At Noble Dental, as some of the most experienced dentists in Center City, we are able to help you change the shape and appearance of your teeth. We provide multiple options that can help you achieve the smile you always wanted. At Noble Dental, as some of the best dentists in Philadelphia, we perform thorough exams and listen to your goals and desired outcomes. Often times it is easy to give a patient a single option, but at Noble Dental, we are caring Philadelphia dentists who evaluate each patient and provide tailored options to our patients. Providing our patients with tailored options demonstrate how we are some of the most experienced and talented Philadelphia Dentists. And by doing this we achieve not only your desired outcome, but also one that lasts. Often times, patients are unhappy with the shape of their teeth because they are two short. One of the reason teeth can look short is because of worn down teeth that may have occurred over many years. Sometimes these cases can be more difficult than a simple chip in a tooth and requires a lot of planning. At Noble Dental, your Philadelphia Center City dentists have the skill set to diagnosis and treatment plan these cases and thus can provide you with an outcome you'd be happy with and that will last. Some of the options we provide at Noble Dental to give you the smile you want are: Dental Bonding, Veneers and Crowns. Dental bonding - Is a procedure that uses tooth-colored resin material that is able to be bonded to your tooth after only slight roughing of the tooth and application of a bonding agent and using a special light that sets the tooth-colored material leaving it bonded to the tooth. This is a great option for closing gaps between teeth and small chips in teeth. There are some downsides to bonding, one being that the material can...

If there’s one thing in Philadelphia has enough of, it’s dentists. Are you looking for Philadelphia’s best dentist aka the Best Dentist in Philadelphia? At 1601 Walnut Street in Center City (The Medical Arts Building) alone, there are no fewer than 20 dental offices. In one building. With so many options, how does a patient choose a dental office that’s right for them? There’s plenty to consider. Let’s review some of the factors that may help you make your decision. Location – this one is obvious. Is it near your favorite Center City bar / restaurant / Salon (Rescue Spa, for example - www.rescuespa.net . Maybe you take the train to/from the office, etc. These are all considerations that will be the first step in narrowing down your search. Insurance – Do you care if an office PARTICIPATES with your insurance? NOTE: “Accept” and participate are not the same thing and you can be misled by some offices about this. More to come about this topic in a future post. Insurance often provides a significant savings with In-Network providers, but not all in-network providers are created equal. Some are great – others aren’t. At Noble Dental, we take pride in the high quality and comprehensive care we provide. And we know there are lots of other great practices in Philadelphia. We see the good, the bad and the ugly almost every day. Website – The way a practice presents itself online often tells a lot about the office. Has the website been updated in the past 3 years? A dated website can be a sign of a practice that may not be keeping up with the latest trends and techniques. Keep in mind, however, that many practices are small businesses and the owner/dentist may not be interested in putting forth the effort and investment in a cutting edge website. At Noble Dental, we think it’s an important indicator of the type of practice we run. Another...

Healthy teeth, healthy gums and also…healthy sleep! When it comes to oral health care, patients turn to their Center City Philadelphia Dentists at Noble Dental for guidance, and many learn that a visit to the great dentists at Noble Dental can also help improve their sleep. At Noble Dental, conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia, we are well-trained and are able to offer oral appliances for sleep apnea patients as an effective alternative to the standard continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine and mask. Oral appliance therapy uses a mouth guard-like device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway by supporting the jaw in a forward position. Many medical insurance plans, including Medicare, cover oral appliances. First, a physician must diagnose you with obstructive sleep apnea and prescribe oral appliance therapy for you. Then, the great dentists at Noble Dental will work with you to select the best oral appliance for your needs. Many patients prefer oral appliance therapy as a solution for living with sleep apnea. It provides them much improved sleep and offers the following benefits: Comfort – It can be hard to sleep with a CPAP machine and bulky mask. Patients often like oral appliances because they are comfortable and easier to wear, especially for those who change positions during sleep or snuggle their bed partner. Quiet – A CPAP machine may silence the snoring, but its constantly running motor might not help you or your bed partner sleep more soundly. Oral appliance therapy is a silent option that can minimize the symptoms of sleep apnea, such as loud snoring, without making a peep of its own. Easy Travel – It can be difficult to travel with a bulky CPAP machine. A compact, lightweight oral appliance can help lessen your load. Low-maintenance – It is super easy to care for an oral appliance. Just a toothbrush cleaning with mild soap will keep your appliance germ-free. Effective Treatment–...

This is a question we’re asked on occasion at the office in Center City Philadelphia. It’s usually discussed during a hygiene exam when we review nutrition and diet, and it’s typically brought up this way (the best patients in Philadelphia ask the best dentists in Philadelphia the best questions, I suppose): “I don’t drink soda, but I do drink Seltzer. Is that ok?” This is a question that’s near and dear to me. As a Dentist in Philadelphia who loves carbonation, I find myself reaching for a zero calorie carbonated beverage every single day. Like many of our patients, I don’t do “soda” in the conventional sense – no coke, pepsi, sprite, etc. Most often I reach for a bottle of Polar – the limited edition summer flavors are a real showstopper – and I think about my pearly whites every time. So are we in the clear if we stay with the clear (and calorie-free) drinks? I hate to break it to you, but the answer is no – at least not really. To understand why, it’s important to briefly review what causes the breakdown of tooth structure. Most commonly, patients think of tooth breakdown as tooth decay. Here’s how that works: sugar in our mouth is digested by bacteria that create acid as a byproduct. And there’s another key way we lose tooth structure - the process loosely referred to as erosion. Enamel, the outer structure of our teeth, is the hardest substance in our body. It is, however, susceptible to breakdown in the presence of acid. We gauge how acidic a liquid is by measuring pH. The lower the pH, the more acidic the environment. In a very low pH environment, tooth structure literally dissolves. We know that a pH below 5.5 in the mouth enables tooth loss/decay. It turns out that, although...

