So many people put off necessary dental visits and dental treatments because they have memories of bad childhood experiences. I want to change those memories,” says Dr. Donna Vagnozzi-Bucci. “I want people to have good memories of their visits to the dentist. I want them to be relaxed and comfortable while they are getting the necessary treatment to keep their mouths healthy.”

To make this happen, Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci uses state-of-the-art technology combined with a relaxing, friendly, spa-like atmosphere at her office on Tree Farm Village in Pennington.

But along with a relaxing atmosphere, Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci and her associates, Dr. Simon Silk, Dr. Poorva Parnaik, Dr. David Heering, a periodontist, and Dr. Larissa Strelkov, an endodontist, want to insure that their patients have the best care possible to keep their smiles attractive and their mouths healthy. They work in all areas of general and cosmetic dentistry, including bonding, porcelain veneers, crown and bride and implants as well as Invisalign wireless tooth straightening and Zoom whitening, a one-hour whitening process. Dr. Strelkov, an endodontic specialist, is available in the office for root canal treatment. Dr. Heering, a periodontist, recently joined the team specializing in implant surgery and difficult tooth extraction.

Their newest feature to make dental care easy and convenient for their patients is in-office crowns, which makes it possible for a patient to have a crown completed in one visit.

In addition, they use DIAGNOdent, a tool designed to locate the smallest areas of tooth decay, making it possible to treat cavities earlier, before they turn into more complicated problems.

Dental treatment doesn’t just include the teeth, says. Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci. Insuring that the gums stay healthy is also an important part of dental care. Healthy gums play an important role in our overall health, she says. Untreated gum disease can cause infection-causing bacteria to spread to the bloodstream. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, and can lead to a variety of other health issues, including loss of teeth.

Another important part of each of every patient’s comprehensive exam is the VELscope, a state of the art oral cancer screening system used to detect early signs of cancer and other diseases in the oral cavity.

Knowing that dental health is important is often not enough to prevent people from avoiding a visit to the dentist’s office. That’s why Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci has worked hard to create a relaxed, spa-like atmosphere at her office.

“From the moment you step into our office we try to make your visit enjoyable,” says Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci. Instead of the sterile atmosphere of many medical offices, the waiting room is comfortably furnished with a fireplace and a beverage bar, serving bottled water, fresh fruit, coffee, and herbal teas. Soothing music and a waterfall complete the ambiance.

During your dental visit Dr. Vagnozzi’s staff will help you relax with warm neck wraps, back massage pillows, aroma therapy, and even a paraffin hand wrap.

It is all about making a trip to the dentist a pleasant experience. “If my patients are at ease and happy during a visit they are more likely to return to get the checkups and treatment they need to ensure that their mouth and gums stay healthy,” says Dr. Vagnozzi.

Donna Vagnozzi-Bucci, DMD, PC, Spa Dentistry, 7 Tree Farm Road, Tree Farm Village, Suite 200, Pennington. 609-818-9797.

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