Why Medical Professionals Refer to Drs. Courey & Zagami
Both Dr. Courey and Dr. Zagami are specialists in Prosthodontics with advanced training and
experience in all facets of implant, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. Because of their extensive
knowledge of technology, materials, and procedures – they work on very unusual cases every day.
That’s why other dentists refer complex cases and call them The Complex Case Specialists™.
Drs. Courey and Zagami perform oral rehabilitation with dental implants to replace single or
multiple teeth, complete or partial dentures, crown and bridgework, and do treatment for patients
with unique needs such as TMJ, cleft palate, eating disorders, or conditions like congenitally
absent teeth. They communicate with you about your referred patients before beginning treatment.
Top 5 Reasons Why Dental Professionals Refer to a Prosthodontist
1. Treatment requiring the coordinated intervention of several specialists:
Patients with extensive rehabilitation involve care from multiple disciplines, which often present
unique and time-consuming problems for general dentists.
2. Intricate esthetic procedures:
From the restoration of a single maxillary central incisor to the rehabilitation of an extremely worn
dentition, pleasing esthetic and functional results are critical to both the patient and practitioner.
3. Complex implant restorations:
This may include the extraction of teeth, surgical placement of implant-supported crowns, bridges, or
4. Challenging dental cases:
Providing conventional or implant-supported dentures for edentulous patients with severely resorbed
ridges, vertical dimension discrepancies or significantly inadequate interarch space can be difficult.
Treating dentate patients with extremely worn teeth, deep vertical overlap and/or a history of bruxism,
clenching or TMJ disorders also present a difficult scenario. The design and placement of dentures,
crowns, bridges, and removable partial dentures for such patients is often time-consuming and frustrating.
5. Comprehensive reconstructive dentistry:
Patient with functional deficits resulting from trauma, cancer surgery, eating disorders, or developmental
defects as cleft palate or other craniofacial anomalies require treatment that deals not only with the current
problem, but looks ahead to the future to avoid compromises in appearance as well as function (including
speech, swallowing, and chewing).
Training and Qualifications
Dr. James Courey completed four years of extensive prosthodontic training at Montefiore Medical
Center in New York City. This provides him with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the
preservation of a healthy mouth and the creation of tooth replacements.
Dr. Joseph Zagami earned his specialty certification from New York University College of Dentistry in
Prosthodontics. Dr. Zagami also practices dentistry in New York City, providing him experience at
caring for a diverse cross-section of patients.
Dental Community Involvement
- Dr. Courey served as a postgraduate clinical instructor of implant and restorative dentistry at Columbia
University College of Dental Medicine. In addition, he taught at New York University College of
Dentistry, served at New York Hospital in Queens, and was a Past President of Middlesex County
Dental Society. He has been an invited presenter of restorative and cosmetic topics locally & nationally.
- Dr. Zagami was an attending instructor at Lutheran Medical Center and NYU College of Dentistry, and
on numerous occasions has been invited to lecture at the annual Greater New York Dental Meeting, as
well as various other New York area dental societies and study clubs.
About Our Practice
Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ) focuses on fixed and removable prostheses,
dental implants, and all phases of restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Courey & Dr.
Zagami’s prosthodontic training and experience make treatments of complex cases more
successful, including the following examples:
- Patients with severely worn or damaged teeth, resorbed ridges, ill-fitting partials
- Patients who need phased treatment planning like those receiving dental implant
restorations and all-on-four fixed dentures.
- Patients with TMJ disorders, collapsed occlusion, multiple failing teeth and/or
- Demanding patients with high cosmetic expectations
Put Your Time-Consuming Patients In Our Hands!
We encourage you to call us if you have a question or want to discuss a case. We are an excellent resource for you to ask
questions because we have experience in treating a vast variety of complicated dental dilemmas and the patients who
accompany those dilemmas. For example, you may want to consult or refer to us for complex implant restorations.
We can work with you, or complete the treatment for you, to achieve the best in both function and esthetics.
If you would like to refer your patient to us, it can be as simple as a phone call to introduce us to your patient’s needs.
You can rest assured that we will treat your patient in a manner that will reflect well on you and strengthen your relationship
with your patient. We are here to make you look good! When your patients’ care is completed in our office, they are referred
back to your office for their ongoing dental care. We are grateful for your colleagueship and bottom line – you can trust us
with your patients!