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September 3, 2019
2 months ago

During the whole month of September take advantage of our monthly special of buy 6 veneers and get 2 FREE! Veneers can help with many dental problems such as, gaps, shape, discoloration and so much more. If you are interested in having a perfect smile here are a few things you should know before getting porcelain veneers from Philadelphia Dentistry.

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1. Your new smile will be made specifically for you. You decide all your specifications so we can give you the smile you always wanted. We customize the veneers to give you an all-natural look to get rid of any dental issues you want to change. Our great dentists will take into consideration the enamel thickness and your bite when helping you decide what looks best for your specific smile.

2. It’s important to know that your veneers will not be placed on you at your first visit. This is typically a two-appointment process at Philadelphia Dentistry. Our doctors want to also make sure that you are a good candidate for veneers or if they think there’s a better option for your smile. Like I mentioned above we want to make sure your smile is perfect before we send anything to our trusted lab.

3. Before your veneers are delivered you will have to wear temporary veneers. Your temporary veneers will look very similar to your porcelain veneers that are being made in our lab. This will give you an opportunity to see how your new smile will look without giving you a huge surprise after the real veneers are placed on your teeth. The temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth with temporary bonding cement so they can be removed when ready for the final step of the process, the veneer delivery.

4. The process is not too painful at all. There may be a little discomfort related to the placement of your veneers, but not a lot. Our patients should not feel any actual pain while this is being done. Our doctors are some of the gentlest dentists in Philly and will numb the area that is being worked on to ensure you feel nothing. The patient may experience a little bit of sensitivity on the gum line the day the veneers are delivered, but should go away in a few days.

5. Your natural teeth will still be there under the veneers, but they will be a little smaller and thinner so the veneer can go on top of the natural tooth. This is to ensure that the veneers will hold on to your natural teeth and fit properly. It varies patient to patient for how much the tooth needs to be shaved down. It’s important to keep in mind that the placement of your porcelain veneers is one that is permanent so be sure to pick a dentist office you can trust. Philadelphia Dentistry has done the most veneer cases in all of Philadelphia which means we have the most experience when it comes to giving you the smile you always wanted.

Give us a call today 215-568-6222 for a free new patient consultation to see if porcelain veneers are the best option to correct your smile. Our trusted doctors will give you a free exam and discuss your options with you. If porcelain veneers are the right choice you can take advantage of the September monthly special of buy 6 veneers and get 2 FREE! That’s a huge savings for something that will change your life. Don’t forget to follow us on social media @PhillyDentistry to stay up to date with the best dentistry in Philadelphia!

August 26, 2019
3 months ago

According to the ADA (American Dental Association) Americans spent $124 billion on their dental health in 2017. A very large amount of that went towards restorative treatments that could have been avoided with good oral health habits and by going to your dentist on a regular basis. In short, dentistry is not expensive, neglect is.

By having great preventative care, you reduce the risk of any type of gum disease, cavities and other oral health issues. Even if dental problems are found, by detecting them at an early stage can mean less expensive treatments are needed. If you are experiencing any dental issues at all please don’t hesitate to call Philly Dentistry at 215-568-6222.

You may still be wondering why preventive treatment is so important? Preventive treatment is important because it saves you money, time and most importantly discomfort. By maintaining good dental habits like visiting one of our great dentists every 6 months can help detect any issues at an early stage so the problem doesn’t worsen and can be fixed right away. Dental cleanings are essential because without getting them regularly can cause you to develop gum disease. Gum disease can eventually lead to gum recession and even bone loss. By getting your cleanings every six months, one of our awesome hygienists will remove any tartar buildup before it gets in the gum line and causes gum disease. The good thing about gum disease is if detected early it can be reversed quickly with the proper care.

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Remember dentistry is not the expensive part, it’s ignoring your teeth which can end up being really expensive in the long run. Here are some tips to avoid having an expensive dental bill.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes.
  • Floss one a day.
  • Reduce your sugar intake.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Make sure you’re going to your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups every 6 months.
  • Schedule an appointment right away if you are experiencing any problems.
  • Don’t put off dental treatments.

The wait is over, give us a call, email or even send us a direct message on social media and we will get you scheduled ASAP so you can maintain healthy teeth & gums for life. 215-568-6222. info@phillydentistry.com or follow us @PhillyDentistry.

