Carla Schlissel, DDS, Dentist
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Carla Schlissel, DDS


500 Montauk Highway D West Islip New York, 11795


Carla H. Schlissel, DDS, is a dentist who diagnoses and treats patients at her private practice in West Islip, NY. Services provided include general and cosmetic dentistry. As a dentist, she has dedicated training and unique experience specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity. Dr. Schlissel has an impressive professional journey that spans thirty-five years and has expanse knowledge and unrivaled expertise in general and cosmetic dentistry.

Education and Training

State University of New York at Buffalo Doctor of Dental Surgery degree 1984

Provider Details

Female English
Carla Schlissel, DDS
Carla Schlissel, DDS's Expert Contributions
  • Is there an alternative to gum surgery?

    I would assume it would depend upon the reason your gums are receding. Your best bet is to talk to a periodontist. Find one who does conventional gum surgery (I assume you already did this); then find one who does laser surgery and ask about that. Also ask about something called the "Pinhole Technique," which is a way of dealing with recession. I, personally, don't know enough about this topic to be able to advise you, even if I had seen you in person, but at least you're pointed in a direction. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Can a regular dentist do a root canal?

    Yes. By "regular dentist" I assume you are referring to a general or family dentist and not a specialist. However, some chose not to do any, however. Other, myself included, do not do molar root canals. READ MORE

  • Can you use mouthwash with dentures?

    Excellent question. Alcohol-free mouthwash is a good idea, especially if it's antibacterial, such as Listerine Zero, Colgate Total or Crest Pro-Health. They probably won't damage dentures but I would still advise taking your dentures out of your mouth before using the mouthwash. Keep your dentures fresh and clean with a denture cleaning tablet or a toothpaste (and toothbrush) made for dentures because they are more gentle on the plastic so as not to scratch them. Just as you take your shoes and dirty clothing off at night, please remember to take your dentures out at night. READ MORE

  • Do gums grow over the dental bridge?

    Several questions: Is this dental bridge cemented in? In that case, probably not. Is this dental bridge removable, does it come in & out? In that case, probably not. Why probably not? Because that depends on several things. Do you brush your teeth and gums once, preferably at least twice, a day? Do you keep your gums clean and healthy? Or is there still "fuzz" along the gumline after you finished brushing? Do you floss, or use something to clean between the teeth like a waterflosser or a pick of some sort? If you don't keep your gums clean and healthy, beside all of the medical problems that can result, your gums will get very puffy and red and inflamed and will appear to be growing up over and around your bridge. So - have your dentist and/or hygienist discuss with and show you how to keep clean around this bridge, be sure to go in for regular cleanings, and if you have any problems or concerns, be sure to call them. READ MORE

  • Can you chew gum with a traditional dental bridge?

    Yes. READ MORE

  • Knots

    Get to an emergency room now. Or an oral surgeon, as a second choice. This has the potential to be a life-threatening emergency. READ MORE

  • Can you wear a retainer with veneers?

    I'm assuming you're referring to a retainer that's bonded to the insides of your teeth. And veneers that are bonded to the outsides of your teeth. Then, yes. And if it's a removable retainer, also, yes. READ MORE

  • What is the cheapest way to fix crooked teeth?

    Braces. Check with an orthodontist. A consultation will tell you your options, the time involved, the expected outcomes and the cost involved. READ MORE

  • Do fillings need anesthesia?

    Whether you need an anesthetic or not really depends on you and the condition of your tooth. Do you have a large nerve, or is is shrunken? Are you normally very sensitive to things, or not? Most people want to be numb for fillings. I normally do, but I recently had 4 fillings across my front teeth that didn't bother me at all, until the very end. So you have a choice: you can have an injection to be numb, in which case you'll feel fat and tingly, but the cavity preparation shouldn't bother you at all (except maybe the noise), or you can try without and if it really bothers you, your dentist can make you numb at that point. READ MORE

  • How long do you have to sleep elevated after jaw surgery?

    I don't know. Ask your maxillofacial surgeon. Good luck. READ MORE

  • How long will my dentures hurt?

    I don't know. Maybe they won't hurt at all. Maybe you'll have no sore spots. If you do have any sore spots, please tell your dentist so he/she can adjust them. Just be sure to wear your dentures for several hours before your appointment. Your dentist will need to see where there's too much pressure so the denture can be adjusted appropriately. READ MORE

  • Do I need to use a denture adhesive?

    It depends on how securely they fit. Often times, no. But I always tell my denture patients that, even if the denture feels really "tight" to use a little drop of adhesive just or the additional security. I tend to remember my one patient, years ago, who was a foreman of a plant. His denture fit very well. But he sneezed and his denture flew across the shop floor - because when you sneeze, the soft palate in the back of your mouth raises and breaks the suction. But check with your dentist. READ MORE

  • How should partial dentures feel?

