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Mountainside Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We know that you have questions when it comes to your health care, and your teeth are no exception! We want to help you make the right decisions for your smile, and we're always happy to answer the questions you have that will help you do so.

Here are some common questions we hear from patients, but you can also feel free to contact our dental office in Mountainside at (908) 232-6900 if you don't find the answers you need here.


New patients are always welcome at Mountainside Family Dental!

We make it simple and convenient to get your dentistry done in one place, and as a new patient, you'll start with a comprehensive examination, x-rays, and teeth cleaning. Our dentists in Mountainside will discuss any necessary treatment with you and review your options so you can select the procedure that best fits your needs.

We work with most types of dental insurance, and we also offer an in-house payment plan to make it easy for you to fit the dentistry you need into your budget.

New patients who don't have dental insurance can receive a complimentary examination and x-rays with their first teeth cleaning. Be sure to ask about our special.

We offer a wide range of dental services at Mountainside Family Dental. So whether you'd like to enhance your smile, you have teeth in need of repair, or it's just time for your routine cleaning and checkup, we're here to help you. Our dentists are also available for emergency dental care for patients near Mountainside. 

Contact Our Mountainside Dentist Office to Schedule!

We listen to your goals and desires for your smile so we can recommend and provide the type of dental care you want. Our patient-centered dental practice has been well established in Union County since 1991.

You can reach your dentists in Mountainside, NJ at (908) 232-6900 to schedule your next appointment.

The good news is that many dental insurance companies cover most if not all of the cost of preventive teeth cleanings, examinations, and x-rays. This means that there is very little or even no out-of-pocket expense for you. Our friendly and knowledgeable team can review your dental insurance benefits ahead of time and let you know what to expect to pay at your first visit - if anything.

If you don't have dental insurance, we have an in-house payment plan to help defray your treatment cost and make it easier to fit comfortably fit into your budget. We also offer a special for new patients without dental insurance that gives you a free examination and x-rays.

When you visit our dental office in Mountainside, our dentists will review any treatment recommendations with you, including the cost, so you can decide which procedures are best for your budget and lifestyle. We always review the cost of treatment ahead of time with our patients, so there are no financial surprises for you.

Contact Mountainside Family Dental Today!

If you have additional questions about treatment recommended for you or how much you'll be paying out-of-pocket, our friendly staff members are here to help you. Call Mountainside Family Dental at (908) 232-6900 for more information.

You can rest assured that you have many options, and we're here to help! At Mountainside Family Dental, our dentists and staff want to make excellent dental care available, accessible, and affordable for everyone. The first thing you'll notice is that our prices are very competitive with other dentists in the area.

Next, after you have an examination, we’ll provide a detailed written estimate of the cost of your treatment plan, so you know what to expect. We hate financial surprises as much as you do, so we'll never move forward with any treatment before you understand your out-of-pocket costs.

Our office accepts a variety of third-party financing options for your convenience, such as Lending Club. Our helpful staff members can guide you through signing up for third-party financing if monthly payments are of interest to you. 

We also have an in-house membership plan, which provides patients with discounts for procedures they require and allows them peace of mind with multiple cleanings and examinations included in the low yearly membership fee. If you have a dental emergency in Mountainside, emergency examinations are also included in the membership plan.

Affordable Dental Care in Mountainside, NJ

Contact our dental office at (908) 232-6900 for more information about payment options and to schedule your next appointment

Mountainside Family Dental is located at 1132 Springfield Ave, right by Echo Lake Country Club. Patients driving from Union, NJ can take US-22 W. Take the County Rte 577 S exit toward Westfield. Then, follow County Rte 577/S Springfield Ave to our dentist office. 

At Mountainside Family Dental, we are happy to work with several dental insurance companies to help provide high-quality dentistry for our patients. These are including but not limited to:

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Benecare
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • Dental Health SunLife
  • Fidelio
  • Guardian
  • Horizon (Blue Cross Blue Shield)
  • MetLife
  • Principal
  • Tri-Care Active Duty
  • United Concordia
  • United HealthCare

We don't accept Medicaid or Medicare or participate with DHMO or HMO plans; however, if you don't see your insurance company listed here, it doesn't mean that we don't work with them. Give us a call at (908) 232-6900, and our team will help you navigate your dental insurance benefits. 

