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Why Do My Gums Bleed?

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Why Do My Gums Bleed?Did you notice blood the last time you brushed your teeth? Experiencing bleeding gums is a common sign that you might have gum disease or poor oral hygiene. Typically, healthy gums don't bleed when brushing or flossing — unless you're brushing too hard or with a hard-bristled toothbrush. If your gums are left untreated, your symptoms can progress, possibly leading to other health issues. It's important to consider what might be causing your bleeding gums so you can brin...Read More

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6 Signs You Need To Go to the Dentist

Friday, August 28, 2020

6 Signs You Need to Go to the DentistWhen should I see the dentist? Most people go to the dentist two times a year for preventative care. If you haven't visited your tooth specialist in a while, it may be time to schedule a visit. If you have any of these symptoms, you need to see your dentist sooner rather than later.These symptoms may be scary if they're happening to you, but we want to treat them so you can have a healthy, pain-free mouth. Make an appointment with our professionals ...Read More

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Our second location in Howell, NJ, Family Dentistry of New Jersey

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Dr. Frank Aiuto has been recruited by Dr. James Courey to head his second location in the Quail Creek Shopping Plaza in Ramtown, Howell, NJ, Family Dentistry of New Jersey.  Dr. Aiuto is meticulous, skilled and conscientious.  His passion for dentistry started at a young age when he was inspired by his cousin who was a dentist.Throughout his professional experience which spans nearly 30 years, his passion for dentistry continues to grow as new techniques and technologies enhance the fi...Read More

Why Do You Need Dental Sealants?

Thursday, May 2, 2019

You've probably heard all your life that brushing and flossing are the best ways to keep your teeth clean and maintain proper oral hygiene. Unfortunately, even if you complete this routine every day, you'll never be able to reach every nook and cranny of your teeth. The teeth in the back of your mouth, your molars, are especially uneven and rough — the perfect place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.Dental sealants provide an extra layer of protection, offering a reliable way...Read More

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Endodontist, Root Canal Specialist at Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey

Monday, January 7, 2019

Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey is so pleased to announce that Endodontist, Dr. Kristen Blumberger has joined our team.    Dr. Blumberger grew up in Little Silver, NJ.  She attended Tulane University after receiving a full academic scholarship.  She went on to attend Tuft University School of Dental Medicine, receiving both the Hunt and Merit Scholarships for scholastic achievement.  After graduating from dental school, Dr. Blumberger completed a one-year General Pra...Read More

Resolutions for a Healthy 2019!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

If you are like so many people, you are starting off  2019 with the intention of getting your body and mouth in great shape.  If it has been a while since you have seen a dentist or had a professional dental cleaning, the time is now and the place is Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey in Manalapan. Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ) is a team of highly respected dentists leading in the areas of implant, restorative, cosmetic and family dentistry. SDNJ provides comprehensi...Read More

September Fun at Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey

Sunday, September 30, 2018

September has been just wonderful for Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey and our team members. Here are some of the special moments that have given us reasons to smile!We first enjoyed the wedding of one of our hygienists, Arianna, to the man of her dreams, Cliff. Our next happy occasion was the birth of Dr. Diaz and his wife, Estefanie's first child, Aiden Anthony Diaz!And last, but certainly not least, one of our beautiful clinical assistants, Cristina, married her prince charming, Brian!&nbs...Read More

How Do I Know if I Have Gingivitis?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Proper oral health is every bit as important as healthy diet and exercise, but far too many people take their gums for granted. Here are some sobering statistics concerning our focus on oral care:Only 1 in 10 Americans brush their teeth correctly1/3 of Americans haven’t seen their dentist in over a yearNearly 65 million adults in the U.S. already have some form of gingivitisWhile it may seem OK to skip out on brushing and seeing the dentist now and then, it's these habits that can quic...Read More

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Dr. Choa's Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Available at Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey in Manalapan

Friday, July 20, 2018

Periodontist, Dr. Samantha Aaron performs Dr. John Chao's revolutionary Gum Rejuvenation procedure at Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey! We are talking about a is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession.This procedure is performed by making a small hole with a needle in the gum tissue. Using specially designed instruments, the gum tissue is loosened and guided over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no incision or suturing, patients can expect minimal post...Read More

Understanding, Preventing and Treating Periodontal Disease

Friday, May 11, 2018

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects the tissues in your gums and jaw holding your teeth in place. This term is a catch-all, covering a range of issues that can arise from many problems, most notably through inadequate tooth care at home.At any given time, our mouths are full of bacteria continually forming plaque on our teeth. Through proper brushing and flossing techniques, we can keep this plaque at bay. But for many, falling into bad oral care habits can lead to a buildup of tartar a...Read More

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7 Ways Untreated Sleep Apnea Can Hurt Your Health

Monday, February 26, 2018

Snoring can make for a bad night’s sleep, for you and your bedmate. But if it happens because you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it’s a sign of a bigger problem.The condition raises your risk for other health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes. It can even make you more dangerous on the road. But when you treat sleep apnea, with an oral appliance or a continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP), you can ease or even cure some of these issues. Here are seven health problems y...Read More

Do you have Sleep Apnea, but hate wearing a CPAP?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

You are not alone, however, sleep apnea is not a matter that should be ignored. If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in health problems that include high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heartbeats, heart attacks, diabetes, depression, and the list goes on and on.Many patients consider a sleep apnea appliance to be more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. Oral appliances also are quiet, portable and easy to care for.If you and your sleep doctor decide that oral appliance...Read More

Amalgam Free Dental Office

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Authoritative medical organizations (outside of dentistry) have independently reviewed the scientific literature related to neurological, degenerative, autoimmune and psychological syndromes looking at dental amalgam as a causative agent – and found nothing:• Alzheimer’s Association• National Multiple Sclerosis Society• Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (Autism)• American Academy of PediatricsMany organizations outside of dentistry have also reviewed the scientific lit...Read More

Our Dental Patients Are Winners

Monday, December 11, 2017

This fall's patient appreciation raffle was for an Egg Griller and Smoker.  The winners are our wonderful patients, Anthony and Angela V. who referred  total of 3 people to Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey.  We enjoy and are grateful for all of our patients and our "Patient Appreciation Raffle" is our way of  expressing that.    ...Read More

Why Doesn't My Insurance Pay for This?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Having dental coverage can make it easier to get the dental care you need.  But, it's important to understand that most dental benefit plans do not cover all dental procedures. When deciding on your treatment, dental benefits should not be the only thing you consider.You should know what your dental plan covers and what it doesn't.  Hopefully, the following information will help you understand why your dental benefit plan may not pay for all or even a portion of your recommended treatm...Read More

What is a Periodontist and What Do Manalapan Periodontists Treat?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The mouth might seem like a minor part of the body, but it is actually filled with complexity and hugely important for your overall health.  In order to better serve all of our our patient's needs, we are pleased to announce the addition of a wonderful Periodontist, Dr. Samantha Aaron to our team.By adding Periodontist, Dr. Samantha Aaron to our Manalapan office, we feel that we had made our premier dental group even stronger, to the benefit of patients throughout New Jersey.  A native...Read More

The Most Common Sleep Disorders and Symptoms

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The majority (62%) of American adults experience problems sleeping a few nights per week. It’s no surprise that there are over 41,000 car crash injuries and deaths attributed to falling asleep in one year — or that over 49 million young adults say they have trouble concentrating on things throughout the day due to a lack of sleep. Are sleep disorders common? Absolutely.The most common sleep disorders and their symptoms make it tough for many Americans to get the rest they need to function at wor...Read More

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Why Do I Wake up Tired? What Are the Causes of Restless Sleeping?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Do you often feel tired even after a full night of rest? Then you may be suffering from poor sleeping patterns or an undiagnosed sleep disorder. While it is normal to have restless nights occasionally, frequent restless sleeping is a cause for concern. The aftermath of poor sleeping patterns leads to excessive daytime fatigue and tiredness even after a full night’s rest.Is Waking up Tired Normal?The purpose of sleeping is to have good rest. Therefore, waking up tired is not normal. It is a sign ...Read More

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Why Does My Partner Snore and How Can I Help Them Stop?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Snoring is a common bedtime nuisance in many households. However, it may have serious ramifications that could lead to strained relationships. Imagine having to put up with a snoring partner every night. This can be inconvenient to even the toughest of individuals.Nonetheless, you ought to understand that snoring is more than just a normal bedtime occurrence. It is a sign of serious underlying health issues. Helping your partner overcome his or her snoring problem is the first step towards findi...Read More

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Why Do I Snore When I Sleep? Why Am I Starting to Snore More?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Snoring occurs when the airways are partially blocked, leading to noisy breathing during sleep. Many people are primary snorers, with adults being the most affected. Additionally, it is quite common among males and overweight people,although it can affect anyone.At first, snoring might seem to be a normal bedtime nuisance. However, as you age,it can become a serious problem to you and your roommates. As funny as it may sound, some couples have even divorced simply because one person is a loud sn...Read More

Is Snoring Classified as a Medical Condition?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Let’s face it: It’s quite common to snore at least once in a while. However, snoring might not be a normal bedtime occurrence. It could be a sign of depression, heart problems and sleep apnea. Worryingly, most people cannot accurately discern the difference between snoring and sleep apnea. This is because they bear many similarities. Nevertheless, the ability to distinguish between the two is the first step towards treatment.Snoring occurs when the expiratory airways are partially blocked. This ...Read More

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How Serious Is Sleep Apnea?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It is amazing how people dismiss the seriousness of sleeping disorders. As much as it might seem normal to snore and gasp for breath while sleeping, sleep apnea is a serious condition that requires prompt attention. What Is Sleep Apnea?Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes multiple pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while sleeping. Worryingly, many people do not know that they are suffering from sleep apnea. This is because it can be easily confused with normal snoring.Common Warning Signs o...Read More

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Is It Possible to Have Sleep Apnea and Not Snore?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night gasping for no apparent reason? If so, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that affects many people across the board. There are two different kinds of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain does not effectively send signals that control breathing. This results in breathing difficulties. On the other hand, obstructive sleep apnea (O...Read More

