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May 2, 2017
3 months ago

Dental implants are an incredibly strong, stable, and long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth.

The implants are “man-made” roots composed of primarily titanium, a biocompatible metal that fuses to your jaw bone.

The implants do not become loose like dentures can. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or many missing teeth. Depending on your situation the implant specialist and the dentist will work together to find the best solution for you.Single-Dental-Implant-1

The health of the gums and bone are important considerations when determining if you are a candidate for dental implants.

If the bone is not strong enough to support the implant, the implant specialist will need to do a bone graft to make the bone stronger.

For the upper teeth the implant specialist will need to evaluate your sinus. A sinus lift may be required in order to create enough space for the implant in the bone.

Most dental implants are extremely successful with proper planning and teamwork.

An important factor in implant planning to consider is the general health of the patient. If a patient is a heavy smoker, has a history of osteoporosis or a health problem that compromises the immune system, then implants may not be a good solution. To find out if you are the right candidate for dental implants, talk with your general dentist. He or she will be able to steer you in the right direction.

If you are interested in dental implants or already have them it is very important to:

  • Exercise good oral hygiene– brushing your teeth two times a day and flossing one time each day is important. Other tools include using proxy brushes that slide in between the teeth can help to clean the hard to reach areas around your teeth and implants.
  • Stop smoking – this is a key factor in implant failure. When you smoke you are weakening the jaw bone and this can cause the implant to fail.
  • See your dentist regularly for checkups– it is important to see your dentist and dental hygienist for checkups ancheck-upd cleanings minimally every six months. This ensures you will keep your teeth, gums, and implants in good condition and they can give you tips to keep it this way.
  • Avoid bad oral habits – habits like nail biting and chewing on ice cubes are not good for your teeth or implants. These habits can break the implant crown and even your natural teeth.

If you are interested in learning more about if dental implants are the right solution for you give us a call at 215.568.6222 so we can schedule your free consultation with Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier today. We look forward to meeting you!

November 13, 2016
8 months ago

Why get Invisalign?

Straightening the teeth has a lot of benefits besides cosmetics. The straighter the teeth are, the healthier the mouth is. This is true for young patients as well as adults.

In the past, traditional metal bracket braces were needed to straighten teeth. Now dentists are very successful in treating patients with clear aligner therapy to correct malocclusion (a bad bite).

Malocclusion can come in many forms and cause various problems for people. It is important to have your dentist and hygienist evaluate your bite and determine whether you would benefit from alignment of your teeth. (more…)

October 30, 2016
9 months ago

 

A big secret to how to look younger is in your teeth. Looking beautiful is often associated with looking younger and the teeth play a big part in this. Studies show that a smile is the first thing people notice about you. Working with your dentist to either preserve your natural teeth or enhance them is a great place to start in looking younger and being healthier.secret-tips-to-look-younger

Prevention is an important part in staying healthy. It is important to brush twice daily, floss daily, and see your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning. While prevention is a key role, it unfortunately cannot prevent the natural aging process of the teeth. This is where the dentist comes in and can make recommendations on how to preserve or enhance the appearance of your smile. (more…)

September 4, 2016
11 months ago

Bad breath, Halitosis, is a very common problem that can occur at any age. Often it can be difficult to tell whether or not this is a problem for you.

Image result for bad breathOne quick way to tell if you have bad breath is to lick the inside of your wrist. After a few seconds the saliva will dry. If the back of your wrist smells bad then you probably have bad breath. (more…)

August 21, 2016
11 months ago

You want straight, healthy teeth?  Here’s how to understand exactly what to ask your dentist!

Invisalign

When choosing a dentist or orthodontist to complete your clear aligner therapy, you want to make sure that they have a lot of experience with Invisalign. The more cases that have been completed by the dentist, the more knowledge the dentist has and the better they can help you and more predictably treat your case. When visiting a dentist and considering Invisalign, make sure to ask the following questions during your consultation: (more…)

August 7, 2016
12 months ago

There is a connection between the heart and the mouth that many people are unaware of.

There has been a lot of research investigating this connection and it has shown that people with gum disease (periodontal disease) are more likely to have heart disease.

The American Academy of General Dentistry published a report showing that people with chronic gum disease are at a higher risk of a heart attack.

We need to consider the mouth to be the entrance to our general health. As such it really does hold a lot of clues into overall health. In addition to heart disease, the oral cavity provides warning signs for other medical conditions. It is important to see your dentist regularly so they can properly inspect your mouth in order to help keep you healthy. (more…)

December 29, 2015
2 years ago

Fixing a Gummy Smile- What are my options?

Patients often ask if veneers or braces are the right option for them to correct a “gummy smile.” When you come into our office for an initial consultation, Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will evaluate your smile and see how to best achieve perfection.

Many times when we evaluate patients a main concern is their “gummy smile.” Before the teeth can be appropriately treated, the doctors will need to address the concern of the gummy smile as the first step in creating your smile. (more…)

December 21, 2015
2 years ago

Right VS. Wrong Brushing

Improper brushing is more common than most would think.  Brushing your teeth may sound like a simple task, but doing so improperly could lead into problems regarding your oral health.  Brushing-Teeth  Your mouth has more germs in it than the number of people on this planet.  “A common misunderstanding is that just brushing your teeth is enough”, says Philadelphia Dentist Dr. Jessica Meier.  “Be sure and brush all around your mouth including roof, tongue, cheeks and gums.” (more…)

January 1, 2015
3 years ago

Adam L. enjoys how comfortable the office is and actually doesn’t mind his dental visits, “It’s nice that everyone knows your name here.  Pretty rare in a city this size!”

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