Dr. Paul Rodeghero is a 1983 graduate of Ohio State University Dental School. His undergraduate work was completed at the University of Cincinnati and he then completed a Masters in Pulmonary Physiology at Wright State University in Dayton. Dr Paul is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and A Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologist. He stays current on the state of the art dentistry, having completed thousands of hours of continuing education.
He provides a wide range of service to his clients including perio laser surgery, mercury removal and clear wireless braces. Dr. Rodeghero also offers state of the art oral cancer screening as well as digital x-rays and intraoral video imaging that give you an accurate understanding of your oral condition.
Dr. Paul practiced in his own facility in Morrow, Ohio for 20+ years. He sold his business in 2002 and took a one year sabbatical. From 2004-2010 he provided other dentist with a much needed substitution service. He has dental licenses in 8 states and has replaced dentist around the country while they took a break from their practice for personal enhancement, medical situations, or vacation. In 2010 he established a private dental practice in Clearwater, FL.
Along with his wife, Ginger, they raised four children on a small farm in Morrow. While there, he was the president of the local Chamber of Commerce twice, coached his son’s soccer teams through varsity in the local high school and enjoyed doing chores around the farm. Dr. Paul and his wife followed their four children to Clearwater, where they had all migrated to start their own lives. Spending time with his family and having “grandpa experiences” with his grandchildren are Dr. Paul’s favorite pastimes.
Dental implants look great – providing you with a new smile and a solution to the problem of dentures, whether complete or partial.
A dental implant is described as having artificial roots and are artificial teeth that are placed into the upper or lower jaw by means of surgery. This is done by a qualified dentist or peridontist. They look very natural and last a long time.
We use the all white zirconium Z-Look3 Implants, a safe alternative to titanium implants. These implants are completely biocompatible and metal free-ideal for patients with metal allergies. The Z-Look3 Implant is naturally white and more aesthetic as no no gray metal shades or traces can become visible. Additionally, your soft tissue reacts very well to this metal free implant. It is the most conservative approach to tooth replacement.
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
Three dimensional X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
Unfortunately, our diets today have many hidden sugars that your grandparents did not eat. When your grandparents were born the average American consumed about 40 lbs of sugar a year. Today the average is over a whopping 150 lbs of sugar a year. These sugars, especially those in sports drinks, sodas and energy drinks are responsible for interproximal cavities (between your teeth), causing an epidemic of teeth decay, especially in our children.
We have seen children as young as 18 months, but it is very difficult to say how your child will respond to his/her first visit. Some children are very relaxed and others can be very anxious about seeing the dentist. We make every effort to make your child’s first visit as relaxed as possible. We would like to help you educate your child regarding good dental care and do everything possible to make it a fun experience!
Depending on what you are coming to see us for, the visit could take a few minutes to a couple of hours. Then it is always possible that an unforeseen dental situation may arise causing your appointment time to run a bit longer. Generally speaking an average appointment for a cleaning or simple fillings will run about an hour.
Everyone responds to the anesthesia differently, some people’s systems flush it quicker than others. Generally it could be 1-3 hours for numbness to wear off, however some vitamin C will assist the numbness to be relieved quicker.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Most people do not look inside their mouths routinely and when they do it is very difficult to see what is happening to your teeth. A picture helps you to understand exactly what the doctor is seeing and why they may be recommending specific treatment. Additionally, pictures assist us to get the insurance companies to pay for claims that we send.
Our doctors are very concerned about your comfort and take every measure to avoid inflicting any pain. They will discuss with you before the procedure starts how to let them know if you are feeling pain and if so they will stop immediately. You will be in control throughout the appointment. Most patients find that we offer painless dentistry.
Fillings and crown & bridge restorations can be expected to last 5-20 years depending upon how well you maintain your teeth. However, some patients with good care have had restorations last as long as 30-40 years. Most insurances have a standard that they will pay for a new restoration on a tooth after 5 -7 years.
Our hygienist will do perio probing when they examine and clean your teeth. This is done by placing a thin probe between your gums and teeth. How deeply the probe goes is the number you hear. The higher the number the more concern we have of periodontal disease. This active disease eats at your bones and causes the gums to become detached from the teeth resulting in possible tooth lose if not addressed. If you hear 1’s and 2’s your gums are in good shape. If you hear 4’s-5’s you have a condition that certainly needs handled, if your numbers are higher you are in danger of losing your teeth.
Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. If not cleaned off the teeth it begins to harden and becomes what we call tarter or calculus. Brushing and flossing will remove the plaque. Brushing and flossing become more difficult as tartar collects at the gum line. As the tartar, plaque and bacteria continue to increase, the gum tissue can become red, swollen and possibly bleed when you brush your teeth. This is called gingivitis, an early stage of gum (periodontal) disease.
Gingivitis is reversible with good oral hygiene and professional treatment; however, if left untreated, gingivitis can advance into periodontitis. Periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease, occurs when bacterial infection causes your gums and the bone supporting the teeth to break down. Your gums may begin to recede, pulling back from the teeth. In the worst cases, the bone supporting the teeth is destroyed and can lead to tooth loss.