Dr. John Comisi

Dentistry
Ithaca, NY
40 years experience male

Locations

Office

Ithaca , NY

Address

2333 N. Triphammer Rd., Suite 304, Ithaca , NY
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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"Dental Care with a Difference"®, PC

Ithaca, NY

About

Bio

Dr. Comisi has been in the private practice of General Dentistry in Ithaca, NY since 1983. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Fordham University. He is a Clinical Instructor of Dentistry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He also serves as the Dental and Oral Medicine Liaison for Vigilant Biosciences, Inc. He is a member of many dental organizations including: the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the Sixth District Dental Society and the American Equilibration Society. Dr. Comisi is Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow in the Academy of Dentistry International, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and a Fellow in the International College of Dentists. Dr. Comisi is a Member of The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (NDPBRN), a research group sponsored by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). He is a member of The Catapult Group,The Dental Industry’s Premier Speakers Bureau, whose mission is to bring unbiased clinical education to dental professionals. Dr. Comisi lectures on various dental topics and procedures, has presented courses nationally and internationally and has been published in many dental journals and health care magazines. He is a Past President of the New York State Academy of General Dentistry a past President of the Sixth District Dental Society, a component of the New York State Dental Association and a Past President of the Tompkins County Dental Society.

Specialties
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Dentistry

Dentistry - Cosmetic

General Practice

Doctor Q&A

262 Answers
22 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
GP vs. Perio: Patients should be seen by a dental professional. Gp's are as well qualified to help manage the periodontal disease of diabetic patients or any patien... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Both: Bleeding gums are both a sign of poor home dental care and gingivitis or even worse periodontal disease. Poor dental care leads to decay and gum disea... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
None really: There is no easy way to treat a fractured tooth before seeing a dentist. When a tooth is broken, it can expose the underlying parts of the tooth and m... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Probably not.: If you are going to your doctor (medical doctor also known as a physician) there may not be any communication between the physician and the dentist. I... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Immediately : Baby bottle decay can start with the presence of food and teeth. If the babies teeth are not cleaned after each feeding, and the food is able to eithe... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Get it Checked out!: Any thing that you notice that is unusual should always be checked out by your dentist. They can evaluate the area, to try to determine what it is, it... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Sure!: Each child develops at their own pace, and as he/she develops so do the adult teeth, which replace the primary (baby) teeth. It is always wise to have... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
What dentists do: Dental procedures start with the most basic of care and work through a variety of treatment options to prevent and treat common oral health issues. Yo... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
The best solution: Preventive dentistry is essentially no or limited need for dentistry procedures outside of routine maintenance, education and placement of dental seal... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Perhaps: Color blindness is an abnormal condition characterized by the inability to clearly distinguish different colors of the spectrum. The difficulties can ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Brush, floss, Rinse: Home treatments are essentially brushing, flossing, water pik use and perhaps even the use of interdental brushes that can clean between your teeth. G... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Many factors: The amount of initial damage or cracking of the tooth that required it to be crowned in the first place is a reason for sensitivity. Also if the occlu... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Typically yes: In my opinion, otc mouthguard are a "stopgap" measure until a professionally prescribed device can be made. Most otc guards are the soft "boil and bit... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Check with doctor: Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of your lungs that can be caused by several kinds of germs, such as bacteria, and viruses. It causes swellin... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Probably: If you are feeling up to it, there is no reason to do so. Typically much of the healing is well under way and you should be able to do so if you wish.... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Weather?: This time of the year, the wind and cold have a tendency to really take its toll on the lips. When we lick our lips and go out into the cold weather, ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Follow up exam: Have you informed your physician of this and did you finish your medications? Speak with your doctor.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Based on Problem.: This needs to be determined by a full examination by your dentist. He/she will make treatment suggestions based on the entire problem, and what is in ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
