Caring Dental - Joseph P. Prasad
Putting Dental Patients at Ease
Joseph P. Prasad, D.M.D., M.A.G.D. received his Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from Rutgers University in 1978 and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from UMDNJ in 1982. Additionally, he earned his mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a member of the International Congress of Implantology, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Union County Dental Association, and NJ Dental Association.
How do you approach the issue of dental anxiety?
Being afraid of the dentist has almost become a punchline in today’s society. However, dental anxiety is a real thing and it’s quite common. In an average year, more than 40 million Americans would rather deal with gum infections and horrible pain than visit the dentist. I understand dental anxiety very well. That’s why, when I opened my first dental practice in Union, NJ, 35 years ago, I promised myself that I would always focus on the person in my chair, before the procedure. I knew that becoming a dentist would allow me to put an end my patients’ pain, but it’s also my goal to put my patients at ease and focus on relieving stress.
For our younger patients, we take pride in creating and maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles in a comforting environment that is lighthearted and fun.
What procedures do you perform in your dental office?
I am well known in Monmouth County, where I opened my second dental practice 21 years ago in Marlboro, for my soothing and friendly bedside manner. I handle everything from preventative dentistry to routine procedures such as fi llings, extractions, caps, bridges and dentures to high-tech dental solutions such as orthodontic treatment utilizing Invisalign® clear braces. I also provide dental services usually reserved for specialists, including root canals and implants.
What can new patients expect at Caring Dental?
During the fi rst visit, we will establish an oral health baseline. After completing a full oral examination, which includes an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, an analysis of your bite and a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures and of the oral anatomy, we will often take X-rays. We offer a full preventative program at Caring Dental, so we will explain our philosophy on maintaining good oral hygiene. Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where proper oral hygiene is maintained. Our dental hygiene program is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease.
How do you stay current with the latest dental technology?
I am always taking new courses to stay ahead of the curve in my field. I am very proud of the fact that I am constantly reinventing myself and learning new skills. Most recently, I took a course and became certified to perform Botox® procedures. Often Botox can enhance dental procedures. I truly love the idea of helping people look better as well as feel better.
I am able to perform Botox treatments, limited to certain parts of the face including: cheeks, nose, lips, chin, jaw and the area between the nose and upper lip.
It’s easy for dentists to remain stagnant and do what they have always done, because someone will always need those things. But it’s also good to move forward with technology. And that is something I will always do for my patients.