A creative soul at heart, Dr. Ralph Besho, DMD, PA was actually an art major in college…employing such mediums as oil and acrylic painting and sculpture. When his college years were through, he worked construction, painting murals in commercial and residential buildings. Contemplating, then reevaluating his future, however, he realized that dentistry might be a way to integrate artistic ability with scientific curiosity… so he went back to college to take the required courses and applied to dental school. A 1982 graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson School of Dentistry, Besho told us, “When we say our practice is ‘Where Art Meets Science’ we mean it.”
After college, Dr. Besho completed a general practice residency at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ where he was exposed to all phases of dentistry on a one-to-one basis with many specialists, not least because he was the only dental resident in the hospital. He subsequently became a part-time attending instructor, and after residency, became an associate dentist in two practices. In 1985, Besho opened his own practice…the East Brunswick Center For Aesthetic Dentistry.
“I learned a lot during those early years,” the doctor explained. “But I wanted to embrace some of the newer techniques of the time such as implants, all-ceramic crowns, and lifelike filling materials, and I couldn’t do so without having my own practice.”
His diverse practice encompasses a variety of techniques and fulfills a vast array of needs—Dr. Besho’s touches on aesthetics to family dentistry to maintenance services, designed so a whole family can visit at once.
The center’s hygiene department, for example, consists of dental hygienists, to be sure, but they do far more than clean teeth; patient education and thorough oral, head, and neck cancer exams are part of the service, as is ensuring patients have a relaxing and pleasant experience. Digital x-rays are taken when needed, and a complete intra-oral camera scan is taken. The images are then displayed for the patients to see so the problems can be visualized and explained easily. Tooth-colored, non-mercury fillings are on hand, which means that less tooth structure has to be removed, as opposed to conventional fillings. Dental veneers are also used, often with little or no preparation to the teeth involved. Implants have become a large part of Besho’s practice, too, and are now the top choice for replacing missing teeth, gradually supplanting fixed bridges, removable partials, and dentures. Although the other options are still provided, Besho is an implant-advocate, not least because as they don’t require drilling of the adjacent teeth, are predictable, and relatively affordable.
“Most of the new dental trends are technology driven,” Besho said. CT Scans, as he explained, provide a three-dimensional view to ensure precise implant placement, and digital x-rays are now more diagnostically effective than film alternatives, and have the added benefit of reducing radiation by up to 90 percent. Intra-oral cameras clearly demonstrate problems and can also be used as a patient education aid, while fiber optic hand-pieces and magnification glasses increase visualization and ensure aesthetically-pleasing sound restorations.
Besho also offers facial cosmetics to complete his services, including facial fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, and others. “The areas surrounding the mouth are the frame for the smile we created, and are just as important as the teeth themselves,” he added.
The team encompasses a staff of skilled professionals who have been working together for many years, including Dr. Maria Czarniecki, a graduate of Cornell University and Temple School of Dentistry.
“I picture my wife or children in another dentist’s chair. How would I like them to be treated?” Besho asked. “Patients place a lot of trust in their dentist and deserve to be treated fairly and honestly. It’s an exciting time to be practicing…so many options are available to us now that weren’t several years ago.”
In his remaining office hours, the doctor finds time to mentor pre-professional students from Rutgers in his office, hoping that his enthusiasm helps them select dentistry as their future career. Professional association with the American Dental Association, Middlesex County Dental Association, Academy of Facial Aesthetics, Academy of Osseointegration, Forum for Advanced Dental Studies, and Donated Dental Services of NJ help assure that remains on top of his game.
“We as dentists have the ability to control pain, restore function, and improve the way patients see themselves,” the doctor added. “They develop a more positive self-image, dress better, and smile more…their personalities and lives literally improve, which is personally very awarding for me to see.”
Ralph W. Besho, DMD, PA
Besho Dental Arts by Revolutionary Dental
Brier Hill Court E7
East Brunswick , NJ 08816