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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

You're always welcome to call our Hammonton dental office with your questions. To save you time, however, we've shared the answers to some of the questions that we most frequently receive.

How does the doctor keep up to date on all of the current techniques and materials?

Dr. Crescenzo and Dr. Joe take numerous hours of continuing education programs each year, many through the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. They are also members of several dental organizations, including DOCS, AACD, and AGD.

How do I know when it's time to come in for a checkup?

We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit twice each year. If you need more frequent visits, we'll let you know. Checkups are important because even if you don't notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find signs of potential problems. For instance, demineralization is a precursor to decay, oral cancer often goes undetected until the later stages, and gum disease can be very stealthy. At your hygiene appointment, we'll clean plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles from your teeth. We'll also make sure your gums are healthy and strong.

Because we know you have a busy schedule, we'll send you a reminder notice, call, or email you when you're due for an appointment.

I really don't like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?

If you're nervous about your appointment, please let us know! There are many ways that we can help you feel comfortable, including nitrous oxide and conscious sedation. We also use The Wand, a computerized anesthesia delivery system that numbs without the pain of injection. We offer blankets to keep you warm and headphones with a wide selection of music for your enjoyment. We understand that many people share your fears, and we'll do everything that we can to ensure that your experience with us is a positive one.

Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and partials - where can I learn more about these procedures?

Our main services page is a great resource for learning about dental procedures. If you have questions about these treatment options, don't hesitate to call us. We'd be happy to explain any aspect of your dental care or our service offerings.

I want my front teeth to look better, but I don't want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

There are several ways that we can help you enhance the appearance of your front teeth. One possibility is porcelain veneers, which are permanently affixed to teeth to deliver a bright, uniform look. Porcelain veneers can correct slight misalignments and gaps, as well as discolorations, chips, and other imperfections. From Hammonton to Hollywood, porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures available today. Please call our dental office for an appointment. We'll be happy to explain this procedure to you and discuss other options as well.

What is Smile Analysis?

A smile analysis is an in-depth examination that considers aesthetics in relation to the symmetry of your face, your lip lines, and speech. Because your features are unique to you, your "perfect smile" is also unique. We use digital imaging to show you what your best smile can look like.

What is Smile Design?

Smile design is the creation of a new smile that is completely "you" – a change in the appearance of your mouth that looks and feels good while also lasting a lifetime. For Dr. Crescenzo, Dr. Joe, and their staff seeing their guests' reactions when they first glimpse their new smiles is the most rewarding part of the practice of dentistry. Restoring and enhancing a person's smile can truly change his or her life.

Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?

Yes! Floss loosens food particles, plaque, and tartar trapped between teeth. In addition to irritating gums, causing gum disease, and promoting cavities, these three culprits cause bad breath. If you need help learning how to floss quickly and effectively, our hygienist will gladly teach you some tricks to make your daily oral care easier.

What makes you different from any other dental Office I can visit?

We love what we do. We love seeing the impact that a new smile can make on our patients. When you become a patient of the Center for Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry, we think of you as a person, not just another set of teeth to fix and clean. Our goal is to help you obtain and then maintain the best possible oral health. That’s why we take time to understand your dental history and evaluate the best options for your particular needs. Plus, we'll help you understand the importance of preventive care and educate you about your oral health.