August 19, 2019
3 months ago

Are you unhappy with the straightness of your teeth? Are you thinking about orthodontics to treat your misaligned teeth? A recent study prepared for Invisalign by Harris Poll stats that almost 80% of patients who finished orthodontic treatment felt that by straightening their teeth was one of the most life-changing decisions that they ever made. For most people the main reason to straighten their teeth is for improving their appearance and gaining more confidence, but there are also more significant health benefits that most people don’t realize. Here are the top 3 health benefits for straight teeth.

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1. Straight teeth are easier to clean. When you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day it is easier to clean your teeth when they are straight rather than crooked or crowded. When your teeth are crowded it’s more likely for bacteria to get caught in between and cause cavities. If the bacteria that builds between your teeth is not removed daily then plaque builds up in the gum line and can cause gum disease. Signs of gum disease are red, swollen or bleeding gums, receding gums, bad breath and eventual tooth loss. This is why it’s so important to maintain healthy oral hygiene habits.

2. Straight teeth create healthy bites. The purpose of getting orthodontics according to the ADA is to create a healthy bite. When your teeth don’t align properly it can cause oral health problems such as; tooth decay, impaired speech and chewing, uneven wear to the tooth enamel, jaw pain, chips or cracking of your teeth. At your next appointment ask your dentist how they can save your smile from any premature wear and prevent any future dental issues.

3. Straight teeth and a healthy smile contribute to your overall health. There are two main areas that contribute to your overall health and that’s your mental health and your physical health. When it comes to your mental health happiness is key and smiling makes you happy! When you have a beautiful straight smile, you’re more likely to smile which in turn will make you happier. By straightening your teeth, you will be more confident in your every day life. The next area is your physical health. Your oral health impacts your overall health. When you have bad oral health, it can lead to gum disease and allow oral bacteria to enter your bloodstream. Gum disease can also lead to heart disease, diabetes and other systemic diseases.

Now that you know the importance of having straight teeth it’s time to ask your dentist or orthodontist about Invisalign. Invisalign is the new faster way of straightening your teeth without the embarrassment of having bulky metal braces in your mouth. Give us a call today to set up a free new patient consultation and find out how Philly Dentistry can help your overall health and confidence 215-568-6222.

August 12, 2019
3 months ago

Everyone knows that regular dental exams are important to dental health. It’s recommended that you visit your dentist every 6 months to stay up to date with your dental hygiene. At your first appointment at Philadelphia Dentistry you will receive a free dental exam along with free cavity detection x-rays. Here is what your dentist wants you to know during your dental exam.

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1. It’s important to know that you should change your toothbrush every 3 months. Most toothbrushes get worn out and have bacteria on them after 3 months of use. This is why it’s important to change your toothbrush to a new fresh one so your mouth stays clean from any harmful bacteria. If you have gum disease such as, gingivitis it’s recommended that you change your toothbrush every 4 to 6 weeks. Another important tip is to wash your toothbrush with hot water after using it and always, always, always replace it after you’ve been sick.

2. Maintaining your dental health in between appointments is easier than you think. The most important thing you can do is stick to a good oral hygiene routine. This means you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Also, by eating a healthy diet you’ll have healthier teeth and gums. So, make sure you are staying up to date with your regular dentist appointments to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.

3. Truths about root canals are that they’re not actual painful. Many people are under the assumption that root canals are very painful, but this is not the current case for root canal procedures. Thanks to advances in the latest dental technology and equipment, root canals are as painless as having a cavity filled, which is also a pain-free experience. When you have either of these procedures your dentist will normally numb the area completely, which lasts until the pain has dwindled.

4. Dental problems do not fix themselves. This is why it’s important to see your dentist with any dental problems so it doesn’t worsen. If you ignore the problems in most cases the problem will worsen and cost you more in the long run.

5. Do you have bad breath? Dental issues may be the cause. On a regular basis if you have bad breath there’s a good chance that it’s because of your dental health. Bad breath is a dental condition and could be treated with mouthwash. Mouthwash may help with the odor for a little bit, but you will need to inform your dentist so they can find the underlying issue and find a solution for you.

6. Regular check-ups and cleaning at your dentist office are crucial. One of the best things you can do for you dental hygiene is to visit your dentist on the regular basis. This ensures that if there are any problems they can be addressed right away. This will prevent you from any problems such as, cavities, gum disease, root canals and so on. Prevention care is very important to maintain your oral hygiene. If you’re over due for you regular cleaning and check-up give us a call today and we would be happy to see you. 215-568-6222.

