Dr. Sam Romano

New Jersey Dental Implants and Cigarettes Just Don’t Add Up

For years, dental implants have been the solution for replacing missing teeth with titanium roots and synthetic crowns. The New Jersey dental implant procedure performed by dentists like Dr. Sam Romano gives people with missing teeth a reason to smile and eat properly. In exchange for having a fresh set of teeth, dentists ask their patients to eat, drink, and live right. So drop that cigarette stick and listen up: dental implants fail when you smoke a pack. Read the rest of this entry »

Loose Tooth? Visit a Dentist in NJ to Get the Right Treatment

You are happily eating your bowl of tortilla chips while watching the game on TV. All of a sudden, you feel something loose inside your mouth-one of your teeth nudges with every push of your tongue. Then, you suddenly get the urge to pull the loose tooth out since it will fall off eventually. However, the dentist NJ residents visit says to leave it alone and let it take its time. Read the rest of this entry »

Parts of the Dental Implants New Jersey Dentists Provide

Dental implants are one of the most sought-after dental solutions these days. These natural-looking teeth replacements are considered as the most advanced dental technique today because of their edge against artificial dentures and other remedies for severely damaged or missing teeth. Read the rest of this entry »

Dental Implants in New Jersey: A Product of Years of Evolution

Continuously improving medical skills and technology allow the field of dentistry to develop and offer the best possible treatments for patients. Dentists today are not only equipped in providing cure for oral problems, but also in restoring healthy dental conditions and avoiding the recurrence of oral maladies. Read the rest of this entry »

Smiles Abound at Dr. Sam Romano’s Office During Give Kids a Smile Day

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Dr. Sam Romano, his staff, some patients, Mayor Bob Conley, and Simon the magician take a break during Give Kids a Smile Day on Friday. Credits: Christy Kass

Christy Potter Kass

Monday, February 6, 2012 • 6:33am

MADISON, NJ – For Dr. Sam Romano, Give Kids a Smile Day was more than a national initiative to provide free dental care to children who need it – it was a chance to give back to the town he loves.

Romano, a lifelong resident of Madison who has been practicing dentistry at 120 Park Avenue for 26 years, is one of thousands of dentists around the country who took part in Give Kids a Smile Day on Friday. The program provides under-served children with free dental care, including examinations, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays and oral surgery.

Romano’s office saw 35 kids, some from Madison and some from as far away as Hopatcong and Dover. As they waited their turn, the patients were entertained by Simon Mandal, a magician from Chatham.

But probably no one got more out of the day than Romano.

“You don’t have to get on a plane and fly 10 hours to find a place where you can make a difference,” he said. “You can make a difference right here at home.”

Romano, a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and UMDMJ, said people always used to tell him how lucky he is to be from Madison, and what a great town it is. His response was always “It’s OK.” A mission trip to Guatemala a couple of years ago changed his whole perspective.

“Kids there spend the whole day going through garbage looking for bottles to cash in,” Romano said. “And I came back home and said, ‘Madison is pretty great.’ In fact, that’s the only bad part about Madison – too many of us don’t realize how good we have it until we go someplace else.”

In Romano’s office, Give Kids a Smile Day isn’t just about providing free dental care, in many cases it’s about teaching kids not to be afraid of the dentist – something Romano said he often sees in adults as well – and getting them on the right track to a lifetime of oral health.

“To get started off right is a game-changer,” said Romano, who will sedate nervous patients. “I’ve seen a lot of adults who were traumatized by a dentist when they were kids, so they don’t go. Then the plaque builds up and they have more problems that take more work to fix when they do finally go.”

Some of the kids who came to Romano’s office needed fillings or more extensive work, so he scheduled them to come back when he had more time to spend with them – still free of charge.

Dr Romano Magic Tricks for Kids

But probably no one got more out of the day than Romano.

“To take a day and do this, to help kids get on the right road, makes me happy,” he said. “We’re building a lifetime of good dental health, we’re helping kids not be afraid of the dentist. That’s what it’s about for me. The beautiful teeth and smiles are just a nice side benefit.”

