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Dr. Tracy Benhamou

Dentistry
Brentwood, CA
21 years experience male

Locations

Office

Brentwood, CA

Address

62 Oak Street, Brentwood, CA
Directions

Oak Street Family Dental

Brentwood, CA

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dentistry

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

60 Answers
20 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
TMJ Sounds?: The menier's syndrome is not well known to me so i can not speak on that. However the fluid that the inner ear utilizes to control balance is no where... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
No and Yes: Bleeding gums are most likely from periodontal disease. Without having a full description of other symptoms and your health history (are you homosexua... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Orthodontia: I can only assume that you are asking, "how do you close small gaps between the teeth?" i believe that the best way to close naturally occurring dia... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Dead Skin Cells??: That stripe, does it disappear after you brush your tongue? Do you have any medications that you are taking? Do you drink water during the day? There ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Relax with ice: Most jaw pain i see is related to tmj. I treat people with night guards to stop the causative agent from happening in the first place. However if you ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Gas production: From what i remember of biochemistry, lactose intolerance is your body not breaking open the sugar molecule lactose. That leaves all of the sugar to b... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Drink more water: I'm a dentist, so i'm not an expert at that end of the vermilion border, but from what i know the body tries to reabsorb water in the large colon. If ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
No, kind of: Hydrogen peroxide will help kill bacteria in our mouths and bacteria is the reason we have plaque. Tartar or calculus is the hardened remnants of that... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Some to none: Wow, tough question. I have found that i need .75 to 1.25 mm to provide natural color and shape to a tooth that i restore with a veneer. However when ... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Abscessed Tooth?: The throbbing pain has me think it is an abscessed tooth. Have you ever had pains like that before? In that area? Do you have any swelling the swellin... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Usually No, Sorry: Once the gum tissue has receded due to periodontitis, the damage is permanent. That is why we try to stop gum disease when ever we find it. There real... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Clenched Muscles: The sound you are hearing, ( like a distant freeway noise) is actually the blood flowing through clenched muscles. I would recommend a talon night gua... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Pulpec. is for kids: Generally a pulpectomy is for a baby tooth and a full on root canal is for an adult. The depth of nerve removal is the main difference between the two... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Dehydration and TMJ: These sound like some deep dehydration and compounding TMJ symptoms. I do not know the depth and breadth of your cyst nor have access to your chart. I... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes: The true attachment for the tongue is huge. A frenectomy will look gruesome for a while. Any oral surgeon who performed such a procedure will requir... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Muscle spasm?: I have found that some of my patients experience shivering like action of their teeth because of two things. The first is spontaneous muscle spasms du... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Normal??: There is a chevron of taste buds at the back of the tongue which sometimes get irritated. They usually run a course of 5 to 10 days of irritation and ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Stressed out: Does it feel like your shoulders are pulled up almost to your ears? I have found that some people get stress build up in their shoulders, neck and upp... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Now: Sorry to say that, but any blood pressure that has the second number over 90 i stress to my patients that the need to get seen by their dr. Now. A num... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Adjustment needed: Dear new bridge wearer, Do not be surprised at how many slight interferences a dental restoration will amplify. Especially if there was not a tooth ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Depends...: That all depends on how much soft tissue and bone was removed at the time of surgery. I have patients who can use a straw as soon as a week post surge... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Hard to say: A crown should last according to your insurance five years. I would be disappointed in anything less then 10 years. But it depends on many factors.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Not Long: The tooth becomes brittle after a root canal and a final restoration is highly recommended. Not getting the final crown may be playing with fire. I ha... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Too many to list: Your question is too vague. I do not have any patients with an ear on their lower back. However if I use my crystal ball to look at your question i s... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Relax!!: Yes, the excess fluid in your body can cause you to hear otherwise unnoticeable happenings in your body (ever wonder what the sound of food moving thr... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Viral infection: The tongue has tonsil tissue on the sides and will swell up when under attack by viruses and bacterial infections. The length of time that an infectio... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes, and No. : Your teeth may be coming in "straight" in your x-ray, but that may not be the case for your jaw bone. Although a month or two is not very long in dent... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Reversible pulpitis: Sometimes the nerve inside our teeth gets irritated and wants to swell. Since it is completely surrounded by hard tissue (the tooth) this soft tissue ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Several options: Depending on the severity of the crack, you may need a filling, a crown (cap), a root canal or an extraction. Depending on the depth of your fracture... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes, and No: The virus of an std would actually be transmitted through the contact with the edge or rim of the glass. If you feel that you are getting a sore, that... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Up to a week...: The taste can be caused from several factors. The better that you can stay hydrated and keep your mouth clean, the faster the taste will go away.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Elevated BP: The metallic taste may be the increase flow of blood through your gum tissue. Vigorous exercise increases the blood pressure. The gum tissue is pink b... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes, and No: I do not know of any medical or physiological reason that would cause you to want to chew your tongue when smelling carpet. However if it is only whe... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes, but no: A lung abscess is so completely rare when compared to oral reasons for bad breath. I would not suspect an abscess of a lung unless there where more br... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes: Yes you can fly. Be sure to take some extra gauze in case your socket starts to weep while on board the plane. Other then that there should be no limi... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes, But Don't: The material for bleaching teeth is a type of stabilized hydrogen peroxide. This is naturally occurring in our environment but that does not mean you ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes, and No: Not really. The swelling or infection surrounding a tooth will sometimes give a red to purple zone that can and usually does bleed easily. Dark spots ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Gastric reflux: You may be experiencing the early signs of gerd or gastric reflux. Please get to your primary care physician asap.
A male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
It's happening again: Has there ever been a bug discovered in your ear? Have you been in an area where you think you may have been exposed to a ballooning spider? Ear pests... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Normal : With the lack of a clinical exam, i would like to call those spots the terminal end of blood vessels. However if they are new spots that you have neve... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Quick Test: I have a quick test to separate sinus pain from tooth pain. I have my patients bend over at the waist as if to tie their shoes. If the pain increases ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Fugal infection: White coverage on the dorsal of the tongue can occur from several things. The most common reason is a build up of dead skin cells that happens from no... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
See Me: People often say, "that was harder then pulling teeth". I think that pulling teeth is relatively easy. I do it all of the time. That being said, I a... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes: However it is very hard to determine just what your primary allergen is. I would look at your diet, soap, deodorant and toothpaste first. Plus your la... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Fungal infection too: Happy days for you! you are probably expressing a yeast infection too. Sometimes taking antibiotics will cause this to happen. Just means more medicat... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Stop poking it: You did not say if you had this for a while or it just came up. Do you get a smell with it when it's poked? Does it hurt you when it comes back? Does ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
No, Not really: The removal of the stone or sialith is something that you have to get numb for, but it should not have any real lasting pain after the removal. I woul... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
AB Resistance?: Generally we will prescribe peni- or Amoxicillin to treat dental infections. If there is no response in 2-3 days then we will go to a stronger antibio... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes and no.: Yes, a cavity down along the bottom of a tooth can cause gum irritation. However that may not be the whole story. If the gum is irritated as well, I h... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 21 years experience
Bigger problem: Sensodyne does not work for all dental pain. It does work to reduce cold sensitivity, but heat sensitivity is a whole different story. If you have a ... Read More

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Apr 7, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Benhamou is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Benhamou is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! My gap is 1.5-2.0 mm. Will ask my prosthodontist in 2 weeks. Bye!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Now my cousin will have a bit more confidence!!
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Thanks for your quick reply! I think a frenum created a diastema--always present. Bye!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of The Pacific School of Dentistry
Graduated 2001MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
Graduated 2001MD
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