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September 13, 2020
3 weeks ago

Dr Mimi Jeon in PPE

Feeling comfortable with your dentist is so important. You’re trusting someone to take care of your health, therefore you should always feel confident in your doctor. There are so many factors that go into choosing the right dentist. Luckily, there are action steps you can take that will help you along the process. Let’s go through some of the basics when choosing a good dentist.

  1. What are your needs?

When finding a good dentist, you need to consider what your dental needs are. Why are you going to the dentist? Do you need annual cleanings? Are you interested in cosmetic dentistry? Do you have a dental emergency? The reasons are endless, but you need to determine your wants and needs. This will allow you to focus on finding dental offices that specialize in exactly what you are looking for. At Philadelphia Dentistry, we specialize in cosmetic dentistry, preventive dentistry, general dentistry, and restorative dentistry. We have all the bases covered!

  1. Ask people you trust for referrals.

Think about your friends, family, and co-workers. Who has a nice smile? The next time you are with them, ask them about their dentist. If they have all good things to say about their dental experiences, you are on the right track for finding your dentist. Our office offers “Care to Share” cards for all of our patients. These cards make it easy for our patients to share their experiences with us to all of their friends and family.

  1. Get a referral from your physician.

Ask your doctor or local pharmacist what dentist they would recommend. It is understood that these medical professionals have investigated all the dentists in the area. This means that they would be a good source for referrals.

  1. Check out online reviews.

Start by searching “dentists near me.” Once you do this, a huge list of dentists in the area will appear. Click on the review tabs and read through patient recommendations to hear about different experiences. This will help answer some questions you might have or even eliminate some potential offices off your list. Philadelphia Dentistry is rated 4.9 stars on Facebook, 4.8 stars on Google, 4 stars on Yelp. We take our patient’s reviews very seriously and always try to improve based on feedback.

  1. Surf their websites.

Checking out a dental office’s website will answer a lot of questions. Most websites include information about services, costs, insurance, etc. The best websites will even include video testimonials and before/after photos from real patients. Sometimes seeing the results of a dental office can help you make the best decision. You can see all of our results, information, and services here on our website. You can also check us out on social media @phillydentistry on Instagram, @PhiladelphiaDentistry on Facebook, and @DrKenCirkaDMD on Twitter!

June 25, 2020
3 months ago

Do you find yourself constantly smirking in photos because you don’t want to show your teeth? Are you not 100% happy with what you see in the mirror? You might be a good candidate for a Smile Makeover. What is a Smile Makeover? A Smile Makeover is a dental procedure that works to give you a healthier and more attractive smile. Say goodbye to all of your dental insecurities.

What’s so important about a smile?

Naturally, every human feels a sensation of positivity when they see others around them smile. Smiles make us feel comfortable. Smiling can also boost our own health. Studies show that simply smiling can boost moods, lower stress, and possibly prolong your life. Therefore, smiles are good for everyone!

What exactly do Smile Makeovers fix?

Smile Makeovers fix aesthetic issues and function issues. For instance, if your teeth are dull, chipped, worn, oddly shaped, or cracked, a smile makeover can fix that. Those are all aesthetic issues that can cause low confidence. You shouldn’t let your insecurities get the best of you though, especially when there are ways to fight back. If you are experiencing pain, tooth loss, decay, or infection, a smile makeover can fix that too. There is no reason anyone shouldn’t be able to go about daily tasks without any pain or issues. That’s where a smile makeover can come to the rescue.

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Gain back your confidence.

Having problems with your teeth is the worst, especially if you are feeling discomfort. It’s time to stop overthinking pictures. The days of low self-confidence are over. It is now your time to take control and become confident again.

Get Connected!

Get social with us! Follow us on social media @PhillyDentistry on Instagram, @PhiladelphiaDentistry on Facebook, and @DrKenCirkaDMD on Twitter!



June 15, 2020
4 months ago

When people think about their health it is normal to categorize it. We categorize our mental health with our feelings, our oral health with our mouth, our physical health with our body, etc. However, it is important to remember that all of these categories make up our overall health. They all work together to keep us healthy. Specifically, let’s dive into the correlation between our oral health and mental health.

