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.

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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.

Why Should Missing Teeth Be Replaced?

With a strong focus on preventive care, Charles Zebe, DMD, does everything possible to help patients keep their natural teeth for life. In some cases, however, tooth loss cannot be avoided, and Dr. Charles Zebe strongly encourages patients to have their teeth replaced with bridges, dentures, or dental implants.

While the cosmetic issues of missing teeth are very clear, the negative health effects are not quite as obvious. Problems with eating and speaking may be minimal at first, but just one missing tooth can have a domino effect on the entire mouth. Biting forces are redistributed to other teeth, which alters the bite, affects the jaw joints, and creates abnormal tooth wear. Teeth also begin to shift when tooth loss creates extra room in the mouth. Without tooth replacement, it may not take very long for the patient to develop crooked and worn teeth, a misaligned bite, TMJ disorder, and a greater vulnerability to tooth decay and gum disease.

While dentures, bridges, and dental implants can all prevent tooth drifting and changes in the bite, only one of these methods can additionally prevent the bone loss in the jaw that occurs after tooth loss. A dental implant stimulates the jawbone in the same manner as a natural tooth root, preventing the bone resorption that alters the appearance of the face.

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.