Five Things You Didn’t Know Botox Was Used For

At our office, we’re all about choices, which is why we offer so many services. We’re all about helping people, which is one reason why we offer Botox. There’s a lot that Botox has to offer, a lot that may surprise you too! Most have heard of Botox injections in relation to smoothing out facial lines and wrinkles, but the fact is that the benefits of Botox go beyond just cosmetic. Botox is hugely beneficial in several other areas as well – some include the following:

Hyperhidrosis (aka excessive sweating): Mild hyperhidrosis can be treated with prescription anti-perspirants but that won’t work for more severe cases. That’s where Botox comes in. Botox injections can stop the excessive sweating for several months at a time. How? Well, here’s how Botox works – Botox works as a shield between your brain and the muscle of your body that you’re using it on. That means that even if your brain is telling a muscle to move, the muscle stays still. It also can work as a shield for sweat glands. You’d need to get Botox injections every few months for this issue, but it’s WAY better than the alternatives!

Treat migraine pain: Migraines are (literally) a pain & sometimes medication + lifestyle changes just don’t help. With Botox, not only will your symptoms be reduced (ex. Sensitivity to light, nauseau, etc), but migraine sufferers have reported experiencing fewer migraines after receiving injections!

Treat Bells Palsy: There are actually a couple of options when it comes to Botox & Bells Palsy. Botox can be administered to the paralyzed side of the fact, helping to relax facial muscles that have grown tight and are painful, OR it can be [...]

By |September 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Get Back-To-School Ready!

Time flies when you’re having fun (and this summer was fantastic!) but now school is suddenly right around the corner and it’s time to get school clothes, school supplies, finish reading all those books you were supposed to be reading over the summer so you’re prepared for day 1, getting back-to-school ‘dos & more. Now is also an excellent time to take care of a little dental preventive maintenance while you’re at it! This way when the first day of school rolls around after Labor Day, you’ll be in tip-top shape from your head to your feet (reminder: don’t forget the back-to-school kicks!) & prepare with a great grin for your next great school year.

By now you all know the importance of preventive maintenance – it’s not just good dental care, it’s good health care in general! – and timing your twice yearly appointments with events like back-to-school pairs up your appointment with something important so you’re less likely to forget. Plus dental check-ups can actually help set the tone for the school year. Why is that? Because good dental health is linked to academic success! Did you know that dental disease causes children to miss more than 51 million school hours annually? Therefore, a back-to-school check-up is a great opportunity to reinforce healthy habits (plus identify and fix any potential dental problems before school starts).

Other important reasons include: 1) 1 in 5 school age children in America have untreated tooth decay, but cavities are 100% preventable!; 2) It’s not just academic success; poor dental health affects your child’s self-esteem, speech, and nutrition as well; and finally 3) we can alert you to any growth or alignment problems your child’s teeth may be experiencing, [...]

Why Use A Cosmetic Dentist

You may be wondering WHY you should see a cosmetic dentist as opposed to a “regular” dentist, when really the biggest difference is that traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene & disease, while we as cosmetic dentist do that PLUS focus on improving the appearance of the teeth, mouth, and smile. Just call us the artists of the dental world, because generally speaking, a cosmetic dentist is a restorative dentist who has extensively studied the concepts of smile design and dental materials to create what could best be described as works of art. (Pretty neat, right?) It’s not all about bright white smiles though, there’s a lot that’s covered under restorative dentistry – some that really is just cosmetic and designed to boost your self-confidence, some that can better your health, and some that will make your life easier.

Having a damaged smile may diminish eating or speaking capacity as well as shaking your self-confidence. And wanting a more beautiful smile isn’t just some beauty-obsessed desire; it’s an important investment in your social and career opportunities. Your smile is right there on your face and is one of the first things people notice about you and having damaged, crooked, or discolored teeth affects how you portray yourself to others. Without a doubt, it’s true that the more confident you feel, the more confident you appear to others. So how can a cosmetic dentist help you put forward your best smile and improve your quality of life? Well, here’s a few ways…


Dental implants are artificial tooth root replacements that are used in order to compensate for tooth loss. Usually made of titanium, an implant is used to replace the root portion of a missing tooth [...]

Get That Summer Glo!

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy; it’s also time to get that healthy, happy glow going on! Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists also found that nearly 90% of patients requested tooth whitening.

At Rutherford Cosmetic Preventative Dentistry in Rutherford, NJ we proudly offer the revolutionary whitening system – GLO Teeth Whitening!  GLO (which stands for Guided Light Optics) combines heat and light to deliver maximum whitening power, which produces results that last longer than many other whiteners on the market!

What is it all about?! Take a look for yourself, HERE

This amazing procedure is clinically PROVEN to whiten your teeth five shades lighter within 5 days…and get this, NO SENSITIVITY AT ALL!!! This small, but mighty mouthpiece is guaranteed to get your smile white and we know you’ll love the results!

Check out some photos of happy GLO clients below, then call us to make your first appointment and discuss how we can get your smile summer ready!!



** Practicing as a New Jersey dentist for the last 34 years, Dr. Graber has had additional training in bonded fillings and operative endodontic, periodontal and cosmetic dentistry.  He also trained in Brassler endodontics.  Dr. Graber is a member of the American Academy of Facial Cosmetics:  He is presently offering free consultations for Botox and dermal fillers.