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The Facts

Studies show that two-thirds of toothache reports came from people who were suffering from a mental health issue. Research also shows that 50% of people who suffered from depression, classified their teeth as average or poor. A review of many studies found a strong correlation between gum disease and mental health illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and stress.

Behavioral Changes

So, with those facts, you might ask why there is this scientific link. The link comes from the behavioral effects of mental illnesses. Anxiety, depression, and stress can cause people to subconsciously change their behavior. For example, a person with depression usually loses interest in activities, which ultimately causes impairment in daily life tasks. More specifically, a person with depression can be inconsistent with brushing their teeth, maintaining a good diet, and visiting the dentist. Another example can be made with anxiety. People who suffer from anxiety are more likely to grind their teeth.

Biological Effects

In addition to possible behavioral effects, mental illnesses can affect our oral health due to biological reasons. There is a hormone called ‘cortisol’ that impacts our body when we feel a lot of stress. When the hormone levels increase, the immune system gets weaker. When this happens, it can result in vulnerability to gum disease. Another biological effect can occur due to medications. Often people with mental illnesses are prescribed medications to cope with their illness. These medications can cause a dry mouth. This dry mouth can mean that plaque, bacteria, and debris aren’t getting rinsed properly. This ultimately means there is more opportunity for cavities to form.

Fight Back

Thankfully, when mental illnesses affect our oral health, there are things to do that can help. Finding a good dental practice that considers your overall health is the first step. At Philadelphia Dentistry, we value the health and safety of all of our patients. Patient care is our number one priority. Therefore, booking an appointment with us will ensure your mental health is not affecting your oral health.

Let’s Get Social

To stay connected with us, follow us on social media @PhillyDentistry on Instagram, @PhiladelphiaDentistry on Facebook, and @DrKenCirkaDMD on Twitter!

August 5, 2019
1 year ago

Could your face or jaw pain indicate TMJ?

Do you find that your jaw feels sore upon waking up?  Do you have a hard time chewing or does your jaw feel “stuck” when you open or close your mouth?  Do you suffer from migraines or sore teeth?  If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ, caused by clenching and grinding your teeth.  The pain source is the joint that connects the jaw to the temporal bones in your skull.  Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders.  The pain resulting from TMJ can be almost intolerable, but luckily there is more than one treatment option and relief is attainable and affordable.

What is an NTI and what is it used for?

An NTI is one of the only FDA approved dental devices used to combat migraine headaches without surgery.  NTI stands for Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition and it is a plastic device that fits on the back teeth, meant to stop the headaches and facial pain that are symptomatic of clenching.   The NTI works by relaxing the muscles and reducing the force of the clenching and minimizing the pain from the source.  Using an NTI while you sleep, you can see relief from headaches, neck pain, sore jaws and related pain.

Nightguard vs. NTI

There are some patients who do more grinding versus clenching and are better served with a custom nightguard which we professionally make in our lab. We discourage patients from trying an “over-the-counter” nightguard because they can actually cause you more harm than good. An improperly made nightguard may damage your joint, cause facial pain or increase headaches. Dr. Cirka, Dr. Jeon or Dr. Smith will see exactly what will work to help you with your symptoms.

In Philadelphia, Dr. Cirka, Dr. Jeon and Dr. Smith have treated thousands of dental patients who suffer with migraines and worn teeth. You may find that with regular use of your NTI or nightguard, you’ll be more productive throughout the day because your pain is reduced and you feel more comfortable with less tension and stress.


September 16, 2017
3 years ago

Recently at Philadelphia Dentistry we began using an iTero digital scanner that allows us to do impressions for our patients without impression material and trays. It has been great for our staff and also for our patients as there are many advantages to digital impressions over traditional impressions.

An important advantage to note is the efficiency of workflow. The production is streamlined from the laboratory back to us because the digital scan is sent immediately to the laboratory and they are able to review the case within 24-48 hours. What this translates to for patients is less time in their itero scanner1temporary acrylic crowns which is great for the patients.

