Dr. Charles Zebe Discusses Fluoride

At Accurate Dental Group, general and cosmetic dentist Charles Zebe, DMD, recommends that patients see him every six months for preventive care. As part of these preventive checkups and cleanings, Dr. Charles Zebe offers his patients fluoride treatments to keep cavities at bay.

A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride helps to reverse the effects of acid attacks on tooth enamel, which is the protective outermost layer of the teeth. When sugars and starches are consumed, oral bacteria mix with these substances and produce acids that leech minerals from the enamel and make the teeth more prone to decay. This process is called demineralization, but minerals such as fluoride and calcium help to remineralize and strengthen the enamel.

In addition to eating a diet that is high in calcium, patients can help to prevent decay by drinking fluoridated water and brushing with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride treatments, which are administered after a professional dental cleaning in the form of a gel or a varnish, can make teeth more resistant to acids and reverse early decay in some cases.

Cosmetic Bonding Q&A

For detailed information on cosmetic bonding, contact Charles Zebe, DMD, at Accurate Dental Group in Mercerville, New Jersey. Dr. Charles Zebe provides a wide array of preventive, reconstructive, and cosmetic dentistry services.

What is cosmetic bonding?

Making use of the same plastic composite resin material that is used for tooth-colored fillings, bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can change the color, shape, and size of a tooth in just one office visit. Bonding material starts out soft so that it can be molded into the perfect shape and is then hardened.

Why would a patient need dental bonding?

Bonding can be used to correct most cosmetic issues, such as teeth that are chipped, cracked, oddly shaped or discolored.

How is cosmetic bonding performed?

First, the dentist applies a conditioning solution to the tooth to create an optimal surface that will help the resin material bond. Next, the putty-like composite resin, which is tinted to match surrounding teeth, is applied and sculpted to the desired aesthetic appearance. After hardening the material under a special light, the dentist shapes and buffs the tooth. The end result is a polished new tooth that looks natural and functions just like a natural tooth.

Dental Malpractice: What Counts and What Doesn’t, by Dr. Charles Zebe

Like other forms of medical malpractice lawsuits, dental malpractice claims arise when a dentist seriously injures a patient as a result of inappropriate or inadequate procedures, whether or not the dentist was aware of his or her actions. Performing treatment that exceeds the decided-upon procedures (completing a surprise root canal during a routine cleaning, for example), can also result in a malpractice claim, as can the failure to report serious oral diseases to the patient.

However, many patients attempt to file malpractice charges when they are simply unhappy with the results of their visit. Unsatisfactory procedures rarely fall under the category of malpractice, as no dentist can guarantee that every patient will be thoroughly satisfied. For instance, a lawsuit filed against a dentist whose whitening procedure did not reach the client’s expectations would not stand up in court.

About the author: A family dentist with more than 37 years of experience, Charles Zebe, DMD, is the owner of the New Jersey private practice Accurate Dental Group. With a medical career that began in 1975, Dr. Zebe is pre-qualified as an expert witness in dental malpractice cases.

Dr. Charles Zebe Discusses Pulpotomies

Primarily used for children, pulpotomies have been called “the baby root canal.” When cavities get too deep they may reach and damage the pulp, or the living portion of the tooth. If the cavity is not caught early enough, bacteria may infect the tooth and cause abscesses, inflammation, and other issues. Through pulpotomies, dentists can rescue and restore the tooth. This becomes especially important with baby molars, as their health and the positioning affect the growth of adult teeth.

In a pulpotomy, practitioners remove the diseased pulp in the crown while retaining the healthy root. The empty space is filled with a putty-like substance consisting of zinc oxide and eugenol. Subsequently, a stainless steel crown caps the tooth. To complete the process, dentists treat the tooth with ferric oxide, electrosurgery, or formocresol. By some estimates, the procedure features a success rate of more than 90%.

About the Author:

Since 1975, Dr. Charles Zebe has provided medical care to clients of Accurate Dental Group, LLC. From the facility in Mercerville, New Jersey, Charles Zebe, DMD, performs many techniques, including pulpotomies.

Dr. Charles Zebe: Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

While traditional dentistry has always focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral disease, advances in modern dentistry have enabled practitioners to offer services that are electively targeted at cosmetic improvements. Smile makeovers can be accomplished by a variety of approaches from simple whitening by bleaching to more involved procedures including veneers and implants. In undertaking any of the available cosmetic paths to an improved smile, dentists are now able to choose from an array of options while striving to preserve each patient’s natural tooth structure to the highest degree possible.

Tooth decay or structural damage can be repaired with composite bonding, wherein discolored, broken, or chipped teeth are filled with natural-looking composite material that is hardened with the application of high-intensity light. Crowns are also available. Color-matched veneers can be applied to hide damaged teeth or to obscure gaps between teeth. Dental implants can be utilized to substitute for missing tooth roots. These implants have facilitated prosthetic full-tooth replacement, enabling patients to retain a more youthful appearance.

Patients are encouraged to consult their local cosmetic dentistry practitioner for more information on the many options from smile makeovers to full dental reconstructions.

About the author: Charles Zebe, DMD, performs cosmetic, restorative, family, and general dentistry. Dr, Zebe is the founder of the Accurate Dental Group in Mercerville, New Jersey.