Smiles Abound at Dr. Sam Romano’s Office During Give Kids a Smile Day

Dr Romano in The News

Dr. Sam Romano, his staff, some patients, Mayor Bob Conley, and Simon the magician take a break during Give Kids a Smile Day on Friday. Credits: Christy Kass

Christy Potter Kass

Monday, February 6, 2012 • 6:33am

MADISON, NJ – For Dr. Sam Romano, Give Kids a Smile Day was more than a national initiative to provide free dental care to children who need it – it was a chance to give back to the town he loves.

Romano, a lifelong resident of Madison who has been practicing dentistry at 120 Park Avenue for 26 years, is one of thousands of dentists around the country who took part in Give Kids a Smile Day on Friday. The program provides under-served children with free dental care, including examinations, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays and oral surgery.

Romano’s office saw 35 kids, some from Madison and some from as far away as Hopatcong and Dover. As they waited their turn, the patients were entertained by Simon Mandal, a magician from Chatham.

But probably no one got more out of the day than Romano.

“You don’t have to get on a plane and fly 10 hours to find a place where you can make a difference,” he said. “You can make a difference right here at home.”

Romano, a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and UMDMJ, said people always used to tell him how lucky he is to be from Madison, and what a great town it is. His response was always “It’s OK.” A mission trip to Guatemala a couple of years ago changed his whole perspective.

“Kids there spend the whole day going through garbage looking for bottles to cash in,” Romano said. “And I came back home and said, ‘Madison is pretty great.’ In fact, that’s the only bad part about Madison – too many of us don’t realize how good we have it until we go someplace else.”

In Romano’s office, Give Kids a Smile Day isn’t just about providing free dental care, in many cases it’s about teaching kids not to be afraid of the dentist – something Romano said he often sees in adults as well – and getting them on the right track to a lifetime of oral health.

“To get started off right is a game-changer,” said Romano, who will sedate nervous patients. “I’ve seen a lot of adults who were traumatized by a dentist when they were kids, so they don’t go. Then the plaque builds up and they have more problems that take more work to fix when they do finally go.”

Some of the kids who came to Romano’s office needed fillings or more extensive work, so he scheduled them to come back when he had more time to spend with them – still free of charge.

Dr Romano Magic Tricks for Kids

But probably no one got more out of the day than Romano.

“To take a day and do this, to help kids get on the right road, makes me happy,” he said. “We’re building a lifetime of good dental health, we’re helping kids not be afraid of the dentist. That’s what it’s about for me. The beautiful teeth and smiles are just a nice side benefit.”

Madison dentist ‘Gives Kids a Smile’ with free care, calm manner

dr romano and happy kids

Madison dentist Dr. Samuel Romano has a happy patient on “Give Kids a Smile” day Feb. 3, which saw Romano provide free dental care for children – and ease their fear of visiting a dentist, to encourage lifelong dental health.

MADISON – Dentist Dr. Samuel Romano, his entire staff, and some extra volunteers donated their time and service Friday, Feb. 3, on the 10th anniversary of the “Give Kids a Smile” program.

The program provides under-served children with free dental care, including examinations, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays and oral surgery.

“Give Kids a Smile” has become an annual tradition at Romano’s office at 120 Park Ave., where he has practiced for 26 years. Essentially he closed his business for the day to donate his services for the free event, which also required advance planning to be a success.

Timed to coincide with “Dental Health Month” in February, “Give Kids a Smile” is a national initiative to provide free dental care to children who need it. Dr. Romano, a native of Madison, called it an opportunity “to give back to the town I love.”

Romano’s office saw 35 youngsters on Feb. 3, some from Madison, and some from as far away as Hopatcong and Far Hills.

‘On The Right Road’

“Give Kids a Smile” day isn’t only about providing free dental care – in many cases it’s about teaching young children not to be afraid of the dentist – something Dr. Romano said he often sees in adults as well – and getting them on the right track to a lifetime of oral health.

With some of the children who came to his office who needed fillings or more extensive work, Romano scheduled them to return when he had more time to spend with them – still free of charge. Some were referred to an orthodontist who also will work with the children pro bono.

“To take a day and do this, to help kids get on the right road, makes me happy,” Romano said. “We’re building a lifetime of good dental health; we’re helping kids not be afraid of the dentist. That’s what it’s about for me.