An additional benefit dentistry gains from digital impressions is the fact that they can be repaired. This is not the case for traditional impressions. With a traditional impression if there is ever an air bubble or a distortion in it, the patient must go through another impression again. For a digital impression, the dentist and assistant are able to easily pinpoint the area that needs redone, scan that specific spot again, and the scanning software is able to stitch it together with the previously captured data.

When a digital scan is sent to the lab it also allows the dentist and the lab technician to communicate directly with each other about the case. If there are any issues then they can be handled immediately and patients do not have to wait.

Another great thing about digital impressions is the ability to show fine details that the naked eye can miss. This precise level of accuracy will aid in the dentist’s work and create a better product for the patient.

Finally, perhaps the BEST part about taking digital impressions, is how much easier it is for patients! No more gagging, strange tastes, or messy faces full of impression material.

Call us at 215.568.6222 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Mimi Jeon and Dr. Stephanie Smith. They can talk to you more about your dental health in addition to digital impressions. We look forward to meeting you soon!

September 5, 2017
3 years ago

Exercising has numerous positive impacts on your health. It helps with stress relief, muscle strength, combating health conditions, and loads more. What many patients do not know is how exercising can affect their dental health. Believe it or not, exercising can cause problems with your teeth that you may not be aware of.

During intense exercise people will often be breathing through their mouths. When people are mouth breathing, it will dry out the mouth and reduce the flow of saliva. A dry mouth is an environment where bacteria will increase and grow. People that suffer from dry mouth are very much at risk for cavities and so heavy exercise can put you more at risk for tooth decay if you are breathing through your mouth.

Additionally, when people are exercising heavily they often are drinking sports drinks. Many sports drinks can erode the teeth and cause major damage. If you are not careful, your mouth may need a makeover. They will erode the teeth not only if there is sugar in them but also because they are very acidic. Anytime the mouth is an acidic environment it creates a breeding ground for the bacteria that cause cavities.Woman-drinking-sports-drink

What’s more is that while working out, most people tend to take sips throughout the workout. This is constantly bathing the teeth in sugars and acids, which will make the teeth more vulnerable to decay. If you are going to enjoy a sports drink it is much better if you drink it and be done with it, do not continuously take small sips. After you finish the sports drink, be sure to drink some water to neutralize the acidity level in the saliva to protect your teeth from cavities and other damage.

While the above details negative impacts on your teeth that can happen while exercising, keep in mind there are significant health benefits to your teeth and your entire body from the action of exercising. A study in the Journal of Dentistry found that exercising regularly can actually lower the risk of gum disease for people. Also by having a healthy body mass index (BMI), the mouth is a lot healthier. This is because the higher the BMI, the more likely you are to have hypertension and diabetes which both are known to put you at risk for poor oral health.

While exercising, be downloadsure that you are drinking water in addition to any sports drinks. Another alternative to water and sports drinks is coconut water. Coconut water has anti-inflammatory properties and also helps to balance insulin and glucose in the blood stream. By being aware of how your dental health is affected by exercise, you can avoid risk factors and keep your mouth happy as well as your body.

By keeping up with a regular dental routine you will be able to stay on track with your oral health. This means brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

Call us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Mimi Jeon, and Dr. Stephanie Smith at 215.568.6222. We look forward to meeting you soon!

August 16, 2017
3 years ago

There are a lot of people that believe their dog and cats mouths are cleaner than their own. There are other people that believe the saliva from a dog is actually a disinfectant and can help kill bacteria. Finally, there are those that are totally grossed out by kissing their pets and are worried that it could in fact make them sick. Looking into this deeper, there are a couple of things to keep in mind that are detailed below.

There are a lot of bacteria in both the mouths of humans and in animals. Keep in mind that not all of it is harmful. It is very rare for the bacteria in a pet’s mouth to make a human sick. The bacteria that is harmful that can pass from the dogs or cats mouths to ours are parasites such as roundworm, hookworm, and giardia. If you are taking your dog to the vet regularly for check-ups and your pet does not have any symptoms of sickness, then your dog likely does not have a parasite such as these.

