At Mark Romanelli, DDS, we provide a wide variety of general dentistry services to help keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful.
Brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining the health of your mouth. Even the most diligent brushers can still be faced with tooth decay and gum disease. Dental cleanings are an extra preventative measure for keeping your mouth in top form. We use specialized tools to scrape the plaque, tartar, and bacteria from all surfaces of your teeth. Your cleaning ends with a polish to provide them with a beautiful finish.
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Your mouth is part of the oral cavity, which also includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, the front part of your tongue, floor of the mouth and the hard palate (roof of your mouth). The throat (pharynx) starts at the soft part of the roof of your mouth and continues back into your throat. It includes the back section of your tongue as well as the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth.
During your dental visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine these areas for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.
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Gum disease is a serious, progressive, oral health issue. Periodontal treatment aims to stop the progression of gum disease and help your gums, and your jawbone, to heal. Treatment varies depending on the severity. For earlier stages, a scaling and root planing, or periodontal maintenance are enough. For more advanced gum disease, surgical treatments, such as pocket reduction surgery, may be required.
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Sleep appliance dentistry aims to correct issues caused by sleep apnea with an oral appliance. An oral appliance is often used as an alternative to the C-PAP machine. It is meant to hold your jaw in proper alignment so that you can get the uninterrupted sleep you need to stay healthy.
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Bruxism is a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth. These actions are caused by the contraction of the muscles in your jaw. While it can happen at any time, it is more prevalent at night. During the daytime, you are aware that your jaw muscles are tensing, and can, therefore, stop it. As you sleep, however, you do not have this control. When the muscles contract, it puts excessive amounts of stress on your teeth, your jaw, and your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
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The purpose of your TMJ is to allow your mouth to move both up and down and side to side. When it is properly aligned, your teeth meet in their optimal bite position, allowing regular functions such as chewing and speaking to occur properly and without discomfort.
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Please give us a call at (805) 461-1772 for more information or to make an appointment.