Dr. Cross Takes a Closer Look at Smile Design in the Mobile Cloud Era

Today, new technology provides the control to design a perfect smile from the comfort of home or at our dental office.

Plato might have said it best when he noted, “Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.” The problem is that what I see, what you see and what the dental ceramicist sees, may be entirely different. At Amsterdam Dental Group, we are committed to designing and fabricating restorations that meet or exceed our patients’ aesthetic and functional requirements. You are the “beholder.”

For those of you who know me, it comes as no surprise how much I love photographing teeth.Why? Part of the reason is it allows me to see things closer and in more detail. It also helps communicate colors and shapes to the lab technician who is fabricating the restorations. With the recent release of the iPad Pro and a host of touch screen drawing applications (i.e. Paper 53, Skitch and Adobe Draw), we are now able to take these photographs to a whole new level in real time.These technological tools improve our ability to communicate with you as well as our master ceramicists whether they are within our on-site dental lab in Philadelphia, across the country or around the world. It is truly revolutionary.

The results of the six veneers below are indeed nothing short of amazing, yet are only a simple reflection of what was designed.


Here’s a screen shot of design planning in action from a recent aesthetic consultation appointment. With a couple good photographs and an iPad, we are able to instantly discuss patients’ concerns about teeth that are too long, short or wide. We can address color, shape, missing gum tissue and even repositioning with orthodontics.


If you’re planning on making any changes to your smile, today’s smile design is simply a matter of making the correct plan for you. – Dr. C

Inside The Paoli Office – A Sneak Peek At What Lies Ahead

Paoli OfficeThis spring more than flowers are blooming at Amsterdam Dental Group; our office in Paoli is in full growth mode. Sparked by the merger with Family Dental Associates, P.C. earlier this year, we are expanding our Main Line facility at the Metric Building, 1800 East Lancaster Pike in Paoli, to do more than accommodate an increase in staff and patients. It will bring new meaning to state-of-the-art dental care.

Comfort and convenience are deep-seeded traditions at Amsterdam Dental Group and this commitment is evident in each element of the expansion process. Anticipated to open in June of 2016, here are just a few hints at what is to come…

  • Virtually twice the square footage and double the number of operatories
  • A more spacious reception area with endless amenities, including wi-fi and fully-stocked refrigerator
  • The latest in advanced technology with Cone Beam CT scanner and Panorex x-ray for improved diagnostics

Take a look …

But we don’t want to giveaway all the secrets. Just know this… whether you visit our Center City or suburban facility, your dental experience will begin the moment you step inside our office doors and well before sitting in the dentist’s chair.

Some Truths About Sports-Related Dental Injuries

With March Madness in full swing and baseball season fast approaching, understanding sports-related dental injuries, the potential impacts and various protection alternatives are top of mind. And, it all begins with awareness.

Did you know…

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), approximately 13-39% of all dental injuries are sports-related.

JADA studies have shown basketball has had the highest number of injuries due close player contact, frequent collisions and game speed.

Males are traumatized twice as often as females.

Within high schools nationwide, only four (4) sports require mouth guards: football, ice hockey, lacrosse and field hockey.

Some of the most common sports-related dental injuries include bone, crown and root fractures as well as traumatic tooth intrusion or extrusion. It isn’t just fractures or tooth displacement, significant force can result in permanent TMJ injuries ~ ranging most minor to severe. Even abrasions, contusions and lacerations can be serious and can hide other significant underlying injuries. As mentioned in a previous post, mouth guards are proven protectorates against teeth fracture and lip lacerations. Moreover, this small powerful apparatus can help prevent concussions.

But dental injuries are not saved for children; they can happen to men and women of any age participating in any activity. Further the activities are not limited to organized team sports. A pick up game of flag football, racquetball at the local gym or bike ride in the neighborhood can be risky. As dental professionals, we recognize the importance of patient education and greater public awareness regarding sports-related dental injuries.

For more information, consult with any member of our Amsterdam Dental Group team.


What will my fellow dentists and dental specialists be looking for in the upcoming clash between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers? No, not the number of sacks or end zone celebrations; not the half time show or the best commercials. It is mouth guards of course.

