general dentistry  Philadelphia, PA

General Dentistry

Helping our patients maintain a healthy mouth and smile is the main goal of general dentistry. We prefer to provide more minor, preventive care than to see patients suffer with more intensive treatments from a problem that was not managed in time. We want to ensure that your oral health is in its optimal state and positively contributing to the health of your entire body. We are here to brighten your smile and pave the way for a brighter life.

Preventative Dentistry  Philadelphia, PA

Preventative Dentistry

A clean, makes for a great first impression when entering a room. If you want to improve and maintain the health of your teeth, establishing good, conscientious personal oral care will have a large impact on the quality of your smile. This practice of cleaning with a home regime and professional care is good.

While integrating brushing and flossing into your daily routine helps promote healthy teeth, it is no substitute for a professional cleaning from a hygienist. These professionals use various tools to help remove any traces of plaque and bacteria.

Maintaining good health is indispensable to your overall general health. This disease has been linked with many health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. At Smile Maker, we are committed to ensuring you receive the highest quality of work throughout every phase of your treatment so that you can maintain your oral and general health.

We want to ensure that this level of service does not end at your visit to our office, but extends into your routine. Dr. Karagodsky and our team of experienced dental professionals are here to help you establish a dental hygiene schedule that will help you.

“So, how do I maintain good health?” you may ask our team. First of all, brushing and flossing your teeth every day is essential to keeping your teeth healthy. Using fluoride-based toothpaste helps to strengthen your teeth as well as prevent decay. Your diet is also another factor that reflects your health. It is not advisable to routinely consume foods that are high in sugar. Sugar feeds bacteria, which inevitably causes a buildup of dental plaque.

To ensure that you do not experience any Dental Health Problems down the road, schedule your regular Dental appointments here at Smile Maker. Taking the proper Preventative Measures to keep your teeth healthy will help you create and maintain the attractive, confident smile that you want and deserve. It will help maintain the overall of your body.

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Cleanings And Exams  Philadelphia, PA

Cleanings And Exams

In addition to daily hygienic maintenance, including brushing and flossing, you can also promote good health by seeing your dentist for regular checkups. It is generally recommended that you receive a dental checkup every six months. Still, your dentist may recommend coming in more frequently. For instance, once every three months, depending on your dental history. The value of conscientious personal hygiene and regular maintenance should never be underrated.

Scheduling regular cleanings with your dental hygienist is crucial to maintaining good health and the soundness of your health. Routine teeth cleanings remove plaque and tartar off, which serves to reduce your risk of developing gingivitis or early stages of periodontal disease. Leaving problems untreated can lead to decay and tooth loss in more severe situations, making it more difficult for your dentist to treat in the future.

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Teeth Whitening  Philadelphia, PA

Teeth Whitening

A common request we receive is how to make a smile whiter and brighter. This is a relatively simple and quick treatment option that can be performed periodically. Certain foods and beverages, such as wine and coffee, stain the teeth and contribute to discoloration. The teeth whitening process provides a solution that lightens the shade of the teeth. Additionally, the process actually rids the teeth of plaque and tartar that tend to lead to dental problems.

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Fillings  Philadelphia, PA

Fillings

Composite fillings act as a dentistry solution for problems such as tooth decay or cracks. A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. This procedure is also utilized for cosmetic improvements of the smile by fixing any discoloration or reshaping any disfigured teeth.

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Root Canals  Philadelphia, PA

Root Canals

This treatment is recommended for patients whose teeth have become compromised from decay or infection. Dr. Dmitry Karagodsky understands just how painful it can be to have infected pulp.

This infection may be caused by trauma to the tooth, by deep decay, by cracks and chips, or simply by the passage of time. Dr. Karagodsky offers Root Canal Therapy at his office to soothe pain and eliminate the infection.

Smile Maker utilizes advanced technology during each phase of this treatment process, thus ensuring gratifying and lasting results. Root canal therapy is the complete removal of the nerve of a tooth. Root canal therapy also entails a thorough cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing of a tooth’s root canal system.

Root canal procedures help preserve oral health and improve an infected tooth’s overall appearance, which has darkened due to bacteria. As a multi-service practice, our team of professionals can provide treatments for an array of dental health conditions.

