Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS, Dentist

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

Provider Details

Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS
Dr. Louis Paul Sterling DDS's Expert Contributions
  • Can you get a mouth cyst removed at this time?

    Depends. Many states have reopened and are allowing dentists to provide non-emergent care. If you are in one of these states, then no problem. If your state is not one of these then the question is do you or the surgeon consider this an emergency situation? READ MORE

  • What is the most natural looking crown?

    The most natural looking crowns are made of entirely porcelain with no metal contact. Examples are eMax, Feldspathic porcelain and Empress crowns. All of these will give a beautiful, natural looking result when done by a great dentist and lab. READ MORE

  • How can I fix a gap in my front teeth without braces?

    I would love to see a picture of your teeth to give you the best option. The simplest, cheapest, least invasive and reversible way to alter the shape of your teeth is to have them bonded. Bonding is a tooth colored resin that is virtually indistinguishable since it is matched to your tooth shade and blended into the shape of your own tooth. Teeth can also be altered with porcelain laminates and crowns/caps. Both of these procedures are more costly, invasive and not reversible. READ MORE

  • Can a tooth be filled if the nerve is exposed?

    Complicated answer. Ordinarily the the nerve (pulp) is exposed, the tooth requires root canal treatment before any filling is done. If the tooth is completely asymptomatic (not sensitive and completely pain free) and the pulp is exposed by accident (the decay was very close to the pulp) and the pulp is vital (alive) and not inflamed, THEN is might be possible to successfully medicate the pulp & place a temporary sedative filling in the tooth. If the tooth continues to be pain free after 4-6 weeks, a final filling can be placed over the medicated pulp. However, sometime down the road (months or years) the pulp may degenerate and the tooth may need root canal treatment. READ MORE

  • Can I get a crown without a root canal?

    Absolutely yes. The placement of a crown does not have root canal treatment as a prerequisite. A well done crown on a live tooth should give you many years of comfortable service and function. READ MORE

  • Can you get a cavity under a veneer?

    Yes. If your hygiene is not good, if you do not see your dentist/hygienist for regular cleanings, if your diet is full of sweet, sticky items or if the veneers are not well contoured and properly sealed, you can get cavities. Same goes for any dental restoration; fillings, bondings, crowns, bridges. READ MORE

  • How long do dental bridges last?

    You have asked a vague question as there are several types of bridges. Removable bridges can last indefinitely (10-20 years depending on the material used, size of the bridge and care taken by the patient). Cemented in bridges can be of a long span, short span, be anchored by two or more full crowns or two or more metal or ceramic wings bonded to teeth. The shorter the span and the fewer teeth involved, the less stress on the bridge and supporting teeth and therefore the longer it will last. The cleaner the patient keeps the teeth and bridge and the better care the patient takes care of their mouth, the longer the bridge will last. A diet consisting of hard, sticky and very chewy items may dislodge or break a cemented bridge. A bridge that is bonded in place by wings attached to teeth (as opposed to crowns) will probably not last as long. I have seen cemented bridges last and look great for 25 years. Conversely I have seen patients destroy them in just a few months. As I said, this is a hard to answer question. READ MORE

  • How often should I use a gum stimulator?

    I never recommend Gum stimulators to my patients. I think their use is unnecessary READ MORE

  • Why do gums recede around implants?

    The complete answer is quite involved. Simply put, gum follows the bone underneath. It is typical to lose a very small amount of bone (0.1mm) around the top of an implant for a short while. This bone loss can be increased if the hygiene is poor, if the patient has unhealthy habits (smoking), if the restorations aren't properly seated or adjusted (if the bite is too hard), if the patient was not a great candidate for an implant in the first place (soft or insufficient bone) or if cement not fully cleaned out around the implant restoration. Well restored implants in a healthy patient with solid bone will not show gum recession for a VERY long time (if ever). READ MORE

  • Is ibuprofen 800 mg good for a toothache?

    Assuming that you have no allergies or underlying medical problems that would prohibit you from taking any OTC medications (check with your MD if you have any questions) taking 1 800mg ibuprofen along with 3 extra strength Tylenol (acetominophen) will provide you with narcotic strength pain relief. Do not exceed taking this combination more often than every 8 hours. READ MORE

  • Can Listerine kill a tooth infection?


  • How quickly do teeth shift after extraction?

    The rate at which they shift is dependent on several things. How solid are the teeth around the extraction site? The more solid they are, the slower they will move. Are the teeth around the extraction site in occlusion (biting) with the opposing arch? If they are biting on other teeth, they will move more slowly. How much bone was lost during the extraction/ how big is the hole left by the lost tooth? The larger the hole, the faster the tooth will move. Generally, it's a good idea to have a bone graft placed when an extraction is done. This limits the amount of bone that is lost. Usually there is a healing range of 3 - 6 months before either a bridge or implant is placed into an extraction site. If finances are a consideration, have your dentist monitor the position of this tooth to see if it is shifting. READ MORE

  • What can I do for a dry socket?

    There is treatment available for your problem. Return to the dentist who performed your extraction for treatment of your dry socket. READ MORE

  • How long can I wait to get crown after implant?

    Once your implant is placed, you should allow 4-6 months for healing before your crown is placed. READ MORE

  • Why is my cheek swollen after a root canal?

    Discuss this with your dentist. You may need a different antibiotic. You would also benefit from ice usage on your cheek. READ MORE

  • Can braces cause an overbite?

    Assuming that you are being treated by a competent orthodontist, braces will cure your overbite and provide you with normal occlusion. READ MORE

  • How do you sleep with Invisalign?

    Like wearing anything new, there is a short period of time during which you need to get used to the appliances in your mouth. For some perople this is a couple of hours. For others it's a day or so. After that you barely realize you are wearing anything. Sleeping should be no problem with the shells in your mouth. They are barely there. READ MORE

  • My husband won't replace his missing tooth?

    Why won't he replace it? Fear of dentistry? Fear of pain? Cost? Embarrassment to go to the dentist? Just doesn't care about it? You have to diagnose the reason, before you can address his concerns and solve the problem. READ MORE

  • What color is the clot after tooth extraction?

    Ranges from dark red/crimson to brownish. READ MORE

  • Can saltwater rinsing cause sloughing?

    How much salt are you using? The correct proportion is 1/2 tsp per 12 oz warm water. Too much salt is not good for your oral tissues. READ MORE

  • A shift in teeth causing tongue to be bit?

