By Carrie Polster, DMD
October 29, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantsDental implants are ideal for patients who have recently had an extraction or tooth loss because they may still have a good amount of healthy bone tissue. You need to have a dental exam, including X-rays, to know for sure that this treatment is right for you. See Dr. Carrie Polster, a family dentist serving patients in Midland Park, NJ, to find out if you are a good candidate for this restorative procedure.

The Structure of Dental Implants
To understand how dental implants will work for your smile, you must first understand the structure of a natural tooth. The base of a tooth, which is not visible, is anchored inside of a thick patch of bone tissue. There are several layers of tissue inside of the hard, white outer coating that shows when you smile. A dental implant replaces the bottom part of the tooth and serves as a support for a visible custom crown that will sit on top. The crown and implant are connected with an abutment post. Once the three parts are together, they will stay in place for years, providing you with a secure, fixed, whole tooth replacement.

Dental Implants: Advantages Over Dentures
There are several important reasons why more patients are choosing dental implants over dentures. For one, they provide more confidence for patients who are struggling with tooth loss. An implant joins with your jaw, which means it doesn’t have to be removed for comfort, cleaning, and sleeping. You can chew all of your favorite foods knowing that the device won’t move. Because there’s no inner pulp, there’s no risk of dental decay with an implant—just be sure to floss often to prevent gum disease.

Is This Solution Right for You?
Not every patient will be an ideal candidate for dental implants, so you’ll need to visit your Midland Park, NJ family dentist as soon as possible for an examination. Your jaw bone tissue must be in good condition and you should have a strong, healthy immune system to ensure a successful healing process. You 

Making Your Smile Complete
Whether you have one missing tooth or a set of teeth that need to be replaced, dental implants can help restore your smile. Call (201) 444-5675 today to schedule an initial examination with Dr. Carrie Polster, a family dentist serving patients in Midland Park, NJ.

By Carrie Polster, DMD
August 28, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry ResultsThe cosmetic appeal of your smile can affect everything from the relationships that you develop to the type of job you're ultimately hired for. It's the first thing that people see when you come face-to-face with them. For these reasons and more, it is worth taking a little time out of your schedule to consult with Dr. Carrie Polster, a dentist serving Midland Park, NJ, about your cosmetic dentistry options 

How Do You Feel About Your Smile?
A study published by Kelton Research confirmed that having a nice smile has a direct effect on your social and professional interactions with others. But what other people think about your teeth doesn't compare to how you feel about your smile. Everyday you have to wake up and look at your teeth and if you are not happy with it, take action. Explore the various cosmetic dentistry options that could significantly improve the way your smile looks. In some cases, a dentist can improve your smile in as little as one appointment.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options
If you don’t think that cosmetic dentistry can help your imperfect smile, you may not be fully aware of the various options available. These are some of the more modern treatment solutions that could help you:

- Dental bonding and contouring of the teeth that show when you smile.
- Dental veneers that cover the front teeth.
- Dental crowns that cover the whole tooth when it is damaged or darkening in color (Dr. Polster offers CEREC same day crowns at her Midland Park, NJ dentist office).
- Teeth whitening that scrubs away years of stains in about an hour.
- Cosmetic fillings as an alternative to metal amalgam fillings.
- Specialty dentures to fill smile gaps.

Give Your Smile a Chance
You don’t only have to visit the dentist when you’re experiencing a tooth problem. You can go for a consultation at any time to discuss how your smile can look better. Don’t give up on your smile, no matter how it looks at the present moment. There may be a simple cosmetic solution that will give your smile new life.

Schedule a Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation 
You can choose from a number of cosmetic dentistry options to beautify your smile when you visit Dr. Carrie Polster at her office in Midland Park, NJ. Call 201-444-5675 today for a consultation.

By Carrie Polster, DMD
June 18, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

Can one dentist serve your whole family? If that family dentist is Dr. Carrie Polster in Midland Park, NJ, the answer is yes. In her modern, family dentistcomfortable office, patients of all ages receive the preventive, restorative and cosmetic care they need for best oral health and smile aesthetics. From cleanings and fluoride treatments to cosmetic fillings and crowns to dental implants and porcelain veneers, your family can receive it all in one convenient location.

What makes a great family dentist?

Of course, advanced credentials are essential, and Dr. Polster has those, including being named a NJ Top Dentist for several years. Also, she mentors other dentists in CEREC processes--those restorative services which produce dental crowns, inlays, onlays and bridges on-site in just one appointment.

Additionally, a compassionate listening attitude makes Dr. Polster your best choice for family dentistry in Midland Park. She enjoys caring for patients from three years old on up and plans their treatments with a careful eye toward the dental changes which come with childhood and adolescent development as well as the aging process.

You should know, too, that she and her staff are available for quick and accurate emergency advice and treatment. Whether you need help for your son whose tooth was fractured during a ball game or your mom lost a crown from a front tooth, Dr. Polster will tell you what you should do right away and get you in for an appointment the same day if necessary.

