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

Dentist

87 Elmira Street Staten Island NY, 10306

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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's Expert Contributions
  • Can I use mouthwash with a dental bridge?

    Short answer is yes. If the bridge is cemented in, then brush, floss, rinse just like your own teeth. If the bridge is removable, then it should be removed and cleaned outside your mouth. Your dental hygiene should be done with the removable bridge out of your mouth. If you just want to freshen your mouth and do a quick rinse, then there is no harm in leaving your removable bridge in while you rinse. READ MORE

  • What are the disadvantages of root canal?

    Root canal therapy is a procedure to remove damaged or dead pulp. After the pulp chamber and root canal are cleaned out and reshaped, the canal is filled with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha to prevent recontamination, and the tooth is permanently sealed. Treatment usually involves one to three appointments. After cleaning and reshaping, the dentist may seal the tooth with a temporary crown, leave it open to drain or fill the canals, depending on the tooth’s condition. A topical medication also may be applied in the area to fight bacteria. Temporary fillings will be removed on subsequent visits. If the tooth is still weak after the pulp chamber and canal are filled, a metal post or fiber-reinforced resin post may be used to reinforce the tooth. Finally, the area is permanently sealed, and usually, a gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic crown is placed over the tooth to reinforce its structure and improve its appearance. Tissue inflammation in the area may cause some discomfort. This usually can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. Aftercare includes maintaining regular visits with your dentist, brushing and flossing your teeth and avoiding chewing hard foods with the treated tooth. On rare occasions, new infections may occur. This happens for a variety of reasons, including an undetected crack in the root of the tooth, a defective restoration or the break-down of an inner sealing material. In these cases, additional follow-up and treatment may be necessary. The only alternative to root canal therapy is extraction of the infected tooth. This can eventually cause the surrounding teeth to move, which may result in a bad bite that ultimately requires an implant or bridge. It’s always best to keep your original tooth if possible, and root canal therapy allows you to do so. READ MORE

  • How can I tighten my loose tooth at home?

    See your dentist for an evaluation. The only way to have a loose tooth tighten up is if the cause of the loose tooth is a very heavy, traumatic bite that puts excessive forces on the tooth. This may cause a tooth to loosen in its socket. If this bite is corrected, the tooth may tighten up (if the damage hasn't gone too far). READ MORE

  • What happens if bleeding doesn't stop after tooth extraction?

    Some bleeding is normal after a dental extraction. The amount depends on the size of the hole left behind, the condition of the gums around the extraction site, whether or not a coagulating agent and/or sutures were placed at the extraction site, the medical condition of the patient, your post extraction care (excessive rinsing will increase bleeding) and finally, the skill of the surgeon. You also need to differentiate between oozing and active bleeding. You will continue to see blood residue on a gauze for 18-24 hours after the extraction. This is oozing. Your mouth should not be filling with blood. That is bleeding. Placing ice near the extraction site and pressing on a wet tea bag at the extraction site, will both help control bleeding. If you cannot control the bleeding despite taking these steps, return to your dentist/oral surgeon or go to your local hospital emergency room for treatment. READ MORE

  • Can you have cavities if you have a crown?

    I assume that you are talking about the tooth that has the crown also getting a cavity. The answer is absolutely yes! I have seen many patients develop cavities at the margin of where the crown ends and the tooth begins. Usually this happens between the teeth and is due to lack of flossing to remove debris from between teeth. READ MORE

  • Can I use salt water as mouthwash everyday?

    While mild, warm salt water can be and is used as a mouth rinse (particularly after oral surgery), it shouldn't be used as a substitute for an antiseptic mouthrinse like listerine. Listerine provides different benefits that salt water does not. They both are useful when used properly. Listerine should be used for a 45 second "swish" twice daily. Warm salt water should be used when you have a sore or irritation in your mouth that needs a gentle, healing rinse. READ MORE

  • Why do my teeth feel sensitive after a crown?

    The tooth may be sensitive under a new crown if the bite needs an adjustment (sometimes the adjustment is so minor that you aren't even aware that you need one). Sometimes this is a temporary reaction of the tooth to the cement used to bond the new crown in place. READ MORE

  • Do dental crowns change color over time?

    Generally, crowns that are only 3 years old do not change color. They may have surface stain that changes your perception of their shade. Likewise, your own teeth, around the crowns, may have stains that affect your perception of the shade of the crowns. See your dentist for a thorough cleaning, then reevaluate the shade of the crowns. READ MORE

  • Is dental anesthesia safe for pregnancy?

    I assume that you are referring to a local anesthetic injection, NOT general anesthesia or sedation. Local anesthesia is very safe for most pregnant patients. I would recommend an anesthetic without epinephrine. If you have any complications with your pregnancy or underlying medical issues, consult with your MD before you visit your dentist. READ MORE

  • Can dental anesthesia be used for a dental cleaning?

