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Dr. Louis Sterling

Prosthodontics
Staten Island, NY
38 years experience male

Locations

Office

Staten Island, NY

Address

87 Elmira Street, Staten Island, NY
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My office hours

Wednesday: 12pm - 8:00pm
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Louis P. Sterling, DDSPC

Staten Island, NY

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Prosthodontics

Cosmetic Dentistry

Endodontics

Orthodontics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

192 Answers
16 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Yes: All orthodontic devices are made of safe materials.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: Chewing gum can loosen or break appliances and slow your treatment down. Can also stay lodged in the appliances and cause decay/cavities.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Forces: An active spring that is compressed between teeth tries to expand, putting forces on both teeth on each side of the spring (pushing them apart). A pa... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: Could be anything. Nervous? Low blood sugar? Low blood pressure? Dehydrated?
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: Don't really know what your question is. Regular dental exams and cleanings help you keep your mouth healthy and prevent problems like toothaches.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Return to DDS: You may have a wire poking you in the cheek. Either place some wax against the sharp area or get back to your orthodontist (or both!).
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Yes: Until you get used to your braces, you can get sores on your lips or cheeks. Return to your orthodontist for some wax to place against the offending ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Relax: Relax and breath through your nose. Sometimes it helps to lightly keep your hand on the impression tray along with the dentist (but never interfere w... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: Consult could be around 30-45 minutes. Records could be the same. Placement of braces can take up to 90 minutes.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Try a dentist: He may have bitten his tongue. Try your family dentist first.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Complex answer: Best place for orthodontic information is with your orthodontist. It's a complex specialty with many treatment options for many different problems, b... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Yes: Clenching and grinding your teeth together while you're awake or asleep can stress your jaw joint as well as your teeth. If there are particular tee... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Maybe: Depends on the familiarity of the er doc with dental pain. If they see a swelling on your face or jaw, they will probably give an antibiotic. If you... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Possibly: Sounds like you need a frenectomy. The frenum is a muscle attachment located between your 2 upper front teeth. If it's too thick or fibrous it can p... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: Materials differ. Overhead costs differ. Cost is not only dependent on lab cost. There's staff, materials, and other costs that all determine pract... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
No: With proper local anesthesia this visit usually is shorter and easier than the first visit . I've even had patients fall asleep!
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
None: For best and most predictable results, whitening should be done under the guidance of your dentist, who can also help you with questions or problems.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: The cost of a removable bridge is usually far less than a cemented in bridge. But a cemented in bridge functions much more like natural teeth and is ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Possibly: A dentist should examine you to evaluate the tissue. It's probably normal but too important not to confirm by having a complete oral cancer examinati... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Maybe: If your sore gum is localized to the area around the tooth that was treated, it's probably due to the pressure of the clamp that held the rubber dam ... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Yes, but why?: The only reason to do this is you insist on having individual crowns (for hygiene reasons?). Why undergo the additional treatment (surgical placement... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Not without advice: Before you begin taking any prescription medications on your own, you should see a dentist for a definitive diagnosis of your problem. An antibiotic ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Not necessarily: If you have a question, call your local poison control phone number. But, a small amount of ingested toothpaste will not harm you.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: Geographic tongue can alter its appearance during your lifetime. It can come and go. It can last upwards of a year or more before resolving on its o... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
N0: Usually once the infection has resolved for a while, any residual swelling disappears. Using ice can make this happen faster.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Yes it can & should: Stones in the salivary glands block the flow of saliva from the gland. This blockage can result in swelling, discomfort and infection. Salivary ston... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
DDS: Call your doctor's office in advance of your next appointment and inform the person at the front desk, that your need to speak to the doctor during yo... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Not necessarily: Both removable or cemented bridges are fabricated and worn comfortably
A member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: Could be any number of things. Your son needs to see a dentist for a complete exam, diagnosis and treatment of his problem.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: You may have a more complex problem that root canal will not solve, like a cracked root.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: Depends on the age of the patient, amount of class 2 correction needed, compliance of the patient, whether the class 2 malocclusion is skeletal or de... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
See below: Intraoral vertical ramus osteotomy . An incision is made inside your mouth (pretty far back). Then a vertical cut is made in the ramus of the mandib... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Tooth replacement: A dental bridge replaces missing teeth and surrounding supporting structures like the bone and gum (where necessary and indicated).
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
No: No medical or dental procedure comes with a written guarantee. Any and all procedures carry some risk of complications and failure.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
See a dentist: Toothaches don't resolve without professional care! pain relievers and antibiotics you may acquire and take will only relieve the symptoms without ta... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: See your doctor or dentist for a definitive treatment. You need to be on the proper antibiotic. Use of a netti pot (nasal douche) is also a treatmen... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: If the orthodontic is determined to be a skeletal problem (the jaw positions or sizes are not compatible) then the malocclusion is best treated surgi... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
No: Teeth can remain tender for upwards of 6-8 weeks after rct. You may need an antibiotic or an adjustment to your bite. Return to your dentist for a fo... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Yes: You still need to see a dentist. Tylenol (acetaminophen) will dull the pain but not eliminate the reason for the pain. Eventually it returns stronge... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: Do you mean a removable or cemented in bridge? Reason for failure must be evaluated. Once that is done, the solution can be determined.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Yes: They are not connected. Root canal treatment is inside the tooth. Gingivitis is inflammation (redness & swelling) of the gums (around the tooth or ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
No : Usually you'll feel better once the infection (abscess) has been treated.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Yes: While some surgeons like to medicate their patients before surgery, the research doesn't show any more success with this method than otherwise.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Wide range/depends: Just taking out the tooth can cost from $75 (?) to several hundred dollars for a surgical extraction. Root canal treatment / crown can cost from $150... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Yes: Thing to remember is not to have natural teeth connected to the dental implant. The implant fuses to the bone while the tooth has a ligament between ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: Very broad question. See a dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Until you can see a dentist, try taking an otc analgesic like advil, tyleno... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Denture cleaner: Tablets that can be purchased in most pharmacies like polident or efferdent are very effective in cleaning and disinfecting ortho retainers. Use cool... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Get another DDS: Cavities need to be taken care of unless the tooth is very mobile and ready to fall out. If your family dentist can't handle your 3 year old and she ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Maybe: See a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment. You may have an infection.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: See a dentist for a definitive evaluation. You may benefit from having a cone beam x ray of the area. This provides a 3 dimensional view of your too... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Sterling is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sterling is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I went online to see my endo does not do implants. General dentists in Florida seem to do root canals and periodontal work. This confuses me. I always used specialists i...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! No x-ray after RCT. Sour taste from above tooth, not gut. Gut's fine.
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Thanks for your quick reply! but why does my cheek still chubby even no pain

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York University
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

General Practice Residency

Awards

America's Top Dentists Consumers Research Council of America
Top Prosthodontist, Second Place, National - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Dental Assoc
NYS Dental Assoc
Second District Dental Soc
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