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August 8, 2018
2 weeks ago

Summer is coming to an end, but the sun is still shining and so should your teeth! During the whole month of August take advantage of Philly Dentistry’s monthly special of $100 off ZOOM! Whitening. Now, with ZOOM! In Office Whitening you can have a beautiful white smile in just one hour. Sit back, relax and listen to some music while ZOOM! does its magic.

ZOOM! is simple, safe, and effective. The procedure begins with preparation of isolating your lips and gums. After that, the ZOOM! Whitening Gel is applied and activated by a special light. During your treatment your teeth can become 10 shades whiter and sometimes even more! The results will amaze you and you can expect your whitening to last up to 3 years, as long as you keep up with your regular cleanings. How ZOOM! works is that oxygen from the specialized gel is used to bleach out any stains you may have had from years of damage to your teeth…in just one hour.
The whole ZOOM! procedure costs $597, but during the month of August you can take off $100, plus you’ll receive free custom-made bleach whitening trays that you can take home and touch up your smile whenever you want to.

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Making a great first impression is important and studies show that when you have a white smile your first impression will be remembered. So what are you waiting for? Get that white smile and get the confidence you deserve. Ask that special someone out on a date, interview for that job you always wanted. The possibilities are endless when you have the confidence to pursue what you really want with a great smile. Call us today and get that perfect smile in just one hour 215-568-6222.

July 24, 2018
4 weeks ago

Are you embarrassed to smile? Does this hold you back from making the most of life? No one should ever feel timid to smile or laugh. If you want something to change about your smile to make yourself more confident in your everyday life, Philly Dentistry is the best place to get all your cosmetic and general dentistry needs. A smile makeover with Philly Dentistry creates a beautiful new smile that will make you look younger, happier, and healthier.

Smile Makeovers at Philly Dentistry
There are many different cosmetic dentistry procedures that you can get specifically for whatever your dental needs may be. Chipped teeth? Misaligned teeth? Stains? Gapped teeth? No problem at all! Most dental fixes can be corrected with porcelain veneers from Philly Dentistry. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular procedures at our dentistry. Patients love the fact that in only two visits they can have a total smile makeover with natural looking, straight, white, and beautiful porcelain veneers.

How are porcelain veneers applied?
At your first appointment for porcelain veneers you will begin the process with either Dr. Cirka, Dr. Meier, or Dr. Jeon by making an impression of your teeth and then creating a mold of how your teeth will look with porcelain veneers. Next, your impressions will be sent over to our trusted dental lab where they customize the veneers to look perfect for your smile. This process typically takes a few weeks for the lab to create your porcelain veneers and then send them back to our office.
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Once your veneers are the right shape, color, and size our doctors will then prep your teeth that are receiving the porcelain veneers. Prepping the teeth usually consists of a cleaning and some light sanding so the veneers fit perfectly to your teeth. After the prepping of your teeth the veneers will then be put in place. Once they are placed they will be formed to your mouth shape and face so your smile looks beautiful and most importantly, natural. When you and the dentist are completely satisfied with the appearance of your new smile makeover, a specialized light will be used to dry the cement and permanently bond the porcelain veneers to your teeth. Just like that in only two visits Philadelphia Dentistry could completely revamp your smile! Give us a call today and get that smile you always wanted 215-568-6222.

June 25, 2018
2 months ago

Myth #1: Brushing harder will make your teeth cleaner.

Actually, brushing harder will not clean your teeth better, it will essentially wear down your enamel that protects your tooth from harmful decay and cavities. The correct way to brush your teeth is to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle then gently move the brush back and forth in a circular motion, finally brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of your teeth for around 2 minutes, twice a day and don’t forget to floss!

Myth #2: Chewing sugar-free gum is the same as brushing your teeth.

Chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol can help with protecting your teeth. Gum also produces saliva which can help wash away any food or drinks that are harming your teeth. But in fact, chewing sugar-free gum does not replace actually brushing your teeth. Chewing gum doesn’t get rid of the harmful plaque that can be stuck in between your teeth. It is very important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day to get rid of any plaque build- up and to maintain great dental hygiene.

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Myth #3: If your gums bleed when flossing, don’t floss anymore.

Over time bacteria and plaque that cannot be reached from your toothbrush get caught in between your teeth and eventually get into your gums causing them to become inflamed, which makes your gums bleed when you floss. The best bet to stop your gums from bleeding is to make flossing part of your daily routine and over time the bleeding will stop because your gums will be healthier.

Myth #4: Sugar is the main reason for cavities.

When thinking about cavities you often think the main causes are sugary candies and sweets. While that may be true, people tend to forget about chips, pretzels, and crackers that can be worse for your teeth. These hard snacks get stuck in between your teeth and are more difficult to get out, which will cause plaque and then lead to more serious dental problems.