    Firstly, it is a good thing that your cemented retainers were removed. Their removal makes it much easier to keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy. You should find brushing and flossing easier and more efficient. Nightly Essex retainer wear should hold all of your teeth in their proper position, so I don't think that their use is causing shifting of your teeth and biting of your tongue. Sometimes, once you bite your tongue (by accident), it becomes swollen and sore. Now because it is swollen, it continues to get in your way and you continue to bite it. A nasty cycle. Try using ice on the side of your tongue to decrease the swelling after your bite it. Keep on wearing your retainers, they are innocent. READ MORE

  • Can you kiss with Invisalign on?

    Yes. No problem. READ MORE

  • Why are my teeth suddenly separating?

    There can be several reasons for teeth separating. 1. You may have periodontal disease. This may result in lessening amounts of bone holding your teeth in place. 2.Your bite may be changing resulting in increased stress on some of your teeth and causing them to shift. Either way, it's time to see your dentist to evaluate why your teeth are shifting and to solve the problem. READ MORE

  • Why do my dental implants hurt?

    If you just had the surgery, it is normal to have post operative soreness for up to 3-4 days. If they were placed many more days or even weeks ago, you should not be feeling anything. You should return to your surgeon to be evaluated for the cause of your soreness. READ MORE

  • Why does the gum around my crown hurt?

    Your gum should NOT hurt around your new crown. You may be sore for a day or so if your dentist needed to go below your gum in order to remove extra cement, but everything should feel like it is natural and belongs in place. READ MORE

  • How long after crown lengthening can I get a crown?

    For best results I recommend a healing period of about 8 weeks. READ MORE

  • Why is my left front tooth longer than the right tooth?

    A small amount of enameloplasty (reshaping the enamel) can be done to make you happy with the shape of your tooth. As long as it's done gradually and not to an extreme amount, you have plenty of enamel and it should not cause any harm to your tooth. READ MORE

  • How can I strengthen my gums fast?

    You really can't "strengthen" your gums like you can your muscles. But by maintaining excellent oral hygiene (flossing daily, very gentle brushing with proper technique, rinsing with a good oral rinse, frequent recare appointments with your dentist/hygienist), you can make them healthier and keep them healthy. READ MORE

  • Can you drink water after using mouthwash?

    Usually no problem. The exception is for fluoride rinses. You should not eat or drink for 30 minutes after using a fluoride rinse. For prescription rinses, check with your doctor or pharmacist. READ MORE

  • Is a wire change needed on a monthly basis?

    Not necessarily. Today's metalurgy allows wires to keep their activity and memory for a long time. The elastomeres need to be changed because they wear out and no longer engage the wire tightly enough into the bracket to produce the desired effect. READ MORE

  • Do braces correct overbites?

    Yes. Orthodontics is the Dental specialty dealing with the correction/treatment of malocclusions (bad bite). Depending os the severity of your particular malocclusion, various treatment recommendations will be made. Make sure to see a orthodontist (specialist), NOT a general dentist who has some training in orthodontics. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for an infected tooth to heal?

    Hard to give one answer. Just taking antibiotics for an infected tooth, or allowing pus to drain from an opening in the gum near the tooth will NOT cause the tooth infection to go away. A tooth that is infected (meaning the pulp inside the tooth has died and an abscess has formed) can only be treated either by Root Canal Therapy or extraction. An extraction site can take from a couple of weeks to months for healing. After Root Canal Treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive for up to a couple of months as well. If neither procedure is done, an infection caused by a tooth (NOT a gum infection) will not resolve. READ MORE

  • Can dentures last a lifetime?

    While a good set of dentures are constructed from a high-impact resistant acrylic base and very strong resin teeth, they will ultimately lose their luster and pick up stain over time. In addition, eating hard items may cause chipping of the teeth. Weight gain or loss in excess of 15 pounds or so, will affect the way the dentures fit and feel. So, I guess if you are really happy with your dentures and you get 10-12 years of service from them, you should feel happy. READ MORE

  • How long should I wait to eat after a dental cleaning?

    No need to wait at all. Enjoy your meal or snack. READ MORE

  • What foods should I avoid after dental implants?

    After any type of dental surgery you will want to avoid hot and spicy foods, you will want to eat on the other side of your mouth. Not too much to worry about. READ MORE

  • Can I use mouthwash after a filling?

    Sure. No problem with using your usual commercial mouthwash like listerine, pro-health, etc. READ MORE

  • Is teeth bleaching a permanent fix?

    Depending on your habits & diet (smoking, red wine, cola soda all diminish the bleaching effect), your whitened teeth will stay brighter for upwards of 6 - 12 months. They can be retouched 1-2 nights per month to renew the whiter look you had at the conclusion of your bleaching treatment. READ MORE

  • How long does swelling last after dental bone graft?

    You won't reach your peak swelling for 48 hours when it begins to subside. Using ice on your face and perhaps even inside your mouth (30 minutes on/off) will help lessen the amount of swelling. Ice should be used for at least 3 days for best effect. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for teeth to shift with braces?

    The speed with which your teeth move is determined my various factors. The amount of crowding you have, the distance they need to move, the kind of movement needed (rotations, tipping, bodily movement), the tightness of your bite, the amount of boney support the teeth have, the forces placed upon them by the dentist and how compliant you are with elastics you may need to wear. READ MORE

  • Can a tooth crack under a crown?

    Absolutely yes. This is a rare occurrence for a vital (live) tooth but if a tooth has had root canal treatment it can fracture under the stress of chewing. During root canal treatment, the inside of the tooth is hollowed out to an extent that allows the dentist to reach and remove the pulp of the tooth. With time, after the the removal of the pulp, the tooth can become brittle due to the loss of its vitality. This happens despite the placement of any bonded material placed within the tooth to help hold it together and increase its strength. So, yes, the tooth can fracture under the crown. READ MORE

  • How can I make my teeth move faster with braces?

    There are studies showing that certain surgical procedures can accelerate tooth movement through the bone. These procedures are extremely uncomfortable and will add greatly to the cost of your treatment. Your best bet is to follow the instructions of your orthodontist and wear all of your elastics as directed. READ MORE

  • Can braces make teeth become loose?

    Teeth must become looser as they move through the bone into their desired final position. They tighten up when your treatment is done and the braces are removed. Remember to wear your retainers FOREVER (when you sleep) or your teeth will revert to their original position over time. READ MORE

  • How long do you have to wear braces after your teeth are straight?

    Once your your teeth are in their desired position and your bite is stable, many orthodontists leave the braces on for an additional month to help the bite settle in. Then they are removed and retainers are worn. 24 hrs/day for one month. Followed by 12 hrs/day for 1-2 months. Then sleep time wear forever. READ MORE

  • Can a tooth with internal resorption be saved?