By |June 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Botox and Dermal Fillers

Did you know? We don’t just offer dental services at our office, we also offer botox cosmetic procedures and dermal fillers! Botox is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles, while dermal fillers are soft tissue fillers injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles, restoring a smoother appearance.

Why use Botox Cosmetic?
There are several types of dermal fillers available for cosmetic treatment, all of which are available at our Rutherford office.  With a few tiny injections, Botox Cosmetic blocks nerve impulses to the muscles in your forehead, thus reducing their movement. This decreased muscle activity helps lessen the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyes (glabellar or “H” lines), Crow’s feet found on the lateral border of the eyes, and the forehead.

Botox Cosmetic treatment is a quick and minimally invasive treatment at our Rutherford office. It is a 30-minute procedure that requires no downtime or recovery. It is often called a “lunchtime” procedure! In clinical trials, a majority of patients saw significant improvement in seven days and continued to improve for up to a month.
On the average, Botox lasts between four and five months. Patients often prefer to be maintained every four months, before the initial Botox regimen is metabolized.
Why Use Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injected under the skin with a fine needle. They are used to fill in facial wrinkle and folds, creating an immediate smooth appearance. Smoothing out folds and wrinkles by adding volume can make an enormous difference to a patient’s appearance.
The most common facial sites where dermal fillers are used are:
• Nasolabial folds, Marionette lines (folds at the corners of the mouth)
• Mandibular shaping [...]

Help Your Child Learn to LOVE the Dentist!

Many parents don’t realize how dental problems can occur, or just how important those “baby teeth” are!

Prolonged and frequent bottle or breast feeding can cause bottle tooth decay.  Diets high in sugar from fruit roll-ups, sticky candies , juice and soda can also cause lots of cavities.  Thumb and pacifier habits can cause malformations of the palate.

Children are not done losing their baby teeth until they are 12-13 years old! These teeth hold the spaces for permanent teeth, shape your child’s face, and help with speech, eating and chewing.

Dr. Robert Graber, has been treating children, in his 135 Union Avenue, dental practice, for the past 30 years.  Dr. Graber, has a hypo allergenic, Portuguese water dog,  Bright & Beautiful therapy dog, “Jessie”, and a wonderful supporting staff that really makes a difference in achieving your child’s comfort specially in their very first dental treatment.  Our office works hand in hand with your child, as well as answering any and all questions from their dear parents.  We treat children from 2 years old through their teen age years.  Remember that good dental habits and experiences started in childhood last a lifetime!  We know how to make kids leave the dentist’s chair smiling and their parents, too!

To help your child learn to LOVE the Dentist!, here are some Do’s and Don’ts.

START YOUNG: To put it simply, the earlier you help prepare your child, the better. When your child is introduced to dental care at an early age, they’ll be more open to new things, and you can find ways to help them feel comfortable from the very start.  Experts recommend that children have their first dental visit by age one, or when their first tooth [...]

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The Life of the Dental Implant

Dental implants as we know them today were invented in 1952 by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon named Per-Ingvar Brånemark. Today, they are considered the standard of care for replacement of missing teeth. They can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all the teeth. The loss of a tooth has both aesthetic and functional consequences, and dental implants have the longest lifespan of any of the other tooth replacement options.

What exactly IS a dental implant? A surgical fixture that is placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone over the span of a few months. The dental implant acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. In turn, this “artificial tooth root” serves to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. The process of fusion between the dental implant and jawbone is called “osseointegration.” Most dental implants are made of titanium, which allows them to integrate with bone without being recognized as a foreign object in our body. The success rate for dental implants is 98%!

You’re probably thinking, “Well, what happens when I come to your office to get a dental implant then?”. Here’s how the process goes:

In preparing for a dental implant at Dr. Graber’s Rutherford Dental office, x-rays will need to be taken so that Dr. Steven Reff can check the shape and the thickness of the jawbone. These x-rays will also show the position of other structures in the mouth such as nerves and sinuses. This free consultation provides an opportunity to understand and ask questions about what will happen during the procedure. Risks and benefits will also be discussed.

In many cases, Dr. Reff surgically removes a tooth and places a dental implant [...]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

For Our New Patients



The most important moment in a dental relationship is when the patient meets the doctor for the first time.  The new patient shares with Dr. Graber the reason why they made their appointment and if they have a chief complaint such as “I am in pain,” When a patient presents in pain our office will focus on eliminating the pain before Dr. Graber proceeds any further.  After thoroughly reviewing a new patient medical history, an initial clinical exam and a full mouth series of radiographs are completed.  both the exam and radiographs reveal either oral health or oral disease.

Some new patients haven’t seen a dentist for many years.  Today, we are treating a patient who hadn’t had a scaling in over three years.  Huge deposits of calculus are seen on the radiographs and the tartar exists above and below the gums.  Plaque buildup is the primary cause of gum disease and caries.  If plaque isn’t  removed by brushing and flossing it hardens.  The hard plaque, known as tartar, contains bacteria that can irritate the gums and break down the fibers that hold the gums tightly to the teeth.  This space between the tooth and the gums fill with bacteria creating a  periodontal pocket.

This can lead to severe infection, pain, swelling, and inflammation which causes spontaneous and abundant bleeding on scaling.  the patients full mouth series of radiographs indicate some bone loss that can help loosen multiple teeth which might require extraction.

At this point, an experienced dentist realizes that this patient has a periodontal problem and there has to be an honest discussion about the patients gums and supporting tissue.  Periodontal disease often causes no symptoms during its early stages such as gingivitis.  Gingivitis is [...]

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