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Dr. Ammaar Abidi, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Ammaar Abidi is a dentist practicing in Memphis, TN. Dr. Abidi 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.
4 years Experience
Dr. Ammaar Abidi, DDS
  • Memphis, TN
  • University of TN College of Dentistry
  • Accepting new patients

Do toothaches always mean an infection?

Toothaches occur in response to a stimulus, it can be for several reasons but infections are more common. You can have pain (sensitivity) to cold or hot foods which might be due READ MORE
Toothaches occur in response to a stimulus, it can be for several reasons but infections are more common. You can have pain (sensitivity) to cold or hot foods which might be due to inflamed gums or exposed root surfaces of the tooth. You can also have something stuck within or around the tooth causing irritation to the area. Many times tooth pain surfaces not due to tooth infection but injury or infection of the surrounding areas such as soft tissues or the periodontium. On certain occasions, the individual can have fractures occurring within the teeth which can also result in pain. Nonetheless, your dentist should hopefully be able to resolve the issue.

Do dental sealants need to be reapplied?

Sealants are a preventative coating that reduces the chances of tooth decay. Studies have shown that cavity-prone children have seen a reduction of tooth decay up to 60%. Sealants READ MORE
Sealants are a preventative coating that reduces the chances of tooth decay. Studies have shown that cavity-prone children have seen a reduction of tooth decay up to 60%. Sealants are not meant to last too long, the purpose they serve is to reduce damage to teeth at most susceptible times. However, some sealants can last for a very long time but those are not very common. Also, after the initial application of sealants, it is up to you and the dentist if it is deemed wise to reapply it as the patient still might be at a risk for tooth decay.

Do I have to be numb?

I would not recommend doing a filling without numbing the tooth unless it a very small cavity that is within the enamel surface. In Mid-deep fillings, I would always recommend READ MORE
I would not recommend doing a filling without numbing the tooth unless it a very small cavity that is within the enamel surface. In Mid-deep fillings, I would always recommend getting numb as you will feel high sensitivity with air, water, and handpiece (Drilling).

My son is having a cavity filled. Will he need anesthesia?

Normally, a local anesthetic will be given for a filling. If anything else is required to better accommodate him, that can be discussed between you and the dentist.

I'm terrified about having my wisdom teeth pulled! Can I request general anesthesia?

An oral surgeon or a dentist trained in sedation will provide such services. So, yes, you can be put under general anesthesia. However, you need to make sure that the dentist who READ MORE
An oral surgeon or a dentist trained in sedation will provide such services. So, yes, you can be put under general anesthesia. However, you need to make sure that the dentist who is providing wisdom tooth removal also provides general anesthesia as a service.

My dentist told me I need a bridge. What is the process of getting a bridge?

Ask your dentist to illustrate a dental bridge for you. It may be a bit difficult at times to imagine but to put it simply, the tooth in front and behind the missing teeth will READ MORE
Ask your dentist to illustrate a dental bridge for you. It may be a bit difficult at times to imagine but to put it simply, the tooth in front and behind the missing teeth will be used as the abutment (substructure) of the bridge, while teeth filling the empty space (tooth space) are termed pontics. Look at the illustration at http://www.coronadodentistry.com/our-services/crowns-caps/index.html

Can braces cause injury?

Braces are a very common procedure nowadays. Normally there should not be any particular complications with braces. Most people feel at unease after initial placement due to a READ MORE
Braces are a very common procedure nowadays. Normally there should not be any particular complications with braces. Most people feel at unease after initial placement due to a few reasons such as (something new in their mouth) and (orthodontic wires which initially make you feel like your teeth are glued tight together). Overall, it is a pretty harmless procedure and in normal circumstances, the orthodontist does not need to numb the mouth.

My daughter's braces are too tight. Is there anything I can do?

It is not uncommon to initially feel uncomfortable, however, if it has been a few weeks. I would go back to the orthodontist. I believe they need to decrease the tension within READ MORE
It is not uncommon to initially feel uncomfortable, however, if it has been a few weeks. I would go back to the orthodontist. I believe they need to decrease the tension within the wires. I would recommend that you go back to the dentist (ortho) who placed them for you.

How long does one need dental bridges?

Hi, I am not sure if i completely understand your question. However, dental bridges are commonly used to fill in for missing tooth space by preparing the adjacent teeth for crowns READ MORE
Hi, I am not sure if i completely understand your question. However, dental bridges are commonly used to fill in for missing tooth space by preparing the adjacent teeth for crowns and the missing area receives a crown (bridged by the adjacent teeth). If they are maintained well they last for quite a while.

