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Dr. Maria Lourdes Longo, D.M.D.

Dentist

Dr. Maria Longo is a Dentist practicing in Brookline, MA. Dr. Longo specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Dr. Maria Lourdes Longo, D.M.D.
  • Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Accepting new patients

Could wisdom tooth extraction cause an infection?

Absolutely, or a dry socket. If it persists, please see the doctor again.


Dr. Maria Longo

Do root canals happen more often as you age?

Root canal are only more likely as you get older if you actively get cavities, if you have a traumatic bite (i.e., grinding, gum recession, etc.), and if you don't have a proper READ MORE
Root canal are only more likely as you get older if you actively get cavities, if you have a traumatic bite (i.e., grinding, gum recession, etc.), and if you don't have a proper diet or hygiene. Otherwise, you may never need one.

Is a root canal in pregnancy safe?

Today you can have root canals done quite accurately using an apex locator without having to use radiation. You have to do the therapy because it is worse for the baby and mom READ MORE
Today you can have root canals done quite accurately using an apex locator without having to use radiation. You have to do the therapy because it is worse for the baby and mom to be taking medications for three months to prevent infection and treat the pain. I suggest you have it done with temporary materials and finish it after you give birth when you can confirm the work with a radiograph.

Having an abscessed tooth? What could this mean?

A tooth abscess is an infection in or around the tooth. The abscess can be caused by your bone and gum or by the tooth pulp of the tooth in question. It can be treated if there READ MORE
A tooth abscess is an infection in or around the tooth. The abscess can be caused by your bone and gum or by the tooth pulp of the tooth in question. It can be treated if there is enough bone left around the tooth and if the root canal is able to be done if needed. An abscess should be dealt with right away. You may experience pain, tooth ( or teeth) loss, and more expense if untreated.

Front tooth cavity

You could crown it. However, with today's plastic technology, if the filling is not too big, you should be able to match it perfectly. You can photograph the tooth and post it READ MORE
You could crown it. However, with today's plastic technology, if the filling is not too big, you should be able to match it perfectly. You can photograph the tooth and post it so I can see of it is a particularly difficult tooth to match.

How can I stop pushing on my front teeth when I swallow?

This is a biomechanics problem. There may not be enough room for the tongue. Or your lips are not able to close when swallowing.

Brushing too hard?

These problems are not from brushing. You are flexing your teeth and receding your gums. It is biomechanics. Brushes, electric or not, are all relative soft.

Can effects from TMJ ever be reversed?

Absolutely! You have a biomechanics problem. The bite and the proper skeletal alignment of your skull and mandible do not coincide. Very common problem but very few dentist are READ MORE
Absolutely! You have a biomechanics problem. The bite and the proper skeletal alignment of your skull and mandible do not coincide. Very common problem but very few dentist are trained to diagnose and treat. If you don't treat it, it will continue to worsen throughout your life.

Why are some people's canine teeth sharper than others?

Yes, genetics play a role in the shape of your teeth but also you may be grinding and he is not.