By Abington Dental Arts, PC
February 15, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Root Canal  

How a root canal from your dentists in Clarks Summit, PA, can relieve your dental pain

If you have dental pain, it can be difficult to think about anything else. Do you need a filling, or do you need something more? The truth is, you may need a root canal.

Drs. Jeffrey Bell, Dale Collins, and Amy Cravath of Abington Dental Arts, in Clarks Summit, PA, offer a wide range of dental care services, including root canal treatment to relieve your dental pain.

So, how do you know if a root canal is needed? Only your dentist can tell for sure, but there are a few signs and symptoms which may indicate you and your tooth can benefit from root canal treatment. You may need a root canal if you: Notice a white or red bump appearing on your gums next to the root of a tooth. Have drainage, which can include blood or pus coming out from the bump on your gums.  Feel sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down on food Experience increasing pain when your tooth is exposed to hot or cold foods or beverages. Have tooth pain that doesn’t go away 

You may experience the signs and symptoms listed above due to trauma to your teeth, jaws, or face. You may also need a root canal because of chronic irritation and inflammation caused by grinding or clenching your teeth. The biggest contributor to needing a root canal is tooth decay, which can penetrate deep into the inner layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp. The pulp contains the nerves and blood supply to your tooth. When this area is damaged or bruised, it causes inflammation inside your tooth. Pressure and fluid build inside your tooth, causing the tooth pain, which can become intense. When you experience intense dental pain, it’s good to know a root canal can eliminate your pain, and still let you keep your smile. To find out more about the root canal process and how root canal treatment can help you, talk with the experts. Call Drs. Jeffrey Bell, Dale Collins, and Amy Cravath of Abington Dental Arts, in Clarks Summit, PA, at (570) 586-1411. Call now!

By Abington Dental Arts, PC
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Looking for a long-term tooth replacement? We’ve got you covered.

Are you living with tooth loss? If so, you may be wondering what treatment options are available to you. If you are looking for a stable tooth replacement that will feel and function just like real teeth, then it may be the perfect time to talk with our Clarks Summit, PA, dentist Dr. Jeffrey Bell about getting dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

To understand how this restoration could benefit your smile, it’s important that you first understand how this restoration works. An implant is made up of three parts. The first part is a metal post. This takes the place of the missing tooth roots. To replace the tooth roots, this means that our Clarks Summit, PA, restorative dentist will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone.

Over the course of several months, the implant and jawbone will fuse naturally. Once this is complete, we can place the second part of the implant on top of the metal post. This structure is called an abutment and it simply connects the implant with the false tooth (or teeth, if you need to replace more than one tooth). Once the abutment is placed and the gums have had several more weeks to heal, then we can cement the crown into place.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

We have some great news for you! Most healthy adults who are missing at least one permanent tooth are often great candidates for dental implants. When you come in for your consultation, we will need to evaluate your oral and general health to make sure that there aren’t any conditions or diseases that could affect the health or success of the implant process.

We will go through your detailed medical history and ask you any questions about your current health to make sure that you are right for implants. Remember, you are never too old and it’s never too late to get implants.

Are you ready to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants? If so, our Clarks Summit PA dentist would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your candidacy. Call Abington Dental Arts at (570) 586-1411.

By Abington Dental Arts, PC
September 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Do you wonder if cosmetic dentistry is right for you? It is if you wish to improve how your appearance and how your smile makes you feel. At Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA, our wonderful team will deliver a smile you really love. Dr. Dale Collins, Dr. Amy Cravath, and Dr. Jeffrey Bell offer choices that make sense for you and your personal goals.

No small personal asset

In fact, research cited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says your smile is the first thing other people notice when they meet you. And if it looks chipped, worn or dark, you'll project a different image than if your smile is bright and faultless.

As such, the specialty of cosmetic dentistry has developed and grown in popularity over the past 30 years. At Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA, Dr. Collins, Dr. Cravath and Dr. Bell have responded to their patients' desire for teeth and gums which express who they really are. They offer many cosmetic dentistry services, tailoring them to what works best for each individual.

So, if you wonder if cosmetic dentistry is right for you, come see us. We'll examine your teeth and gums and review the characteristics you wish to improve. Both you and your dentist will consider tooth shape, size and alignment, small flaws, tooth color and more. Together, you will arrive at a plan which delivers excellent results!