The root canal system is located in the center of each tooth.

Dr. Karagodsky can gently remove infected pulp from the tooth root, and ultimately soothe pain with root canal therapy.

Why would a tooth root canal system need its nerve removed, cleaned, disinfected, and sealed? The primary reason is tooth decay (bacteria). Tooth decay starts small, at which time it is mostly found in the first two layers of the teeth, the enamel and dentin.

When detected early, we can easily remove the decay and cure the tooth with a resin filling. However, what tends to happen is that since there is generally no pain associated with this stage of tooth decay, people tend to do nothing about it and neglect the tooth.

The problem is that tooth decay does not remain small; it progresses until it reaches the third layer of the tooth, the root canal system in the center of the tooth, where the nerve and vessels are contained. Once the bacterium reaches the nerve, it multiplies even faster; this is because the nerve is soft, unlike the first two layers of the teeth, which are hard tissue (enamel and dentin).

The bacteria then travel down the root canal system, contaminating it and causing an infection in the jawbone. At this point, the person will experience an agonizing toothache and be in a lot of pain and likely very distressed. Once the nerve is contaminated, a resin filling will no longer work to cure the tooth.

The dentist will be limited to only two options that can resolve the infection and alleviate the pain. One option is to extract (remove) the tooth. The other option is to save the tooth through the use of root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy will remove the diseased and necrotic nerve. It will also clean, disinfect, and seal the tooth’s root canal system. Consequently, root canal therapy will eliminate the bacteria, cure the bone’s infection, and alleviate the pain. The patient will be able to save their tooth and enjoy chewing on it for a long time, thanks to root canal therapy’s long-term success.

Other reasons for root canal therapy are nerve damage due to physical trauma, a hypersensitive tooth, and any other aggravating circumstance which causes inflammation of the root canal system.

Any of the above symptoms will ultimately lead to the need for non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. The injured and infected pulp is removed, and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. We use local anesthesia to numb any potential pain and discomfort.

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Extractions  Philadelphia, PA

Extractions

Dr. Karagodsky performs all types of extractions, from simple extractions to surgical extractions and third molar (wisdom teeth) removal. He handles all extractions in our office and is equipped to perform extractions on teeth that have become partially or fully impacted, as well as those that require the removal of overlying bone tissue. Dr. Karagodsky provides local anesthesia and works with an anesthetist when general anesthesia is necessary.

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Emergency Care  Philadelphia, PA

Emergency Care

Our highly trained doctors and staff are ready to manage all of your concerns. We have methods to alleviate the pain and help you feel calm during your emergency dental visit.

If you are facing a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to contact us immediately at (215) 969-2015!

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Oral Cancer Screenings  Philadelphia, PA

Oral Cancer Screenings

Nobody wants to hear that they may have oral cancer. Although it can be fatal, it is easier to treat the earlier it is caught. For this reason, we are proud to assist our patients with an oral cancer screening. We want to help our patients survive this often fatal disease.

Oral cancer will typically show up as white or red patches or lesions inside of your mouth. You may even notice the lesions on your tongue or on the floor of your mouth. Many people experience a hard time swallowing, bleeding in the mouth, or even swelling in your face or neck.

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Sealants  Philadelphia, PA

Sealants

When we apply a dental sealant, we paint a plastic coating on top of your teeth. This makes your teeth smooth getting rid of the rough edges, depressions, and grooves that are commonly found on teeth. It is essentially a protective coating against tooth decay and cavities.

The most common place to paint sealants is on back teeth since they are often irregular. They can also be very hard to reach, even if you brush your teeth regularly. We use it more on children though we do perform sealants on adults too!

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Night Guards  Philadelphia, PA

Night Guards

It can be beneficial to use a guard, or covering, to protect your teeth from grinding while sleeping. Similar to how a mouthguard protects teeth during sports, this layer prevents damage to the teeth that can occur naturally.

There are a wide variety of different types of mouthguards, ranging from pre-formed pieces to ones that are custom fitted to your teeth and jaws. Some of these can even be formed at home through a boil-and-bite process.

