Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS
1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

FAQs

Q. What causes tooth loss?

A. Tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common causes of tooth loss. Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth’s mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. While tooth decay primarily affects children, periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects mostly adults. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque, and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis.

 

Q. How many times a day should I brush my teeth?

A. Most dental professionals recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing after every meal (and flossing at least once a day) is also a good way to maintain dental health

 

Q. When should a child have his/her first dental appointment?

A. A child should have his first dental appointment no later than his third birthday. Many dentists recommend a child have his first appointment when the first tooth comes in.

 

Q. Is it important to floss your teeth?

A. Yes. flossing once a day prevents the buildup of plaque and deters the onset of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

 

Q. What is cosmetic dentistry?

A. Also known as “aesthetic dentistry” cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that implements many different procedures to improve the beauty of your smile.

 

Q. What is a root canal?

A. Root canal is necessary when the nerve or blood supply of the tooth (also known as the pulp) is infected due to injury or decay. Root canal treatment involves removal of the diseased pulp, followed by the cleaning and sealing of the pulp chamber and root canal.

 

Q. What are dentures and who needs them?

A. Dentures are a partial or complete set of artificial teeth used to occupy the upper or lower jaw, usually attached to a plate. Simply put, dentures are a set of false teeth. If you have lost most or all of your teeth, you are a perfect candidate for complete dentures. If you still have some natural teeth remaining, a partial denture is recommended to help improve chewing ability, speech, and support for facial muscles.

 

Q. What causes oral cancer and what are some of the warning signs?

A. Tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) is the most common cause of oral cancer. Combining tobacco use with heavy drinking can also foster the development of oral cancer. Bad hygiene, prolonged irritation of the oral cavity, and extended exposure to strong sunlight on the lips are among other causes of the disease. Many dentists believe vitamins A and E can help prevent the acquisition of oral cancer. Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat that does not heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.

 

Q. What are the treatments for periodontal disease?

A. If periodontal disease is caught at an early stage (when it has not progressed beyond the point of gingivitis), it can be treated with scaling and root-planing (removing plaque around the tooth and smoothing the roots’ surfaces). If the disease progresses to a later stage, the patient may need surgical treatment, which involves cutting the gums, eliminating the hardened plaque build-up, and repairing the damaged bone.

 

Q. What causes oral cancer and what are some of the warning signs?

A. Tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) is the most common cause of oral cancer. Combining tobacco use with heavy drinking can also foster the development of oral cancer. Bad hygiene, prolonged irritation of the oral cavity, and extended exposure to strong sunlight on the lips are among other causes of the disease. Many dentists believe vitamins A and E can help prevent the acquisition of oral cancer. Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat that does not heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.

 

Q. What is gingivitis?

A. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums around the roots of the teeth. It marks the early stage of periodontal disease and it is characterized by red, swollen gums.

 

Q. Who needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted?

A. Anyone who is in danger of developing impacted wisdom teeth (third molars that only partially erupt or get trapped or stuck in the jaw) should have them removed so that they do not damage adjacent molars and cause other oral problems. In addition, anyone who is getting dentures should have their wisdom teeth removed.

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Patient Reviews
excellent visit to the dentist....everyone was friendly and efficient....state of the art office equipment
Cheryl H.
Fabulous job. I was in and out in a half hour, and the novacaine wore off by the time I got home. The filling looks fantastic, and the tooth issues […]
Patrick M.
I had a pleasant experience! Everyone was so friendly, and the service was so quick.
Khadijah B.
Great service, excellent work, cheerful staff. What more could you want?
Patrick M.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are very patient and caring!!
Denise G.
Have been with Dr. Machlus for many, many years. He is always the professional and you leave his office knowing that you were in good hands. He only […]
Daniel B.
The staff and Doctors are wonderful. I went in thinking I had a cavity. My appointment was at 4:30 pm and the office closed at 5:00pm. It turned out […]
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We love Dr. Machlus!!!
Anonymous
Taken right on time. Treated in a professional manner. Almost getting to be fun----
Pat D.
personable, professional, proficient
Richard C.
No complaints at all - Dr. Finkelman was kind and considerate of how I felt.
Anonymous
Dr. Finkelman is wonderful; staff is pleasant and efficient. The music in the exam room was too loud for my taste.
Christine C.
Very caring and professional staff
Harra H.
How can you lose in a caring and professional environment where the staff are just as pleased with their work as you are?
Patrick M.
Everyone was excellent!
Barton A.
As a person that has great anxiety when it comes to dentists, Dr. Machlus was exceptional. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. They were […]
Rebecca D.
Have been coming to this office for many, many years. I am always treated with respect and professionally.
Pat D.
No waiting. Dr. Finkelman explained each process as it took place.
Carol M.
Dr. Stephen Finkelman and his staff are wonderful. I know that I am in good hands whenever I go. The office is clean, the staff is friendly and they […]
Dianne G.
Excellent level of care.
Irving T.
Dr. Machlus was wonderful with my daughter. He explained everything that he was going to do and made sure she was comfortable the entire visit.
Elizabeth D.
Always a very satisfied patient. Good careful treatment. Appointments are efficient and work is top notch.
Richard H.
For a procedure I dread, both dentist and assitant were sensitive and explained what they were doing.
Cathy R.
I always feel confident that my teeth are in the best hands when Dr. Machlus is treating me. Thank you.
Rhea C.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are wonderful!! Very kind and gentle!!
Denise G.
My anxiety was high while waiting to have my small procedure done, however I put right at ease when I sat in the chair. Although timely, I was made […]
Jennifer R.
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
Always a great experience. Hardly any pain and very caring. Informs you of every step as he does it.
Anonymous
Good experience. Well explained.
Craig N.
Dr. Machlus and his team are very caring and meticulous in their work.
Irving T.
Excellent customer service and expert dental work.
Bobbie B.
Professional, courtious service
Peter D.
I had an excellent experience. I recovered quickly from my root canal.
Nyoka M.
Dr. Machlus and his staff are very thorough, gentle, caring health professionals.
Irving T.
Dr. Machlus almost makes going to the dentist pleasant, as much possible by being pleasant, that is. He is a caring man, and not only a doctor but a […]
Arthur V.
I only see doctor Finkelman so my referances will be for him and his work.
Anonymous
Over the years I've had many Dentists ranging from one really bad one to the absolute best, Dr. Finkelman. Thank you!
Paul S.
Dr. Machlus is the most caring and skilled Dentist. His staff are just as warm and professional.
Harra H.
Very kind and great service.
Kiri R.
Very nice staff, was a little nervous and embarrassed about my teeth but they made me feel at ease.
Anonymous
Exemplary levels of care, intellect, communication, attention to detail, and all-out "Balls To The Wall" application of all of the most advanced […]
Patrick M.
My experience with the doctor I was very pleased! Thank you for making my visited a pleasantly one.
Connie P.
The staff was very friendly and I received a very thorough examination.
Cindy S.
Professional and Caring.
Deborah D.
So painless that I fell asleep during a root canal.
Terrell C.
All the dentists I have been to these two know what to do...I used to ask my old dentist what he's doing today with dr machlus I just let him do his […]
Christoph D.
Could not ask for a more a courteous, efficient and professional staff and satisfying outcome.
Richard C.
Dr. Finkelman was great!
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Mon. – 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue. – 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed. – 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thu. – 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri. – 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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