7. Periodontal disease or gum disease will affect your overall health, not just your oral health. Gum disease is linked to the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. It is also linked to other health problems such as, heart disease and strokes. The good news is that gum disease, if caught early can be treated and reversed. If you don’t get your gum disease treated right away the problem can worsen and eventually lead to bone loss. This is why it is so important to maintain good oral hygiene and to visit your dentist every 6 months to catch any early stages of this disease so it can be treated.

8. At Philly Dentistry we include a free oral cancer screening with all our exams. It’s a fact that one person ever hour of every day dies from oral cancer, making it one of the deadliest diseases in the United States. During your dental exam one of our experienced doctors or hygienist will take a look for any signs of oral cancer. The good news is that oral cancer is highly treatable if it is diagnosed at an early stage. This is why it is very important to stay up to date with your routine dental exams.

9. The best thing you can do between dental exams is to brush every day. When you brush the recommend amount of twice a day, every day you are getting rid of any plaque build up which would cause cavities or tooth decay. This is the easiest and best thing you can do between your routine dental exams. Flossing daily is also very important because it gets any plaque you missed from brushing that is in between your teeth.

Now that you know things your dentist would want you to know about your dental exam, it’s time to schedule your next check-up and cleaning. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is very important for your overall health so please give us a call, email or reach out to us on social media and we would be happy to help you smile more!

Phone: 215-568-6222
Email: info@phillydentistry.com
Social media: @PhillyDentistry

August 5, 2019
3 months ago

invisible braces invisalign pixYou want straight, healthy teeth? Here’s how to understand exactly what to ask your dentist!

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:

  1. How long have you been certified as an Invisalign Dentist?
  2. How many Invisalign cases have you done? How many in the last 6 months? Do you have any awards from Invisalign?
  3. Can I see some before and after pictures of some of your Invisalign Patients that have the same or a similar situation as me?
  4. Are there any alternatives for my smile? Do you offer those alternatives?
  5. How many Invisalign patients did you see this week? This number should be at least 5 for a practice that is well-equipped and knowledgeable on Invisalign.
  6. Do you offer any sort of warranty or guarantee? In our office we stand behind our work 100%. We want you to be happy with the level of care, service, and dentistry that we provide and will work with you until you are satisfied.
  7. Is the dentist passionate about Invisalign? The enthusiasm a dentist and the staff have for his/her work will be evident throughout your entire consultation. Don’t settle for anything less than what you deserve. Go with your gut instinct.
  8. Are your fees comprehensive or should I expect other additional costs?
  9. Are retainers included at the end?
  10. Do your fees include X-rays that are necessary to be taken?
  11. Are refinement trays (extra trays to verify the teeth are straight) included or do I have to pay additional fees at the end?
  12. Am I a candidate for Invisalign Express treatment through Invisalign 5 or Invisalign 10 or am I a comprehensive case?
  13. Will I need to have attachment buttons placed on the front teeth? How noticeable will they be?
  14. Do you anticipate there to be a lot of Interproximal Reduction (slimming between the teeth) for my situation and will this increase my risk for cavities? Interproximal reduction is when the dentist creates space to help the teeth move. This is not painful and is necessary in many cases.

Make sure to do your research before choosing your provider. You should always feel comfortable in a dental setting and understand each step of the process.

We at Philadelphia Dentistry have more experience in Invisalign than all other dentists in the Philadelphia region. See us for the experience, the best treatment, the shortest treatment time and the most predictable results.

Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Cirka, Dr. Jeon and Dr. Smith today!

August 5, 2019
3 months 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.

 

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August 1, 2019
3 months ago

You never think it’s going to happen to you, until it happens to you! There you are watching a movie with your significant other, eating popcorn when suddenly you bite down on a kernel and “crack” you chipped your tooth! Your initial thought is fear, you think “what am I going to do now?!” Luckily for you, Philadelphia Dentistry can fix your chipped tooth right away.

When you chip your tooth the first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with warm water so your mouth is clean. After that, apply something cold to the area to reduce any swelling. Finally, pick up the phone and call Philly Dentistry at 215-568-6222 and we will take great care of you right away.

