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Dr. Kraig Stetzer

Dentistry
Salisbury, MD
22 years experience male

About

Bio

I am a general dentist that treats patients of all ages. We do cleanings, fillings, tooth colored metal free fillings, extractions, crowns, bridges, dentures, whitening, root canals, treatment of gum disease, and more. We are a relatively stress free office that likes to put the patient at ease!

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

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

48 Answers
2 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Resin fillings: These are cheaper than the porcelain restorations mainly because no lab fees are involved. Porcelain can look more "lifelike" but resins can have a g... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Get exam immediately: It is rare for infections from the teeth to travel to the brain, but not impossible. I cannot speculate on your condition without an exam, but i reco... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Too early to tell: There is so much growing that your baby will do in the future that it is really impossible to tell how the palate could change in the future.. Some p... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Seek help ASAP: Any time there could be neurological issues such as slurred speech, you don't want to assume it is from pregnancy. Seek medical help immediately as i... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Bad breath: Keeping your mouth healthy can only be one part of getting rid of bad breath. There can be other causes of bad breath such as acid reflux and sinus d... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Visit dentist first: At your age it is likely orthodontics/braces can straighten your teeth. First, you should have a dental examination to assess your dental health. An... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
It is possible: Any infection in an area can cause swollen nodes or glands. Consult your dentist or physician immediately for an exam.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Check with surgeon: If you had general anesthesia and were intubated, it could easily just be from being intubated. Safest thing would be to call surgeon.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Depends on cause: Best option would be to see physician or dentist to determine what is causing the symptoms. Different causes such as a fungal, bacterial, or viral in... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Up to you: Usually would say no er but yes to immediate appointment, however if is something that continues to worsen and any swelling/pain arises and you can't ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Sparingly: The first best choice is acetaminophen. You can take a narcotic combined with Acetaminophen if absolutely necessary for pain relief. Percocet is one... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
"gold" standard: Gold is probably the most durable of crown materials. It doesn't fracture. It doesn't cause significant wear of the opposing teeth. You have to be ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Too many unknowns: There are many different plans under blue cross. The best way to find out is ask your dentist or someone that knows your plan. Better yet, call the ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Never heard of any: I have been in the dental field for almost 20 years and have never heard of a connection from anesthesia and hair loss.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Avoiding dry socket: You want to avoid dry socket all together. Follow the instructions given for post-op care. Don't: smoke, drink from a straw, spit, or brush area har... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Not likely: Brushing the cheek is not a common cause of a mucocele. However, if it persists just have your dentist take a look.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
See physician: Would recommend you see your doctor so he/she might be able to take a look. Could be a number of things that need to be checked out.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Go back for look: The safest thing is to go back to surgeon for a quick post op check. Most do not mind a look as it is likely nothing. If there were any post op pro... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Go to ER: Can be a serious problem. If it is truly dislocated, seek treatment immediately as there could also be damage to the jaw or TMJ itself.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Dry Socket: Dry sockeet occurs when the healing blood clot and granulation tissue comes out of the socket and the socket bone is exposed. Literally becoming a dr... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Dry Socket: It usually takes some time for the discomfort to set in, but there is not cut and dry rule, everyone is different. Just because what looks like a clo... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Onset of dry socket?: Dry sockets can in reality occur at any time, though the common time seems to be 2-4 days after surgery. Technically, a dry socket can happen immedia... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Dry socket onset: Usually dry sockets appear 2-4 post-op, but there is no hard fast timeline. They could appear at anytime up until the bone is covered in the socket b... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Depends on material: Some dry socket packings should be changed every few days, others are meant to last until the socket starts to heal. Best thing is to contact the per... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Just area needed: If implants are planned just for one area, then a 3d image is needed just for that area.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Yes: One design of a bridge does have it against the gum to give it the natural appearance of emerging from the gum as a natural tooth would. It also make... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Dry Socket Pain.: Dry sockets can be very painful, lasting a few weeks. Severe headaches can happen as well. You should contact the doctor that did the extractions an... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Careful Hygiene: A crown won't decay, but the tooth that is supporting it can decay as easily as any tooth. You still need to brush and floss the tooth as you would a... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Start with dentist: I would start with your dentist. If he or she is not comfortable treating tmd, he or she can refer you to someone who is capable and knowledgable.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Depends on severity: It really depends on many things. The surgeon, how badly impacted the teeth were, whether they extractions were surgical or routine, pt's health, fol... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Depends on case: Emax veneers, or any veneers, can be done as "no prep" veneers where there is no tooth structure removed. However, to maximize the esthetics of the c... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
TMD possible: If you have clicking in the jaw, it could be a sign of tmd, temporomandibular disorder. There are other symtoms such as headaches, painful chewing, l... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Mycelex (clotrimazole) Troches: Ask you doctor/dentist for Mycelex (clotrimazole) troches, just let them dissolve in mouth 5x day.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Dry Socket: Since the pain from a dry socket is usually pretty intense, the discomfort from packing a dry socket is much of the same, however it is difficult to q... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Many possibilities: Maybe you have food impaction if not flossing thoroughly. Also, sinus drainage and gastric reflux could be other causes. If dental exam is ok, check... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Possible: Acid reflux can have several side effects. See your dentist and/or physician and have them take a look.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Get exam: Seek a medical opinion as soon as you can to evaluate the areas. You can never be too cautious with suspicious areas of the head and neck.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
No TMJ specialty: There is no specialty for TMJ therapy. Most dentists have had some training in treating basic TMJ problems. However, with more advanced cases, many ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Dry Sockets : Dry sockets can be very painful, lasting a few weeks. If you suspect a dry socket. You should contact the doctor that did the extractions and hopeful... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Bad odor common: It is not uncommon to have a bad odor or taste after extractions. Food or debris can get stuck in sockets--do not pick at! also, the healing clot ca... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Both have good/bad: The silver (amalgam) filling material is one of the most studied materials in dentistry. There is no evidence of any danger in any reliable study, an... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Find the cause: Dry mouth can cause many intra-oral problems, so it is best to find out the cause quickly. It could be a change in medications or an underlying syste... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Mycelex (clotrimazole) Troches: Just ask your doctor/dentist for these, dissolve in mouth 5x day for 2 weeks. Should resolve the candidiasis (thrush).
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Depends on procedure: The time can vary a good deal. If the teeth were completely impacted, your healing time could be longer. If they were normally erupted, the healing ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Dry Socket?: Usually, if you can see the socket and it looks empty, that can confirm a suspicious dry socket. Usually, though, pain from a dry socket is much more... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Depends really: If you have all your teeth (28-32) you can expect soreness, to what degree depends on many factors. Immediate dentures are really an estimate on what... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Mycelex (clotrimazole) Troches: Just ask your doctor/dentist for these, dissolve in mouth 5x day for 2 weeks. Should resolve the candidiasis (thrush).
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
22 years experience
Call company: Not sure why this is a concern, Fluoride in water or liquid at your age would not like cause any problems.

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Mar 23, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Stetzer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Stetzer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! thanks for the reply, but I can't just go I have to wait till I get my check! But thanks will go asap
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Bt my silver filing is melting .l've filled it 10 days ago.wht sd i do
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have been to dentist i have a mouth guard but was told i don't have tmj

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Graduated 2000MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Salisbury Region, MD - Summer
2013
Top Dentist, Third Place, Maryland - Summer
2013
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