Dr. Ammaar Abidi DDS, Dentist

Dr. Ammaar Abidi DDS


875 Union Ave Memphis TN, 38103


Dr. Ammaar Abidi received his DDS from the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry in 2015. He then joined the University of Tennessee, College of Graduate Health Sciences to receive his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2017. Dr. Abidi, has been published in several highly esteemed journals and was recognized by The American Association of Oral Biology for his achievements in research. He has also received numerous prestigious awards at UT College of Dentistry such as the Harold Cloogman Research Award and the James C. Ragain Jr. Research Award. His current research project involves the use of selective cannabinoids as anti-inflammatory agents for the development of novel drugs for periodontal therapy to aid in strategies to improve public oral health. Other research interests and projects include oral squamous cell carcinoma, pain, periodontal disease and other inflammatory conditions affecting the oral cavity.

Education and Training

University of TN College of Dentistry D.D.S 2015

University of TN College of Pharmacy Ph.D 2016

Board Certification

American Board of General Dentistry

Provider Details

Male English, Hindi, Urdu
Dr. Ammaar Abidi DDS
Dr. Ammaar Abidi DDS's Expert Contributions
  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 getting numb as you will feel high sensitivity with air, water, and handpiece (Drilling). READ MORE

  • 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. READ MORE

  • 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 is providing wisdom tooth removal also provides general anesthesia as a service. READ MORE

  • 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 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 READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 the wires. I would recommend that you go back to the dentist (ortho) who placed them for you. READ MORE

  • 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 and the missing area receives a crown (bridged by the adjacent teeth). If they are maintained well they last for quite a while. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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. 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. READ MORE

  • 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

  • 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. READ MORE

  • 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). Please get it looked at by a dentist, it might something small but it can be a sign something bigger. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 be as nice as braces. I would recommend the use of braces as the final result would be best that way. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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. READ MORE

  • 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, dentists recommend doing procedures that are minimally invasive and try to avoid extensive preparations to preserve natural tooth structure as long as possible. READ MORE

  • 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. READ MORE

  • How can I stop pushing on my front teeth when I swallow?

    The best solution would be to get an evaluation done by a dentist or an orthodontist. If you have a tongue thrust and its causing your teeth to move again, its best to get an appliance but that of course will be determined once you visit a dental office. READ MORE

  • How often to use mouth wash?

    I think fluoride rinse over night is pretty good especially if you are cavity prone (of course do not eat or drink after). Since i am not sure about the severity of your dental decay i cannot necessarily recommend an increase in the usage. READ MORE

  • Can effects from TMJ ever be reversed?

    There are several TMJ specialists that could take a finer look into your problem. However, generally when you start having crepitus (crackling sound), it has to do the movements between the condyle on the jaw, disk and/or the ligaments in the TMJ. To avoid further grinding i would recommend a mouth guard but unfortunately the option to get sound fixed might require surgical intervention. READ MORE

  • Brushing too hard?

    Mechanical wear on the gum line is a common problem seen by dentists. Many patients do not have the proper brushing technique or are unaware of how hard they are brushing. I believe electric toothbrush will be better as the forces are more controlled. However, i would still recommend using a soft bristle if your gums are currently wearing. Also, why your 1st dentist failed to recognize it might be due to several factors but mechanical damage can manifest abruptly at times. He might have not seen the trend, but you may have exhibited the effects by the time you went to the other dentist and by then it might have been apparent. READ MORE

  • Wisdom teeth removal

    In general, It is usually based upon the difficulty of extraction of the the wisdom teeth. If the wisdom teeth are fully erupted then it is usually extracted by the dentist. However, case difficulty that might require removal of soft tissue as well proximity of the underlying nerves are most likely referred to Oral Surgeons. READ MORE

  • Can I whiten my teeth with baking soda alone?

    Most of the home remedies to whiten teeth have not been tested and may have safety issues due the lack of quality control (i.e how much quantity to use, what are the concentrations required and how often these procedures should be performed). Nevertheless, several patient have informed me that Coconut Oil pulling, Baking soda with hydrogen peroxide has helped whiten their teeth. I unfortunately am not aware of the best application and the method of use. READ MORE

  • Skin is shedding on the inside of my mouth (my cheeks). Is this normal?

    Certain toothpastes formulations that include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), pyrophosphates and flavoring agents can cause peeling or sloughing of skin. I would recommend trying a different toothpaste. READ MORE

  • Clicking in my jaw

    Yes it is, clicking of the jaw may be related to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems. It is wise to get it looked at by a specialist, especially if any pain is associated with it. READ MORE

  • What is a dry socket?

    Dry socket ialso known as alveolar osteitis, it happens after extraction of the teeth especially in lower jaw (mandible), but can also affect the upper jaw. Dry socket occurs because the blood clot formed after extraction is removed, dislodged or even dissolves before the wound heals. It can lead to unbearable pain because of exposing the underlying bone and nerves. I would recommend going to a dentist so they can clean it properly and apply a medicated gauze in the region. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Dental ResearchOral SurgeryRestorative Dentistry

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Assistant Professory College of Dentistry 2016 - 2016


  • Harold Cloogman Research Award2014University of TN College of Dentistry
  • James C. Ragain Jr. Research Award2015University of TN College of Dentistry
  • Award In Oral Biology2015American Association of Oral Biology

Professional Memberships

  • ADA

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • Mid-South Mission of Mercy

Professional Society Memberships

  • International Association for Dental Research, American Association for Dental Research, American Dental Association

Hobbies / Sports

  • Cricket (Top 30 in Arkansas and Tennessee Cricket League)

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