Welcome to Our Practice

COVID-19 Office Update - Please Read This Message

Please click the COVID-19 tab on the top toolbar, read and view the protocols for patients entering the office, starting with a simple, streamlined digital questionnaire from your location. as well as the newest equipment we procured, ensuring an unsurpassed level of safety.

As of Friday, January 22, 2021, nearly our entire staff has been vaccinated and working toward completion!


Who We Are

We are a team of passionate individuals with the relentless desire to offer you the opportunity for optimal oral health.  We do this with exemplary customer service and the incessant pursuit of advanced education.  We create the most beautiful smiles, make the most comfortable crowns and fillings, and give the gentlest injections and cleanings.  Does this sound like something you may be interested in?  We would love to meet you! 


Mission Statement

Our mission is to be your advocate, first and foremost, and provide each patient with superior, individualized, and comprehensive oral healthcare nurtured by a relationship based practice, between doctor and patient and staff.  Through co-discovery, dialogue, respect, then admiration, the highest level of care may be experienced by all who mutually participate and share.


David St. Ledger, DDS


Vanessa Ballentine, DMD


At Upper Montclair Dental Associates, we believe that a dentist and patient become a team for treating an individual’s dental needs. Our dentists spend most of their time listening to understand your concerns and responding with the best treatment options for you. With the help of our professional staff, they also follow up to make sure that general pain is relieved, problems are resolved and your health improves.

We also want our patients to be informed about dental problems and treatments, because informed patients make better decisions about their health and well being. That is why we’ve included an extensive section on this web site covering the full array of topics associated with dentistry and dental diagnoses and treatments. We encourage you to look through these pages whenever you have an interest or concern about your dental needs and care.

We also know that convenience in the Montclair area is important to your selection of a dentist. In these web pages you’ll find information about Upper Montclair Dental Associates’s office, including our Montclair location, maps, directions, hours, insurance policies and appointment scheduling. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have or to request an appointment. We hope you’ll find our practice offers the accessibility and personal commitment you look for from a dentist.

What makes our Office rather unique is our comprehensive approach in evaluating and in treatment.  A single tooth alone cannot walk through our doors.  People do.  What may be perceived as a tooth problem may have started as a gum (periodontal) problem, or a bite problem, or a problem from bad habits.  We evaluate the entire craniomandibular system: your teeth, gums, bone, ligaments, jaws joints, and musculature.  How all of those parts work together bio-mechanically is often left as clues on your teeth and in your gums.  It makes a simple treatment plan simpler, and clarifies the more complex treatment plan.  All of this is done so we may educate you on your oral health, and offer you options and solutions to fit our care into your lifestyle. 

Office hours are by appointment only.  We are open evenings and certain weekends.  Our Office is warm, quaint, and friendly.  The atmosphere is jovial.  We try not to take ourselves too serious.  The staff is second to none.  They are the most integral part of our practice.  Their proficiency and expertise allow the Dr. St. Ledger to spend more time with you.  Simply put, we are a family.  And our family extends an invitation to meet yours!