American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile Program

24 Oct

An award-winning dentist, Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, has served patients in his central Florida office since 1995. In 2010, Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, was chosen by his peers as one of the “Top Dentists” in Orlando, and he won the “Best of Apopka” contest in the dental category. Beyond treating patients, Dr. Petrilli maintains membership in a number of industry organizations including the Dental Society of Orlando, Florida Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

This year, the American Dental Association (ADA) celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Give Kids A Smile program, which provides quality dental services to children in need. Initially designed as a one-day event in 2003, the program benefits approximately 450,000 children each year who receive dental care with the help of dentists and volunteers at more than 1,500 events nationwide. The program hosts its kickoff event, Give Kids A Smile Day, each February, with the 2014 kickoff event scheduled for Feb. 7, 2014.

Established in 1859, the ADA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the dental profession on both a local and national scale and to ensuring that all Americans have access to quality dental care. The organization represents more than 157,000 members in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

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Understanding the Link Between Medications and Oral Health

23 Aug

Many people are unaware that their prescription medications affect their oral health. Dry mouth is a common side effect of medications that control high blood pressure, treat incontinence, or help patients with Parkinson’s disease. Anti-depressants, antihistamines, and muscle relaxers also cause dry mouth. When visiting a dentist like Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, it is important for the patient to bring a list of all current medications.

With dry mouth, the lack of saliva causes tissue to dry out and become inflamed. This puts the patient at a higher risk of developing an infection. Liquid suspensions often contain sugars that increases the risk of tooth decay. Frequently rinsing the mouth helps reduce the risk, but it is imperative to see a dentist twice a year.

Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, serves patients in the central Florida region. His practice covers both cosmetic and general dentistry procedures.

The Progression of Untreated Periodontal Disease

17 Jul

Focusing on providing individualized care to patients at his Apopka, Florida private practice, Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, makes patient education a top priority. One condition that Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, is vigilant about helping patients prevent is periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is the inflammation and eventual breakdown of the gums and other tissues that support the teeth. This condition begins with plaque, a sticky, bacteria-filled film that naturally coats the teeth and gums. The oral bacteria inflames the gums if not removed with regular brushing and flossing. This inflammation is the earliest form of periodontal disease called gingivitis, and it is reversible with good oral hygiene at home and regular, professional dental cleanings.

Plaque left on the teeth for too long will eventually harden and turn into tartar, which breaks the bond between the gums and teeth. Pockets then form along the gumline, where oral bacteria collect, infecting and eroding the gum tissues and eventually the underlying bone. This causes sores, bleeding gums, and bad breath in addition to loosening the teeth. Once periodontal pockets form, the patient has full-blown periodontal disease. The condition is chronic, but symptoms can be managed to halt the progression of the disease and prevent tooth loss.

Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA – Dental Crown Q&A

27 Jun

A graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, possesses expertise in general and cosmetic dental procedures. Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, is skilled at placing dental crowns that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth restoration that completely covers a tooth. Crowns help to rebuild the structure and restore the appearance of damaged teeth.

How is a dental crown made?

The crown is constructed outside of the mouth in a dental laboratory. Then, the crown is placed over the affected tooth and is bonded to the tooth with a strong dental cement.

Which dental issues require crowns?

Typically, crowns are used when tooth decay is too extensive to be treated with a filling effectively. After a root canal has been performed on a tooth, the tooth usually is affixed with a crown to provide added strength and protection to the tooth. Crowns also may be fitted to hold bridges in place, cover cosmetic imperfections, or keep a deeply cracked tooth intact.

Which materials are used to construct dental crowns?

Crowns can be made entirely of metal or porcelain, or they can have a metal base that is covered with ceramic materials. The latter, a more durable option than an all-ceramic crown, often is used on molars and to construct dental bridges.