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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.

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
September 21, 2020
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Taking care of crowns and bridges is essentially like taking care of your natural teeth, with a few exceptions. It's important to know how to maintain these restorations at home to avoid uncomfortable damage. Dr. Rosanne Palermo, your dentist in Erie, Pennsylvania, can help you take care of your crowns and bridges.

Avoid crunchy and sticky foods

One of the most common and easily preventable ways to keep your crowns and bridges stable is by not eating foods that can dislodge or break them. Chewing ice, sticky candy, or suckers can spell disaster for dental work; while the cement your Erie dentist uses for crowns and bridges can remain secure for decades, it isn't designed to be indestructible. If you have to work hard at chewing something, it's probably a risk you shouldn't take.

Stay current on dental checkups

Visiting Dr. Palermo's office twice a year isn't just for a deep cleaning and a new toothbrush, especially if you have crowns and bridges. Through visual exams and X-rays, your Erie dentist can determine if there are any problems developing with your restorations, your gum tissue, or the teeth beneath the crowns. Early detection and swift intervention can save you a lot of discomfort, money, and time.

Be careful when flossing

Once a crown is in place, it tightens the space that occupies the teeth next to it. The difference is typically only a few microns, but you may still have to change your flossing habits to avoid dislodging the crown. Instead of lifting the floss from between the teeth, for example, you'll need to slide it. This can be better achieved with a thin plastic threader rather than the flossing picks or the string alone. Your Erie dentist can make some suggestions on the best techniques for flossing when you have crowns and bridges.

We treat patients with crowns, bridges, implants; your unique dental situation will be given the best possible care. To schedule a checkup with Dr. Palermo, contact our office in Erie, Pennsylvania today at (814) 833-3001.

By Dr. Rosanne M. Palermo
July 17, 2019
Tags: teeth whitening  

Whiten your smile easily with professional teeth whitening treatments available from your dentist. The teeth can become dull or stained over time due to aging, medications, smoking, and certain foods and beverages. With professional teeth whitening treatments, you can quickly achieve a significantly whiter and brighter smile. Dr. Rosanne Palermo is your Erie family dentist for professional teeth whitening treatments.

Advantages of Professional Whitening

Several options exist for whitening your smile, including a wide variety of over-the-counter whitening products. For the fastest and most noticeable results, though, professional teeth whitening treatments are far superior. Most over-the-counter products do not contain a professional-strength bleaching agent. Professional whitening treatments can be applied in the dentist’s office for the quickest results, but convenient professional take-home whitening kits are also available. Your Erie family dentist can help you decide which option is best for you.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening delivers results faster than any other whitening treatment. In fact, it is possible to achieve a smile that is up to eight shades whiter after just one in-office whitening treatment. Additionally, the results of in-office whitening are long lasting and it is possible to enjoy your new whiter smile for several years before needing another professional teeth whitening treatment.

With in-office whitening, a professional-strength whitening gel is carefully brushed on the teeth by experienced dental professionals. Before applying the whitening gel, special measures are taken to protect sensitive areas, such as the lips and gums, from coming into contact with the bleaching agent. Once the whitening gel is brushed on the teeth, it takes about one hour for the bleaching agent to fully penetrate the tooth enamel and lighten discolorations and stains. After an hour, the whitening gel is cleared away and the teeth will be several shades whiter.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Take-home teeth whitening kits are a convenient alternative to in-office whitening that allow you to whiten your teeth when it suits your schedule and in the comfort of your own home. Take-home kits still contain a professional quality whitening gel and can deliver the desired results in just a few weeks. Take-home kits are as easy as adding whitening gel to custom whitening trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. The trays are worn for about an hour at a time, several times a week until the desired whitening results are achieved.

In-office and take-home professional teeth whitening treatments allow you to whiten your smile easily. For help deciding which option is best for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Palermo, your Erie, PA, family dentist, by calling the office at (814) 833-3001.

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
March 14, 2019

Find out why these simple dental checkups are necessary for healthy teeth and gums.

Just as you should visit your family doctor once a year for preventive checkups you should also visit our Erie, PA, family dentist, Dr. Dental Rosanne Palermo, for the same preventive care for your teeth and gums. So, why are these routine cleanings and exams so important and just how often do you need to come in for care?

 

What is involved in a dental visit?

Each six-month checkup consists of a dental exam and a cleaning. During the cleaning, our dental hygienists use special tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup, the culprits behind decay and gum disease.

Along with getting your cleaning, we will also check the health of your gums to look for early warning signs of gum disease, a condition that affects nearly 50 percent of American adults and is the leading cause of tooth loss. While it is known as a “silent killer” because it doesn’t often cause symptoms until it has progressed to a harmful stage, coming in to see your Erie, PA, family dentist every six months can prevent gum disease or to at least detect it early enough that it can be properly treated or even reversed.

We will also examine your oral tissue, tongue, throat, face and neck for any early signs of oral cancer. An oral cancer screening only takes a minute, is completely painless, and it could just end up saving your life.

 

What are the benefits of regular dental appointments?

Preventive dentistry is so important for protecting your smile against cavities, gum disease, and other issues. Of course, sometimes these problems can still set in but it’s comforting to know that our dentist will be able to catch them early on when they are much easier to treat and are less likely to cause serious complications.

This is also a time for you to ask questions or address any concerns you may have about your own oral health and at-home care during these checkups. Want to know if Invisalign is right for you? Wondering what toothbrush is going to help you get a more thorough clean? These are all questions we can discuss with you so that you can make more informed decisions about your oral health.

 

Is it time to schedule your next dental cleaning?

We work with your busy schedule to provide you with an appointment that’s ideal for you. Call our Erie office today at (814) 833-3001 to schedule your six-month checkup. Your smile will thank you!

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
January 04, 2019

According to a Gallup poll, about a third of adults don’t bother seeing their family dentist as often as recommended (twice per year at minimum). Many patients only go to the dentist when there’s an urgent problem. Dr. Rosanne Palermo, a dentist in Erie, PA, encourages her patients to make time for visits, even when their teeth are feeling and looking fine. Learn about the importance of preventative dentistry and how preventative treatments can help you keep your smile whole and healthy.

What Is Preventative Dentistry?
As the often recited axiom goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That just means that taking care of your health while you’re healthy is so much more valuable than seeking treatment when there’s a problem. Preventive dentistry is focused on getting and keeping your teeth and gums clean, clear, and protected from bacteria. It helps you avoid all sorts of problems, including dental disease and orthodontic problems.

Importance of Preventative Dentistry
According to the CDC, approximately of 31 percent of American adults have some level of dental disease. Meanwhile, close to a half of American adults need treatment for mild to aggressive gum disease. Both of these issues can be avoided with the preventative dentistry procedures offered at Dr. Rosanne Palermo’s Erie, PA, family dentist office. The great thing about preventive treatments is that they usually only require a very short appointment and minimal discomfort for the patient.

Important Treatments
These are some of the most common preventative treatments that can help you maintain good oral and dental health for many years:

- A thorough dental cleaning and deep cleaning when needed (scaling).
- Fluoride and sealant treatments (mostly recommended for children).
- The placing of dental crowns for tooth protection.
- Orthodontics to prevent damage to the teeth that can be caused by uneven bite patterns.

Make an Appointment Today
Don’t wait until you’re having dental problems to call your family dentist for an appointment. Start with preventative treatments, like cleanings, exams, and X-rays. Call (814) 833-3001 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosanne Palermo at her office in Erie, PA.