For decades, the mouth guard has proven its ability to protect against tooth fracture and lip lacerations on the field. Recent research now indicates this long-proven dental appliance can help prevent concussions and may even provide performance enhancing respiratory and VO2 max benefits. That’s one powerful little apparatus. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to use an athletic mouth guard. Children and adults alike gain from such protection.

Today’s mouth guards come in all shapes and sizes – from generic boil and bite vampire guards to the highly customized options from Under Armour, Shock Doctor or Gladiator, which are made from high quality impressions taken at home or with professional help from the dental office. Most traditional mouth guards are effective in safeguarding your teeth, however custom appliances are less bulky and fit better, offering a greater level of protection. Consider the investment you may have made in your smile or your children’s orthodontic care. Add in the fact that dental trauma is 60x more likely to occur in absence of a mouth guard, custom appliances start to make a lot of sense.

So as I enjoy this weekend’s big game, I encourage all of the athletes to take steps against injury with some extra protection on the gridiron.

For more information on ADA-approved mouth guards, visit: http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/mouthguards or consult with any member of our Amsterdam Dental Group team for custom fit appliance options.


It’s that time of year again… I’m here in the Big Apple with the Amsterdam Dental team for the annual Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics meeting. Held the week after Thanksgiving, the GNYAP is an annual affair for us and this year, New York did not disappoint. We met new residents, current colleagues and former classmates plus explored all the city has to offer.

For those not familiar with GNYAP, the organization promotes: the art, science and practice of prosthodontics; the highest ethical standards and professional membership; a better understanding among the specialties of dentistry and related professions; basic and clinical research in prosthodontics.

The annual two-day meeting provides nationally and internationally renowned speakers the opportunity to present evidence based research and expert opinion on the latest techniques, materials and technology. They also demonstrate the highest levels of interdisciplinary care. Additionally, the scientific poster session reports on current clinical research and basic science projects of the top graduate programs in the nation. Amsterdam Dental’s Dr. Baumgarten and Dr. Fraiman are both select members of GNYAP and former presenters at this meeting.

This year, digital technology and its use in dentistry were all the rage. One expert after the next illustrated how the greater accuracy and effectiveness afforded by digital technology results in improved dental outcomes for patients. This is especially true for those needing dental implants, crowns and bridges. While such technology may not sound new, fewer than 10% of the dental offices in the U.S. use it. At Amsterdam Dental, we have implemented digital dental technology at our practice for a variety of procedures, including implants and restorations, in order to provide better care and maximum comfort.

But New York City has far too much going on for only work. Visits to Central Park with the family, the Broadway show – Finding Neverland, a tour of the Secret Service and the 911 Ground Zero memorial provided opportunity to reflect on the tremendous capacity we have to provide joy, protection, service and inspiration to those around us.

For more information on the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, visit www.gnyap.org.

Dr. Cross – Checking in from the SCAD 2015 annual conference, Chicago

What is SCAD you may ask? It is the Society of Color and Appearance in Dentistry – an organization created to foster communications and research among dental disciplines, industrial researchers, institutional scientific investigators and others with an interest in color and appearance in dentistry.

Why attend this meeting? It’s a great opportunity to meet world-class clinicians and dental laboratory technicians and together, share ideas on designing and fabricating the most life-like restorations for patients. To achieve the best possible results, one must understand and have a true appreciation for color, translucency, fluorescence and behavior of material properties that go into making dental restorations.

What lies ahead? SCAD continues to advance multidisciplinary collaboration and discovery among experts, who go on to create and implement educational programs, such as Free Color Training, for dental professionals. Look for Dr. Cross to be presenting his work and research at this meeting in the near future. For more information visit: www.scadent.org


How To Choose The Best Dentist For Your Porcelain Veneers

veneers, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentist, best cosmetic dentists, dental veneer, braces, alternative to bracesChoosing the best dentist for your porcelain veneers is too important to determine by price alone. After all, you can’t put a price on your appearance or your confidence. So when you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist, look for somebody with experience, proven abilities and a proven dedication to their craft.

