Dentistry for Adults
A Healthy Smile, A Healthy Body
Dr. Gravino believes that the health of your teeth and gums can have a direct effect on your body’s
overall health. He pays meticulous attention to that correlation, because studies continue to prove
that gum disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis are linked to the cause of other diseases in
the body, and we are here to help you break that link.
Dr. Gravino and our expert hygienists will provide you with treatment, prevention, and education to
stop existing disease and prevent it from returning. The importance of this cannot be stressed enough,
because healthy teeth and gums are not only a vital foundation for your body’s overall health, they are
absolutely necessary if you would like to keep your teeth for your entire lifetime.
Allow us to prepare a plan that will stop your existing gum disease and restore your best health, or provide
you with the tools to support your already healthy mouth and prevent disease from developing.
The Importance of Hygiene Visits
At Dr. Gravino’s office, your hygiene visits are so much more than “just a cleaning.” At each visit you will
experience a thorough, caring, and highly personal experience.
We allow the time necessary for you to talk with your hygienist, and Dr. Gravino, in order to address your
current needs. We understand that your oral health can change due to medications, lifestyle choices, home care,
and other factors, and we think it’s important to monitor those changes in order to catch signs of disease early.
We also love hearing about all the fun things that are happening in your life!
Having your teeth thoroughly cleaned by a professional hygienist, on a schedule that is determined based on your
needs, not an insurance company, is so very important, and here’s why. Even with proper brushing, sticky plaque
will cling in the grooves and pockets of your teeth and gums. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, which cannot
be removed with a toothbrush and floss. Tartar also forms below your gum line, creating serious issues that invite
decay, and even gum disease, to inhabit your mouth. The speed at which this build-up happens is different for
everyone, and home-care routines vary. Some people remain healthy with a professional cleaning every six months;
however, many others require three or four visits per year. That is why we believe that determining your care frequency
based on your needs is the only way to your best oral health.
“Beautiful smiles can only live on a foundation of proper occlusion.”—Dr. Nick D. Gravino
Occlusion is what people most commonly think of as their “bite.” If your bite (occlusion) is out of alignment, it can
cause serious problems, such as jaw and neck pain; problems with your gum tissue; excessive wear, pain, and fracturing
of the teeth; headaches; and sleep apnea, to name only a few.
Dr. Gravino recognizes the necessity of proper alignment, which is why he focuses on occlusion-based dentistry within
his practice. This means that at our office, when you receive new restorations such as fillings, crowns, bridges, or
veneers, Dr. Gravino will make certain your new teeth are in perfect balance with the rest of your mouth in order to
prevent occlusal disease from taking place. In addition, Dr. Gravino will screen you for healthy occlusion at your new
patient evaluation and monitor your bite at each preventive visit thereafter.
Treatment Planning for Comprehensive Care
Dr. Gravino believes that having a plan allows you to take action, and clear goals lead to success. That is why, for
more complex issues, Dr. Gravino is committed to comprehensive treatment planning, which takes all aspects of your life
into consideration, along with your wants and needs. Dr. Gravino’s thorough and detailed diagnosis is one of the things
that sets us apart, and we think you will agree.
To create the foundation of your plan, Dr. Gravino uses models, digital photos, and occlusion analysis, as well as the
radiographs, chartings, and notes from your initial exam. These essential elements establish your dental records, yielding
valuable information that assists Dr. Gravino in developing your individual plan. Then together, you can discuss your best
treatment options, guiding you towards reaching your goals and enjoying a lifetime of dental health.
Dr. Gravino is an expert when it comes to orchestrating the complex nature of full-mouth restorations. His intent is always
to bring you to a healthy state, and for some people that may require multiple restorations that are planned and phased over
time. These situations are usually due to chronic problems, injuries, illness, and dental diseases that are left unchecked
At your new-patient exam, Dr. Gravino will discuss your concerns, symptoms, and goals. Along with that information, he will
utilize your X-rays, photos, models, and charting and present you with a treatment plan that will help you achieve a healthy
and amazing smile. We will also discuss phased treatment and work together to come up with your best financial options. Your
ream smile can be a reality.