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Dr. Nicholas Diaz, Manalpan, NJ for Dental Emergencies

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey, located off Route 9 on Taylors Mills Road in Manalapan, NJ is pleased to welcome general dentist, Dr. Nicholas Diaz to the SDNJ team!  Dr. Diaz welcomes families, teens, children and people with dental emergencies.  Dr. Diaz was hand selected by Dr. James Courey, Founder of Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey, and invited to join the team because he is excellent at caring for people and was among the top graduates of his General Practice Residency a...Read More

Why Does My Jaw Hurt?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Are You Experiencing Jaw Pain or Soreness? Some people use the term TMJ specialist, despite the fact there is no specialty designation in dentistry for TMJ disorder treatment. A prosthodontist like Dr. James Courey and Dr. Joseph Zagami have the education and training to diagnose and produce effective TMJ treatments for Manalapan, NJ patients, as well as those in surrounding areas. “TMJ” stands for temporomandibular joint, and we have two, one on each side of the head conn...Read More

What Health Conditions Are Related To Dental & Gum Disease?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Are you curious what health conditions you are at risk of when the health of your gums and teeth are in decline? Prosthodontist Dr. James Courey will explain which health conditions are related to dental and gum disease. Health Conditions Associated With Gum & Dental DiseaseBacteria Cause Gum Disease and WorseThe research isn't conclusive, but red, swollen, and bleeding gums may point to health problems from heart disease to diabetes. Sometimes, bacteria from your mouth can travel to yo...Read More

Start 2017 with Healthy Gums and a Great Smile!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ring in the new year with a clean bill of oral health!     If you have chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, swollen gums, unstable teeth, or receding gums, you could have peridontitis--without even knowing you have it.  Initially, you may have not noticeable symptoms!     Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a serious bacterial infection of you gums and jawbone.     Left untreated, it can lead to major health problems such as stroke, heart d...Read More

Why Does My Tongue Hurt?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The human tongue is an amazing group of muscles that affect how we eat, speak and taste. It’s also a great indicator of our body's general health. In fact, experienced practitioners in alternative medicine can often diagnose an individual's physical condition just by looking at a patient's tongue!While this incredible organ often performs perfectly, many individuals will experience tongue soreness and pain at some point in their lifetime.The causes of a sore or inflamed tongue may stem from fact...Read More

Dr. James Courey--You restored my faith in the field of dentistry

Monday, November 28, 2016

Dear Dr. Courey,I would like to thank you, and your staff for making me feel so comfortable, and spending so much time explaining the source of my pain and answering all my questions.  I was very impressed by your professional manner and you restored my faith in the field of dentistry.Thank you,Dolores S....Read More

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A Bride and Her Wedding Day Smile-A Letter to Dr. Courey

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dr. Courey,This thank you is long overdue!  I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am with my new smile. With a dental history like I had, you can imagine I wouldn't let just anyone near my teeth!  Your calm, reassuring demeanor got me through multiple procedures throughout my childhood and adulthood with amazing results, and there is truly no one I trust my teeth with more!  You gave me a beautiful smile that I could be confident about on my wedding day (and everyday!), and I can...Read More

Dr. James Courey and Dr. Joseph Zagami Named Top Dentists in Monmouth County!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dear Dr. Courey and Dr. Zagami,Congratulations -- you've been selected as a Monmouth County Top Dentist!Monmouth Health & Life recently commissioned Professional Research Services (PRS) of Troy, Michigan, to conduct a peer-review survey of more than TK dentists (other than themselves) they would visit if they needed various dental procedures performed.  And you were one of the select few who made the final list!Again, congratulations! Sincerely,Shae Marcus ...Read More

Monmouth County Premier Dental Practice Celebrates 9 Great Years in Manalapan, NJ

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On October 18, 2016, Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ) hosed an evening with their patients at Brioso Restaurant in Manalapan.The evening, hosted by founder of SDNJ, Dr. James Courey and his team of dental experts featured crafted cocktails, fine cuisine, gifts, and bright smiles. Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey has touched thousands of people seeking expert care for a variety of dental concerns ranging from cosmetics to chronic conditions caused by trauma, illness, or aging.  ...Read More

We Put the Dazzle Back Into Your Smile!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why let those unsightly yellow tints and brown spots on your teeth detract from your attractive smile!  We have exactly what you need to get your sparkling smile back.You don't have to suffer the embarrassment of smile-aging, dingy teeth.  We can easily and affordably restore the youthful brilliance of your smile.After all, first impressions leave powerful, lingering images.In today's competitive environment, a "drop-dead-gorgeous" smile is an invaluable asset.  Strained teeth can...Read More

Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey Sponsors Philadelphia Event for People with Autism

Monday, October 3, 2016

On Saturday, October 1st, the team of Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey, lead by Dr. James Courey, Sponsored and participated in a scavenger hunt to benefit children and adults with autism.  The event was held in the "Old City" section of Philadelphia.  Together, the SDNJ challenged other teams and worked together to come in 2nd place of 35 participating teams.Not only was this a fantastic team building, fun experience, but we raised vital funds for Princeton Child Development Instit...Read More

Family Dentistry in Manalapan

Thursday, September 8, 2016

At Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey, we know that family lives of our Manalapan patients is very busy--balancing the commitments of school, sports, work, and home can get pretty hectic.  The last thing you need to worry about is how to make time to get your kids and you to the dentist!The philosophy of our team is that you and your child should not have to see different dentists. It should be convenient for your family to attend dental appointments.  We invite you to bring your chil...Read More

After my divorce, getting a new smile SAVED MY LIFE!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

After my divorce, I felt depressed, old, ugly, like a failure, and could not motivate myself to "shake it off".  Once I got tired of sulking, I spent some time looking in the mirror and decided to take charge of my future, and the way the world saw me.  My transformation began with a trip to Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey.  Dr. Courey and the team made me feel like I could once again see a bright future ahead of me.  As I was letting go of so much emotional baggage, havi...Read More

Dr. James Courey, NJ Monthly Top Dentist and Top 20 Advisory Board

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. James Courey and the team of Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey for being chosen among the Top Dentists in NJ.  This is a profound honor because of the way they are chosen, "by their peers."  All the registered dentists in New Jersey were asked the question, "Who in your opinion is the best dental practitioner in New Jersey?"   When the votes were tabulated, Dr. Courey was again at the top of this.Additionally, Dr. Courey was among the elite 20 top den...Read More

Cosmetic Dentistry for the people of Monmouth County, NJ

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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What type of dentist is a Prosthodontist?

Thursday, June 2, 2016

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New Patient Welcome Special $99!

Monday, May 23, 2016

New Patient Welcome Special Only $99!  This includes an exam with one of our dentists, necessary x-rays, healthy mouth cleaning and oral cancer screening.  A $390 Value!!!!  This is a great opportunity for you to meet our Manalapan Dental office team.  Great offer for patients who do not have dental insurance.  CALL TODAY!You can count on the team of Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey to recognize your individual dental needs.  You'll receive one-on-one care custom...Read More

Tooth loss, and related bone loss, can age your smile

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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An Attractive, Younger Smile Can Be Yours!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

     What do you think when you glance at those great cover girl smiles?  That it could never happen to you? Look again!  Those perfectly-shaped teeth and bright-white smiles that radiate confidence can be yours.       Sensational smiles aren't just for the rich and famous.  Thanks to advances in restorative materials, anyone can have a youthful, stunning smile.     Stained teeth, old restorations, and decayed, worn ...Read More

Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month and the Oral Cancer Foundation would like to invite us to join in their national screening campaign to end oral cancer! Oral Cancer awareness in the American public is low. Approximately 48,250 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 132 new people in the US EVERYDAY will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it! While smoking and tobacco use are still major r...Read More

Story of young man who lost his front tooth

Monday, April 11, 2016

Ryan,  a patient who was referred to Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey in Manalapan and Dr. James Courey by his dentist and friends at UMDNJ, shares his story of suffering a traumatic injury to his front tooth and eventually loosing that tooth.  His smile was successfully restored with a dental implant and crown.    Dr. Courey is an expert in restorations that have to look good because they are in the front of the mouth.  We are grateful for Ryan's kind words and ...Read More

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STOP Your Dental Emergency Before it Starts!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Decay and dental infections will never get better on their own.In fact, they worsen over time and can progress so fast, an emergency can arise when you least expect i t: like on the way to an important meeting, before a big event or trip, or at 2 a.m.!Effective home care, as well as regular dental exams and cleanings, can prevent decay and gum infections.Don't Wait Until You're Cringing In Pain! Any chronic infection--such as gum disease or an abscess tooth--means the infection has direct acces...Read More

10 Reasons to Choose Dental Implants instead of Traditional Dentures

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Full, traditional dentures of our grandparents generation are a common restoration used for patients missing all of their natural teeth. The only other alternative to a complete removable denture is dental implant supported prosthesis. Although removable dentures are usually the most inexpensive option for tooth replacement, they can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. Read about 10 reasons to choose dental implants; there are many more.Dental implants are an alternative to consider!A dental impl...Read More

Chronic Jaw Pain Sufferer Describes Her Experience at Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Angela,  a patient who was referred to Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey in Manalapan and Dr. James Courey by Angie's List, shares her story of years suffering with chronic jaw pain.  Our team is so pleased that she is doing so well now. We are grateful for her kind words and her testimonial....Read More

Restoring Your Smile With Dental Implants

Monday, March 14, 2016

From an early age we are taught the value of exceptional dental care and the impact it has on our overall health. Our teeth are vital to everyday tasks like eating and talking. If we maintain a healthy mouth, we can help prevent many other health issues.Even with the best care, accidents or diseases can leave you with damaged, chipped or missing teeth. Having damaged or missing teeth can affect your ability to chew as well as lead to many other dental problems, furthermore altering the way you g...Read More

Don't Let Missing Teeth Hold You Back

Friday, February 12, 2016

Whether your "close-up" contacts are personal or professional...we can help you make that GREAT first impression!Its a fact!  People judge those with missing teeth.  To many, missing teeth suggest a lack of personal hygiene and being less successful and less attractive.  While these judgements are neither true nor fair, they still happen.  Go further in life with your beautifully restored smile!Facial Bone Loss is a Big Deal!Losing teeth isn't just about esthetics.  It's...Read More


Sunday, January 3, 2016

People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can't keep up. If you've lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many ...Read More

Why You May Need To See The Dentist More Frequently

Sunday, December 27, 2015

GOING TO THE DENTIST TWICE A YEAR, while a good rule of thumb, is not necessarily fitting for everyone. Depending on certain lifestyle choices and medical conditions, some people need to see their Manalapan dentist even more frequently.Preventative Care Protects Your SmileFifty years ago, there were really no instructions as to how often you should see a dentist. Back then, dentistry was more about fixing existing problems rather than preventing them from occurring. When dentists began recommend...Read More

Cavities All Of A Sudden?

