Let Dr. Renee and her team use their expertise to give you the smile you have always wanted. Dental First Corp., founded by Dr. Perry C. Fennell, Jr., has served the Greater Philadelphia area for over 40 years. We love Philadelphia and care about our community. Our experienced staff receives on-going specialized training to offer you services that will keep you beautiful and healthy for a lifetime. We participate in health fairs, community outreach and donate to local charities. Our services include:
Family Dentistry for generations! Our patients feel at home with refreshments, good music and a caring staff that takes time to listen and answer questions. Patients love our office because we do everything possible to make sure everyone feels like family! We help parents raise cavity free children and give special attention to our seniors. Make DFC your Dental Home! Dental First Corp. exists to Heal, Teach and Inspire! ™
Dr. Renee is the dentist with a Heart! Not only does she and her staff genuinely care about their patients’ well-being; they are also on a mission to
eradicate periodontal and heart disease in the community!
The latest research shows a link between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy and joint replacements. There are hearts all around the office to remind everyone to be kind to their heart and others.
Because it is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, we are diligent in our approach to make sure periodontal disease doesn’t cause chronic inflammation and destroy your smile. So whether you are healthy or have gum disease: gingivitis or periodontitis, the staff at Dental First Corp can help restore and maintain your oral health using holistic, Non-Surgical techniques. If surgery is needed, we work closely with our periodontal specialists to gently guide you through the process.
If you have noticed bleeding while brushing or flossing, you may be experiencing the early stages
of the disease. Take the “Do you have PD?” test then call our office and set up an appointment for
a free consultation.
Holistic Dentistry for the health conscious person. We offer holistic (not biological) dentistry.Your mouth is the gateway to being healthy!
The doctor reviews your medical and dental history to determine any risk factors that may affect your oral health such as smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure. We do screenings for high/low blood pressure and sugar and work closely with your physician.
Do you want metal and mercury free dentistry with little chemicals?
We can help! For the mercury conscious patient, we offer an additional safe system for removing amalgam fillings and a simple detox program to cleanse the body. We replace those fillings with non-metal alternatives and also have non-metal alternatives for partials, crowns and bridges.
Do you want natural alternatives?
We can help! Just tell the doctor your concerns. We work with holistic medical doctors and herbalists to ensure your total body wellness. We sell supplements and supplies that will enhance your body's ability to achieve optimal oral health.
Replacing missing teeth for many people is often a life changing experience! Dentures and Partials can look artificial or simply natural, so real even dentists can’t tell. Your life will change with new dentures or partials. You will feel more confident and beautiful in social settings as well as be able to enjoy the foods you love.
A Cosmetic Denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth. We have Silver (good), Gold (better) and Platinum (best) dentures that give a natural looking smile. All three types of dentures fit well and look nice. Of course the quality of the acrylic and teeth become more life like and feel better with the gold and platinum dentures.
Complete dentures are either "Conventional" or "Immediate." A conventional denture is placed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, whereas an immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed so you never have to go without teeth. We make sure that you can smile while you are healing, awaiting your new dentures or partials. We have packages for new denture wearers or if you want a duplicate denture for extra security.
Implant Retained Dentures and Partials. Nothing could ever replace or be better than your real teeth, however if you wear dentures, I am hear to tell you that you’ll no longer need to worry about all the common problems you are currently experiencing with your current dentures. There IS a way that you can have stronger teeth, a better bite, and more confidence that your teeth won’t move around or fall out at the wrong moments. You may be able to get conventional or mini implants that keep your denture secure.
This means that you will actually have a denture that stays in place, will not move around, pop-up, rub, or fly out of your mouth every time you sneeze or cough. There’s very little post-procedure pain, which we can take care of with a prescription anyway. It’s simply amazing! The greatest thing about these new implant retained dentures or partials is that it allows you to have more confidence and prevents the fear of your dentures pulling up when you chew, or falling out of place when talking with others, singing or just smiling!
Metal-Free Partial Dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from shifting and changing position. We have the new Flexlite and Valplast partials which are flexible, feel light in your mouth, have no metal clasps and are guaranteed not to break. We also offer acrylic and metal partials. The acrylic partials can have clear tooth colored clasps.
Dental Implants. Whether you have lost one tooth or a few, or even if you have lost all of your teeth, Implants can help! For whatever reason tooth loss has occurred – ineffective dentistry, lack of prevention (fluoride, flossing, brushing), periodontal disease, with the use of implant technology, modern dentistry can provide permanent tooth replacement which looks and feels much like your natural tooth. Call today for a free consultation!
