Steven Tuckman, DMD, FAGD & Matthew Kayne, DMD, Dentists with Clifton Dental Associates

Get to know Dentists Dr. Steven Tuckman and Dr. Matthew Kayne, who serve patients in Clifton, New Jersey.

With a reputation built on more than 30 years of service to the Clifton, Passaic, and Upper Montclair communities, Clifton Dental Associates provides the dental treatments patients need to achieve a lifetime of oral health. Dr. Tuckman, DMD and Dr. Kayne, DMD, along with their team, take pride in the exceptional level of dentistry they provide, from simple exams and cleanings to complex full-mouth restoration. They strive to be New Jersey’s most patient-centric practice, where each patient can receive high-quality, excellent, comfortable, patient-centered dentistry that truly improves their quality of life.

Dr. Steven Tuckman

“I strive to provide trusted, comprehensive, caring dentistry to all my patients and their families. It is my privilege to practice dentistry with such an amazing group of dental professionals. I am honored to work with our wonderful patients and to assist them in achieving a better quality of life.” as stated by Dr. Tuckman.

He is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated with his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree  in 1986. Thereafter, he completed a one-year general practice residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and an additional year of private practice in Boston before his association with Dr. Kayne in Clifton.

To further his efforts, Dr. Tuckman spends numerous hours on coursework in cosmetic, implant, and other phases of general dentistry. He has attended Aesthetic Advantage in New York City, the Dawson Academy, and Invisalign® workshops, and is a member of an implant study club. His commitment to continuing education earned him the title of Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. 

Additionally, he is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the New Jersey Dental Association, and the Passaic County Dental Society. 

In the dental community, Dr. Tuckman was recognized in New Jersey Monthly as a Top Dentist in 2004-2005, selected as one of America’s Best Dentists of 2004-2005, and voted by Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Dentists from 2004 to 2015.

Originally from Long Island, he currently resides in Morris County with his wife. They have three children. Dr. Tuckman enjoys playing tennis and basketball, cycling, hiking, and traveling on family vacations.

Dr. Matthew Kayne

“Dentistry is not a job; it is a way of life. I grew up with it, I learned the benefits of it as a small fry, and have continued to be a student of dentistry and will be for life. I am always learning and modifying my techniques and striving to provide for my patients in a fashion that no one else can. Dentistry combines a helping profession with creativity like no other field. I feel certain that our dental practice changes the way our patients look at dentistry with the comfort, confidence, and knowledge we treat them like family.” as stated by Dr. Kayne. 

He is most passionate about developing caring, long-lasting relationships with his patients and their coveted friends and family. Clifton Dental Associates, started more than 60 years ago by his father, Dr. Edward B. Kayne, and his partner, has generations of families as patients, amongst newer patients, too. As Dr. Kayne grew up locally, he is honored to take care of numerous people from his past. 

Throughout his academic career, he completed his undergraduate education at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Continuing in the footsteps of his father, he completed Ivy League training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree. He is well experienced and able to handle the most straightforward or complex scenarios with comfort and concern for his patients’ well-being.

Dentistry is an evolving medical science, with constantly changing techniques and materials. For his entire career, Dr. Kayne has been dedicated to providing his patients with the most complete diagnosis, logical treatment options, and the most comfortable, time-tested craftsmanship and care that dentistry has to offer. To stay abreast of what is current in implants, aesthetics, cosmetics, and general dentistry, he attends continuing education through world-renowned organizations such as the Dawson Institute, Spear Institute, and Passaic County ITI Study Club.

Among his professional affiliations, he is a member of the American Dental Association, the New Jersey Dental Association, the Passaic County Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

On a more personal note, Dr. Kayne and his wife, Lori, have been married for 29 years. They are blessed with three children: Jon, Bryan, and Allie. When he is not tending to patients’ dental needs, Dr. Kayne enjoys spending quality time with his family, working out, cooking, and volunteering in the community.

He has been a member of the board of education since 2008 and has thoroughly enjoyed his time helping the school district. “My children received a wonderful education in public school. I felt the need to give back to the district because, after all, education is the foundation for their careers. I feel confident that the board has helped other children, children who have come along with and after mine, to enjoy a good education, too.” as stated by Dr. Kayne. 

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