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    October 18, 2021
    5 days ago

    Did you know that 1 in 12 people clench or grind their teeth while they sleep? Teeth grinders can experience migraines, sore teeth, an aching jaw, and even morning headaches. By grinding or clenching while you sleep, you are damaging your teeth without even knowing it. This can result in chipping a tooth, wearing down your enamel, and jaw pains. One of the main factors that result in teeth grinding is stress. By managing your stress and wearing a custom-made nightguard you can relieve pain and protect your teeth at the same time. Let’s talk about some reasons why wearing a nightguard is so crucial.

    tooth pain

    1. Prevents damage

      When you are grinding and clenching your teeth you are wearing down your enamel, which in turn puts you at a higher risk of chipping, breaking, and damaging your teeth. Wearing a nightguard that shapes perfectly to your teeth will prevent your upper teeth from grinding and clenching with your lower teeth. This allows you to protect your smile!

    2. Stress relief

      Nightguards are so comfortable that you will hardly feel it in your mouth. By having a nightguard molded specifically to your teeth, it reduces the stress that typically would be placed on your jaw and muscles.

    3. Prevents migraines

      Patients often realize a difference instantly when they start wearing their night guard. They have reported that headaches and neck pains are reduced to few or zero pain at all. Your personalized nightguard is also designed to keep your teeth and bite aligned to keep tension off your jaw muscles.

    4. Comfortable sleep

      Nightguards allow a better night’s sleep due to taking pressure off your head, jaw, and neck. The way your jaw is positioned when your night guard is in helps promote muscle relaxation and reduces stress in your jaw, which will give you a better night of sleep.

    5. Financial relief

      If you are constantly clenching or grinding your teeth every night and you’re not using a night guard your teeth are slowly being destroyed. When your teeth are being worn down to nothing you will have serious dental problems. This will result in paying for restorative and cosmetic treatments and in the long run that is an expensive investment.

    6. Prevents snoring

      Yes, wearing a nightguard could prevent you from snoring. So, if your significant other complains about your loud snores, this is the perfect solution for you! Let’s talk about how that works. When you’re wearing your nightguard, a small space in-between your jaw is created. This small space increases your air intake, which ultimately, allows you to breathe better.

    Getting a custom-made nightguard is very simple and only takes 2 visits. During the first visit, a mold is created perfectly for your teeth. During the second visit, you will be in an out quickly, as the appointment is only for you to pick up your new nightguard and make any adjustments after a fitting. It’s that simple and the benefits are too great to ignore. Give us a call at (215) 568-6222 to schedule your appointment now!

     

    October 8, 2021
    2 weeks ago

    October is National Dental Hygienist Month! This is the perfect time to celebrate our dental hygienists for all the work they do! Also, it’s a good time to educate about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene. Making a positive impact in the community is something our dental hygienists are very passionate about. We do that by treating one patient at a time. We encourage our patients to stay healthy by brushing twice a day, followed by rinsing with mouthwash and flossing daily.

    Our hygienist Jen hard at work!
    Our hygienist Jen hard at work!

    Our dental hygienists address many oral health issues with patients. The top ones are:
    • Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
    • General Oral Care
    • Cavities
    • Inflammation
    • Cancer Screens
    A big thank you to our dental hygienists for providing these top services to our patients:
    • Education
    • Prophylaxis
    • Fluoride Treatments
    • Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing

    The mouth is incredibly important in the systemic function and overall well-being of patients. With that, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene in order to take care of yourself. Give us a call at (215) 568-6222 to book your next hygiene appointment. Our team will get you up to speed with the newest hygiene education and ensure you are in good health. Not to mention our team consists of some of the coolest ladies you’ll ever meet! Our patients tell us endlessly that they look forward to their hygiene appointments and catching up with their hygienists. We build relationships, educate, and get patients healthy. It is our greatest pleasure serving you and we look forward to seeing you soon!

    Let’s get connected on social media! We love seeing our patient’s photos throughout their smile journey. Tag us @phillydentistry to be featured on our channels.

    October 7, 2021
    2 weeks ago

    LOCATION

    We are conveniently located in the Medical Arts Building at 1601 Walnut Street, Suite #1302. Just to give you a heads up, our entrance is on 16th street next to the Rag & Bone. Our office is within easy walking distance to most Center City, Philadelphia office buildings, Rittenhouse Square, and Washington West.

