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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Philadelphia Square Dental Care
...Our services include: General Dentistry Teeth Whitening Crowns Preventive Care Periodontal Exams View a Complete List of our Dental Services Should you ever need additional information about our practice, we are always available to answer your questions...

Whitening Gallery
...   Select a galleryBonding GalleryCrowns GalleryDentures GalleryFillings GalleryImplant GalleryOrthodontic GalleryPeriodontal GalleryRoot Canal GalleryVeneers GalleryWhitening Gallery Teeth Whitening Gallery Case 1 by Before There are two ways to whiten teeth without changing the shape of the teeth...

Bonding Gallery
...   Select a galleryBonding GalleryCrowns GalleryDentures GalleryFillings GalleryImplant GalleryOrthodontic GalleryPeriodontal GalleryRoot Canal GalleryVeneers GalleryWhitening Gallery Bonding Gallery Case 1 by Before This tooth has a developmental defect, which is called a "peg lateral...

Crowns Gallery
Crowns Gallery Crowns need to be placed on teeth where there is too much tooth structure lost to restore the tooth with a porcelain veneer or when an existing crown needs to be replaced...

Dentures Gallery
...   Select a galleryBonding GalleryCrowns GalleryDentures GalleryFillings GalleryImplant GalleryOrthodontic GalleryPeriodontal GalleryRoot Canal GalleryVeneers GalleryWhitening Gallery Dentures Gallery Case 1 by Before This patient had some severe gum and bone problems, which required the removal of all the upper teeth except for the two front teeth...

Fillings Gallery
...   Select a galleryBonding GalleryCrowns GalleryDentures GalleryFillings GalleryImplant GalleryOrthodontic GalleryPeriodontal GalleryRoot Canal GalleryVeneers GalleryWhitening Gallery Fillings Case 1 by Before These are two old silver fillings that have served the patient well for many years...

Implants Gallery
...   Select a galleryBonding GalleryCrowns GalleryDentures GalleryFillings GalleryImplant GalleryOrthodontic GalleryPeriodontal GalleryRoot Canal GalleryVeneers GalleryWhitening Gallery Implants Gallery Case 1 by Before This patient lost her front tooth in an ice skating accident...

Orthodontic Gallery
...   Select a galleryBonding GalleryCrowns GalleryDentures GalleryFillings GalleryImplant GalleryOrthodontic GalleryPeriodontal GalleryRoot Canal GalleryVeneers GalleryWhitening Gallery Orthodontic Gallery Case 1 by Before This case involved the front top teeth overlapping the front lower teeth too much, which caused the front lip to protrude...

Periodontal Gallery
...   Select a galleryBonding GalleryCrowns GalleryDentures GalleryFillings GalleryImplant GalleryOrthodontic GalleryPeriodontal GalleryRoot Canal GalleryVeneers GalleryWhitening Gallery Periodontal Gallery by Before This patient was not happy with her gummy smile...

Root Canal Gallery
...The goal of root canal treatment is to get you out of pain, and to get you smiling again!   Select a galleryBonding GalleryCrowns GalleryDentures GalleryFillings GalleryImplant GalleryOrthodontic GalleryPeriodontal GalleryRoot Canal GalleryVeneers GalleryWhitening Gallery Root Canal Gallery by Before What a root canal attempts to do is remove the diseased tissues (indicated by the yellow arrow), which contains the nerve and blood supply of a tooth, with a rubber type material...

Veneers Gallery
...   Select a galleryBonding GalleryCrowns GalleryDentures GalleryFillings GalleryImplant GalleryOrthodontic GalleryPeriodontal GalleryRoot Canal GalleryVeneers GalleryWhitening Gallery Porcelain Veneers Gallery Case 1 by Before This patient was not happy with many things...

Before & Afters
... Bonding Gallery Crowns Gallery Dentures Gallery Fillings Gallery Implants Gallery Orthodontic Gallery Periodontal Gallery Root Canal Gallery Six Month Smiles Gallery Veneers Gallery Whitening Gallery

Six Month Smiles Gallery
...   Select a galleryBonding GalleryCrowns GalleryDentures GalleryFillings GalleryImplant GalleryOrthodontic GalleryPeriodontal GalleryRoot Canal GalleryVeneers GalleryWhitening Gallery Mindy by Age: Mid 20's Occupation: Teacher Chief Complaint: Crowding/Crooked Teeth Treatment Time: 6 months   Brennan by Age: Early 20's Occupation: Sales Chief Complaint: Spaces Treatment Time: 5 months   Debra by Age: Early 50's Occupation: Teacher Chief Complaint: Crowding; Tooth Shape Treatment Time: 5 months   Melissa by Age: Late 20's Occupation: Administrator Chief Complaint: Crowding/Crooked Teeth Treatment Time: 8 months   Kate by Age: Mid 20's Occupation: Teacher Chief Complaint: Crowding/Crooked Teeth; Front teeth pointing inward; Slight overbite                                                                                  

6 FAQs About Orthodontics
...In the traditional method, small metal brackets are attached to the crowns of the teeth...

Did You Know? Matinee Idol James Dean Had False Front Teeth!
...These options range from relatively inexpensive teeth whitening treatments to more permanent cosmetic solutions such as porcelain crowns and veneers...