Sunday, December 27, 2015

SOMEONE CAN GO THEIR WHOLE LIFE without having a cavity, and seemingly out of nowhere find themselves at the dentist for a filling or two. How does this happen?Here are some reasons your dental status might be in sudden flux:Changes In Your Daily Routine The stress of changes in your daily routine, like starting a new job, starting school, or starting a new habit, can adversely affect your health—oral health included. It may even be the reason for the sudden appearance of a cavity.Stre...Read More

How Sour Candy Affects Your Teeth

Monday, November 30, 2015

WHY ARE CERTAIN CANDIES so bad for our teeth? One reason is all that sugar, of course. We know that. Here’s something you may not think about as often… Many popular treats include the descriptors tart, tangy, and sour. It seems the more bitter, the better.Trouble is, our teeth are paying the price for this sour trend and we continue to see the damage.Acid Erodes Our TeethA pH scale shows where substances are on a spectrum from base to acidic. 14–12 is really base, and 2–0 is really acidic.A...Read More

It All Starts With A Comprehensive Exam

Monday, November 16, 2015

 At Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ) in Manalapan, you'll receive the most thorough dental exam possible.  Using digital x-ray technology, intra oral cameras, digital impressions, and 3D diagnostic imaging for the most detailed exam that is necessary.  Dr. James Courey and Dr. Joseph Zagami will gently check for cavities, gum disease, chipped and broken teeth, oral cancer, loose crowns, and fillings and more!  Expert Care You Can Trust. ...Read More

A Special Message to General Dentists in Manalapan

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Special Message to General Dentists in Manalapan.   Dr. James Courey understands the practice of the general practitioner intimately, as he worked as general practitioner for eight years before returning for his post-doctoral training. He understands how precious your relationships are with the patients you care for. As the referring dentist, you know your patient’s mouth v...Read More

"What do the numbers mean when my hygienist pokes around my teeth?"

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"What do the numbers mean when my hygienist pokes around my teeth?"  Have you ever sat in your dental hygienist's chair and wanted to ask this question?   This process is the measurement of your gums which is a vital indicator of health or disease.  One of the most common reasons for tooth loss is the loss of supporting bone around a tooth due to periodontal  or gum disease.  Actually, periodontal means "around the tooth" so disease activity around a tooth, periodon...Read More

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How can I fix my chipped and broken teeth?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Trauma to the mouth can cause an array of problems, from a chipped tooth to a tooth that is completely broken off. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry is a special aspect of dentistry that addresses repairs to damaged teeth. Teeth are not indestructible, even with the best dental hygiene practices.  The best treatment will vary dependent on how badly the tooth and its supporting structures are damaged.One of the first things a dentist or prosthodontic specialist will do for a chipped tooth i...Read More

Dental Implants on Front Teeth

Monday, July 6, 2015

Restoring dental implants on front teeth can often be challenging.  The prosthodontists of Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey, in Manalapan, are experts in these types of restorations.  The upper six front teeth in your mouth are referred to as the aesthetic zone.These teeth, and often the gums surrounding them are visible when a person smiles. If one or more of these are out of proportion or out of alignment, the teeth will lack the cosmetic harmony that is the cornerstone of a beaut...Read More

Summer Smiles: Tips To Keep Your Smile Bright After Whitening

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Smiles: Tips To Keep Your Smile Bright After WhiteningAh, summer… time for backyard barbecues, poolside parties, sunny vacations, and more! As you get your family ready for summer adventures, don't forget to schedule a teeth whitening to get your summer smile ready for all of the photos you're about to take during your travels and activities!While in-office whitening isn't permanent, it does offer longer-lasting, better results than over-the-counter whitening options. However, you can hel...Read More

Dr. Courey, What Causes Bad Breath?

Monday, June 8, 2015

One of the most frequently asked questions in our Manalapan, NJ dental office is, Dr. Courey, What causes bad breath?Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is breath that has an unpleasant odor. This odor can strike periodically or be persistent, depending on the cause. In many people, the millions of bacteria that live in the mouth (particularly on the back of the tongue) are the primary causes of bad breath. The mouth's warm, moist conditions make an ideal environment for these bacteria to grow....Read More

Wisdom Teeth Extraction for Your College-Bound Teens

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wisdom Teeth Extraction for Your College-Bound TeensYou have your young adult all set for college: he's officially enrolled in his new school, you've bought all his school necessities, and his dorm essentials are all set. But wait! It looks like he needs to have his wisdom teeth taken out first, before they start to bother him while he's away at college. He may be adamant he doesn't need them out, but believe us, he will thank you later when his roommate is writhing from pain because he didn't g...Read More

Maintain Healthy Teeth While Traveling

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Six Simple Tips to Maintain Healthy Teeth While Traveling This SummerMemorial Day weekend is just around the corner and (unofficially) marks the start of the summer traveling season! Do you and your family have any big summer plans this year?Whether you'll be off to the beach, camping in the woods with the kids, or heading out on a big road trip, it can be challenging to stay healthy while traveling. However, keeping your family's teeth strong and healthy while traveling is easy with just a litt...Read More

Free Dental Implant Interview Guide!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dr. Courey in Manalapan is giving you a comprehensive Free Dental Implant Interview Guide.In today's world, crowns and bridges made on dental implants should look and feel like your own teeth. Dental implants are a routine part of modern dentistry – no longer considered "experimental" or even "new." The have revolutionized dentistry, and now they are tried and true.Studies have found that the success rate for today's dental implants is as high as 98 percent, with no or little discernable bone lo...Read More

Learn How to Flash a Picture-Perfect Smile for the Camera!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Learn How to Flash a Picture-Perfect Smile for the Camera!  When a special event is on the horizon, like a family vacation or a wedding, do you dread the camera? If you lack confidence in your smile, it could show in your photos. However, by following just a few easy tips, you can relax and learn to love your photos!Our Manalapan NJ dental team has compiled this list of simple steps you can take to learn how to smile successfully for any photo!Practice Makes Perfect • Practice smiling in th...Read More

How We Put Your Dental Fears to Rest at Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey

Monday, March 23, 2015

Let's be real here: We know that visiting the dentist can be something that makes many people  nervous. Research shows that 20% of individuals who experience severe anxiety will only go to the dentist if absolutely necessary.However, regular dental checkups are vital not only because they keep your teeth and gums healthy, but they can also help protect and maintain your overall health and well-being.Dr. Courey and Dr. Zagami are sensitive to the dental fears and concerns of Manalapan dental...Read More

Why Dental Checkups Could Save Your Life

Thursday, February 12, 2015

You've been putting off your dental checkup. Your schedule is crazy and it keeps slipping your mind. Your teeth look fine, so it's not a big deal, right?Actually, putting off those dental checkups could be putting you at risk for gum disease even if you don't see any obvious signs of the disease.What's the big deal about gum disease?According to the American Academy of Periodontology, the risk factor for heart disease could be twice as high for people with periodontal (gum) disease. In just the ...Read More

Dr. Zagami receives another great review!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Recently, Dr. Joseph Zagami received another great patient review.The team of Specialized Dentistry of  New Jersey is grateful for the kind words, referrals, and reviews of our patients.  Dr. Joseph Zagami, a New York City Prosthodontist, and dentist at our Manalapan office recently received a review on Angie's List."I was actually served by Dr. Courey's associate, Dr. Joseph Zagami.  Dr. Zagami was extremely professional, competent, and a pleasure to work with.  He spent a l...Read More

Dental implant failure can be devestating

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dental implant failure can be devastating to a patient who longed for a fully restored smile and worked hard toward that goal.Fortunately, the patient and our SDNJ specialists can take many steps to reduce the likelihood of dental implant failure.The technique used in the implant placement procedure is essential to the long-term success of dental implants. Improper dental implant placement can cause the devices to fail prematurely.Choosing a skilled and experienced implant surgeon can help to pr...Read More

Dental implant complications

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hi. I'm James Courey. I'm a prosthodontist and the founder of Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey in Manalapan.I'd like to speak about dental implant complications. Dental implants work! They're predictable and can change a patient's life. More and more patients are choosing implants over traditional methods of tooth replacement. Most people will never again have to wear dentures or bridges.However, nothing in life is guaranteed. No medical procedure has a 100% success rate. Dental implants are ...Read More

What's Living In Your Mouth…and What's It Doing To Your Heart?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What's living in your mouth? Why is it there?It's 11:30 at night. You've worked another long day. The kids are finally asleep. All you want is to crawl into bed and close your eyes. Brushing and flossing your teeth seems like a daunting task. You're sure it'll be ok to skip it tonight as you drift off to sleep.It may seem innocent enough, those times you skip brushing, flossing or scheduling your regular dental cleanings and check-ups. After all, life is busy and no one's perfect, right?The prob...Read More

Dental implants to replace missing teeth

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

For most people, losing a tooth is traumatic, and replacing it imperative, not only for healthy self-esteem, but to avoid facial and speech changes that take place over time, like jawbone recession and the look of collapsed cheeks. Dental implants are the treatment of choice to replace missing teeth for a completely natural-looking smile. Implants require only normal brushing and flossing for maintenance Preserve and strengthen the underlying bone just like the roots of natural teeth Do not alte...Read More

