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February 18, 2019
4 days ago

When you’re injured in an accident, one of the first things you need to do is see your doctor to have your injuries diagnosed and to get the treatment you need. You should also head to your dentist shortly afterward to have your dental injuries diagnosed – even if you don’t feel you’ve suffered a dental injury. This is because some kinds of dental injury, like tiny fractures in the teeth, can sometimes go unnoticed at first. Left untreated, these small issues can become substantial ones.

Your Philadelphia personal injury attorney can refer you to a dentist who is qualified to diagnose and treat your injuries. Talk to him or her about seeking dental healthcare and pursuing compensation for its cost through your personal injury claim.

Ways your Teeth and Mouth can be Injured in an Accident

There are many different ways your teeth and mouth can be injured in an accident. These include:

  • Tooth intrusion. This is when a tooth is slammed into the jawbone, which can cause the tooth to “die” by damaging its interior pulp;
  • Cracked teeth;
  • Fractures in a tooth’s roots;
  • Injuries to the jawbone;
  • Teeth being knocked out; and
  • Chipped teeth.

Some of these injuries are relatively minor, like chipped teeth. Others, like tooth intrusion, can have serious complications like the shortening of the affected tooth’s roots. Even seemingly minor conditions like cracked teeth can have a big impact on your life, like making your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold foods and negatively impacting your self-image. In extreme cases, losing one or more teeth can permanently alter your appearance, and not just by leaving gaps in your smile. Your facial structure can change when it does not have your teeth to support your skin and muscles.

Dental Procedures you Might Need After an Accident

After diagnosing your dental injuries, your dentist will recommend appropriate treatments for them. You might need to have one or more teeth capped, filled, or removed. You might also need to undergo a root canal and in an extreme case, oral surgery.

Get the Dental Healthcare you Need Now

Many of us aren’t as urgent about getting dental healthcare as we are about seeking medical attention for other types of injuries. This type of mindset can lead to long-lasting dental problems and injuries going untreated, potentially putting you at risk of suffering new injuries. One reason for this is that dental care is expensive, and many Americans do not have dental coverage.

Do not let your concerns about the cost of dental care keep you from getting the care you need. When a dental problem also poses medical risks, it may be covered by medical insurance. Additionally, you can pursue compensation for your out-of-pocket dental care costs through your personal injury claim if you choose to file one. Talk to your lawyer about pursuing compensation for these expenses, because you deserve to make a full recovery after suffering an accidental injury.

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February 11, 2019
2 weeks ago

Did you know that tooth decay is the 2nd most widespread health condition in the United States next to the common cold? At some point in your life you will most likely get a cavity, but how do you know for sure it’s a cavity? Even when you’re not experiencing any pain that does not necessarily mean you are cavity free. In the early stages of tooth decay, you may not experience any pain. This is why it’s important to visit the dentist regularly because if caught early the dentist may be able to reverse your tooth decay and prevent a cavity.

woman in painHere are some signs to look for if you think you may be experiencing a cavity. If you have continuous or impulsive pain in your tooth you should see your dentist right away before it worsens. When experiencing hot and cold foods or drinks and you are experiencing tooth sensitivity there is a good chance you have a cavity and should visit Philly Dentistry to help get you out of any discomfort. If you notice any black, brown or white stains on the surface of your teeth those could be signs of a cavity. Finally, check your teeth for any visible holes because a cavity is a hole in the tooth so if you notice any of these symptoms of a cavity you should give Philly Dentistry a call right away so the problem does not get any worse 215-568-6222.

How to prevent a cavity is pretty much common sense, but people still get them every day. To remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth it is important to brush twice a day while using toothpaste that contains fluoride and don’t forget to floss at least once a day too! Other prevention techniques to fight away cavities is to eat a well-balanced diet and most importantly going to see your dentist every 6 months for your routine cleanings. These routine check-ups can catch any early signs of a cavity forming before it turns into a much more serious, painful problem. Remember dentistry is not expensive, neglecting the problem is.

January 9, 2019
1 month ago

Philadelphia Dentistry leads the state of Pennsylvania with the most positive online reviews for any dental office. Currently, we have over 342 reviews and counting on Google. Did you know 87% of consumers trust online reviews as much as they trust a personal recommendation? According to the Search Engine Journal. Also 36% of consumers agree that Google reviews are the most important factors to consider about a business or company. At Philly Dentistry, we strive to make our patients feel the most comfortable from our hygienists and dentists to our front desk staff we make your visit great every time! Here are a few reviews our patients left us…

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“Best dental experience I have ever had. The staff is professional, kind, and very dedicated to their craft. Have recommended many people here and will continue to do so.”

“Amazing service, the staff is very professional and friendly. I actually look forward to my dentist appointments now.”
Dr. Cirka is a top-notch dentist w/ an amazing team. He truly cares about his clients. Recently had an emergency visit & he made it a priority for me to be seen. Highly recommend!”

