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At Avenue Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we know that healthy, beautiful teeth can boost your confidence and can give you a sense of well being. This is why we offer comprehensive dental care with a special emphasis on a range of specialties, including general dentistry, periodontal care and cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. In our modern, comfortable office, we care for our patients with the highest consideration and attention to detail.   Please click through the following treatments to learn more.

Comprehensive Dental Exam

Our comprehensive examination includes diagnostic x-rays, an oral cancer screening, a periodontal screening (for gum disease), and a screening for dental decay.  We also look at your occlusion (how your bite comes together), the health of your TMJ (jaw joints), and the esthetics of your smile.

After your examination, we take the time to explain all of our findings, discuss treatment options, and answer any questions that you have.  Together, you and Dr Avi Weiner or Dr. Leon Wertheimer will formulate a thoughtful, individualized treatment plan that takes into consideration your overall health, your past dental history, your cosmetic goals, and any concerns that you may have about your smile.

Customized Dental Hygiene

At Avenue Smiles, we believe that healthy teeth and gums are the foundation of a beautiful smile.  Therefore, we place a strong emphasis on patient education, and prevention of decay and periodontal (gum) disease.  Good home care and professional cleanings are key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

When you visit our office, you will see one of our licensed and highly experienced hygienists.  They will work with you to make sure you are up to date on proper brushing techniques, oral health nutrition, and oral cancer prevention.  Together with the dentist, they will screen for gum disease, decay, and oral cancer, and create a customized hygiene plan for you based on your specific oral health care needs.  Depending on your teeth and gums, this plan may include multiple cleanings per year, deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), fluoride treatments, sealants, or referral to a specialist in gum disease (periodontist).

Our hygienists have all been with our office for many years.  They care deeply about our patients, and provide thorough cleanings in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

General/Restorative Dentistry

Based on the findings of your comprehensive exam, Drs. Avi Weiner or Dr. Leon Wertheimer may recommend one of several types of restorative dental procedures.  For all of these treatments, the doctors use high quality dental materials and accredited dental laboratories, integrating longterm durability with esthetics.  When choosing your restoration, they also take into account your occlusion (how your bite comes together).

Dental Restorations (Tooth fillings)

If decay is detected in your tooth or under your current filling, a new dental restoration may be needed.  This involves removal of the decay, and replacing it with a filling material that combines esthetics with long-term durability.

Dental Crowns

If your tooth has extensive decay, is broken, or has been treated previously with a root canal, a dental crown may be necessary.  A dental crown is placed overtop of your tooth to hold it together and keep it protected.  A crown is sometimes also placed over a dental implant. As with fillings, exceptional materials and techniques are used to ensure that your crown is both esthetic and functional.

Dental Bridges

If you are missing a tooth, the doctors may recommend a dental bridge.  A dental bridge is fabricated by combining two or more crowns with a false tooth that sits in the spot of the missing tooth.  The crowns in a bridge are supported either by natural teeth, or by dental implants.

Customized Dental Hygiene

At Avenue Smiles Philadelphia, we believe that healthy teeth and gums are the foundation of a beautiful smile.  Therefore, we place a strong emphasis on patient education, and prevention of decay and periodontal (gum) disease.  Good home care and professional cleanings are key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

When you visit our office, you will see one of our licensed and highly experienced hygienists.  They will work with you to make sure you are up to date on proper brushing techniques, oral health nutrition, and oral cancer prevention.  Together with the dentist, they will screen for gum disease, decay, and oral cancer, and create a customized hygiene plan for you based on your specific oral health care needs.  Depending on your teeth and gums, this plan may include multiple cleanings per year, deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), fluoride treatments, sealants, or referral to a specialist in gum disease (periodontist).

Our hygienists have all been with our office for many years.  They care deeply about our patients, and provide thorough cleanings in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

General/Restorative Dentistry

Based on the findings of your comprehensive exam, we may recommend one of several types of restorative dental procedures.  For all of these treatments, the doctors use high quality dental materials and accredited dental laboratories, integrating longterm durability with esthetics.  When choosing your restoration, they also take into account your occlusion (how your bite comes together).

