General & Cosmetic Dentistry Bayville, Beachwood & Pine Beach, NJ - Century Dental East
Century Dental Jackson Seaview Dental Ocean Township, NJ Century Dental East Pine Beach

(732) 928 - 7770

(732) 922 - 2255

(732) 341 - 6010

241 Washington Ave.

Pine Beach, NJ 08741

Sears Upper Level facing Costco

2341 Route 66, Ocean, NJ 07712

100 West Veterans Hwy., (528 and Leesville Rd.)

Jackson, NJ 08527

Cosmetic Dentist

Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high self-esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance.

 

Today’s advanced techniques and materials can make a real difference. And the skill, experience and commitment of our dental practice — using a unique combination of science and artistry — can literally redesign your smile.

 

We have been creating beautiful smiles for our patients since our inception in 1981. As members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the International Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics we try very hard to give our patients the best that dentistry has to offer. By studying with the experts that created the “Extreme Makeover” series on television, our patients receive life changing results too.

 

Some of our cosmetic makeovers have been performed for patients in the entertainment and modeling industries. However, our greatest satisfaction comes from giving ordinary people extraordinary smiles. This is especially true for senior citizens. Oftentimes our treatment makes seniors appear 10-15 years younger. We also offer Invisalign®.

 

Our dentists can now correct a wide variety of so-called “permanent” dental problems:

 

•Missing teeth, gaps between teeth, general bite dysfunction

•Chipped, cracked or worn teeth

•Unsightly, stained, or washed-out fillings

•Permanently stained or discolored teeth

•Crooked or crowded teeth

Cosmetic Dentistry Service

We love helping people look great with the dentistry services that we offer!

All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.

 

Fixed bridges

A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.

 

Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.

If you are missing one or more teeth, they can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.

 

What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture?

A bridge is a device which fills the gap where teeth are absent permanently. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.

 

Why do I need a bridge?

Maintaining oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.

 

Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.

 

Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.

 

Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.

 

How is a bridge attached?

The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment your doctor will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. Only enough tooth structure is removed to allow the bridge to go over the tooth.

 

Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed. While your bridge is being made, the dentist will make a temporary bridge for you to wear. The temporary bridge will allow you to eat and also protects your teeth in the interim.

Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.

 

What materials are used?

Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.

 

How do I take care of my bridge?

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support. When your bridge is cemented or delivered your dentist or his/her assistant will review procedures on how to keep it clean.

 

Partial Dentures

A partial denture or removable bridge is a prosthetic device used to replace several missing teeth. It consists of a thin metal framework that holds plastic denture teeth that are set in pink acrylic to resemble gum tissue. The device is made from a custom mold of your mouth. It has metal clasps that secure it to a minimum of two anchor teeth. It is very important that your partial denture be designed properly. It must not damage the anchor teeth during function.

 

A special type of partial denture called Equipoise is used in our office to minimize damage to the anchor teeth. In this system the clasps are on the inside making these partials esthetically pleasing.

 

Partial dentures are used when the patient does not have enough teeth for fixed bridgework, or does not have enough bone for implants. They are also used to minimize cost and as a holding device until more definitive treatment can be attempted.

Tooth Whitening

Having a beautiful smile may be easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they have been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedure. Our new in office Boost Whitening system provides the strongest bleaching power available on the market today. In one hour you can have a gorgeous smile. The Boost system is then supplemented with prefabricated home bleaching trays to make your teeth the whitest they can  be!  

 

Key Benefits

•Corrects brown, yellow and mottled tooth staining

•Works on people of any age.

•Is a near permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings a smile alive.

 

Considerations

Over the counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it is better to use products that our practice recommends.

 

All Porcelain Crowns

Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.

 

Where damage is extreme and apparently beyond repair, we can use porcelain or porcelain “pasted on gold” crowns to make the smile appear “as new”. This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. We are renowned for the quality of our work. It is usual for these treatments to last for 15 to 20 years which is as close to permanent as treatment can get.

 

How long does it take?

Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown of either plastic or metal.

 

On the subsequent visit we will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.

 

Key Benefits

•Replaces missing teeth

•Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth

•Looks completely natural

•Fixes “smile” and functional chewing problems

 

What are the capabilities of crowns?

Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain, or porcelain bonded to gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution.

 

Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.

 

Porcelain Veneers

 

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.

 

Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place veneers routinely, and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.

 

Will they look like normal teeth?

When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.

 

How durable are porcelain veneers?

With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade.

Our doctors will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.

 

Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life, and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.

 

Bonding

 

Bonding is an alternative to veneers, and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged.

 

How does it work?

The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.

 

Considerations

The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before need of repair.

 

Invisalign®

 

Invisalign® is an alternative to braces. Clear aligners are virtually invisible; they are smooth, comfortable, plastic aligners. The aligners are removable for easy cleaning and you can eat whatever you want.

Improve Your Smile with General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Pine Beach, NJ

If you have missing or damaged teeth we can restore and enhance the natural beauty of your smile. Our practice can treat:

 

•Missing teeth, gaps between teeth, general bite problems

•Chipped, cracked or worn teeth

•Unsightly, stained, or washed-out fillings

•Permanently stained or discolored teeth

•Crooked or crowded teeth

 

Crowns

A crown (“cap”) is a tooth-like covering placed over a carefully prepared preexisting tooth. Crowns serve many functions, such as to strengthen, restore or improve the appearance of your natural tooth. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken, and can be attached to bridges or dentures. You may think of a crown as a helmet for your tooth.

 

Tooth Colored Fillings

We are a near mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings from years past in their mouths. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Composite resins, or bonding, create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.

 

Sealants

Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves where decay is most likely to start.

 

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is a dental treatment used to remove infection from inside your tooth.

 

Infection of the nerve inside your tooth is caused by trauma, large decay, cracks or chips, worn out fillings or crowns. Symptoms of infection include, pain, swelling, sensitivity to hold or cold, and difficulty when chewing. If your tooth requires root canal it is usually your last chance to save it from extraction. Sometimes it is better to extract your tooth and replace it with an implant. Your doctor will review what treatment option is best for you.

 

The root canal procedure is normally painless and oftentimes can be completed in one visit. Your doctor will remove the infection inside your tooth. Then your tooth is sterilized, and sealed with a special filling cement. When there is infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics.

 

Once your tooth is symptom free it should be restored to prevent fracture and further breakdown.

 

Your dentist will decide what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth after root canal. Most of the time a post is used to strengthen the internal aspect of the tooth. This procedure is followed by a crown that strengthens the outside part of your tooth and restores its original anatomy and appearance.

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