    Never having worn a partial, I can't tell you from personal experience, only what I "imagine" them to feel. They will not feel like nothing is there. You will definitely be aware of having something in your mouth initially. When they are first put in, you may develop sore spots, or pressure spots. These will need to be adjusted by your dentist. The clasps may need to be adjusted, depending on what type of clasps they are. Your tongue will have something new and different to explore, because tongues are curious critters. Partials do have a degree of bulk to them, so you will be very aware of them. You will have to learn how to put them in and take them out. You may have to learn how to speak with them, and you will have a lot more saliva for a while until your body adjusts to them. Over time, you will adapt and pretty much forget about them. Everything depends on whether you are getting top or bottom partials (or both), what they are made of (metal and acrylic, all flexible acrylic, just flexible acrylic clasps, or metal one). Basically, there are a lot of variables. If you have any concerns, please express them to your dentist. READ MORE

  • Can you get braces if you have dental fillings?

    Short answer: Yes. Technology today is able to bond to composite and porcelain. I'm not sure about bonding to silver, but that's a concern only if the silver filling is where they need to bond a bracket to.(usually this is not the case.) For reassurance, get an consultation with an orthodontist and ask him or her. READ MORE

  • How long does pain last after gum pinhole surgery?

    I really don't know. That is something you'll have to ask your periodontist or whoever is doing this procedure for you. I know how it's done and have heard really good things about it and it's results, but I don't know any patients who have had it done. I'd suggest taking a couple of Tylenol (or the generic) beforehand. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Which mouthwash is best for removing plaque?

    Plax Mouthwash loosens the plaque on your teeth, making it easier to remove with a toothbrush and dental floss. READ MORE

  • Is Listerine good for mouth ulcers?

    It might help, at least to keep the area clean. Just be sure to use Listerine with no alcohol in it or it may hurt incredibly. Considering, though, that most mouth ulcers are caused by viruses it might be better to see you dentist. Maybe he or she can prescribe something to help heal the ulcers. Or try Kanka-Cover to keep it covered and protected READ MORE

  • Is getting veneers painful?

    Not generally. I offer my patients to get numb or we can try without and if if bothers them then I can make them numb. Some patients do without and some prefer to be numb. If you're concerned in any way, talk to your dentist. Consider getting a night guard after your veneers to protect them. And remember to moderate your food and drink temperature. Like a sidewalk cracks from extremes in temperature, so can porcelain. So don't have ice cold drinks with hot meals, for instance. READ MORE

  • What dentures are the best?

    This all depends. How much do you want to spend? Can you afford implants for an implant-retained denture? Are these full dentures or partial dentures? (Do you have any remaining teeth to support a denture?) How much bone is available to hold and support the denture? What is the condition of your gums? Are they firm or flabby? What this boils down to is - talk to your dentist. READ MORE

  • Tooth pain

    I don't know. I am only a dentist. The best persons to speak to about this would be your physician who prescribed the methotrexate and/or a pharmacist. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization



  • America's Top Dentists   
  • Various Who's Who   

Professional Memberships

  • Suffolk County Dental Society  
  • New York State Dental Society  
  • American Dental Association  


  • Family Dentistry

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, Suffolk County Dental Society

What do you attribute your success to?

  • Cares for and Treats her Patients Like Family

Hobbies / Sports

  • Needlework, Karate, Reading, Gardening

Favorite professional publications

  • Dental Town

Carla Schlissel, DDS's Practice location

Carla H. Schlissel, DDS

500 Montauk Highway D -
West Islip, New York 11795
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Get to know Dentist Dr. Carla Schlissel, who serves patients in West Islip, New York. 

Dr. Schlissel is a dentist who is currently serving patients at her private practice – Dr Carla H. Schlissel Family Dentistry – located in West Islip, New York. There, she offers several dental services, including whitening, veneers, dentures, fillings, and more. 

Dr. Schlissel truly enjoys the practice of dentistry and it shows. Her patients have excellent things to say about her, one stating “Dr. Carla is an outstanding dentist. Her gentle, sweet nature put me at ease. She is easy to talk to and I am very happy with her care.”

Born and raised in Valley Stream, Dr. Schlissel graduated from Valley Stream North High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. John’s University. After working as a lab technician for over a year, she “shuffled off to Buffalo” and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  

In order to stay up to date in her field, she remains a member of several professional organizations, including the New York State Dental Association, the Suffolk County Dental Society, and the American Dental Association. She attributes her success to caring for and treating patients like family.

Dentistry, also known as Dental and Oral Medicine, is a branch of medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the oral cavity. Dentists, like Dr. Schlissel, diagnose and treat dental issues, as well as help patients develop better oral hygiene regimens. 

In her spare time, Dr. Schlissel enjoys embroidery, gardening, reading, spending time with her family, as well as being a merit badge counselor with the Boy Scouts.

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