One of the most common questions we hear from expecting mothers at our Center City dental office office has to do with dental x-rays.  “Should I have them?  Are they safe?”  Beyond the x-rays, pregnant women often ask “Should I wait until after the baby comes to have dental treatment?  Should I address this cavity now or later?”   Like many well-regarded dental offices in Philadelphia, we at Noble Dental base our clinical decisions on recommendations and guidelines from specialists in their respective fields.  And while we’re not experts on pregnancy, our OB/GYN colleagues are. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, or ACOG for short, is the OB/GYN specialty’s premier membership organization dedicated to the improvement of women’s health.”  In 2013 (and reaffirmed in 2015), ACOG released an opinion paper on dental treatment called “Oral Health Care During Pregnancy and Through the Lifespan.”  (here’s a link if you’d like to check it out:  goo.gl/TtAjjr ).   The paper provides a wealth of information about pregnancy and oral health in general, and about x-rays and dental care in particular.  Here’s what the paper says:     Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral conditions, including dental X-rays (with shielding of the abdomen and thyroid) and local anesthesia (lidocaine with or without epinephrine), are safe during pregnancy. Conditions that require immediate treatment, such as extractions, root canals, and restoration  of untreated caries, may be managed at any time during pregnancy. Delaying treatment may result in more complex problems.     While we can’t quite speak for all dentists in Center City / Rittenhouse Square, Noble Dental adheres to the guidelines this paper provides.  Be assured that dental evaluation and treatment during pregnancy is not only safe, it’s recommended.  And if you have any questions, we’re here to help.  The guidelines are clear:  dental care is what’s best for you and best for your baby....

              You may have seen ads on Facebook and TV shows about Charcoal Toothpaste and other toothpastes such as AP-24 and their shocking before and after results. How do these toothpastes work and are they right for you? The American Dental Association  and the Center City Philadelphia Dentists at Noble Dental warn patients that these toothpastes are found to be extremely abrasive. Our teeth are made up of two structures: enamel and dentin. Enamel is the hard white structure on the outside of our teeth, while dentin is a more yellow softer structure inside enamel. The extreme abrasiveness of these toothpaste products are able to achieve the bright white results because they are removing layers of your enamel, which appears to whiten your teeth. However, removing layers of enamel could eventually make your teeth more yellow since removing enamel will allow the yellow dentin to show through. Removing layers of enamel not only can make your teeth appear more yellow, but can leave you more prone to cavities and sensitivity. While at Noble Dental, as some of the best dentists in Center City Philadelphia, we can help patients with sensitivity and cavities, but first we want to inform our patients on how to prevent them from occurring.           If you are looking for whitening options, look for toothpastes and whitening products with the ADA seal of approval. If you still are unhappy with the results from over the counter products, come talk to your Center City Philadelphia dentists at Noble Dental. We will discuss with you your whitening options which include at-home whitening kits as well as in-office whitening options. Do you have sensitivity because of whitening? Sometimes the sensitivity is due to poor fitting trays, which causes gingival irritation from the bleaching products. At Noble Dental, being some of the best dentists in Philadelphia, we make sure your trays are a good...

Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaint we hear from our patients at Noble Dental. Let’s discuss why tooth sensitivity occurs and what can you about it. As Philadelphia dentists we are trying to help our patients and prospective patients understand the meaning behind their tooth sensitivity. A tooth is made up of two different structures. The outer layer is called enamel. It is the hard white structure of our teeth. Underneath is an inner layer that is more yellow called dentin. As we wear that structure our teeth, the enamel wears away and exposes dentin. Dentin is not as hard as enamel and is porous. The dentin structure is actually made up of tubules, which allows for fluid movement which you feel as pain. The most common factor for tooth sensitivity we, as some of the best dentists in Philadelphia, see is due to gum recession. When gums recede, the root of the tooth is exposed. The structure that makes up the root is not as strong and hard as enamel, and thus this exposed surface and that can cause cold sensitivity. Other causes of tooth sensitivity include: periodontal disease, excess tooth whitening, tooth decay, leaking fillings, and excessive grinding. What you eat can also affect your tooth sensitivity. Acidic foods and drinks can make teeth more sensitive because these substances erode the enamel of the tooth. Drinks that can increase tooth sensitivity includes: sodas (regular AND diet), energy drinks, fruit juices, wine and coffee. Noble Dental’s Philadelphia dentists have solutions to helping your sensitivity not only in the office but also at home. At home, we recommend to our patients to use toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate or calcium phosphate. Sometimes this is all that is needed to decrease tooth sensitivity. If more is needed to help with the sensitivity, while we also offer in office solutions. At Noble Dental, being some of the best dentists in Philadelphia, we...