    While the long term prognosis for a tooth with internal resorption is questionable, this depends on how bad the resorption is. The tooth is treated with a regimen of medications over several weeks, then filled with a special root canal filling. Often times, this tooth can be saved for many years. READ MORE

  • Can internal tooth resorption be reversed?

    While the long term prognosis for a tooth with internal resorption is questionable, this depends on how bad the resorption is. The tooth is treated with a regimen of medications over several weeks, then filled with a special root canal filling. Often times, this tooth can be saved for many years. READ MORE

  • Will my teeth shift without a retainer for a week?

    Depending when you got your braces off. If you JUST got them off, you can expect some movement. When you return home, just wear your retainers 24/7 for a while until they are straight again, then return to sleep time wear. READ MORE

  • What do I do if my retainer doesn't fit anymore?

    This means that either your retainer warped, or your teeth moved. Either way, see your orthodontist for follow up treatment. READ MORE

  • What happens if you don't wear your retainer for a month?

    Your teeth will probably move. The amount of movement depends on how recently you got your braces removed. READ MORE

  • How do you clean wisdom teeth holes?

    You should return to the oral surgeon and ask him for a plastic tipped syringe that you can use to flush out the holes. Until then, rinse vigorously with mild salt water or use a water pick to irrigate out the holes. READ MORE

  • Is a white filling better than silver?

    White or bonded fillings are healthier for your tooth and mouth when properly done. They are highly technique sensitive and cause problems or fail if incorrectly done. When properly done, they bond the parts of the tooth together and provide insulation for the pulp against heat and cold. Amalgam/silver fillings actually can split the tooth apart (the metal expands and contracts when exposed to heat and cold) and transmits heat and cold into the pulp of the tooth. However properly done amalgams will out last properly done white fillings. This is their only advantage. READ MORE

  • Is removing wisdom teeth major surgery?

    This depends on whether or not they are impacted in the bone. Full boney impactions will probably require you to undergo sedation during the extractions and will take about 2 days recovery. Unimpacted teeth are easier to extract and will only need 1 day's recovery, whether you sleep or stay awake for the procedure. READ MORE

  • Do dentures change your face shape?

    Your teeth provide support for your facial muscles. Dentures will help resupport these muscles and restore your facial shape to a healthy, more youthful contour. READ MORE

  • How long should a dental cleaning take for a child?

    Depends. If this is your child's first dental visit, then a dental intro should be done. This introduces your child to the dental experience. They get a ride in the chair, a show and tell with all of the dental instruments. A little talk about their teeth. Brushing instructions. Then finally a cleaning and exam. Depending on how cooperative your child is, this visit can take anywhere from 25-30 minutes and up. READ MORE

  • Should you wear a night guard every night?

    Yes. READ MORE

  • Can a 7 year old get braces?

    Spacing of teeth is usually normal in a 7 year old's mouth. It's probably way too early to have your child treated with fixed orthodontic appliances. Most 7 year olds have most of their baby teeth. These teeth will fall out and be followed by permanent teeth. Even if your 7 year old has some adult teeth, loss of more baby teeth, eruption of more permanent teeth and normal growth will change the relationship of these teeth within your child's jaws and to each other. Make sure that you are seeing a dentist who has taken a panoramic x ray to determine that the teeth are developing, being lost and erupting properly. Other than that, routine exams and cleanings should be all that is needed. Sometimes guided extractions of baby teeth are needed to ensure that adult teeth do nt become impacted (hence the panoramic x ray). Typically, if braces are indicated, they are not placed before 11-12 years of age. READ MORE

  • Are Emax veneers the best?

    There are MANY materials used to make veneers. eMax is a great material and one that is used very frequently with great success. READ MORE

  • Which is better Emax or zirconia?

    The material used depends on the location of the tooth, the esthetics needed, the size of the tooth, the habits of the patient and the strength of the bite. Generally, I utilize eMax crowns on front teeth and premolars. I usually use zirconia crowns on molars, where most of the hard chewing occurs. READ MORE

  • How do you stop a cavity from getting worse?

    See your dentist for treatment. READ MORE

  • Can a tooth that had a root canal get infected?

    Yes. Like any other area of infection that has been treated, teeth that have had RCT can become reinfected. READ MORE

  • What are the disadvantages of veneers?

    Veneers have a finite lifetime of 10-20 years. Then they need to be replaced with new veneers. While they are usually as strong as the teeth they are bonded to, they must be treated with some degree of respect. Tearing into hard, sticky items may cause them to crack, chip or become de-bonded from your teeth. READ MORE

  • Do crowns on front teeth look natural?

    If well done, crowns on your front teeth are virtually indistinguishable from your other natural teeth. READ MORE

  • Are Emax Veneers Porcelain?

    Yes. READ MORE

  • What is the strongest crown for teeth?

    Depends on your personal situation. Molars usually do well with zirconia or PFM crowns. Premolars and incisors (front teeth) are usually fine with eMax or PFM crowns. If your are a bruxer (grinder/clencher) you may want only zirconia, whether molar or incisor. READ MORE

  • How do you get dentures to stay in place?

    I assume you mean complete dentures (you have no teeth). Upper dentures stay in place better than lower dentures because the tongue can dislodge the lower denture, while suction forces hold the upper in place. Problems with the retention of either denture can be dealt with by utilizing implants to help hold the dentures in place. READ MORE

  • How long does bonding a tooth take?

    Hard question to answer. Bonding can be needed to remedy a small cavity , to restore a larger broken or missing part of a tooth or can be used to cosmetically alter the shape of a tooth (or teeth). The procedure can take as little as 30 minutes to upwards of a couple of hours, depending on what treatment is required. READ MORE

  • Why does plaque develop so quickly?

    Possible reasons are: ineffective oral hygiene habits, diet, insufficient salivary flow (dry mouth). READ MORE

  • What happens if a cavity is too deep?

    Deep cavities can result in the need for root canal treatment or extraction (loss of the tooth). Cavities left untreated usually result in pain. READ MORE

  • How long does it take to get dentures after teeth are pulled?

    Dentures can be delivered the day your teeth are extracted. These are called "Immediate Dentures". READ MORE

  • Can dentures fall out?

    If dentures do not fit well they can become dislodged and fall out. READ MORE

  • Does an oral surgeon treat TMJ?

    Any dentist who wants to treat patients suffering from TMJ issues, may do so. READ MORE

  • What happens if tooth decay is left untreated?

    Pain. READ MORE

  • Can I drink coffee with braces?

    Basically, you can drink anything while wearing braces. You will want to avoid eating/chewing very hard, sticky or gummy foods or candies. They will stick to or break off your braces. Good luck. When you get your braces off, remember to wear your retainer as long as you want to keep your teeth straight. READ MORE

  • Is hydrogen peroxide good for teeth?