Get Your Dental Hygiene "In Check" this Month October is National Dental Hygiene Month

Friday, October 10, 2014

So, what does this mean anyway? At Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey, the answer comes in two parts: awareness of proper dental hygiene as well as awareness of and an appreciation for your hardworking dental hygienist.What Do Hygienists Do?Hygienists perform a variety of functions in the dental office, some of which you might remember from your last visit.Some of their duties include:• Removing plaque and other buildup from your teeth and gum line• Educating patients on proper oral hygiene t...Read More

You Can Have a White and Bright Smile

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The team of Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey has always taken great pride in providing you with leading-edge technologies and procedures. It's particularly gratifying when we can personally attest to remarkable outcomes that result in happy patients who can't stop grinning. That's definitely the case with ZOOM!® in-office teeth whitening. This time-tested, proven safe and efficient method of whitening, takes only about an hour here at at our Manalapan NJ dental office, to see very dramatic ch...Read More

Help Wanted! Write an Online Review about Your Dental Experience

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Whether you're looking to buy a new vehicle, choosing a hotel, or deciding which dentist to trust, online reviews can influence your decisions.Why Patient Online Reviews RuleIf you've visited the dental office of James Courey DDS, you've no doubt formed an opinion. That opinion matters to us and we would love to hear from you! Your friends, family, neighbors, and those  checking reviews online would also value your input because it helps differentiate between quality dental care and "flashy...Read More

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Helping Those in Need During the Holidays!

Monday, December 23, 2013

The holidays are a time of giving. Here are 5 ways you can give back and spread the joy!Our Manalapan, NJ dental team would love to hear how you give back at holiday time....Read More

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5 Merry Holiday Drinks

Monday, December 16, 2013

We've gathered 5 amazing recipes for drinks that will surely raise your spirits and make you feel merry during the holiday season. Check it out! 5 Merry Holiday Drinks (for adults) | Holiday Survival GuideOur Manalapan, NJ dental team would love to know your favorite holiday drink!...Read More

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Where to Find Great Gifts for Women!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Searching for gifts can be an exhausting process – you know it, we know it.If the giftee happens to be a woman, you're in luck!We have compiled an online guide to alleviate your search and help you find a creative gift for your sister, daughter, friend, significant other, aunt, coworker, or whoever that lucky woman may be.EtsyEtsy is like eBay but craftier. It's an online marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. The big draw to Etsy is those goods are often...Read More

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Surviving the Holidays with Cozy Winter Treats!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Our Dental Professionals in New Jersey do more than work to make your smile shine. We share other good things like these cozy winter treats! Top 5 Cozy Winter Treats | Holiday Survival Guide...Read More

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Do I have bad breath?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Having a healthy mouth is something that our team of dental professionals advocates at our Monmouth County office. Several of our patients may get frustrated about certain oral conditions, such as maintaining good breath. For many with halitosis, it seems as though they will never be able to get rid of the ailment.If you are suffering from bad breath, you should pay specific attention to your overall dental health. Often times, halitosis is the result of improper dental hygiene, and by simply br...Read More

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Welcome Dr. Joseph Zagami

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Jersey and New York, Premier Dentist, Prosthodontist, Dr. James Courey and his team are pleased to introduce New York City Top Dentist, Dr. Joseph Zagami to their patients and families.  He has joined their dental team at the Atrium Medical Arts Building in Manalapan."I am very proud to present Dr. Zagami to our patients and their families. We are grateful to have him as part of our dental team and look forward to working together to provide our patients with the field"s best dental car...Read More

Heart of The Matter

Monday, March 19, 2012

The close association between oral health and systemic health raises the question of just how connected the oral cavity is to the body's most important muscle—the heart. Considering that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the nation's No. 1 killer, dental hygienists may play an important role in reducing the risks of this serious health threat.1 Research has demonstrated a link between periodontal diseases and atherosclerotic disease, heart disease and stroke.2 The fact that CVD often causes death ...Read More

Does a new smile make a difference?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Have You Wondered… Would a new smile make a difference?One of the first things people notice about you – one of the very first things on which they base their lasting first impression of you – is your smile … your teeth.A flawed smile hurts your chances of a good first impression. And that"s true whether you're smiling at a new friend, a new boss, or a new love. It has been speculated that your smile has more impact on the success of your personal and business relationships than any other part o...Read More

Why does my jaw hurt?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Do you suffer from tenderness in the jaw muscles or jaw joint, limited jaw opening, jaws that get stuck, unexplained facial or head pain, joint grating or clicking? Chances are you may be one of the sixty million Americans who have a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder. In spite of the fancy name, TMD is nothing to panic about. In most cases it can be diagnosed and treated in the dental office.Restoring your jaw's harmony may require several kinds of treatment to reduce muscle tens...Read More

Sinus Grafting to Support Dental Implants

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The preferred technique for tooth replacement, dental implants offer a number of advantages to patients. They look good, they're long-lasting, and over the long-term, they"re more cost-effective than other alternatives.Dental implants are titanium screws that are anchored to the jawbone, so patients are only candidates for the treatment if they have enough underlying bone to house the screws.  Some patients, such as those with periodontal disease, may not have enough bone structure for dent...Read More

Keep Your Dental Appointments!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Every dentist hears amusing and creative excuses for missed appointments—you know, variations on the dog ate my homework theme.  Some patients just flat out admit they had something better to do.  But the real truth is they only think they've got something better to do.  Your oral health is precious—and without regular care—precarious.Let me explain. Your body is its own ecosystem. When your gums are healthy, bacteria in your mouth usually don"t enter your bloodstream. However, gu...Read More

Fixed Permanent Bridges vs. Dental Implant

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monmouth Country NJ patients in need of a tooth replacement often struggle deciding whether to have a fixed permanent bridge or a dental implant. A fixed permanent bridge requires the replacement tooth to have a permanent crown placed on the tooth on either side. Dental implants allow for a single prosthetic replacement tooth to be anchored to the jawbone by a titanium screw (dental implant). Here is a discussion of several points of consideration that should help you make the choice between th...Read More

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

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Dental Crowns and Bridges

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dental Crowns and Bridges---demystified!A crown, also known as a cap, is a type of restoration which covers a tooth or attaches to a dental implant. A crown is typically bonded to the tooth with a dental cement, and may be attached to a dental implant by a screw or by dental cement. Crowns restore the appearance and function of decayed, cracked, or broken teeth, as well as teeth that have had root canals. A bridge can be made to replace a missing tooth, which consists of two crowns attached to a...Read More

What tooth number is this tooth?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Do you know the names and numbers of your teeth? Can you only say "The pointy one in the top right side!" Let's get to know your teeth better here; it will make you a better communicator with your dental professional – you'll even be able to pinpoint specific teeth over the phone!Tooth Numbering SystemThe universal numbering system identifies each tooth in a person"s mouth with an individual number. This system references all the teeth that should be in your mouth, so if you have wisdom teeth (o...Read More

The latest testimonial from one of Dr. Courey's cosmetic dentistry patients

Friday, July 29, 2011

View the latest testimonial from one of Dr. Courey's cosmetic dentistry patients:...Read More


Monday, July 18, 2011

Dentures, commonly referred to as false teeth, are removable dental prosthetics designed to replace missing teeth. If you are missing all your teeth in one or both jaws, complete dentures can be made that are supported by your gums or by dental implants.If you are missing only some of your natural teeth, a partial denture can be made that is supported by your gums and teeth, and even dental implants. A prosthodontist, like Dr. James Courey, is a dental specialist who had three additional years o...Read More

I had an eating disorder, can you help me?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dr. Courey, "I am scared! Am I going to loose my teeth?"I looked at Jenny, from New Jersey, as I have with many similar pretty young ladies, and I really felt for her."Jenny, you will be fine – the good news is that you are recovering and you are here. I can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile again. It is challenging, but work with me - together we can get your mouth back in shape so you can look the way you feel, healthy." And we did.Jenny is not alone. Among the susceptible figure-co...Read More

Wouldn't you like a whiter smile?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Professional teeth whitening can create such a dramatic difference that millions of people worldwide will get their teeth whitened this year. Here are the answers to some common questions you may have about whitening.What is whitening? It is a process that takes away stains and discoloration to brighten your teeth enamel. Safe, quick, and reliable teeth whitening can be done under the supervision of Dr. James Courey and his team of professionals – in the office or at home. What do patients repor...Read More

About New Jersey Prosthodontist, Dr. James Courey

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Manalapan and Freehold dentist, Dr. James Courey specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth with implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, and dentures. The American Dental Association recognizes prosthodontists as the only genuine specialists in cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry, best able to restore optimum function and appearance to your teeth.Their "extensive training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a he...Read More

Do I need dental implants?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

In today's world, crowns and bridges made on dental implants should look and feel like your own teeth. Dental implants are a routine part of modern dentistry – no longer considered "experimental" or even "new." They have revolutionized dentistry, and now they are tried and true.Studies have found that the success rate for today's dental implants is as high as 98 percent, with no or little discernible bone loss when managed by a dental specialist like East Brunswick dentist, Dr. James Courey. In...Read More

Got Bleeding Gums?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Periodontal disease is an insidious inflammatory disease caused by a bacterial infection that can destroy the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place. When the disease is neglected, teeth can be lost.Some symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease may not appear until the disease has done some significant damage and early on there is usually no accompanying pain, which is why it is often called the silent oral disease. But when signs do appear, they should serve as a wake-up call to schedule an a...Read More

Are Denture Adhesives Hazardous To Your Health?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

If you, or someone you know, is a denture wearer, you should be aware that there is new evidence that denture adhesives may be hazardous to your health and that the Food and Drug Administration is taking action.The culprit is zinc, which is found in a number of denture creams, and the risk can be avoided with New Jersey Prosthodonist, Dr. James Courey, dental implants.Both ABC News' "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Good Morning America" recently reported that long term and excessive use of zi...Read More

