Meet Dr. Richard J. Carrara

Dentist in Morristown, NJ

Dr. Richard Carrara is a native of New Jersey, growing up in West Caldwell. A graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Dr. Carrara earned his Doctorate in Dental Medicine in 1989.

Prior to attending the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Dr. Carrara received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Drew University followed by a Masters degree, also in Biology, from Montclair State University.

In 1990 Dr. Carrara teamed up with Dental School classmate and friend, Dr. Corsello, and together they created Morristown Dental Associates.

At Morristown Dental Associates you are intensely aware that you are being treated in a state-of-the-art facility by a team of professionals, whose focus is providing uncompromising care in an unparalleled setting.

Dr. Carrara believes that one must continually strive to be the best in their chosen field and this requires a commitment to continuing education. He subscribes to the old adage that a good doctor never stops being a good student.

Dr. Carrara has been named a Top Dentist by NJ Top Dentists in New Jersey since 2003.

He demands compassion and excellence in himself and in his team and treats people as he would like to be treated. Dr. Carrara has built his reputation on getting to know his patients, carefully listening to their concerns, and then explaining in detail what procedures would be best for their needs.

His special clinical interests include complete dentition reconstruction, Cosmetic Dentistry, and Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Carrara and his wife, Julia, were married two months after his graduation from Dental School. The proud parents of 4 sons, their family resides in Chester, NJ.

In his spare time, Dr. Carrara enjoys spending time with his family, photography, cars, water sports at the beach and hiking with his wife and their Rhodesian Ridgeback dog.


B.A. Drew University 1983

M.A. Montclair State University 1985

D.M.D. University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey 1989

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Caring for Sensitive Teeth

Sometimes after dental treatment, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. This should not last long, but only if the mouth is kept clean. If the mouth is not kept clean the sensitivity will remain and could become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive consult with your doctor. They may recommend a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse made especially for sensitive teeth.

Choosing Oral Hygiene Products

There are so many products on the market it can become confusing and choosing between all the products can be difficult. Here are some suggestions for choosing dental care products that will work for most patients.

Automatic and “high-tech” electronic toothbrushes are safe and effective for the majority of the patients. Oral irrigators (water spraying devices) will rinse your mouth thoroughly, but will not remove plaque. You need to brush and floss in conjunction with the irrigator. We see excellent results with electric toothbrushes called Rotadent and Interplak.

Some toothbrushes have a rubber tip on the handle, this is used to massage the gums after brushing. There are also tiny brushes (interproximal toothbrushes) that clean between your teeth. If these are used improperly you could injure the gums, so discuss proper use with your doctor.

Fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses, if used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, can reduce tooth decay as much as 40%. Remember, these rinses are not recommended for children under six years of age. Tartar control toothpastes will reduce tartar above the gum line, but gum disease starts below the gum line so these products have not been proven to reduce the early stage of gum disease.

Anti-plaque rinses, approved by the American Dental Association, contain agents that may help bring early gum disease under control. Use these in conjunction with brushing and flossing.

Professional Cleaning

Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental calculus to a minimum, but a professional cleaning will remove calculus in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. Your visit to our office is an important part of your program to prevent gum disease. Keep your teeth for your lifetime.

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Morristown Dental Associates

The Medical Center at James Street
261 James Street, Suite 3B
Morristown, NJ 07960

Office Hours

Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:30pm

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:30pm

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

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