    No! Please do not use hydrogen peroxide for rinsing or gargling purposes. There is a normal amount of bacteria that is in balance in your mouth. By using hydrogen peroxide inappropriately you will upset this balance and you may cause a yeast or fungal infection in your mouth. There are specific mouthwashes that are meant to be used in your mouth. READ MORE

  • What can I do for severe tooth pain?

    If you are not allergic to either preparation, a combination of two Advil along with two Tylenol, taken at the same time every 6 hours, will provide a tremendous amount of pain relief. READ MORE

  • How often should I clean my dentures?

    You should clean your dentures daily. Just as you would brush your natural teeth. You should also give your mouth several hours of denture free time (overnight is ideal) to rest. Cleaning can be done with an antibacterial soak like polident or efferdent. They can also be scrubbed with a denture cleaning paste. READ MORE

  • How do you get rid of nerve pain in your tooth?

    See a dentist. You may need your tooth to be evaluated for a cavity, a wear area (causing the sensitivity), or the need for root canal treatment. READ MORE

  • I have trouble sleeping from tooth pain?

    See a dentist. You need professional care. READ MORE

  • Why does my tooth still hurt after my root canal?

    As long as your bite feels fine, this is not unusual. Don't chew on the tooth for several weeks. If needed, you can take OTC pain medication (advil, tylenol). If the pain persists for longer than a couple of weeks, return to the dentist who performed the treatment. READ MORE

  • How can I stop plaque build-up?

    Flossing daily and brushing after each meal and before bedtime are the best ways to fight plaque buildup. READ MORE

  • Do you have to be put to sleep for wisdom tooth extraction?

    This depends on your tolerance for dental procedures and the position of the teeth being extracted. If you are nervous about the procedure, it's best to sleep. If the teeth are embedded in the bones (impacted), it is also best to be sleeping. If the tooth/teeth are erupted and you are not nervous about the procedure, it's better to remain awake. READ MORE

  • How long do I have to wait to eat after a dental filling?

    That depends. if you receive a local dental anesthetic injection, you might want to wait until you not longer feel numb. You don't want to bite your lips or leak food/drink past your numb lips. If you don't receive an anesthetic, you can eat immediately after a white bonded filling. You need to wait about one hour if your receive a silver amalgam filling. READ MORE

  • Are dental implants safe to have?

    Yes. Research and practice has shown that dental implants are a safe and effective way to help in the replacement of missing teeth. As a matter of fact, I have had 2 implants placed in my own mouth over the years. READ MORE

  • How often should I get a dental cleaning?

    If your home care is GREAT, maybe you can get by with annual cleanings. Most people need them twice per year. READ MORE

  • Drinking coffee after having wisdom teeth removed?

    You may resume all normal activities 48 hours after extractions. Just keep you brushing gentle. Continue rinsing with warm salt water until you see your surgeon for a post-op visit. READ MORE

  • At what age do wisdom teeth start coming in?

    While 17 might be a little early for wisdom teeth to erupt, it is certainly within the normal range. READ MORE

  • Are mini dental implants as good as regular implants?

    Typically mini implants are used while the bone is healing to allow patients to have teeth while full sized implants are contemplated or placed READ MORE

  • Can you eat normally with a dental bridge?

    Dental implants are the best method of replacing missing teeth, if you are a candidate for them. The next best method is a cemented (fixed) bridge. Finally a removable bridge can be an alternative treatment. Each treatment has pros and cons. Cost is highest with dental implants no other teeth need to be touched (or cut) to enable you to have your missing teeth replaced. In order to have a fixed bridge, you need to cut down (prepare) teeth around the space to allow placement of the bridge. Ask your dentist to show you samples of each of these options. READ MORE

  • Is it okay to sleep with my dentures?

    Not a problem if this happens occasionally. READ MORE

  • What toothpaste helps build enamel?

    While all toothpastes with fluoride make your teeth more resistant to cavities, Pronamel toothpaste reportedly strengthens enamel as well. READ MORE

  • How can I instantly relieve tooth pain?

    You obviously have a dental problem that will not go away without being treated by a dentist. Until you can see a dentist, the best way to relieve pain is with a combination of over-the-counter pain relief medications. Assuming that you have no allergies to the following medications, you can take 2 advil along with 2 regular strength tylenol tabs every 6 hours. this should supply adequate pain relief until you see your dentist for definitive treatment. READ MORE

  • What are the symptoms of a tooth infection?

    Usually an infected tooth presents with any combination of pain, swollen gum around the tooth, sensitivity to heat and/or sensitivity to biting or tapping on the tooth. READ MORE

  • How long after a crown is cemented can I eat?

    Generally you can eat after about an hour. Talk to your dentist. Different cements have different setting times. READ MORE

  • Does tooth decay in baby teeth affect adult teeth?

    If cavities in baby teeth are taken care of promptly and no infections occur, there should be no effect on the permanent teeth that are developing in the jaw bones. But if these cavities are a result of poor diet or oral hygiene habits, please correct these habits before the permanent teeth are erupted and subject to the same poor habits as the baby teeth. READ MORE

  • Can I still use mouthwash with a temporary crown?

    OK to use mouthwash and to brush your temporary crown. Avoid sticky, gummy foods and snacks as these may pull the temp off. READ MORE

  • What foods should I avoid with a permanent crown?

    Any food or habit that can break your teeth can also damage your permanent crown. Most foods are OK. Very hard things like ice, peanut brittle, bones, etc can crack the porcelain. Very gummy, sticky items (gummy bears, jelly beans) can break the cement seal and pull the crown off your tooth. READ MORE

  • Why do I have black spots on my tongue?

    Yes. Any discoloration or change in the texture of the tissues in your mouth could be related to your smoking. You should see a dentist for a complete oral cancer examination. READ MORE

  • Can gum disease cause your teeth to fall out?

    If left untreated, gum disease will cause pain, swelling, shifting and eventually the loosening and loss of teeth. READ MORE

  • Can oil pulling prevent tooth infections?

    There is no substantiated evidence that oil pulling provides any benefits to your oral health. READ MORE

  • What can I do to stop tooth pain at home?

    OTC pain medication like tylenol, advil, aspirin will help take the edge off your pain. READ MORE

  • Do crowns on front teeth look natural?

    Matching a central incisor (front tooth) with a single crown is the most difficult cosmetic dental challenge. With a skilled dentist and lab, this can be accomplished. If your teeth are a particular challenge, sometimes the suggestion is to place a crown on one tooth and a laminate on the adjacent central incisor (front tooth). A small chip can usually be repaired with bonding, not a crown. READ MORE

  • Can toothache cause an earache?

