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By Gilbert Dental Care
December 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you dealing with tooth loss? Find out how dental implant could restore your implants

While it’s normal for children to lose teeth it’s not exactly a happy occasion when this happens in adulthood. You may feel scared, upset or even lost about what to do next. This is where our Philadelphia dentists Dr. Steve Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez come in. We can provide you with the restoration you need to replace missing teeth and to help you get your smile back. Find out how dental implants could treat your tooth loss.

Get a Full Smile Back

When you have gaps in your smile the first thing you want to do is fill those gaps with a restoration that will most resemble a real tooth. Look no further than dental implants. Implants are the next best thing to real teeth, as they function like tooth roots and they are even fabricated to mimic the look and feel of a natural tooth. Implants even offer a much better longevity than other tooth replacement options can.

Renew Self Confidence

Being embarrassed by your smile can lead to a lot of self-esteem issues. After all, every time you smile you know that people are noticing those empty gaps in your smile. Whether you find yourself avoiding social engagements or smiling less, our Philadelphia general dentist knows that the minute you get your dental implant you’ll feel instantly more confident with the way you look.

Prevent Bone Loss

Unfortunately, untreated tooth loss also leads to jawbone loss. The jawbone stays strong and healthy thanks to stimulation from tooth roots. Of course, if you are missing one or more teeth you can imagine that the jawbone can no longer get the ample stimulation it needs, which means that it will start to break down. While other replacement options like bridges and dentures won’t be able to preserve your jawbone, dental implants can. This is the only restoration that will be placed into the jawbone where it will fuse together with bone and tissue and provide the proper amount of stimulation the jawbone needs to stay healthy.

Fully Restore Chewing and Speaking

You know how challenging it can be to eat certain foods when you have missing teeth. You may also notice that you’ve developed a lisp or speech impediment due to tooth loss. Luckily, getting implants also means that your smile’s strength is fully restored. No more fighting with foods that you can’t eat and no more problems with your speech.

Do you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants? Want to chat with us about your tooth replacement options? Then what are you waiting for? Call Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia, PA today.

By Gilbert Dental Care
September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A filling, one of the most common dental procedures available, is crucial to maintaining your dental health if you have tooth decay. This fillingsprocedure removes decay and protects the tooth against further damage, restoring its natural structure. However, fillings sometimes require replacement. Does your feeling need to be replaced? Find out with Dr. Steve Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez at Gilbert Dental in Philadelphia, PA.

What is a filling?
A dental filling repairs a decayed or damaged tooth. The filling itself is usually made up of composite resin materials. The materials are tooth-colored, ensuring a natural appearance which blends in with your tooth. A filling becomes necessary when your dentist removes a decayed or damaged portion of the tooth and needs to fill in the hole left behind.

Does my filling need replacement? 
Fillings are durable and effective, but, like any dental restoration, may require maintenance or replacement at some point. If a filling has become worn, cracked, or broken, it may need to be replaced. Your dentist can determine if your filling requires replacement using a dental x-ray, which will show any decay underneath the filling or abnormalities between the teeth which are impossible to see from the outside of the tooth.

Dental Fillings in Philadelphia, PA
If your filling requires replacement, your dentist will remove the existing filling and replace it with a new one. If your dentist suggests a filling replacement, you should follow through with the procedure as soon as possible to avoid a situation which may produce a toothache or require a more in-depth procedure. To avoid a damaged filling, try not to bite down on hard objects like ice. Also try to avoid sudden temperature changes caused, for example, by drinking cold water, then eating a hot bite of food. Those who have a teeth grinding habit should wear a night guard to protect their teeth.

For more information on dental fillings, please contact Dr. Steve Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez at Gilbert Dental in Philadelphia, PA. Call (215) 972-0406 to schedule your appointment for a dental filling with your dentist today!

By Gilbert Dental Care
September 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a tooth that has experienced a considerable amount of decay or trauma from an accident, you may be experiencing ongoingdental crowns discomfort that could lead you to believe that having it pulled is the most logical solution. While pulling, or extraction, of a tooth is necessary in some cases, you have options at Gilbert Dental Care that can save your natural tooth. Your dentists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Dr. Steve Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez, explain dental crowns and their tooth-saving properties here.

Why saving a tooth is important

You likely know that extraction of a tooth removes it entirely. While this used to be the preferred method of dealing with damaged teeth in the past, the removal of the root structure can lead to further issues with the remaining teeth: decay, loosening, and deterioration of the jawbone. Having the roots in place helps to keep the jawbone strong and healthy. Therefore, it is in your best interest to retain as many natural teeth as possible, and crowns from your Philadelphia dentist can make that happen.

How crowns save your teeth

When the top portion of a tooth is too damaged to withstand repair, a crown can cover the damage and restore the tooth's function and appearance. Your Philadelphia dentist creates a crown using precise measurements of your mouth; these tooth-shaped restorations can be made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. They are hollow in the middle, leaving room for the remainder of the damaged tooth, and bonded into place. This allows the tooth's root structure to remain intact, keeping the rest of your teeth in proper balance.

If you think you might need a crown, or you have any dental issue, contact Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to schedule an appointment. Helping you maintain your smile is our main priority!