For patients who don't have dental insurance, we offer an in-house payment plan to make it easy and affordable to get the dental care you need. And new patients without dental insurance can take advantage of our special, including a free examination and x-rays when you pay for a teeth cleaning.

Experienced Dentists in Mountainside, NJ

Dr. Robert Kudla, Sr. has been a trusted dentist in Mountainside, NJ since 1991, and now his son Dr. Robert Kudla, Jr., is excited to join the team. We value the relationships we build with our patients, and we look forward to meeting you and helping you meet your goals for your smile! Contact our dentist office today to schedule your next appointment

Cosmetic Dentistry

Your smile is often the first thing about you other people will notice. But if you're embarrassed by your teeth, then you may be tempted to hide those pearly whites. Cosmetic dentistry in Mountainside, NJ is the answer to creating the smile of which you'll be proud.

We offer several cosmetic procedures at Mountainside Family Dental that will address various problems, such as:

  • Misaligned teeth due to crowding or overlap
  • Misshapen, broken or missing teeth
  • Tooth stains
  • Gaps between teeth

Cosmetic Dental Treatments

If you wish for whiter teeth, many cosmetic options are available. The professional teeth whitening process can remove years of discoloration. In contrast, porcelain veneers, which are thin shells that cover the fronts of various teeth, can create an entirely new surface matching your surrounding teeth.

For a crooked smile, we offer the Invisalign system, which consists of transparent clear aligner trays that progressively straighten your teeth over time, gradually fashioning a nicely aligned smile.

Finally, for missing teeth, we recommend dental implants. These are rooted into your mouth with titanium screws and support a restoration that is as close to permanent as possible – even if you break or lose your restoration, the root may remain intact as the foundation for a new crown.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Cosmetic Dentists in Mountainside!

If you have additional questions about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you, we encourage you to call Mountainside Family Dental at (908) 232-6900 to schedule a consultation! Dr. Kudla will help develop a personalized treatment plan catered to your individual goals. 

Dental Crowns & Bridges

A dental crown is a restoration that acts as a cap over your tooth, completely surrounding a fractured or otherwise damaged tooth to avoid an extraction.

Dental Crown Procedure Timeline

A crown is placed over a couple of appointments at our dentist office in Mountainside, NJ. In your first sitting, Dr. Robert Kudla Sr. or Jr. will remove some material from the tooth so that your new crown will fit snugly and be sealed tight. He will also make a digital impression of your tooth so the lab may create a restoration that matches your natural tooth as closely as possible.

Your second appointment will be scheduled as soon as your permanent crown is ready – your digital impression should cut this turn-around time significantly as the 3-D scan is sent directly to the lab. Your dentist will check the crown to ensure it is correct and then will cement it into place.

Finally, your dentist will make any adjustments necessary so that it fits and does not interfere with your teeth' alignment. Your restoration will, with proper care, last for many years.

Contact Our Mountainside, NJ Dentist Office!

Contact Mountainside Family Dental at (908) 232-6900 to schedule a consultation with our dentist. He determine if a dental crown is the best solution for your individual situation. We look forward to your call!

Dental Implants

Dental implants are an excellent solution for patients near Mountainside, NJ who are missing one or multiple teeth. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you're looking to replace all of your teeth, you may want to consider an implant-supported denture.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant supported denture at Mountainside dentist officeWith an implant-supported denture, four strategically placed dental implants support a complete denture that our dentists design to snap into the implants, which hold the denture securely in place. With dental implants securing your denture, there's no need to be concerned about movement or slippage when you talk or eat. Gone are the embarrassing moments that some people experience with a traditional denture!

This is also a more cost-effective and less invasive solution than replacing each tooth with a dental implant since you'll only need four implants to support your denture.

If you don't need to replace all of your teeth, dental implants can also anchor a bridge if you have adjacent missing teeth to replace, and they can secure a partial denture if you are missing multiple teeth but not all of them.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Dentist in Mountainside

If you're dealing with tooth loss, our dentists would love to talk with you about your options for restoring your smile. Contact Mountainside Family Dental today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile and your confidence.

