Sleep Apnea and Devices for Treating the Condition

Practicing dentistry in Toms River, New Jersey, Dr. Christopher Lillo received a DMD from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Christopher Lillo specializes in molar root canals and treating patients with sleep apnea.

A serious sleep disorder that largely impacts the overweight population over the age of 40, sleep apnea can affect individuals of all ages. Those living with the condition and not receiving treatment have a higher risk of diabetes, heart failure, and depression.

Sleep apnea comes in two forms, obstructive and central. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses, blocking the air passageway. Central sleep apnea results from instability in the respiratory control center, which prohibits communication between the brain and breathing muscles.

Diagnosed patients may be recommended a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to wear while sleeping. The device delivers constant air into the nose to keep airways open and working properly. A dentist can also suggest a variety of tools, including a mandibular advancement and tongue-retaining devices.


Penn Dental Medicine Provides Free Care for Give Kids a Smile Day

A practitioner at the Oak Ridge Dental Group since 1995, Christopher Lillo, DMD, regularly works with patients to provide discounted services to those in need. Before entering private practice, Dr. Christopher Lillo studied at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he was involved with free dental clinics serving children.

Although the Penn Dental Medicine Network has continually pursued various community outreach projects since its inception in 1878, the American Dental Association launched the Give Kids a Smile campaign in 2003 to encourage practitioners nationwide to support children from underserved communities. In Pennsylvania alone, nearly 17,000 children do not have access to regular dental care because of a lack of insurance coverage. In response, Penn Dental Medicine lent its support to the Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)’s Give Kids a Smile Day on April 1, 2015, providing care to 75 children and helping families enroll in public health insurance programs.

Although the ADA formally designated National Give Kids a Smile Day on the first of February, the dental community hosts more than 1,500 free clinics year-round. The efforts of the students and clinicians at Penn Dental Medicine represent a portion of a professional network of 40,000 volunteers who collectively support approximately 350,000 children each year.

Types of Anesthesia Used During Wisdom Teeth Extraction

A participant of the charity Dental Lifeline Network of New Jersey, Dr. Christopher Lillo sees patients at Oak Ridge Dental Group, PA in Toms River, New Jersey. With nearly two decades of experience, Dr. Christopher Lillo offers exceptional care in molar root canal procedures and wisdom teeth removal.

When having one’s wisdom teeth removed, a form of anesthesia is utilized to help patients remain comfortable during the entirety of the procedure. The type of anesthesia employed depends on the complexity of the extraction. For instance, an impacted molar that grows at an angle and at times grows within the jawbone, rather than breaking the surface, is more difficult to remove. In this situation, a doctor would use general anesthesia to put the patient to sleep, so no pain is felt as the tooth or teeth are extracted. If given general anesthesia, a patient inhales the medication through his or her nose. Once asleep, a surgical team monitors the body to ensure the patient remains safe and healthy.

Administered either intravenously or orally, sedation anesthesia is also an option. Rather than losing full consciousness, the patient experiences suppressed consciousness. No pain is felt during extraction and the patient is also given local anesthesia to numb the affected area. Local anesthesia can be used on its own as well. A patient remains awake during the extraction, but only feels pressure and movement due to the numbing effect of the local anesthesia.

The Denture Design Process Involves Several Steps

Christopher Lillo has practiced general dentistry in New Jersey for the greater part of his career, and in addition to his practice, he provides pro bono dental services to those in need. For example, for elderly residents of local nursing homes, Christopher Lillo has designed dentures at no cost.

When a full conventional denture is made for a patient, a dentist ideally begins this process eight to 12 weeks after the teeth are extracted or lost from the mouth. The dentist takes measurements of the jaw and makes a series of impressions or molds of the supporting tissues that will hold the denture in place. Before casting the denture, the dentist tries a model on the patient to ensure a proper fit and bite, as well as an aesthetic color and shape.

The design process then usually requires a weekly patient visit over a four-to-five-week period. After the completed denture is placed, the patient may need to return to have the dentist make adjustments. In cases where teeth extractions have been planned in advance, the patient may opt to have temporary dentures made. In these situations, the dentures are designed before the teeth are extracted. The temporary appliance is used until the gums and bones have healed and a conventional permanent denture is constructed.

Dr. Christopher Lillo: Garden State German Shepherd Rescue Fosters Dogs in New Jersey

The nonprofit Garden State German Shepherd Rescue (GSGSR) is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping German shepherds. It serves New Jersey and parts of New York. The GSGSR thrives on foster families, volunteers, and donations; one supporter of the organization is dentist Christopher Lillo, who serves patients in New Jersey’s Ocean and Monmouth counties.

Located in Milltown, New Jersey, the GSGSR rescues German shepherds that come from pounds and shelters in the state. Families foster the dogs, and the organization provides the dogs with medical care. It also offers a referral service for current German shepherd owners who can no longer care for their dogs, and it assists in placing the dogs with other families.

As vice president of Toms River, New Jersey’s Oak Ridge Dental Group since 1997, Dr. Christopher Lillo oversees staff and ensures that the dental group is compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability regulations. In addition to his work with Garden State German Shepherd Rescue, Dr. Lillo donates to another animal foundation, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Dr. Christopher Lillo: Study Indicates Widespread Teeth Sensitivity

Dentist Christopher Lillo earned his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he established the Orthodontic Society, a philanthropic organization to serve financially disadvantaged children in the Philadelphia area. Dr. Lillo treats patients at Oak Ridge Dental Group in Toms River, New Jersey.

According to a survey of dental offices in the United States published by the Journal of the American Dental Association in its March 2013 issue, one out of every eight individuals experiences discomfort when eating or drinking something too hot or too cold. This phenomenon, called teeth sensitivity, appeared most commonly in younger people, women, patients with receding gums, and individuals who used at-home teeth whitening products.

Dr. Joana Cunha-Cruz, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the University of Washington, hypothesizes that sensitivity may explain why some people avoid certain foods. Interestingly, the condition often comes and goes, appearing one week and disappearing the next.

Dr. Christopher Lillo: Dental Crowns and Their Importance (Part I of II)

Dr. Christopher Lillo, who practices in Toms River, New Jersey at Oak Ridge Dental Group, provides several general dental services to his patients. In addition to performing routine examinations and cleanings, Dr. Lillo offers root canal therapy, removes wisdom teeth, and implants crowns. This two-part article discusses the nature of dental crowns and the benefits of their application.

Practitioners cover the teeth with dental crowns for aesthetic or restorative purposes. Individuals concerned about the color or shape of a tooth may use a crown to adjust its appearance. For others, however, the problem is more serious: Patients with damaged teeth, such as those that have weakened with fracturing, may require crowns to add stability. Crowns can additionally serve as replacement fillings when too much of the original tooth has been lost to decay. Crowns are commonly made of either ceramic or porcelain, which offer strength and come in the same color as the surrounding teeth. Despite the benefits of crowns, many patients underestimate the importance of obtaining them, especially when they have not noticed any pain in their teeth.