LINWOOD — There is a combination of science and art to rebuilding a smile from a mouth of missing or discolored teeth.
At his Linwood office, Dr. Peter E. Wiesel treats patients who need dentures, crowns, dental implants and bridge reconstructions. Some lose teeth playing sports, through disease or birth defects.
Others want a brighter smile or more attractive teeth, with professional-grade tooth-whitening or porcelain veneers.
“The science part is the accuracy, the fit, the alignment of the teeth, the fit of the prosthesis,” said Wiesel, 52, of Linwood. “The aesthetical portion — the art portion — is the overall view, how it comes to fruition. We’d like to see it as harmonious to the other teeth as possible.”
Wiesel is a prosthodontist, or reconstructive dentist — one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.
It is also among the smaller specialties. The American College of Prosthodontists estimates there are about 3,450 prosthodontists in America, servicing more than 1.1 million patients a year.
Wiesel, who founded his practice in Linwood in 1990, said the specialty is seeing the results of an aging population.
More than 35 million Americans have no teeth, and 178 million are missing at least one tooth, a number expected to grow in the next 20 years, according to the American College of Prosthodontists.
“Baby boomers are getting older. People are living longer. So restoration and reconstruction dental services are going to be needed for our adult and geriatric population going forward,” Wiesel said.
Wiesel also has clients who have all their teeth but want them to be whiter.
“People put a very high premium on their smiles, whether it’s a simple bleaching or a cosmetic whitening program,” he said.
Wiesel’s work has both a clinical and a research side.
He has six patents related to tooth-whitening and cosmetic-dentistry systems he created.
“A few have been licensed by dental manufacturers, so I have a real good knowledge in terms of what needs to be done for these dental procedures,” he said.
Wiesel said his innovations supplement the practice. He said he works with companies to help develop new products and bring them to market.
“My entrepreneurial hat has been to work with major players as opposed to trying to put Dr. Wiesel’s brand on the shelf,” he said.
“I continue to innovate, I continue working on a few other patents now, and hopefully stay active in clinical dentistry and also research dentistry,” he said. “A lot of it is continuing to improve upon what’s out there and also strive to make new products.”
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