The Philadelphia Dentist
Lee Schriftman, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Whether you come to us as an emergency patient or you need a general dentist to improve your oral health over the long term, we want you to feel free to ask. There's no question too small because Dr. Schriftman and Dr. Ambriz want you to be informed about your oral health. We've found that patients who are engaged in their treatment and ask questions tend to experience fewer dental problems.

There are questions we hear all the time, and we've included several of them here. If you don't see yours here, call us a (215) 342-7718, and we'll find the answers you need.

Other

Our goal is to make dental treatment in Philadelphia as convenient as possible, which is why we accept a variety of payment options to finance your care. 

Payment Options We Accept at The Philadelphia Dentist 

  •  CASH
  •  ALL MAJOR CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS WITH ID: VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, and AMERICAN EXPRESS
  •  FSA (Flexible Spending Account) and HSA (Health Savings Account)
  •  CareCredit: Interest-Free or Long Term Payment Options
  • Scratchpay

Dental Financing in Northeast Philadelphia

Applying for either CareCredit or Scratchpay is easy and only takes a few minutes and is available to use immediately the same day. Please call our Northeast Philadelphia office if you have any questions.

The Philadelphia Dentist is conveniently located in Northeast Philadelphia at 7718 Castor Avenue, four blocks north of Cottman Avenue. We are on the first floor, and there is metered parking in front of the building and free street parking a little way up the side streets. The 59 bus stops in front of our building.

Call Our Northeast Philadelphia Office

If you need directions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (215) 342-7718 and a member of our dental team will be happy to help you. You can also find a map with our location on our contact page.

Same-Day Emergency Dentistry

In most cases, yes. Our priority is to provide whatever treatment you need to get you out of pain right away. A toothache, for example, could be the result of anything from food stuck between your teeth to a root canal infection.

Same-Day Dental Care in Philadelphia

First, our emergency dentists will uncover the source of your pain. Then they will explain the treatment they recommend to provide immediate relief. We commonly perform procedures like:

  • Emergency dental fillings
  • Emergency root canals
  • Emergency tooth extractions
  • Emergency dental bonding
  • Emergency infections
  • Emergency crowns
  • Emergency repair of crowns, bridges, dentures, and partials

Contact Our Northeast Philadelphia Dental Clinic

Your first step when you have a dental emergency is to call The Philadelphia Dentist at (215) 342-7718. Our experienced team of caring professionals will listen to your concerns and schedule your appointment for the same day. When you get here, we’ll do whatever it takes to provide the relief you need and get your oral health back on track.

Yes! The Philadelphia Dentist is available for your emergency, starting at 7 AM seven days a week. Unlike most other dental offices, we are here for you every day, 365 days a year—including holidays.

Our dental care team understands how upsetting dental emergencies can be and how they can turn your life upside down. Now, if you have a toothache on Thanksgiving morning, we can provide relief and probably get you home in time for dinner with the family!

Common Dental Emergencies We Treat

Here are some of the urgent dental problems we commonly treat:

  • Broken teeth
  • Lost fillings
  • Lost crowns
  • Toothaches
  • Infected teeth
  • Pain when biting down
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Dental trauma from an accident

Dr. Lee Schriftman and Dr. Javier Ambriz are both experienced emergency dentists with over 40 years of experience between them. You can be confident that whatever urgent dental problem you’re dealing with, we’ll provide the relief and treatment you need. Since your comfort is our priority, we also offer nitrous oxide or laughing gas with no additional charge.

Contact Our Philadelphia Dental Office Today

If you have a throbbing toothache and need immediate relief, call The Philadelphia Dentist at (215) 342-7718. Our caring dental team will listen to your concerns and schedule you for an appointment the same day.

As experienced emergency dentists in Northeast Philadelphia, Dr. Schriftman and Dr. Ambriz routinely perform wisdom teeth extractions and root canal therapy. In fact, we are able to treat any dental emergency you face and provide the urgent pain relief you need. Because we want you to be comfortable, we offer nitrous oxide or laughing gas with no additional charge.

Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Removal

In the case of wisdom teeth or third molars, if they’re causing problems, it’s best to remove them. Our ancient ancestors needed the chewing power of a third set of molars, but we don’t. And since they’re so far back in your mouth, wisdom teeth are difficult to clean. This puts you at risk for gum disease and cavities, so our dentists usually recommend removing wisdom teeth.

Root Canal Treatment in Philadelphia

As for root canals, The Philadelphia Dentist knows that the pain of an infected or abscessed tooth can be so excruciating that you can’t function. We’ll make it a priority to relieve your pain first. Once we numb your tooth with a local anesthetic, you’ll experience immediate relief. Dr. Schriftman and Dr. Ambriz will perform a root canal to clear away the infection, which is what’s causing the pain in the first place.

Contact Your Northeast Philadelphia Emergency Dentist 

If you have a toothache or infected tooth, call us at (215) 342-7718 to schedule a same-day emergency appointment at our Northeast Philadelphia dental office. You can rely on our experienced dentists to provide immediate relief and a long-term solution to your problem.

