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Carla H. Schlissel

Dentist

Dr. Carla Schlissel is a Dentist practicing in West Islip, New York. Dr. Schlissel 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.
37 years Experience
Carla H. Schlissel
  • West Islip, New York
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Accepting new patients

How long does it take to remove a dental cyst?

Please ask your oral surgeon.

Does placing a crown on an implant hurt?

Not in the least. This is actually a really easy impression to take. The implant is already in place and healed, there are no nerves involved. Piece of cake for everyone. No worries. READ MORE
Not in the least. This is actually a really easy impression to take. The implant is already in place and healed, there are no nerves involved. Piece of cake for everyone. No worries.

How long does jaw stiffness last after wisdom teeth extraction?

That's an excellent question, one that's probably best answered by your oral surgeon. It can generally last several days (hopefully) or up to several weeks. You were probably told READ MORE
That's an excellent question, one that's probably best answered by your oral surgeon. It can generally last several days (hopefully) or up to several weeks. You were probably told to put ice on your face for the first 24 hours and then use heat. The heat will help bring blood into the area to aid in healing and also will relax overstretched ligaments and sore muscles. You also may have been told to take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen. If you can take it it will help. So you know, if the pain is diminishing, but then starts coming back, you may have what's called a dry socket. Definitely see your surgeon.
Feel better.

Is Listerine bad for bleeding gums?

Only if it has alcohol - then it's going to sting like crazy. Otherwise, Listerine Zero is a good antibacterial rinse, as is Colgate Total and Crest ProHealth. Paradontax Toothpaste READ MORE
Only if it has alcohol - then it's going to sting like crazy. Otherwise, Listerine Zero is a good antibacterial rinse, as is Colgate Total and Crest ProHealth. Paradontax Toothpaste is made for bleediing gums. And don't forget to see your dentist/hygienist regularly, brush (properly) and floss nightly.

Can a dentist do a gum graft?

Yes. Actually, this is almost always done by Periodontists, who are Dentists that specialize in gum issues. General dentists also sometimes do this.

Does Invisalign make your teeth yellow?

Invisalign, itself does not make your teeth yellow. If your teeth are appearing yellowish you may need to brush an extra time during the day. While the aligners are in place, your READ MORE
Invisalign, itself does not make your teeth yellow. If your teeth are appearing yellowish you may need to brush an extra time during the day. While the aligners are in place, your saliva isn't flowing as easily around your teeth, flushing away plaque and biofilm. So be sure to brush properly, perhaps with a whitening toothpaste, at least twice and perhaps three times a day- gently.

Is it normal to have pain after a bridge?

It depends on what sort of mild pain you're still having. Does it hurt when you bite down? The bite might be off and need to be adjusted. Call your dentist. Is it sensitive to READ MORE
It depends on what sort of mild pain you're still having. Does it hurt when you bite down? The bite might be off and need to be adjusted. Call your dentist. Is it sensitive to hot or cold? This might be within normal limits. Check with your dentist. Does it hurt when you tap on it or rub a finger along the gumline? This might indicate that there may be a problem brewing. Ask your dentist. Or, for this, you can try "Advil" or "Tylenol" every 4-6 hours for a couple of days and see if that helps. If so, great. If not, call your dentist.

What is a cheaper alternative to veneers?

Bonding can be less expensive. While veneers are generally porcelain and need two visits, bonding is done in composite material in one visit. However, bonding can stain because READ MORE
Bonding can be less expensive. While veneers are generally porcelain and need two visits, bonding is done in composite material in one visit. However, bonding can stain because it is porous and they can chipped and need periodic repair. Talk to your dentist.

Is gingivitis cleaning painful?

It depends. How sensitive are your gums usually? Do you floss regularly, and use a battery-operated or electric toothbrush? If you don't, you should. Be sure to get instructions READ MORE
It depends. How sensitive are your gums usually? Do you floss regularly, and use a battery-operated or electric toothbrush? If you don't, you should. Be sure to get instructions to use the toothbrush properly. Ask your dentist or hygienist to use alot of topical anesthetic - or to make you numb all over. Taking a painkiller before your visit will help, too.

Do dentures make your breath stink?

If you don't keep your teeth and/or dentures nice and clean, yes, your breath will stink. That's from the bacteria that's normally in your mouth. This doesn't include if you have READ MORE
If you don't keep your teeth and/or dentures nice and clean, yes, your breath will stink. That's from the bacteria that's normally in your mouth. This doesn't include if you have a post-nasal drip or a sour stomach, that can affect your breath. So, if you wear dentures, be sure to clean them every night with a denture cleaner and using a soft denture brush. And if you have any of your own teeth, be sure to keep them sparkling, as well, preferably with a battery or electric toothbrush. Be sure to brush well along your gum line, too.

Can you leave Sensodyne on teeth overnight?

Yes. I often recommend to patients that, at night, they brush their teeth and then take a little Sensodyne on a finger and rub it into whatever teeth are sensitive. Spit out the READ MORE
Yes. I often recommend to patients that, at night, they brush their teeth and then take a little Sensodyne on a finger and rub it into whatever teeth are sensitive. Spit out the excess but don't rinse, and then go to bed. It allows the Sensodyne to soak into the teeth overnight and, I have personally found, often helps cut down on tooth sensitivity.

How long do mini implants last?