There are some different options when you chip your tooth and one of our excellent doctors will take a look and let you know what they recommend you do to give you the best smile. The most common option is tooth bonding. The dentist will use a special resin color to match perfectly to your natural teeth and will carefully fill in the area that is chipped. Once completed you will not even know you chipped your tooth, that’s how natural it will look. Another option would be tooth contouring. This method is to be used for light chips. We will remove a small amount of your tooth’s enamel and smooth out the area of your tooth to give it that all-natural look so no one will ever even notice you chipped your tooth. The next option would be dental veneers. Veneers are an extremely strong shell-like cover that is bonded over your teeth. They will fix any type of chips you may have large or small while still giving you a natural look. Finally, dental crowns can also be an option for your chipped tooth. Dental crowns are made to look like your healthy teeth and can hide any type of chip. A crown is like a cap that goes over the damage area to protect it from any further problems.

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Now you know all your options and what to do when it comes to a chipped tooth. Hopefully it doesn’t happen to you, but chances are if you’re reading this blog then you chipped your tooth. Some common situations in which teeth can get chipped are:

  • Tooth decay
  • Chewing anything too hard
  • Using your teeth to open something or to hold on to something
  • Grinding your teeth when you sleep

If any of these scenarios happen to you the best thing to do is to stay calm and give us a call at (215-568-6222), send us an email (info@phillydentistry.com) or slide into our DM’s on Instagram @PhillyDentistry and we will be happy to help you out!

July 29, 2019
4 months ago

During the month of August, take advantage of our great monthly special of $100 off ZOOM! Teeth Whitening! If you are not satisfied with the color of your teeth, chances are that you do not smile as much as you should! Life’s too short to not smile and be embarrassed by the color of your teeth. Often times people try over the counter whitening methods that don’t work as well and the results tend to be not that great. This is the reason you should try our in-office professional teeth whitening procedure, ZOOM!

Why should you decide on our in-office ZOOM! Whitening procedure? First reason is because it gets rid of stains from your everyday lifestyle. As you go through life you develop stains on your teeth from certain foods, drinks and different habits. This slowly stains your teeth to a yellowish color. Luckily, there are professional whitening procedures to specifically get rid of these stains. Ask one of our great doctors about ZOOM! Whitening at your next appointment.

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Another great reason and one of my favorite reasons are that this whitening procedure only takes one hour! In just one hour at our convenient, Center City Philadelphia office you can whiten your teeth up to 10 shades whiter, sometimes even more! After your procedure you can expect the results to last up to 3 years with your regular cleanings with our great hygienists so you maintain healthy teeth and gums for life. How it works is that oxygen from the bleaching gel is used to take off years of stains in just one hour!

When you have a whiter, brighter smile it improves your self-confidence. You can have perfectly straight teeth, but if they are stained you are not going to feel confident at all. When you improve your confidence, you improve your entire life. With a whiter smile you’ll walk with your head held high and smile every chance you get, don’t wait any longer for this great monthly special!

As much as we wish we could control time, we just can’t. Age catches up with everyone and there is nothing we can do about it. When we age our teeth age as well and may develop stains from the years of drinking coffee, wines and eating different types of foods. After just one hour of our in-office ZOOM! Whitening procedure you will look years younger with your whiter smile!

When you come to Philadelphia Dentistry the full ZOOM! procedure costs $597, but this month only you can take $100 off the total cost. In addition to this amazing offer we will throw in free customized whitening trays with free bleaching gel. This way you can touch up your white smile anytime you’d like in the comfort of your own home. Don’t hesitate any longer and get that smile you deserve with ZOOM! Teeth Whitening at Philly Dentistry. Give us a call today at 215-568-6222 or send us over an email at info@phillydentistry.com and follow us on Instagram @PhillyDentistry to stay up to date with all the latest news at our office!

July 22, 2019
4 months ago

Do you have missing teeth and are embarrassed to smile? There’s a solution that will help you gain your confidence back and it’s dental implants. Considered to be one of the best options for missing teeth, dental implants can fix broken or decayed teeth as well. At your next appointment make sure to ask one of our great doctors or providers if dental implants are the best option for you. Here are a few advantages of getting dental implants.

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1. Convenience. Dental implants are much more convenient than dentures that you have to remove every night. With implants they stay put in your mouth. This permanent solution takes away any embarrassment that’s involved with taking out fake teeth.