Available services

Of course, preventive treatments are foundational to healthy teeth and gums. Following American Dental Association guidelines, Dr. Polster sees her patients every six months for oral exams and hygienic cleanings to:

  • Scale plaque and tartar from on and between teeth and at the gum line
  • Check for decay, gum disease and oral cancer (beginning in the teen years)
  • Assess dental bite and jaw joint function
  • Apply fluoride varnishes and/or plastic sealants to protect against decay
  • Check the condition of fillings, implants, crowns, veneers and other restorations
  • Formulate and continue with a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Take digital X-ray imaging

As needed, Dr. Polster and her team deliver state-of-the-art restorative services to bring teeth and gums back to best health and function. These services include:

  • Dentures (conventional and implant-supported)
  • Cosmetic (tooth-colored) fillings
  • Fixed bridgework
  • Dental implants
  • CEREC same-day crowns
  • Scaling and root planing (to heal gum disease)
  • Extractions, including removing wisdom teeth

Finally, your family can take advantage of the finest cosmetic dental services available today. Zoom! in-office teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, gum contouring, composite resin bonding and more ensure that your healthy smile also is one you're proud to show off.

It's all here

A family dentist specializes in serving all your loved ones. Just come to Dr. Carrie Polster's office in Midland Park, NJ to find your dental home. We are handicapped accessible and have off street parking for your convenience. Call today for your routine exams and cleanings: (201) 444-5675.

By Carrie Polster, DMD
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

CEREC crowns offer an excellent alternative to traditional porcelain crowns. Your family dentist in Midland Park, NJ, Dr. Carrie Polster, dental crownsshares a few advantages that make the crowns a good choice for most people.

What are CEREC crowns?

Unlike porcelain crowns, CEREC crowns are actually made in our Midland Park office. We'll make a digital impression of your mouth and send it to our computer. In a matter of seconds, the impression will be transformed into a 3D image, thanks to CAD/CAM technology. The technology allows us to create a digital representation of your crown before sending it to our milling machine. The milling machine functions as a crown "printer" and shapes your crown by removing layers from a small block of resin or ceramic in an hour or less.

What advantages do CEREC crowns provide?

CEREC crowns offer a few benefits that make them a particularly attractive choice, including:

  • No Waiting for a Permanent Crown: Getting a crown used to require two dental appointments. The first appointment involved reducing the size of your tooth and making an impression of your mouth to be sent to a dental laboratory. About two weeks later, you returned to your family dentist in Midland Park and received your permanent crown. The CEREC process eliminates the need for the dental laboratory. At the end of your one and only visit, you'll leave with your brand new permanent crown.
  • Temporary Crowns Are Unnecessary: In the past, you wore a temporary crown while you waited for your second crown appointment. The crown protected your prepared tooth and also allowed you to chew normally, as long as you avoided tough or sticky foods. If you forgot and enjoyed a strip steak or took a bite of a caramel, your temporary crown could have loosened or broken. Thanks to the CEREC one-visit process, temporary crowns are no longer needed.
  • Uncomfortable Impressions Are a Thing of the Past: The CEREC system uses digital impressions, rather than putty-based impressions that can make you gag. The scanner passes over your mouth in seconds and produces a clear digital impression of your teeth.
  • Quick Do-Overs: Although your new crown will probably fit you perfectly, problems can occasionally occur with crowns, whether they're made from porcelain, ceramic or resin. If there is an issue, you won't have to wait another two weeks for a new crown. It can be produced in our office while you wait.

One-visit CEREC crowns offer the perfect solution for busy people. Call your family dentist in Midland Park, NJ, Dr. Polster, at (201) 444-5675 to schedule your appointment.

By Carrie Polster, DMD
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

It's no secret that gaps in your smile can affect your confidence, self-esteem, and quality of life. In fact, many people admit that damaged dental implantsor missing teeth prevent them from living life to the fullest. If you find yourself in the same situation, Dr. Carrie Polster in Midland Park, NJ, recommends dental implants to help restore your smile and improve your oral health.

Invest in a New and Improved Smile with Dental Implants in Midland Park, NJ

In addition to ruining your smile, tooth loss can also affect your oral health and lead to additional dental and general health complications in the future. Dental implants address both the cosmetic and oral health issues that develop as a result of tooth loss. Rather than just replacing the cosmetic and functional portion of a missing tooth (the crown), implants are surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth to replace the root. The crown is attached to the implant, which looks, functions, and feels just like a natural tooth. Implants have a very high success rate and offer one of the most permanent solutions for tooth loss.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

In addition to helping to secure your new crown in place for a natural and comfortable fit, implants also help to preserve healthy bone tissue in your gums, which begins to erode as soon as a tooth falls out. Implants require diligent oral hygiene and follow up check ups and treatment with your dentist, and patients must be in good general health. But once in place, caring for your implants is just like caring for your natural teeth.

Find a Dentist in Midland Park, NJ

Your best smile yet may be just a phone call away. For more information on dental implants and to find out if they are the best solution for you, contact our office by calling 201-444-5675 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Polster today.





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