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Dr. Louis Paul Sterling, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS is a top Dentist in Staten Island, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Staten Island, NY, Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
34 years Experience
Dr. Louis Paul Sterling, DDS
  • Staten Island, NY
  • NYU College of Dentistry
  • Accepting new patients

Is gum disease hereditary?

A family history of gum disease can increase your chances to develop a similar problem depending on the cause of your family's disease.  If both your father and grandfather practiced READ MORE
A family history of gum disease can increase your chances to develop a similar problem depending on the cause of your family's disease.  If both your father and grandfather practiced poor oral hygiene in addition to chewing tobacco, the cause might have been more due to their personal habits than genetics.  

What foods should I avoid with braces?

In addition to hard foods and snacks like pretzels and chips, sticky, chewy, gummy foods (caramel, gum, licorice, jelly beans) will damage or break your braces.

Would anesthesia be used during my root canal?

Usually a local anesthetic is very sufficient for root canal treatment.

Should I get Invisalign?

Invisalign is a good option if you have a smile that you are not happy with and you don't want to wear braces. Invisalign may not be an appropriate option depending on the extent READ MORE
Invisalign is a good option if you have a smile that you are not happy with and you don't want to wear braces. Invisalign may not be an appropriate option depending on the extent of your malocclusion (bad bite) and the amount of correction you need. You may have to be happy with a compromised result if you insist on invisalign treatment an your orthodontist recommends braces.

My son cracked his tooth and won't get if fixed. Are there any risks?

Absolutely. He may ultimately experience pain in this tooth. He may end up needing root canal treatment and a porcelain crown. Continued neglect may cause this tooth to require READ MORE
Absolutely. He may ultimately experience pain in this tooth. He may end up needing root canal treatment and a porcelain crown. Continued neglect may cause this tooth to require extraction.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Seems like you are already answering your own question. Severe pain whether a reaction to cold, biting or pressure; especially with no stimulus (cause), means you probably need READ MORE
Seems like you are already answering your own question. Severe pain whether a reaction to cold, biting or pressure; especially with no stimulus (cause), means you probably need root canal treatment. If your mouth or face becomes swollen you probably also need an antibiotic.

Do cavities ever need to be refilled?

Yes. Seems like you should revisit the dentist for a revaluation of this tooth.

Will asprin help my tooth pain?

Take whatever pain reliever you take for a headache: aspirin, tylenol, advil or alieve. See your dentist ASAP. Pain is relieved by these medications, but will return unless the READ MORE
Take whatever pain reliever you take for a headache: aspirin, tylenol, advil or alieve. See your dentist ASAP. Pain is relieved by these medications, but will return unless the cause for the pain is treated.

I never grew out of my buck teeth. What should I do?

You are never too old for orthodontic treatment (as long as you are willing to undergo treatment).

How can I help my child's fear of the dentist?

Pediatric dentists (Pedodontists) treat only children. They are experts in this area. Speak to friends and get a referral to a trusted pedodontist in your area.

What can I do to maintain my dental implants?

Great oral hygiene, frequent vists to your dentist for maintenance (cleanings) and avoiding abuse of the implants (teeth) will increase their life expectancy. Abusing implants READ MORE
Great oral hygiene, frequent vists to your dentist for maintenance (cleanings) and avoiding abuse of the implants (teeth) will increase their life expectancy. Abusing implants include things like chewing ice cubes, bones, rock candy, etc...

How long will I have to be on painkillers after a root canal?

Root canal treatment can cause temporary discomfort for several days after the procedure. Do not chew on this tooth, use ice and take over the counter pain relievers as needed. READ MORE
Root canal treatment can cause temporary discomfort for several days after the procedure. Do not chew on this tooth, use ice and take over the counter pain relievers as needed.

I wear dentures. My gums are aching! What can I do?

Your dentures probably need to be adjusted, relined or replaced. Daily use of an over the counter rinse like "Healthy Gums" will sooth your gums. If your dentures move around, READ MORE
Your dentures probably need to be adjusted, relined or replaced. Daily use of an over the counter rinse like "Healthy Gums" will sooth your gums. If your dentures move around, a thin layer of adhesive paste will help keep them in place. If they don't, a very thin layer of vasoline inside your dentures will help sooth your gums during use.

Are there any medicated pastes for gum health?

There is a new toothpaste on the market called Parodontax that claims to support periodontal health. But there is no substitute for frequent visits to your dentist for cleanings READ MORE
There is a new toothpaste on the market called Parodontax that claims to support periodontal health. But there is no substitute for frequent visits to your dentist for cleanings and exams. In addition, a regular home care program of brushing (after meals and before bedtime), flossing (daily) and rinsing (Listerine or Healthy Gums) will do wonders to help your gums fel better. One last thing. Don't assume that you brush and/or floss correctly. Have your dentist or hygienist give you instructions to make sure that you do everything right!

My wisdom teeth haven't come in. Is this normal?

Can be normal FOR YOU. Wisdom teeth develop at various times. I have seen 16-year-olds with fully erupted third molars. Others don't have them erupt until they are in their 20's. READ MORE
Can be normal FOR YOU. Wisdom teeth develop at various times. I have seen 16-year-olds with fully erupted third molars. Others don't have them erupt until they are in their 20's. Finally, you should have a panoramic X-ray taken to see if: 1) they may be impacted, 2) they may never have developed at all, or 3) they are blocked by some kind of problem (cyst for example). The bottom line is, see your dentist for a panoramic X-ray to check.