    Yes. READ MORE

  • Brackets on my braces came off while sleeping. What should I do?

    Call and return to your orthodontist immediately for advice and rebonding. READ MORE

  • Why are my gums turning brown?

    Pigmentation of your gums can be a sign of a systemic problem (like Addison's Disease). You should see your MD. READ MORE

  • How do I get rid of canker sores caused by braces?

    Usually your ortho doc will give you a soft wax you can place on your braces to protect your cheeks, lips and tongue. Ask for some. READ MORE

  • Why did my gums change color?

    You may have tartar or some other irritant under your gums. See your dentist for an exam and probably a cleaning. READ MORE

  • Do I need to clean my dentures every day?

    Dentures can be brushed with a firm brush and a denture cleaning paste. Use a different brush than you used on your teeth. That should have been a soft brush. You should also soak them daily in a disinfecting denture cleaning solution made by dissolving efferdent or polident in warm water. Read and follow the instructions on the box. READ MORE

  • Why do I still have bad breath after brushing my teeth?

    Bad breath can come from your stomach, sinuses, tonsils or tongue as well as your teeth. Do you floss also? This is very important. When is the last time you had a professional cleaning? All things to consider when diagnosing the reason for bad breath. READ MORE

  • How do you stop wisdom tooth pain at home?

    Apply an ice cube directly to the gum over the wisdom tooth for 30 minutes (then 30 minutes with no ice). Repeat as needed. You can also rinse vigorously with 1/2 tsp of table salt per 12 oz. warm water (you should get 8 or so rinses per glass). Also as needed. READ MORE

  • How long after a filling can I eat and drink?

    Depending on the type of filling placed, you may need to wait up to an hour or so before you eat. If you receive a local anesthetic injection, you may also want to wait until you can fully feel your tongue and lips before eating. READ MORE

  • Why does my tooth hurt after a crown?

    You should return to your dentist. You may need to have the bite adjusted on your new crown. READ MORE

  • What are inflamed taste buds?

    Your tongue can become inflamed and painful in response to trauma like heat, spice, hard brushing. It can also be a sign of a systemic problem and may need the attention of a doctor. READ MORE

  • How do you get rid of cavities naturally?

    Absolutely NOT!! Do not wait. Cavities are soft areas of tooth structure inhabited by bacteria that continually devour the hard tooth structure, leaving soft tooth structure behind. Eventually, the bacteria reach the pulp of the tooth causing pain. Also, eventually the soft tooth structure renders the tooth unusable, requiring it to be extracted. Cavities do not heal themselves and cannot be treated by any natural or herbal remedies. The soft structure must be removed and replaced by filling material. This is done by your dentist. READ MORE

  • Can a cracked dental bridge be repaired?

    Many variables are in play here. Removable or cemented bridge? Metal, plastic or porcelain breakage? All these variables affect the answer. READ MORE

  • What is the first sign of a cavity?

    Best to have regular dental checkups so that your dentist can detect early cavities. READ MORE

  • What should I do if my braces are too tight?

    Braces feeling tight after an adjustment is normal. Forces must be applied to teeth in order for them to move. This discomfort should be relieved with a simple OTC analgesic (advil, tylenol, etc.) The tightness should relax over a few days. READ MORE

  • Are there side effects of a tooth extraction?

    You should discuss all possible side effects with your surgeon before any procedure. There are too many variables for a simple answer here. READ MORE

  • How often should fillings be replaced?

    Depending on the size, location, type of filling material used, oral hygiene and diet fillings, crowns and bridges can last from only a few years to a few decades. READ MORE

  • Can a toothache go away on its own?

    See your dentist. READ MORE

  • Can you go back to work after a cavity filling?

    Usually it's no problem to return to work after a filling. READ MORE

  • Do cavities spread from tooth to tooth?

    Cavities don't spread from tooth to tooth. However a single cause may effect more than one tooth. For example if you have food or candy getting caught between 2 teeth, the tooth in front of and behind the area may each develop a cavity on the side of the tooth facing the food trap. READ MORE

  • What should I do if my filling is loose?

    Return to the dentist who placed the tooth for an evaluation and remedy. READ MORE

  • Can an infected root canal tooth be saved?

    If you just had a root canal done, sometimes there is residual bacteria around the outside of the tooth (under the root) that requires treatment with antibiotics. Return to your dentist for an evaluation. READ MORE

  • Is it better to have root canal or extraction?

    Complicated question. The answer depends on the periodontal health of the tooth (how much bone/gum around the tooth), the age of the patient, the ability to pay for the implant/crown vs the RCT/restoration, the amount of time the patient wants to allow for the treatment, the location of the questionable tooth. READ MORE

  • Can I eat before my wisdom tooth removal?

    Yes. Unless you are planning on having general anesthesia. If so, no eating/drinking for 8 hours before. READ MORE

  • Why is coconut oil recommended for teeth?

    It is not recommended therapy to brush or rinse with coconut oil. READ MORE

  • Is an implant the best way to replace a missing tooth?

    Depends on several issues. See your dentist to weigh the pros and cons of an implant vs a cemented bridge for the replacement of the tooth. READ MORE

  • Is brushing your teeth once a day okay?

    As a general rule it's best to brush after each time you eat. Once a day is not enough to maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent dental problems. Flossing once per day is enough. READ MORE

  • Does lidocaine make you sleepy?

    Lidocaine will not make you sleepy. READ MORE

  • Why are my gums swollen?

    Sounds like you have inflamed gums or gingivitis. This is easily treatable by a dentist, who will do a full exam to rule out other possible issues. READ MORE

  • How long can I go with a cracked tooth if I have no pain?

    No. Don't let the broken tooth pick the time it needs to be fixed. You should make an appointment to get your broken tooth treated before it begins to hurt you. Pain never happens at a convenient time. READ MORE

  • Is a periodontal follow up needed if my gingivitis is mild?

    Gingivitis means inflamation of the gums. With routine dental exams and cleanings every six months along with good home care, you should be fine. READ MORE

  • Is teeth whitening safe?

    When done properly, tooth whitening is safe. Some patients experience temporary tooth cold sensitivity during treatment. This typically resolves after the bleaching treatment is done. Sensodyne toothpaste helps when used during and before bleaching is done. READ MORE

  • Is it possible to have a cavity without tooth pain?

    Yes. READ MORE

  • Is tooth extraction necessary for crowded teeth?

    Sometimes teeth need to be extracted during orthodontics in order to make room for all of your teeth to fit inside your mouth. Sometimes expansion of the dental arches is done instead. See an orthodontist for the best opinion and treatment. READ MORE

  • How should I prepare for a tooth extraction?