Are Dental Veneers For You?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Even seemingly minor dental imperfections, like a chipped tooth or a small gap between your teeth, can go a long way in making you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable about your smile. Dental veneers, custom made for you by NJ Top Dentist, Dr. Courey, are an increasingly popular, highly effective and economical solution to many cosmetic dentistry problems.Made of wafer-thin translucent tooth-colored ceramic materials, such as porcelain or Lucite-based ceramics, veneers are bonded to the front ...Read More

Born with missing teeth?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Millions of Americans have congenitally missing teeth, a condition almost always linked to genetics, which prevents one or more of their permanent teeth from ever forming.When a few teeth (not including wisdom teeth) are missing, the condition is called hypodontia, the congenital lack of six or more teeth (other than wisdom teeth) is known as oligodontia.Studies indicate that as many as six percent of the U.S. population (slightly more females than males) have some degree of hypodontia.Missing p...Read More

What is a Cosmetic Dentist?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Q. What special education, training, skill, experience or certification is required for a dentist to call himself or herself a cosmetic dentist?A. None.The fact is that the American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty. Actually, since standardization in training, levels of skill and extent of experience are almost nonexistent, any dentist, qualified or not, can claim to be a cosmetic dentist.As the Wall Street Journal has reported, "Cosmetic procedures, which ...Read More

What are the best tooth whitening options?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Teeth whitening continues to be performed more often than any other Monmouth County, NJ cosmetic dentistry procedure – and with good reason. Expertly done, it can quickly and effectively remove the highly visible and unsightly stains and discoloration that often result from years of smoking and consuming foods and beverages (from coffee and red wine to beets and soy sauce) that turn "pearly whites" into unattractive tarnished teeth.There are countless whitening products on the market, many of th...Read More

Knocked Out Tooth?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Your teeth play a decisive role in your health, well-being and physical appearance. Are you giving them the protection from damage they deserve?Teeth are remarkably durable and strong but carelessness, mistreatment or accidents can have serious, often painful and physically unattractive consequences — which New Jersey Top Prosthodontist, Dr. James Courey, treats every day.While proper brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups are your first line of defense, here are important ste...Read More

Are Dentures My Only Option?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Manalapan, NJ – NJ Top Dentist, Dr. James Courey, in Monmouth County, provides his patients who need dentures with a number of different options."All dentures are not equal," explains New Jersey dental implants provider Dr. Courey. Prosthodontists are the only dental specialists who focus on the restoration and replacement of teeth, including dentures, crowns, bridgework and dental implants. There are only 3,000 trained prosthodontists in the entire United States; Dr. Courey is the only one in M...Read More

Do I need a Crown? Do I need a Cap?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:1. To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left4. To hold a dental bridge in place5. To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth6. To cover a dental implantWhat Types of Cro...Read More

Are dental implants safe?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dental implants are a routine part of modern dentistry – no longer considered "experimental" or even "new." The have revolutionized dentistry, and now they are tried and true. Studies have found that the success rate for today's dental implants is as high as 98 percent, with no or little discernable bone loss. In the hands of a properly trained and skilled specialized dentist they are a safe, predictable and most often preferred alternative to old-fashioned bridges and dentures. Placed in your ...Read More

Why do I need to see a dental hygienist?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A hygiene appointment is not just a cleaning. Just as an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the best oral health investment you can make is a regular appointment with one of our highly skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated dental hygienists.  Our New Jersey-licensed dental professionals are specially trained in preventive dental care. They are here to help you achieve and maintain good oral health. Once you have completed any dental care, from simple fillings or crowns, to implant...Read More

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Monday, January 17, 2011

What Are Porcelain Veneers?Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and because of their design and versatility have become increasingly popular. Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. Dr. James Courey, NJ Top Prosthodontist, places veneers routinely, and designs each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics ...Read More

What is your New Year's Resolution

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Welcome to 2011! January is the time for new year's resolutions – making goals to improve your life and health. Eating healthy, hitting the gym or reading more books are popular ones, but it's time to take a fresh look at your oral health!This year, make a proactive change to your oral health. It is important to realize that the longer a person waits to address dental treatment, the worse a problems can become! Missing teeth, chipped or broken restorations, bruxism or jaw soreness are all condit...Read More

What Is So Special About The Mona Lisa's Smile?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

When you think of fine art and priceless paintings, Leonardo da Vinci no doubt comes to mind. It may be a surprise to learn, however, that the same technique Leonardo used to create lifelike works of art is the same technique a master dentist professional uses for reproducing a beautiful "Mona Lisa Smile." Leonardo's layering technique used to achieve the Mona Lisa's alluring, dreamlike quality is identical to the method that a true artistic ceramist will utilize to create lifelike dental restor...Read More

The Mouth Body Connection

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Good health begins in mouth.Infected teeth/gums in your mouth is a MAJOR health hazard.The mouth is the Gateway to health; heard many times but now there is growing scientific evidence.The oral cavity is a portal of entry as well as the site of disease for microbial infections that affect general health status. Surgeon General based on scientific findings commented "The mouth can become a source of disease or pathological processes affecting other parts of the body". You worry a lot about a smal...Read More

5 strategies to put you more at ease

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

These days I'm seeing more and more signs of stress in my Manalapan New Jersey patients. You know the kind of thing I mean – cracked and worn down teeth from grinding and clenching, exposed roots from brushing too hard, and bleeding gums. Many people believe that poor oral hygiene is the only way to get gum disease, but stress and diet can both be triggers, especially if you're genetically pre-disposed. If you are, you may be six times more likely to develop gum disease than your neighbor!Here a...Read More

Don't Wait For Symptoms

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A preliminary study suggests that the incidence of periodontal disease, the most advanced form of gum disease, may be 2-3 times higher than previous estimates. We find this very disturbing because only about 3% of those afflicted with gum disease seek treatment for it. Why so few? We've chatted about this at our staff meetings, and all of us believe it's because people don't understand that gum disease has long-term and potentially life-threatening implications if untreated.Knowledge is power, a...Read More

Got Chapped Lips?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Stop licking and peeling your chapped lips, just grease them and leave it alone!" Chapped lips, a condition whereby the lips become dry and sometimes even cracked (also known as cheilitis) can be unsightly, annoying and dreadfully uncomfortable. The causes of chapped lips can stem from environmental influences, like long-term exposure to dry, windy or severely hot/cold weather. Other causes could also include dehydration, salty food, a thyroid hormone imbalance, B vitamin deficiencies, hypersen...Read More

Complete Dental Care for the Whole Family

Monday, November 15, 2010

At the office of Dr. James Courey, our highly-skilled dental team is dedicated to caring for the oral health needs of your entire family. This means that we don't think you'll find a better Manalapan, East Brunswick, or Freehold, NJ dentist to meet the needs of moms, dads, and most important, your little ones!We strongly believe that your young child's first dental visits set the tone for a lifetime of positive dentistry. This is why your Freehold, NJ dentist in Manalapan will always strive to m...Read More

Study Reveals the Dental Health Benefits of Polyunsaturated Fats

Monday, November 15, 2010

At the office of Freehold, NJ dentist in Manalapan, James Courey, we are dedicated to helping our patients prevent and treat periodontal or gum disease. Periodontitis in its early stages often goes unnoticed, but allowing it to progress can cause halitosis, tooth loss, and has even been linked to cardiovascular disease and stroke. So in order to preserve your beautiful smile, and maintain optimal health, simple steps like proper brushing and flossing and regular dental visits go a long way!Medic...Read More

Latex Allergy?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Got an itchy nose when you are in the dental chair? Have you felt itchy and red on your cheeks when you last visited your dental professional? You might be hypersensitive or have latex allergies. The reactions are most likely from powdered latex gloves. In recent years, latex allergies have become much more predominant in health care provider offices, meaning people must be aware and knowledgeable about how their bodies react to such materials. Latex is derived from the Rubber Tree.Natural rubbe...Read More

Do I Need A Root Canal?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A patient came in with a severe tooth ache, and after an examination, it was clear that the tooth was severely broken down. The basic options were to either save the tooth – going through root canal therapy and finishing with a post and crown restoration, or to remove the tooth and restore with a dental implant and crown. "Should I save my tooth, or should I pull it?" she asked. This is the eternal question!Root canal therapy (also known as endodontic therapy) is a procedure of treatment for the...Read More

Why Do I Snore?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Snoring is common – most people snore occasionally – but is not a welcomed physical phenomenon. Snoring is noisy, disturbing, can affect the quality of your sleep and prevents your bedroom partner from having a peaceful night! So what are the causes and treatments of snoring? Technically speaking, snoring is defined as the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases the sound may be soft, but in most c...Read More

A Message for Your Manalapan Dental Team

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Autumn has a very distinct feel—the air is cooler, kids are back at school, and in many ways, is a time of new beginnings. Maybe you have dental appointments you have delayed, this is a great time to move forward toward oral health. For us, the fall marks the beginning of a new year of study club meetings and continuing education courses that we attend to keep us at the forefront of dental care.Our team is focused on education, both in the classroom and with our patients.We have spent countless ...Read More

What Are Implant Dentures?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Loose, ill fitting traditional dentures can be devastating to active adults who fear to eat, speak, smile, or laugh in public. Often the reason for looseness is not poor fit, but that the bony structures that support and retain the dentures (ridges or arches) are inadequate to give the kind of retention and stability that is needed to effectively support the denture for comfort, ease of speaking, and function. Over time, denture wearer's retention only worsens due to continual bone loss (atrophy...Read More

Who needs laughing gas or nitrous oxide?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

"May I have some laughing gas please?" is a popular request among the "high anxiety" or "wants to get away" group.Nitrous oxide gas (nitrous oxide and oxygen (N20-02)) is affectionately known as "laughing gas" due to its euphoric qualities when inhaled.Discovered in 1772 by Humphrey Davy, he had this to say about its effects: "On the day when the inflammation was the most troublesome, I breathed three large doses of nitrous oxide. The pain always diminished after the first four or five inspirati...Read More

Poor Oral Health Linked to Prostate Disease

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Researchers have discovered another possible link between oral health and the rest of the body—this time between gum disease and prostatitis, inflammation of the prostate gland that impacts 8 percent of the population.Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center compared two markers in patients with prostatitis: the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) used to measure inflammation levels in prostate disease, and the clinical a...Read More

What are dental implants?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Dental implants are a way to replace one or more missing teeth. They do not rest on other teeth like a bridge, or on the gum, like dentures.  They are placed directly into the jawbone surgically.  As the bone grows, it fuses to the titanium post, making it permanent.   It provides a strong foundation for tooth/teeth replacement.The best candidates for dental implants are adults who are missing teeth due to decay, trauma, gum disease, congenital defects, or other health condit...Read More

Congratulations to Dr. James Courey for begin featured on the cover of Doctor of Dentistry Magazine

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Manalapan Prosthodontist Dr. James Courey a featured Top Dentist in NJ Monthly

Monday, June 21, 2010

Are You Smiling?