    PARKING

    If you are driving into the city, please allow yourself some extra time. We have been recently experiencing more traffic and construction in the city. Parking is available nearby in many parking garages. Here are just a few that our staff utilizes daily.

    • Latimer Parking Garage 1510 Latimer St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (4 min walk to our office)
    • SP Parking 1616 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (1 min walk to our office)
    • Double Tree Hotel 237 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (7 min walk to our office)
    • Park America 220n S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (2 min walk to our office)

    TRAINS

     We are conveniently located near Septa’s El, the Regional Rail trains, and the New Jersey PATCO.

    • The Septa El drops you off at 15th Street. (6 min walk to our office)
    • The Regional Rail drops you off at 16th St. & JFK Blvd. (6 min walk to our office)
    • The New Jersey PATCO drops you off at 15th/16th & Locust Street. (2 min walk to our office)

    SEE YOU SOON!

    We are looking forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions before your appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 215-568-6222 or email us at info@phillydentistry.com. Our team would be happy to answers any and all questions.

    Philadelphia Dentistry

    Dr. Ken Cirka, DMD
    1601 Walnut Street
    Suite 1302
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

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    August 29, 2021
    2 months ago

    What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry? Many patients have found cosmetic dentistry to be well worth it, especially in individuals who suffer from dental issues that specifically lower their self-confidence. An improved smile is not only beneficial for a boost in your own self-esteem, but it impacts the way others perceive you as well.

    Here are just some physical imperfections that cosmetic dentistry can fix:

    ● Dark or stained teeth

    ● Chipped teeth

    ● Crooked teeth

    ● Missing teeth

    ● Cracked or worn teeth

    ● Gaps or crowdedness

    ● Cavities 

    ● Silver filings 

    Whether you want whiter teeth or a straighter smile, cosmetic dentistry can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. You don’t have to be a celebrity to have a perfect smile. Here at Philly Dentistry, we treat all of our patients with top-notch care and deliver only the best results. Check out these different smile makeovers we’ve done to see what type of cosmetic dentistry seems right for you. 

    So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call at (215) 568-6222 to speak with a member of our team. We will get you set up with FREE new patient consultation, so you can discuss with one of our doctors which option is best for you. Everything will be completely personalized just for you. We are looking forward to seeing you soon and giving you your dream smile! In the meantime, let’s connect on ​social media. ​We post a lot of cool content that mostly consists of our office’s personality and smile transformations. Show us some love! 

    August 19, 2021
    2 months ago

    August 22nd is one of two National Tooth Fairy Day throughout the year. The day is dedicated to kids learning about who and what the tooth fairy does when they lose a tooth. The day is celebrated twice a year in hopes that your child has a wiggly tooth around at least one of the designated days. In addition, the American Dental Association recommends that people get their teeth cleaned every six months. These two observance days are spaced to help remind people of that fact. This August, if your child has a wiggly tooth, tell them about the holiday and engage in some tooth fairy fun.

    Let’s learn some magical tooth fairy history!

    In 1908, the idea of the tooth fairy was born. By 1927, the tooth fairy took to the stage in Watkins Arnold’s children’s play, “The Tooth Fairy.” In 2012, the tooth fairy took over movie screens in “The Tooth Fairy” movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Side note: What a funny casting for a fairy!

    So, what can you do on National Tooth Fairy Day?

    1. Call your dentist to schedule you and your child’s bi-yearly dental visit.
    2. Tell your child stories about the tooth fairy. Dive into your first experience of losing a tooth and how you were too visited by the tooth fairy.
    3. Read some fun tooth fairy books like Dear Tooth Fairy by Alan Durant, How to Trick the Tooth Fairy by Erin Danielle Russell, or Tooth Fairy in Training by Michelle Robinson.
    4. Get the snacks and the blankets to watch “The Rock’s” movie, “The Tooth Fairy,” for some laughs!
    5. Engage with other families on social media by using the hashtag #NationalToothFairyDay. This will allow you to see what other people are up to. Also, tag @phillydentistry in your photos so we can get in on the fun too! We love when our patients share photos with us – we’re really into smiles.

    Kids only stay little for so long. It’s fun to make things special when we can. For more posts like this, check out more articles on the blog. We share educational posts, fun posts, flash sales, and so much more! While you’re at it, let’s connect on social media. All of our social media channels can be found here. Thank you for reading and we hope to see you smiling in our chairs soon!

