Dr. James Merrett

Dentistry
San Antonio, TX
31 years experience male

Locations

Hollywood Park Dental

San Antonio, TX

Address

400 N loop 1604, San Antonio, TX, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Cigna

Tricare

About

Bio

Born In the UK. Educated in the USA. Lived in Hawaii for 22 years. Recently moved to San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Merrett has a BS degree in Biology from Chaminade the University of Honolulu. He received his dental degree from the University of Pacific School of Dentistry. He continues to take continuing education yearly. He has also been trained at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.

Specialties
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Dentistry

Dentistry - Cosmetic

Dentistry - Endodontics

Dentistry - Prosthodontics

Licenses

United States: Texas

Doctor Q&A

97 Answers
6 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Bad taste: You have a temporary in your mouth. Sometimes the temporaries are not completely sealed and you can get saliva underneath it washing out bacteria. Tha... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Bruised Ligament: A tooth ligament also know as the pdl (periodontal ligament) can take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to heal, much like any other bruise. Be sure not t... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Pain after Braces: I would suggest a mild analgesic such Acetaminophen (tylenol). This will help relieve some of the discomfort. I would also suggest a soft food diet un... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Wisdom teeth: The inability to clean around those wisdom teeth may be causing your bad breath? It is completely fine to have your wisdom teeth removed if you suffer... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Back tooth Gums: You may have a condition called pericornitis. This is basically inflammation of the gums around your tooth. My guess is that tooth is a wisdom tooth.... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Losing baby teeth: Usually, you lose your last baby tooth between 12 and 14. However, some kids lose them earlier and some lose them later. Some baby teeth can be retain... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Toothpaste!!: The answer to this is.................. One you like the taste of! studies have found if you use a toothpaste you like the taste of, you are more like... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
transparent teeth: Semi transparent teeth can be normal if you are talking about the bottom edges of the front teeth, or it could be severe wear. It is very hard to answ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Mouth sores: The main ingredient is orajel is benzocaine, which is a mild topical anesthetic. Orajel could provide temporary relief, however, it will not cure the ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Sore gums after fill: This depends on how deep and the location of the filling? It also depends if a rubber dam was used also. Usually, the gums maybe sore if they were abr... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
whitening sensitive: If you have sensitive teeth it is best to figure out why the teeth are sensitive. There could possibly be an underlying reason. However, some people ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Age for whitening: I can only speak for myself, but we usually start at 14 years old with parental consent. It also depends on the persons oral hygiene, and if the perso... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Navy Dental Care: That is a good question. If you are in the navy already, then i would say the answer is " yes".. If you are looking to enter the navy, i would speak t... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Insurance: What you need to do is contact your insurance company. Most insurance companies have a list of providers. You can look at that list and see who is in ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Losing teeth/AIDs: Treating people with HIV and aids has come along way. Anyone who has a compromised immune system can have challenges with keeping their teeth. It is v... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Air pressure tooth: The short answer is yes. If you are experiencing pain in the upper teeth it is usually associated with the sinus membrane. Many times the roots of the... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Bulky Crown: Depending on what the material is the crown may be able to be recontoured. However, if the there is still an abundant amount of tooth structure undern... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Swollen gums : Many times this is just a temporary thing if the gums have been irritated by the procedure. We usually recommend using a warm salt water rinse for a c... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
General Anesthesia: The simple answer to your question is "yes". Most of the medications administered to you will be through the iv. If you decide not to have general ane... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Pain after 11 days: It is possible to have pain after 11 days, depending on your health history. It is also possible you could have a dry socket? I would suggest you retu... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Swelling/lymph node.: Unfortunately, you have not provided enough information for a comprehensive diagnosis. I would suggest you see your Dentist to determine if this is ev... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Brush you lips? No: It is very important for you to brush your teeth. It is also a good idea to brush your tongue. However, brushing your lips gently probably will not be... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Dry tongue: The back of your tongue is dry when you wake most likely is that you are a mouth breather when sleeping. Many people sleep on their back, this can c... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Swollen Gum lime: If your gum is swollen It could be a number of things. It could be something serious like an abscess, or it could be something as simple as food impac... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Boyfriend/ Plaque: Tell your boyfriend you are not going to kiss him until he starts brushing his teeth regularly. You can also buy a kids mouth wash that has a dye in i... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Remove mercury fill: You should removed the mercury amalgam filings when they are starting breakdown. If they have recurrent decay underneath them, or if you have a sensit... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Baby root canal: I would suggest trying to keep the baby teeth as long as possible. Baby teeth help keep the space for the permanent teeth. However, if the infection c... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