Missing teeth can dramatically impact your life quality. Speaking, laughing, and enjoying your meals can be challenging. Missing teeth can also compromise your future oral health.

We offer all tooth replacement options, but dental implants in Mountainside, NJ are the most natural choice. They look, feel, and function most like the teeth you were born with. This is because they replace the entire tooth anatomy—root to crown.

Patient during consultation with implant dentist in Mountainside NJGetting Dental Implants at Mountainside Family Dental

The first part of the implant journey begins with a thorough and friendly conversation at Mountainside Family Dental. Your implant dentist in Mountainside provides an exam to make sure implants will work for you and talks to you about your goals and expectations. If you decide on dental implants, we schedule your oral surgery.

On the day of your procedure, your dentist numbs the gum area at the implant site and gently places your implant post. Across several months the implant post integrates with your jawbone just like a natural tooth root. Then you are ready for your dental crown.

We can also implant four to six implant posts and attach a denture if you have total tooth loss.

Schedule A Consultation with Our Mountainside Dentist!

Reach out to a helpful team member today at (908) 232-6900 to schedule your consultation with a top implant dentist in Mountainside.

General Dentistry

Digital x-ray taken at Mountainside NJ dental officeX-rays are a dentist's most important diagnostic tool. Often, problems start inside your teeth or beneath the gum line. By the time the problem is visible to the naked eye, it can be painful and more difficult to treat. Using digital dental x-rays taken regularly, we can catch problems early and treat them quickly and comfortably.

Digital X-Rays at Mountainside Family Dental

Our dentists in Mountainside, NJ utilize digital x-rays to detect any potential issues in your teeth and jaw. Pediatric dental patients generally need more frequent x-rays because their teeth are still developing. For adult patients who have restorative work like fillings or dental implants, it is important to make sure there is no tooth decay under the surface. 

If you are a new patient of Mountainside Family Dental, we will typically take x-rays during your first visit. Depending on your needs, we may recommend x-rays every six months or every few years if you keep up with your general dentistry appointments

Radiation emitted from digital dental x-rays is minimal, so there is no need to worry wether or not x-rays are safe at our dentist office. 

Contact Our Mountainside, NJ Dentist Office Today!

If you have additional questions about x-rays or are ready to schedule your next dental exam, we welcome your call at (908) 232-6900! Mountainside Family Dental offers a range of services for families in the Union County area. We look forward to working with you! 


This popular question is also one of the most difficult to answer! There is no set amount of time to move through the Invisalign treatment, as everyone has a unique smile that will take a personalized amount of time to change. 

Patient holding up tray of Invisalign aligners in Mountainside NJOn average, patients usually spend between one and two years in Invisalign clear braces. However, depending on how complex the case is, a patient can spend less than one full year or even more than two years in treatment. 

When you wear Invisalign trays, you will typically wear each for about 2-3 weeks before moving on to the next set. When you consider how many different variables influence the number of Invisalign trays you might wear, it’s easy to see how the treatment length can vary so significantly. 

We always tell our patients in Union County to expect a minimum of one year in Invisalign to keep their expectations realistic. Many patients average around the 18-month mark with their Invisalign, but that number is only meant to be a general guide.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Invisalign Dentist in Mountainside!

To learn more about how Invisalign might work with your smile and how long you can expect to spend in treatment, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with our Invisalign dentist in Mountainside, NJ. Give our office a call at (908) 232-6900 today!

Periodontal Treatment

Because science has linked gum disease with many chronic, non-dental health concerns, there has never been a more critical time to focus on your oral health care. Studies have shown us that the bacteria causing the inflammation that contributes to gum disease are the same as the bacteria causing these health concerns:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Complications during pregnancy, including low birth weight
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Dementia

Since bacteria travel through the bloodstream, having gum disease can worsen these other systemic conditions and vice versa.

Gum Disease Treatment in Mountainside 

The best way to protect yourself from a gum infection is to commit to an excellent home care routine of daily brushing and flossing and regular checkups and teeth cleanings with your Mountainside dentist every six months.

Your dentist can detect gum disease in its early stages (gingivitis), which allows you to successfully manage it and even reverse it in some cases. If you're dealing with advanced gum disease (periodontitis), your dentist can provide the deep cleanings and guidance you'll need to keep your gum disease under control.