Dental Restorations (Tooth fillings)

If decay is detected in your tooth or under your current filling, a new dental restoration may be needed.  This involves removal of the decay, and replacing it with a filling material that combines esthetics with longterm durability.

Dental Crowns

If your tooth has extensive decay, is broken, or has been treated previously with a root canal, a dental crown may be necessary.  A dental crown is placed overtop of your tooth to hold it together and keep it protected.  A crown is sometimes also placed over a dental implant. As with fillings, exceptional materials and techniques are used to ensure that your crown is both esthetic and functional.

Dental Bridges

If you are missing a tooth, the doctors may recommend a dental bridge.  A dental bridge is fabricated by combining two or more crowns with a false tooth that sits in the spot of the missing tooth.  The crowns in a bridge are supported either by natural teeth, or by dental implants.

Cosmetic Dentistry

After your comprehensive exam and careful consideration of your smile goals, we may recommend one or more cosmetic dental procedures.  When planning and delivering cosmetic dentistry, we strive to combine esthetics with long-term durability and function.  We like to keep our cosmetic treatment as conservative as possible, and use high quality dental materials and accredited dental laboratories. We all place great value in natural esthetics, and our goal is to create smiles that look both beautiful and natural.

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is one of the more conservative treatment options for improving your smile.  We use a resin material custom chosen for your mouth to change the shape, color, or size of your teeth.  Bonding can be applied to just one tooth, or to several teeth, and can also be used to fix chips or to address open spaces between teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is another conservative, very effective way to brighten your smile. We fabricate a custom splint for you to wear at home with a professional bleaching agent inside, and give you careful instructions for its use. We will monitor the color change with you to help decrease the temporary sensitivity that sometimes accompanies bleaching and to allow you to comfortably to achieve your desired results.

Porcelain Veneers

Another great option for dramatically improving a smile is veneers.  Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain facings that are bonded to the front of teeth.  The veneers that we use are custom-fabricated specifically for your teeth by esthetically driven laboratory technicians.  We use veneers to correct discolored or misshapen teeth, close spaces between teeth, and repair chipped or worn teeth.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can also be a great option for fixing decayed, broken, or discolored teeth.  A dental crown is placed over-top of your tooth to hold it together and keep it protected. A crown is sometimes also placed over a dental implant. As with our veneers, our crowns are custom-made, using materials chosen specifically based on your teeth and bite, to ensure that when we are finished, your smile is both naturally beautiful and functional.

Dental Bridges

dental bridge is fabricated by combining two or more crowns with a false tooth/teeth that sit in the spot of missing tooth/teeth. The crowns in a bridge are supported either by natural teeth, or by dental implants, and, like the individual crowns done at Avenue Smiles Philadelphia, are both beautiful and functional.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to achieve a brighter, confident, and more youthful smile. If you are a good candidate for bleaching, Dr. Avi will fabricate a custom splint for you to wear at home with a professional bleaching agent inside, and give you careful instructions for its use.  We will monitor the color change with you to help decrease the temporary sensitivity that sometimes accompanies bleaching and to allow you to comfortably achieve your desired results.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth (crowns, bridges, or dentures). Dental implants also help preserve facial structure by preventing the bone deterioration that often occurs when teeth are missing.

The doctors at Ave Smiles Philly work closely with trusted periodontal or oral and maxillofacial specialists to plan the exact placement of the dental implant(s) and the crowns, bridges, or dentures that are supported by these implants.  Generally, the implant is surgically placed by a periodontist or oral surgeon, and the crowns, bridges, or dentures are delivered by our dentists here at Lee Family Dentistry.

Full Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures are a great way of replacing permanent teeth that are missing or need to be extracted.  Dentures are inserted into the mouth and removed from the mouth by the patient.  In addition to replacement of natural teeth, they provide support for the cheeks and lips to give patients a confident, beautiful smile.

Full dentures are for patients that have had all of their teeth removed.  They are supported by gum tissue.

