Dr. James Hibbs is a Dentist practicing in Dallas, TX. Dr. Hibbs 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. James Eric Hibbs DDS's Expert Contributions
Not necessarily, but pits are where cavity tend to first occur. Since you are 24, you may not need this. I would get a second opinion from a conservative dentist. READ MORE
From a strictly cosmetic perspective, I would use e.Max. From an increased strength and adequate cosmetics perspective, I would use BruxZir Anterior. READ MORE
Yes you can! READ MORE
There are many factors to consider, but in general, this soon after an extraction, it is best to stick with softer foods and avoid anything hard or with a shell, such as nuts and popcorn for a couple of weeks. READ MORE
It depends on the particular tooth and its prognosis for staying healthy in the mouth. Some wisdom teeth should just be extracted, others could have a filling to repair a cavity. In more severe cases, a wisdom tooth may require a root canal or crown, or both. READ MORE
It can happen. It may be best to get a second opinion for any planned dental treatment. READ MORE
Sometimes you are put to sleep, sometimes not. It generally is not required, however many people/surgeons prefer it. READ MORE
You should be able to drink water without any problems. READ MORE
Hopefully nothing will happen, however, smoking has been linked to increased likelihood of poor or delayed healing around the implant, and questionable long-term success. READ MORE
There is no set time an implant is expected to last, as there are many health related factors that cannot always be controlled. However, with good periodontal and overall health, an implant can last a lifetime. READ MORE
According to the American dental association, silver fillings are safe. However, they are not done as often now because of improvements in composite fillings. READ MORE
This is fairly common, especially in a young person. Give it time and it should gradually get better. Sensitivity toothpaste can help this. READ MORE
Yes, most whitening toothpastes from reputable brands are safe for enamel when used properly. READ MORE
No, black spots on teeth aren't always cavities, sometimes they are only stains. However, they are often cavities and should be checked. READ MORE
Usually, the best way to treat a cavity is to have the decay cleaned out and a filling placed. READ MORE
It depends on the size and type of filling and whether or not you will need to be numb. In general, you can expect about 30 minutes. READ MORE
Typically because you have a cavity or gum recession with exposed sensitive roots. READ MORE
If you are not still bleeding, you can drink coffee after wisdom teeth removal. READ MORE
Yes, cavities usually do get worse if left untreated. J. Eric Hibbs, DDS, MAGD READ MORE
If the bone and other conditions are suitable, there is no set limit on how many implants you can have placed in one visit. READ MORE
Crowns do occasionally come loose for a variety of reasons. I would see a dentist asap about having the crown cemented back on the tooth. READ MORE
Yes, but it is best not to swallow any of it. READ MORE
The idea that root canals can directly cause disease has not been proven. READ MORE
It depends on the type of whitening, but generally every 3-6 months should be reasonable. READ MORE
No, a crack in a tooth will not heal itself. READ MORE
While, depending on a variety of factors, a bridge could last a lifetime, statistically, you can expect a bridge to last between ten and twenty years. READ MORE
The tooth still needs to be treated or extracted. It typically will not heal on its own. READ MORE
I would suggest returning to the dentist to have it checked. READ MORE
Thumb sucking with permanent teeth can cause the permanent teeth to move out of normal position and may eventually require orthodontics treatment to correct. READ MORE
Yes, dentists treat sleep apnea with appliances worn in the mouth. READ MORE
There are many possible causes for this condition. Some of them are: tonsil stones (small whitish clumps caught in the folds of your tonsils), post-nasal drip due to sinus issues, stomach acid reaching your mouth via vomiting or acid reflux, needing a professional dental exam and cleaning. Good luck in your quest for fresh breath. I hope this helps! READ MORE
If the gel is indicated for use topically on ulcers inside your mouth, it should be safe to accidentally swallow a small amount. READ MORE
Many things can cause rapid decay. Some of them are: dry mouth/mouth breathing, sweet liquids at bedtime, inadequate oral hygiene, and lack of fluoride in water as a baby. Even though the baby teeth will be replaced, they still play a major role in setting up the mouth for a healthy, uncrowded permanent dentition, so they should be maintained carefully and checked by a dentist yearly. READ MORE
There can be a genetic factor to gum disease, though it is not absolute. You did not mention how often you get your teeth checked and professionally cleaned. This can play a major role in preventing gum disease. READ MORE
Sometimes you can restore the teeth with fillings of "caps," but if the decay has gotten too deep, the teeth can become abscessed (usually noticeable by a small pimple at the gums by the tooth), in which case, the baby tooth should be extracted. READ MORE
A sensitivity-focused toothpaste such as Sensodyne can help to resolve tooth sensitivity. Also, look to find the source of sensitivity, which is usually related to exposed root surfaces or tooth cracks combined with consuming citric foods and beverages. READ MORE
I recommend flossing 2-3 times a day optimally(after each meal), and at a minimum, once a day at bedtime. READ MORE
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot in the tooth socket either does not form properly, washes away, or is somehow dislodged out of the socket. This results in exposed bone, which can be very painful until enough healing has occurred (about 10 days) to cover the exposed bone. To alleviate the pain, a dentist typically rinses the socket gently and then places a soothing medicament, either by itself, or on a piece of sterile gauze that is later removed. READ MORE
There are several ways to reduce tooth sensitivity, depending on the cause. Root canals can work in severe cases, though typically more conservative treatments would work and are worth trying first. If you have teeth whitening trays, a relief gel is available at a dentist to use in the trays. Dentists also typically have desensitizing liquids they can place on the sensitive roots of the teeth. Also, a thin layer of tooth colored composite filled material can be bonded over the sensitive areas. I hope this helps! READ MORE
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