See a doctor: Airway/throat soreness could be an early sign of some type of infection. It would be a good idea to get to a doctor to evaluate what is happening to y... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Could be: It is unusual for the tongue to be numb and to bleed when a person eats. Infection, allergies or other irritations can create a problem like this. I w... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Infection: Swollen gums are caused by food being trapped and the bacteria creating an infection. Think of it like getting a splinter, the body is responding to t... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Get it checked out!: Any time something unusual is discovered in the mouth or the body, it should be evaluated as soon as possible. It may not turn out to be anything, but... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Excellent!: It is one of my favorite dental home care aides. When used properly it will reduce the amount of food and bacteria trapped between and under the gum t... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Stain removal: Dental cleanings will remove the superficial stains that accumulate on your teeth from all the foods and drinks that we ingest. To get your teeth whit... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Very!: Demineralization with occur on your natural teeth, not on your dental implants. Demineralization is the ongoing occurrence int he mouth when the acids... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Seek Help!: This is a very complex situation, with a real need to seek professional help. The jaw pain you are experiencing will likely continue and possibly get ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Bleaching: In office or at home bleaching techniques can be used to lighten the color of the teeth. It is always best to consult with your dentist to determine w... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Third molar removal: It is the removal of the third molars from the mouth, typically performed by a trained general dentist or an oral surgeon specialist.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Depends on coverage: The costs covered by your dental benefit program can be different year to year, so there is now way of knowing what benefit you might have available. ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not happy: Sensitive teeth are teeth that respond unfavorably to external stimulus. This can be caused by exposure of the root surface of the tooth, decay or a d... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
An Infected tooth: A tooth (dental) abscess is caused by the advancement of tooth decay and its associated bacteria into the nerve of the tooth. Once the decay has invad... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not likely: An expander and invisalign aligners typically can not be used together due to the very nature of the devices. One must be used first (typically an exp... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Vital - mouth health: Glands are found in and around your mouth and throat. The major salivary glands the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands.They all secrete sal... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
A Birth Defect: Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly. Together, these birth defects commonly are ca... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Esthetic wonders: Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Too Many Medications: There are more and more medications that are shown to be the cause or contributing factor of causing dry mouth. In fact the combination of drugs can c... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
In or outside mouth?: A lot depends on whether it is inside or outside the mouth. If outside, it could be some type of contact dermatitis (allergy), rosacea or some type of... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Probably not: I would strongly advise that these teeth not be removed as long as they are not creating any problems. If there are no adult teeth to replace them, th... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Pretty high: I would simply say that if you are infected, you will likely transmit it to your loved one if you don't take appropriate precautions. Unprotected acti... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
A qualified Yes.: You certainly can have dental work done, but you must be sure to get the appropriate clearance from your physician. In some instances you might need t... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Perhaps: The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint area that enables the jaw to open and close. It does not typically effect hearing, since it is not asso... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not in alignment: Crooked teeth are teeth that are not in the typical or ideal positioning in the dental arches. If the teeth are overlapped, rotated or positioned too ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Time: Unfortunately these will have to heal on their own. Keep him on a "bland" diet with no spices and no carbonated beverages so that they do not become m... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes indeed!: Drinking any type of carbonated beverage, diet, sugar feee, or otherwise, will increase the acidity of the mouth and increase the likelihood for deve... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Possible: Typically if one tooth is removed, there are several choices presented in my practice, implants, fixed bridges, removable bridges or no treatment. You... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Hmmmm.: Unfortunately, potential cracking of the alveolar bone, and even the removal of alveolar bone from around a tooth is not uncommon. This is one of the ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Seek Care: There is no way of knowing what to do about this until you have your doctor do an evaluation of what could be causing these sympthoms. Please see your... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Possible: It is impossible to tell without an examination. If you have been having this symptom for any length of time i would strongly advise seeking medical a... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Really?: It is atypical for that to be the case. I have seen patients with one or two "baby teeth" that have been retained because the adult teeth did not form... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 40 years experience
Very carefully: In all seriousness, it can be difficult but we are trained to help our patients in every situation. It is amazing what we can do :-).
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Testimonials
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Recommendations
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Thank you notes
Apr 2, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Oct 23, 2013
Great caring answers
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Comisi is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thanks. Was kinda worried when the dentist used it and said they found a small bump on the roof of my mouth that was slightly darker than the rest of my mouth.
HealthTap member
I did, he said it wasn't broken or fractured, just for him to take it easy, I just wanted another opinion, thank you.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply!i have a loose tooth,i probably irritated it

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Dental School
Graduated 1983MD

Awards

Master of the Academy of General Dentistry
Fellow: The American College of Dentists
Fellow: The International College of Dentists

Affiliations

Academy of General Dentistry
International Association for Dental Research
American Association for Dental Research
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