Since we offer same-day dental treatment to provide the relief you need, we ask that you call us to schedule an appointment first. We promise you won’t have to wait long! The Philadelphia Dentist is open at 7 AM, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays. Call us at (215) 342-7718 now, and we’ll arrange to see and treat your dental emergency the same day.

Same-Day Dental Care in Northeast Philadelphia

We’re here to help with your urgent dental problems, but Dr. Lee Schriftman and Dr. Javier Ambriz are experienced general dentists who can also handle your oral health needs on an ongoing basis. First, we’ll make your emergency a priority and then provide quality dental treatment and resolve your problem the same day.

Nitrous Oxide for Dental Anxiety

If you’re also interested in addressing other oral health issues, we can help. Our dentists will put together a personalized treatment plan at your pace to get your oral health back on track. And if you have dental anxiety, you’ll be happy to know we offer nitrous oxide or laughing gas at no additional charge.

Contact Our Philadelphia Dental Clinic

Do you live in the Northeast Philadelphia or Delaware Valley area and need an emergency dentist? With convenient hours, a comprehensive menu of services including dental exams, cleanings, and tooth fillings, we’re much more than an emergency dentist. Please call us right away at (215) 342-7718, so we can get you on our schedule.

Our goal is to make dental treatment in Philadelphia as convenient as possible, which is why we accept a variety of payment options to finance your care. 

Payment Options We Accept at The Philadelphia Dentist 

  •  CASH
  •  ALL MAJOR CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS WITH ID: VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, and AMERICAN EXPRESS
  •  FSA (Flexible Spending Account) and HSA (Health Savings Account)
  •  CareCredit: Interest-Free or Long Term Payment Options
  • Scratchpay

Dental Financing in Northeast Philadelphia

Applying for either CareCredit or Scratchpay is easy and only takes a few minutes and is available to use immediately the same day. Please call our Northeast Philadelphia office if you have any questions.

Oral Surgery (Extractions and Wisdom Teeth)

In most cases, yes. Our priority is to provide whatever treatment you need to get you out of pain right away. A toothache, for example, could be the result of anything from food stuck between your teeth to a root canal infection.

Same-Day Dental Care in Philadelphia

First, our emergency dentists will uncover the source of your pain. Then they will explain the treatment they recommend to provide immediate relief. We commonly perform procedures like:

  • Emergency dental fillings
  • Emergency root canals
  • Emergency tooth extractions
  • Emergency dental bonding
  • Emergency infections
  • Emergency crowns
  • Emergency repair of crowns, bridges, dentures, and partials

Contact Our Northeast Philadelphia Dental Clinic

Your first step when you have a dental emergency is to call The Philadelphia Dentist at (215) 342-7718. Our experienced team of caring professionals will listen to your concerns and schedule your appointment for the same day. When you get here, we’ll do whatever it takes to provide the relief you need and get your oral health back on track.

As experienced emergency dentists in Northeast Philadelphia, Dr. Schriftman and Dr. Ambriz routinely perform wisdom teeth extractions and root canal therapy. In fact, we are able to treat any dental emergency you face and provide the urgent pain relief you need. Because we want you to be comfortable, we offer nitrous oxide or laughing gas with no additional charge.

Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Removal

In the case of wisdom teeth or third molars, if they’re causing problems, it’s best to remove them. Our ancient ancestors needed the chewing power of a third set of molars, but we don’t. And since they’re so far back in your mouth, wisdom teeth are difficult to clean. This puts you at risk for gum disease and cavities, so our dentists usually recommend removing wisdom teeth.

Root Canal Treatment in Philadelphia

As for root canals, The Philadelphia Dentist knows that the pain of an infected or abscessed tooth can be so excruciating that you can’t function. We’ll make it a priority to relieve your pain first. Once we numb your tooth with a local anesthetic, you’ll experience immediate relief. Dr. Schriftman and Dr. Ambriz will perform a root canal to clear away the infection, which is what’s causing the pain in the first place.

Contact Your Northeast Philadelphia Emergency Dentist 

If you have a toothache or infected tooth, call us at (215) 342-7718 to schedule a same-day emergency appointment at our Northeast Philadelphia dental office. You can rely on our experienced dentists to provide immediate relief and a long-term solution to your problem.

Root Canal Therapy

In most cases, yes. Our priority is to provide whatever treatment you need to get you out of pain right away. A toothache, for example, could be the result of anything from food stuck between your teeth to a root canal infection.

Same-Day Dental Care in Philadelphia

First, our emergency dentists will uncover the source of your pain. Then they will explain the treatment they recommend to provide immediate relief. We commonly perform procedures like:

  • Emergency dental fillings
  • Emergency root canals
  • Emergency tooth extractions
  • Emergency dental bonding
  • Emergency infections
  • Emergency crowns
  • Emergency repair of crowns, bridges, dentures, and partials

Contact Our Northeast Philadelphia Dental Clinic

Your first step when you have a dental emergency is to call The Philadelphia Dentist at (215) 342-7718. Our experienced team of caring professionals will listen to your concerns and schedule your appointment for the same day. When you get here, we’ll do whatever it takes to provide the relief you need and get your oral health back on track.