Partial dentures are made for patients who  have lost some of their teeth.  Partial dentures are supported by a metal or acrylic frame that is connected to the remaining teeth.  Advances in dental implant technology allow us to also use implants to help support full and partial dentures, and to keep them firmly in place.

Our dentists work with our denture patients to create individualized dentures that look natural and feel great.  We also stress the importance of continued dental examinations after denture placement, so that oral tissues can be monitored for any disease or change.

Root Canal Therapy

The goal of root canal therapy is to preserve the natural tooth.  A root canal is necessary when the nerve tissue inside of a tooth is dead or has been permanently damaged due to decay, trauma, or cracks.

During root canal therapy, the tissue inside of the tooth is removed, along with any infection. Once the inside of the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, a biocompatible material called gutta-percha is placed inside of the tooth.  After the root canal is completed, either a filling or crown is used to protect the outside of the tooth and prevent further damage such as splitting or fracture.

At Avenue Smiles Philadelphia we use the latest in dental technology to perform root canals. Our rotary instruments quietly and efficiently clean out the inside of the tooth, and our local anesthetic techniques ensure that your root canal experience is comfortable and pain-free.

Tooth Extractions

An extraction is the removal of a natural tooth.  A tooth may need extraction because it is severely decayed, has broken in a way that cannot be repaired, or has advanced gum disease.  Teeth are sometimes also removed in preparation for braces, or because they are impacted (poorly positioned in the mouth).

At Avenue Smiles Philadelphia, we carefully consider whether tooth extraction is necessary, and take the time to thoroughly explain your options for replacing your missing tooth before we extract it.  During the extraction, we work hard to ensure that the procedure is as comfortable and efficient as possible.  After removal of the tooth, we always go over post-operative instructions with you, and are available after hours should you have any questions or concerns.

TMJ/TMD

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint), which is involved in the opening and closing of the mouth.  It is also commonly used to refer to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), which occurs when teeth of the upper and lower jaws do not come together properly. This misalignment can cause headaches, as well as clicking, popping, and discomfort in the jaw joint, and pain in the muscles of the face, neck, and shoulders.

After careful analysis of your bite, we may recommend a specific treatment plan for you which can include:

  • A night guard (a custom-made appliance that fits over your top teeth and prevents damage to your teeth, jaw joint, and/or facial muscles caused by nighttime grinding).
  • An occlusal adjustment (conservative reshaping of the biting surfaces of your teeth, to improve how the teeth come together during biting).
  • Referral to a specialist.

Pediatric Dentistry

At Avenue Smiles Philadelphia, we enjoy treating the whole family, and love seeing infants, children, and adolescents in our office.  It is important to us that every visit is a positive experience, and it is our goal that parents’ and children’s questions and concerns are addressed at each visit to ensure a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.

Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, play a big role in development.  Children use them for 5-7 years, and they are important for chewing, appearance, and speech development.  They also serve as place holders that direct the adult teeth into the correct spots.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child first see the dentist either at age one or six months after their first baby tooth appears, whichever comes first.  That visit generally consists of a quick exam to make sure everything is developing correctly, and allows us to answer any questions you have about your child’s oral health.  It also helps familiarize your child with our office, so they look forward to future dental visits.

When your child comes to see us for checkups, we carefully examine all baby teeth and any incoming adult teeth. We check for decay, make sure that everything is developing correctly, and review with you how to care properly for your child’s teeth.  We also thoroughly clean the teeth and apply fluoride varnish to help prevent future decay.  If needed, we may also:

  • Apply sealants to help keep decay from getting into the deep grooves of molars.
  • Fabricate mouthguards to keep smiles safe during sports.
  • Refer to an orthodontist if teeth are not erupting (coming in) properly.

Emergency Dental Care

Avenue Smiles Family & Cosmentic Dentistry sees patients for emergency care during our regular office hours, and will do our best to fit you in on the same day that you call us. On evenings and weekends, our doctors are available to our patients of record for any dental emergencies that arise.