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Sticky Sweets & Crunchy Treats Are Harmful to Smiles

added on: September 19, 2013

popcornWhile it’s really no secret that we encourage our patients to limit sugar intake, it may surprise some to learn that it’s not only the sugar that’s harmful to your teeth. At the West Sayville dental office of Dr. Richard Sigismondi, we want all of our patients to know that while sugary snacks can cause damage to
your teeth, some are more harmful than others.

The key ingredient in all sweets is, of course, sugar. And while sugar can wreak havoc in your mouth, sugary sweets that are sticky, like caramel and taffy, can be even more damaging. The texture of these foods and others like them causes the sugar to linger on your teeth longer, leaving your them vulnerable to decay.

Sticky foods don’t necessarily have to be sweet to be dangerous. Sticky foods in general are harmful to dental restorations and can easily pull out fillings or loosen crowns.

While sweets and sticky foods are most definitely dangerous to the health of your teeth, other foods that may not be so obviously bad are just as detrimental, if not worse.

Crunchy foods, like popcorn or even ice, can not only cause broken teeth in West Sayville, they can also cause tiny cracks and chips, which leaves teeth more susceptible to cavities and other problems. While our teeth are strong and are made to help us chew, they aren’t unbreakable. And crunching ice cubes and catching the hidden kernel in your bucket of popcorn with your molar are just the types of things can cause a broken, or chipped, tooth.

All of us at our West Sayville dental office want to keep patients’ smiles healthy. One of the best ways you can help is to make sure you maintain regularly scheduled appointments – especially if you’ve got a sweet tooth or really love to munch on popcorn.

If you’re due for a check up, or if you happen to experience a dental injury from your snacking habits, don’t wait. Give us a call to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.


Sensitive Teeth in West Sayville? We Can Help!

added on: September 6, 2013

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Do you have sensitive teeth? Sensitive teeth are actually one of the most common dental complaints that over 40 million Americans suffer from. But at the dental office of Richard M. Sigismondi, DMD in West Sayville, we can help.

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

Teeth can become sensitive by brushing too hard or by using a hard-bristled toothbrush, consuming too many acidic foods or beverages such as citrus fruits and soda, and even by using some whitening toothpastes. These habits can cause your enamel to wear down and expose your nerves, which results in easy nerve irritation. The pain associated with this is what most people refer to as sensitive teeth and the pain is increased by eating or drinking cold or hot food, touching your teeth, or exposing them to cold air.

Relieving Sensitive Tooth Pain

If your teeth do become sensitive, don’t worry. Relieving sensitive tooth pain in West Sayville is part of what we do! If your teeth have been highly sensitive for four or more days, it’s best to contact us as soon as possible. We will initially do an in-depth exam to make sure that the pain you’re experiencing isn’t related to a cavity or abscess, and then we can work on relieving your sensitivity.

Our West Sayville dental office can help ease tooth sensitivity pain by applying sealants, fluoride, or other desensitizing products, or by prescribing a desensitizing toothpaste that can help block the sensation from transferring from the tooth to the nerve. This results in less pain for you and your smile. And of course, we may need to recommend that you cut back on acidic food and drink and change your oral hygiene habits to keep tooth sensitivity at bay.

If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, don’t wait. Contact us today and let us help ease your pain.

Protecting Our West Sayville Patients From Gum Disease

added on: August 27, 2013

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At our dental office in West Sayville, we take gum disease seriously and we want all of our patients to be aware of the signs of gum disease, how it can affect the rest of body, and how to prevent it.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

“Periodontal disease” is the technical name for gum disease, an infection of those tissues that support and surround your teeth. While there are times when gum disease doesn’t have any signs, common symptoms that could indicate a problem include:

  • Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing

  • Red, swollen or tender gums

  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth

  • Receding gums

  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums

  • Loose or shifting teeth

Furthermore, gum disease not only causes issues in your mouth, it can also indicate other problems within your body and make you more susceptible to serious health issues and diseases.

In fact, people with gum disease are more prone to strokes, heart attacks, heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes, among other severe health concerns.

How Can You Prevent Gum Disease?

  • Brush 2-3 times a day for 2-3 minutes with a soft toothbrush and an anti-plaque toothpaste.