Good question. Partly, it depends on several factors - what is it being used for? I don't trust them to support crowns ("caps") or bridges (cemented in.) In my opinion, they are READ MORE
Good question. Partly, it depends on several factors - what is it being used for? I don't trust them to support crowns ("caps") or bridges (cemented in.) In my opinion, they are not strong enough. I personally have no problem with them being used to support an overdenture. How is your hygiene? Just as you can lose teeth to perio disease (and poor oral hygiene), you can lose implants. How's the health? Some health conditions can influence the healing and retention of implants. Consult with whoever will be placing these.

Does bone grow back after wisdom tooth extraction?

Generally, after wisdom teeth are removed, bone does grow to fill in the holes. You can improve your chances of healing well by following the advice of your dentist or oral surgeon READ MORE
Generally, after wisdom teeth are removed, bone does grow to fill in the holes. You can improve your chances of healing well by following the advice of your dentist or oral surgeon and please - don't smoke.

How do you get rid of a gum infection without antibiotics?

Interesting question. How did this begin? Was it a matter of poor brushing habits or technique? Depending on the situation, you can start by brushing, gently, along your gumline, READ MORE
Interesting question. How did this begin? Was it a matter of poor brushing habits or technique? Depending on the situation, you can start by brushing, gently, along your gumline, TWICE a day. Next, you need to Floss once a day. Try a toothpaste like Paradontax or something for gum health. And try a mouth wash that's Not alcoholic, but is anti-bacterial, like Listerine Zero, Colgate Total, Crest ProHealth, among others. This MIGHT help. But -- you need to see a dentist, find out exactly what's going on, how good or bad everything is and let him or her guide your treatment. Everything I just said is IN ADDITION to what your dentist might say.

How long does it take for amoxicillin to work for tooth pain?

Antibiotics generally take a couple of days to start working. They will kill the bacteria of an infection. However, they do NOT eliminate the CAUSE of the infection. So... your READ MORE
Antibiotics generally take a couple of days to start working. They will kill the bacteria of an infection. However, they do NOT eliminate the CAUSE of the infection. So... your tooth might stop hurting - for a while, but unless the tooth is taken care of, the infection, and the pain, will come back. And, if the tooth is not taken care of, the bacteria that were not all totally eliminated will be more resistant to the antibiotics and it will be more difficult for antibiotics to work next time. So, please, take care of whatever it was that caused the toothache in the first place. Sometimes, a patient is too infected to do a root canal, an extraction, or a deep scaling. So they will be put on antibiotics for a few days to allow the antibiotic to start to get everything under control. The dentist can then go in and get the patient numb to take care of the problem. I will assume this is the case, in which case you're reading this after the fact. Good luck and feel better.

How long does it take for gums to heal after getting braces?

I'm not really sure what you're asking, as braces are bonded to the teeth and have nothing to do with the gums. Unless you're referring to the soreness. Soreness usually lasts READ MORE
I'm not really sure what you're asking, as braces are bonded to the teeth and have nothing to do with the gums. Unless you're referring to the soreness. Soreness usually lasts a few days to maybe a week after braces are put on, and then adjusted. "Tylenol" or ibuprofen usually help. Warm salty water rinses might also help a little. Be sure to do a good (but gentle) job of brushing and flossing to keep everything clean, too. Platypus flossers work really well. Good luck and feel better.

How long does it take to pull a front tooth?

It depends on the dentist and the situation. If the tooth is loose, after you're numb, it may take 1-2 minutes. If the tooth is broken, or the root is bent, it will take longer. READ MORE
It depends on the dentist and the situation. If the tooth is loose, after you're numb, it may take 1-2 minutes. If the tooth is broken, or the root is bent, it will take longer. And if the root is fused to the bone it will take a lot longer. Then there are the medical considerations that may lengthen the procedure. Are you taking medications? Blood thinners if any sort, including aspirin or anti-inflammatories, many supplements, or eating a lot of garlic, will inflect ce the extraction process, as well. Will you be getting a bone fill placed? That also has bearing on this. So there really is no one answer.

How do I clean my teeth after coffee?

I will assume that you are actually asking how to avoid staining your teeth with coffee. First, which I personally don't do - is drink the coffee through a straw so that the coffee READ MORE
I will assume that you are actually asking how to avoid staining your teeth with coffee. First, which I personally don't do - is drink the coffee through a straw so that the coffee doesn't actually contact and then stain your teeth. During the day, rinse your mouth out with plain water after drinking the coffee to rinse it off your teeth. Brush, gently but often to remove the coffee particles using a toothpaste that is mildly abrasive, such as a baking soda toothpaste or one made for brightening your teeth. Good luck.

What kind of baking soda do you use for your teeth?

Arm and Hammer works. So does any other generic baking soda.

Can I go to work after a deep cleaning?

Of course!! Be aware that your gums may be sore, so take ibuprofen or "Tylenol" if needed for discomfort; warm salty water may help with relief as well (1 teaspoon of salt in a READ MORE
Of course!! Be aware that your gums may be sore, so take ibuprofen or "Tylenol" if needed for discomfort; warm salty water may help with relief as well (1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water). If you take blood thinners (or supplements that may thin your blood, like eating a lot of garlic, a baby aspirin, most supplements that start with the letter "g"), you may ooze blood. These are just things to be aware of - but there's no reason you can't go to work right after a deep cleaning.