“Best dentist office in the world!!!!! Everyone is so kind and only wait a few minutes to be seen! Love it here.”

“I’ve been a long-time customer at Philly Dentistry! I feel like we grew up together! Dr Cirka, Dr Meier, Kim, Jen and Keila are all awesome. Front office staff is great as well. The hygienist and dentists are gentle, thorough and really take the time to get to know you and educate you about dental health and procedures. Couldn’t ask for a better client experience!”

“Dr. Cirka and his staff are phenomenal! The front desk team is always extremely helpful and will do everything in their power to get you in when there’s a spur-of-the-moment situation. I love the fact that they use email and text messages as a means of communication – it makes my life a lot easier. Dr. Cirka takes his time with patients and explains things in detail. He’s personable, professional and you can tell that he wants the best for all of his patients. Hands-down the best customer service and dental care that I’ve ever received. (And they always have yummy-smelling candles burning in the reception area too!)”

Don’t take it from us, head over to our Google page and read what our patients have to say about Philly Dentistry. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Click here to read more and feel free to leave us a review if you haven’t already.

January 2, 2019
2 months ago

We never want to damage our teeth on purpose, but unfortunately accidents happen. Chipping your teeth could leave you feeling embarrassed to talk, smile, and even cause you pain. The enamel on your teeth is one of the strongest materials in your body, but it does have its limits.

Some causes of chipped teeth
There are many ways you can chip your teeth, but here are a few of the most common causes:
*Biting down on something hard like candy or ice.
*Automobile accidents or falls.
*Playing sports without wearing a protective mouth guard.
*Grinding your teeth can cause chipping.

When you chip your teeth there are many risks that are involved such as, tooth decay and cavities that can wear down your enamel and weaken your teeth. This will cause more teeth to chip or crack. Anytime you wear down your enamel from grinding your teeth, eating acid-producing foods like fruit juices, coffee and even spicy foods will weaken the enamel and put you at a higher risk of chipping your teeth. The enamel wears down on your teeth as you age, so it is important to make sure you go to your routine checkups every 6 months so the dentist and hygienists can let you know what to do to protect your teeth from any chips or cracks.

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Treatment Options for Chipped Teeth
Treatment for chipped teeth really depends on the location of the tooth. There are different options for chipped teeth and our great doctors will evaluate the problem and let you know what the best option is for your specific case.

The first option could be tooth reattachment. This option is if the fragment of the tooth has a clean break. If so, place the tooth in a glass of milk. The calcium from the milk will help the tooth stay alive. After that, it is important that you see the dentist right away so they could cement the broken piece back onto your tooth.

The next option for a chipped tooth is bonding. The porcelain composite is cemented onto the surface of the broken tooth and shaped to look natural. An ultraviolet light is then shined on the area to harden the material. The dentist will then again shape the material so that it fits perfectly with your other teeth to give it an all-natural look.

Another option will be a porcelain veneer. The first step with a porcelain veneer is that the dentist will smooth down some of your tooth’s enamel making room for the porcelain veneer. Typically, the dentist will smooth away about less than a millimeter of the tooth’s enamel. Next, an impression of your tooth will be made by our excellent dental assistants and then sent over to our trusted lab so they can create an all-natural looking veneer. In the meantime, when your veneer is being made at our lab we will place a temporary veneer on. When we receive your veneer back at our office the dentist will bond it to the chipped tooth making it look like nothing ever happened. Porcelain veneers can last up to 25 years will proper care!

Overall, chipped teeth are a very common dental injury, but in most cases, it doesn’t cause any great pain and can be easily treated at our Center City, Philadelphia office. Although, it is not considered a huge dental emergency the quicker you get treatment the less chance you may cause other dental complications. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 with all your dental needs!

December 17, 2018
2 months ago

Giving back to the community is something that our dental practice loves to do each month. December is especially a great time of the year to give back because it’s the most wonderful time of the year! People always need help during the winter months, so Philly Dentistry decided to donate our time to help give the homeless a nice warm meal on December 28th for the event Dinner Service for the Homeless. The event will take place on December 28th from 5pm to 8pm at Chosen 300 Ministries Inc. 1116 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia, PA 19123 and is hosted by illumiNATION. Some staff at Philly Dentistry will be donating their time on Friday, December 28th to provide a great meal for those in need.

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Also, during December Philadelphia Dentistry and Dr. Ken Cirka will be a sponsor for the DVLF TOY event. You may be wondering what the DVLF TOY event is? Well, the DVLF is the top funder for the developing needs of the Philadelphia LGBTQ community. During the event a night of celebration for 25 years of the LGBTQ empowerment will be in order, along with the generous contribution from the guests. This event will help fund the LGBTQ community through scholarships, grant-making, community development and education. The event will take place on Saturday, December 15th at The Arts Ballroom at 1324 Locust Street. Visit our We Care page to stay up to date with all our community outreach.