  • Floss once a day, and rinse twice a day with a good mouthwash.

  • Avoid sticky sweet foods – prolonged contact can damage teeth.

  • Don’t smoke. Using tobacco multiplies your risk of gum disease by six times and makes it harder to treat.

  • Make sure to see your Wilmington dentist at least twice a year.

Visiting the dental office of Richard M. Sigismondi, DMD regularly is a great way to keep an eye on your oral health and also to spot any trouble areas before they have a chance to become big problems. If we do happen to find active gum disease, don’t worry. Although gum disease is a scary thing, it is easily treatable with early detection.

If you’re due for a regular visit or if you have noticed any of the symptoms we’ve talked about here, give us a call at our West Sayville dental office at 866-664-1585 today.

Crowns in a Day? Look for a CEREC Dentist in Sayville

added on: August 12, 2013


No one likes the idea of having a crown placed. It takes so much time… and who has enough of that? First you have to go to the dentist for prep and the Novocain injections that go with it, have gooey impressions taken (and that mouthful can make almost anyone gag!) and have a temporary placed and adjusted. The you go home and wait for your crown to come back from the lab. Sometime the temporary comes loose and you have to go back to have it adjusted or replaced. When you permanent crown is complete, you go back in, get more injections and then finally, finally, have your permanent crown placed. There has to be a better way!

Well there is: CEREC crowns in a day. And they are available in Sayville from Dr. Richard Sigismondi.

Because Dr. Sigismondi values his patient’s time and comfort, he has invested in CEREC® technology, the same computer-aided design (CAD)/ computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology used to design and produce precision tools, parts, delicate jewelry and automobiles.

This technology lets him to prepare your tooth, take digital impressions, design and manufacture your crown or other restoration in one easy visit. It saves time, money and it is so much more convenient, yet there is never any compromise in the strength of the materials or the quality and beauty of the restoration.

For more information about this exciting technology, or to see how it works, call Richard M. Sigismondi, DMD, at his Sayville NY office – 866-664-1585 – and start saving time with CEREC crowns today!

Vacationing on Fire Island? Count on Sayville Dentist, Dr. Richard Sigismondi to care for all your Vacation Smile Needs

added on: July 25, 2013

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Do you spend some or part of your summer or other vacation time on Fire Island, Jones Beach, or Cherry Groove ? What if you have a dental emergency such as a toothache or a broken crown? You can’t spend the rest of your summer in pain… and you’d really prefer not to have to go back to home to have your dental problem solved. Why not rely on Sayville dentist Dr. Richard Sigismondi? Our dental office is conveniently located just off RT 27. But we know that you want a dentist that is more than convenient; you want a dentist who will offer the same level of care you count on all year round from your regular dentist.

That is exactly the reason we offer dental care that is not only comfortable but technically advanced too. Our dentistry is performed with the optimal combination of function and aesthetics.

Our Sayville dental office provides:

Conservative and preventive general dentistry with a whole-body health approach

Restorative dentistry that perfectly combines form and function

Cosmetic dentistry that goes beyond beauty to ideal symmetry and balance

And of course, we also take dental emergencies!

We even have CEREC technology so that if you need a crown or other porcelain dental restoration, you won’t have to leave your Fire Island retreat more than once to have it fixed. CEREC allows us to offer pure porcelain restorations, custom designed and placed in one, easy visit!

We love both our seasonal guests and our year-round patients and make everyone feel so welcome and at home, that patients tell us that coming to see us feels a bit like a relaxing part of their holiday! In fact, some people who used to visit us only once or twice a year have decided to see us all year round for both their routine and their cosmetic dentistry.

But don’t take our word for how good our Sayville dentistry is: read what our patients have to say:

I cannot say enough about Dr. Sigismondi’s ability as a dentist, his artistry and determination for perfection. I have recommended him in the past and will continue to do so.

– Sally

Dr. Sigismondi is a kind, compassionate, and caring human being, not to mention he is also good at what he does! I always recommend him.

– Karen

If you’d like to learn more about our dental care in Sayville, NY, please call Richard M. Sigismondi, DMD at 866-664-1585. We’d love to hear from you and take care of your smile – year round…or just while you are on vacation!

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