Do You Know These Dentists?

DNA's picture

Can you recommend any of these dentists?

Finkelstein, Robert Alan, DDS General Practice Dental
2214 East York Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-1414

Stein, Philip Carl, DDS General Practice
2132 East Cumberland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 739-5206

Greenfield, Arthur W., DDS General Practice 519 East Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 634-1646

Gejer, David M., DDS
David M. Gejer, D.D.S., P.C. -
519 East Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 634-1646

Ftown66's picture

My family use stein on

My family use stein on cumberland. he's a fine dentist. As for greenfield and gejer I used to use there office years ago but never really liked their service. they are not in business right now since their office burnt down a few months back. I believe it still borded up. I know they had another office out of town somewhere though.

maryt621's picture

Finkelstein on York St. is

Finkelstein on York St. is also an excellent dentist. His office is a bit out-dated, but he is great and so are the girls in the office.

teener's picture

We go to Cumani Silvana- I

We go to Cumani Silvana- I like the ladies there and have never had a problem with their services. I should mention I have a great fear of dentists and pain so I am not an easy patient.

Cumani, Silvana DDS - Cumani Silvana DDS
(215) 426-7307
2675 E Cumberland St
Philadelphia, PA Map

george's picture

My dentist and my mechanic

My dentist and my mechanic are both out on Germantown Pike in Montgomery County (long story but both are family friends).

I'm just hoping I don't get into a wreck where my teeth are knocked out here in the neighborhood!

qbert4578's picture

I've had good experiences

I've had good experiences with Stein...

codergrrl's picture

Greenfield has been at that

Greenfield has been at that location forever. (Before the fire.)
I went there as a kid, and he would never give me enough Novacaine, ( I would tell him I still could feel it, and he would just say, "No you can't")..even when I cried!
Thanks, for that life long fear of dentistry!

dan's picture

teener wrote:I have a great

teener wrote:

I have a great fear of dentists and pain so I am not an easy patient.

My wife is in a similar situation.

Does Silvana have gas available as an option?

Kat's picture

Dr. Stein is great - he

Dr. Stein is great - he takes care of the girls and I. He is also an Orthodontist. Their office staff are really nice as well. Plus it's just up the street which is a bonus!

Lisa33's picture

codergrrl wrote:Greenfield

codergrrl wrote:

Greenfield has been at that location forever. (Before the fire.)
I went there as a kid, and he would never give me enough Novacaine, ( I would tell him I still could feel it, and he would just say, "No you can't")..even when I cried!
Thanks, for that life long fear of dentistry!

Greenfield pulled one of my wisdom teeth last August. In office, no prep. He said it would be easy, take him 30 seconds, a minute at most. Oh, how naive I was to believe him. It was possibly the most painful experience of my life.

After several novocaine needles to the jaw, he started yanking on the tooth. I could feel the tooth grinding and splitting as he rocked back and forth for about ten minutes, with a running commentary of, "Wow, that's really in there! I can't get that out!" I was literally crying and had to be held down. When it *finally* came out, he discovered it had a giant bone hook on the bottom, and *that's* why it wouldn't come out. "Huh, I didn't see that," was his shrugged explanation.

BEST PART OF ALL, he did not instruct me NOT to drink out of a straw afterward. Before he pulled the tooth, I said I hadn't eaten yet that day, and he said, "No problem! You can eat afterward." So after, Tommy took me to get a smoothie, and I drank out of a straw. I wound up with a lovely case of dry socket (which it took Dr. Greenfield another week to identify as such and treat). If you don't know what dry socket is, it's when the blood clot doesn't form properly, and your bone and nerves are exposed to the air, resulting in hideous pain.

Don't go to Greenfield. The butcher of Girard Ave.

DNA's picture

Thanks folks, I made an

Thanks folks, I made an appointment with Dr. Stein. P.S. I've never had a cavity in my life, must be the good DNA.

codergrrl's picture

Lisa 33- Sorry to hear about

Lisa 33-
Sorry to hear about your experience, I can completely relate.
Ironically, later in life, after still having a dental phobia, I was forced to go to a dentist to get a certificate for a hospital internship...
That dentist was a alcoholic, who smelled of booze even thru his mask, and ended up pulling four wisdom teeth at once, (one with a bent root also, which I was told would require a oral surgeon by other dentists)...This drunk guy was the best tooth puller in the world, and he even told me, "You just gotta know what your doing!" And it turned out, I just needed a certificate certifying that I had no oral infections, I really didn't have to get any of the teeth pulled!

