Most people don’t know what a prosthodontist is. They also don’t know that implants and reconstructive dental care, or even cosmetic dentistry done by these skilled specialists can take years off your face and turn back the clock. The “instant face lift” occurs because teeth are the main support of, and can actually “lift” the face.

Prosthodontists, one of nine dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA), complete two to three years of post-doctoral university training.

Unlike the oral surgeon who specializes in surgery and the orthodontist who specializes in straightening teeth, the prosthodontist is the only specialist in the whole mouth. They can insure the most optimum functional and cosmetic results. To achieve this, they refer patients for portions of their care to other specialists and then coordinate the overall treatment to ensure a beautiful and long lasting result.

“An extreme makeover can be an extreme disaster or a beautiful transformation that changes your life. For example, we see cosmetic work that fails after a few years when proper orthodontic treatment is not done first,” says Princeton dentist, Dr. Michael Cortese, DMD, PA.

Dr. Cortese received degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry and his Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology from the University of Texas Health Science Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. This post-graduate program includes an additional three years of training in all areas of cosmetic dentistry including dental implants, restorative procedures, and reconstructive care. A member of the prestigious American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics, Dr. Cortese is one of only 350 accredited Maxillofacial Prosthodontists worldwide. He has also been named one of New Jersey Monthly’s Top Dentists and was selected by his peers to be listed in The Best Dentists in America, first edition.

In addition to bringing smiles to scores of patients in the New Jersey and New York area, Dr. Cortese completed additional university training in facial reconstruction to become a maxillofacial prosthodontist. Combining his artistic skills with this training he fabricates prosthetic facial parts for patients after cancer surgery or trauma. All of his patients benefit from this specialized artistic skill and training.

Some of the other state-of-the-art dental procedures and techniques offered at Princeton Prosthodontics, working in coordination with your general or family practitioner, include: teeth whitening (bleaching), bonding, veneers, crowns, dental implants, smile makeover, special needs of geriatric patients, cleft palate and lip, TMJ and TMD, and snoring and sleep disorders.

Dr. Cortese can also help you jumpstart your new, younger look with the latest dental delivery system of Botox, Restylane, and all cosmetic fillers. Since dental specialists are the most experienced practitioners in delivering injections, patients say their treatments in Dr. Cortese’ office are the most comfortable they have ever experienced.

“There is no single factor more vital in making that all-important good first impression than a healthy smile,” says Dr. Cortese.

“Beyond the fact that my staff and I are uniquely qualified in this area is that we pride ourselves on taking the time to sit down and listen to our patients. We enjoy getting to know our patients and their individual needs. Our first goal is that our patients are comfortable and understand all of their treatment options. Additionally, we assist with convenient financing arrangements so that every patient can have the care they deserve.”

Princeton Prosthodontics. 311 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. 609-683-8282.

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