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Excellent Dental Care in Narberth, PA


At Main Line Center for Dental Excellence, your complete dental health is our mission. We offer a wide variety of general treatment services so all of your dental procedures are handled in one place, saving you time and energy and allowing us to have a complete understanding of your total dental health. From preventive care like cleanings and exams to reconstructive procedures like implants and root canals, we'll work with you to help you achieve healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.


Dental Examinations


We recommend that all our patients have a routine dental exam at least twice a year. During this exam, we'll thoroughly inspect your teeth and gums for any current or developing problems, and may also take x-rays or photos. If we do find signs of decay or gum disease, we'll go over your treatment options with you in detail. At the end of your exam, we'll use our findings to give you specific oral hygiene instructions.


Routine Teeth Cleanings


We recommend our patients schedule routine teeth cleanings twice a year. During a cleaning, one of our dental hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any plaque from places you can't reach with your brush - between your teeth, underneath the gum line, and in the small nooks and crannies of your molars.


Fillings


Fillings are used to replace tooth structure that's been damaged by tooth decay or cavities. At our practice, we offer a few different options for filling materials:


  • Silver Amalgam: While once the most common material, silver isn't as cosmetically pleasing as some other options. Still, it provides a sturdy and long-lasting solution.

  • Gold Fillings: These fillings are extremely durable, lasting on the order of 10 to 15 years - but gold is a precious metal, so these are more expensive than other materials.

  • White Fillings: These fillings are made of a strong tooth-colored composite material, providing a dependable, long lasting, and aesthetically appealing treatment. We can even customize the filling to match the exact shade of your teeth, giving you the most natural looking smile possible.


Crowns


Crowns allow us to repair damaged teeth with a custom-made covering that fits over the tooth, creating a strong, natural looking replacement and beautiful-looking smile. We can make crowns out of a variety of materials, but the most common are porcelain or tooth-colored acrylic resin. The treatment process goes as follows:


  • First, we numb the tooth and remove any decayed and damaged areas

  • We'll then recreate the surface of the tooth to fit the crown

  • Once resurfaced, we'll make a physical or digital impression of the tooth so we can manufacture a crown to fit it perfectly

  • We'll apply a temporary crown of acrylic resin that you'll wear while we make your permanent crown

  • During your second appointment, we'll remove the temporary crown and fit your custom-made crown onto the tooth

  • After making sure the new crown fits and looks great, we'll cement it into place, giving you a brand new, natural-looking tooth


Thanks to advances in dental technology, we can now make durable, natural-looking crowns in less time than ever. After we complete the procedure, you'll need to take good care of the crown and your other teeth - but with proper care, your new crown will last a lifetime.


Bridges


Bridges fill space left behind by a tooth that's been lost or damaged, and can also help to prevent teeth from shifting position, fix problems with your bite, and protect surrounding teeth from trauma.


There are a few different types of bridges:

  • Fixed bridges are the most common, with a filler tooth attached to two crowns on either side, holding it in place.

  • Cantilever bridges are similar, but instead of two crowns on either side, the filler tooth is attached to two crowns on the same side - these are particularly useful for replacing rear molars.

  • "Maryland" bridges are attached to two tooth-colored metal bands wrapped around the adjacent teeth. Their low-impact installation makes them ideal for replacing front teeth.


Root Canals


Root canals help to recover a tooth that's suffered severe decay by reshaping the canal of the tooth and replacing it with a strong, biocompatible filler. While they're infamous for being a painful procedure, they actually cause little discomfort and prevent a lot of pain in the long term - as untreated tooth decay, dental injuries, and infection can cause serious damage to tooth structure.


Generally, we complete root canals in one visit, although in more severe cases we may require two. After the appointment, you'll be able to drive yourself home.


Tooth Extractions


Extraction is the total removal of a tooth, and while it can be necessary, we try to avoid it if possible. However, some conditions may call for an extraction:


  • A primary tooth isn't falling out and is interfering with a permanent tooth's eruption

  • Tooth decay or trauma that's too severe to be repaired

  • Severe gum disease

  • Impacted teeth - this generally applies to the third molars, more commonly called wisdom teeth


We may perform extractions surgically or non-surgically depending on the complexity of the case, and we'll administer a mild anesthetic to ensure you're comfortable through the whole procedure.

Contact Our Narberth Office


If you have questions about our office or want to book an appointment, feel free to call us at (610) 664-6061 or reach out to us at our contact page. Our conveniently located office in Narberth allows us to see patients from Penn Valley, Bala Cynwyd and the surrounding Philadelphia area. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our practice.