2. Look, feel & perform like natural teeth. This is one of the main reason’s patients choose dental implants because they can’t even tell that they have them. By feeling like your natural teeth, the comfortability is great! Having implants in your mouth, it can restore your full chewing power so you can enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about anything.

3. Bone loss prevention. When you have a missing tooth, it can lead to bone loss in your jaw. This is known as resorption. Bone loss occurs with missing teeth because there is no longer any root to stimulate the bone. When you have traditional dentures, they have been known to speed up the bone loss process because of the added pressure of the gums which wears away the bone. A great thing about dental implants is that it replaces the root as well as the tooth to preserve natural bone growth.

4. Dental implants can last a lifetime. Taking proper care of your dental implants can make them last your whole life. Dental implants cost a little more than bridges or dentures, but the investment in yourself and the long run is definitely worth it. The average patient that has dentures needs a new set every 3 to 8 years. This is because changes occur in the patient’s jaw. Unlike dentures, dental implants are made extremely strong and are also fused with your jawbone making it a permanent fit in your mouth.

5. Dental implants prevent facial sagging. When you have missing teeth which causes bone loss, that bone loss ends up making your face sag with excess wrinkles around your mouth. This can make you look older and cause you to feel embarrassed. With dental implants it will prevent your face from sagging by filling in any missing teeth so you don’t lose any jaw bone.

Every patient is a little different so at your next dentist appointment ask your doctor if dental implants are the best option for you. Our dentist will determine if implants are the right solution for you and they will suggest any alternatives if they feel it’s a better option for your specific smile. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 and schedule your appointment today.

July 15, 2019
4 months ago

I’m sure you’ve met someone with a dental crown, either your friends, family and even dentists have them. A dental crown is basically a “cap” that sits over the surface of your damaged tooth and serves to restore the complete structure of the tooth and all it’s functions. There are 2 reasons why you might need a crown on your tooth.

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The first reason would be a cosmetic reason. A cosmetic reason would be to restore the esthetics of the crooked teeth. You can cover up a tooth you do not find appealing, for example if a tooth is out of place or stained badly, you can cover it up with a porcelain crown to make it look like your natural teeth to give you a beautiful smile makeover.

The second reason and probably most important would be functional reasons. For example, if you have a weakened tooth you would need to get a crown to protect it from anymore damage. This means if a tooth is cracked, a crown can be used to hold the tooth together. Another example, is if you have a heavily filled tooth from a cavity. This means if you’ve had a large filling or the fillings have been filled too many times on different sides of the tooth, the structure of the tooth will become weakened and will need a crown to support it. Next, would be a single tooth restoration which means if you’re getting a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth a crown will be needed in order to be placed over the implant to give it full support. Finally, if you have a root canal your teeth become weak after the root canal treatment. Therefore, a dental crown will be needed to be placed over the tooth to restore it to full strength. Check out what some of our patients said about getting a dental crown at our office!

“Philadelphia Dentistry is truly at the top of their game. Today I went in for a crown and it was the most pain-free experience ever. The procedure was quick and efficient which is important to me given how busy I am. Everyone in the office does a great job explaining each step in the dental procedure and why they are doing it. The entire staff is always friendly and accommodating and the office makes effective use of the latest technology. For example, they send you emails and text messages to remind you of appointments. If you are looking for a new dentist, I suggest you give Philadelphia Dentistry a look!”

“I came to Philadelphia Dentistry after they were highly recommended in order to make a crown for my implant. After doing my own research I also learned that they specialize in cosmetic dentistry and I have a gap in-between my two front teeth that had started to open up again about 3 years ago, even after wearing braces to correct it. I was interested in getting that fixed and at my consultation I was told about bonding the teeth together in order to close the gap. I just had the bonding done today with Keila and my teeth look PERFECT! You can not even tell that I had anything done, it just looks like I was born with this smile. On top of that, they did the molding for my implant in order to create the crown which I will be going back for in two weeks. The whole procedure from start to finish was painless and quick. Every staff member I have met so far, as well as Dr. Cirka himself, are so welcoming and friendly, I feel like I have known them for years. They really take the time to explain everything and they always have a smile on their face. I am really happy I chose Philadelphia Dentistry for my dentistry needs.”

Those are just two of the many patients we help every day with all their dentistry needs. Give us a call today for a free new patient consultation and see if a dental crown is the best option for you. Smile more with Philly Dentistry!

Call 215-568-6222 and have healthy teeth and gums for life!
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