CEREC: What Is It & How It Benefits You

CEREC-AC-with-BluecamAdvances in dental technology have revolutionized modern dental care. Pennington, NJ dentist Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci and her associates use the latest in dental technology in order to provide their patients with a more accurate diagnosis for lasting, less painful treatment. One machine that has changed dentistry is the CEREC technology. Family & Spa dentistry is one of the only dentist offices in the Trenton area to use CEREC technology. CEREC now makes it possible for patients to enjoy the benefits of same-day dental restorations.

How Does CEREC work?

CEREC-AC-with-BluecamCEREC technology is a computer CAD/CAM software. Using highly sophisticated digital imagining, CEREC can accurately design and fabricate high quality ceramic dental restorations all at our Pennington dentist office in about just one hour. The digital images are uploaded to the software for designing, color matching and then milling of your new dental crown, dental veneer or onlay. Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci will prepare the tooth as needed and the new restoration will be permanently secured after being properly fitted and adjusted.

What Are The Benefits of CEREC?

CEREC allows for highly accurate results and eliminates the need for messy impression trays. Because CERREC can design and fabricate dental restorations in just one visit, it may save patients time and money. Same day restorations are ideal for patients with a broken tooth, or restoration in a visible part of their smile.

Am I a good candidate for same day dental restoration using CEREC technology?

Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci believes in quality dental care that addresses and treats the root cause of your oral health concerns. Every patient will receive a thorough and personalized dental health consultation to determine the best treatment for their needs. Same day dentistry is often used to restore broken dental crowns, chipped teeth, or to replace teeth in the “smile-zone” for patients with otherwise stable oral health. Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci will help you determine which treatment will offer your optimal oral health.

At Pennington, NJ Family and Spa Dentistry, we encourage patients to maintain their oral health to allow their natural teeth to remain functional for as long as possible. The advancements in dental technologies such as CEREC make this easier and more efficient for both dentist and patient. If you have a damaged or missing tooth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci or one of her associates in our Pennington dentist office and see how dental technology can help you to improve your smile!

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Cosmetic Dentistry in a Luxurious Spa Setting

Mature woman, wrinkles and skin care.Bright, beautiful and healthy smiles can make you look years younger, boost your confidence, and encourage you to smile more often. Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci can help you create the smile of your dreams with cosmetic dentistry from the comfort of her Spa setting dental office. With advancements in dental technology and Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci’s years of experience and eye for facial aesthetics, cosmetic procedures are more comfortable and natural looking than ever before. Our Pennington, NJ Family & Spa dental practice offers cosmetic dentistry in a uniquely relaxing and luxurious spa setting so you can feel and look your best.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry addresses the aesthetic concerns of your smile. Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci will assess your oral health and ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. Then you will discuss the benefits of cosmetic treatments and how they can improve the look of your smile. We offer a range of treatments so that you can choose the procedures that will best meet your cosmetic goals.

Our office is has a highly trained team of dentists and specialists that work together for a holistic approach to your oral health. We have in-house cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics and restorative dentistry. We offer complete dental services and practical solutions for complex dental problems under one roof. Our dentists use the state of the art dental technology and the latest tooth colored, metal free materials to create natural looking smiles.

Cosmetic dentistry can also improve your oral health. Many cosmetic concerns can also be oral healthy concerns. Crooked teeth, chipped, cracked or broken teeth and missing teeth can all causes additional oral health concerns. Addressing these cosmetic concerns can help prevent further damage to your smile.


Schedule A Consultation

To learn how cosmetic dentistry in our special spa setting can help improve your life, contact our Pennington, NJ dentist office. Our professional team of dental care professionals will help you start your journey towards the smile of your dreams. Call our office or schedule a consultation online.

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Thinking About Invisalign? You May Be In Luck!

Have you been thinking about a clear way to straighten your crooked teeth? Invisalign® is the leading clear braces aligner system. Pennington, NJ cosmetic dentist Dr. Donna Vagnozzi-Bucci provides Invisalign for qualified teenagers and adults. Straightening your teeth can improve your oral health and your confidence.

