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Dr. Terry G. Box

Dentist

Dr. Terry Box is a Dentist practicing in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Dr. Box 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.
Dr. Terry G. Box
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Baylor University
  • Accepting new patients

Why do my oral ulcers keep coming back?

One reason could be related to certain vitamin deficiencies, such as Vitamin C or the B Complex Vitamins. If your diet has been poor, you might try using a multivitamin supplement. Another READ MORE
One reason could be related to certain vitamin deficiencies, such as Vitamin C or the B Complex Vitamins. If your diet has been poor, you might try using a multivitamin supplement.
Another is recurrent hermetic lesions. These will usually run a course of 14 days before clearing on their own. Have them looked at by your dentist or ENT while they are active.

Food getting stuck behind wisdom teeth

Without seeing them, I would say "yes", you will be prevent having an acute pericornitis( infection around the tooth0 which will require antibiotic therapy and then removal of READ MORE
Without seeing them, I would say "yes", you will be prevent having an acute pericornitis( infection around the tooth0 which will require antibiotic therapy and then removal of the tooth. However, if your wisdom teeth are functional with the other teeth, it may be possible to have a gingivectomy ( remove the flap of tissue) and make the area easier to clean. Leaving the flap the way it is may lead to decay of the wisdom tooth and also bad breath.

Is it bad if a piece of an old filling falls out?

You need to have it examined and most likely repaired. Just because it doesn't hurt now does not mean that you do dot have decay in the tooth. The longer you waits the bigger the READ MORE
You need to have it examined and most likely repaired. Just because it doesn't hurt now does not mean that you do dot have decay in the tooth. The longer you waits the bigger the problem will become.

Is the fluoride treatment at the dentist really worth it?

The fluoride treatment following the cleaning is the most effective topical fluoride treatment you can get because the root and crown surface are clean and there is not a plaque READ MORE
The fluoride treatment following the cleaning is the most effective topical fluoride treatment you can get because the root and crown surface are clean and there is not a plaque barrier to inhibit the fluoride from reacting to the tooth.

How can I close the gap between my frontal teeth?

Many times a gap (diastema) can be closed with direct composite bonding, veneers, or crowns, depending on the condition of the teeth. However, these become lifetime maintenance READ MORE
Many times a gap (diastema) can be closed with direct composite bonding, veneers, or crowns, depending on the condition of the teeth. However, these become lifetime maintenance issues, where the orthodontics treatment and wearing a retainer afterwards, can be a lifetime solution. There also may be other issues with your bight that the orthodontic treatment is treating.

Do I have to be numb?

it does not hurt the procedure yet you may have considerable discomfort during the process. If you cannot hold very still during the appointment, then you are making it more difficult READ MORE
it does not hurt the procedure yet you may have considerable discomfort during the process. If you cannot hold very still during the appointment, then you are making it more difficult for your dentist to do an excellent job. We are now using a laser in our office for simpler restorations and the need for anesthetic is greatly reduced.

What are the most visible signs and symptoms of a gum disease?

Redness and soreness of the gum tissue. Bleeding when brushing and flossing. Bad breath A white film on the teeth and gums. The gums shrinking down and showing the root surfaces READ MORE
Redness and soreness of the gum tissue.
Bleeding when brushing and flossing.
Bad breath
A white film on the teeth and gums.
The gums shrinking down and showing the root surfaces of the teeth.
The papillae ( pointed tissue between the teeth) are flat and spaces have developed there.

Can a tooth abscess be seen on an X-ray?

A tooth abscess will show up on an xray as a radiolucent, or dark area, in the bone around the root of the tooth. However, in the early stages of the pulp dying, the radiolucency READ MORE
A tooth abscess will show up on an xray as a radiolucent, or dark area, in the bone around the root of the tooth. However, in the early stages of the pulp dying, the radiolucency may not be visible yet.

How to get rid of mouth ulcers

This could be a herpetic virus episode. They usually run a course of two weeks without treatment. Most treatment is palliative and helps relieve the pain . You dentist can prescribe READ MORE
This could be a herpetic virus episode. They usually run a course of two weeks without treatment. Most treatment is palliative and helps relieve the pain . You dentist can prescribe rinses to help. One thing you can get is over the counter children's Benadryl Elixir. Swish it 30 minutes before each meal, for one minute, and spit it out . Bo it again at bedtime and swallow it. This will aid in sleeping.