You should feel comfortable and confident when you sit in your dentist’s chair. If you are considering veneers, do your research. Read reviews to find dentist with a wealth of experience in veneer bonding. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it is critical that you ask your prospective cosmetic dentist the right questions. Be sure to inquire about the following:

1.    Is there another cosmetic dental solution that would be more effective to perfect my smile?

It’s always a good idea to learn about all of your options before making a decision. Porcelain veneers provide a safe, effective and natural looking solution to a host of dental issues including crooked, discolored or chipped teeth. However, there may be alternative treatments such as braces, whitening or bonding that are more cost-effective or appropriate for your situation. Ask your prospective dentist which treatment strategy makes the most sense for you.

2.   What is your experience with the porcelain veneers procedure? How many patient cases have you successfully completed?

You have a right to know that the dentist you’ve chosen has a track record of proven success providing patients with perfectly matched porcelain veneers. Before committing to the procedure, be sure that your dentist is experienced with this advanced dental cosmetic treatment.

3.   What can I expect from the veneers procedure?

Know exactly how your porcelain veneers work and what to expect from the treatment process. Ask your prospective dentist any questions you might have about the length of the procedure, short and long-term expectations and ongoing self-treatment methods.

4.   What types of complications or side effects can I expect from the veneers procedure?

Find out about any possible complications or side effects before committing to veneers. It’s important that you understand the related risks or potential for residual pain with any procedure. Be sure that your prospective dentist is frank and honest about issues that may arise during or following veneer bonding.

5.   What is your policy on redoing veneers if the results do not meet my expectations or the intended treatment goals that we agreed upon?

The best cosmetic dentists will back their porcelain veneers with a guarantee that centers on your unique treatment goals. Find a dentist who offers an assurance that your treatment process continues until all of your expectations are met.

To learn more about the benefits of porcelain veneers for your smile, call 215-568-8130 or contact Amsterdam Dental and make an appointment with Philadelphia’s best dentists.


Porcelain Veneers: Brighten And Straighten Your Smile

veneers, porcelain veneers, dental veneer, braces, alternative to braces, dental innovationWith porcelain veneers, you get more than just a superior alternative to braces. You get an elegant and innovative solution to a whole range of dental needs. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-shaped porcelain that is affixed to the surface of your natural tooth, enhancing its shape, color, length or size. In most cases, veneers offer a solution to your dental needs that is versatile and comprehensive. Before deciding on the treatment that’s best-suited to your needs, consider the advantages made possible by the innovation of porcelain veneers:

  • Straighter Smile

Porcelain veneers affix to your teeth and begin straightening your smile right away. Treatment is completed for most patients in as little as two weeks. This represents a considerable advance over braces, which require months or years to render observable improvements. With the current innovations in veneer technology, you don’t have to wait for your expensive orthodontia to pay off, you can start showing off your smile today. 

  • Corrected Defects

In addition to the straightening properties you would get with conventional braces, veneers provide correction for various dental defects or cosmetic abnormalities. Veneers help to close spaces, repair chips, whiten stains and generally repair crooked or misshapen teeth. With today’s technology, don’t just straighten your teeth. Give your smile a complete makeover. 

  • Natural Appearance And Feel

Every porcelain veneer is customized using a model of your existing tooth. The result is that veneers offer a completely natural looking choice for improving or repairing damage to your smile. Veneers also bond to your teeth without the discomfort of brackets, reducing swelling of the gums or the occurrence of lacerations. Last but not least, you don’t have to suffer the embarrassment or irritation caused by conspicuous metal braces. Use the latest in veneer innovations to get straighter teeth without the aesthetic or sensory drawbacks of conventional orthodontics.

  • Stain And Chip Resistance

Protect your teeth with porcelain veneers. Thanks to advances in dental technology, porcelain veneers are inherently stain resistant and unlikely to crack or chip from normal use.

To learn more about the benefits of porcelain veneers, call 215-568-8130 or contact Amsterdam Dental and make an appointment with Philadelphia’s best dentists. 


When Do You Need To See A Prosthodontist?

prosthodontist, prosthodontists, prosthodontics, prosthodontic procedure, prosthodontic procedures, dental implants, veneers, dental bridge, dental crownIf you suffer from discolored, cracked, damaged or missing teeth, you may benefit from seeing a Prosthodontist. Prosthodontists specialize in the treatment of missing or deficient teeth. If you require a comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and maintenance plan for a clinical dental condition, a Prosthodontist may be the best option.