The Benefits of Invisalign®

Invisalign works through a series of custom designed clear aligners. The aligners are worn every day and gradually and comfortably shift your teeth back into alignment. Invisalign can help restore your beautiful smile and may even help alleviate certain TMJ related pain. Invisalign is barely visible and can be worn discreetly during your regular social and professional interactions. The aligners are removable making oral hygiene easy. The removable aligners also allow you to continue eating your normal healthy diet without restrictions. Invisalign reduces the impact of traditional braces like tooth discoloration, increased tooth decay, and damage to soft oral tissues.

This month Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci wants to turn luck in your favor. Family & Spa Dentistry is offering you an Invisalign Special! For the month of March, you can get Invisalign for just $259 a month. To find out how you can take advantage of this amazing deal, contact our Pennington, NJ dentist office or schedule a consultation online.

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Did You Know? The Facts About Sleep Apnea

177251397Did you know that sleep apnea can be treated at the dentist? Dr. Donna Vagnozzi-Bucci can help you treat your mild to moderate sleep apnea with a custom fit snore guard at our Pennington, NJ dentist office. Sleep apnea is a common condition, but frequently goes undiagnosed, Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci wants you to know the facts about sleep apnea so you can find the treatment you need to have a restful sleep.

Did you know…

  • 50% of people who snore loudly have obstructive sleep apnea?
  • OSA is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder
  • Patients with OSA can stop breathing up to 600 times a night
  • When you stop breathing, you deprive your brain and body of oxygen
  • If you suffer from OSA you make wake suddenly, gasping for air
  • OSA patients are at a higher risk for heart attack, depression and strokes
  • You may wake up feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep if you have OSA
  • You may have sleep apnea if you suffer from constant headaches, snore loudly, or feel frequently fatigued

Dr. Vagnozzi- Bucci offers dental sleep medicine for the focused treatment of sleep disorders. Our Princeton area dentist office uses oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is much like a sports mouth guard. Your device will be custom fabricated according to precise molds taken of your mouth. The device is specially designed to align your jaw so that your tongue and soft tissue can not block your airway.

Patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea may notice improvement after only a few nights of using their sleep device. You will begin to notice that you wake up feeling rejuvenated, instead of groggy or disoriented. Treating your sleep apnea is essential in avoiding the development of more advanced health concerns.

Schedule A Consultation

If you think you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, be sure to contact our Pennington, NJ dentist office. Dr. Vagnozzi- Bucci can help you find the treatment you need to restore your healthy sleeping patterns. Contact our office or schedule a consultation online.

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Botox For Total Facial Aesthetics

Botox and teeth whitening specials pennington njDid you know that Pennington Family & Spa Dentistry offers Botox and dermal fillers? At your next dentist appointment take advantage of the highly trained aesthetic eye of Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci and rejuvenate your whole face. Botox and dermal fillers can erase fine lines and wrinkles, taking years off your appearance.

At Family & Spa Dentistry our team works to provide our patients with “Total Facial Esthetics.” We take into consideration all aspects of your face so that we may provide you with quality dental care that accentuates your natural beauty. Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci has gone through extensive training for the treatment of wrinkles with Botox® and dermal fillers. Our Pennington office creates a relaxing spa atmosphere so you can sit back, relax and leave with a beautiful, healthy, and rejuvenated smile.

Botox® For Fine Lines And Gums

Botox is a prescription medication used to eliminate fine facial lines, wrinkles and even reduce gummy smiles. FDA approved, Botox has been used as a cosmetic treatment for years. Botox is particularly beneficial for smoothing the appearance of crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes and softening severe frown lines around the brow.

Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci may also recommend Botox injections for the treatment of certain oral health concerns. Botox can help to treat teeth grinding, TMJ problems, muscle spasm, and chronic headaches. Do you have a “gummy” smile? ask Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci how Botox may be able to help the reduce the visibility of your gum line.

Botox is highly effective but not appropriate for all patients. Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci will provide each patient with a thorough oral health exam and overall all health analysis to determine if Botox is right for you. Our dental care and aesthetic team offer a range of treatments for comprehensive care.