Schedule Your Next Exam at Mountainside Family Dental!

If you notice that your gums appear red, swollen, irritated, or bleed when you brush and floss, please schedule a teeth cleaning and checkup with your Mountainside dentist, as these are all signs of gingivitis. Give Mountainside Family Dental a call at (908) 232-6900 to speak with a friendly staff member!

Emergency Dental Care

A dental emergency isn’t always easy to define. While some oral health changes can wait a few days, others demand immediate attention from an emergency dentist in Mountainside, NJ. If you’re unsure whether your situation is a dental emergency, always reach out to a member of our staff at (908) 232-6900 for a phone assessment and further instructions.

Emergency Dental Care in Mountainside

Man smiling in treatment chair after emergency dental care in 07092We define a dental emergency as anything that threatens your oral health or causes you pain:

  • Toothache
  • Gum swelling
  • Broken tooth or restoration
  • Lost tooth or restoration
  • Oral injury

Depending on the nature of your emergency, a member of our team can instruct you until your appointment. If you knock a tooth out, for example, we typically prompt you to store it in milk or saliva until your appointment. Sometimes your dentist can reattach it. If you have swelling, we may recommend ice or over-the-counter pain relievers until we see you.

Of course, we want you to go to the emergency room if you’ve suffered impact trauma immediately. You can call our dental office after you’ve been declared safe.

Contact Your Emergency Dentist at Mountainside Family Dental!

The goals of your emergency dental visit are to restore your oral health and rid you of pain. If you think you might have a dental emergency, contact our dentist office immediately at (908) 232-6900.

Do you need an emergency dentist in Mountainside, NJ?

Experiencing a dental emergency is stressful, and your team at Mountainside Family Dental understands that what you need during an emergency is a fast solution. That's why we leave time available in our daily schedule to accommodate patients with dental emergencies.

Emergency Dental Care in Mountainside

Some of the common dental emergencies that we help out with are:

  • Lost or broken dental restorations like a tooth crown or filling
  • Toothaches or dental pain
  • Infected or abscessed teeth - A dental infection will not resolve on its own - don't wait to call us.
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth - Transport your tooth carefully to the dentist as soon as possible.
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Broken dentures - We can help coordinate a denture repair so you'll be smiling again in no time.

If you don't see your condition listed here or are unsure that you're experiencing a dental emergency, please don't hesitate to contact our dental office in Mountainside at (908) 232-6900. Our friendly and knowledgeable team members are fluent in both Spanish and English and can help assess your situation over the phone to determine if you need immediate attention.

You can also avoid certain dental emergencies with regular teeth cleanings and checkups. So don't wait to call us if it's time to schedule your next preventive dental visit.

Tooth Extraction

Man smiling in chair at dentist in Mountainside NJWith a gentle dentist and the right amount of numbing agent or anesthetic, you should never experience a painful tooth extraction! 

Gentle Dental Extractions

When you have a dental extraction in Mountainside, NJ, you shouldn’t be feeling pain or be overly uncomfortableーinstead, you should only experience a sensation of pressure and movement as your dentist works in your mouth. 

If you ever begin to feel pain or become extremely agitated while having a tooth extracted, you need to let your dentist and hygienist know right away. They will increase the numbing dosage and make you more comfortable. Depending on the type of procedure, such as wisdom tooth removal, you may not even be awake for your treatment! 

Recovering from Your Tooth Extraction

After you have a tooth extracted, it’s normal for the area to be swollen, tender, and sensitive for the days and even weeks following surgery. The first few days after tooth removal are when your mouth is the most sensitive, so it’s best to stick to a liquid diet and slowly transition to soft foods as you feel ready. 

Your Mountainside dentist can help you manage any discomfort you feel after your procedure with pain medications or recommendations for at-home post-op care. After the first week, you should feel significantly better, and your mouth will be well on its way to healing! 

Contact Mountainside Family Dental Today!

If you are experiencing bad tooth pain, or if it's been a while since your last dental exam, we welcome you to contact our dentist office in Mountainside! Call (908) 232-6900 to schedule your next visit to Mountainside Family Dental

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