Dr. Elizabeth Herko is a Dentist practicing in New Providence and Hackettstown, NJ. Dr. Herko 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.
Education and Training
New York University DDS 2006
New York Medical College MPH 2002
University of Western Ontario BSc 1998
Dr. Elizabeth Jean Herko M.P.H., D.D.S.'s Expert Contributions
If you have a missing tooth, you may be presented with a number of options to replace it. You could get an implant, a fixed bridge, or something removable. It's important to realize that these options are not equal to each other. Although every circumstance is different, the best solution is...
Your dental team is constantly encouraging you to floss, but why? When you eat, small particles of food get in between your teeth. Brushing your teeth may remove some of this food, but it is unlikely that all of it will be removed. You need to floss to get the food out. If the food stays for long...
Unfortunately having a cavity filled at your dentist's office doesn't address the real problem. The real problem is what caused that cavity in the first place. Here are five steps to help you address the real problem and stop your cavities from forming....
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time? Some resources recommend taking a child to the dentist as early as one year old. A one-year-old child is not going to have their teeth cleaned. A visit this early is to establish a dental home (in case of emergency) and to teach...
Hi! Depends on the size. Small to medium- most often drill from the back side of your tooth. A large cavity could require a crown or veneer. READ MORE
Yes, you have to floss. READ MORE
If it's an end molar- no. If it's a molar between some teeth- often yes. READ MORE
20 mins. In the first 24 hours if it starts bleeding again, repeat gauze application for 20 minutes READ MORE
Depends how severe the pain is. Start with 400mg of Advil or Motrin, and see your dentist as soon as possible to address the pain. READ MORE
Your bite sounds like it needs to adjusted. See your dentist asap. READ MORE
That depends on your dentures and the amount of retention your dentures have- you are the best judge of your limitations. Retention can be improved with implants or sometimes a simple reline. READ MORE
Yes. Food can get stuck on dentures. Plaque can build up on natural teeth and harden into calculus and also the same thing can happen on denture teeth. READ MORE
Generally local anesthetic is all that is needed to pull out a tooth. Lidocaine with 1:100,000 epinephrine is probably the mist common local anesthetic used. General anesthesia is also available in some offices. READ MORE
Cavities are caused by many factors. Brushing and flossing is a good step towards preventing cavities, but if you brushes and flossing ever night and still getting cavities you will want to look into additional items. 1. Increase your fluoride exposure. Try prescription fluoride toothpaste or fluoride mouth rinse. 2. Look at your diet. Avoid high sugar foods and drinks. 3. Do you have dry mouth? READ MORE
Crown are a potential solution after decay ruins your teeth. READ MORE
Hi!! Sometimes yes and sometimes no. I know it's a junky answer, but it totally depends on the condition of the teeth. The better shape the teeth are in before a bridge, the less likely root canal is necessary. I hope this helps! READ MORE
It's an alternative to braces, but definitely not cheaper. READ MORE
It's normal for it to be a little sensitive immediately after a crown, but it is also possible that your bite is off. You should return to your dentist for evaluation. READ MORE
X-rays can detect decay and gum problems are two major categories. READ MORE
Have it treated by a dentist. Maybe I don’t understand the question? The ‘how’ depends on the size but generally: 1.numb the patient 2. Drill out the soft decayed part of the tooth 3. Bond white filling material in the newly cleaned out area. I hope this helps! READ MORE
Hi! That depends where it is. Could be your parotid gland duct. Do you have one in similar location on opposite side? It also could be a dental infection, even if you are currently not experiencing pain. I recommend you visit a dentist. READ MORE
Stress, sleep apnea, and malocclusion are all reasons people grind. You should see a dentist for a night guard evaluation so that you don't damage your teeth. READ MORE
Follow the post-operative instructions from your surgeon closely. READ MORE
You should definitely visit a dentist. It may appear to come and go, but it can't go away on its own. READ MORE
A single implant? In an experienced clinician’s hands 40 mins- 1 hour.... of course could be longer in certain situations. READ MORE
Yes. You can definitely have a cavity and not feel it. READ MORE
Unfortunately, this is a difficult question to answer because there is such a wide range of experience with pain. Some feel nothing while others are uncomfortable for two weeks. Most commonly patients take pain medicine for two days and then don’t need it. It's worth it. Try not to worry. READ MORE
Hi! Instead of mouthwash- add flossing to your routine first. Floss once a day at night. Mouthwash can be a good adjunct to brushing and flossing, but master the basics first! If you have trouble with cavities, gum issues or bad breath you can choose an appropriate mouthwash to help you. READ MORE
Yes. A pediatric dentist will forgo fillings on teeth that will fall out soon (within 6 months). If your child has cavities those can lead to pain and infection even with baby teeth:( READ MORE
First make sure you have been to your dentist recently for a cleaning. Build up on your teeth (that you cannot remove yourself) can cause bad breath. Check your throat to make sure you dont have tonsil stones. Go to the pharmacy and purchase a rinse specifically for bad breath. Not any rinse will do, and some rinses can make your breath worse. READ MORE
It is most likely his wisdom teeth. The average age of eruption of those teeth is 21, but I've seen kids get them at 15. You should bring him to a dentist for an X-ray. READ MORE
It's not unusual for recent root canals to be painful. They can take some time to heal, but each day should get better. READ MORE
Most of the time, an implant is better. An implant keeps a single tooth problem to one tooth. A bridge ties three teeth together. READ MORE