I would pull my own teeth before I would go back to Greenfield.

george's picture

Boy, this Greenfield guy

Boy, this Greenfield guy sounds just GREAT (in a North Korean dental clinic kinda way)

Jeffro's picture

Oh yeah...Do you know THESE

Oh yeah...Do you know THESE Dentists?!?!?!

Lisa33's picture

codergrrl wrote: (one with a

codergrrl wrote:

(one with a bent root also, which I was told would require a oral surgeon by other dentists)...This drunk guy was the best tooth puller in the world, and he even told me, "You just gotta know what your doing!" And it turned out, I just needed a certificate certifying that I had no oral infections, I really didn't have to get any of the teeth pulled!

I would pull my own teeth before I would go back to Greenfield.

BWAHAHAHAH!!!

Why am I not surprised. Greenfield didn't bother to notice the bent root before he started sawing away at my jaw.

The hygenist (who was really super nice) did give me the tooth in a little envelope, which I asked for as a souvenir.

Ftown66's picture

Here's a true fact about me

Here's a true fact about me as a kid and dr greenfield. I was very hyper child and also terrified of dentist. I was a young boy and he was trying to drill and fill a cavity and i wouldn't sit still. The sound of the drill used to terrify me so I would try and pull away when they would try to drill. While doing this once dr greenfield slipped and drilled right throught his thumb nail. My mother told me he would not see me anymore after that and the other dentist that worked for him would have to do the work on me. She also told how once she went in and he had his knee in my chest as he was trying to pull a tooth. He sure as hell didn't have a way with kids.

DNA's picture

Greenfield is nothing

Greenfield is nothing compared to my last dentist

Lisa33's picture

Wow. Sorry to hear of your

Wow. Sorry to hear of your experiences, codergrrl and Ftown66, but I can't say I'm not glad to know it's not just me! Yikes.

codergrrl's picture

This might explain the urban

This might explain the urban legend of "three teeth and bedroom slippers", when describing some Fishtown ladies!

brooke's picture

Hmm...I use Greenfield and

Hmm...I use Greenfield and never had any problems but now I'm scared!

Lisa33's picture

Just don't let him pull any

Just don't let him pull any of your teeth, Brooke.

brooke's picture

He did--but it was one that

He did--but it was one that had been root canaled already so there was no feeling in it.

DNA's picture

So I went to Dr. Stein today

So I went to Dr. Stein today and I had a great experience, so I recommend him. In case you are wondering, no cavities....never had'em....never will.

athrahans's picture

Anyone go to Dr. Valdes on

Anyone go to Dr. Valdes on Girard?

Kat's picture

DNA wrote:So I went to Dr.

DNA wrote:

So I went to Dr. Stein today and I had a great experience, so I recommend him. In case you are wondering, no cavities....never had'em....never will.

That's because you drink good beer. Good Beer = Good Teeth.

george's picture

Kat wrote: That's because

Kat wrote:

That's because you drink good beer. Good Beer = Good Teeth.

Very true. Whiskey, however...

Nunzio's picture

Shane MacGowan is actually

Shane MacGowan is actually looking fairly sober in this picture.

george's picture

Nunzio wrote:Shane MacGowan

Nunzio wrote:

Shane MacGowan is actually looking fairly sober in this picture.

I know...I figured some of the other pics were just too wretched but what the heck...

sepviva123's picture

ooohhh only go to

ooohhh only go to finkelstien's office for a cleaning. the hygenist does a great job. the dentist himself and the office is a tad creepy. also he did some work on my girlfriends teeth beyond a cleaning which resulted in continous pain and ended up with her needing crowns (obviously she went somewhere else for those!!!!!!)

fishy_guy's picture

Bringing back an old

Bringing back an old thread... I'm trying to find a Dentist as well. Unfortunately, I have this awful Aetna AdvantageTM Dental insurance that no one wants to accept. I called several dentists in Fishtown that are listed on the Aetna website as accepting the insurance, and all of them except for one refused to accept it. The only one that would take it was Alan Finkelstein. However, I have to change my primary dentist with Aetna and wait 2 months for them to mail out new paper lists to his office before he will see me.

Anyway, before I do that, can anyone else comment on Dr. Finkelstein? The reviews in this thread are not exactly overwhelming positive.

Is there anyone else you can recommend? I already called the following dentists and was turned down due to my crappy insurance:

* Cumani, Silvana D., DMD
* Stein, Philip Carl, DDS

My other choices are:
* Doria, Enid Porrata Rivera, DDS
* Greenfield, Arthur W., DDS

kdubs215's picture

Dr Greenfield is a great guy

Dr Greenfield is a great guy and dentist