As experienced emergency dentists in Northeast Philadelphia, Dr. Schriftman and Dr. Ambriz routinely perform wisdom teeth extractions and root canal therapy. In fact, we are able to treat any dental emergency you face and provide the urgent pain relief you need. Because we want you to be comfortable, we offer nitrous oxide or laughing gas with no additional charge.

Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Removal

In the case of wisdom teeth or third molars, if they’re causing problems, it’s best to remove them. Our ancient ancestors needed the chewing power of a third set of molars, but we don’t. And since they’re so far back in your mouth, wisdom teeth are difficult to clean. This puts you at risk for gum disease and cavities, so our dentists usually recommend removing wisdom teeth.

Root Canal Treatment in Philadelphia

As for root canals, The Philadelphia Dentist knows that the pain of an infected or abscessed tooth can be so excruciating that you can’t function. We’ll make it a priority to relieve your pain first. Once we numb your tooth with a local anesthetic, you’ll experience immediate relief. Dr. Schriftman and Dr. Ambriz will perform a root canal to clear away the infection, which is what’s causing the pain in the first place.

Contact Your Northeast Philadelphia Emergency Dentist 

If you have a toothache or infected tooth, call us at (215) 342-7718 to schedule a same-day emergency appointment at our Northeast Philadelphia dental office. You can rely on our experienced dentists to provide immediate relief and a long-term solution to your problem.

Periodontal (Gum) Treatments

When you brush and floss at home, you’re doing more than cleaning your teeth; you also care for your gums. That’s because the same plaque and tartar that build up on your teeth also may accumulate along the gum line, often finding little grooves and spaces to proliferate. When that happens, you may begin to suffer from gingivitis, which is the early form of gum disease.

Gingivitis is a widespread condition for several reasons. First, you may have and not know it, allowing the situation to worsen silently. Next, early detection of gum disease is essential to reverse the condition. Finally, if it gets too far, then we can only treat the condition without being able to reverse it.

Symptoms of Gingivitis in Philadelphia, PA

Though early gum disease is hard to detect, a few signs may present themselves, so you should pay attention to the following:

  • Gum inflammation
  • Receding gums
  • Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
  • Gums appear red
  • Persistent bad breath

Because these signs are easy to ignore, we recommend that you maintain regular checkups so that your general dentist at The Philadelphia Dentist can uncover them and treat them immediately. We also can help you improve your brushing and flossing routine to remove more plaque and keep your gums healthy.

However, if you need urgent dental care or gum disease treatment in Philadelphia, we are here for you. 

Veneers & Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you considering cosmetic dentistry in Northeast Philadelphia?

At The Philadelphia Dentist, we want you to enjoy excellent oral health and a bright, attractive smile. In many cases, people who are committed to a positive, lifelong relationship with their dentists also tend to have a clean and healthy smile. But even the most conscientious may suffer tooth damage or other dental health conditions that might warrant us to recommend a dental veneer.

However, the first step to any porcelain veneer treatment plan is to ensure you’re a good candidate. Not everyone can get a dental veneer right away, and our Philadelphia, PA, dentists are skilled at determining your candidacy. Here are a couple of essential things to know.

Your Teeth Must Be Free of Tooth Decay

Imagine you’re maintaining your car. If you need new brakes, your mechanic would never recommend getting a new paint job first. The same goes for your teeth. A porcelain veneer needs a healthy tooth structure on which to bond in order to remain secure. If you have unfilled cavities or diminished tooth enamel, our dentists will treat those conditions before offering dental veneers.

Your Smile May Be Better Enhanced with Non-Invasive Teeth Whitening

One benefit of dental veneers is their ability to cover stubborn tooth stains with a wholly fresh and new surface. However, some teeth stains may be impressively improved with a professional tooth whitening treatment at our Philadelphia dental office. For example, surface stains, also called extrinsic stains, are on top of your tooth enamel and so may respond better to the whitening compounds only dentists may use. Teeth whitening is non-invasive and also non-permanent, while dental veneers are neither.

If you’re interested in making your smile brighter and whiter, the team at The Philadelphia Dentist can help you determine which cosmetic dental treatment will work best for you. Reach out to your cosmetic dentist near me today. 

General Dentistry

Our goal is to make dental treatment in Philadelphia as convenient as possible, which is why we accept a variety of payment options to finance your care. 

Payment Options We Accept at The Philadelphia Dentist 

  •  CASH
  •  ALL MAJOR CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS WITH ID: VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, and AMERICAN EXPRESS
  •  FSA (Flexible Spending Account) and HSA (Health Savings Account)
  •  CareCredit: Interest-Free or Long Term Payment Options
  • Scratchpay

Dental Financing in Northeast Philadelphia

Applying for either CareCredit or Scratchpay is easy and only takes a few minutes and is available to use immediately the same day. Please call our Northeast Philadelphia office if you have any questions.

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