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Dr. Willis Hardesty

Dentistry
Raleigh, NC
29 years experience male

Locations

W. Stan Hardesty, DDS, P.A.

Raleigh, NC

Address

2321 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 103, Raleigh, NC
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 7:30am - 3:30am
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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.

Dentistry

Doctor Q&A

97 Answers
226 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Depends: The level of pain can be related to the underlying cause of the bump/blister.If ist is viral in nature, then possibly it may be relatively painless to... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
May or may not: Tartar accumulation is best minimized by careful oral hygiene. Brushing at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing at least once per day, prefe... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
No: Radiation exposure is a cumulative effect on a human body. Dental radiographs use low doses of radiation to allow the dentist to see in between the te... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
One possibility: Other possible issues could be a virus, trauma, local contact allergy, swollen minor salivary gland. Best to see your dentist and let them evaluate.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Growing teeth: When teeth come into the mouth through the jawbone where they develop, dentists describe this process as tooth eruption.
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Very likely yes: Severe dental pain is not always caused by an infection. The endodontist is being responsible by not placing you on unnecessary antibiotics. Removal o... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Not recommended: Cortisone is not generally used for relief of toothaches. Best to have the ache evaluated for treatment.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Original surgeon: Probably should return to the dentist who did the surgery. If it was on the lower area, you may have had some nerve injury depending on where the surg... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Not comprehensive: Invisilign cannot make some of the movements that may be needed for orthodontic correction of malaligned teeth. An orthodontist who provides both can ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Not important: Gold is a wonderful restorative material for teeth. However, many patients shy away from it due to cost and "looks". Acceptable alternatives include d... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Varies: The use of general anesthesia will depend on your surgeon. Many times conscious sedation will cross over into general anesthesia for brief periods due... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
No maximum: You can whiten your teeth in multiple treatments throughout the year. I would be cautious however of sensitivity which is a normal side effect of the ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Varied treatment: The most common treatment is a deep cleaning done with local anesthesia. Once this initial therapy is done and depending on how your teeth and gums re... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Very similar: Pregnancy gingivitis has the same characteristics of regular gingivitis with the exception that pregnancy can be a contributing factor with the onset ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Different schools: A doctor of dental medicine and a doctor of dental surgery are trained in similar manners. Older institutions generally grant a dds while newer ones p... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Probably: Since you normally don't swallow magic mouthwash, i don't see any issues with using both concurrently. Magic mouthwash is a topical agent and Ibuprofe... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Many: My suggestion would be to stick with one that has the ada seal of approval. You then have the assurance that it has been tested by a reputable group o... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Allergy Test: It is highly suspect that you have a true allergy to lidocaine. It is more likely you are allergic to an additive or preservative in the anesthetic so... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Depends on patient: A a general rule, panoramic radiographs are taken every three to five years. However, in monitoring some conditions, a panoramic radiograph may be nee... Read More
A 92-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Symptoms: If you have a problem with a root canaled tooth, you can still feel soreness and/or pain with he tooth through the periodontal ligament (pdl) that sur... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Absolutely: Since a nightguard is worn over the teeth and no chemicals are delivered into the body with its use, it is safe to use during pregnancy.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
No: Crown lengthening is a surgical change of the gum and bone around a tooth. If you are anxious, you can request sedation but most of the time, general ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
See a dentist: This lump may be an abcess that will not drain. As you have done the right otc treatments, it's probably best to let a dentist have a look to make sur... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Depends: If you care for them, dentures can last a very long time. They do need periodic evaluation by a dentist and may need relining as the bone that suppor... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Possibly: If flossing loosens a filling, then there is most likely an unseen problem with the filling like decay or breakage from wear and tear.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Not really: The level of sedation depends on the amount and the desired effects of the drugs administered to you during your procedure. The surgeon who administe... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Depends: Dental infections can be massive and life threatening by impinging on the airway (known as ludwig's angina). They can also work their way out very slo... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Yes: If all you have is plaque, then a dental cleaning with scaling is appropriate. However, if you have a lot of calcified deposits in deeper areas and on... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Probably not: Once a tooth that supports a bridge is removed, a dentist has to redesign/reconfigure that support and bite dynamics on other teeth. Dental implants h... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Be smart: Brushing and flossing at least twice daily is one of the best things you can do for your oral health. A healthy diet, visiting the dentist twice a yea... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
About 10-14 days: Hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by the coxsackie virus, in the family of enteroviruses. Symptomatic treatment is indicated with tylenol (aceta... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
At least twice: I recommend brushing your child's teeth at least twice daily for two minutes. As they get used to having this, allow them to do part of the brushing, ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Probably: Barring any respiratory issues, nitrous oxide is a great adjunct on apprehensive 4 (and 40) year olds. Since the use of the nitrous is completely reve... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
None: Whitening toothpastes only have varied abrasives and additives to remove surface stain from the teeth. To my knowledge, there are no peer reviewed stu... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Probably not: Once a tooth is completely removed, there is usually no dental material remaining. Sometimes, there can be remaining sealer if it was extruded during ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Possibly: The teeth can provide some support for facial tissues and when removed from the mouth, no longer provide taut support. The result can be a sunken look... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
The one you use: The best toothbrush (soft or extra soft) is the one that you will use on a consistent basis to perform daily home care at least twice a day. The techn... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
A possibility: It would be wise to have a dentist evaluate this, possibly remove it and have it sent to an oral pathologist to determine if is something to be worrie... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Possibly: The ringing in your ear may or may not be related, but the stiff neck can be a symptom of clenching and/or grinding your teeth. While over the counter... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
An isolation device: A rubber dam or dental dam is a barrier device made up from a sheet of glove like material in which holes are made for the teeth to fit through. There... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Probably normal: The piece of skin to which you refer is likely the incisive papillae. It can become inflamed and feel larger than normal. Alternatively, it could be a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Usually: Braces can help harbor additional plaque and bacteria that are associated with gingivitis. Now that the hardware is gone, you can focus on keeping the... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Better trained: Dental care and training in the us is unparalleled. That being said, regulatory agencies, malpractice, taxes, and the cost of running a small business... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Not likely: While dental abcesses can drain and be non painful, they will not go away from treatment other than removing the offensive tooth or causative agent. I... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Orthodontic device: This is a device placed by an orthodontist to expand the maxillary arch by means of slowly pushing the two parts of palate apart. It is cemented onto ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Good: Good oral hygiene including daily brushing and flossing, and possibly sealants, help maintain them!
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Maybe: If you have a heart issue that requires antibiotics before dental procedures, then yes or if you have an associated infection that makes good anesthes... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Usually short: Since most gingivectomies just remove some extra tissue, you should be able to return to work. Eating may be tender for a day or two but as long as yo... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Probably refer: The next step would pediatric sedation or possibly do the procedure in the operating room under very deep sedation with an anesthesiologist.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Rare: A true allergy to Fluoride is rare. Fluoride is an element. It is more likely that a "fluoride" allergy is a reaction to another ingredient in the com... Read More

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HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hardesty is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hardesty is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Yes-forget free gingival graft. Going for 2nd opinion re: need. Bye!
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thank u so much forur help hope u have a lovely evening
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Thanks Dr. Hardisty. I appreciate that confirmation.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The University of North Carolina School of Dentisty, NC
Graduated 1993MD

Awards

Top Dentist, First Place, North Carolina - Summer
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, Council of Interstate Testing Agencies, Inc.,
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