Schedule A Consultation Pennington, NJ

Are you looking for an instant refresh of your whole smile? Contact our Pennington dentist office or schedule a consultation online. Our office is conveniently located in Pennington, NJ. We welcome patients from the entire surrounding area including Hamilton, Mercerville, Hopewell Township, Trenton, Princeton, Flemington, Titusfille, Stockton and Lawrenceville.

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What To Do About White Spots

ThinkstockPhotos-151338885Have you noticed bright white spots on your teeth? Yellowing or discoloration of teeth is fairly common as we age but white spots may also occur. Bright white spots can occur on your teeth and cause inconsistency in your smile’s appearance. Pennington dentist Dr. Donna Vagnozzi-Bucci offers the Icon Dental procedure for the treatment of bright white spots.

What Causes White Spots On Teeth

White spots frequently occur after a patient has worn traditional metal braces. These spots are signs of places that food or debris were trapped and caused enamel erosion. It is also possible to develop white spots on your teeth from poor oral hygiene, plaque buildup, illness or trauma. Fluorosis, hypoplasia, hypocalcification, and the use of Tetracycline can all cause white spots.

White spots are a cosmetic concern but may also indicate tooth decay. If you have white spots on your teeth it is important to visit our Pennington dentist office. Early diagnosis can offer better results with conservative dental care.

Icon Dental Treatment

Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci is on the forefront of dental technology. Offering her patients Icon dental treatment for white spots, she provides treatments other area dentists do not. Icon treatment helps reduce the appearance of white spots and reinforces the tooth enamel. Icon treatment is minimally invasive and can be completed in the comfort and luxury of our Pennington dental spa.

Icon works using a hydrochloric acid called Icon-Etch. This substance prepares the tooth for the icon filling. The icon filling will be applied to the prepared tooth and cured with a special light. Depending on the intensity of your white spots Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci may apply a second coat of the icon filling. The tooth is then buffed smooth. The Icon treatment ot only reduces the appearance of white spots, but can stop the demineralization of your enamel and prevent further tooth decay.

Schedule An Appointment

At Family & Spa Dentistry, every patient is treated as our guest. Enjoy relaxing spa amenities while restoring health and beauty to your smile. Contact our Pennington dentist office or schedule an appointment online.

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Are You Suffering From Severe Tooth Ache?

147490622Severe tooth aches, prolonged tooth sensitivity or discoloration of a tooth may be indicators that you are experiencing root canal decay. Root canal infections occur when the pulp inside your tooth becomes diseased or begins to decay. Root canal decay can be extremely painful and will deteriorate your overall oral health.

Board certified endodontist Dr. Larisa Strelkov works in our Pennington dental office offering her skilled expertise and precise care. Dr. Strelkov’s commitment to advanced endodontic education keeps her on the forefront of root canal diagnosis and progressive treatment options.

If you believe you are suffering from root canal decay, Dr. Strelkov recommends scheduling a dentist appointment as soon as possible. Treating tooth decay in a timely manner increases the chances of being able to preserve your natural tooth. Dr. Strelkov strives to offer you the most conservative dental treatment plan that will fix your dental concern and build a strong foundation for your overall oral health.

Root Canals can be performed in the comfort of our spa like Pennington dentist office. After a comprehensive oral exam, Dr. Strelkov will advise on what treatment plan will best suit your oral health concerns.

Root Canal Procedure

  1. A small hole is drilled into the tooth making the tooth pulp accessible.
  2. Infected tissue and nerves are removed.
  3. The inside of the infected tooth are thoroughly cleaned and polished.
  4. If infection exists, antibiotics may be prescribed and tooth may need to be temporarily sealed until the infection is gone. Once the infection is cleared, Dr. Strelkov will permanently seal the tooth.
  5. Once clear, the clean hollow tooth with be filled with bio-compatible rubber (gutta percha).
  6. The tooth will be covered by a dental filling or dental crown to ensure a durable and long lasting root canal treatment and protect from future damage.