 

November 12, 2018
3 months ago

What makes Philadelphia Dentistry different from all the other dentist offices in Philadelphia? Well, there are many things that sets us aside from other dental offices in Philly and in this blog, I will tell you how Philly Dentistry sets the bar high in the City of Brotherly Love.

Here at Philly Dentistry, it is our goal to get our patients healthy, whether it’s your routine cleanings every 6 months or something cosmetic, restorative, preventive or emergency dentistry we are here to help you in any way. We are the largest dental practice in Philadelphia which means we help the most people get healthy. Not only are we the largest, we are 1 of 3 general dentist office’s in Philly that’s an Invisalign Gold Provider. When it comes to Invisalign our patients can start it quicker than any dental office because we provide the latest technology with the iTero Scanner.

We are the first dental office to do Lumineers in Philadelphia and we do the most. We also do the most veneer cases too. Our patients love us and that is why we are the only dentistry in Pennsylvania with over 300 positive Google Reviews. More than all our competitors combined! Along with reviews, we also have the most video testimonials from our patients than any other dental office in Philly combined.

What really sets us aside from our competitors is that the Captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers players, A-List movie stars, media personalities and award-winning recording artists all choose us for their dental needs.
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We care as much about our community as we do our patients and that’s why our office does monthly charity events in the community. Recently, our staff handed out over 100 duffel bags to the homeless in Philadelphia. These bags included water bottles, food, shampoo, body wash, towels, blankets, socks, scarfs & of course we couldn’t forget a toothbrush & toothpaste! We also recently, donated over 250 backpacks filled with supplies to elementary schools in Philadelphia. Along with that, we started a “Care to Share Program” for students to get everyday supplies they may need. Philadelphia Dentistry has also partnered with the Andy Warhol Museum and the band, Third-Eye Blind to donate over a million dollars to Pittsburgh’s youth (Dr. Cirka’s hometown.)

Give us a call today for a free new patient consultation and come see for yourself why we are the best dental practice in the city of Philadelphia. 215-568-6222. We look forward to helping you be happy and healthy for life!

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October 22, 2018
4 months ago

Philadelphia Dentistry is proud to receive the award for “Best of Philadelphia 2018”

The Philadelphia Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses in the Philadelphia area. Acknowledgement is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and applied programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

Each year, the Philadelphia Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved excellent marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the Philadelphia community.

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These exceptional companies help make the Philadelphia area a great place to live, work and play. When it comes to marketing our dentistry, we focus on what’s best for our patients and that’s getting them happy and healthy. At Philadelphia Dentistry, it is our goal to make our patients feel comfortable and at ease. From our kind and gentle Philly dentists with over 60 years combined experience, Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Jessica Meier, Dr. Mimi Jeon and Dr. Stephanie Smith, to our talented hygienists and support staff, our focus is on you, the patient. We are dedicated to giving you the best dental treatment in Philadelphia in a caring and relaxing atmosphere. Thank you for this award and we are extremely proud to be the “Best of Philadelphia 2018.”

October 8, 2018
5 months ago

25005138_152349512076052_4777900595652591616_nDo you have misaligned teeth? Are you too embarrassed to get those old fashion metal braces? Well, there is a solution for you and it’s called Invisalign. Often times, people ask how long does this treatment take? It is different for just about everyone because it is based on how much your teeth need to be shifted and how attentive you are to following directions and wearing your trays. As a patient of Invisalign you must be willing to commit and trust the process to achieve the best results.

The time that it takes you to complete your Invisalign treatment is almost cut in half compared to the old fashion metal braces. On average, most patients complete their treatment within a year, sometimes less.

When you decide to choose Invisalign to correct your smile, what you can expect from the first appointment, which is called the “records” appointment is for it to last about 50 minutes. At this appointment you will get detailed scans from our iTero Invisalign Outcome Simulator. This scan will be able to show you what your teeth will look like after your Invisalign treatment is finished…before you even start! Also, x-rays of your teeth will be taken during this appointment so that your Invisalign trays are customized perfectly just for you. Your next appointment will be in about 3 weeks from this initial visit.

When you come back in 3 weeks this appointment will last about 1 hour. At this appointment you will get your first set of Invisalign trays and one of our excellent doctors and dental assistants will show you how to properly insert and remove them, so no damage is done to your teeth. Attachments will then be placed on your teeth so that they fit well and are able to move properly. After this appointment you will then be seeing one of our accomplished doctors every 6 to 8 weeks to get your next set of trays.

Every 6 to 8 weeks when you come back to receive your next set of trays these visits will only last about 20 to 30 minutes. During this appointment the doctor will make sure your teeth are shifting as planned. If anything needs to be adjusted the doctors will make correction so that you are getting the best Invisalign treatment on the East Coast.

