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Dr. Lawrence M. Bodenstein, DMD

Dentist

Dr. Lawrence M. Bodenstein specializes in cosmetic and family dentistry. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1986 and has since been providing patients comprehensive dental care while offering the most current treatment options available. His practice philosophy is to help patients attain beautiful smiles while maintaining optimal oral health.

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Dr. Lawrence M. Bodenstein
Specializes in:
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental Health
  • Periodontal Disease
  • orthodontics
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
  • University of Pennsylvania Dental School
  • Accepting new patients

Adult tooth is loose. What should I do?

When you have trauma like you did, you should immediately go to a dentist and have the area evaluated. There are multiple reasons why they could be loose, do see a dentist before READ MORE
When you have trauma like you did, you should immediately go to a dentist and have the area evaluated. There are multiple reasons why they could be loose, do see a dentist before they tooth gets worse.

How can flossing help in maintaining the health of teeth and gums?

It controls plaque, food traps and cleanses bacteria from in between your teeth and under the gums.

Is dry mouth possible because of my inhaler?

Inhailers in addition to many different medications have been shown to cause dry mouth. What I recommend is Biotene toothpaste and mouthwash for the dryness.

Should I give my child whiskey while teething?

I am not a proponent of that treatment and have practiced over 30 years. A cold washcloth to have them chew on helps numb and eases their discomfort.

Should I go get my root canal done by a specialist?

Many dentist do root canal therapy, not just specialists. As a general dentist you are correct in saying he is not a specialist, but you also said he has been doing them through READ MORE
Many dentist do root canal therapy, not just specialists. As a general dentist you are correct in saying he is not a specialist, but you also said he has been doing them through his career, so if you are comfortable with this doctors treatment and he feels that he can complete the treatment necessary, what is the need to see someone else?

Can dentists treat sleep apnea?

Yes once they have the proper training which I do have, we can treat Sleep Apnea with a custom made oral appliance.

When should I consider getting dental implants?

There isn't one specific time to get them, but the longer a patient is missing a tooth, the more complex the procedure can become. The longer a patient waits they also run the READ MORE
There isn't one specific time to get them, but the longer a patient is missing a tooth, the more complex the procedure can become. The longer a patient waits they also run the risk of not having appropriate bone to maintain an implant without the use of a bone graft.

How can I stop my husband from grinding his teeth in his sleep?

He should have a custom dental appliance made by a Dentist to protect his teeth from further damage.

I suddenly have a gap in between my front teeth. Why?

Teeth will always shift slightly, but as the gap in the front widens, it is advisable to see an dentist that does Orthodontics, that could be a General or Cosmetic Dentist or an READ MORE
Teeth will always shift slightly, but as the gap in the front widens, it is advisable to see an dentist that does Orthodontics, that could be a General or Cosmetic Dentist or an Orthodontist.

Why does only one tooth area bleed when I floss?

Gums bleed when they are inflamed. You should have a Dentist evaluate the area an followup with recommended treatment before the problem gets worse.

Can I do teeth whitening with a front half fake incisor?

Whitening does not change the color of dental restorations be it Bonding or Crowns. Yes you can whiten but expect the bonded tooth to not change color where the filling is.

Can a toothpaste help with tooth sensitivity?

There are several toothpastes for tooth sensitivity. What you should first do is see a Dentist to be sure that there isn't any underlying problem causing the discomfort.

Food getting stuck behind wisdom teeth

Just because there isn't a 'problem' with your wisdom teeth directly, having an annoying food trap can case enough of an issue. I would suggest a consultation with an Oral Surgeon READ MORE
Just because there isn't a 'problem' with your wisdom teeth directly, having an annoying food trap can case enough of an issue. I would suggest a consultation with an Oral Surgeon and have them evaluated.

How can I reverse yellowing of my teeth?

Yes, a dental cleaning can help. Professional dental whitening can help, but also figure out what habit is causing the discoloration and adjust accordingly.

Is it possible to whiten my teeth at home?

There are some over-the-counter remedies, i.e., Crest white strips, but I would have your dentist make whitening trays so you can use the professional gels at home when you want READ MORE
There are some over-the-counter remedies, i.e., Crest white strips, but I would have your dentist make whitening trays so you can use the professional gels at home when you want to.

One of my molars is severely worn down. Can this be repaired?

Yes it can most likely be repaired. As for the specific treatment a lot more than just saying it is worn down is needed to make the proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. READ MORE
Yes it can most likely be repaired. As for the specific treatment a lot more than just saying it is worn down is needed to make the proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Your teeth need to be looked at by a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Is a root canal in pregnancy safe?

I have done Root canal therapy on pregnant patients, of course following evaluation and clearance by there physician. The issue is if you have been in pain and there is possibly READ MORE
I have done Root canal therapy on pregnant patients, of course following evaluation and clearance by there physician. The issue is if you have been in pain and there is possibly an infection causing your discomfort, treatment is advised along with medical clearance ASAP.

What is the earliest age someone can get braces?

I would recommend going to an orthodontist and have your child's teeth and jaw development properly evaluated. There are times I have had 7 year old patients in braces to correct READ MORE
I would recommend going to an orthodontist and have your child's teeth and jaw development properly evaluated. There are times I have had 7 year old patients in braces to correct an issue, then have them removed and reassessed once there is more dental development present.

I grind my teeth while I sleep. Should I get a mouth guard?

If you are grinding, I would absolutely recommend a custom night guard made by your dentist. You need to be careful with the over-the-counter ones as the occlusion is very important. READ MORE
If you are grinding, I would absolutely recommend a custom night guard made by your dentist. You need to be careful with the over-the-counter ones as the occlusion is very important.

Can my abscess go away on its own?

No, it can swell and drain but until the cause of the infection is treated it will keep coming back.