Lawrence Dental Associates in Lawrenceville
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Lawrence Dental Associates

About Us

We are dedicated to staying on top of the latest diagnostic tools and treatments. It is our goal to give our patients healthy smiles of which they can be proud. We want to achieve that goal as easily as possible for our patients.

We couldn’t be the office we are without our staff. They are always helping patients by giving them the information they need to make the right decision. Our staff will discuss all of your options and what to expect. They are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. It is their goal to give you a satisfying experience every time you walk through our doors. Quite simply, they are great at what they do!

Serving Lawrenceville, Lawrence Township, Princeton Boro, Pennington, Hopewell, Trenton, Mercerville, Ewing, Princeton Junction, East Windsor, West Windsor and other surrounding areas. If you would like to visit our office, feel free to contact us today at (609) 895-8844.

Our Dentist

Edward D. Gaines, DMD

Edward D. Gaines, DMD has been reviewed and approved by NJ Top Dentists each year consecutively since 2011. He is certified in Invisalign (Levels 1 & 2), Brite Smile, Zoom, CPR/Basic Life Support, and Nobel Biocare Implant Prosthetic/Surgical.

Education & Training
  • 1981, B.S. Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • 1985, D.M.D. Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Board Certifications
  • Invisalign Levels 1 & 2
  • Brite Smile
  • Zoom
  • CPR/Basic Life Support
  • Nobel Biocare Implant Prosthetic/Surgical
  • Honors and Awards
    • Philadelphia Top Rated Dentist 2014
    • 236 New Jersey Top Dentist 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (Healthy Living Magazine)
    • New Jersey Top Dentist 2011 – Present (NJ Top Docs)
    • America’s Top Dentists 2005-2006 & 2009-2010 (Consumers Research Council Of America)
    • Top Dentist Awards 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
    • American Dental Association Clinical Evaluator Ace Panel on Dental Materials
    • Invisalign Premier Provider
    • Presenter – American Association of Dental Research
    Professional Memberships
    • American Dental Association
    • New Jersey Dental Association
    • Mercer County Dental Society
    • Academy of General Dentistry
    • International Association of Dental Research
    • American Association of Dental Research
    • New York Academy of Science
    • Jersey Shore Medical Center/University of Pennsylvania Study Group
    Our Services

    At Lawrence Dental Associates in Lawrenceville, NJ, we offer a variety of services to care for your mouth. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your teeth and mouth, please contact us today.

    Cosmetic Dentistry – A beautiful smile is one of the most sought after features in cosmetic medicine. People from all backgrounds and professions want a white, straight smile, and we can help make it a reality. Whether through minor adjustments or major changes, cosmetic dentistry aims to help people feel good about the way their teeth look. There are many procedures that can improve your teeth and correct issues such as discoloration, chips, gaps, or irregularities. Common options include bonding, veneers, bleaching, reshaping, and crowns. In addition to cosmetic improvements, these procedures can help solve other oral problems as well.

    Veneers – Veneers are thin shells intended to cover the front side of teeth to hide stains, chips, decay, or irregularities. A dental technician uses a model created by a dentist to make a custom shell out of special materials. Because veneers require removing some enamel, they are usually permanent. Your dentist will typically recommend avoiding food and drink that will stain your veneers. Veneers can chip or crack, but overall the results are worthwhile and many people are thrilled with their new smile.

    Crowns – A tooth can lose its normal shape and size for a variety of reasons. A crown covers your tooth to help restore its original shape and size. Crowns can also be used to make teeth stronger and look better. Crowns have a variety of uses. In some cases that require a large filling, there isn’t enough tooth remaining to keep the filling in place. A crown can strengthen the tooth and hold the filling. Crowns can also protect teeth that are weak, or help fix ones that are broken. Discolored or misshaped teeth can be covered by a crown, as can dental implants.

    Bridges – Bridges can solve the issue of missing teeth. Similar to dentures, bridges replace gaps in your smile with artificial teeth. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain, gold, and alloys. Bridges can be removable or fixed. Removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned by patients, whereas fixed bridges have to be removed by a dentist. Bridges can be implanted to the jaw or under the gums. With so many options, it is important to consult with your dentist about which type of bridge is best for you.

    Implants – Dental implants are roots placed in your mouth for either permanent teeth to be placed on or ones that you can remove. Dental implants are done to improve a patient’s smile and usually their self esteem. Having missing or bad teeth can be quite embarrassing. Dental implants also can be done to improve oral health. Many people find it easier to eat with dental implants. Their speech can also be improved. Dental implants are also more comfortable because they are made to become permanent.