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Sports Mouth Guards  Philadelphia, PA

Sports Mouth Guards

As dentists, we are determined to make sure your mouth and teeth are well protected during sports activities, no matter what your passion is. To do this, we offer many different types of mouth guards, depending on the types of activities in which you are involved. There are some mouth guards for low-impact sports and others for high-impact sports.

Mouth guards not only protect your mouth and teeth, but also have other purposes. Mouth guards will help decrease the impact if you get hit in the jaw. They have also been shown to increase an athlete’s performance.

Many people clench their teeth while playing, which can give them temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ). Clenching your jaw the whole time can be quite exhausting. Mouth guards help to relax your jaw, allowing you to completely focus on the game!

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Wisdom Teeth Extractions  Philadelphia, PA

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

We are all familiar with the saying, “With age comes wisdom.” This saying falls particularly true when it comes to wisdom teeth. Just as your body matures and changes through your lifetime, your mouth goes through these same transformations.

One major dental milestone that takes place between your late teenage years is the arrival of your molars, otherwise known as your wisdom teeth. Historically, these teeth earned their name through their appearance at a more mature age.

When your molars come through correctly, they can benefit functionally your ability to chew. When your wisdom teeth rupture through your gums, it is normal to feel discomfort; however, you should immediately visit your dentist if you feel persistent pain.

The jawbone typically is not large enough to accommodate your wisdom teeth, which is why these molars can potentially pose serious problems to your health. If your wisdom teeth come in impacted, sideways or partially, overcrowding of the mouth, damage to the teeth or jawbone can occur. Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth should be removed if there is evidence of:

  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Cysts
  • Damage to Teeth
  • Tooth Decay
  • Tumor

Usually, when people think of getting their teeth removed, they often shudder with imagined pain and discomfort. The truth of the matter is the pain associated with wisdom teeth often comes from the condition of the rupture of the teeth itself. Through years of advancement in this treatment has become less painful, increased in speed, and has become more successful in resolving damage.

Dr. Karagodsky does not expect you to be completely calm or totally untroubled when coming into his office for the this procedure. He understands that going to the dentist can already be a very nerve-racking process, so it’s only natural that you feel apprehensive about the procedure itself. Here at Smile Maker, you can rest assured knowing that Dr. Karagodsky and his team of professionals are committed to your comfort and will, therefore, make sure that your pain is taken care of and your worries are put to rest.

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Endodontist Services

Endodontists specialize in treating the tissue, known as the pulp, found inside the tooth. These dentists have undergone an advanced postgraduate education to treat dental diseases and other endodontic-related problems.

This type of dental specialty is indispensable in treating diseases and infections found in the dental pulp. Endodontic dental procedures can help save your teeth and prevent the implantation of structures such as bridges and implants. Endodontists remove any inflamed and/or infected pulp by cleaning out your tooth’s canal system and then sealing the space.

One of the most common procedures in endodontic dentistry is canal therapy. This type of dental treatment is vital to save teeth and prevent the necessity of bridges or dental implants.

Common causes for the need for treatment:

  • Inflamed or infected
  • Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Blow to the tooth
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth

Contact us for an evaluation if you experience any of the symptoms above, and we will refer you to an endodontic specialist.

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Gum Disease Treatment

More than half of U.S. adults have periodontal disease, which is an infection of the gums around the teeth. It starts out as gingivitis, with symptoms like tenderness, bleeding, or reddened gums. As it progresses, the gums begin to recede and the bone and tissues around the teeth start to break down. It is very important to catch periodontal disease in its early stages, because of the risk of jaw bone degeneration, and heightened risk for other health conditions. We provide a range of treatments, from basic periodontal care to gum grafting, to heal your gums and regenerate healthy gum tissue.

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Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea stems from the periodic blocking of a patient’s airway during sleep when the muscles at the back of the throat relax. The most common symptoms are heavy snoring and poor quality sleep.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to very serious problems. Dr. Karagodsky provides oral appliances that help patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea breathe correctly as they sleep. Resembling a mouth sports guard, the appliance works by advancing the lower jaw slightly forward and keeping the airway open. Sleep apnea devices can improve your sleep and health, and they may be covered by insurance.

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