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Dr. Leonard Tau

Dentistry
Philadelphia, PA
male

Locations

Office

Philadelphia, PA

Address

11905 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
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About

Bio

I graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine located in Boston, MA in 1999. After finishing school I completed an Advanced Education of General Dentistry in Somerdale, NJ in 2000. After honing my skills in a couple of office I acquired the Pennslyvania Center for Dental Excellence in 2007. I reside in Blue Bell, PA with my wife Risa and 5 year old son Aidan.

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Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Doctor Q&A

64 Answers
3 Agrees
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Tau
Specializes in Dentistry
Don't know: No studies but i would just clean the retainer with soap and water or some of my patients uses white vinegar.
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Yes it does prevent: Penicillin is the drug of choice for dental related infections. You normally take it for one week without stopping.
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You : You contradict yourself with the question you are asking. You state that you have very crowded teeth and some of the overlap a tiny bit. Teeth that ... Read More
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A form of a barrier: Dental dams are typically made of thin latex. They are used to keep the operative site clean and dry. Moisture is a detriment to most restorative dent... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
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I : I would ideally see a dentist as in most er's they are not equipped to handle dental infections other than to place you on antibiotics which you have ... Read More
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It : It sounds like you have an amalgam tattoo which can occur during filling removal. It is 100 benign and you should not worry about it. If you are con... Read More
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Unfortunately : Unfortunately fillings whether porcelain or composite cannot be whitened after being placed. If you are going to have them whitened you will need to ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leonard Tau
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Not to worry: It sounds from the description that he is in fact teething. If it continues i would take him to a pediatrician to have him evaluated.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Tau
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Very safe: Digital radiographs eliminate 90% of the radiation. It is very safe to have digital radiographs taken.
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Don't know: You have not stated what your problems are. I would seek care from a dentist to determine what the best course of actions for the issues your are ha... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Tau
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Stages of gingivitis: Gingivitis is a stage of gum disease in and of itself. Here is the stages healthy, mild gingivitis, moderate and severe, then mild, moderate and seve... Read More
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Agree: I am also in agreement with the other doctors here. I have never seen composite materials rival the vitality and realism of a beautiful porcelain cro... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
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Depends: All things considered it really depends on the liquid inside. If you use water no issues at all, if you use juice both are a problem.
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Yes : Yes a toothache can affect the whole side of your face. Dental pain cannot cross the midline but commonly there is referred pain from top to the bott... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Tau
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No: If you do rinse your mouth after using listerine you will decrease the effectiveness of the listerine. I would follow the directions and stick to the... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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It Doesn't: Teeth do not grow back when you are an adult. You only get one set. To replace a tooth that has been knocked out you would require a dental implant... Read More
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When : When teeth chip or break away there is normally an underlying issue with the tooth. Many times there is decay or a large filling. You could have ramp... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Couple ideas to help: Sorry to hear about the problems you are having with your 3 year old. In terms of ideas you can use an hour glass to tooth timer and have her brush u... Read More
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Cavities : Cavities will not stop progressing unless treated by a dental professional. Small cavities are very inexpensive compared to more costly procedures su... Read More
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A : A metallic taste can be caused by foods, medications, metabolic diseases, and poor oral hygiene. I would consult a dentist to see what can be causing... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
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Yes: Those two can be associated with a disease called sjorgrens syndrome. Dry eyes, dry mouth are very common with this. Patients need eye drops and sal... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Possibly: Just as infants have teething pain , kids who are getting molars can describe some discomfort. If when erupting some tissue forms around the tooth th... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Not really: In theory at least this can be bad, as excess acid secretion in combination with pockets of damage to the stomach lining may lead to an ulcer. N fa... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Should not be a problem, take it before you rinse to keep the effect of magic mouthwash.
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Flase teeth and fine: False teeth and fillings are safe for the body. All materials are approved for use. Should not pose a health risk at all.