Myth #5: If nothing is bothering you then you don’t need a dental checkup.

When it comes to dental problems you often don’t feel or notice anything right away. If you wait until the problem worsens instead of going to your routine checkups the outcome will only cause you more pain and cost more money. If you wait until a cavity starts to hurt, you put yourself at risk of getting a root canal. This could have been prevented if you went to your routine dental checkups. So, don’t let these myths fool you, keep up with your dental hygiene to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life with Philadelphia Dentistry! Give us a call today to schedule your routine check-up 215-568-6222.

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June 12, 2018
2 months ago

Recently, Dr. Ken Cirka was inducted into the 2018 Hall of Honor at his Alma Mater, Ambridge High School for his great work in dentistry and the community. Dr. Cirka is a philanthropist who is active in the community. Whether it’s the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America or the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Dr. Cirka loves helping others. The 1989 graduate heard a few months ago that his high school was having financial trouble. Instead of sitting back and doing nothing like most people would have done, Dr. Cirka decided his school needed his help. Dr. Cirka met with the high school Principle Janet Zupsic, and they thought of a “Care to Share” program where children can get supplies, food, deodorant, and other daily essentials.

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This will help many children who don’t have enough lunch money get something to eat when they’re hungry. Often times, it could be embarrassing for children to go up and ask someone if they can have deodorant or other daily necessities, this program will help kids feel better about themselves. A student was interviewed at Ambridge High school about the “Care to Share” program and said, “I know some of my friends are hungry because they do not have lunch money or they don’t have hygiene products at home to take care of themselves.” With Dr. Cirka’s generous donation of $10,000 he hopes that this will be enough to benefit as many children in need as possible and help the students have a better high school experience.

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Along with donating to Ambridge High School, Dr. Cirka paid for 500 students to have the time of their life at the only LGBTQ Prom in Southwestern, PA in the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The prom included a sit-down dinner, silkscreen printing, dancing and much more.
“Dr. Cirka is a wonderful and gracious person who remembers his roots. We are very fortunate to have his support,” said the Superintendent, L. Joan Welter.

May 14, 2018
3 months ago

This month’s special at Philadelphia Dentistry will get your teeth ready for the summer months ahead. While most dentistry’s can charge up to $800 for custom bleach whitening trays, Philly Dentistry is offering this great deal for only $169! Here are a few things you should know first about getting your custom bleach whitening trays.

First and foremost, we want to make sure your mouth is healthy before you apply the bleach whitening to your teeth. Typically, if you haven’t had a cleaning in over 6 months you will need to get one before you can get your custom-made bleach whitening trays. For the best results you want your teeth to have a clean surface. Our dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth so you can have the best results for your smile makeover.

Next, you will have an oral exam to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. This is to confirm that there is no tooth decay, gum disease, or any other oral health problems. If there are any signs of oral health problems our team at Philly Dentistry will need to treat the problem before the teeth whitening is done. I know these steps can make patients impatient, but for the best results and the health of your teeth and gums we need to tend to any problems first.

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Finally, after your teeth are good and healthy it’s time to get your custom-made whitening trays. These trays are great if you want to be able to whiten your smile in the privacy of your home whenever you want. If you have experienced tooth sensitivity in the past this whitening method is the best option for you. With complete instructions on how to use the custom trays and bleaching gel it’s simple to apply whenever needed. Ultimately, you are in control of your results because it will depend on your dedication to the whitening process. The whitening only needs to be done for 10 minutes a day for 7-10 days and your results can become up to 6 shades whiter than before, lasting up to 2 years.

The custom-made bleach whitening trays from Philadelphia Dentistry are by far better than any over the counter whitening methods. Our bleaching gel contains powerful whitening ingredients such as, carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide which will give you the best results for your smile makeover. So, don’t hesitate to take advantage of this amazing offer. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 and get those white pearly teeth for only $169!

April 30, 2018
4 months ago

A Better Future for Our Youth
While most people are bystanders and not standing up or acting out towards a better future for our youth, Philadelphia Dentistry and Dr. Ken Cirka changed that. On Sunday, May 27th we will be changing the lives of LGBTQ+ teens by sending 500 teenagers to prom at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. This one small action can change the lives of so many by giving these prom-goers the opportunity to experience a milestone in their teenage life.

Come as You Are
The fifth annual LGBTQ+ Youth Prom which is one of the only LGBTQ+ Youth Proms in the Southwestern part of Pennsylvania will be helping underprivileged teens from 13-20 years old have the time of their lives. This prom is an opportunity for participants to be able to completely be themselves, which is not always the case at their schools, homes, or even in their communities. An evening, that includes a sit-down dinner, silkscreen printing, dancing, and many other activities planned to give the teens a night they won’t ever forget!