Why do I have sensitivity in all my lower teeth?

There are several factors which can cause teeth to become sensitive. The most common reasons are gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), plaque and calculus induced decaying tooth READ MORE
There are several factors which can cause teeth to become sensitive. The most common reasons are gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), plaque and calculus induced decaying tooth surface, and exposure of the root surface of the teeth. I believe it would be best that you make a quick visit to the dentist and get it evaluated.

Is a root canal in pregnancy safe?

If it is an emergency, I would recommend you go see a dentist for him/her to evaluate the tooth. Usually, the second trimester is considered the best period for dental treatment. READ MORE
If it is an emergency, I would recommend you go see a dentist for him/her to evaluate the tooth. Usually, the second trimester is considered the best period for dental treatment. There is certain precaution which is taken by the dentists but for emergency cases, it may be better to proceed with root canal therapy as it reduces the burden of disease (microbial pathogens). For your comfort, I would recommend you go see a dental specialist (endodontist) as they might be able to address your concerns a bit better. In terms of postponing treatment, you will have an open cavity in the mouth for a future bacterial invasion if you do not get it looked at. You can never be certain when you will flare up again with pain as it is your bodies response to invaders (bacteria)that causes pain.

What are the early signs of dental trouble?

I would go get an evaluation. Noticing blood while you brush can be a sign of inflammation. Jaw pain can be due to several factors. Therefore, it would be wise to make a visit. READ MORE
I would go get an evaluation. Noticing blood while you brush can be a sign of inflammation. Jaw pain can be due to several factors. Therefore, it would be wise to make a visit.

Can a toothpaste help with tooth sensitivity?

Yes, several kinds of toothpaste with stannous/sodium fluoride and/or potassium nitrate can help reduce tooth sensitivity. Ex. Colgate Sensitive or Sensodyne Proenamel.

What is causing the white layer on my tongue?

The white layer resurfacing on your tongue can be due to many reasons. Quality of saliva (dryness of mouth), something you are eating or can be a sign of an infection (Oral Thrush). READ MORE
The white layer resurfacing on your tongue can be due to many reasons. Quality of saliva (dryness of mouth), something you are eating or can be a sign of an infection (Oral Thrush). Please get it looked at by a dentist, it might something small but it can be a sign something bigger.

Can calcium deficiency impact teeth?

Yes calcium deficiency can most certainly impact the health of the teeth. However, there are other factors that could influence the teeth as well such as genetics and diet. I would READ MORE
Yes calcium deficiency can most certainly impact the health of the teeth. However, there are other factors that could influence the teeth as well such as genetics and diet. I would recommend you, if your son is showing softer or weaker teeth. Go to a dentist and see if your son needs fluoride treatment. It can help harden his enamel which may help protect his teeth longer.

How can I close the gap between my frontal teeth?

You have a significant gap that is best restored with braces. Other options do exist but some may require unnecessary removal of tooth structure or the final outcome will not READ MORE
You have a significant gap that is best restored with braces. Other options do exist but some may require unnecessary removal of tooth structure or the final outcome will not be as nice as braces. I would recommend the use of braces as the final result would be best that way.

Is reflux giving me bad breath?

There are several reasons why you can have bad breath or unwanted odor. There are certain bacteria's that involved but acid reflux can certainly be a cause as well. I would recommend READ MORE
There are several reasons why you can have bad breath or unwanted odor. There are certain bacteria's that involved but acid reflux can certainly be a cause as well. I would recommend drinking more alkaline water and help maintain oral (mouth) PH to be more neutral or alkaline than acidic. See if that helps restore your breath.

Why are some people's canine teeth sharper than others?

There are several factors that make teeth sharp. Naturally, genetics are the most common cause but certain diets and habits can also effect the appearance of the teeth.

Front tooth cavity

You can always crown or veneer your front (anterior) teeth. However, color matching composite fillings are done usually to maintain more of the natural tooth structure. Generally, READ MORE
You can always crown or veneer your front (anterior) teeth. However, color matching composite fillings are done usually to maintain more of the natural tooth structure. Generally, dentists recommend doing procedures that are minimally invasive and try to avoid extensive preparations to preserve natural tooth structure as long as possible.

Do dentists offer services to the uninsured?

Many if not most dentist should have a payment plans for uninsured patients. Also, no dentists should ever turn you away just because you lack insurance.