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Bruxism sympttoms: Motrin, advil (ibuprofen) are great to treat symptoms of bruxism but i would treat the bruxism and the symptoms should alleviate. Speak to your denti... Read More
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In : In no way shape or form should a deep cleaning hurt. In my office that patient is completely numb before we even start the procedure. Afterward you m... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
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It might: Having discomfort after pulpotomy is very normal and is not something to worry about. It sounds like the rct was not completed so be sure to go back ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Maybe: I would go back to the dentist who extracted the tooth for them to check to see if something else is going on.
A 29-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Normally it can take months for an abscess to develop but it also depends on what caused the abscess in the first place. No matter what an abscess ne... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Tau
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Not sure: This is not a tooth issue, this disease is a periphery nerve disorder, placed in the wrong section.
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Should be fine: 20 is a fine age to have your teeth whitened as long as you gums and teeth are healthy.
A 59-year-old male asked:
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Sorry : Sorry to hear that you are having a problem after having laminates places. As far as the numbness that you are experiencing i would tell you I have n... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Tau
Specializes in Dentistry
Dry mouth foods: Dry mouth can occur for several reasons. It may be an indication that you have diabetes, and it is a sign that you are not producing enough saliva in ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Tau
Specializes in Dentistry
Sure, : You should have no problem playing baseball although you may want to limit the activity if it is the same day due to bleeding concerns but no other is... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Tau
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Access to root canal: This refers to the notion that getting straight line access to the canals in a multi-canaled tooth may require irregular shaped access preparation in ... Read More
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If : If you went to the dentist in february 2012 and he said that he saw signs of cancer than you need to go have it checked. Oral cancer is 80-90% succes... Read More
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Unfortunately : Unfortunately sensitivity underneath a filling is not abnormal or uncommon. It can be caused by a number of different factors. 1) your filling may... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Never heard or it: Not sure what you mean by decay went into the muscle. You may have meant nerve which would mean root canal but i never heard of decay into muscle.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Tau
Specializes in Dentistry
NO: Tooth loss is related to gum disease, not early puberty.
A 27-year-old female asked:
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I am concerned : Given the history and the description of the issue I am concerned enough to recommend that he sees an oral surgeon and have a biopsy done if necessary... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
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It can : Over activity of these muscles can sometimes cause a ringing sensation, called tinnitus. It is not unusual for the patient with tmj/cmd to complain of... Read More
A male asked:
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I : I agree with the other dentists who already answered this question. You need to go to your dentist. You have no idea why your teeth are yellow. You... Read More
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Sorry : Sorry to hear about your situation. It is common practice for a dentist to refer you to an oral surgeon for extraction if they feel that complication... Read More
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When : When a bridge is inserted it is normal for the bite to need some adjusting. Normally it is done outside the mouth but may need to be altered slightly ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Not long at all: Recovery from a dental implant is usually very fast. I actually go with my patients to a lot of the surgeries and the recovery is so little right no... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Tau
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Yes: Invisalign is a great way to straighten crowded teeth. Every case is different though. I would seek a consultation from a trained invisalign dentist... Read More
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Another : Another vote for no. Enamel will never grow back. You would need to see a dentist and have them fix the chip with a little bonding.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Tau
Specializes in Dentistry
Face pain causes: There are too many possibilities to discuss. Giving you a list will not help you. You need to see a dentist and a physician to evaluate the cause of y... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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A book: The oral health bible is a book written by dr. Michael bonner a dentist.

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Nov 30, 2012
Dr Tau is a colleague, friend, and outstanding dentist who in numerous aspects in the dental world sets the mark for the rest of us to strive for. I endorse this dentist. Michael I. Wollock, DMD, AGD...Read More
Nov 30, 2012
It is a pleasure to endorse Dr. Leonard Fredric Tau. Not only are his answers very informative and well thought out, but his answers give new insight into dentistry that he clearly loves. It is an h...Read More
Nov 30, 2012
I find Dr. Tau to be a highly knowledgable and passionate supporter of his profession, often writing and freely sharing ideas with those of us in his field. His insights on varying topics are held in ...Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental School
MD

Awards

Top Dentists, Philadelphia Magazine
Top Dentist, Third Place, Pennsylvania - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Academy of General Dentistry
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
American Dental Association
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