Share a Smile: October Giveaway

The highest honor to us, is when our patients have enough confidence in us to recommend us to their friends and family. In order to thank you for your confidence and faith in us, when we see an existing patient refers a new patient to the practice, we enter their name into a drawing to win an award. Multiple entries are allowed, so the more referrals you make; the more entries you will receive into the drawing. Reward drawings occur quarterly and prizes change each quarter.

This quarter the prize is a celebration of smiles! What better way to celebrate your smile than with a photo shoot? We are giving away a $150 Gift Certificate to JL Photography and a collection of frames to the winner.

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Remember you can’t win without entering! You may fill out a ‘Refer a Friend’ form on our website here, but entries will occur at the time of the new patient’s first appointment.

The Root Canal Explained

Endodontic treatments involve the treatment of the interior of the teeth and one of the most popular types of endodontic treatment is a root canal.

To understand the root canal procedure, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. The pulp extends from the crown (or top of the tooth) to the tip of the roots. The pulp is particularly important during a tooth’s growth and development, but once a tooth is fully mature it can survive without the pulp. The continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it, so the pulp is unnecessary.

Root canals are required when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess. Some indications that a root canal procedure may be indicated are pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gum tissues. There are cases where there are no symptoms, however.

The root canal procedure itself involves the removal of the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleaning and shaping the inside of the root chambers, then filling and sealing the space. Many root canal procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With modern techniques most patients are comfortable during the procedure. For the first few days following treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications.

Following the root canal procedure a crown is generally indicated to protect and restore the tooth to full functionality.

Meet Dr.Cicero

Read more about what Dr.Cicero says about himself and his work:

Since I was young I had a dream: to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a dentist.

At 14 I started observing him in our family practices in Rome, that’s when I knew this profession would become my life’s work.

Since that first day many things have happened.

My parents encouraged me to be a citizen of the world; at 16 I was sent to the United States to broaden my horizon.

Studying in the us exposed me to a diverse student body and allowed me to cultivated a global sensibility. After my experience in America I worked alongside my father practice in Rome while attending dental school.

My ambition paid off. After 5 years in Rome I was given the opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious Periodontal residency programs in the world, in NYC.

During these years I was able to channel my passion and refine my focus into the field of Periodontics.

My time here connected me to a new family of clinicians that inspire and influence my work to this day. Today my profession is divided between the Italy and the United States.

A big part of my profession today is devoted to research and education, improving patient care, striving for new innovative protocols and pushing the limits of my profession.

My work has reveled to me first-hand what giving back a smile means. People life’s do change when they start smiling again.

This cities I work in and the patients I treat are a great source of inspiration and motiviation for me. Today I am ready to continue a great challenge in my life, a challenge that is a promise and a commitment: to make people smile again.

However, this is only the beginning. I also want to shape and change the way we inspire future generations of Dentists.

The future is of the people who dream and today it’s the right time to make our dreams become true!

My name is Dr Giuseppe Cicero, I am a periodontist and work with passion every day to make people smile again.


RI Mission of Mercy

What is the RI Mission of Mercy? It is two-day FREE dental clinic is held once a year and provides free dental care to the uninsured, underinsured or anyone who cannot access dental care.
At the clinic, patients will initially undergo a health and dental evaluation, and will then be provided with treatment on a first-come, first-served basis, based on their oral health needs.
Services include fillings, x-rays, tooth extractions, root canal treatment on front teeth only, oral health instructions, small denture repairs and a limited number of partial dentures to replace missing front teeth. These are provided by licensed dental professional volunteers.
The clinic is staffed with over 350 dental & medical volunteers and over 225 community volunteers who graciously give their time, talent and clinical expertise to provide FREE dental services to deserving patients. Dr.DiSano and several of his staff are excited to be among the volunteers yet again this year. 
The event will be taking place on September 29th and 30th this year at the Providence Community Health Centers Dental Clinic located at 335 R Prairie Avenue. If you are in need of more information to become a potential patient, please click here to visit the Mission of Mercy’s website.

Do I Need to Replace my Tooth

Losing a tooth is never a good prospect. Traditionally, there isn’t a conversation about the necessity for tooth replacement on front teeth, but for those that are in the back of your moth and not visible there is usually something to discuss. Replacement of a tooth can be expensive and some consider leaving the area without a tooth. We advise against this option – the failure to replace a missing tooth can have physical and mental consequences.

Having a missing tooth can lead to long-term problems inside and outside your mouth.

Over time, the teeth beside the missing tooth area will shift toward each other in an effort to fill in the gap. There are cases where the teeth above or below this space will shift down or up as well. This collapse in your bite is referred to as malocclusion – or improper alignment of the teeth. This malocclusion can cause larger and more serious problems: overbite, crossbite, an excess strain on the jaw,  difficulty chewing, and an increased risk for tooth decay. The treatment option for malocclusion is braces.

Missing teeth can sometimes result the incomplete chewing of your food (consciously or unconsciously). This can lead to digestive issues like acid reflux and malnutrition from nutrients not being absorbed properly in the digestive tract. While it may seem like a back molar hidden from view that does not need to be replaced, remember that those teeth are essential for proper chewing and digestion.

Missing teeth can also cause bone loss along the jawline, which leads to a sagging appearance around the mouth because the bone tissue lacks the support of the teeth. This sagging face phenomenon is common among people who wear dentures.

Beyond the physical effects, having a missing tooth can have negative mental consequences in the short and long term. Society casts a negative light on people with missing teeth – commonly depicting the poor and/or unintelligent with missing teeth. The perceptions from pop culture spill over into reality and the stigma presents itself in real life.

As life expectancies continue to rise, you could be living with the stigma and difficulty speaking or eating for decades, even if you lose a tooth at age 50 or 60.

Restoring Your Smile

The most common treatment in order to replace a missing tooth is a dental implant. Implants consist of a titanium post covered by a crown or denture. The process typically takes about three months from start to finish, which includes plenty of time for your mouth to adjust to the implant and heal before the crown or denture is applied. The implant and temporary crown can be applied on the same day, allowing you to return to normal activities while the permanent crown is made.

The end result is a tooth that looks and feels just like the one you lost!

Contact the office to set up a consultation and find out about tooth replacement options if this sounds like the direction you would like to go in with your smile!