    The only thing you need to prepare for is general anesthesia. If you plan on sleeping through your extraction do not eat or drink for 8 hours before your appointment. Otherwise there is nothing for you to do. READ MORE

  • What could happen when I get my gum surgery?

    Worst case scenario is that the graft fails. Generally this will leave you no worse than you were before the surgery. Follow all post surgical instructions very carefully and you should have a successful outcome. No other local dental treatment should be done in that area until your periodontist tells you it's allowed. Usually 6 weeks or so. READ MORE

  • Should my son have a caries risk assessment?

    As long as you clean his teeth properly, follow good oral hygiene protocol (no bedtime bottle with anything but water), and limit sugar intake, your child should develop fine without a caries assessment. He should see a dentist no later than 2 years of age. READ MORE

  • Root canal on a baby tooth?

    Baby teeth are used for chewing and to hold space inside the mouth while the adult teeth develop. Sometimes baby teeth need to be preserved because the adult teeth are not yet ready to erupt. Premature loss of baby teeth can result in loss of space inside the mouth and future orthodontic complications. READ MORE

  • Pain after wisdom tooth removal?

    Typical pain should pass in 48-72 hours. You may have debris lodged inside the socket (where the wisdom tooth was) or you may be developing a dry socket (inflamation of the bone inside the socket). Best to return to the surgeon for an evaluation. READ MORE

  • How do I prevent gum disease?

    There is some hereditary aspect to gum disease. Assuming you are OK on that front; good oral hygiene (brushing after each meal & daily flossing), healthy habits (no tobacco use), and regular dental visits (exams & cleanings) every 6 months will help prevent gum disease. READ MORE

  • Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?

    I assume they are impacted and not in your mouth in a functioning position. Depends on their position inside your jaws. They may be leaning on your second molars causing them to be damaged. They may have some pathology associated with them (cysts). Best to have yourself evaluated by a dentist who will take a panoramic X Ray to check all of these things. READ MORE

  • Do I have a cavity?

    Yes. See a dentist for treatment. READ MORE

  • Is it painful to get dental implants?

    I have 2 implants. You will be sore for 24-48 hours. The appointment time ranges on the dentist, where the implant is being placed and on whether or not the placement of the implant is being done in conjunction with a bone graft (for additional support of the implant). READ MORE

  • Penicillin for root canal?

    RCT treats the condition (infection) INSIDE the tooth. Antibiotics are sometimes needed to take care of the residual bacteria OUTSIDE of the tooth (in the bone). READ MORE

  • Do I really need teeth cleanings every 6 months?

    Most patients need to have their teeth cleaned at least every 6 months. Plaque and tarter build up in areas you don't reach well and can't see. It is a rare patient that can go longer, maintain good oral hygiene, and stretch out this interval for 9-12 months. READ MORE

  • Why are my teeth so sensitive to different temperatures?

    If you have gotten a dental exam and know that you have no underlying dental issues, there is a prescription toothpaste you can use that will probably provide you more relief (Prevident Sensitive). READ MORE

  • Do I need a follow up after getting dental implants?

    Yes. Follow up for dental implants should be part of your normal 6 month recare appointments. READ MORE

  • Is Water Flossing better than Air Flossing?

    I have seen better results with water flossing. READ MORE

  • How long should my child be brushing their teeth?

    This depends upon the age and maturity of your child. Very young children should be encouraged to brush for 60-90 seconds. This should be followed by parental evaluation of mouth cleanliness maybe even parental re-brushing if necessary. Older children should brush for at least 4 minutes or so. READ MORE

  • Dry mouth

    Thyroid meds can help contribute to dry mouth syndrome. Sugarless sucking candies will help encourage saliva flow. Products like Biotene rinse and toothpaste will also help. READ MORE

  • Will I experience any pain after the root canal?

    Not unusual to experience some soreness after RCT. Don't chew on this tooth for a couple of weeks. OTC analgesics (Advil, Tylenol, etc.) will help take the edge off. READ MORE

  • Why do my teeth feel loose?

    Teeth get loose for a reason. You probably have lost some bone around around these teeth. You should see your dentist ASAP for an exam and treatment. READ MORE

  • Is it possible to brush my teeth way too much?

    I am in your camp. I brush at least 4-5 times each day also. I also floss daily to remove debris from between my teeth. Brush GENTLY and thoroughly. Hold your brush loosely and do not transmit force from your arm/hand to your brush. The tips of your bristles are the cleaning part of your brush. Brushing too hard will cause damage. Brushing gently will not damage your teeth or gums. READ MORE

  • How long do I need to wear my retainer for?

    Sorry to tell you but for best results after orthodontics, you should continue to wear your retainer forever. This time can be limited to each night, while you sleep. Your teeth WILL move if you do not. READ MORE

  • Would I need to take opioids after my extraction?

    Most patients do very well with OTC analgesics. For better pain relief, you can take a combination of 2 advil and 2 tylenol (assuming you have no allergies to either), every 6-8 hours. Take them on a regular basis for 1-2 days to stay ahead of the development of pain. READ MORE

  • What's a root canal for the front teeth like?

    There is no difference in the procedure for front teeth as compared to back teeth. READ MORE

  • Do toothaches always mean an infection?

    No. You may have a deep cavity that is close to the pulp (nerve) of the tooth. READ MORE

  • Why does my son have yellow teeth?

    Try seeing a dentist for a professional cleaning. His smile will probably brighten up. He can't clean his teeth the way a professional can. READ MORE

  • Do your teeth hurt after you get the braces off?

    No. Remember to wear your retainers as instructed. READ MORE

  • The tooth where I need a root canal isn't bothering me. Why do I need it?

    Not all medical or dental problems obviously reveal themselves to the person who has the issues. Diabetes and high blood pressure are 2 well known examples of silent significant medical issues. Likewise the need for root canal therapy may be obvious to your dentist, but not at all to you. The pulp of a tooth may deteriorate (die) quickly and painfully (the need for treatment is obvious) or slowly and silently (the need for treatment is NOT obvious). X-rays reveal a silent infection that calls for the tooth to receive root canal treatment. READ MORE

  • Invisalign, dental bonding, and gum grafts?

    Dental bonding needs to be done before your invisalign trays are made. Grafting can be done during treatment. READ MORE

  • What should I do for dry mouth?

    There are different reasons for dry mouth. Are you taking any medications? Do you have any underlying medical issues (diabetes)? Treatments can range from the use of sucking candies or lozenges, rinses (Biotene), special toothpastes, or even medications. READ MORE

  • Are dental veneers permanent?

