Dental Procedures

Here at Princeton Prosthodontics, Dr. Michael R. Cortese and his staff provide an assortment of dental procedures to patients in New Jersey and New York. Defects can be concealed with ceramic (porcelain) veneers, gaps can be closed with the latest in bonding technology, discolored teeth can be bleached, and missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants.

Here are some of the state-of-the-art cosmetic or general dentistry procedures and techniques we offer at Princeton Prosthodontics, working in coordination with your general or family practitioner:

Teeth Whitening (Bleaching)

Bleaching Case / After Bleaching
  

If your teeth have become dull or discolored due to the staining effects of coffee, tea, cigarettes, or wine – or even due to simple aging – teeth whitening can restore your smile’s original brilliance. Teeth whitening, or bleaching, is a process that removes discolorations of the tooth enamel though a special peroxide whitening solution. When exposed to oxygen, the whitening solution is broken down, lifting stains safely and effectively. To find out what teeth whitening can do for you, contact our office today and discuss your teeth whitening options with Dr. Cortese and the Princeton Prosthodontics staff.

Bonding

Bonded Restoration of Defective Lateral Incisor
 
 
Bonded Posterior Restoration Conservative
     

Composed of a durable composite resin, the next generation of dental bonding allows us to fix gaps, chips, and discolorations seamlessly and effortlessly. The end result is a more beautiful, flawless smile you can be proud of. The bonding material is painted on the surface of your existing teeth and is hardened instantaneously when exposed to a heat lamp. A quick polish finishes off the job, and no one has to know you’ve had any work done.

Veneers

 

Laminates
 
 
 

A step up from composite bonding, dental veneers are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth for a more comprehensive solution to chips, discolorations, and general teeth imperfections. Made from beautiful porcelain, veneers easily solve many minor aesthetic problems by masking blemishes from view. Veneers are also used to correct misshapen teeth, such as teeth that are too small or are disproportionate.

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Crowns

Single Porcelain Central Incisor Crown
 
Two Front Porcelain Crowns
 
Central Incisor Implant Crown and Regular Crown
 
Porcelain Crown – Case 1
 
 
Full Reconstruction with Removable and Fixed Dentures
  
Full Upper Cosmetic Reconstruction
 
Full Reconstruction – All Crowns
       

For badly damaged teeth that require more than simple bonding or porcelain veneers, dental crowns can help. With a snug fit, dental crowns cover the entire visible surface of your teeth, adding strength and durability. Dental crowns are commonly used in bridges and implants, and usually last 10 to 15 years. Contact us today if you are interested in what dental crowns can do for you.

Dental Implants

Central Incisor Full Implant Crown
 
 
Implant Crowns
 
 
Implant Dentures
Upper Electro Discharge Milling (EDM) Bar
 
 

For years, tooth replacement meant removable dentures or bridges. But today, a new breakthrough known as dental implants gives you replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. A dental implant consists of a crown attached to an artificial tooth root, permanently replacing both parts of your missing teeth. Dental implants are strong, natural, and lessen the stress placed on surrounding teeth.

Smile Makeover

Full Reconstruction of Bruxism
(Grinding the teeth away)

 
     
Full Reconstruction Upper
 

Using a combination of some or all of the above techniques, a complete smile makeover can do wonders for not only your smile, but also your self-esteem. From simple bonding to veneers, crowns or dental implants, a smile makeover draws on many different dental procedures and techniques to bring you the perfect smile you deserve. For an accomplished dentist trained and experienced in the art of restoring and creating beautiful smiles, seek the skill and know-how of a prosthodontist. Recognized as one of nine dental specialties accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA), a prosthodontist deals with the restoration, replacement, and shaping of teeth. As one of 350 maxillofacial prosthodontists worldwide, Dr. Cortese is the ideal candidate to design your beautiful new smile.

Special Needs of Geriatric Patients

As a whole, the elderly visit the dentist less than any other age group. Partly because they do not see the need for treatment and also because they feel their situations may not be accommodated, the elderly tend to ignore their dental needs. At Princeton Prosthodontics, we hope to reverse that trend by meeting the special needs of geriatric patients with exceptional dental care and attention. To learn more about our dental care for the elderly, contact us today.

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Cleft Palate & Lip

A cleft palate is a birth defect in which the roof of the mouth is not completely joined together. Another common birth defect related to cleft palate is cleft lip, an opening in the skin of the upper lip, sometimes extending to the base of the nose. Caused by genetic and environmental factors, cleft palate and lip can be fixed through reconstructive surgery. To learn more about cleft palate and lip treatment options, please contact Dr. Cortese and Princeton Prosthodontics today.

TMJ & TMD

As the most complex joints in the body, the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) anchor the lower jawbone to the skull and allow rotation and sliding of the lower jaw. Because of their unorthodox motion, restricted by bite and muscles, the TMJs are prone to temporomandibular disorders (TMD). TMDs include pain in the face and ears, clicking jaw, tired or stiff facial muscles, headaches, and debilitating migraines. Through his training, Dr. Cortese can cure or help you cope with TMD. Contact us today.

Facial Reconstruction (Injury, Cancer)

If you are in need of facial reconstruction due to serious injury or cancer, Dr. Cortese is uniquely qualified as a maxillofacial prosthodontist to handle rehabilitation and restoration of your facial features. Dr. Cortese also handles the creation of facial prostheses to get you on your way to looking and feeling better. For more information about facial reconstruction, contact Princeton Prosthodontics and Dr. Michael Cortese today.

Snoring and Sleep Disorders

According to research, 45 percent of adults snore occasionally – 25 percent are chronic snorers. To most, snoring is regarded as nothing more than an annoyance. However, snoring can indicate a serious medical disorder such as sleep apnea. Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that is characterized by frequent lapses in breathing throughout the night. If you suffer from snoring or a related sleep disorder, contact our office today.

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