“The beautiful teeth and smiles are just a nice side benefit.”

 

Published From the Madison Eagle

SNORE – S + IG = IGNORE This May Not Be An Option Anymore

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Just about everyone snores occasionally. Even a baby or a beloved pet may snore! However snoring can affect the quantity and quality of your sleep. Poor sleep can lead to daytime fatigue, irritability, poor behavior, trouble with relationships and increased health problems.

Sleep also affects your mood. People who chronically lack sleep are also more likely to become depressed. Sleep disorders deprive you of a “good night’s sleep”, chronic daytime exhaustion, and long-term cardiovascular stress.

Snoring is a most common problem plaguing the world. Studies show that almost 46% of the male and 30% of the female populace in the world snore on a regular basis. The question remains as to how snoring can affect your marriage. For many it most certainly can. But before diving into that topic, let us first know what is snoring.

If you snore regularly and experience these symptoms, you may have a condition called sleep apnea. It is as widespread as Asthma and Diabetes; however sleep apnea often remains undiagnosed.

What is sleep apnea?

Under normal conditions, the muscles that control the upper airway relax during sleep. If they relax too much, the upper airway becomes narrow and some people begin to snore. If the airway becomes to narrow, this may cause difficulties in breathing. Sometimes the airway becomes completely blocked and the person temporarily stops breathing – experiencing obstructive apnea. Apnea means without breath. This can last for 10 seconds or more. It may happen frequently or even several hundred times a night.

If you have this condition, every time an apnea occurs, you struggle to breathe, placing stress on your brain and heart.

Research shows that snoring and sleep apnea are associated with many serious conditions. Left untreated, they are a contributing risk factor in high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke diabetes and depression.

So don’t IGNORE thesymptoms if you SNORE.

To learn more about snoring and sleep apnea visit www.drsamromano.com

 

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How Vitamin D Affects your Body and Dental Health

This past year one of my patients, at our Madison, NJ office, had a small basel cell removed. Being fair she has always tried to protect her skin from the sun. The advice of her surgeon was to stay out of the sun. A recent routine blood test indicated that her Vitamin D level was deficient. It was interesting that all her medical doctors told her to avoid the sun but none, until the blood test, told her about supplementing her Vitamin D intake. As a dentist, we care about our patients overall health as well as their Dental Health.

Vitamin D’s health benefits have been in the news a lot lately. I took the time to understand the effects of Vitamin D on dental health. I want to share some information I have learned with all of my dental patients and more.

Many people understand that Calcium helps build strong bones ands teeth. However, most probably don’t know the relationship Vitamin D has with Calcium and your dental health. So, what does Vitamin D do for the body? Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb the calcium we need for optimal bone and teeth development. Without enough Vitamin D in childhood, bone deformities can develop. If we do not get enough in our adult life it can lead to reduced bone density, osteoporosis & increased risk of bone fractures.

The latest research suggests that Vitamin D plays a role in helping to prevent a variety of health conditions, including multiple sclerosis. It can also reduce the risk of breast cancer in women. So you are probably wondering, what about how it benefits your mouth? The importance of Vitamin D for your teeth is very significant and almost completely overlooked in the medical field. How often have you been told to take Vitamin D for the prevention of periodontal/gum disease and the formation of cavities? Probably not very often. Since we were kids we have heard about the importance of Calcium, but, the relationship of Vitamin D is just as important. For many of our patients, brushing regularly, flossing daily and seeing our dental hygienist twice a year hasn’t always stopped all of periodontal disease. As a dentist this is very discouraging.

When patients suffer from this disease they have a weakening of the bone that anchors teeth into their socket. This leads to redness, bleeding, inflammation (also known as gingivitis), which if untreated can eventually lead to loss of teeth. Vitamin D is also important because it acts as an anti-inflammatory. It is an important stimulator of our immune system. When your immune system health is at its best, you are less likely to get bacterial infections in your gums and elsewhere.