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    July 30, 2021
    3 months ago

    Do you have a date coming up? How about a job interview? In just one hour, we can make your teeth jump 6-10 shades brighter. Our ZOOM! whitening treatment is the perfect confidence booster before any life event. During the entire month of August, we are offering a deal of $100 off our ZOOM! whitening treatment. This deal is too sweet to pass up! So, what’s so special about ZOOM! whitening?


    ZOOM! whitening treatment lasts for 3 years. Three years is a long time. Think about all the money you spend yearly on other whitening methods. Stop wasting your money on over the counter whitening methods that don’t show any results. Invest in your smile for a one-time treatment that will last years. The results are instant and it doesn’t stop there. All ZOOM! whitening patients leave our office with complimentary take-home whitening trays and bleach gel for desired touchups. With the treatment and the at-home touchups, that can add up to a lifetime of bright smiles!

    What are you waiting for? Give us a call at (215) 568-6222 to speak with one of our staff members and book your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon and transforming your ‘OK’ smile into a fabulous one! Until then, feel free to connect with us on social media. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We love getting connected with our patients and seeing all of their smile selfies!

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    July 29, 2021
    3 months ago

    Do you think you need a deep cleaning? What does a deep cleaning entail? Deep cleaning involves gum scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a way that we treat gum infection. The symptoms that someone might experience when they need scaling and root planing could be bad breath, a bad taste in their mouth, bleeding, swelling, tender gums, and unfortunately, sometimes they don’t have any symptoms at all.

    What happens?

    Scaling and root planing is a procedure we do to clean the bacteria and tartar off the deeper surfaces of the tooth. When we treat a patient with scaling and root planing, we usually start off with a full set of X-rays, also known as a full mouth series. We do this so we can see the roots and all the surfaces were going to be working on.

    Then we start by numbing the gums up gently to make the patient extra comfortable during the treatment. Our numbing technique in our office is very nice because most of the time it doesn’t involve needles and the patients love the fact that it doesn’t involve needles. The numbing jelly that we use here is very strong. It gets applied above and below the gum line and then once the jelly is set, we go in and we start working with our ultrasonic cavitron. This is an instrument that our hygienists use to shake and vibrate the heavy tartar off the teeth. The treatment is very satisfying. We are getting rid of all that build-up and leaving our patients with a fresh, healthy mouth

    Benefits?

    • Eliminates the bacteria that’s underneath the gum line
    • Prevents any tooth mobility
    • Prevents future bone loss
    • Reduces or can eliminate risk for severe gum disease and tooth loss
    • Prevents gingivitis
    • No more bleeding gums
    • Less gum recession
    • Fewer cavities caused by plaque
    • Better oral health

    What to expect?

    Since there is so much work being done, this treatment is often broken into multiple appointments. More importantly, multiple appointments are essential. It allows the doctor to monitor the healing of your gums and the depth of your pockets. If your pockets grow deeper, more treatment could be needed.

    The importance?

    All in all, it is important to practice good oral hygiene as it is systemic to our overall health and well-being. No one wants to wind up with gum disease, but unfortunately, it can happen. To help prevent gum disease, it is important to visit your dentist twice a year. During your checkup cleanings, your provider will be able to detect early signs of any problems and nip things in the bud. It is better to maintain oral health, rather than waiting for a big problem. Healthy teeth = a healthy life!

    No more waiting!

    Book your free new patient consultation with Philly Dentistry today to check whether you are a candidate for a deep cleaning! Call today (215) 607-6350 to speak with one of our awesome team members and we can get you all set up.

    Watch along as our new patient gets his first cleaning after 10 years! Our hygienist, Lisa, takes a full mouth series of x-rays and uses her ultrasonic cavitron to get rid of his tartar buildup.
    July 1, 2021
    4 months ago

    It’s been a crazy year. You deserve to treat yourself. That’s why for the first time ever, we’ve decided to offer a fun summer special. During the entire month of July, if you buy 6 porcelain veneers, we will gift you a FREE $200 gift card to Kári Skin!

    Who is Kári Skin?

    Kári brings a fresh and enlightening experience to luxury aesthetics with an eye toward healthful, inspired living. At Kári, they believe that beauty starts from beneath the surface, and their mission is to uncover the underlying beauty waiting to emerge from behind every face. Tucked away on a cozy Old City Philadelphia side street, Kári Skin welcomes each client with warmth and acceptance setting the stage for a skincare awakening. Aligning with our Philly Dentistry mission, Kári Skin is proudly LGBTQIA Friendly and has a zero-tolerance for discrimination. All are welcomed! This dynamic duo special will allow you to show off your amazing smile while your skin is glowing.