Before you seek dental attention for a chronic or sudden condition, review the treatment options below to see if you should consult a Prosthodontist: 

  • Esthetic Reconstructive Dentistry

For patients who are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may provide a lasting solution. This procedure returns uniformity and youthfulness to your smile by filling in any gaps left by missing teeth. Dental implants also help prevent the deterioration of your facial structure and improve your ability to maintain effective oral hygiene.

  • Dental Veneers

Veneers use a thin layer of porcelain that is affixed to the surface of your natural tooth, enhancing its shape, color, length or size. Veneers provide straighter teeth in as little as two weeks while addressing such prosthodontic challenges such as discoloration, chips or unevenness.

  • Dental Crowns

Crowns are a common prosthodontic solution for restoring teeth that have been chipped or worn down. Crowns are also the preferred solution for reinforcing teeth weakened by root canal therapy. A prosthodontic specialist molds and fits crowns around your surrounding teeth, customizing treatment to the unique shape and contours of your mouth.

  • Dental Bridges

Prosthodontists specialize in restoration for patients who are missing teeth. Dental bridges fill the gaps in your smile with individually anchored replacement teeth. The tooth-supported bridge also helps to maintain the position of your existing teeth by preventing shifting. 

  • Removable Complete Dentures

If you’ve lost most or all of your teeth due to trauma or decay, you should consult a prosthodontist about the possibility of dentures. Removable complete dentures improve your appearance, facial structure and dental function. 

  • Removable Partial Dentures

If you have large gaps in your smile, removable partial dentures assist in your chewing, improve your appearance and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting.

Looking for a Prosthodontist? Call 215-568-8130 or contact Amsterdam Dental Group online to schedule an appointment with Philadelphia’s best dentists. 

Invisalign, What It Can and Cannot Do

invisalign, philadelphia invisalign, braces, veneers, alternative to bracesInvisalign is among the most advanced and least invasive of tooth-straightening solutions. However, this sophisticated treatment method is not appropriate for every dental condition. Invisalign is most effective as an alternative to braces or veneers when matched with the right patient case.

So how do you determine if Invisalign is right for you? First you need to understand the benefits of this treatment approach and then you and your dentist can determine if these benefits match your orthodontic needs:

The Benefits Of Invisalign

  • More Convenient

Invisalign’s invisible aligners are modeled to fit directly over your teeth without extensive or uncomfortable dental procedures. Unlike braces, you have the ability to remove Invisalign for brushing, eating, sports or recreation.

  • Less Invasive

Invisalign doesn’t use any brackets or fastening mechanisms. This reduces the risks of the dental damage or tooth decay often associated with orthodontia. Your dentist also uses computer-planned movements to custom design the Invisalign solution around the unique contours of your mouth.

  • More Attractive

With Invisalign, nobody needs to know that you’re straightening your teeth. Invisalign replaces the sharp and readily visible metal of traditional braces with a smooth, comfortable and translucent plastic. Invisalign lets you straighten your teeth without having to hide your smile.

Invisalign is more convenient, less invasive and more attractive than conventional braces, but some dental conditions may require more extensive treatment. Consider the conditions below when discussing Invisalign with your dentist:

When To Use Invisalign

  • Mildly Malaligned Malocclusions (1 to 5 mm of crowding or spacing)
  • Deep Overbite Problems (Class II Division 2 Malocclusions)
  • Overbite Intrusion By Incisors
  • Nonskeletally Constricted Arches
  • Relapse After Fixed-Appliance Therapy

When Not To Use Invisalign

  • Severe Crowing Or Spacing (over 5 mm)
  • Skeletal Anterior-Posterior Discrepancies (over 2 mm)
  • Centric-Relation and Centric-Occlusion Discrepancies
  • Severely Rotated Teeth (more than 20 degrees)
  • Open Bites
  • Extrusion of Teeth
  • Severely Tipped Teeth (more than 45 degrees)
  • Short Clinical Crowns
  • Arches With Multiple Missing Teeth

To determine whether or not Invisalign is right for you, call 215-568-8130 or click on the button below to contact Amsterdam Dental and make an appointment with Philadelphia’s best dentists.