Root canals can be an intimidating diagnosis for some patients and may experience some dental anxiety. At Family & Spa Dentistry we provide a soothing atmosphere with complimentary spa treatments to quell your anxiety. Our spa services come at no extra charge and can make getting restorative dental procedure a more enjoyable process . Schedule your appointment online today or contact our Family & Spa Dentistry Office.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Missing teeth create more problems than just embarrassing gaps in your smile. Having missing teeth can become a serious dental health concern. Altering the way you chew and speak, missing teeth can affect your quality of diet and daily life. The gaps that missing teeth leave can also weaken the bone structure of your mouth, eventually leading to jaw shrinkage and changes in the appearance of your smile. Do not let missing teeth deteriorate your health or make you feel insecure. Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile with natural looking and functioning results.

Princeton area Family & Spa Dentistry uses the latest in dental technology to offer you all types of dental implants. As both a cosmetic and restorative dental concern, missing teeth require replacement options that can provide both long lasting function and beautiful aesthetics. Dr. Donna Vagnozzi-Bucci’s highly skilled and trained team have the knowledge and experience to provide you with the most natural restorative dentistry in our relaxing, spa setting.
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Benefits of Dental Implants

If you are missing one tooth, or multiple teeth, dental implants offer an array of benefits for your oral health and quality of life. During your consultation Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci will conduct a total oral health exam and help you choose what restorative dental treatment is right for you. If dental implants are your best fit, here are some long term benefits you can look forward to:

  • Dental implants have a 98% success rate- that’s the highest rate of success of any dental procedure.
  • Dental implants can help slow bone loss and gum recession, promoting long- term facial integrity
  • They will restore your healthy bite, making it easier to chew and allowing you to return to a healthy balanced diet
  • Dental Implants will help to avoid further damage to healthy teeth by decreasing imbalanced biting function
  • If missing teeth were impacting your speech, dental implants can restore your normal speech.
  • Feel Confident! Dental Implants are secure, just like your natural teeth, so you can feel confident showing off your new smile.

Visit Family & Spa Dentistry

Every restorative dentistry case is as unique as you are. During your visit at Pennington Family & Spa Dentistry, our team of skilled dentists will work with you to find the dental treatment plan that is right for you. Enjoy complimentary spa treatments while our team restores your healthy and beautiful smile! Contact Family & Spa Dentistry today or schedule an appointment online.

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Halitosis No More

Bad breath is common upon waking or after eating certain foods and typically addressed with oral hygiene. However, persistent bad breath can be a sign of much more serious conditions. In addition, it can affect your confidence in both social and professional situations.

If you suffer from habitual bad breath you should make an appointment with Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci in our Pennington dentist office for an examination and oral health screening.

From plaque build up to diabetes, bad breath can be caused by a range of dental concerns and medical conditions. The first step in treating your halitosis is identifying the cause. Don’t let bad breath affect your confidence or keep you from living life to the fullest, there are simple dental procedures that could help control your halitosis. Pennington dentist Dr. Donna Vagnozzi – Bucci wants to help you achieve your best, healthy smile. Smiling young woman covering mouth

Dr. Donna Vagnozzi-Bucci Tackles Bad Breath

Periodontal Therapy
Plaque builds up around the teeth and gums, causing a sticky film to adhere in between the teeth. This plaque can cause gingivitis and gum disease, both leading culprits of halitosis. Dr. Bucci will perform a method of deep tooth cleaning called scaling. Scaling removes this build up, leaving you with a healthy smile and better dental health.

Routine Teeth Cleaning
Stay ahead of the game and make sure you get your teeth cleaned at least once a year. Annual teeth cleanings will keep the plaque from building in your mouth resulting in gum disease and the need for more extensive treatment. Schedule your annual cleaning with comprehensive dental care Family & Spa Dentist.

At Family & Spa and Dentist, you can get your mouth healthy and clean with dental care provided in a relaxing and luxurious spa setting. Highly skilled and trained, Dr. Vagnozzi- Bucci will get to the root of your bad breath problems- while you’re being pampered by one of our spa technicians. Enjoy complimentary paraffin wax therapy and a shoulder massage!

Family & Spa and Dentist offers complimentary spa treatments to ease your dental anxiety, turning your dentist visit into a relaxing day at the spa. Make an appointment today, Dr. Bucci will conduct a general oral health exam and help you build a comprehensive treatment plan.

