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Dr. Angela P. Abernathy

Dentist

Dr. Angela Abernathy is a Dentist practicing in New York, NY. Dr. Abernathy 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. Angela P. Abernathy
  • New York, NY
  • BS in Mathematics at Alabama A&M University
  • Accepting new patients

Are cavities possible in baby teeth?

Yes, it is VERY possible to get cavities on baby teeth. If the cavity is relatively small, a filling can be done. If it remains untreated, it can get bigger and cause pain, infection, READ MORE
Yes, it is VERY possible to get cavities on baby teeth. If the cavity is relatively small, a filling can be done. If it remains untreated, it can get bigger and cause pain, infection, and swelling and may need to have the nerve removed from the tooth and a crown placed on it or the tooth may need to be removed. Some people are concerned with having these types of treatments done because “the tooth is going to fall out anyway,” however, it is important to treat these teeth because they won’t “fall out” for a long time, in some cases (children start to lose baby teeth from the ages of 5 to about 13 in a specific sequence).

I am bleeding after 6 hours of my tooth extraction. What should I do?

You need to immediately contact the dentist that extracted your tooth...

How should I maintain my gum health?

I highly recommend that you floss every day, ideally after each meal. Make sure you're changing your brush every 3-4 months and only use a soft bristle brush. Never brush side READ MORE
I highly recommend that you floss every day, ideally after each meal. Make sure you're changing your brush every 3-4 months and only use a soft bristle brush. Never brush side to side. You either want to brush using small, circular strokes or up and down. Make sure you brush the backs of your teeth and the biting surfaces. Don't forget to use a tongue scraper as well. You also want to use mouth rinse.

Another good habit is to drink plenty of water and especially drink a glass of water after each meal. A lot of the foods we consume are acidic and can weaken he enamel of your teeth. The water will help neutralize the pH in your mouth and rinse away some of the food debris. You want to wait 30-45 mins after that to brush your teeth.

What should I do for my chipped tooth?

Hello! It really depends on the size of the chip. The treatment can either be simply buffing the tooth to make it smooth, bonding or placement of a veneer or crown.

I underwent a root canal treatment and it is paining again. What could be the reason?

Teeth can be very complex on the inside. There are several things that can be happening. There can still be nerve tissue left in an extra canal or the tooth can be re-infected. READ MORE
Teeth can be very complex on the inside. There are several things that can be happening. There can still be nerve tissue left in an extra canal or the tooth can be re-infected. The best thing to do is to go back to the dentist that did the root canal for an evaluation.

Do dentists offer services to the uninsured?

Yes. You do not have to have insurance to see any health care provider (though it is a huge help). You will have to pay out of pocket. Some offices do offer patient financing READ MORE
Yes. You do not have to have insurance to see any health care provider (though it is a huge help). You will have to pay out of pocket. Some offices do offer patient financing as well as discount programs.

Brushing too hard?

I do prefer electric brushes for various reasons, but with either an electric or manual brush, it is important to use one with soft bristles. You do not have to use a lot of hard READ MORE
I do prefer electric brushes for various reasons, but with either an electric or manual brush, it is important to use one with soft bristles. You do not have to use a lot of hard force with brushing. Also, do not use a side-to-side motion. Either brush up and down or use small circles and make sure you are brushing all of your teeth and brush for at least 2 minutes.

Front tooth cavity

You may want to consider veneers or crowns.

Very swollen and red gums after routine dental cleaning

That's hard to say. Was this cleaning a little more aggressive than normal? Have you recently switched oral care products (toothbrush, toothpaste, rinse, etc)? Has something READ MORE
That's hard to say. Was this cleaning a little more aggressive than normal? Have you recently switched oral care products (toothbrush, toothpaste, rinse, etc)? Has something changed with your diet and/or general health? Were there any issues or changes in your oral care habits before this particular cleaning? These are all things to consider, but you should also speak to the dentist and hygienist that you last visited to alert them as to what happened.

What is a dry socket?

After a tooth has been removed a clot forms during the start of the healing process. If the clot is disturbed and comes out of the socket, then you have what is called "dry socket", READ MORE
After a tooth has been removed a clot forms during the start of the healing process. If the clot is disturbed and comes out of the socket, then you have what is called "dry socket", or alveolar osteitis. The precautions that should have been taken to prevent this are to avoid disturbing the area as well as to avoid any type of sucking (using a straw, smoking, spitting, etc) for up to 3 days after the tooth has been removed. Your friend needs to see the doctor that extracted the tooth ASAP to have this addressed.

Clicking in my jaw

It is not "normal" to have clicking in the jaw, but it is not uncommon. This can be because of a displaced joint or disk. It can sometimes be more annoying than painful, but you READ MORE
It is not "normal" to have clicking in the jaw, but it is not uncommon. This can be because of a displaced joint or disk. It can sometimes be more annoying than painful, but you should definitely get it checked out, so that it doesn't possibly progress to something more serious.