Monday, June 21, 2010

You already know a picture is worth a thousand words, but now they may even predict the likelihood of your marriage surviving. Psychologists conducted a study that analyzed people’s old photographs and rated their smiles. The study found that those who smile in their photos enjoy a successful marriage, whereas frowners are five times morelikely to go through a divorce. Although there is a striking connection, researchers stress that they can’t conclude anything about the cause of the correlation...Read More

Study: Millions of Cancer Survivors Put Off Care

Thursday, June 17, 2010

All together, more than two million of 12 million U.S. adult cancer survivors did not get one or more needed medical services, the researchers estimate.The study is being called the first to estimate how often current and former patients have skipped getting care because of money worries. It was led by Kathryn Weaver, a researcher at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.The work was based on national surveys of more than 110,000 people, including 6,600 cancer survi...Read More

What Can Be Done For Sleep Apnea?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Do you suffer from Sleep apnea? Do you snore at night? Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, lasts long enough so that one or more breaths are missed, and such episodes occur repeatedly throughout sleep. Common signs and symptoms include gasping, choking  or silences during sleep, sudden awakening during sleep, loud snoring and daytime sleepiness. Not only can sleep apnea affect your energy levels throughout your day, but chronic sleep apnea carrie...Read More

Manalapan Dentist, Dr. James Courey, NJ Top Dentist

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Teens Who Play Video Games More Likely to Have Tooth Decay

Monday, April 26, 2010

A propensity to wolf down sugary snacks and drinks while absorbed in the on-screen action meant gamers who spend long hours with a controller in their hands are twice as likely to develop tooth decay.The University of Iowa study is the latest in a growing list of video game-related ills highlighted by academics, ranging from depression and obesity to violent behavior.The research, which focused on adolescents between the ages of 12 to 16, also found that those who had parental rules regarding sc...Read More

Manalapan Dentist, Dr. James Courey using 3-Technology to Diagnose Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Monday, April 26, 2010

One of the most difficult diagnoses in dentistry is Cracked tooth syndrome. The patient generally presents to us with sharp pain on chewing in a certain area of his mouth, but he frequently cannot tell us which particular tooth hurts. It is generally a back tooth, and it becomes plain which tooth it is when the dentist has the patient bite on piece of wood placed on top of the correct tooth.As a rule, dentists cannot see any problem with the tooth, either clinically (in the mouth or radiograp...Read More

Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars at the back of the mouth that don't have enough room to emerge or grow normally.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Impacted wisdom teeth that are causing pain or other dental problems are usually surgically removed, or extracted. If you have medical conditions that may increase surgical risks, Dr. James Courey of Manalapan NJ will likely ask you to see an oral surgeon who will communicate with your primary care doctor and dentist about the best course of action. Managing asymptomatic wisdom teeth If impacted wisdom teeth aren't causing symptoms or apparent dental problems, they're called asy...Read More

Manalapan Dentist, Dr. James Courey

Thursday, April 1, 2010

When considering a bridge versus dental implants we must take the following factors into account:• Jaw bone resorbtion - Treatment with a dental implant vs. bridges involves placing implants in areas where there are no teeth and by so doing, the bone area is stimulated again and this helps prevent long term bone loss in that area. If a bridge that connects two teeth is used instead of a dental implant, pressure is not applied on the jaw bone! Therefore the bone is not stimulated and begins to sh...Read More

Laser Gum Surgery for People with Gummy Smiles

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Healthy gum tissue compliments and frames your teeth. If your gums are well contoured, your teeth and smile will look healthier. If your gum tissue becomes red and swollen, this can make your teeth and smile look unhealthy and unattractiveIf your teeth look too small or too short because of the disproportionate size relationship between your teeth and gums, you may consider laser gum contouring. This can make your teeth look like they are out of line or give them a flat appearance. Laser gum...Read More

Team Approach Provides Better Care For Children With Cleft Lip And Palate

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Children with a cleft lip or cleft palate are more likely to receive recommended age-appropriate health care when that care is provided by an interdisciplinary team rather than an individual provider. In a study encompassing three states, Arkansas, Iowa and New York, 24% of participants were not receiving team care.The authors of the report, published in the January 2010 issue of the Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal, found that mothers of children with orofacial cleft were twice as likely to gi...Read More

Keep more money in your wallets at the end of the day

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

With the state of the economy and the rising cost of providing dental care, it’s no wonder why so many dentists have adjusted their fees to record highs. While I understand the premise, I am concerned that this increase will put a barrier between families and their ongoing oral care. This is why I have chosen to be one of the only dentists in Manalapan, Englishtown, Freehold, Old Bridge, Monroe, Marlboro, and East Brunswick, New Jersey to keep the fees for cleanings,exams, and x-rays at our of...Read More

Dr. James Courey in Manalapan New Jersey Uses a Laser to Treat "Gummy Smiles"

Monday, January 11, 2010

An asymmetrical or gummy smile-line can be easily corrected with gum contouring through the use of a laser. Compared to the traditional method of using a scalpel, the laser simply vaporizes and seals the extra gum tissue with no cutting, bleeding or sutures. There is also less chance of infection through laser gum contouring as the laser kills bacteria while sealing the gums. The results are healthy, natural looking gums and a brand new smile. After discussing the functional and aesthetic d...Read More

For Brides to be in Central New Jersey

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life, as well as one of the most photographed. Every bride wants to look no less than stunning for this occasion. We can help make the special day even better by perfecting your smile and making you a gorgeous, timeless bride, by creating a sense of beauty that will remain long after the dress has been packed away. We at the office ...Read More

KODAK 9000 3D Digital Cone Bean Scanner at the office of Dr. James Courey in Manalapan, NJ

Monday, January 4, 2010

The office of Dr. James Courey is among the first to add the KODAK 9000, a fully digital CBCT, 3D Extra-oral imaging system to its office, revolutionizing patient treatment and perfecting the way our practice treats dental and oral health care needs. A major benefit to you, the patient, is improved care - more accurate identification and diagnosis of pathology, saving you time and money. The CBCT provides superior 3D imaging technology faster and with significantly less radiation than traditiona...Read More

Only floss the teeth you want to keep!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

It's a funny punch line, emphasizing the importance of flossing, but it's true. Flossing your teeth after meals (and twice daily) is just as important as brushing to keep your mouth clean, healthy and fresh.Flossing is very efficient in removing plaque and debris that accumulates between the teeth and underneath portions of the gum pocket. This should be an essential part of your daily oral cleaning process. When plaque (a sticky bacterial substance that accumulates on curved tooth surfaces and ...Read More

Home Whitening Alert!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

It is wonderful to have a dazzling white smile, and there are dozens of Do It Yourself or Over The Counter teeth whitening products available – the demand is high! They promise to whiten your teeth in as little as 4-6 weeks, at a fraction of the cost of professional whitening done by your dental professional. Sounds like a great idea, but be aware, these fly-by-nightwhitening systems can potentially damage your teeth by wearing away at the enamel of your smile, weakening the teeth and leaving yo...Read More

"Do women get more cavities than men?"

Sunday, December 13, 2009

There's no doubt about it – women are sweeter than men! Unfortunately, this tooth truth means women do indeed get more cavities than men. Now hear me out! John Lukacs, an anthropologist at the University of Oregon recently uncovered both modern and prehistoric dental records which have revealed women have more dental health issues than men. Both sexes experienced a boost in cavities because of dietary changes associated with society becoming more agricultural. The explanations in...Read More

Forensic Dentistry -- The Toothy Truth

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dental CSI – it may sound funny, but it's a very real science! Teeth are not only for eating, speaking and looking beautiful, but can be used in crime scene investigations with bite marks and extracted DNA. Dental ID, similar to fingerprint ID, is the most common form of dental forensics, a definitive means of identification of unknown human remains in forensic investigations. It is routinely acceptable as evidence in court. Because of the resistant nature of dental tissues to environmental ass...Read More

Do You Have Dinosaur Teeth?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sure, us Humans may only have two sets of natural teeth that are produced over the course of our entire life, but dinosaurs, particularly the Tyrannosaurus Rex, had many. A fascinating fact: the T-Rex actually produced a new set of teeth every year! 60 Minutes recently featured a headline story entitled "B-Rex" which contained information about the teeth of dinosaurs, specifically the T-Rex.The new teeth in the dino would grow directly beneath the existing teeth, similar to how our permanent tee...Read More

Oral Health Plays Carcinogenic Role in Head and Neck Cancer

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Increased efforts to prevent and treat periodontitis may help to reduce the risk of developing head and neck cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 2009;18[9]:2406-2412). To assess the role of chronic periodontitis on head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (SCC researchers used radiographic measurement of bone loss to measure periodontitis among 463 patients. They were able to identify that chronic periodontitis might represent a clinical hig...Read More

More Than Just Bad Habits…Causes of Head and Neck Cancer

Sunday, November 29, 2009

What is head and neck cancer?As its name implies, head and neck cancer includes cancer of the: lip, tongue, salivary glands, gums and other oral cavity tissues such as the inner lining of the cheeks floor of the mouth tonsils throat or pharynx voice box or larynx lymph nodes in the neck nasal cavity sinuses ear Oral cancer is the most common type of head and neck cancer. Because head and neck cancer involves the digestive and respiratory tracts, tumors – if left untreated – can interfere with ea...Read More

Crown lengthening smile options

Friday, November 13, 2009

A crown restoration covers or caps a single tooth to protect it and restore it to its normal shape and size while strengthening and improving the appearance of the tooth. A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge spans the gap left by the missing tooth and is usually anchored to the two existing teeth on either side of the gap. When the crown of the tooth is short, we can expose more of the tooth to provide a secure anchor for either a crown or a crown and bridge togeth...Read More

Can Dr. Courey Help My Sleep Apnea?

