Dr. Joseph S. DiStefano
Dr. Joseph Di Stefano is a Prosthodontist. He has practiced in New York and New Jersey for twenty years. Dr. Di Stefano graduated from The Montclair Kimberly Academy and completed his undergraduate studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He graduated with highest honors and went on to receive his DMD Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), again ranking in the top of his class. After four years of graduate study at UMDNJ, Dr. Di Stefano was accepted into The Prosthodontic Specialty Program at New York University College of Dentistry. This was a full time, three year Post Graduate Program in which only nine people were accepted from amongst hundreds of applicants from around the world.
A prosthodontist is a specialist in replacing damaged tooth structure, missing teeth, hard and soft tissues of the mouth and face. Prosthodontists deal with crowns, bridges, partial dentures, complete dentures, overdentures, dental implants, rebuilding worn out dentitions, restoring the proper bite relationship, headaches caused by facial pain and jaw joint problems (TMJ), and restoring function and aesthetics to traumatic injury (accident) victims, cancer and clef palate patients. Difficult cosmetic, technical and functional problems are referred to the prosthodontist for treatment along with geriatric patients, extremely fearful and anxious patients. Patients with hypertension and heart conditions, diabetes and a host of other systemic problems that constitute a high risk are routinely seen by the prosthodontist for management of their dental problems. Some prosthodontists receive additional training as maxillofacial prosthodontists and literally rebuild lost facial features such as eyes, ears, noses and large segments of the face with appliances. Very challenging and difficult problems confront the prosthodontist each day. It is a most challenging and rewarding specialty. As prosthodontists, we are called upon to orchestrate other specialists in dentistry and arrive at an overall solution to the patient’s problem.
Dr. Joseph M. Distefano
Dr. Joseph M. DiStefano, a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has practiced general dentistry for over forty years. He attended Columbia University where he had advanced training in periodontics. He has served on the faculty of UMDNJ – New Jersey Dental School as a clinical instructor from 1985 to the present. Dr. DiStefano is licensed in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Always interested in promoting ethical and quality dentistry, Dr. DiStefano is a member of several prestigious dental organizations. Among these are American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association, Essex County Dental Association (past President), U.M.D.N.J. Alumni Association ( past President), the Fauchard Dental Society of New Jersey (past President). An elected member of both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He serves as a Board member of the Foundation of UMDNJ.
Dr. Di, as he is affectionally known by his staff, continues to stay abreast of emerging trends in dentistry by participating in continuing education courses. Passionate about his work, Dr. DiStefano takes great pride in restoring a patient’s dental health. Patients are assured of the highest quality care and the reassurance of a personalized doctor/patient relationship. Whether a simple filling or a more complicated procedure, patients can be assured of effective treatment and superior results.
For Dr. Di, the rad to the dental profession had many twists and turns. As a young man, he was an art student hence his artistic ability to create beautiful smiles. Later, he performed with the musical group, The Hi-Lads in major cities across the United States. The highest was several appearances on the Ed Sullivan TV Show – here he honed his ability to relate to people from all walks of life. Before entering dental school, he worked as a social worker where his compassionate nature was nurtured. Dr. Di is truly a renaissance man.