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Dr. Howard Banner

Dentistry
Holtsville, NY
49 years experience male

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Dentistry

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United States: New York

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English

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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Magnetic resonance : A TMJ MRI is a magnetic resonance imaging of the temporomandibular joint. It used to better visualize the hard and soft tissues of the jaw joint when ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Edge to edge: You can also have a situation where the upper and lower front teeth touch only at their biting edges when fully closed. This is an edge to edge bite.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
No: High narrow palate is usually congenital or the result of breathing problems causing the muscles of the jaw and face to restrict normal expansion of t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Many solutions: Discolored teeth can be fixed by any number of techniques. Whitening is an option as is composite or porcelain veneers. Crowns may also be placed depe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Remove them: If your mouth is crowded , you may need to have your wisdom teeth out to avoid problems with them and the molars in front of them. Unfortunately in ma... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
At least one: There are complete dentures which replace all upper and or lower teeth and there are partial dentures that can peplace one or more missing teeth.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Possibly: A gingivectomy will remove some of the gum height around the tooth. As the gums heal following the proceedure, they may retract some more. If the crow... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Gum disease: Most often loose teeth are the result of gum or periodontal disease where the bone supporting the teeth has shrunken down. Osteoporosis from menopau... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes you can: Peroxyl is used for gum problems and won't hurt if you have thrush. You do, however, need an antifungal medication to clear up the thrush which is a f... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
White area & tongue: Leukoplakia means white plaque or patch. It can occur any where in the mouth. Hairy leukoplakia is specific to the fuzzy areas on the tongue and can b... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: There are varying strengths available for whitening , some less concentrated and some more concentrated then 22%. The more concentrated, the quicker i... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Whitening or veneers: There are a variety of over the counter whitening materials as well as whitening systems done in the dental office. If teeth already have multiple fil... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: With the new bis-gma resins used for temporary crowns, 3 weeks and longer is not a problem. A lab fabricated temporary crown can last for many months.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
No: The real question is why are you using it. Benzocaine is a topical anesthetic. It will not correct a tooth problem only sometimes mask the discomfort.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Six to eight weeks: Pain should subside relatively quickly but healing of the gum is usually six to eight weeks and complete filling in of bone another few months. If th... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
No: Supernumerary teeth are actually more common then one would think, just as congenitally missing teeth are not that uncommon.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Rinses & pain meds: Usually hot salt water rinses and antiinflammatory meds like Ibuprofen and Naproxen will take care of it. Occassionally, antibiotics may be necessary.
A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Not really: Hydrogen peroxide used full strength(3%) over a long period of time will deprive the gum tissues of oxygen.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Form of braces: Suresmile is one of an ever growing number of computer assisted orthodontic systems that have become available. It is based on the computer program de... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
No, it's not normal: There could be a variety of reasons for its continuing enlargement including wrong spectrum of the antibiotic, pathologic condition like oral cancers ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
You should: You should consult with a dentist. The most likely cause is clenching or grinding of your teeth. A bite guard may be indicated.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Many things: Grinding or bruxism as it is called is caused by many things including overbite, sleep problems, and uneven wear of teeth or new fillings.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: Loss of teeth, especially in the front of the mouth, can cause speech problems because it allows for change in lip and tongue positions which are key ... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
It should: Clindamycin or Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) is very commonly used to treat root canal infections. I would supplement it with hot salt water rinses ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Crowding: Usually when permanent teeth erupt behind the baby teeth, it is due to not enough space for the tooth to erupt into the mouth. Should be evaluated by ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Possibly: If your sister has an active case of herpes and the pustules are leaking fluid which contains actual virus the yes it is possible. Otherwise highly un... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Possibly: There is a technique called "all on four" that is done where a hybrid bridge is created and attached to the implants. Whether or not your situation is... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Probably not: Popping in the tm joint is usually indicative of disc displacement. You may have reinjured the joint and should have it evaluated.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: Gum chewing can irritate the muscles and cause muscle tension headaches and muscle tension headaches that mimic migraines. True vascular migraines are... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: People can be allergic to certain components of the acrylics which are used in removable prosthetics. Like wise , certain components used in metal all... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes, it is possible: If there is exposed bone somewhere in the socket area and it dries out or is infected the area can develop a dry socket or alveolitis.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: Clindamycin or Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) is one of the two first choices for an abscessed tooth.
A member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
You could: If you are clicking when you yawn or open wide, ther are two possibilities. Firstly you may have what we call a late opening click which means the dis... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: Crown lengthening without crown or veneer is done by either removing some gum tissue or removing some bone and repositioning the gum tissue to establi... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Non-reducing displac: Usually for patients with a tmd problem, jaw locking is the result of the disc or meniscus, which is the pad between the 2 boney parts of the joint, d... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
They can: It is entirely possible to do individual implant supported crowns throughout the entire mouth. The biggest deterrent is the cost.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Replace them: How you replace them depends on how many are missing and where they are in the mouth. They can be replaced with removable full or partial dentures, f... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
No: Implants do not remedy periodontal disease. They can be used to replace teeth lost due to periodontal disease. Implants are subject to a condition cal... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: Although uncommon we can see patients with additional wisdom teeth. Most often they show up in the upper jaw above the normal wisdom teeth. Occassiona... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Possibly: If you have braces and have ligatures holding the wire on, the elastic material is porous and will harbor debris causing bad breath. You should also l... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Almost always: Jaw pain can be both a dental and medical problem. A heart attack can present with only jaw symptoms. Dental abscesses and tumors can present as jaw ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Highly unlikely: The tooth buds that will eventually form wisdom teeth usually do begin to form until around the age of nine or later. It is very possible what you are... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Probably not: Crowding and crooked teeth resulting from removal of baby teeth is usually premature removal and not maintaining the space left by the baby tooth. If... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
About 2 days: A dry socket is caused by the drying out or exposure of bone without a clot in the socket to protect the it. Most often a dry socket will manifest it... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Dental: Any dentist be it general dentist or oral surgeon who specializes in TMJ problems is the best person to consult.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Four: Incisors, cuspids, bicuspids and molars.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: Partial removable dentures are an excellent replacement for back teeth as long as the abutment(anchor) teeth are sound and decay free.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: Rubber dam is standard proceedure for root canals. If you are allergic to latex, there are hypoallergenic alternative material tht can be used. ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Silver to grey-black: New amalgam fillings are usually a bright silver color. As the amalgam filling ages, it may start to darken and usually will turn a dark vgrey to blac... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 49 years experience
Big difference: An extraction is final. The tooth is taken out of the mouth and is gone unless replaced some type of appliance, be fixed or removable bridge or implan... Read More

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Mar 20, 2015
Good doc!!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Banner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Banner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Baltimore College of Dental Surgery - University of Maryland
Graduated 1973MD

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