Crowns and Bridges.
Restoring worn, broken down, missing teeth, root canal teeth and implants is more effective with modern technology. For the aesthetic patient, we use “Captek” crowns and Ceramic metal-free crowns for our discerning patients because they eliminate unsightly dark lines at the gum line and they promote healthy gum tissue. For the cost conscious patients we have beautiful alternatives.
Inlays and Onlays
In Between! When a tooth deteriorates from disease or cracks because of an old metal filling,now there is an ‘in-between’ solution. With ceramic onlays or inlays, we remove much less tooth to create an appropriate surface to secure the natural looking, tooth-like material. It’s molecularly bonded for a strong, durable, nature-mimicking result that can withstand the tremendous biting and chewing forces the mouth produces.
For patients who do not want an implant or their teeth prepped for a conventional bridge we offer “Hugger” Bridges. “Hugger” bridges have wings that are cemented to the adjacent missing teeth with very little tooth preparation. Hugger bridges are temporary, less expensive and last around one to three years.
Snap on Smile
And for patients who are really afraid, we have “Snap On” bridges that fit right over your natural teeth to give you the smile you have always wanted.
Tooth colored fillings are a great alternative to amalgam silver fillings! By using dental composite resin bonding we can restore chipped, decayed or broken teeth, fill in gaps and reshape or recolor your smile. Bonding is a composite resin filling placed in the back teeth as well as the front teeth. Composites are the solution for restoring decayed teeth, making cosmetic improvements and even changing the color of your teeth or the reshaping of teeth. Bonding will lighten any stains you may have, close up minor gaps and can be used to correct crooked teeth. Basically, bonding will cover any natural flaws applying a thin coating of a plastic material on the front surface of your teeth. The traditional silver fillings last about seven years, composites should last about three to five years.
Affordable Solution! For individuals who have chipped, cracked or irregularly shaped teeth, dental contouring and reshaping can be just the ticket for a more beautiful smile. Tooth reshaping, or contouring, is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in just one session. If you want your teeth to appear less crowded, fix chips and fractures, decrease overlaps, pits or grooves in the enamel, then this procedure may be for you.
With a little dental contouring, you can make a huge difference in the way you feel about your smile. Tooth reshaping, or tooth sculpting, is a safe and conservative way to improve your smile. Teeth may become weaker if large amounts of enamel are removed, tooth reshaping should be limited to minor changes or combined with veneers or bonding for the best smile.
Root Canals save your teeth! When a tooth has large decay or is abscessed/infected, to keep the tooth we must do a root canal. Root canals remove the nerve from your tooth and replace it with a filler called gutta percha. Then we build the tooth back up and place a crown over it. For complex teeth we may send you to a specialist called an Endodontist.
Whitening and Veneers of the teeth are performed for patients who desire a brighter smile. Tooth whitening can be performed to reduce discoloration and staining, or simply to provide the patient with whiter teeth. Teeth discoloration can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Some of the more common causes of teeth discoloration are medications, coffee, tea or cigarettes. People who drink significant amounts of cola soft drinks can experience similar staining.
Aside from staining, there are other factors that can affect the color of an individual's teeth. Genetics can play a role. Some people have naturally brighter enamel than others. Disease can also be a factor and certain medications can cause a discoloration of the teeth. If you suspect that there is an underlying medical cause for your teeth discoloration, be sure to inform us. Whitening will usually bring the shade of your teeth up two to four shades lighter. If you want that white bright smile, think about getting veneers.
Veneers let you smile like a Hollywood Star! One of the easiest ways to treat teeth that are too small, too big, or have uneven surfaces is by placing veneers over the teeth. It is very common for people to have imperfect teeth, either oddly shaped teeth, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, teeth with small holes in them, or an inappropriate sized tooth or teeth that have an odd appearance. Veneers, ceramic, porcelain or plastic, are placed over the front teeth to change color and/or shape of the teeth. A straighter, whiter, fuller smile is possible without braces and usually in two visits with veneers. These porcelain restorations are lifelike in strength, beauty and function.
“23 million Americans suffer from migraine pain and 44 million suffer from Chronic clenching and grinding resulting in tooth damage.” Many of our patients who suffer find relief with NTI Plus or a traditional occlusal guard. It protects your teeth from chips, cracks and wear. Wearing the NTi Plus keeps the back teeth from meeting which prevents jaw clenching, the intense muscle contraction of the scalp and jaw that migraine and chronic headache sufferer’s experience during sleep. It also helps protect your teeth from damage caused by bruxing and clenching.