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By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
October 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Regular Cleanings  

Dr. Rosanne Palermo encourages you to keep up with scheduling regular teeth cleaning appointments at your family dentist in Erie, PA, twice a year. Regular teeth cleanings are important to keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking great!

Professional teeth cleaning appointments

During a regular tooth cleaning appointment, all plaque and tartar are removed from the surfaces of the teeth and your entire mouth is flossed. Plaque is sticky bacteria that builds upon the surfaces of the teeth, and if plaque isn't removed by regular brushing it hardens and forms into tartar. Tartar cannot be brushed away and must be removed by a dental professional. The bacteria in plaque and tartar can eat away at the enamel and cause a cavity, and also irritate the gums, and cause gum disease. Removing plaque and tartar protects you from tooth decay and gum disease, and helps keep your teeth free of stains.

Don't neglect your mouth

Your family dentist in Erie, PA, recommends regular teeth cleaning appointments every six months to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and to protect your investment in your smile. It's important to be examined twice a year because when you catch a cavity when it's still small, the tooth can be saved with a small filling. Cavities only get bigger without treatment and the more decay you have, the more involved and more expensive dental work will be to repair your tooth.

Regular teeth cleaning appointments twice a year are the basis of preventative care for patients of all ages, but sticking to a great oral hygiene routine at home is important, too. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you have a history of cavities you may want to add a fluoride rinse to your routine.

Dr. Rosanne Palermo is a family dentist in Erie, PA, and wants to see you twice a year for professional teeth cleaning appointments. A great oral hygiene routine at home and regular professional cleanings will protect your mouth and keep your smile beautiful. Contact us for an appointment at (814) 833-3001.

Damaged or missing teeth can be uncomfortable and leave you hesitant to show your smile, in addition to affecting your oral health. For your healthiest and most attractive smile, repairing the damage is essential. Dr. Rosanne Palmero in Erie, PA, offers crowns and bridges to restore your teeth quickly and effectively.

What are bridges?

Dental bridges are replacements for a tooth that has fallen out or requires removal due to damage or decay. A bridge fills the gap using an artificial tooth, which is bonded to the teeth on either side so it is durable and permanently in place.

What are crowns?

Crowns are used to repair a tooth that is still in place but has noticeable flaws, such as chips, cracks, a cavity that can't be filled, severe discoloration, or protrusions. A crown is custom-made to fit over your tooth to conceal the damage. Once cemented on, it becomes strong and permanent.

What are the benefits of bridges and crowns?

Crowns and bridges from our Erie, PA, office improve the health and look of your mouth and restore the function. The gap from a missing tooth or a damaged tooth can be prone to bacterial growth, which can cause decay and damage to the gums and other teeth. It can be uncomfortable or even painful to bite and chew with a void or damaged tooth, but repairing the issue renews your ability to eat and brush properly and easily.

Of course, these implements also offer cosmetic benefits, making your smile look complete, healthy, and beautiful. they are even undetectable so no one will notice the repairs.

Explore the benefits of crowns and bridges from our Erie, PA, office. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Palmero today by calling (814) 833-3001.

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
May 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Preventive dentistry from your family dentist in Erie, PA, can save your smile.

Preventive dentistry services are one of the most important parts of dental care. That’s because preventive dentistry is designed to protect your smile from disease. When you protect the health of your smile, it also helps guard against serious diseases like diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, heart disease, and others.

Dr. Rosanne Palermo in Erie, PA, offers a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services, to save your smile.

Preventive care visits with your dentist should occur every 6 to 12 months. You will need x-rays at least every 12 months, or more often if you have dental issues or tooth pain. You should also visit your dental hygienist once every 6 to 12 months for professional cleaning, and more often if you have periodontal disease.

During your preventive dental care visit, your dentist will:

  • Perform a complete examination of your teeth, gums, and supporting bone
  • Perform a complete oral cancer screening of your cheeks, tongue, and other oral structures
  • Take any x-rays necessary in order to diagnose tooth decay, bone loss, or other dental problems
  • Check your gums and supporting bone for bleeding and periodontal pocketing
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan to promote and maintain your oral health

Your dental hygienist may also clean your teeth at your preventive care appointment. All soft deposits (plaque) and hard deposits (tartar) will be removed using hand and ultrasonic tools. 

Your dentist can also share the latest ways to keep your smile beautiful. Cosmetic dentistry offers many options from professional whitening to bonding or veneers.

To find out more about the importance of preventive dentistry and how it can save your smile, talk with an expert. contact Dr. Palermo in Erie, PA, at (814) 833-3001. Protect your smile by calling today!

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
March 15, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you have lost or removed one of your teeth, you’ll need to consider what tooth replacement option will benefit you the most. Dental bridges or dentures can be good options, but are you aware of what dental implants can do for your smile?

Dental implants from your Erie, PA, dentist can instantly provide you with a perfectly natural-looking smile. If you are interested in dental implants, Dr. Rosanne Palermo can complete your smile! Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred tooth replacement practice because they have so many benefits like:

  • Boosting your confidence with a full smile
  • Stabilizing the surrounding teeth
  • Decreasing the risk of gum disease
  • Preventing bone loss

Implants can boost your confidence by creating a sturdy and long-lasting artificial tooth. Dental implants start with a strong metal screw that fuses to the jaw for a solid foundation, then a connecting rod attaches the crown to create a seamless replacement. A professional Erie, PA, dentist like Dr. Palermo can match the crown to the shape and shade of your natural teeth. Also, due to the sturdy foundation, it will be just a strong as your natural teeth. With a complete smile, the surrounding teeth won't shift because they are braced by the implant. It can be extremely dangerous if a missing tooth is untreated. Without a replacement, you could get an infection in the open wound or even lose bone mass in your jaw.

If you want to make the best decision for your dental health choose a dental implant procedure from Dr. Palermo. Call our office at (814) 833-3001 or visit us in Erie, PA. Completing your smile with dental implants is the smartest way to save your teeth and maintain your health.

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
December 31, 2020
Tags: teeth whitening  

Dr. Rosanne Palermo offers her patients a chance to smile confidently. Severely stained teeth make it hard to smile but teeth whitening in Erie, PA, offers patients a new chance.

What are the teeth whitening options?

  • In-Office Whitening: This technique offers fast, powerful results. First, your dentist covers gums and tooth-root surfaces provide a protective barrier between tissue and the whitening material used. The thin plastic device, retractor, holds lips and cheeks away from the high-grade hydrogen peroxide gel. After applying the gel to the teeth, Dr. Palermo leaves the gel on the teeth for about an hour.
     
  • Take-Home Whitening: This is another effective and more convenient way to whiten your teeth. So what happens with a take-home whitening kit? First, your Erie dentist makes a mold of your teeth to make two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays. You fill the custom-made trays with a whitening gel -- that's not as strong as the gel used in the office -- and place one tray on the top teeth and the other on the bottom. Leave the trays for about an hour at a time and repeat the process until you get the shade you want.

Both solutions are great! The in-office teeth whitening method gives you fast results in an hour but you do need to find time in your day to actually go to the dentist's office. On the other hand, the take-home teeth whitening kit lets you do things at your own leisure but you may need to repeat the process to get the results you want. So, choose whichever solution works best for you.

Do you need to speak with your dentist?

If you'd like to learn more about teeth whitening, contact Dr. Rosanne Palermo in Erie, PA. She offers her patients the confident smile they need and deserve. Give her a call at (814) 833-3001.





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