    Placing porcelain veneers requires the alteration of your natural tooth enamel. So, once you have veneers, you will always need some kind of restorations on your teeth. Your initial set of veneers should last from 10 to 25 years. At that time, they may need to be replaced due to wear & tear, or other dental issues. Be sure of your decision before you have them placed. READ MORE

  • Should I avoid eating certain items with an artificial tooth?

    I also have a dental implant on one of my top, front teeth. I avoid tearing or ripping into hard foods. I won't bite into a sandwich on hard, crusty bread. Be careful biting into fruit that contains a hard pit in the middle. Other than that, enjoy. READ MORE

  • Should I get all of my wisdom teeth extracted in one appointment?

    If your Oral Surgeon is putting you to sleep to remove them, I recommend that you have them removed in one visit. This limits your exposure to the general anaesthesia to one time only. If you are staying awake, you may want to have them removed, one side at a time. This will give you one normal side to chew on while the first side heals. READ MORE

  • What happens if my son's baby teeth don't come out?

    Baby teeth provide a valuable service to your child. Usually nature provides a schedule for them to be lost. If they fail to be lost at the proper time, adult teeth can become impacted and require significant treatment to be brought into their proper place. Proper X-rays (panoramic) taken at the proper time can help determine if baby teeth need to be extracted to enable the adult teeth to properly line up (in the bone) and erupt on time. READ MORE

  • My son is sucking his thumb with adult teeth. What can happen?

    Thumb (or finger) sucking can alter the shape of the upper jaw causing functional, dental, skeletal and cosmetic problems. This habit should be dealt with ASAP. READ MORE

  • What are the best ways to get rid of cankersores?

    True canker sores are typically caused by a virus. Once they develop, they run their course and resolve in about 14 days. Over the counter treatments (Abreva) work well to make you feel better. Avoid acidic foods that will cause pain because of the open sore. READ MORE

  • When should I follow up with my dentist after my root canal?

    Usually a three month follow up is good. READ MORE

  • Are soft or hard toothbrushes better?

    Hard brushes are great! BUT only to scrub your bathroom tiles!!! Your gums are very soft and sensitive. Use of a hard toothbrush will cause gum recession and may also cause excessive wear of your tooth structure. Soft brushes are the rule. The only exception is when you are recommended to use an extra-soft brush! READ MORE

  • Should I stay away from certain foods after a root canal?

    I advise my post-treatment patients NOT to eat on the Root Canal tooth for a couple of weeks. This is because the ligament around the tooth may be tender due to the newly filled root canal. Biting pressure may cause pain, even though the Root Canal Therapy is complete and well done. READ MORE

  • What should I do if my dentures feel loose?

    Dentures should be reevaluated for proper fit every year when you go to your dentist for your oral cancer examination. With excessive gain or loss of weight, the fit will change. The material also wears and changes with time. Your dentures may need a reline or replacement. READ MORE

  • What medications are prescribed after a root canal?

    Root Canal Treatment treats the INSIDE of the tooth by removing the source of the infection. If there is bacteria remaining OUTSIDE of the tooth, this needs to be treated with antibiotics. READ MORE

  • Do dental sealants need to be reapplied?

    Dental sealants are a great way to prevent cavities on the chewing surface of teeth. The diet and hygiene of the patient will help determine how long they last. Nothing lasts forever! They can be reapplied when they wear or are lost. They are a worthwhile investment in your daughter's health. READ MORE

  • How long is the recovery for a wisdom tooth extraction?

    Recovery time depends on how drastic the surgery is to remove your wisdom tooth, your age, and your habits (e.g., smoking). I would listen to the advice of your dentist. Schedule the extra day off. You will look like a hero at work if you don't need it! READ MORE

  • Are braces the only way to fix buck teeth?

    Braces are the best, most effective way to correct tooth position. There might be different options for your treatment; invisible braces (like invisalign) or cemented braces. Your options depend on the amount of tooth movement needed. READ MORE

  • How do I know if I have an infection in my gums or teeth?

    Soreness alone is not a sign of infection. You may have an issue due to a local irritation (hard brushing, sharp food). Warm, lightly salted water rinses (1/2 tsp salt in 12 oz water) every couple of hours may help with the irritation. If this doesn't resolve in a couple of days, you should see a dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. READ MORE

  • Experiencing some discomfort in teeth. What should I do?

    Sounds like you should see a dentist for diagnosis and treatment. READ MORE

  • Three cavities at once. Will they all be filled in one session?

    Depends on both you and your dentist. When patients want to, I put enough time aside to treat as many cavities as the patient wants me to. Each area may require you to be numb, so you may not want to numb 3 separate areas of your mouth at the same time, but that is up to you. READ MORE

  • Do I always need a crown with a root canal?

    The amount of solid tooth structure remaining after root canal treatment determines the need for a crown. Teeth in the back of your mouth take a lot of stress when you chew, so they need to be crowned more frequently. Teeth also tend to become more brittle (with time) after root canal treatment, so if there is any question, you are better off crowning the tooth. READ MORE

  • Anything I can do for my tooth gap?

    No simple answer. Solutions can range from braces (to close the space), to bonding or laminates (to alter the tooth size), to a removable tooth colored space filler that you just use for pictures. See a dentist for a cosmetic evaluation and your best solution. READ MORE

  • Why does a cracked tooth have to be pulled?

    If a tooth cracks above the gum line, usually it can be saved. Teeth that crack down the root, into the bone, cannot be saved because the cracked tooth: (1) cannot support a crown or filling without the restoration continually coming off (2) will be a constant source of infection as the crack leaks bacteria. There is no treatment for seriously cracked teeth other than extraction READ MORE

  • A huge gap in dental treatment. What should I expect?

    Depending on how long it's been, you will be pleasantly surprised at all of the new technology your dentist has and how painless dentistry is now, a true reality! READ MORE

  • Why is my tooth discolored after treatment?

    You are seeing the remnants of the pulpal tissue inside of the tooth. I'd compare this to a bruise you see under your skin when you suffer trauma. The pulpal tissue has a blood vessel. When this tissue is removed during Root Canal Treatment, some of the pigments from the blood can penetrate the tooth structure resulting in discoloration inside of your tooth. This can be treated with internal bleaching of the tooth. READ MORE

  • How is acupuncture an alternative treatment in dentistry?

    If your pain is truly from a problem tooth, acupuncture will NOT resolve your problem. Resolution can only be achieved by treating the tooth. READ MORE

  • What should I do with a crooked tooth?

