Dr. Shirley Hamamcy is a Dentist practicing in Austin, TX. Dr. Hamamcy 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.
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University of Connecticut DMD 0
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My daughter is 9 months old and she has not started teething either. Yes, it is completely normal READ MORE
You can discuss it with your dentist. Sometimes a small filling could fix it but there is no guarantee that it will last longer. Most of time, it will need a crown if it's bigger in size READ MORE
No it does not. The science behind this is abrasion. It kinds of takes layer off of your teeth. So, I would not recommend this. READ MORE
You can start by using any of the options available for anti-sensitivity toothpastes. Take a small amount on tooth brush, then spit don't rinse away the residue. It sounds gross but it is important for that residue to actually block the open pores that cause sensitivity. READ MORE
It really depends on the case. But there are so many other ways to close the gap such as Veneers and white fillings as well. You should see your dentist which option works best for you READ MORE
Hi, There could be a number of reasons for this tooth ache. It could be wisdom tooth pain or originating from another tooth which is potentially infected. There could be so many other reasons causing that tooth pain. You need to see your dentist immediately to address that pain. Delaying your dental treatment can lead to more painful outcomes and further treatment could be more expensive. Thanks. READ MORE
You can use one of the various anti-sensitivity tooth pastes like Sensodyne/Colgate or Crest. Try brushing with this tooth-paste and spit but do not rinse your mouth after that. It might be a hard habit to break but makes a considerable difference. If that doesn't help, contact your dentist. READ MORE
There is not a considerable research which would support oil pulling. So, as a dentist, I will not recommend it unless there is a considerable evidence for support in future. READ MORE
You should take your kids for their first dental exam as soon as 6 months of age. After that, they should be seen every 4 months to access proper jaw growth and teeth until they are 3 years old. After kids reach 3 years of age, parents should bring them for regular 6 month visits. READ MORE
As long as you are brushing right way, your daily brushing routine is good. You need to floss more often though. Flossing is recommended once a day. So, you need to improve that. Start with 2 days a week then 3 and gradually make a habit of doing it once daily. READ MORE
You should see a dentist immediately. Depending on the area, dentist can put a tooth colored filling or a crown on it. READ MORE
No it doesn't really matter unless it is a prescription toothpaste by your dentist. You can use any ADA approved toothpaste. READ MORE
Yes it is absolutely your choice. We can use local anesthesia to make cleanings more comfortable for you. READ MORE
It really depends on the case. Sometimes fillings could be re-polished to remove stains. There could be many other reasons that fillings need to be replaced. If you think it is just staining that is bothering you then you need to discuss it with your dentist. READ MORE
Neither, water flossers don't work for most people. There are only a few people they work well for. If you are using a regular floss, your are doing a great job already. READ MORE
It is not necessarily a root canal. There could be multiple reasons behind tooth sensitivity including but not limited to: Worn tooth enamel, Tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and beverages, Tooth decay, worn leaky fillings and broken teeth, Gum recession, Grinding your teeth at night or it could be Post dental treatment sensitivity especially with procedures such as crowns, fillings and tooth bleaching. You need to see a dentist to find actual reason behind yours. READ MORE
A root canal can happen at any age. It is primarily dictated by decay and the amount of dental work on one tooth. Whether young or old, if tooth decay gets close to the pulp complex, irreversible pulpitis can occur. Softer diets including more refined carbs/sugars can increase caries. This is seen in all age groups. READ MORE
No it is not. It is actually a good habit to develop. Keep doing good work. You can have one after meals. READ MORE
Yes, absolutely. Dentists see all kinds of patients. Our office also offer payment plans. I cannot say about all dentists in general. READ MORE
Yes, the more permanent solution would be to get a veneer instead. READ MORE
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. Risk factors would include poor oral hygiene, smoking, health conditions, pregnancy and some others. You can prevent it with proper oral hygiene which will include brushing two times a day and flossing at least once. Flossing is the key. You can identify Gingivitis with some signs such as bleeding gums, bad breath and sensitivity. Your dentist can help you with that too. READ MORE
If you are at high caries risk, Fluoride treatment definitely helps preventing cavities. It is way more effective and concentrated than ACT. READ MORE
It could hurt more because your gum conditions might have changed with time, oral hygiene habits or many other reasons. Another reason could be different kind of instruments. Mostly newer dentists are using advanced technology like Piezon these days . It might hurt more with these instruments but research has shown they are more effective than regular ultrasonic cleaners. READ MORE
It really depends on the case. Gaps could be closed with the help of veneers, composite fillings, some orthodontic appliances and braces. If your dentist/orthodontist recommended you braces already, I am sure they have observed your case and doing a good job for you. When it is all over, you will be happy to see the beautiful change. READ MORE
Yes, you are right. Bacterial infections causing periodontal disease certainly can spread to various body parts including sinuses, heart, brain and lungs. Most of these infections are Streptococcal, a kind of bacteria. The mouth is not an isolated ecosystem, but an integral part of the immune system. The mouth is intimately connected to many other parts of the body and a bacterial imbalance or gum disease in the mouth can create immune problems and inflammation in other parts of the body as well. The right way to identify these would be regular visits to a dentist. READ MORE
Most common early signs are red, swollen and bleeding gums while brushing. It might cause a feeling of itchiness in gums too and eventually loose teeth. READ MORE
An abscessed tooth means infection has reached the root and there is formation of pus underneath and if it is not drained, it can cause swelling and severe pain. An abscess could be caused by untreated tooth decay, periodontal disease and other factors such as trauma to the tooth. Once infection has reached the root, it cannot be really reversed but it can be treated with root canal treatment and depending on the cause there are some other treatment options. Symptoms which could point to abscess is sensitivity to hot and cold, pain, fever and swelling. It is best to see your dentist as soon as possible to prevent worse outcomes. READ MORE
If you have pain after a filling, one of the many reasons could be that you just need an adjustment on that filling. You should definitely mention that to your dentist who did the filling and he can diagnose the problem more precisely. READ MORE
It really depends on the case. Sometimes, only one tooth is crooked because of crowding or other issues and it can be fixed without involving other teeth for orthodontic treatment. But if there are other causes associated with that tooth, it might need complete orthodontic treatment. READ MORE
Plaque cannot be avoided altogether at all. It is deposited minutes after brushing. It is an unavoidable natural process and you can just reduce it. Try using Colgate Total which helps in reduction. You're doing everything right, but plaque is something which you cannot avoid, but reduce. READ MORE
Regular floss is the best way of flossing and there is no way that a waterpik is better than regular old-fashioned floss. READ MORE
A dentist can foresee complications regarding the extraction procedure and wouldn't like to happen that to a patient. A dentist would like the procedure to go smooth. So, sometimes they refer patient to oral surgeon depending on complications associated with surgery. READ MORE
First and foremost thing you need to do is to see your dentist immediately. READ MORE
Yes baking soda does work for some people. But I would recommend consulting your dentist first because everyone's case is different. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- Academy of General Dentistry
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