Dr. Herman Spera is a Dentist practicing in Conklin, NY. Dr. Spera 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.
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Yes, you absolutely need healthy gums. Moving teeth in face of any fun disease is not advisable. One of the big reasons why dentists advocate for dentist supervised treatment as opposed to do it yourself tray systems. Sonny READ MORE
That depends on the tooth extracted and the condition of the surrounding bone. Let’s assume the tooth is extracted on the upper jaw and no socket preservation or grafting is done, then 6-8 months is a good guideline to follow. For a lower jaw tooth, 4-6 months is the guideline there. Sonny READ MORE
Most often, implants are used in adults or young adults who have stopped growing. Which usually means 18-21. Yes, I believe 12 is too young for an implant. Sonny READ MORE
Simple answer? No. There are many causes for toothaches and sometimes infections do not cause a toothache. The key is proper diagnosis, which usually means necessary and appropriate X-rays, a detailed history of the problem, a review of your medical history, your past dental history, prior X-rays, and then usually some clinical tests and examination. There is no substitute for diagnosis and it takes time, experience, information gathering, and testing. Sonny READ MORE
Tricky question ... there are some minor things that can be corrected at a young age. Also, by using the word "braces," are we only talking about metal things that go on the front side of teeth? Sometimes a child can benefit from an early intervention into correcting a bad situation, such as irregular jaw relationships, improper arch sizes or developments. This would involve orthodontic appliances and some are metal and some are plastic, some are fixed inside the mouth, some are removable... Sonny READ MORE
What sealants do is provide a barrier of protection against plaque and acids that are produced inside the grooves of teeth. It’s like a Saran Wrap layer on the deep crevices. It helps reduce the possibility of cavities forming in these deep, often impossible to clean, crevices. It’s by no means bullet proof but it does provide and added layer of defense against acid attack and dental cavities. Sonny READ MORE
To strengthen your enamel requires the use of fluoride. This comes in many different forms, gel, toothpaste, rinses, etc. Using fluoride can help remineralize weakened enamel and also strengthen existing enamel. Check with your dentist to find the right form for you and the right dosage; too much is not good either. Sonny READ MORE
Many times cold sores, especially recurrent ones, are from a virus: Herpes. Many times it appears as a clear “vesicle” lesion, or rather a clear elevated "bubble-looking" sore. It usually runs its course and is gone in two weeks. Sonny READ MORE
Tough question . With a lot of TMJ issues extreme jaw movements create difficulties if not additional trauma to the disc and joint itself. Not sure exactly what problems you had with your TM Joint but trying to limit full extensions of the jaw will surely help. Joint noise is never a good sign but doesn't mean it's permanently a problem . You may need to revisit your Dr that helped treat your TMJ problems. READ MORE
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