Non-Vital Bleaching Removes Unsightly Tooth Discoloration From Within
... This procedure can be performed instead of more extensive procedures such as veneers and crowns as a cover for the discolored tooth, or as a way to lighten teeth before applying a veneer or crown to help prevent discoloration from showing through...

Chipped Teeth Harmoniously Made Good as New!
... Crowns When a relatively large portion of the tooth is missing, a crown is often the better choice...

Treating Impacted Canine Teeth
...Next, a minor surgical procedure, performed under local anesthesia, is used to expose the crowns (surfaces) of the impacted teeth...

TV Wellness Guru Jillian Michaels Discusses Breaking Her Two Front Teeth
... Jillian also reveals that when she was a child, she broke her two front teeth and had them repaired with crowns...

Dental Services
... Services we offer include: Bonding, to repair small chips or cracks Crowns & Bridgework, to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth Dental Implants, for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today Fillings, to make your teeth strong and healthy again Invisalign, to straighten your teeth without the hassle of traditional metal braces Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect disease at a curable stage Orthodontic Treatment, to move teeth into the right position Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, to prevent tooth loss Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth Professional Teeth Cleanings, to maintain good oral health Removable Dentures, to help you smile again Root Canal Treatment, to save an infected tooth Sealants, to protect children's teeth from decay Sedation Dentistry, to give you peace of mind in the dental chair Teeth Whitening, to brighten a faded or discolored smile TMJ/TMD Treatment, for chronic jaw pain Tooth Extractions, when a tooth is hopelessly damaged or decayed Wisdom Teeth Extraction, to remove impacted wisdom teeth Emergency Dental Treatment If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room...

Patient Resources
... Brushing Flossing Fluoride Facts Mouth Rinses Sealants X-Rays Denture Care Emergency Care Prevention Tips for Children Women and Tooth Care Seniors and Oral Health Nutrition and Your Teeth Dental Problems Abscessed Tooth Bad Breath (halitosis) Bulimia Nervosa Canker/Cold Sores Cavities and Tooth Decay Toothaches Diabetes Dry Mouth Fluorosis Gum Disease (Gingivitis) Impacted/Wisdom Teeth Lacerations and Cuts Oral Cancer Plaque Sensitive Teeth Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Jaw Disorders Treatment Braces (Orthodontia) Sealants Missing Teeth Bridges Crowns Root Canal Therapy Extractions Scaling and Root Planing Flap Surgery Dentures Jaw/TMJ Maxillofacial Surgery Cosmetic Dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry Veneers Teeth Whitening Bleaching Chipped, Cracked, and Worn Teeth Implants Grafts Old and Unsightly Fillings Bonding Excessive or Uneven Gums Ridge Augmentation Invisalign ® Pain Management Overview Managing Pain Anesthesia Air Abrasion Medications Patient Information Your First Dental Visit Dental Emergencies Your Rights as a Patient Product Reviews Oral Health Products Choosing a Toothbrush Types of Floss Water Picks Mouth Rinses Glossary Links

Spice Up Your Teeth
... For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored...

A Toothless Tiger?
...Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration...

3 Questions to Answer Before Your Smile Makeover
...Your teeth may be perfect, but if your gums seem to steal the spotlight when you smile (known as a “gummy” smile), you may need some remedy like veneers, crowns or even corrective surgery...

Chrissy Teigen's Teeth-Grinding Troubles
...In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out...

The Perils of a Loose Permanent Tooth - and What to do About it
...A permanent option is to crown both the affected teeth and nearby stable teeth and fuse the crowns together...

A Royal Fix
...You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework...

New Front Teeth for a Teenaged David Duchovny
...The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments...

Not all Crowns are Alike - or Cost the Same
All crowns are designed to restore functionality to a damaged tooth...

Dr. Travis Stork: If Only I'd Worn A Mouthguard!
...Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns...

Dental Magic Transforms Smiles
... Crowns...

Life Is Sometimes a Grind for Brooke Shields
...Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported...

Vivica's Veneers: the Making of a Hollywood Smile
... Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative...

America's (Dentists) Got Talent - for Fixing Damaged or Missing Teeth!
...You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework...

Avoid Permanent Tooth Alteration with No-Prep Veneers
...But although they don't need as much tooth preparation as crowns or other bridgework, the traditional veneer still requires some permanent tooth alteration...

Jimmy Fallon Can’t Catch a Break - Except in His Tooth
... For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested...

Dental Crowns for the King of Magic
...Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line...

Cosmetic Dentistry
...Cavities that reoccur form next to existing restorations such as fillings, crowns, bridges, etc...

Gum and Bone
...This includes crowns, implants, or other substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function and aesthetics of all of the structures and tissues...

Root Canal
...Back teeth often need crowns since a great amount of tooth structure may be lost from decay, which makes them more susceptible to fracture...