    The best long term treatment is to have some kind of orthodontics to straighten the tooth (and any other teeth that you might not be aware of). Any cosmetic alteration of the tooth (bonding, laminate, shaving away enamel) will change your tooth structure and may need future continued maintenance. READ MORE

  • Can drinking water prevent tooth decay?

    For water to help you cut down on cavities, it must be flouridated (contain flouride). READ MORE

  • How can I strengthen my teeth?

    The best way to prevent enamel loss is a program of proper hygiene that might include a fluoride rinse and an enamel supporting toothpaste like Pronamel by Sensodyne. I have had patients that enjoy sucking on lemons. Do NOT do this. The acid will demineralize and weaken your enamel. READ MORE

  • If I have mild tooth pain, should I be going to the dentist?

    Absolutely yes! You are lucky enough to be receiving a warning (from your teeth), before you have major pain. Don't ignore this warning!! READ MORE

  • What questions should I ask my surgeon about jaw corrective surgery?

    Before corrective jaw surgery, you should consult with an orthodontist. All orthognathic surgery is a team event. The orthodontist and oral surgeon work hand in hand. The Orthodontist is seen first! READ MORE

  • How often should I mouthwash?

    Normally, I recommend that my patients use mouthwash in the morning and evening. Twice per day. Regardless of the product, swish around for 45-60 seconds before spitting out to get the full benefit of the product. READ MORE

  • Are there any warning signs of gingivitis?

    Gingivitis is simply inflamation of the gums. Like any other kind of inflamation it can range from mild to severe. Therefore symptoms can range from none to red, swollen, bleeding gums. Gingivitis can be easily remedied by a dental cleaning followed by good home care (daily flossing and brushing several times each day). If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease and result in pain, bad breath, gum recession, shifting of teeth or the loss of teeth. READ MORE

  • Is root canal the only way to treat a tooth cavity?

    Teeth are normally hard structures. Because they are hard, they enable you to chew your food. A cavity is a soft and sticky area in the tooth structure. The cavity is caused by bacteria that invade a defect in the enamel surface of the tooth. The bacteria "eats away" at the healthy tooth structure leaving decay (soft tooth) around it. When the decay and the bacteria reach the pulp of the tooth, you usually (but not always) feel pain. The only way to treat the bacterial invasion into the pulp is with Root Canal Therapy. During this treatment , the pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth, the pulp canals are cleaned out, enlarged, sterilized and filled. This is all done from the inside of the tooth. it would be nice if the bacteria could be killed with antibiotics like anyplace else in your body, but the limited blood supply to the tooth, makes this treatment unsuccessful as a long term fix. READ MORE

  • My tongue is white. Is this really bad?

    Depends. You may just need to brush your tongue better (but not hard enough to make it bleed), or you may have a fungal infection that requires medication. Check with your dentist for a diagnosis. READ MORE

  • Is gum disease hereditary?

    A family history of gum disease can increase your chances to develop a similar problem depending on the cause of your family's disease.  If both your father and grandfather practiced poor oral hygiene in addition to chewing tobacco, the cause might have been more due to their personal habits than genetics.   READ MORE

  • What foods should I avoid with braces?

    In addition to hard foods and snacks like pretzels and chips, sticky, chewy, gummy foods (caramel, gum, licorice, jelly beans) will damage or break your braces. READ MORE

  • Would anesthesia be used during my root canal?

    Usually a local anesthetic is very sufficient for root canal treatment. READ MORE

  • Should I get Invisalign?

    Invisalign is a good option if you have a smile that you are not happy with and you don't want to wear braces. Invisalign may not be an appropriate option depending on the extent of your malocclusion (bad bite) and the amount of correction you need. You may have to be happy with a compromised result if you insist on invisalign treatment an your orthodontist recommends braces. READ MORE

  • My son cracked his tooth and won't get if fixed. Are there any risks?

    Absolutely. He may ultimately experience pain in this tooth. He may end up needing root canal treatment and a porcelain crown. Continued neglect may cause this tooth to require extraction. READ MORE

  • How do I know if I need a root canal?

    Seems like you are already answering your own question. Severe pain whether a reaction to cold, biting or pressure; especially with no stimulus (cause), means you probably need root canal treatment. If your mouth or face becomes swollen you probably also need an antibiotic. READ MORE

  • Do cavities ever need to be refilled?

    Yes. Seems like you should revisit the dentist for a revaluation of this tooth. READ MORE

  • Will asprin help my tooth pain?

    Take whatever pain reliever you take for a headache: aspirin, tylenol, advil or alieve. See your dentist ASAP. Pain is relieved by these medications, but will return unless the cause for the pain is treated. READ MORE

  • I never grew out of my buck teeth. What should I do?

    You are never too old for orthodontic treatment (as long as you are willing to undergo treatment). READ MORE

  • How can I help my child's fear of the dentist?

    Pediatric dentists (Pedodontists) treat only children. They are experts in this area. Speak to friends and get a referral to a trusted pedodontist in your area. READ MORE

  • What can I do to maintain my dental implants?

    Great oral hygiene, frequent vists to your dentist for maintenance (cleanings) and avoiding abuse of the implants (teeth) will increase their life expectancy. Abusing implants include things like chewing ice cubes, bones, rock candy, etc... READ MORE

  • How long will I have to be on painkillers after a root canal?

    Root canal treatment can cause temporary discomfort for several days after the procedure. Do not chew on this tooth, use ice and take over the counter pain relievers as needed. READ MORE

  • I wear dentures. My gums are aching! What can I do?

    Your dentures probably need to be adjusted, relined or replaced. Daily use of an over the counter rinse like "Healthy Gums" will sooth your gums. If your dentures move around, a thin layer of adhesive paste will help keep them in place. If they don't, a very thin layer of vasoline inside your dentures will help sooth your gums during use. READ MORE

  • Are there any medicated pastes for gum health?

    There is a new toothpaste on the market called Parodontax that claims to support periodontal health. But there is no substitute for frequent visits to your dentist for cleanings and exams. In addition, a regular home care program of brushing (after meals and before bedtime), flossing (daily) and rinsing (Listerine or Healthy Gums) will do wonders to help your gums fel better. One last thing. Don't assume that you brush and/or floss correctly. Have your dentist or hygienist give you instructions to make sure that you do everything right! READ MORE

  • My wisdom teeth haven't come in. Is this normal?

    Can be normal FOR YOU. Wisdom teeth develop at various times. I have seen 16-year-olds with fully erupted third molars. Others don't have them erupt until they are in their 20's. Finally, you should have a panoramic X-ray taken to see if: 1) they may be impacted, 2) they may never have developed at all, or 3) they are blocked by some kind of problem (cyst for example). The bottom line is, see your dentist for a panoramic X-ray to check. 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

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