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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.

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
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implant  

Do you have missing teeth? You're not alone. Millions of Americans are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Tooth loss isn't just a cosmetic problem. but can also cause a few other issues. Fortunately, your Erie, PA, dentist, Dr. Roseanne Palermo, can help you restore missing teeth and improve your appearance with dental implants.

How tooth loss affects you

Losing one or more teeth can cause these issues:

  • Decreased Confidence: Without a full smile, you may no longer feel that you look your best. Concerns about your appearance may prompt you to turn down social invitations or try new things. In some cases, missing teeth may even affect your job prospects.
  • Shifting Teeth: When you lose one or more teeth, your remaining teeth may drift in an attempt to fill the gap in your smile. Shifting teeth not only affect your appearance but may also change your bite, the way your upper and lower teeth fit together.
  • More Cavities: If your teeth begin to overlap due to shifting, you may find it difficult to remove plaque from the overlapping areas.
  • Trouble Chewing: Tooth loss makes chewing and biting challenging, even if you've only lost one tooth. When you've lost several teeth, you may not able to chew food completely before swallowing, which may cause an upset stomach. Although eating a soft diet may seem like a good compromise, you may not get the nutrients you need to stay healthy if your diet isn't well-rounded.
  • Difficulty Speaking Clearly: Your teeth, tongue and lips work together when you make sounds. When several teeth are missing, it may be difficult to correctly pronounce words and sounds.
  • Jawbone Resorption: Jawbone resorption, or shrinking, can occur after tooth loss. The condition can eventually cause teeth to loosen and may contribute to facial sagging.

Dental implants offer a long-lasting restoration option

Dental implants rebuild your lost teeth from top to bottom. Implants are small posts added to your jawbone during minor oral surgery in Erie. The posts serve as replacement roots and are made of titanium, a metal that bonds to bones.

Connecting dental crowns to the tops of implants restore your lost teeth and improve your appearance and biting ability. Since dental implants are firmly attached to your jawbone just like natural roots, you won't experience any decrease in biting power. Implants also prevent shifting teeth and jawbone resorption and help you avoid speech difficulties.

No matter how many teeth you've lost, dental implants offer an effective way to complete your smile.

Are you ready to restore your smile with dental implants? Call your dentist in Erie, PA, Dr. Palermo, at (814) 833-3001 to learn more.

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

Reduce your child’s risk for cavities with good oral hygiene and dental sealants.

Wondering what you can do to keep your child’s smile healthy and free from cavities? While back teeth are notoriously prone to developing decay, our Erie, PA, family dentist Dr. Rosanne Palermo offers dental sealants, a simple solution that could prevent cavities from forming on the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth.

Here’s what you should know about getting dental sealants for your child,

Dental Sealants are Barriers Against Decay

All you have to do is take a look at your own molars and you’ll see all those ridges and grooves that make it that much easier for food and bacteria to get trapped. Now it’s not so hard to imagine that cavities can develop on these surfaces more easily. Luckily, dental sealants are thin, transparent coatings that are bonded directly to these chewing surfaces to “seal out” food and bacteria.

Placing Sealants is Quick and Painless

Our Erie, PA, dentist and her team understand that going to the dentist isn’t always the most exciting experience; however, Dr. Palermo grew up with her own fears surrounding seeing the dentist. As a result, she’s turned her dental practice is a gentle dentistry zone. Her motto: “quality care without the scare”.

Of course, getting dental sealants isn’t all that scary to begin with. This plastic coating is painted over these chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth, so it’s not invasive or in the least bit uncomfortable. You don’t even have to schedule a separate dental appointment to get them. We can easily place sealants during your child’s next routine cleaning.

Sealants are Highly Effective

Sealants are also incredibly effective at preventing cavities. According to the CDC, once a sealant is placed it can prevent 80 percent of cavities for up to two years. They also offer a 50 percent efficacy rate against cavities for up to four years.

Despite having sealants, it’s still important that your child maintains good oral hygiene and continues to practice good brushing and flossing techniques (even on their molars).

Whether you have questions about dental sealants are want to get sealants placed on your child’s teeth during their next dental visit call our Erie, PA, family dentist Dr. Rosanne Palermo today at (814) 833-3001.

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
November 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Do you have a fragile or damaged tooth? Adding a dental crown to the weakened structure can offer you a simple way to fortify your oral dental-crownshealth. Available from your Erie, PA, family dentist, Dr. Rosanne Palermo, read on to learn if dental crowns are right for your situation!

 

Why restoring your broken tooth is so important

If you've broken a tooth, the change to your appearance may be your first concern. While improving your smile is certainly an important reason to add a crown to your tooth, it's not the only one.

For instance, biting and chewing become much more difficult with a broken tooth. You may not be able to grind or tear food easily, and the jagged edges will likely cut into the sensitive tissue on your lips, tongue, and cheeks.

Fortunately, crowns can completely cover broken teeth and restore both the function and appearance. They look just like natural teeth and are designed to slip over your tooth once it's been reduced in size.

 

How crowns protect fragile teeth

Do you have a crack in a tooth, or are your teeth weak or brittle? If you ignore your problem tooth and continue to chew with it, it may break one day. Crowns stabilize and strengthen at-risk teeth, preventing breaks from occurring.

Your dentist may recommend a crown if you have a large filling or had a root canal. Any procedure that removes large amounts of tooth structure can weaken the tooth, increasing its risk of fracture. Fortunately, protecting the tooth is as simple as adding a crown.

 

Crowns blend in with your smile

Your Erie family dentist makes an impression of your mouth to ensure that the crown the dental laboratory creates looks completely natural. Crowns are produced in a variety of tooth-colored shades to make it easy to match the color of nearby teeth.

In addition to restoring damaged teeth and protecting fragile teeth, crowns can also be used to hide discolorations, change the appearance of an oddly shaped tooth, or length short teeth.

 

Need dental work? Give us a call

Restore and protect your teeth with dental crowns! Call your Erie, PA, family dentist, Dr. Rosanne Palermo, at (814) 833-3001 to schedule an appointment.