Promoting Healthy, Functional Smiles For Life
Drs. Nasso, Olsen, and Napolitano are committed to preserving the oral health of you and your family so that you all can have healthy teeth for life. They have the necessary training and expertise to provide preventative care, which means they’ll keep your smile clear from disease and decay, identify potential issues, and educate you about strong oral hygiene habits.
If your smile needs a little care, our Staten Island family dentists feature an array of services that can solve any dental issue while providing optimal results that you’ll cherish for years to come.
Some of our general dentistry services include:
If your tooth has been affected by decay, our team of dentists can use a dental filling to restore its shape and function. Fillings involve removing the decayed area of the tooth and replacing it with a tooth-colored composite resin.
Composite fillings aren’t only useful for correcting teeth. They also work to prevent further damage by closing off vulnerable areas where bacteria can enter.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy aims to remove infected pulp from the center of your tooth. While this treatment has earned the reputation of being intimidating and uncomfortable, local anesthetics make it nearly painless. In fact, avoiding treatment for your infection will result in far more pain.
Root canal therapy allows us to salvage the structure of your tooth and avoid extraction. If your tooth is too weak to support itself following root canal therapy, our Staten Island dentists may use a porcelain crown to provide the finishing touch, creating an equally stunning and durable result.
Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer screening is an examination that our dentists will perform during your routine dental checkups, looking for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions.
Each year, it’s estimated that 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer. Since this condition can be fatal without treatment, it’s crucial to start treatment as soon as possible. The earlier we can identify the issue, the better chance you have of beating it.
Gum Disease Treatment
During your biannual checkups, we’ll examine your gums for any signs of infection. Gum disease can lead to severe consequences for your oral health, but it’s easily treatable in the early stages.
If you improve your oral hygiene routine and the health of your gums doesn’t change, our Staten Island dentists might use periodontal scaling and root planing to remove any plaque and tartar that’s stuck below the gumline.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) refer to the section where the lower jaw attaches to the skull. If you’re experiencing discomfort, pain, swelling, restricted movement, or clicking noises in this area of your jaw, you might be suffering from TMJ disorder.
While trauma is one reason for this issue, damaged or decayed teeth can cause these effects as well. When you visit our Staten Island dental practice, our family dentists can help alleviate your discomfort and restore your ability to speak and eat with ease.
Oral Examination/Hygiene Visits
One of the most significant ways to protect your smile and set it up for long-term success is to visit our Staten Island dentists at least twice a year. These routine checkups give them a chance to examine your smile and eliminate any potential threats before they get out of hand.
During the oral examination, our dentists will also teach you and your family about effective oral hygiene techniques and other strategies to keep your smile in optimal shape between visits.
Some patients’ smiles may need a little more attention than a routine cleaning. If your teeth have stains, heavy plaque or tartar buildup, or any other surface imperfections, our dentists can perform a deep cleaning which involves scaling and root planing.
You may also benefit from a deep cleaning if you have gaps between your gums and teeth where bacteria can fester.
If you need x-rays, our Staten Island dentists won’t waste your precious time by sitting around waiting for the film to process. Instead, we use advanced digital x-ray technology at our family dental practice. These scans are quick, non-intrusive, and produce substantially less radiation than traditional x-rays. They also allow multiple dentists or physicians to see the results within seconds.
If you’re missing multiple teeth, our Staten Island dentists might recommend using a dental bridge. Bridges work by anchoring a single dental restoration to adjacent teeth, with support from your surrounding teeth.
For patients missing more than a couple of teeth, we also feature implant-supported bridges that will benefit your smile by providing optimal stability and strength.
Porcelain crowns are natural-looking, durable tooth-shaped shells that we can use to protect damaged teeth. This treatment restores the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance, making it the ideal way to correct severely damaged or decayed teeth. Our dentists can also porcelain crowns for single-tooth dental implant restorations.
Dentures are a fast and affordable way to restore multiple teeth or a full arch. They’re a quick and painless option that allows you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Our Staten Island dentists will customize your dentures so they fit comfortably and blend in seamlessly with your smile.
If you’re interested in a permanent solution, we also offer implant-supported dentures which use the strength and stability of dental implants to secure a partial or full denture.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I visit the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit the dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and examination. It’s important to note, however, that this is a very general guideline — some people need to visit the dentist more frequently.
If you have certain risk factors for gum disease, such as diabetes, smoking, or a family history of periodontitis, your dentist may want to keep a closer eye on your oral health to identify potential problems early. At our Staten Island practice, one of our dentists will work with you to develop the best schedule and treatment plan to ensure you maintain a healthy smile.
Is it safe to visit the dentist while I’m pregnant?
Yes, it’s absolutely safe to visit the dentist for routine cleanings and care during pregnancy. In fact, hormone changes caused by pregnancy may increase the risk of gum infections and gum disease, which can become problematic for both you and your baby.
As a result, we recommend that pregnant women continue to receive preventive dental care before giving birth. Still, we realize that laying in a treatment chair during an advanced pregnancy can be very uncomfortable. Except for cases of dental emergency, we strive to complete all necessary dental treatment before a pregnant woman reaches her third trimester.
How often should I have dental x-rays?
We recommend annual x-rays for our patients, as this gives us a detailed view of the internal structures of your mouth, allowing us to intercept and treat potential issues before they become serious problems. By using x-rays, we can diagnose cavities early, helping to prevent root canal infections, bone loss, and loss of tooth structure.
I brush twice a day -- is it really necessary to floss?
Yes! Brushing your teeth twice a day is a great start, but it doesn’t remove all of the food, bacteria, and plaque that can get lodged between your teeth or at the gumline. Flossing daily not only helps to prevent cavities and tooth decay, but it’s also essential in the battle against gum disease.
We’ll be happy to show you the most effective techniques for flossing. We can also recommend tools such as interdental brushes or water flossers that may make it easier for you to establish and maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
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Regular dental visits are recommended to prevent oral health problems.