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Have you ever woken up feeling tired? Have you ever fallen asleep while driving? Even if you went to sleep early last night? Do you snore? Sleep apnea could be playing a role. There are countless undiagnosed and untreated cases of sleep apnea in our society (which have been linked to car accidents and machinery accidents from sufferers of sleep apnea, causing operator error).The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. It is a disorder in which a person periodically pauses bre...Read More

Get to know Manalapan Prosthodontist Dr. James Courey

Monday, October 26, 2009

Dr. James Courey is a prosthodontist. This is the highest standard of trained restorative & cosmetic dentistry available in the world. A prosthodontist is a Registered Specialist Dentist who has undergone at least 3 years extra training. He has been a dentist for 22 years and is an experienced provider of advanced, high quality, comprehensive dentistry. Dr. Courey received his Prosthodontic Specialty Certificate from New York City's Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Ce...Read More

Anti-Aging in Dentistry

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Anti-Aging is something of a buzzword in today"s marketplace: the medical community, the marketing community and nearly every community in between seems to have been captured by this craze. What exactly is anti-aging? The concept is to reduce the visual signs of a person's age to make one appear younger, more vibrant and more beautiful. While there are a range of methods and procedures available to the public to accomplish anti-aging, the patient themselves must be willing to make changes to his...Read More

Get Full, Sexy Lips

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Full, sexy and luscious lips! It's something that nearly all women -  and some men - long after, some even go to the plastic surgeon to obtain them! Full lips are attractive and can make you look younger and more full of life. When lips spread wide to reveal beautiful smiles, accentuating cheek bones are the perfect accessory for an attractive and healthy image. Save your money and peace of mind, try these easy lip exercises to stimulate collagen production and get a fuller looking lips. Th...Read More

Kidney and Mouth Connection

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

As we've learned time in and time out, the oral cavity is integrally and systematically linked to the health of various other bodily systems - here we are focusing on kidneys. The kidneys serve for the production of urine as their primary function, excreting unnecessary bodily fluids and compounds. Kidneys also have several secondary functions concerned with homeostatic functions. These include the regulation of electrolytes, acid-base balance, and blood pressure. If you have kidney problems, ap...Read More

Different Types of Dentures

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures replace your entire set of upper or lower teeth, while partial dentures, with their metal framework, replace multiple missing teeth.Partial dentures are usually the most economical solution to replace missing teeth. If your partial denture is designed by an expert dentist like Dr. Courey, the results can be very beautiful and natural looking. The patient pictured at left had crowns on her front teeth and a partial denture t...Read More

Signs of Eating Disorders in the Mouth

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The two most common eating disorders, especially among young American women, are bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Both disorders stem from psychological issues, which result in the sufferer’s depriving his or her body of essential nutrients. Dental offices are one of the few places where the physical damages that may accompany these disorders can be detected. Bulimia is characterized by compulsive overeating (binging) followed by self-induced purging, whereas anorexia nervosa is marked by extreme ...Read More

Codeine Can Kill

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How could this be happening? Medication that is supposed to help and make a patient feeling better produces a deadly reaction?Simple outpatient surgical procedures - which are performed in clinics, doctor offices and dental practices on a daily basis - which require mild to moderate painkillers is customary and routine may turn out to be fatal. The case in question occurred last weekend when an otherwise healthy 2-year-old boy died after being prescribed codeine to relieve pain from having his t...Read More

Tooth Helps Blind Woman Regain Sight

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A 60-year-old US grandmother, blind for nearly a decade, has recovered her sight after surgeons implanted a tooth in her eye as a base to hold a tiny plastic lens, her doctors said Wednesday. Sharron "Kay" Thornton, from the southern US state of Mississippi, lost her sight in 2000 when she came down with a case of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare disease that scarred her cornea, according to the University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. For patients whose bodies reje...Read More

All About Digital X-rays

Monday, September 14, 2009

Panoramic X-Ray:Is one X-ray that provides a full pictureof your whole mouth- complete upper and lower jaw; sinuses and jawjoint. It is not as specific as the other X-rays because its purpose isto show the general condition of all the teeth. It is used to helpview- general tooth development; trauma; jaw joint pain; wisdom teeth,bone loss and certain abnormalities. It will give a broad view but doesnot provide the fine detail that Bite-Wings or P.A.s provide. ThisX-ray is to be taken every 3-5 ye...Read More

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Prevent Loosing Your Teeth

Monday, September 14, 2009

It might surprise you to learn that over 20 million individual teeth are extracted from American mouths every year - the devastating news is that many of these extractions could have been avoided. Once teeth "pass the point of no return," costly implants or other techniques must be used to restore a person's smile or chewing function properly - and if said person is unable to afford proper treatment, their missing teeth may cause subsequent dental problems or humiliation and devastating blows to...Read More

James Courey, DDS, Dental Implants

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, severalmissing teeth, or even as an alternative to dentures when most or allyour teeth have been lost or removed. Properly done, a dental implantwill look and feel just like your natural tooth, and it is often the bestway to replace a missing tooth while leaving the surrounding teeth intact.Removable appliances (such as dentures or flippers) can be uncomfortableand need to be replaced periodically. With proper care, a dental implantc...Read More

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Manalapan All On Four Dental Implants

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The "All-On-Four" technique was developed by Portugese dentist Dr. Paulo Malo, in cooperation with Nobel Biocare. This technique is a possible solution for patients who have too little bone left for dentures or conventional implants.As is illustrated by the x-ray (pictured at right four implants are placed in the front of the jaw, where the bone density is usually better. The implants are angled, to provide a more stable base for the denture to attach to.While the implants are angled, the porti...Read More

Is Dr. Courey a TMJ Specialist?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Some people use the term TMJ specialist. However, there is no specialty designation in dentistry for TMJ work, so it would not be accurate to call Dr. Courey a TMJ specialist or a TMJ dentist.While no one can technically be referred to as a TMJ specialist, Dr. Courey's education, experience and training as a certified prosthodontist make him eminently suited to diagnose and treat your TMJ pain."TMJ" stands for temporomandibular joint, and we have two, one on each side of the head connecting the ...Read More

An Apple A Day...

Monday, August 31, 2009

Apples have properties that no other fruits have and its benefits have been proven overtime. You will be able to get the benefits of these properties individually with other fruits, but an apple combines everything and makes it simpler. It has been shown over and over that if it"s not simple, easy and fast, people won"t take care of their health.1) Apple contains Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps greatly your immune system. A lot of people who lack Vitamin C in their diet have poor healing, bruise easi...Read More

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Do You Wear Dentures?

Friday, August 21, 2009

One day the word “dentures” could become a historical term, once allpreventive medicine has been practiced! At the present time, however,someone you are caring for may still need to rely on wearing denturesto get by with their dental health. For this reason, it would be niceto learn some facts about dentures. Usually, wearing dentures is adifficult new experience that is often hard to get used to. Time andpractive will allow cheeks and tongue get used to the sensation ofholding your ...Read More

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Dental Plaque: A Key Contributor to Fever and Illness in the Elderly

Friday, August 21, 2009

It’s known that gum disease can lead to other health problems such ascardiovascular disease. Interesting new research results, however, havenamed plaque a key contributor to fever and illness in the elderly.In an all-too-common trend in dental research, universityresearchers are discovering that poor oral health almost consistentlyleads to systemic problems throughout the body. In the latest examplereported in The Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, the followingwas released: “R...Read More

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It's not just R

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Respite with Chardonnay, sip the stress away! It’s carefree time. On the other side of the coin, white wine can also make your cosmetic dentist frown for your dulling smile. We are talking about the tooth stain effect from white wine – what’s that, you ask? White wine stains your teeth? You probably are already aware that certain foods can cause staining and discoloration to your teeth – but many foods or beverages without a strong or dark color (which look innocent) can still cause stains on y...Read More

Chilies and Chocolate to the Rescue

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Chocolate-covered chilies could have a great future in dentistry. Both chocolate and chili peppers prompt the release of endorphins, nature’s pain killers and mood boosters. Endorphins have been credited with enhancing our immune system, creating euphoria, removing superoxides that cause disease and ageing, and lowering blood pressure. When you are stressed and nervous about a dental visit, your blood pressure can go up so that you produce more adrenaline. This can make it harder for a...Read More

How Long Will It Last: Bonding vs. Veneers

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

“Does it hurt? How long will it last? How long will it take? How much does it cost?” These are common questions from patients looking for cosmetic dentistry. If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry to get yourself a winning smile, whether the problem is mis-alignment, cracked or chipping teeth, unsightly spacing, uneven or dark colored dentition, uneven or too much (or not enough) smile showing, or even gum erosion, the eternal question always arises: What would be the best solution? In the...Read More

Journal of Periodontology and The American Journal of Cardiology Develop Clinical Recommendations on the Treatment of Periodontitis and Atheroscleroti

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cardiovascular disease (CVD the leading killer in the United States, is a major public health issue contributing to 2,400 deaths each day. Periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys the bone and tissues that support the teeth affects nearly 75 percent of Americans and is the major cause of adult tooth loss. While the prevalence rates of these disease states seem grim, research suggests that managing one disease may reduce the risk for the other. A consensus paper on th...Read More

About Digital X-Rays

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays. Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that ...Read More