    Fillings – Dental fillings are used to fill cavities and repair cracked or broken teeth. Fillings can be done with gold, porcelain, or silver amalgam, but is most commonly done with materials called composite resin fillings that are designed to match the color of your teeth. Additional steps are required for tooth-colored fillings because it requires multiple layers and a special light to dry and harden the area around the filling.

    Dentures – Removable dental replacements, or dentures, are a common service that we provide for our clients. We provide both complete dentures (for when all teeth are missing) and partial dentures (for when some teeth are missing). There are both conventional and immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and are placed 8 to 12 weeks after removal. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed.

    Teeth Whitening – One of the most common desires patients have is whiter teeth. When considering your options it is important to consult your dentist to make sure you have all the facts and understand how they may affect your teeth and mouth. Options for teeth whitening usually include whitening toothpastes, at-home bleaching, and in-office bleaching. Of course effectiveness, safety, and results vary greatly between products, so consult with your dentist if you are considering these choices.

    Extractions – An extraction is performed to remove a tooth, whether because of disease, crowding, or damage. When extractions are required, the area around the tooth will be numbed and your dentist will remove the tooth. A small amount of bleeding is normal, as your mouth will replace the removed tooth root by forming a blood clot in the area. Caring for your mouth after an extraction is very important. Your dentist will outline how you should care for the area of the extraction. It is important to allow your mouth time to heal, so avoid activities like smoking, drinking through a straw, or eating foods that may aggravate the area.

    Gum Treatment – Gums are the tissue that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease is when this tissue becomes infected and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease. Plaque (the bacteria on teeth) is constantly forming, so regular dental care is important to preventing buildup that affects the gums. If you experience bleeding or swollen gums, gums that are pulling away from your teeth, bad breath or taste, loose or changing teeth, you may have signs of gum disease.

    Root Canal – A root canal is a procedure used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Although normal tooth decay can become increasingly worse and eventually lead to a root canal, often times blunt trauma can cause the tooth to die as well. Your dentist will remove the dead nerve from the tooth and then seal it off to prevent another infection or abscess from forming around the tooth. If the nerve is not removed the infection will continue to climb deeper into your gums, often causing swelling, pain, and discomfort.

    Our Office
    Phone: (973) 227-0861
    Fax: (609) 895-8080
    Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed

    “Lawrence Dental is the best! They were so thorough and friendly. I even got to see my teeth on a live tv feed from a tiny intraoral camera. Great time, definitely going back, and definitely recommend. Five stars!”

    Liz W.

    I have been a patient at Lawrence Dental associates for 8 years. The excellence of every aspect of each visit helps to let go of my old fear of “going to the dentist.” Everyone, from the office staff to the dental assistants to Dr. Gaines, is highly professional, supportive, and friendly.

    I recently had a root canal with Dr. Gaines. He is so knowledgeable and experienced in his field of dentistry. He explained the procedure in detail to alleviate my fears, and then proceeded to do his work with total expertise. I had absolutely no pain during the whole procedure and have had no pain since then. His assistant was also excellent in her support. I recommend Lawrence Dental Associates without reservation.

    Anne A.

    There’s a reason I keep going back to LDA and that’s all the staff there is courteous and Dr. Gaines is non-judgemental. He’ll explain things and he really listens to me and my concerns. I couldn’t ask for better dental care.

    John S.

    The staff there is super friendly! They were FANTASTIC with my 3 year old as the patient! Wonderful! I would highly recommend hygienist and dentist to everyone!

    Marisa M.

    As always, my experience at Lawrence Dental was outstanding.
    Thorough and professional with diligent attention to detail. I couldn’t imagine better treatment or more professional top quality service.

    Emmett W.

    Dr. Gaines has been my dentist for over 4 years and I would recommend him to the most dentistry-phobic person out there, as well as anyone needing dental procedures either for the health or appearance of their teeth. I’ve had multiple fillings replaced and am finishing up a year of Invisalign which has greatly exceeded my expectations. For the first time in my life I’m not nervous or worried about going to the dentist– I look forward to my visits, so I keep up with my cleanings and X-rays. Dr. Gaines and his assistants are gentle and skilled in the latest technologies. Dr. Gaines gives knowledgeable, bona fide recommendations and advises me on how to get the most bang for my buck when it comes to aesthetic improvements. I hope he never leaves practice.