Senior Dental Care is Different
Our teeth age and lose strength right along with the rest of our bodies. There is a chance that your older
fillings may need to be replaced before cavities develop underneath and go unnoticed until the roots are
damaged. Even your previous dental work may fracture or grow wobbly with age. Our team is attentive to the
dental concerns of our senior patients.
We watch for gum infection, which increases in risk potential as we age. Plaque is more likely to concentrate
on the surface of older teeth and lead to decay. We focus on eradicating it before it develops into nasty
tartar and a larger problem. After years of caffeine and tobacco consumption, teeth grow dull and need professional
whitening to restore their original luster. Some of your medications will reduce the necessary flow of saliva
through your mouth, and we have products that will ease this complication. We advocate good nutrition, daily hygiene,
and routine check-ups to help your smile stay brilliant and keep your natural teeth healthy for a lifetime.
Don’t Risk Your Life to Oral Cancer!
Oral cancer steals one American life every hour and destroys countless others. With early detection, oral cancer can
be cured in 90% of all cases. That’s why we perform a thorough exam at every checkup and cleaning. If Dr. Gravino, or
our expert hygienist, sees anything that causes them concern, we’ll work together with the necessary specialist until
the issue is resolved.
Solutions for Denture Wearers
Imagine a denture plate anchored so securely that you don’t have to worry about the foods you eat. It’s true. Utilizing
the latest breakthroughs in design and fit, we can provide natural-looking, slip-proof dentures! Your meals can be
enjoyed without the constant worry of an embarrassing, or even a simply annoying, shifting or slipping of your teeth.
If you are a denture wearer, be sure to ask us about this. It will make your life so much easier.
No Mercury! No Metals! No Kidding!
With modern techniques, we offer restorations that are a natural-looking tooth color, contain no metals, and can actually
increase the strength of your teeth. This type of composite restoration bonds very tightly with the healthy part of your
tooth, creating an extremely strong surface that acts as a barrier from future decay.
Do You Find Yourself Falling Asleep on the Job?
Sleep apnea deprives your body of the rest and oxygen it needs to thrive. If you or a loved one find yourself falling asleep
during the day, snoring loudly, or experiencing interrupted breathing during sleep, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
In the past, the treatment for sleep apnea has always been a CPAP device. However, many people find this to be an uncomfortable
experience and stop using the device.
Modern dentistry has new treatment solutions in the form of oral appliances. These small acrylic devices slide over your upper
and lower teeth much like an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard. They correctly align your tongue and jaw to open your airway
and allow more air to flow into your lungs as you sleep. They are easy to place and remove, simple to clean, and convenient for
travel. Over 90% of patients have reported success with these oral appliances and consider them a great alternative to their
If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, we can help you take the first steps to a diagnosis. Dr. Gravino will assess your symptoms,
and if needed, he will send you home with a simple pulse-oximeter device that measures the oxygen in your blood while you sleep.
We loan this device to you at no charge. Upon completion of the test, Dr. Gravino will determine if a home sleep study is then
needed. If so, we will continue to guide you through the process, make you an oral sleep appliance, and get you on your way to
your best sleep yet!
If you snore, or a physician has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, give us a call today.
What is Xylitol and How Can It Reduce Cavities?
Xylitol occurs naturally in fruits, berries, mushrooms, and other vegetables. Even the human body produces 5 to 10 grams per day.
Useful as a sugar substitute because of its sweet taste, it is particularly effective in combating tooth decay caused by eating
foods high in sugars and starches, because it doesn’t break down in your saliva to produce an enamel-eating acid. Over 25 years of
clinical testing reveals that xylitol may be the best possible sweetener for teeth, which is why it has been endorsed by dental
associations across Europe.
Xylitol can be found in the form of chewing gum, tablets, toothpaste, mouthwash, or even candy. In our practice, we offer and
encourage our patients to use xylitol products.
If it’s time for your next cleaning, or if you’re ready to schedule a no-cost/no-obligation consultation, call us now at (440) 871-7040.