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The Warhol Museum actively supports the LGBTQ community by having different events at the museum, such as, celebrating National Coming Out Day by having special tours offered every last Saturday of the month at three o’ clock. In 2014, Grace Marston who is one of the LGBTQ Youth Prom advisors created a tour called, the Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History tour. This tour takes you back in time to the legends romantic relationships and queer identity during the gay rights movement in America.

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“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” -Andy Warhol

This event is generously supported by the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation and Philadelphia Dentistry’s very own, Dr. Ken Cirka to help change the lives of our youth to make a better future for everyone.

April 16, 2018
4 months ago

There are so many ways to give back to the community, especially when you live in the great city of Philadelphia. Philly Dentistry loves to stay connected with the community by giving back and volunteering whenever we can. Recently, some of our staff volunteered at the MANNA Organization which helps deliver nourishing, healthy meals to those battling life-threatening illnesses.

History of MANNA
In 1990, MANNA was founded with a mission to help relief people battling with the terrible disease of AIDS. Often times, people dealing with this awful disease had no where to go because of the stigma that went along with AIDS. When there was nowhere else to go they could always count on the love, care, and nourishing meals that went along with MANNA. In 1997, MANNA wanted to help more people fighting critical illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and cardiac disease so it moved to a 10,000 square foot office with a commercial kitchen. In 2008, MANNA received a $1 million grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a $500,000 check from Steven Korman who is a philanthropist and business leader, and other gifts and donations from the community of Philadelphia. Today, MANNA is generating three meals a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year in its state-of-the-art facility located on 20th Street in Philadelphia. They now have a staff of more than 30, along with a full commercial kitchen and a convoy of trucks to deliver nourishing food to people battling serious illnesses in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

Volunteering at MANNA
When you first arrive at MANNA you are welcomed right away with a smile and taken back to watch an introduction video about the history and mission of MANNA. After watching the video, you then go to the kitchen where the MANNA staff explains to your group who is responsible for each specific duty. The duties include, each person placing a different food into their designated space on the plate and then moving it along the line to the next person to place more food, and so on, until it is sealed shut and stacked to be transported to the trucks to be delivered to patients. Our team at Philly Dentistry helped to make over a thousand meals for MANNA. Each year MANNA has over 4,200 volunteers who donate over 40,000 hours to help those in need and get the nourishment they deserve.

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How to get Involved?
There are different ways to get involved with MANNA either if it’s with a group or individually. To get all the information you need or to answer any questions you may have you can visit http://www.mannapa.org/volunteeratmanna/ call at 215-496-2662 ext. 100 or email at volunteers@mannapa.org and be part of the “MANNA Miracle” and help those in need.

March 5, 2018
6 months ago

If your teeth are weak, chipped, cracked, fractured, decayed, aged, discolored or misshaped then you are a perfect candidate for dental crowns. What exactly is a dental crown? Dental crowns are strong natural looking dental solutions that are used to seal a tooth after a root canal procedure. When your teeth are badly damaged you develop more of a risk for bacteria to travel through your mouth because chipped and cracked teeth create easy paths for plaque and harmful bacteria to move around. Do not wait if you are experiencing any oral health problems because the longer you wait the worse it will become and will result in either a root canal or even a tooth extraction.

The benefits of dental crowns are great, especially at Philadelphia Dentistry where our doctors use the latest advanced dental technology to create and bond dental crowns. The number one benefit of dental crowns and most importantly is to relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing from your damaged teeth by placing a crown on the tooth to protect it against any future damage and prevent any sensitivity.linda b. before and after

Many times, people assume getting dental crowns is a complex procedure that takes an immense amount of time. In fact, it is actually straightforward. Once the enamel of your teeth is clean and healthy one of our accomplished doctors will shape your tooth. This shaping of your tooth allows it to firmly hold the crown. After our doctors take an impression of the tooth it is then sent over to our trusted lab where expert technicians will create your custom crown. Once the crown is ready Dr. Cirka, Dr. Meier, or Dr. Jeon will place it over your tooth with the best bonding cement money can buy.

Dental crowns are custom made specifically for your smile. You’ll feel confident when your crown is made to the shape, color, fit, and size that matches your smile for an all-natural look. Another benefit is that dental crowns can enhance the appearance of your teeth. Since the crown actually goes over the tooth it can instantly fix problems such as, discoloration, misshapen teeth, chips, fractures, crookedness, and much more. These problems can be fixed promptly and look 100% natural which is why some people tend to get crowns just for the appearance much like porcelain veneers.

