Qualifying An Expert Witness

Between 1975 and 2012, Dr. Charles Zebe owned and operated Mercerville, New Jersey’s Accurate Dental Group. During his time as a dentist, Charles Zebe, DMD, pre-qualified as an expert witness on several dental malpractice cases.

The purpose of calling an expert witness to the stand during a case is to introduce a trusted source of specialized information that is relevant to the trial. In order to maximize the efficacy of the expert witness, the lawyer who has chosen the individual will begin a line of questioning that will establish the witness’s background and credentials. This process is known as qualifying the witness. In the case of a medical doctor, for example, the lawyer would begin by questioning the witness on where he or she began their medical studies, what degree they have obtained and from which institutions, and further questions about their current profession. Should this line of questioning proceed smoothly, the lawyer ends by “proffering the witness” as an expert and beginning a more relevant line of questioning. The opposing side, in an act referred to as “voir dire,” can challenge the credibility of an expert witness. Should the challenge succeed for any reason, the witness will not be permitted to deliver opinion testimony to the court.


Three Cosmetic Dental Procedures

For nearly four decades Charles Zebe served as the owner of and a dentist at Accurate Dental Group in Mercerville, New Jersey. Over the course of his career, Charles Zebe gained significant experience in cosmetic dentistry.

There are a number of cosmetic dental procedures that not only help patients feel better about themselves and the state of their teeth, but also prevent further complications down the road, some of which can be dangerous. Dental bonding is a common cosmetic procedure used on cracked or chipped teeth. During dental bonding, a resin colored to match the tooth is applied and later hardens. Veneers are another tool frequently used during cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are thin, highly customizable shells that can change the color, shape, and spacing of teeth, and are often used as an alternative to crowns. Finally, crowns are placed onto misshapen or broken teeth in order to improve shape and strength. The average crown can last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced. Crowns can be made of various materials, ranging from metals to ceramics.

Replacing a Lost Tooth

For more than 35 years, Charles Zebe, DMD, worked at Accurate Dental Group in Mercerville, New Jersey, as the owner and an operating dentist. Dr. Charles Zebe is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he took part in a unique pilot program that earned him his doctorate in just three years.

Losing a tooth is exciting at a young age. However, for individuals with a mouth full of adult teeth, losing a tooth means a trip to the dentist. There are a number of ways to go about replacing a lost tooth. For younger patients who are losing teeth due to improper dental care, a filling may be enough to repair the damage. Fillings will not work if the tooth has completely fallen out, however, and in this case getting dental implants from an oral surgeon may be the best option. While caps and crowns only replace portions of damaged or misshapen teeth, dental implants replace the roots of a lost tooth, allowing the surrounding teeth to maintain the correct structure and provide adequate bone structure throughout the mouth. For older patients who are beginning to loose teeth more frequently, dentures may provide a cheaper alternative to repeated instances of implants. Dentures should be relined annually, however, to prevent excessive bone loss and tooth decay.

The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Other Health Problems

Although periodontal disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, Charles Zebe, DMD, wants patients to know that unhealthy gums have also been linked to serious systemic health conditions. At his private practice in Mercerville, New Jersey, Dr. Charles Zebe offers preventive treatments for gum disease that not only protect his patients’ oral health but can also enhance their general health.

Periodontal disease, an infection that affects the gums and other structures that support the teeth, can have far-reaching effects outside of the mouth. Studies show that patients with periodontal disease are at an increased risk of developing or worsening existing cases of heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illness, stroke, or Alzheimer’s disease. Pregnant women with gum disease are also more likely to have preterm deliveries or low birth weight babies.

Researchers are still trying to determine the link between these serious health issues and periodontal disease. Some studies have pinpointed the oral bacteria that cause periodontal disease, stating that they enter the bloodstream through damaged gum tissues and cause widespread bodily harm. Other research suggests that the inflammation of gum disease triggers inflammatory conditions in other parts of the body. Whatever the link, preventing gum disease with good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings is a smart move to help retain healthy teeth and possibly prevent chronic health issues.