at home, we can demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques and address any concerns you might have when you visit our office. By taking the time to brush and floss regularly, you can prevent the need for restorative treatments at a later time.
Temporomandibular joints (TMJs) connect the jaw to the skull. When these joints become inflamed, patients can experience a range of symptoms, including facial pain, neck stiffness, and frequent headaches. Fortunately, Dr. Mormino can often effectively treat symptoms of TMJ disorder with a custom-made oral appliance. Worn at night, this device will gently realign your jaw to reduce strain on jaw joints.
Patients should schedule routine dental exams and cleanings every six months. Additionally, if you are at a high risk for decay or gum disease, we recommend scheduling more frequent appointments. During a dental cleaning, your hygienist will gently remove harmful plaque from the surfaces of teeth and look for signs of cavities. When bacteria is left untreated, it can compromise your oral health and lead to more serious problems.
Fluoride and Sealants
Fluoride and sealants are highly effective tools to help prevent decay. Fluoride treatments strengthen enamel to make teeth more resistant to plaque buildup, which is especially beneficial for younger patients whose teeth are still developing. Sealants are applied to the biting surfaces of teeth to create a hardened layer of protection.
If you are nervous about undergoing a dental treatment, we offer different types of sedation to ensure a comfortable experience. We can provide nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help you remain at ease, and its effects quickly wear off after treatment. We also offer oral conscious sedation, which will put you in a state of deep relaxation while remaining conscious and able to respond to commands.
We want to be there for our patients when they need us most, which is why we are proud to offer urgent care. Dr. Mormino and his team treat a full range of dental emergencies, including toothaches, knocked out teeth, broken teeth, and more. If you experience a dental emergency, call our regular number and select the emergency option. We will schedule an appointment as soon as possible, and same-day visits are available in many cases.