Meet Our Doctors
Harry J. Harcsztark, D.D.S. F.A.G.D., F.I.C.O.I.
Dr. Harcsztark, or “Dr. H.” as he is affectionately known to his patients, has been practicing caring quality general and cosmetic dentistry, including full mouth reconstruction, in Kearny since 1977.
Upon graduation from New York University College of Dentistry in 1974 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), he entered the United States Navy as a dentist. From 1975 to 1976, he was assigned to work on a 5-year backlog list of patients who needed prosthetic work (crowns, bridges and dentures). The Navy provided “Dr. H.” with his own dedicated dental lab and 2 technicians, all necessary training at Bethesda Naval Hospital, and unlimited support, which resulted in completing the assigned task in one year with numerous commendations for a “job well done”.
Dr. Harcsztark has worked with Dr. Leonard Linkow in New York City from 1978 – 1981 learning and practicing implant dentistry. Dr. Linkow is world renowned, professionally known as the “Father of Dental Implants” and an honorary chair in his name at NYU College of Dentistry, Department of Implant Dentistry.
In 1990 – 1991, Dr. H. completed a one year, 300-hour maxi-course in implantology at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center, now affiliated with NYU.
Dr. Harcsztark opened his Kearny, New Jersey dental practice in 1977. Building upon his extensive training in cosmetic crown and bridge prosthetics, Dr. H. successfully built one of the premier practices in cosmetic makeovers and dental reconstruction in the Northern New Jersey area.
- American Dental Association
- New Jersey Dental Association
- Bergen county Dental Society
- Academy of General Dentistry, Fellow (F.A.G.D.)
- International College of Oral Implantologists, Fellow (F.I.C.O.I.)
- Kearny Dental Study Group
- West Hudson/South Bergen Chamber of Commerce
- Montclair Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Harcsztark is proud to have brought his practice into the 21st century by providing additional cosmetic services that are well within his realm of expertise with the proper training. As a cosmetic dentist for the past 30 years, he has always strived to bring his patients the latest technologies that modern dentistry and cosmetics have to offer. That is why, Dr. Harcsztark, also now known as the Facial Beauty Doctor, offers Botox® and cosmetic facial fillers like Restylane®, Perlane®, Juvederm™ and Radiesse® to his patients.
Dr. Harcsztark began his Botox® training in 2004 and continued advanced training with both dental and medical-based courses in order to get the best overall experience from both areas of medicine. Now that qualified dentists in New Jersey (and there are very few at this time) are not restricted from giving these injections, Dr. Harcsztark saw a unique opportunity to be amongst the first dentists in New Jersey to offer total facial cosmetics. Being a dentist, he can administer dental anesthesia to eliminate all pain involved with dermal filler injections, especially around the face and lips. That’s the dentist advantage over physician-base injections.
Botox® and dermal fillers like Restylane®, Perlane®, Juvederm™ and Radiesse® will become part of the expanding arsenal available to the cosmetic dentist in the near future to enhance a patient’s appearance and smile. It’s a beautiful and natural progression. Dentists are the most extensively trained physicians in administering intraoral local anesthesia and oral and facial anatomy.
Dr. Harcsztark is proud to be a founder in the group creating the American Academy of Facial Cosmetics. They are dedicated to continuing education and certification for dentists, medical doctors, estheticians, nurse practitioners and any licensed professional who is permitted to work on the face. For more information on this organization, go to their website: www.facialcosmetics.org.
Leon Pirak, M.D. Anesthesiologist, Board Certified and Diplomate American Board of Anesthesiology
Dr. Pirak is a Diplomate with the American Board of Anesthesiology. He was Board Certified in 1989. Dr. Pirak is currently Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Trinitas Regional Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Seton Hall University. He also lectures at Columbia University in New York.
You don’t need to be afraid of going to the dentist anymore. For many Americans, going to the dentist is a frightful event, even though dentistry has changed so much in the past decades. A visit to the dentist can now be relaxing and anxiety-free with Dr. Pirak. At The Smile and Implant Center, Dr. Pirak will take care of the anesthesia. The Smile and Implant Center has a special suite fully equipped with all the requirements necessary to perform dentistry under anesthesia.
Mendel I. Markowitz, D.D.S. Oral Surgeon, N.J. Spec. Permit #3778
Dr. Markowitz graduated from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 1986. His professional organizations include:
- Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Member of the New York State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Member of the American Society of Dental Anesthesiologists
- Medical Consultant to the New York Rangers
Dr. Markowitz offers IV Sedation for our fearful patients. His char-side manner is of a gentle and caring nature. He makes all patients feel comfortable and at ease. We are truly fortunate to have such a fine gentleman and professional as part of our staff.
Saishwari Bankar, D.M.D.
Dr. Bankar graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree in 2009. Dr. Bankar focuses on all general and cosmetic dentistry with a special interest in placing and restoring mini and regular implants. As Dr. Harry Harcsztark states, “Dr. Bankar has the fine skills of a surgeon and the gentle caring touch of a mother.”
Dr. Bankar is a member of the American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association, Middlesex Dental Association, Indian Dental Association of North America and Smile USA Study Club. She has completed certifications in mini and regular implant placement restoration and an advanced course in bone grafting and sinus lifts.
Dr. Bankar is married and has two children. She enjoys yoga, music, hiking and spending time with her family.
Sharon Jacobson, D.M.D.
Dr. Jacobson graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree and from Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology – both with honors.
Dr. Jacobson is a member of the American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association, Passaic County Dental Society and the Passaic Park Dental Study Group. She has extensive experience in working with and caring for children. If you need a dental exam for your child by a caring, warm and gentle dentist, Dr. Jacobson will put both you and your child at ease during your dental visit.
Dr. Jacobson is married and has 4 children. Her personal interests include reading and classical music.
At The Smile and Implant Center, we are proud to offer our dental services to patients traveling from nearby neighborhoods and communities. For your convenience, we have provided driving directions to our office from the following locations.