Our offered services

Here are some of the cosmetic dentistry services at Abington Dental Arts:

  • Professional teeth whitening, our most economical and impressive treatment. Offered as an in-office or at-home treatment, whitening removes deeply embedded organic stains from foods, beverages, smoking and more. Your teeth will be up to eight shades brighter.
  • Porcelain veneers, or dental laminates. These shells of thin, high-quality ceramic disguise the front of teeth flawed by chips, gaps, twists, cracks, stains and more. Permanent and durable, veneers are stain- and chip-resistant.
  • Composite resin bonding, a one-visit treatment that adds a realistic repair compound to small defects, such as narrow gaps, cracks, pits and weak size and shape.
  • Dental implants, the perfect combination of restorative and cosmetic benefits. Dental implants replace missing teeth from the roots on up, improve bone structure and give patients the complete, functional and comfortable smiles they deserve.

Contact us to learn more

At Abington Dental Arts, Dr. Bell, Dr. Collins and Dr. Cravath help patients in the Clarks Summit, PA, look better and really enjoy smiling. Call us today to arrange a personalized cosmetic dentistry consultation: (570) 586-1411.

By Abington Dental Arts, PC
August 20, 2020
Category: At-Home Care
Tags: flossing   Brushing   Rinsing  

While dental checkups and professional cleanings are key for good oral health, a healthy smile starts at home. A daily routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing is the core of an effective oral hygiene routine, and with diligence, you can achieve a lifetime of dental health.

Drs. Jeffrey Bell, Dale Collins, and Amy Cravath of Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit PA can help you develop a dental regime for optimal wellness. Here are the key components of at-home dental care:


Brushing your teeth is the first line of defense against cavities, plaque, and decay. Using a soft-bristled brush and a fluoridated toothpaste, gently brush the surface of each tooth and along the gums. If you have sensitive or stained teeth, your dentist at our Clarks Summit PA office can offer you recommendations on a brand and formula that meets your needs.


Flossing daily is essential for removing particles between the teeth, which can turn into plaque and decay if left to linger. Floss between each tooth, down to the gum, and rinse afterward to flush away any debris.


Using a mouthwash can help with keeping your breath fresh and your teeth clean. Not all formulas work in the same way, so ask your dentist at our Clarks Summit PA office for assistance in selecting a mouthwash.


Healthy eating is good for your teeth as well as your body. Sugary foods and beverages can hasten the development of cavities and decay, so limit your consumption of these items. Make sure to eat a balanced diet with produce, whole grains, healthy fats, and proteins to ensure your teeth are strong and healthy. If you experience pain when eating crunchy or hot or cold foods, tell your dentist at our Clarks Summit PA office as it might be an indication of dental problems.

Dentist visits

Make sure to add regular professional cleanings and exams at our Clarks Summit PA office to your oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth in their best shape.

Keep your teeth looking and feeling great with a combination of at-home and in-office care. Call Drs. Jeffrey Bell, Dale Collins, and Amy Cravath at Abington Dental Arts today at 570-586-1411 to schedule an appointment.

By Abington Dental Arts, PC
July 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

How your dentists in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania can help you keep a healthy smile.

Did you know that the health of your gums can affect the health of your body? It’s true. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, an unhealthy mouth increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and a number of other serious medical conditions.

The truth is, you can do a lot to prevent gum disease, and your dentist can help. The dentists at Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania offer a full range of preventive dental care services, to help you keep a healthy smile.

So, how can you prevent gum disease? It takes a great oral hygiene regimen, which should include:

Brushing after each meal and before you go to bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush all the surfaces of your teeth, in a gentle, circular motion. Also, brush along the gum line, and you can brush your tongue a few strokes too because it’s a common place for bacteria to hide.

Floss your teeth every day at least once; make sure you wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you go down in between the teeth. Wrapping the floss helps to keep the floss firmly against the surface of your tooth, so it cleans more effectively.

Visit your dentist at least once each year for a comprehensive dental exam, including x-rays. Early diagnosis of dental issues leads to early treatment, which can mean a better outcome for you.

You should also visit your dental hygienist for a professional dental cleaning every six to twelve months, or every three to four months if you have periodontal disease.

You can prevent gum disease, but you must take action. Untreated, uncontrolled gum disease can turn into periodontal disease, which is one of the most common reasons for tooth loss.

To find out more about preventing gum disease, talk with the experts. Call the dentists of Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania at (570) 586-1411. Call today and protect the health of your smile.

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(570) 586-1411
242 Noble Rd. Clarks Summit, PA 18411