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Facial Prostheses & Bulimia Dental Treatment in Mercer, Middlesex County

Helping the medical community restore people’s quality of life.


As a Board-Certified Prosthodontist and Maxillofacial Prosthodontist, Dr. DiFazio provides important services for a wide range of medical situations. These include for oral-dental problems resulting from eating disorders, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), cancer, cancer treatment, the effects of medications and much more. He also designs and creates custom prostheses for the mouth and face — cleft palate obturators, eyes, ears, noses, etc. — as part of multidisciplinary treatment efforts with ENT specialists, surgeons, plastic surgeons, cancer specialists, speech therapists, physical therapists, and others.

Medical-Related Prosthodontics 

Protect patients’ oral, general & psychological health with specialized care.Eating Disorders Dental Treatment - Congenital Dental Treatment & Precision Partial Dentures

Poor oral health can cause or exacerbate poor general health. But medical conditions and treatments can also contribute to that poor oral health and, in turn, threaten or worsen a patient’s overall health.

Diseases & disorders can affect oral health.

Eating disorders, particularly anorexia and bulimia, increase risk of tooth decay, gum disease, infection, and tooth loss. Also, the purging associated with bulimia severely damages teeth and can result in loss of teeth, soft tissue, and bone structure. Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) can have the same harmful impact, as well. Diabetic patients often experience periodontal problems and tooth loss. The good news is that prosthodontic treatment can replace missing teeth and structures to restore oral function and esthetics, both of which are important to patients’ health, psychological well-being, and quality of life.

Treatment can also lead to oral complications.

Certain medications can cause oral inflammation, discoloration, sores, and tooth decay. Also, hundreds of different medicines can cause dry mouth, irritating soft tissues and making them more susceptible to infection. In addition, insufficient saliva makes decay more common. The result, in many cases, is tooth damage or loss and potentially bone or tissue loss.

Oral-dental complications are vital considerations in cancer care.

The mouth is particularly prone to the toxic effects of both radiation treatment and chemotherapy. Common oral problems are radiation decay, mucositis, infection, osteonecrosis, pain, difficulty swallowing, xerostomia, and damage to jaw and neck muscles. Surgical treatment of cancer can also result in oral problems, including disfigurement and/or difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking.

For optimal function & appearance, trust specialty skill & experience.

As a Board-Certified Prosthodontist and Maxillofacial Prosthodontist specially trained in dental oncology, Dr. Joseph DiFazio can help determine and prevent the potential oral consequences of proposed cancer treatment. He creates prosthetic devices that can shield or properly position facial structures during radiation therapy. Dr. DiFazio also crafts custom prostheses to restore or maximize function and appearance resulting from cancer treatment as well as any other medical therapy or disease process.

When you have patients whose oral health, function, or appearance is threatened by medical problems or treatment, give them the skilled help they deserve. Call Dr. DiFazio today.

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Prostheses for Acquired & Traumatic Defects

Restore patients’ normalcy, function & self-esteem.

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Patients’ quality of life is a paramount concern. For patients with acquired or traumatic defect of the mouth, face, or head, this concern is even more significant. These patients typically experience dramatic psychosocial impact due to disfigurement, including loss of self-esteem and lifestyle changes. The defect also often causes a loss of physical function (chewing, swallowing, speech, etc.), which can further diminish quality of life.

Injury, surgery & disease can cause loss of function, lifestyle & psychosocial well-being.

Orofacial defects that cause loss of function and changes in appearance can be either traumatic or acquired. While trauma is, in fact, acquired, the term “acquired” in this context typically refers to noninjury defects acquired as the result of surgery or disease process. Some of the more common reasons for orofacial defects include motor-vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, falls, residential accidents, gunshot wounds, surgical removal of anatomical structures, and neuromuscular disorders resulting from ALS, stroke, and other problems.

Help patients regain what they’ve lost with skilled prosthetic care.

As a Board-Certified Prosthodontist and Maxillofacial Prosthodontist, Dr. Joseph DiFazio specializes in creating orofacial prostheses to improve the lives of patients who can’t be helped by reconstructive surgery. Prostheses help them regain lost function — such as chewing, swallowing, and speech — essential to their health and sense of normalcy. Yet, esthetics are just as important to quality of life. With experienced skill, Dr. DiFazio creates prostheses to uphold these patients’ self-esteem and prevent unwanted attention. Because each patient’s defect, needs, and desires are unique, Dr. DiFazio custom-crafts each prosthesis for each individual.

For patients who have suffered from orofacial defect or disfigurement, help them live and function as normally as possible. Let Dr. DiFazio improve their lives with prostheses designed to meet their unique needs. Call today.

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Prostheses for Congenital & Developmental Defects

Maximize these patients’ potential, well-being & opportunities.

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The list of congenital developmental problems that can affect a person’s — and usually a child’s — orofacial function and appearance is long. Cleft palate. Cleft lip. Ectodermal dysplasia. Incomplete development of ears, teeth and palate. Missing bone or other tissue. Missing or disfigured facial structure. For these children (and adults), dysfunction and disfigurement are significant threats to their health and psychosocial well-being. And protecting them from these threats requires specialized care.

Prosthetic care can help mitigate the terrible toll of congenital orofacial defects.

For craniofacial anomalies that are congenital or stem from other disorders, reconstructive surgery can restore appearance and function. But surgery is not always possible or desirable. In these instances, prosthetic treatment is often the best alternative for replacing missing bone or tissue and restoring function and normal esthetics. But changes in appearance alone can have a long-lasting impact on well-being, particularly for children. So prostheses are often indicated for cosmetic reasons even in the absence of compromised function.

The training, skill & experience to help these patients live & function normally.

As a Board-Certified Prosthodontist and Maxillofacial Prosthodontist, Dr. Joseph DiFazio provides the focused, specialized care necessary to create high-quality prostheses that correct both form and function for these patients. With advanced training and experience, he crafts devices customized for each individual that can help patients speak, chew, and swallow normally. He is also uniquely capable to provide natural-looking devices, including dentition using dental implants.

In addition, his qualifications and skills extend beyond the mouth and maxilla; he creates prostheses for virtually any head-and-neck defect, including ears, eyes, cheeks, nose, cranium, and more. Dr. DiFazio is also experienced working closely with the other healthcare professionals involved in these patients’ complex rehabilitative process.

Prosthetic care is often an essential complement to helping ensure these patients’ self-esteem, development, and present and future quality of life. Call Dr. DiFazio today.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call our West Long Branch, New Jersey prosthodontist office at (732) 542-0011 or use our online appointment request form today! Our prosthodontics and prosthetics patients come to us from Central New Jersey, Eastern New Jersey, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, and Ocean County.

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