As for viruses, these are uDog-kisssually specific to a certain species. This means that a virus does not pass from a human to an animal and vice versa. So do not worry if you have the flu or the common cold, you will not pass it to your dog or cat.

Humans that are immunocompromised, however, should avoid kissing their pets. If your immune system is already lower than average, if there does happen to be harmful bacteria in the animal’s saliva, you will not be able to fight it as well as a healthy person.

What you do want to keep in mind before kissing your dog or cat is what they may or may not have been doing earlier in the day. Dogs and cats tend to eat dirt, grass, and all kinds of things that people tend to stay away from. Any of the bacteria or particles that they may have been near or consumed earlier is absolutely a risk that can be transferred to people and should be kept in mind.

So far there is no compelling research showing that the pet’s saliva is a disinfectant; however, there is not definitive research proving that it is harmful either. Make sure that you know what they were up to earlier in the day and the main thing to keep in mind about kissing your pets is that you are doing it at your own risk.

August 6, 2017
3 years ago

Patients will often ask about piercings and tattoos in the mouth and how it could affect their teeth. In addition to affecting your teeth, there are a lot of potential issues that could pop up from oral piercings and tattoos that affect your overall health, not only in the mouth.

As body piercing and tattoos become more popular, it is important to understand the risks associated with them as well as to know what these risks are. Below I will detail six potential problems of piercings and tattoos in the oral cavity that you should be aware of:

  • Harm to the teeth, fillings, and gums- Patients that have oral piercings often report to me that they have a habit of clicking their piercing against Funny-Lip-Tattoothe teeth. This habit will not only damage the teeth, but it causes the gum tissue to become irritated and receded as well as fillings to become damaged. Sometimes I see evidence of this habit and patients are unaware that they are doing it. This leads me to believe that the habit is happening while the patient is asleep, which can be very dangerous and a choking hazard.
  • Infection- The mouth and tongue contain millions of bacteria. These bacteria can quickly adhere to areas around the piercings or the tattoos and cause an infection. Since the mouth is a warm, moist environment, infections can travel very quickly there. Any infection that causes swelling in the mouth, especially on the tongue, can quickly become life-threatening by closing the airway.
  • Damage to nerves- When piercings and lip tattoos are done, there is always a risk that damage can happen to the nerves in your mouth. Nerve damage is usually reversible; however, sometimes the feeling in your mouth never quite reaches what it originally was. Keep in mind that the tissue lining of the mouth is more delicate than the inside of the eyelid so there is a potential for damage.
  • Allergic reaction to metals– After having a metal piercing in your mouth sometimes patients develop an allergic reaction or hypersensitivity to metal
  • Difficulties with Dental XRays- Oral tattoos do not interfere with dental x-rays; however, oral piercings will sometimes interfere with the dental x-rays. The metal in the piercing can sometimes block anatomy that we are trying to look at in the image

6 Tips for Patients with Oral Piercings:

  • Be sure to keep the piercing and the area very clean. Ask your dentist and dental hygienist for tips on this.
  • Do not tap and click the piercing against your teeth. Also by being aware while you are chewing and talking you can try and avoid problems since each time we talk and chew our tongue touches the teeth and the piercing could cause damage.
  • 9089322_f520Check the fit of the piercing time to time with sanitized hands. This can help avoid the jewelry from getting loose or becoming a choking hazard.
  • Take the piercing out before engaging in sports activities to avoid any issues and protect the rest of your teeth with a mouth guard.
  • See your dentist regularly, and remember to brush twice a day and floss daily.

If you start to any signs of infection such as pain, fever, chills, swelling, or a red-streaked appearance around the site of the piercing or tattoo, be sure to contact your dentist immediately.

Any oral piercing or tattoo is an added responsibility that requires maintenance and upkeep. Be sure to talk to your dentist and dental hygienist so that you are aware of how to properly clean the area to minimize your risk of infection.

Call us at 215.568.6222 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Mimi Jeon, and Dr. Stephanie Smith. We look forward to meeting you!

May 2, 2017
3 years 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, Dr. Jeon, and Dr. Smith today. We look forward to meeting you!

November 13, 2016
4 years 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…)

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