With the proper care such as, brushing, flossing, and routine checkups and cleanings your dental crowns can last for decades, typically 10-20 years sometimes 30 years. The porcelain material that the crown is made of is extremely strong and durable and will protect your tooth from any future re-treatments.
If you are experiencing any type of discomfort in your oral health and think that a dental crown or crowns could be the right fit for you, give us a call today at 215-568-6222 and if you’re a new patient you’ll receive a free consultation that includes an exam and cavity detection X-Rays.

February 19, 2018
6 months ago

You should be visiting the dentist on a regular basis every 6 months for checkups and cleanings, but if you haven’t been to the dentist in some time, here are 5 signs that you need to visit a dentist as soon as possible.

1. If your teeth are in any pain at all you should never ignore it. Whether it’s a toothache or tooth sensitivity this could be the first signs of a cavity. It is important to get this taken care of right away because it can result in a larger cavity causing more problems to your oral health and costing you more money in the long run.

2. Gums that are red, swollen, or bleeding should not be a normal occurrence in your oral hygiene and should be checked out by a dentist right away. This could be signs of periodontal disease. We know sometimes gum bleeding could be caused by aggressive brushing and if you think this may be the case you should still see a dentist just to make sure it’s not gum disease. If you notice a “pimple” like absence on your gums it is a dying nerve which could cause you extreme pain. Other times, it could be completely symptom free. So, if you see anything that looks like a “pimple” on your gums you need to see a dentist immediately.

3. If you notice hard, crusty deposits on the surface of your teeth that means you have tartar build up from not brushing or flossing as often as you should. By not visiting the dentist on a regular basis can cause tartar build up as well. The bacteria in your mouth builds up creating tartar which then is calcified to your teeth and could lead to future tooth loss. So, if you notice any tartar build up on your teeth, schedule a cleaning to get it taken care of right away.
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4. Do you notice you have bad breath even if you brush, floss, and use mouth wash? Well this could be a sign of something more serious, such as advance gum disease or even tooth infections. If that embarrassing odor or bad taste doesn’t go away you should schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can to get it checked out

5. When you wake up in the morning does your jaw hurt? This might be a sign that it’s time to come to Philadelphia Dentistry for an evaluation. The reason your jaw is hurting could be from teeth grinding during the night, temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ, an abscessed tooth, or even a misaligned bite. If you are experiencing any of these signs please feel free to reach out to our dentistry to schedule an appointment. If you are a new patient your exam and cavity detection x-rays are on the house. So don’t hesitate if you are experiencing any of these 5 signs give us a call at 215-568-6222 and we’ll get you scheduled as soon as possible.

January 30, 2018
7 months ago

Reason 1: When brushing your teeth people often forget it’s also just as important to brush your tongue. When you eat and drink, little particles of bacteria stay on your tongue just like your teeth. So your tongue needs the same care to maintain great dental hygiene. By not brushing your tongue is almost like not brushing your teeth at all, so you can see how crucial your tongue is to your oral health. A layer of bacteria forms in your mouth after you eat or drink anything causing you to have bad breath. You may think just using mouthwash instead of brushing your tongue will have the same results, it doesn’t. If you wake up with “morning breath” or have a thin white layer on your tongue, but you brush, floss, and use mouthwash on a daily basis you should see your dentist as soon as possible because you may have something more serious like periodontal disease or tooth decay rather than just bad breath.

Reason 2: When you have a layer of bacteria on your tongue it blocks your taste bud receptors causing you to not taste as well as you should. So yes, by cleaning your tongue your food will taste so much better!

Reason 3: Brushing helps your immune system. The bacteria left on your tongue from not brushing can go directly to your stomach causing you to get sick. Think about when you wake up in the morning, sometimes you have a “weird” taste in your mouth. Now, think about after eating your breakfast sometimes you may feel a little sick. Well, this could be from the bacteria from your tongue going down to your stomach with the food you’re eating. This could also lead to an upset stomach or even a stomach ulcer. This is just another reason why it is very important to keep your tongue clean from harmful bacterial.

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Now you’re probably thinking what is the proper way to brush your tongue? It’s pretty simple; brush side to side, back and forth, and then finish with rinsing with water. Tip: Make sure you don’t over brush or brush too hard on your tongue because it could break the skin. Another important tip is to buy a toothbrush with a tongue cleaner on the back of the toothbrush. Dentist’s recommend this because the brush is specifically used for your teeth, not the tongue, but if you don’t have a tongue cleaner on your brush you could use your toothbrush until you get a tongue cleaner. Just be sure to clean your toothbrush thoroughly to get the bacteria off. If you are not a fan of the toothbrush with a tongue cleaner you could find inexpensive tongue scrapers at most drug stores.

If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 215-568-6222 and schedule an appointment with our great doctors who can answer all your questions and get you back to being happy and healthy.

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