Dental Glossary
...Crowns can be made of porcelain, gold, stainless steel, or composite...

AcquaBrite
...Sometimes very white crowns can look artificial because they are made of porcelain...

CEREC One Appointment Crowns
...This software can assist us with designing any single tooth restoration: crowns, inlays (fillings), onlays (partial crowns), and veneers...

Snap On Smile
...Previously, invasive and costly treatments like veneers, crowns and bonding were the only options available to people with stained teeth...

Dentures
...It can be attached to the teeth with clasps, which are like small metal "c" clamps that hug nearby teeth, or may be attached to teeth with crowns with precision attachments (hidden clasps)...

Implants
...Once placed, the implants are used to support individual crowns, or bridges that are attached to the implants...

Inlays and Onlays
...When we refer to crowns, onlays, and inlays, we are referring to whether we need to restore the cusp of the tooth, and if so, whether it is all of the cusps or some of the cusps...

Veneers
...If and when your gums recede in the future, you will not have a dark gray line as was common with older porcelain crowns...

All Teeth
...These small metal posts, called abutments, along with various connecting devices that allow multiple crowns to attach to the implants, complete the foundation on which your new teeth will be placed...

Crown Lengthening
...Crowns and/or bridges cannot be cemented with the edge of the crown near the bone, which is why crown lengthening is needed...

Bonding Gallery
...The options were porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, or composite veneers...

Crowns Gallery
...The cases in the Crowns Gallery are examples of treatment that can be provided using porcelain crowns...

Implants Gallery
...In the top photo, he is wearing a removable partial denture, which did not match his other teeth, which were had porcelain crowns...

Crowns & Bridgework
...When crafted from today's high-tech porcelains (dental ceramics), crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth...

Gummy Smiles
...Afterwards, the worn-down teeth would usually be restored with porcelain crowns or veneers...

Inlays & Onlays
...Since dentistry's goal is to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, inlays and onlays may be recommended instead of crowns when a tooth can be restored with this more conservative type of treatment...

Porcelain Veneers
...And if you have lost a lot of tooth structure from decay or trauma (or a particularly severe grinding habit), it might be better to restore your teeth with porcelain crowns that cover the entire tooth...

Tooth Wear
...Depending on the situation, this can be done with bonding, veneers, or crowns...

Cosmetic Gum Surgery
...This causes a cosmetic problem because root surfaces, which have no enamel covering, tend to appear more yellow than the crowns of your teeth...

Gum Grafting
...Exposed tooth roots can make your teeth look overly “long,” and they also generally appear somewhat darker than your pearly white crowns...

Eating Disorders & Oral Health
...But the damage can be repaired with various restorative techniques including veneers and/or crowns...

Oral Piercings
...Teeth that have already been restored (with crowns, for example) may be even more prone to damage...

Stress & Oral Habits
...And dental work such as crowns and fillings may get damaged...

Digital Dental Impressions
...It's possible to identify any additional prep work required for new crowns, veneers and fillings right then and there; to implement any needed changes; and to rescan the tooth to create a new series of images and 3D model...

Same-Day Crowns (CAD/CAM)
...But these days, there's a much more convenient alternative: same-day crowns made in the dental office...

Top Reasons to Choose Dental Implants
...Two, four or more implants can be used to support multiple crowns, or even an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth...

Root Canal Retreatment
...After you are anesthetized (usually with a numbing shot), any restorations presently on your tooth — crowns, for example — will be altered to provide access to the root canal filling material...

Root Canal Treatment
...Restorations can take many forms, from traditional gold crowns to tooth replicas made of high-tech tooth-colored material...

Cosmetic & General Dentistry
...These procedures include: Cleanings & Oral Exams, to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and catch early signs of dental disease Cosmetic Bonding, to repair small chips or cracks Crowns & Bridgework, to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth Dental Implants, for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today Extractions, to remove unhealthy teeth that cannot be saved Fillings, to restore decayed teeth Inlays & Onlays, to fill teeth with larger cavities Invisalign Clear Aligners, for highly discreet orthodontic treatment Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect a dangerous disease that can be cured if caught early Orthodontic Treatment, to move teeth into the right position Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth Removable Dentures, to help you smile again Root Canal Treatment, to rescue diseased teeth Sealants, to help prevent cavities Teeth Whitening, to brighten a faded or discolored smile TMD Treatment, for pain in the jaw area that can interfere with biting and chewing Tooth-Colored Fillings, for a completely natural, healthy look Tooth Decay Prevention, so you keep your natural teeth as long as possible When to Visit the Dentist Many people only go to the dentist when something is wrong...

Pediatric Dentistry
...The crowns (tops) of the permanent teeth actually push against the roots of the baby teeth, causing them to resorb, or melt away...

Technology
...By combining 3-D digital imaging and computer-aided design and manufacturing technology, it's now possible to have permanent crown restorations completed in a single day — much better than leaving the office with temporary crowns and coming back weeks later for permanent ones! Cone Beam CT Imaging...