Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS, Dentist
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Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS


87 Elmira Street Staten Island NY, 10306


Dr. Louis Sterling is a Dentist practicing in Staten Island, NY. Dr. Sterling 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. Sterling offers pet therapy, special care for apprehensive patients. Dr. Sterling also offers the services of Orthodontics for his patients. This service is provided by Dr. Sara Skurnick, widely recognized as one of the finest orthodontists on Staten Island. As a faculty member of UMDNJ (now Rutgers Dental College), she helped train several orthodontists on Staten Island and in the Tri-state area.

Education and Training

NYU College of Dentistry DDS 1984

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Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS
Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS's Expert Contributions
  • How many teeth can be implanted at once?

    Depending on their location and the quality and amount of bone you have in these areas, all implants can be placed in the same day. Similarly, depending on the same things, some of these implants can be "loaded" or have teeth placed on them the day of the surgery, while others must be buried in the bone, under the gum and allowed to heal for several months before they can be used to support teeth. READ MORE

  • Do they put you to sleep for gum graft surgery?

    No. I have had no patients receive general anesthesia for this surgery. Check with your doctor. READ MORE

  • Do I need to rest after tooth extraction?

    While everyone is different, having a tooth extraction is literally an amputation of a body part. You will have some bleeding, swelling and discomfort. While you will not be debilitated for a prolonged time (unless you develop an infection), you should rest and follow the post surgical instructions of your dentist. Don't plan on partying the night of your extraction. READ MORE

  • Which toothpaste is best for cavity protection?

    Most any commercially made toothpaste that contain fluoride will suit your purposes to help your oral health and prevent cavities. You also need to floss so that you can clean between your teeth with your brush cannot reach. If you are very cavity prone you may also want to use a fluoride containing mouthwash. READ MORE

  • Why is my partial denture loose?

    If your partial dentures have a metal framework then they can be adjusted by your dentist. He has the proper instruments to adjust (tighten) the clasps. Do not attempt this on your own as the clasps are fragile and you can easily break them off of the frame. If the partial is completely plastic then the dentist may need to return it to the lab for an adjustment. READ MORE

  • How can you remove a cyst from your gum?

    If you have something growing on your gum it needs to be removed by a dentist (general, periodontist or oral surgeon). It should be biopsied to confirm your assumed diagnosis of cyst. This is NOT something you should attempt yourself. It is removed either with a scalpel, electrosurgery or a laser. READ MORE

  • What can I use to fix my partial dentures?

    I don't know what you mean by this. If your partial denture is loose, then return to your dentist for an adjustment of the clasps. If you have broken the partial denture, then return to your dentist to see if it can be repaired either by them or a lab. READ MORE

  • Is Invisalign supposed to smell?

    Definitely NOT. Be sure that your mouth is clean when you insert and wear your Invisalign trays. Do not eat or drink anything while wearing your trays (except for plain water). Clean your trays by soaking them in a solution of denture/retainer cleaner (Polident or Efferdent) and lukewarm water, while you are eating. Trays are usually changed every 2-3 weeks and should not have time to discolor, stain or acquire s bad odor if they are worn and maintained in this way. READ MORE

  • How long does tooth extraction anesthesia last?

    If you have a local anesthetic you will be numb from 2 - 6 hours depending upon the exact local anesthetic being used. If you are going to sleep with a general anesthetic or conscious sedation you should be prepared to have a driver with you to take you home because you will be groggy for a few hours after you wake up. READ MORE

  • Can Invisalign cause health problems?

    No. Not an issue. READ MORE

  • Is there a sealant for sensitive teeth?

    There are various successful ways to treat tooth sensitivity. Firstly, the sensitive area of the tooth most be located. Often times there is some root exposure near the gums that results in sensitivity. Other times there is wear of the enamel on the chewing surface that exposes the dentin underneath. Either way, treatments range from applying a desensitizing medication to the tooth (like Gluma or SDF), placing a bonding agent onto the tooth surface or simply prescribing a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne, Prevident or MI Paste. See your dentist for the solution to your problem. READ MORE

  • How can I know if I need antibiotics after tooth extraction?

    The best way to deal with any infection is to eliminate the source. If the tooth is the root cause of the localized infection then its removal is usually enough If the infection has spread into the surrounding bone and/or soft tissue then an antibiotic is indicated. Your dentist will decide based on their clinical findings. READ MORE

  • What antibiotic is used for tooth extraction?

    Amoxicillin is the first antibiotic of choice for dental infections. Azithromycin is used for patients with allergies to Amoxicillin or penicillin. Just because you are having an extraction that doesn't mean you need an antibiotic. READ MORE

  • Do immediate dentures look natural?


  • How long does it take to cure gingivitis?

    After a proper dental hygiene appointment to remove any tartar and plaque that you may have, the rest is up to you. With great oral hygiene (daily flossing, gentle brushing 3 times daily and rinsing with a non irritating mouthrinse (like Healthy Gums)) your issue can resolve in as little time as 7-10 days. Good luck! READ MORE

  • How long after a bone graft can I get implant?

    Speak with your surgeon, they will have the proper answer based on the type of bone you have and the size of the graft. Generally my patients heal at least 4 months before having an implant placed. I myself waited seven months after my graft, before having an implant placed. READ MORE

  • What helps the pain after tightening braces?

    You can take whatever you take for a headache or body ache. If you have no allergies to any of the following, you can take aspirin, tylenol, advil, alieve or if you have lots of discomfort, you can take one extra strength tylenol with one advil. READ MORE

  • Do permanent dentures fit better than immediate dentures?

    Yes. Immediate dentures are created from a mold of your mouth that still has your teeth. The lab cuts off the teeth and places the gum/bone in the location it thinks will be left behind after your teeth are extracted. So, it is an approximation. They can be relined to fit better after a couple of months of healing. Final dentures are made when you already have no teeth and your mouth has healed. There is no guess work involved. READ MORE

  • How effective is gum surgery for gum recession?

    That is a very complicated question to answer completely. The success of the surgery depends upon the kind of surgery you have, the skill of the surgeon performing the surgery, and how well you follow the post-surgical instructions. There is a procedure called pinhole surgery that is very successful for treating areas of gum recession. There are also various grafting procedures that can be used to reverse gum recession. Above all you must follow the instructions of your surgeon very carefully or even the best surgical technique will not be successful. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for gums to heal after a bone graft?

    Generally, a bone graft takes about six to eight weeks to heal. If you are planning on having an implant at the site, you generally need to wait at least three to four months before an implant is placed into a grafted site. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Cosmetic Dental Procedures, Root Canal Treatment, Crowns, Bridges, TMJ Treatment, Children's Dentistry, Bonded(white) Fillings

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Dr. Skurnick - Assistant Clinical Professor Rutgers Dental School 2015 - 2018


  • America's Top Dentist 2018 Consumer Panel 

Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, NY Dental Society, Second District Dental Society  

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • Best Friends Animal Society

Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS's Practice location

Dr. Louis Sterling, DDS

87 Elmira Street -
Staten Island, NY 10306
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