You can eat right away as long as you are careful not to bite yourself in the area where you are numb. It is easier to eat three hours later after the numbness has dissipated. READ MORE
I recommend the one you will use once a day. It's not so much the type that matters, it's just doing it everyday. READ MORE
Yes, you can get a nightguard to relieve pressure on your teeth. You can buy one diy at pharmacy or have your dentist make you a custom one. READ MORE
Yes. I think you should see a dentist. READ MORE
Bridges can be long spans involving from 3-14 teeth. Whether or not you can have a bridge depends more on the condition and number of teeth around the missing teeth. For example, if you lost two teeth due to periodontal disease, the remaining teeth might not be healthy enough to support a bridge. Or if you don’t have any teeth on one side of the missing teeth, then you wouldn’t be a candidate for a bridge. I hope this helps! READ MORE
Unfortunately the only way to heal from a tooth abscess is to have a root canal or get the tooth extracted. READ MORE
When does it bother you? While chewing? You might need your bite adjusted. Sometimes when you are numb you dont bite down normally. The bite only has to be off a little bit to hurt. If its been more than 3 days of discomfort I would return to your dentist to have the bite evaluated. READ MORE
It sounds like you have a cavity that has progressed to the nerve of the tooth. The treatment for that is root canal or extraction. You should go see a dentist. If you let it go too long the only option will be extraction and sometimes it can cause a spreading infection. READ MORE
Yes, unfortunately even if you do a great job with you home care a professional cleaning and exam is still recommended. Over time, plaque can harden on teeth and it is difficult to remove. Additionally at cleanings we check for other issues such as cavities and oral cancer which are both often painless and better to catch early. READ MORE
Yes. Bad breath can be caused my issues with you gums and/or teeth. Periodontal disease and root canal infection are two examples of dental issues that can cause bad breath. READ MORE
Unfortunately pain is not a reliable determining factor for dental needs. Just as high blood pressure doesn’t hurt but can lead to disaster- a tooth that is infected may not bother you but can lead to serious complications. READ MORE
Probably 95 percent of all root canals get local anesthetic. If you are not receiving it, you can request it because they will definitely have it. READ MORE
Hi! How it's fixed depends on the depth of the crack. A cracked tooth can be filled, veneered, crowned, root canaled and crowned, or extracted and replaced. The solution depends on the depth of the crack. I hope this helps! READ MORE
Flossing will not directly cause spacing between your teeth. Spacing can develop due to conditions such as decay, gum disease and poor bite. READ MORE
Erosion means that the enamel layer of your tooth is thinner or non-existent. This can occur with acid reflux or with a highly acidic diet. READ MORE
Several things can cause your teeth to be sensitive including grinding, acid erosion (from acid reflex) and decay. I recommend you see a dentist for a cleaning and evaluation. READ MORE
Most likely this is a topical anesthetic and swallowing a small amount will not hurt you. Your throat might feel strange for a few minutes, but that's it. It's not good for children to ingest. READ MORE
Yes. Iron can stain your teeth close to your gums. READ MORE
Did he used to go to bed with a bottle? The night time brushing is the most important one. Also make sure he is brushing with fluoridated toothpaste. READ MORE
You should not leave food stuck between your teeth for long periods of time. 1- it can give you bad breath 2. It can cause decay and or gum problems in that area. READ MORE
The early signs of gum disease include bleeding while brushing and or flossing. If you smoke cigarettes sometimes the bleeding will not occur. READ MORE
- Fellowship 2016 Academy of General Dentistry
- Fellowship AGD
- Crowns & Bridges
- Implant And Cosmetic Dentistry
- Whitening & Bleaching
- Veneers & Smile Makeovers
- White (tooth Colored) Fillings
- Cleanings & Check Ups
- Night Guards, Sleep Appliances And Sport Guards
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Fellow AGD 2016
- Mountainside Hospital
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- Moms Helping Moms
Experience & Accolades
- Dentist2009 - 2015Metro Dental AssociatesAssociate Dentist
- Dentist2015 - 2017Dentalcare BridgewaterAssociate Dentist
- Dentist2017Advanced Dental Care of West MorrisAssociate Dentist
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Patient Experience with Dr. Herko
Becoming frustrated in my search for a competent dentist, I made a more concerted effort utilizing the internet to find a top rated dental practice in my area. Upon contacting one of the listed practices, I scheduled an appointment for an initial dental examination. Of the, I believe, four dentists practicing within their office, Elizabeth, (Beth), Herko, DDS was selected for me to conduct my assessment. Since that initial visit in January of 2014, Dr Herko has been my dentist of choice. In short order one realizes that, through years of diligent studying and applying the lessons learned, she has managed to hone her skills to a fine degree. Following assessments to determine the best course of action for each planned procedure, her work begins and progresses with confident fluidity while she remains alert to any distress her patient might be experiencing, so as to appropriately alter her methods. But beyond her technical prowess, she possesses a natural ability to calm any trepidations while dispensing the knowledge she has acquired with a proficient, yet lighthearted and assuring demeanor. Her personable willingness to just “shoot the breeze” tempers what would otherwise be a dry clinical event to help transform it into more of a fulfilling social engagement. Without a doubt, her’s is a comforting presence; the very essence of empathy. Her passion for her chosen profession to help others was readily apparent to me when, more than once, she went out of her way to successfully advocate on my behalf. Her selfless actions have garnered my unwavering trust. One can’t ask for more. As dentists go, I happened upon someone special.
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