Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy StPattys



These are no prep or minimal prep veneers which do not require any shots.The procedure takes 2 visits with no discomfort.On the first visit you get temporary veneers so you can have a preview of the kind of smile you will get.

This picture is of a case where the patient has short teeth due to bruxism habit,I have put temps on him and even with the temps you can see that he has a more fuller smile.I will be posting the final outcome soon.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease that causes irritation, redness, and swelling (inflammation) of your gums. Because gingivitis can be mild, you may not be aware that you have the condition. It’s important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly because if left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis and you might lose your teeth to decay. The most common cause of gingivitis is practicing poor oral hygiene. If you are not maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine, our doctors at Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center are here to assist you and provide you with routine dental cleanings.

Gingivitis commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth (plaque). Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease, which means that it can be prevented. Generally, gingivitis resolves with good oral hygiene – longer and more frequent brushing, as well as flossing. If the condition is left untreated, gum disease can spread and affect tissue, teeth, and bones, leading to periodontitis which can eventually lead to tooth loss.

If you show symptoms of gingivitis, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. For more information about the services we provide at the office, visit To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center in Philadelphia, PA, call 215-279-1193.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Inlays and Onlays

The Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center provides patients with many types of restorations to keep their teeth beautiful and working correctly. One type of restoration which other people may not see very often but which makes a huge difference is the partial crown. Known as an inlay or an onlay, this kind of restoration repairs the grinding surface of a molar or premolar.

The difference between an inlay and an onlay is how much of the tooth surface it replaces. The back teeth have several raised, pointy bits, called cusps, with indentations in between. Inlays fill in the indentations, while onlays cover indentations and damaged cusps. If the patient needs a partial crown because of tooth decay, Dr. Malik will remove the decayed material before making an impression of the patient’s mouth. This impression is then sent to a lab where a custom-fitted partial crown will be milled out of porcelain.

Placing the inlay or onlay only takes a single trip, once it’s been made. Patients will soon be chewing comfortably again.

Shireen Malik, D.D.S, operates the Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center at 1128 Walnut Street, Ste 500, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 191078. To schedule an appointment, call 215-279-1193 or visit and fill out a contact sheet.