    Flawlessness

    Veneers can take your smile from 0 to 100 in just two dental visits. If you have any dental issues like stains, chips, breaks, holes, or even somewhat skewed teeth, porcelain veneers can take those blemishes and transform your smile into flawlessness!

    What are they like?

    First of all, what are veneers? They are thin, however incredibly solid, and can last as long as 15 years. For best results, you need to have great at-home oral hygiene and ensure that you’re getting your normal cleanings. Each veneer is uniquely designed to improve your desired smile. Does that mean that patients get to design their new smile? It sure does! Together, you and the doctor will come up with your veneer shades and sizes. This ensures you are getting EXACTLY what you want. The thin veneers will go over your teeth to improve any dental issue you might be enduring, it’s that simple!

    Book now

    Book your free new patient consultation with Philly Dentistry today to check whether you are a candidate for veneers. In only 2 simple visits you can totally change your smile into the smile you’ve always dreamed of. We are porcelain veneer specialists and have been treating patients for veneers for over 17 years! Call today (215) 568-6222 to speak with one of our awesome team members and we can get you all set up.

    Let’s get social

    Follow us on social media @phillydentistry on Instagram. Tag us in your photos for a chance to be featured. We love interacting with our patients and love seeing all the beautiful smiles they have!

    May 21, 2021
    5 months ago
    preventive dentistry

    Do you feel nervous before going to a dental appointment? You’re not alone. Maybe your scared of possible pain, drill sounds, or even just the smell of the office. Dental anxiety is real and a lot of people suffer from it. At Philly Dentistry, we ensure that our patient’s dental health and mental health are both taken care of. In this blog, we will be going over some tips to help overcome dental anxiety. Use these strategies at your next dentist visit to help ease your anxiety.

    Fear of pain

    If you are feeling uncomfortable or anxious, it is important to make that known to the dentist. We all want to be on the same page and make accommodations to ensure the smoothest appointment possible. By voicing how you feel, the doctor will know exactly how to navigate the appointment. Try to be as specific as possible as that will make for the best communication. For example, if you are in fear of any pain, your doctor can be gentler or even sometimes administer medication to help ease potential pain.

    Loss of control

    If sitting in the chair with the bib wrapped around your neck makes you feel stuck, you’re not alone. This is a common feeling that stems from claustrophobia. If you can relate to this, let your doctor know at the beginning of the appointment. Together, you and the doctor can come up with some sort of break system that allows you to remain comfortable for the entire appointment.

    Stressed about cost

    Dental work can be costly. However, keeping up with regular visits with your hygienist will reduce the need for more expensive treatments later on. In the event that you do need a costly treatment, talk with the office’s financial coordinator. Together, a payment plan can be arranged that is most financially convenient for you.

    All in all, keeping high communication with your dentist and the office staff will be the most effective way to reduce any dental anxiety. Being clear with how you feel will allow the team to help you to make accommodations to make you feel as comfortable as possible. You are the patient and we are here to keep you healthy physically and mentally! Give us a call at (215) 568-6222 to book your next appointment.

    April 11, 2021
    7 months ago

    April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and our office wants to help end oral cancer! According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, mouth cancers are newly diagnosed in about 145 new individuals each day in the US alone, and a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. These numbers are heartbreaking, especially because the fastest-growing segment of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals. According to the World Health Organization, the worldwide burden of oral cancer is an estimated 657,000 new cases each year, and more than 330,000 deaths. Oral cancer doesn’t stop, but we won’t either. We take oral cancer very seriously. With every cleaning here at Philly Dentistry, our patients are examined for oral cancer. This is something we have always done and will continue to do.

    Most people neglect oral cancer and don’t realize how deadly it is. That is why it is important to catch it early. Biyearly visits to the dentist are imperative for maintaining good health. In addition to your bi-yearly visits, you can perform self-examinations at home too! These self-examinations should be done once a month to ensure everything is looking healthy. Check out Oral Cancer Foundation’s website that explains step by step how to examine yourself for oral cancer. They even include a video demonstration and photos of what to look out for.

    If you are seeing anything in your mouth that resembles these photos, give us a call immediately. From there, we will have you come in for a professional examination. The doctors are trained to determine what is cancerous or dangerous to your health. Your job is to check in on yourself regularly and refer yourself to our team if anything seems off. We are here to help keep you healthy!

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