Some rules of time with Invisalign so that you are making the most of your treatment is that they should be worn for at least 22 hours a day. You may take out your trays when you eat, brush and floss your teeth.

Each of your trays should be worn for at least a 2-week period or directed otherwise by your doctor. Your set of trays need around 150-300 hours of wear so that your teeth can move and settle before moving to your next set of trays. By following these guidelines, you will utilize the most from your Invisalign treatment and achieve the best results. During the whole month of October take $500 off your Invisalign treatment plus free whitening and get that smile you’ve always wanted. Call Philly Dentistry today at 215-568-6222.

September 18, 2018
5 months ago

On September 11th 2001 after the first plane hit the World Trade Center, Mark Meier and 5 other Port Authority Officers stationed at the George Washington Bridge volunteered to go and help. That day he was responsible for saving the lives of many while risking his own. He was a true hero. All his family knew was that he was sent down to Ground Zero in a squad car and they did not get any more info until late that night when he walked into the house, covered in black dust. The family was lucky, he came home, he made it. He survived that heartbreaking day of tragedy. He was awarded a medal from Mayor Giuliani and his family was so proud of him.

It was in October 2015 when the family learned of his illness due to toxin exposure at Ground Zero. He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, commonly known as AML. Over the last few years, the amount of people with newly diagnosed cancers related to 9/11 has more than doubled. It’s being called “The Second Wave.” Many of these cancers-including Mark Meier’s are rare, aggressive and particularly hard to treat. After 2 years of an extremely tough and taxing battle the cancer took his life. This is a tragedy and could have been prevented if this senseless act of terror never happened.

In honor of Dr. Meier’s father, Officer Mark Meier, Philly Dentistry created a team for the 9/11 Heroes Run that was held on Saturday, September 8th at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. With the help of other’s Philly Dentistry raised hundreds of dollars for the Travis Manion Foundation.

Travis Manion, a native of Doylestown, Pennsylvania and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy followed in his father’s footsteps and was awarded a commission spot into the Marine Corps. After graduating at the top of his class he was assigned to deploy to Iraq for his first tour of duty. On April 29, 2007 Travis Manion and his fellow Marines along with Iraqi Army correspondents were ambushed. Travis was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper while distracting fire away from his other wounded brothers in arm. Travis Manion was selfless that day and allowed every member of his patrol to survive, he is a true American Hero.

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Travis Manion’s legacy lives on, along with every hero that was apart of the American effort to protect our country against the cowardly acts of terrorism from September 11th 2001. This foundation helps inspire others to live a life of valor by putting others first and having the mind set of, “If not me, then who…”

September 4, 2018
6 months ago

Porcelain veneers are one of the most effective ways to transform your smile into a brand new one within the shortest amount of time. Veneers can correct almost every dental problem such as, chips, stains, spaces between teeth, and even fanged teeth. Porcelain veneers are a beautiful, natural way to improve your smile.

Advantages of porcelain veneers at Philly Dentistry are that it’s a fast procedure! An entire smile can be changed in just 2 visits to our Center City office. Your crooked teeth can be corrected to give you a great smile makeover and give you the confidence you deserve. No more gaps between your teeth because veneers can close any gap you want closed. When your natural teeth are weakened by old or broken fillings, veneers can now strengthen them. Another advantage of porcelain veneers are that they preserve the natural tooth structure and the surrounding soft tissues remain untouched. Lasting longer than bleaching or bonding, porcelain veneers have the durability to last 12-25 years! They are even resistant to stains, chips, and are extremely natural looking.

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Here are some frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers.

How are veneers placed on my teeth?
At Philadelphia Dentistry we carefully examine the position of your teeth and what you are seeking to achieve as a final result. Our accomplished doctors precisely reshape your teeth just enough to make a long-lasting, natural-looking new smile. Old-technique veneers required extensive drilling of your tooth structure. Nowadays, this is faster, easier and much more comfortable, which results in veneers that mimic your natural teeth.

How do I take care of my veneers?
Once applied to your teeth, you can treat them just like your natural teeth. You brush and floss daily and use no special toothpaste. You do not need to worry about stains or even discolor over time.

How long do veneers last?
Mentioned above your veneers have a life expectancy of 12-25 years. You will receive a 5-year warranty against chipping, cracking and any breakage in our office as long as you maintain a cleaning appointment with us every 6 months and wear a protective device called a nightguard after your veneers are placed.

During the month of September take advantage of our monthly special of buy 6 veneers and get 2 FREE! Offer valid until September 30th 2018.

“We stand behind our work and want to give you a result that is durable, beautiful and that we are proud of.” -Philly Dentistry

Give us a call today to schedule your free new patient consultation and see if porcelain veneers are the right option for you. 215-568-6222.

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