What Should I Do If I Have Bad Breath

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Many of us may not realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning. There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent. What may cause bad breath? Morni...Read More

Fluoride: Not Just For Children

Friday, July 3, 2009

The use of fluoride is beneficial for both children and adults. Young children were the main focus of early efforts to add fluoride to water. Now, research shows that fluoride applied directly to teeth is just as important for fighting decay in adults. It protects permanent teeth from decay and sensitivity and allows patients to keep their permanent teeth much longer. Some adults are at higher risk of decay than others. To find out if you might be one of them, consider these quest...Read More

Dangers of Chewing Ice

Friday, July 3, 2009

It may just be frozen water, but chewing ice can be very hard on your teeth. People who chew ice end up with a lot of fracture lines in their teeth. These slight cracks make teeth painfully sensitive to cold and biting pressure. Sometimes a whole piece of tooth will break off and the only way to save the tooth may be to place a crown. If the fracture lines are deep enough to threaten the tooth nerve, that can mean a root canal or an extraction. In addition chewing ice will wear off the enamel on...Read More

Dr. James Courey, Top Dentist in New Jersey

Friday, June 26, 2009

Of over 5,000 dentists in the state of New Jersey, Dr. James Courey was named as one of the Top 15 Prosthodontists in the state.For this year’s list of Top Dentists, New Jersey Monthly commissioned an independent survey of the state’s dentists by the Polling Institute at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. A total of 6,389 New Jersey-based dentists were invited to give their recommendations for this year’s list. To view the full list, please visit: More

Prosthodontists: Dr. James Courey is a prosthodontist. The highest standard of trained restorative & cosmetic dentistry available in the world

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dr. James Courey is a prosthodontist. This is the highest standard of trained restorative & cosmetic dentistry available in the world. A prosthodontist is a Registered Specialist Dentist who has undergone at least 3 years extra training. Though there are many practices and dentists that publish themselves as being cosmetic dentists, there are very few that offer the full range of cosmetic and restorative treatment Dr. James Courey. Other practices may offer a similar range of treat...Read More

Tooth Replacement Options

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

If a tooth has been lost, or extracted, the gap can be replaced with a bridge, denture, or implant. Implants are usually a very comfortable and effective replacement for teeth. They look and feel natural and can be expected to last for 20 years to life. Importantly, implants will stop resorption of the underlying bone maintaining your gum tissue and facial support. It has been our experience with the ageing population that comprehensive preventive programs are mandatory to maintain oral hea...Read More

Crown lengthening smile options

Monday, May 25, 2009

A crown restoration covers or caps a single tooth to protect it and restore it to its normal shape and size while strengthening and improving the appearance of the tooth. A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge spans the gap left by the missing tooth and is usually anchored to the two existing teeth on either side of the gap. When the crown of the tooth is short, we can expose more of the tooth to provide a secure anchor for either a crown or a crown and bridge togethe...Read More

Periodontitis: silent and progressive

Monday, May 25, 2009

Everyone has had a splinter under their skin at one time or another. The tiny culprits often turn up silently, and it's only later that you notice the irritation. If left untreated, the wound can become inflamed and even infected - your body's natural response to an invading foreign body. That's when a commonplace nuisance can become an uncomfortable and potentially serious problem. That's how periodontitis - or gum disease - works. When plaque, an invisible, sticky bacterial film, is allowe...Read More

Dental Implants: A Better Way of Life

Friday, May 15, 2009

A missing tooth or teeth can affect your whole attitude toward life, deflating your self-esteem causing you to avoid social situations. Many people are embarrassed about the appearance of their mouth as a result of missing natural teeth. Others are self-conscious about speaking in public because they fear their removable bridgework will slip or make a clicking noise. Permanent tooth replacement has helped thousands of people regain their self-confidence so they can live fuller, more activ...Read More


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Modern cosmetic restorations like dental implants, crowns, and bridges look and feel just like your own natural teeth. All result in improved appearance and oral health. How? Crowns preserve compromised teeth, and combined with bridges, they prevent teeth from drifting. Implants also prevent drifting and they preserve bone tissue. All three procedures are directly responsible for improved self-confidence ... which will, of course, keep you smiling! Fact • Crowns, bridges, and dental implants ...Read More

Don't Ignore Sensitive Teeth

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Over 40 million Americans suffer from dentin hypersensitivity, also known as sensitive teeth. Cold, heat, sweet, or sour tastes, air, or plaque ma cause discomfort-of even pain-when you have this condition. If tooth sensitivity is causing you to avoid the sensitive areas when you brush or floss, or you are not eating properly because of the sensitivity, you should contact us. Failing to properly clean your teeth can lead to decay and gum disease, and plaque buildup will make your teeth even...Read More

Dentistry for People with Ectodermal Dysplasias

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ectodermal Dysplasias (ED) are described as "heritable conditions in which there are abnormalities of two or more ectodermal structures, such as the hair, teeth, nails, sweat glands, cranial-facial structure, digits and other parts of the body. Children born with conditions which result in multiple missing teeth or total anodontia need early intervention to improve function and esthetics of their oral cavity. Abnormalities in the development of tooth buds frequently result in conge...Read More

Swine Flu: Stay Home If You Feel Sick

Monday, May 4, 2009

Swine Influenza is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond a few people.The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and i...Read More

Genetic Dental Traits

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

 notorious example of a hereditary dental trait is the Hapsburg Jaw, the result of generations of royal intermarriage. Poor Carlos II of Spain had such an extreme prognathism (protruding lower jaw) that he was unable to chew his food. Thankfully for most of us, hereditary dental traits, although common, are not severe and are readily treatable. These include malocclusions (bad bites gaps, soft tooth enamel, caries (decay and periodontal diseases.Until recently, our understanding has relie...Read More

Acid Overload On Your Teeth

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Any foods naturally contain acids like Vitamin C, which if consumed in moderation are good for you and which can cause enamel erosion only if consumed excessively – something that is in your control. However, our modern, consumer-based lifestyle has created another hidden epidemic of acid erosion.Preservatives like Benzoic Acid and its salt forms, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Benzoate have been added by manufacturers to prolong shelf life. Apparently one acid is not enough. Others which can do ...Read More

Re-Invent Your Smile

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Baby boomers don't drive slowly in the fast lane. And if their smile needs restoring, it's just as likely due to a sports injury. Cosmetic dentistry has dynamic solutions for go-ahead people. You can revamp your smile ... or completely reinvent it! Simple procedures like teeth whitening and tooth-colored fillings can invigorate any smile. And if you want more of a boost, here are some other smile solutions. Veneers are sculpted by hand to conceal gaps, crooked, chipped, or disc...Read More

Continuing Care Vision

Monday, April 20, 2009

Our Continuing Care vision is to inspire our patients to take a personal interest and responsibility in their oral health. Our dental hygienists take pride in updating our patients concerning their oral heath at every continuing care visit, providing home care instruction, new product information, and recommendations for a successful outcome. At every continuing care visit, our dental hygienists measure your gum health for periodontal disease. Periodontal disease includes gingivitis, ...Read More

New Jersey Monthly's Listing of NJ"s Top Dentists

Friday, April 17, 2009

An excerpt from the Published ad Editor-In-Chief of New Jersey Monthly Magazine.Dear Dr. Courey:Congratulations! You have been named a Top Dentist in New Jersey Monthly's survey of New Jersey dentists.The Polling Institute at Monmouth University sent ballots to the state's practicing dentists asking them who they would send a love one to. The results were reviewed, tabulated, and sent to us for publication in the upcoming July 2009 issue.Look for the issue in late June.Congratuations again,Kat...Read More

Bruxism & TMD / TMJ

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Our team is committed to preventive dentistry, so we are always on the alert for symptoms that could lead to chronic difficulties like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This is a common problem that involves the joints used in chewing, swallowing, and talking. TMD can lead to localized symptoms or seemingly unrelated headaches and earaches. One of the first culprits we look for during regular examinations is bruxism.Bruxism is the name for forceful grinding and/or clenching of your teeth. ...Read More

A patient testimonial by Connie Casper of Hopewell, NJ

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

As a mother of a son with autism, one of my greatest fears has always been, what if Jared is in pain from his teeth and he can't tell me? Thanks to Dr. Courey and his team, that is one fear in the world of autism that I need not face. Using his skills to give Jared the very best dental care, Dr. Courey took x-rays, filled Jared's cavities, sealed, cleaned and polished all his teeth during one office visit. Dr. Courey examined each and every one of Jared's teeth to make sure everything was tak...Read More

Mouthguards Are Vital!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Medical research indicates that one in four people will suffer a mouth injury during their lifetime. Sports, like those played in most high schools--hockey, soccer, volleyball, and basketball account for many of these injuries. Since wearing a mouthguard can prevent many dental injuries, we recommend them for athletes, both professional or amateur, children and adults. Mouthguards dissipate the hard impact of a sharp blow or collision over the entire mouth and jaw, stopping teeth from br...Read More

You Deserve a World Class Smile

Monday, April 13, 2009

Our smile is one of our greatest attributes. It sets the tone in business and social settings. A smile can convey confidence, warmth, and happiness and can serve as the basis upon which friendships and business relationships are formed. Consistently, the “number one” attribute that people notice when meeting someone for the first time, is your smile.Don’t settle for less than you deserve—a world class smile.For some, that may be “Hollywood-style” perfection—smiles as seen on the cover of Vogu...Read More

Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

Monday, April 13, 2009

Regularly climbing into our hygiene chair can mean gaining better health, better looks, and even staying out of the dental chair! When you consider that oral disease can be silent and symptom-free and that research has linked oral disease with other health problems, making regular hygiene appointments is definitely your wisest choice.People often misinterpret hygiene appointments ... they’re not just a simple cleaning. Here’s what happens when you’re here:• We examine your gums, tongue, palette,...Read More

Welcome to Dr. Courey's Blog

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Welcome to the Blog of Dr. James Courey. Here we will be keeping our patients informed as to what is new in our office and what ongoing education we are pursuing. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to feel free to comment on anything you read here or to ask questions....Read More

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