So how does it all work? Calcium is stored in bones and teeth. This stored nutrient is always in a state of movement. When the body needs more Calcium in the bloodstream due to low levels, the body extracts it from its storage in bones and teeth. When there is an abundance of Calcium in the bloodstream, it is put back into bones and teeth, thus making our skeleton very strong and resilient. Vitamin D acts as the regulator of this whole process. When Vitamin D levels are too low, no Calcium is put back into bones and teeth. Then our bones become weakened and susceptible to fractures. Low levels of Vitamin D can be a contributing factor to osteoporosis and periodontal disease.

To sum it up, Calcium and Vitamin D are critical for the general health and strength of bones and teeth. With the avoidance of sun exposure many people are becoming Vitamin D deficient. In the case of my patient, once skin cancer was detected, and the recommendation to stay out of the sun was made, the importance of supplementing Vitamin D was not suggested.
It is very important to make sure we get enough Vitamin D in our diet and from supplements. It is recommended to take 1,000 IU of Vitamin D daily for adults and 400 IU for children. Eating foods high in Vitamin D is also helpful. Such foods include milk, yogurt, salmon, orange juice, tuna, eggs, and cheese.

If you would like more information on how Vitamin D affects your mouth or your overall health please contact me at[email protected] or visit our website at www.drsamromano.com

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Madison, NJ Dentist Now Using Salivary DNA Tests to Fight Periodontal Infections

Madison, New Jersey-October, 24, 2011 – Madison dentist Dr. Sam Romano, whose practice is located at 120 Park Ave, is now administering two molecular tests that provide supplemental information about a patient’s periodontal disease. This information can be used to develop patient-specific treatment plans for periodontal disease therapy and to help establish the therapy endpoint.

The two salivary diagnostic tests, named MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID® PST®, are offered by OralDNA® Labs Inc., a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics.

Specifically, the MyPerioPath test provides semi-quantitative levels of 11 different species of bacteria known to trigger periodontal disease. In addition to identifying the bacterial pathogens, the test provides a bacterial-related risk of disease progression and suggestions for suitable antibiotic therapy. The MyPerioID PST test detects genetic changes (DNA polymorphisms) that have been associated with increased incidence and/or progression of chronic periodontal disease in some studies.

According to Dr. Sam Romano, “We are very pleased to be one of the first dental practices in the area to utilize the MyPerioPath and MyPerioID PST salivary diagnostic tests, enhancing our ability to provide the best possible care.”

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and other structures supporting the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Besides helping with tooth retention, successful periodontal treatment can help patients with diabetes to better control their disease.1,2 About 50% of Americans have gingival bleeding, the more common but less severe form of periodontal disease.3 Prevalence of more severe disease is more difficult to ascertain.

Several research studies have associated gum disease with other chronic inflammatory
diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.4,5

For more information regarding the MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID® PST® salivary diagnostic tests, or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Sam Romano at 973-377-7088 or visit www.drsamromano.com

About Dr. Sam Romano
Dr Sam Romano has been in private practice in Madison for 26 years. “I believe there is only one way to practice dentistry, with clear communication, a caring environment, and with clinical excellence. I know that a dental visit can be challenging for many due to anxiety. I understand. The second you walk into my dental office you will be made to feel welcome. Whether you are a young child, teenager, adult, or mature adult, you will get the same quality care that I would choose for my family and friends”.

About OralDNA Labs Inc.

OralDNA Labs Inc., a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), is a specialty diagnostics company created to advance clinical testing in the dental community. The company’s goal is to help the dental profession achieve better clinical outcomes by providing reliable, definitive, and cost-effective clinical tests that drive the detection and prognosis of disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.

References:
Swedish (Sweden) Koromantzos PA, Makrilakis K, Dereka X, et al. A randomized, controlled trial on the effect of non-surgical periodontal therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes. Part I: effect on periodontal status and glycaemic control. J Clin Periodontol. 2011;38:142-147.
Simpson TC, Needleman I, Wild SH, et al. Treatment of periodontal disease for glycaemic control in people with diabetes (Review). Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010;(5):CD004714.
Albandar JM, Kingman A. Gingival recession, gingival bleeding, and dental calculus in adults 30 years of age and older in the United States, 1988-1994. J Periodontol. 1999;70:30-43.