1130 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001
There is no secret to maintain a bright, healthy smile, all you need to do is brush, floss and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. Here at Abington Dental Excellence, we make sure that your teeth will be taken care of to maintain your bright, healthy smile. Our dentist visually checks for signs of plaque, tartar, tooth decay, and gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam, so that our dentists can thoroughly check your teeth. Our dental exams normally end with a dental cleaning, to remove surface stains and buildup.
Dental X-rays are much safer, faster and comfortable than it was before. One of the latest and most advanced dental technologies is Digital X-Ray, producing high-quality image of your teeth. With this technology, you and your dentist can instantly view the result on a LCD monitor and the radiation was reduced by up to 90% - making sure that potential problems are caught early.
Another alternative to dental X-ray is intraoral photography. Cavities, fractures and discolorations in the teeth are captured through clear and sharp photographic images that are taken with a 35mm or digital camera.
Traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away the deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now give us more options for teeth cleanings.
Laser teeth cleaning, also known as ultrasonic cleaning is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleanings. In this method, an ultrasonic scaler (rather than a manual probe) is used to remove deposits, kill harmful microbes and eliminate bacteria around the teeth and gums through high-frequency sound waves.
Deep cleaning is recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. This involves a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothened. Deep cleaning can help prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
Dental fillings are tried and tested treatment for cavities and they come in a variety of option - silver amalgam, composite, porcelain and even gold. Amalgam fillings have been used by dentists for more than a century and are still the most common and cost-effective type of dental filling. But composite fillings, which are made of a tooth-colored plastic and glass composite, are quickly becoming the preferred dental filling due to their natural appearance and durability. The type of dental filling used is determined by size and location of the cavity, as well as your budget.
White fillings are just as durable as they are attractive. This is made of composite resin, white fillings that matches the natural color of your teeth and are an excellent option for small to mid-sized cavities. White fillings are strong, stain-resistant and require less removal of your tooth structure than amalgam fillings.
Dental crown is one of the premiere treatments for teeth with extensive decay or damage. This is also used to hold a dental bridge in place, cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth, or cover a tooth after a root canal procedure. It is made of either porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or gold, dental crowns are placed during a multi-step process and sometimes require more than one dental visit.
The first step is a dental impression - a temporary crown is then placed to protect the tooth while the impression is sent to an offsite laboratory to create the final restoration. In some cases, same-day crowns are possible, so be sure to inquire. With good oral hygiene and minimal wear and tear, your beautiful new dental crowns can last up to 15 years.
Dental bridges are still considered one of the most durable, conservative and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth. Comprised of two anchoring teeth and a replacement tooth, dental bridges help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, and help keep your natural face shape intact. Typically, it takes 2-3 weeks to complete and with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, it can last up to 30 years.
There are three types of dental bridges:
Traditional dental bridges - have either dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth, plus a replacement tooth, which is held in place by a post-like structure called a dental abutment
Cantilever dental bridges – it is used in cases where there are surrounding teeth only on one side of the missing tooth.
Maryland bridges are made of a specialized resin that is cemented to a metal framework and cemented to the enamel of surrounding teeth.
Today, there are a variety of natural-looking and comfortable dentures for patients who need to replace missing teeth. Made of a gum-colored plastic resin or acrylic base and either resin or porcelain replacement teeth, dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth.
The process of getting dentures may take a few months and several dental visits. Same-day dentures are possible and but it’s not for everyone, though. If your dentures require a lot of customization, same-day dentures may not be right for you.
Just as with your natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance and with regular wear and tear, it can last 5-7 years. During that time, you may need periodic denture relines to accommodate changes in the contours of your mouth. If you break your dentures, you should bring them to your dentist for professional denture repair.
Gum Disease Treatment
If you have red, swollen gums, it could be gum disease – that affects more than 80% of adults. Fortunately, there are many effective and pain-free gum disease treatments. If non-surgical methods of gum disease treatment are ineffective, a periodontal surgery may be necessary.
For gingivitis, treatment typically involves a thorough dental cleaning, followed by daily brushing and flossing. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, requires scaling and root planning to remove stubborn deposits below the gum line. Laser gum surgery, uses beams of high-speed light to remove plaque and tartar buildup.
Root canals are needed when either decay or an injury infects the inner tooth (the pulp). In the earliest stages of infection, you may not feel any pain but when it progresses, you could have a toothache and swelling, or a dental abscess. Root canals remove the infection and prevent it from spreading. Thanks to laser root canals, this process is faster, more comfortable and, in many cases, more thorough than conventional root canals.
TMJ Treatment (Temporomandibular Jaw Disorder)
If you've been living with persistent jaw pain, ear pain and headaches, you could have TMJ. TMJ can be traced back to an improper bite, misaligned jaw joints, or an injury to the jaw or face. TMJ treatment typically involves one or several procedures, including the use of an orthotic splint, enamel reshaping, dental crowns, dental braces or night guards. The goal of TMJ treatment is to stabilize your bite so that your teeth, jaw muscles and jaw joints work properly together without strain – and without pain.
Sedation dentistry can help you forget about fear and focus on pure relaxation while doing your dental procedure. There are different levels of sedation to accommodate every patient.
Minimal sedation involves inhaling nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). Nitrous oxide helps you relax and wears off quickly.
Electronic anesthesia is an alternative form of mild sedation that uses electronic impulses to help you relax.
Conscious sedation is a moderate level of sedation that causes drowsiness and is taken in pill form.
IV deep sedation is typically administered intravenously and works very quickly. With IV deep sedation, most patients fall asleep but can be easily awakened.
Total sedation could be the only solution for people with an intense fear or phobia of dentistry. The patients is completely unconscious and cannot be easily awakened.
Pediatric dentists are specially trained to treat the oral health needs of children, from infancy through their teenage years. It involves in-depth knowledge about children's behavior, as well as their growth and development. Abington Dental Excellence is designed to make kids feel comfortable and relaxed – with plenty of toys, activities and a warm, inviting and fun décor.
“Their hygienist [is] so gentle and thorough, I could fall asleep in the chair.”
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