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Dr. Joseph John Portale, DMD

Dentist

Dr. Joseph John Portale DMD is a top Dentist in Ridgefield, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Joseph John Portale DMD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Joseph John Portale DMD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Joseph John Portale DMD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Ridgefield, NJ, Dr. Joseph John Portale DMD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
50 years Experience
Dr. Joseph Portale, DMD
  • Ridgefield, NJ
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Accepting new patients

How many implants do you need for full dentures?

The answer depends on what you need. If you have a full denture that's just loose, then 2 or three implants can work nicely with it. If you want a new denture, with the palate READ MORE
The answer depends on what you need. If you have a full denture that's just loose, then 2 or three implants can work nicely with it. If you want a new denture, with the palate open, you can use 4-6 implants to support an overdenture. All this depends on your bone availability for the placement of implants. We use a cat scan to determine available bone. A quick scan can tell all!

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Can a dentist fix rotting teeth?

Yes, we do that all the time.

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What can you not do after dental implant surgery?

Virtually nothing! Once the implant has healed, there are no restrictions.

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Can you get a partial denture for one tooth?

Sure, small partials are available, although a single implant is the better option.

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Why are my gums changing color?

There are several reasons why there are color changes. You should see a dentist to get to the right answer/treatment.

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Do dental crowns look natural?

They can if properly constructed. Traditional crowns have a metal base with porcelain fused over it. They tend to look opaque and the metal sometimes wears through. Most esthetic READ MORE
They can if properly constructed. Traditional crowns have a metal base with porcelain fused over it. They tend to look opaque and the metal sometimes wears through. Most esthetic crowns are all-ceramic like Zirconia layered with a translucent incisal edge. VERY natural looking, strong, and long lasting.

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Will an exposed tooth nerve eventually die?

Yes, an exposed tooth nerve will "die." Then, often, infection sets in. Leads to swelling and pain of an abscess. This leads to tooth loss if not repaired.

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How can I reverse yellowing of my teeth?

Brush/floss and use a whitening toothpaste. Avoid red wine, colored foods etc. Bleaching teeth is also a good choice.

Very swollen and red gums after routine dental cleaning

No, this could be a sign of an underlining periodontal infection.

Why are my 5 year old son's teeth rotting?

This is usually a case of juice bottle syndrome - always use water after a juice bottle

Will being on a liquid diet affect my teeth in any way?

Depends on what's in the liquid...

Food getting stuck behind wisdom teeth

The excess tissue indicates that either the teeth are not fully erupted or the mandible is smaller in size for the teeth in there. Having the wisdom teeth removed is usually a READ MORE
The excess tissue indicates that either the teeth are not fully erupted or the mandible is smaller in size for the teeth in there. Having the wisdom teeth removed is usually a good idea.

How many times should I floss?

I have not heard that too much flossing can hurt teeth! Usually, once or twice a day will prevent gum infections and tooth decay.

What are sealants? Are they really advisable?

Yes, sealants help prevent decay on the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

Does a root canal take longer to heal for a diabetic?

Endodontic therapy should respond normally in a controlled diabetic. In an uncontrolled patient, the infection may not resolve normally or at all. Monitor the healing, and if READ MORE
Endodontic therapy should respond normally in a controlled diabetic. In an uncontrolled patient, the infection may not resolve normally or at all.

Monitor the healing, and if pain/swelling occurs, seek a second opinion.

Is water-flossing as effective as regular flossing?

No, use regular floss. Water flossing is better that not flossing, but leaves a film on the teeth.

Can effects from TMJ ever be reversed?

There are other reasons you have TMJ issues. Sleep Breathing Disorders come to mind. You should seek a home sleep study to see if there is a relationship.

My mother lost all of her teeth. What can be done?

Sorry to hear about your mother's condition. She has several options though. Depending on her overall health, she may be completely restored with permanent teeth. Or a combination READ MORE
Sorry to hear about your mother's condition. She has several options though. Depending on her overall health, she may be completely restored with permanent teeth. Or a combination of fixed teeth and Overdenture.
Many options.
Can she come in to see me?

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