Dr. Joseph Matrullo is a Dentist practicing in Cranston, RI. Dr. Matrullo specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
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There are many options to closing a space between the two front teeth, but not all options are good choices for every patient. There are a number of factors for a dentist to consider before offering veneers, crowns, or bonding to a patient. In this case, the reason that braces cannot close the space must be identified so the space does not re-open after it is corrected. A thorough clinical and radiographic exam would be needed to better answer your question. READ MORE
As with any other oral condition, the progression of the disease is influenced by a number of factors including genetics, habits, home hygiene, diet, and composition of the oral flora. If identified early enough, periodontal disease does not need to progress to the point of losing teeth. Increasing dental hygiene recall frequency, proper home hygiene with a few dental adjuncts, smoking cessation, and a proper diet are indicated in a person who is at risk. A proper dental exam and radiographs would be necessary to more specifically answer your question. READ MORE
This depends entirely on the location and extent of tooth decay, method of removing the decay (laser or rotary instrumentation), and your tolerance to pain. Some teeth can be restored without using local anesthesia, but most require it due to the factors listed above. READ MORE
Plaque is a biofilm that consists of a matrix of sugars, proteins, and bacteria. It will be present regardless of the foods you eat, but sticky foods like breads or bananas will contribute more towards the presence of plaque. Even healthy foods can adhere to the teeth. The best way to reduce plaque is to brush and floss properly after every meal. I would recommend that your dentist or hygienist spend some time with you demonstrating good home techniques. Depending on your visit, they may be able to recommend aides like a Waterpik or Rotadent that will help you. READ MORE
Clicking in the jaw joint can be 1.) normal, it can be 2.) a disc displacement with or without reduction, or it could be 3.) degenerative joint disease. A thorough radiographic and clinical exam would be necessary to properly diagnose the condition. Once a diagnosis is reached, treatment could range from simple jaw exercises and stretches, to a night guard to be worn to bed, to surgery. So a referral to an oral surgeon would be very reasonable depending upon the diagnosis and degree of TMJ dysfunction. READ MORE
You should have a dentist do a thorough exam to rule out any pathology such as tooth decay or gum disease. If there are no underlying conditions, desensitizing treatments including fluoride trays or in-office desensitizing can be performed. READ MORE
You should be seen by a dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation, as time is of the essence with tooth trauma. The root could be fractured or this could be a tooth displacement which may require splinting. The only way to determine the extent of the injury and the necessary treatment is with an exam. READ MORE
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- Frequent Smoking and Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Gum Disease
Studies show that smoking and lack of sleep are two factors that affect the progression of gum disease. “The study shows that other than brushing and flossing, there are lifestyle factors that may affect the dental health of a person”, says Preston D. Miller Jr., DDS, president of the American...
- Why are my Gums Bleeding?
Bleeding gums can result from a number of other health conditions, and can also result from vigorous brushing of the teeth or even wearing dentures that don’t fit correctly.The most common causes of bleeding gums include:...
- Floss Your Teeth the Right Way
Alla Wheeler, RDH, MPA, associate professor of the Dental Hygiene Program at the New York University School of Dentistry, says that since the results of flossing are not immediate, most people do not think that the technique actually works.In reality, this is the best technique, as it does...
- New Herbal Patch May Help to Heal Canker Sores Faster
According to a new study presented at the 85th general session of the International Association for Dental Research, a novel over-the-counter patch containing licorice extract may help in the quick healing of canker sores. In this study 46 participants who had recurrent canker sores were recruited....
- When are Dental Crowns Recommended?
What is a Dental Crown?Dental crowns are used for saving damaged or broken teeth, as well as when a tooth requires a root canal treatment. In order for the dental crown to get attached to the tooth, the tooth needs to be reduced in size first.A dental crown is a prosthetic superstructure that...
- What Are the Causes of Receding Gums?
As the margin of teeth recede, the roots of the teeth are exposed. Receding gums are a very common oral problem and are of concern as it may be the warning signs of many gum diseases. Gum deterioration occurs gradually with time and creates small pockets or gaps between the tooth and the gum, which...
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