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Straighter Teeth Means A Healthier Smile

Crooked teeth can have a range of effects on dental health as well as your overall sense of confidence in your appearance. For may patients who have misaligned teeth, hiding their smile is a part of daily life and even have an effect on professional relationships and interactions. Treating crooked teeth for adults has become easier, more discreet and convenient.

Pennington dentist Dr. Donna Vagnozzi-Bucci is an Invisalign® provider, offering this orthodontic treatment option to teens and adults with mild to moderate bite problems and crooked teeth. Invisalign is one of the most popular and successful clear retainer systems in use today. Treatment is typically completed in about a year and patients enjoy several key benefits:

  • Clear, comfortable retainers for discreet treatment
  • Retainers are easily removed for eating, daily oral hygiene and dental care
  • No irritation of the gums and soft tissues of the mouth
  • No tooth stains from retainers, a common problem when attaching metal brackets for traditional braces

Invisalign: About the Process

The Invisalign treatment process begins with a consultation to discuss and evaluate your dental health and cosmetic goals. Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci or your Family & Spa Dentistry dentist will take impressions using the special digital device for Invisalign treatment planning- no more messy trays and goo! Once this is complete, your individualized treatment plan can be created using the Invisalign software and we provide details on length of time and what to expect.

A custom set of retainers will be ready in a few weeks, which will be changed out every couple of weeks for the duration of your treatment. Check ups will enable us to monitor your progress as well as perform any routine dental care needed. Invisalign will gently and gradually realign your teeth for a straighter, healthier smile that will boost your confidence!

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  • You have been such a great support in the care for our mother over these years. I wanted to keep her pain free and you helped us with that. The last miraculous feat was the saving of that front tooth that broke. It made me smile because she hated that her teeth were discolored. She would have LOVED that shiny white tooth!! Thank you for that and, for contributing to alzheimer's research in her name.


  • I always have an outstanding visit and just recently referred two more people who raved about the experience they had! The proper time and attention to detail is always taken on every appointment.

    Lisa C.

  • Nan is awesome, she always makes me comfortable and explains everything clearly, I have and would recommend the office.

    Andrea P.

  • Everything is great and the service is amazing. This is the reason I drive over 1.5 hours each way to receive dental care there.

    Stephen G.

  • I’ve been going to Dr. Vagnozzi since she opened her practice. Everyone is amazing! Dr. Vagnozzi takes her time and really pays attention to detail. I always feel like she is giving me the best advice!

    Phyllis C.

  • I didn’t go to the dentist for a while because I had bad experiences. Then a friend referred me to the Spa Dentistry office. I usually see Dr. Silk. I have a lot of confidence in him and am very comfortable with everyone in the office now. The office is beautiful and comfortable. Everyone is friendly and professional and always makes you feel comfortable. I had two bridges done that have worked out great! I highly recommend the dental group to anyone because they are very personable and always make me feel comfortable.

    Robert T.

  • Just a little note of thanks for taking the time to deal with my big baby! He is terrified of the dentist and you made it a bit less scary for him. The tender pampering you and your staff offer goes a long way! Thanks a million.

    Kim and Ian

  • I have been a patient of Dr. Vagnozzi Bucci Spa Dental Practice since April 2002 and I’m extremely happy. I have dental insurance that I cannot use at the office however, I still choose to go there. The whole staff is superior in their technical abilities, attitude and professionalism. Every procedure I have had done there has exceeded my expectations. Painless dentistry at its finest. I can not use enough adjectives to describe and praise these doctors and professional staff. It’s not the dentistry you remember from your childhood; this is the dental practice of the future.

    Gayle D.

  • I just wanted to thank all of you for taking such good care of my aunt while she and my uncle were in the states from Australia. They were thrilled with her new teeth and told us you were amazing! I know medical/dental care is no where near as good in the U.K. or Australia as it is here, so I am glad if she had to have treatment, it was done by you. Thanks you again; I owe you one, but hope you don’t need any physical therapy anytime soon...

    David, Priscilla and Lynn

  • I want to thank you for going out of your way countless times to correct and fix my two permanent crowns. It is rare to meet a person of your character. I am lucky to have you and your magnificent staff care for me.