    Absolutely yes. There are patients who need local anesthesia for their dental cleanings. This can be done in a typical dental office. If you need to be sleeping with general anesthesia or sedation for your cleaning, you will need to be in a special office that administers conscious sedation or general anesthesia for dental procedures. You would be wise to have a complete exam and xrays done first so that all your dentistry could be done in the fewest number of visits, if you require sedation for your dental care. READ MORE

  • Can a tooth that has had a root canal still hurt?

    Yes. Even after root canal treatment a tooth can still hurt. The tooth is connected to your body by a ligament that joins it to the boney socket. If this ligament becomes irritated, inflamed or infected pain can result. The bite on the tooth must be balanced with the rest of your teeth. If you hit the tooth too hard while you are chewing or grinding your teeth together, the ligament will become inflamed and pain will result. The pressure of the root canal filling material may be putting pressure on the ligament, also causing inflammation and pain. Incomplete fill of the canals may allow bacteria to live around the tooth causing pain. Tenderness may linger for up to several months after root canal treatment has been completed. It is smart to see your dentist for a follow up visit if symptoms persist. READ MORE

  • Can a dental X-ray show nerve damage?

    Dental X-rays distinguish differences in the density of the items seen on the image. This is generally limited to looking at solid objects like bone and teeth. X-rays cannot "see" nerves. The X-ray can see the canals that the nerves reside in and can determine if an object appears to be within the canal. But remember that the X-ray is a 2-dimensional (flat) picture of a 3-dimensional object (person). So, the simple answer is no. X-rays cannot definitively show nerve damage. You may see compression of a canal where the nerve is and possible/probable nerve effect. But that's the best you can do. READ MORE

  • How do you stop cavities from growing?

    Not quite sure of your actual questions. Small cavities will get larger if they are left untreated. Ultimately these teeth that started with small cavities will develop cavities that either require root canal treatment or you may even need to have the tooth extracted. If your question is "how do you prevent cavities?" then the answer is good oral hygiene, a health diet, and frequent checkups and cleanings with your dental professional. READ MORE

  • How can I reduce the gap between my front teeth?

    Depends on many things. If the gap is really large (and if your teeth are very short), orthodontics may be your best treatment choice. This moves your teeth closer together without changing the size or shape of your teeth. You can lessen or eliminate the gap this way. If the gap isn't too wide, you can increase the width of your teeth by having a tooth colored resin bonded to your teeth. This "bonding" is a reversible procedure in case you want your gap back at any time. The most drastic treatment option is to have veneers (or laminates) bonded onto the surface of your teeth. This process is not reversible as it is very difficult to remove the veneers without damaging your own enamel. See your dentist to determine which option is best for you. READ MORE

  • What is the difference between dental implants and mini implants?

    Dental implants are a long term solution to replace missing teeth. They are stable, predictable and reliable to act as supporting anchors for crowns, bridges or dentures. Mini implants are, at best, a temporary, cheaper and less stable anchor for removable dentures. The two therapies are not interchangable or substitutable. If you have unstable(loose) dentures and you cannot afford implants, mini implants may provide a temporary way to stabilize your removable denture. READ MORE

  • Can you wear dentures while implants are healing?

    The dentures will need to be adjusted so that they put no pressure on your gum/bone at the implant site, but yes, you can wear your dentures while your implants are healing. READ MORE

  • How wide can you open your mouth after jaw surgery?

    This is highly variable depending on the kind of surgery you are having. If you are considering jaw surgery, discuss this with your surgeon in advance. READ MORE

  • How can I prevent infection after a dental implant?

    Most post-operative dental implant sites do not become infected. As a precaution, your surgeon may prescribe an antibiotic and antiseptic oral rinse. You should also refrain from smoking, if you are a smoker. READ MORE

  • How long does a crown last on a front tooth?

    This can depend on your health, oral hygiene, home care and habits. But for the average person with good oral hygiene and no destructive habits (opening bottles, cracking nuts, biting pens, etc.), crowns (or caps) can certainly last for upwards of 15 - 20 years. READ MORE

  • How safe is dental anesthesia?

    Assuming that you are a healthy person with no systemic medical problems or allergies, local anesthesia to allow painless dental procedures is extremely safe. There is always an increased risk of complications when general anesthesia or sedation is used, but again in a generally healthy person the risk is minimal. If you have underlying medical complications, inform your dentist before they administer a dental anesthetic and the anesthesia used can be adjusted accordingly. 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

Awards

  • 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

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87 Elmira Street -
Staten Island, NY 10306
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