HIV & Yellow Tongue: Many times people with HIV are more susceptible to fungal infections, this can be due to medicines or a compromised immune system. I would go and see ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Toothache: There is a reason you have a toothache. I would advised that you take an anti-inflammatory medicine i.e. Mortin, Aleve (naproxen) ..... To help calm t... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Abcess and Pain: Your body is sending you a message that something is not right. Go see a Dentist as soon as possible. Things could get much worse quickly.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Halitosis: Have you tried a tongue scraper? Many times the smells are associated with bacteria on your tongue. Many times it can be a release of a sulphur type ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Eat after root canal: I would suggest that you wait to eat hard or semi-soft things until after you anesthesia has worn off. I would also caution doing any heavy biting or... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Aesthetic / Cosmetic: These two words are used synonymously. They are really addressing the same types of procedures. Some practioners prefer the aesthetic and some prefer ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
2 root canal tooth: Root canals are meant to save your tooth if your tooth has had trauma, decay to the nerve, or an abcess. However, the nerve system in a tooth is very ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Chronic bad teeth: There are a few different things that can lead to chronic bad teeth. Poor oral hygiene is number one! other things such as dry mouth is another big on... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Lost teeth stutter: I believe there is absolutely no relationship from losing teeth and stuttering. You might have lisping or slurring of words, but stuttering? No! stut... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Cephalexin a cure??: The short answer to this question is no. The antibiotics will help get your tooth abcess under control. However, it will not cure the cause of your ab... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Denture with implant: Ask your dentist if they are familiar with a procedure called all on four. Ask them if you are a candidate for non-removable teeth? It is hard to giv... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Pen and yeast inf.: The short answer is no. You can get a yeast infection if you take his penicillin. However, you can get a yeast infection just from having sex. The pen... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Wisdom and Graft.: The answer to this is "sometimes". It depends on the position of the wisdom tooth. If the wisdom tooth makes the lower jaw very thin after removal, it... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Tartar on Teeth: You can keep brown tartar on your teeth until they fall out if you want. What you should know is that there is bacteria eating the bone around your t... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Pain Constantly: It sounds to me like you should see a dentist as soon as possible. Bleeding gums and constant pain are not a good sign. I would suggest some Ibuprofen... Read More
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Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Swollen Gums: Swollen gums could be a possible sign of infection. Go and see your dentist as soon as possible if you need the swelling to go down in 72 hours. It c... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Baby and Thrush: A good way to tell if your baby has thrush is to look in his/her mouth, and see if you see a white build up on his/her tongue and cheeks. Most of the ... Read More
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Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Antibiotics/abcess: The answer is any antibiotics are just a temporary fix. You need to see a dentist to address the broken tooth and the abcess. Keflex is a broad spectr... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Alcohol mouthwash: Alcohol in a mouth can be bad if you have a history of alcohol abuse or are in recovery. It also is bad in that it dries the mouth. This can make your... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Grinding Teeth: I would see your dentist and ask about a few questions. Ask them to make you a nightguard or orthotic to help you protect your dentition. Also have th... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
White Furry Tongue: A white furry tongue could be many things. It could be a yeast infection? It could be a precursor to something more severe. Go see your Dentist, Oral ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Carbocaine`: The answer to this is yes! however, since there is no vasoconstrictor in carbocaine, you may need to have additional Carbocaine administered more freq... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 31 years experience
Chronic Dental Pain: Go and see your local dentist. Get full mouth series of x-rays , and get a comprehensive exam. Then you will most likely know why you are suffering ch... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Mar 23, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Merrett is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Merrett is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!I have tried them all.In india I found Dentists and ent specialists who are not cooperating.one such
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Thank you. It was a abscess and they have to remove the tooth. She didn't have enough root left to do a baby root canal! Thank you again
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Thank you! Took her to dentist and the tooth has to come out! The nerve is gone! Thank you so much

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Univeristy of the Pacific School of Dentistry
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

University of the Pacific Dental School
Completed 1992

Awards

Best Dentist in Hawaii 2012, Honolulu Magazine
Top Dentist, First Place, Hawaii - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Dental Association
Hawaii Dental Association
Maui County Dental Society

Publications

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