Preventative and General Dentistry

General Dentistry - General DentistAt La Jolla Dental Image, Dr. Wali Hamidy and his highly trained staff focus on giving patients the best healthcare possible. To ensure you have healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime means offering general dentistry and preventative care too.

Dr. Hamidy emphasizes patient education, he and his staff take their time to discuss preventative care to patients of all ages. During your visit to our general dentistry office in La Jolla, CA, patients will be able to enjoy such general dentistry as the following.

Preventative and General Dentistry Overview of Procedures

The goal of preventative care is to maintain a patient’s oral health with dental exams to catch problems early on as well as prevent future problems. Dr. Hamidy offers more than ten years of experience, and as a dentist who strives to treat patients like family, he will ensure your best dental health at all times.

Dental Exams

General Dentistry - General DentistPatients visiting La Jolla Dental Image receive general dentistry services. Perhaps one of the most important of all of the general dentistry services is a dental exam. A key component in any plan for preventative health care, dental exams always include a cleaning to protect against tooth decay, gum disease, and infection. However, the dental exams are also meant to provide your dentist or hygienist with the chance to discover any oral health problems, or conditions. Whether he sees changes in your jaw, neck, or gums, or recognizes signs of bruxism or TMD, Dr. Hamidy ensures the best outcome from annual dental exams.

Dr. Hamidy takes the time to discuss any patient concerns prior to dental exams. He reviews oral hygiene habits and is happy to discuss the best dental care methods or techniques required. Understanding that each patient is different, Dr. Hamidy and his team ensure everything from diet to lifestyle habits are covered patients the healthiest teeth and gums for a lifetime.

Dental Cleanings

As part of any preventative care, dental cleanings are a key treatment that patients of La Jolla Dental Image are encouraged to have once or twice per year. Dental cleanings involve the following.

  • Reviewing medical history.
  • Conducting oral health screenings.
  • Assessing the health of the gums.
  • Ensuring that the bite pattern is optimal.
  • Doing any x-rays necessary to detect decay.
  • Removing tartar or plaque.
  • Treating stains if possible.
  • Cleaning and polishing teeth and any fillings or crowns.
  • Offering patient education on improving brushing, flossing, or cleaning dentures or partials.

Tooth Colored Fillings

General Dentistry - General DentistIn the past, dental patients had only one choice when they required a cavity to be filled – a metal colored filling. Today, however, there are remarkably strong and aesthetically pleasing tooth colored fillings. As part of the general and preventative dentistry, fillings and bonding can be used for several dental issues. Cavities, replacement fillings, and as part of a restoration or smile makeover, tooth colored fillings are a superior choice. Though a filling may not seem like a preventative measure, as it is meant to fill in an area in which decay has been removed, it actually does prevent further harm to the natural tooth. It stabilizes it and strengthens it, and also helps the surrounding teeth remain free of decay and harm.

Tooth colored fillings are one of the many preventative measures that Dr. Hamidy offers to patients of his general dentistry office in La Jolla, CA. In addition to using the composite materials for tooth colored fillings, the doctor can therefore skillfully restore damaged or discolored teeth through bonding as well. Dr. Hamidy and his team provide fillings and bonding as part of a preventative treatment.

Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that requires a skilled and experienced dentist for the best results. Patients of La Jolla Dental Image can count on the knowledgeable hand of Dr. Wali Hamidy for the most efficient and successful root canals possible. Although long known as one of the most uncomfortable general dentistry procedures, root canals are essential to save adult teeth infected at the root level. To prevent the loss of the tooth, the nerves of the root must be removed and the canal left behind must be properly treated. Topped with a new dental crown, the tooth will remain safe, stable, and healthy with regular cleaning.One of the best benefits is the root canal will save your tooth!

With a solid commitment to comfortable care, Dr. Hamidy and his team have learned, and continue to learn, the many ways of performing root canals as comfortably as possible. As a result of Dr. Hamidy and his staff’s dedication to provide all of their patients with the healthiest teeth and gums for a lifetime. They are experts at root canals and other preventative care and treatments. Whether you need a general dentist or more advanced work, you can rely on Dr. Hamidy to help you maintain the healthiest smile possible.

Oral Surgery

General Dentistry - General DentistWith more than a decade of experience in preventative, restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Wali Hamidy is also very skilled at oral surgery. In his practice in La Jolla, CA, he performs wisdom teeth extractions and tooth extractions with great skill. As a result of his team’s dedication to provide a friendly, family-like setting, patients are rest assured that any oral surgery procedures will be done efficiently and skillfully. Oral surgery options like extractions may be necessary for health reasons or to prevent problems from developing. Wisdom teeth are notorious for erupting and causing other teeth to shift out of place. However, they might also remain within the gum, requiring surgical extraction that can prevent problems with decay, shifting teeth, headaches, TMD, and more.

Oral surgery may also be for cosmetic issues such as crown lengthening. Surgery may be necessary for full function in one part of the mouth, and it might also be part of a dental restoration. Fortunately, patients of Dr. Hamidy will be able to discuss all of the options, have all of their questions or concerns answered and make the best decisions about moving forward with oral surgery when necessary. Dr. Hamidy has a great array of skill and is committed to constantly enhancing his level of knowledge to ensure his patients find the best outcome possible.

Mouth Guards and Night Guards

Whether you struggle with bruxism (grinding your teeth) or TMD, a mouth guard or night guard may be the ideal solution. Patients of Dr. Hamidy can meet with him to discuss their needs. Dedicated to providing patients with the healthiest teeth and gums, he is happy to examine a patient and explore the cause of all symptoms. If he determines mouth guards might provide a remedy to the issue, he will discuss all of the options with his patient for a well informed decision. Remember healthy teeth and gums come from regular preventative care such as dental cleanings and exams. They are also from ensuring that no unnecessary wear and tear is placed upon the teeth and gums from misaligned bites, grinding, or jaw related issues. Mouth guards can help you to overcome such problems and eliminate threats to the long term health of your teeth and gums.

Periodontal Care (Gum Care)

If your gums bleed excessively and are swollen when you brush and floss, it should be a concern. Bleeding and swollen gums are a symptom of gum disease, which if left untreated, will lead to periodontal disease. Gum disease is caused by excess plaque on your teeth that starts building up near the gum line. This plaque carries bacteria that will leave your gums infected. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to loose teeth and destruction of the alveolar bone and periodontal ligament which are the structures that support your teeth which will overall cause tooth loss. Don’t let your bleeding gums continue, visit us before further damage can occur.

Contact Us For General and Preventative Dentistry Care

If you do not remember you last dental cleaning, or thorough general dentistry exam, you may be in need of one. Contact our dentist office in La Jolla to schedule your next dentist appointment. You can contact us by calling 858-202-0481 or by visiting our contact us page and filling out our online contact form to be contacted. All patients are great candidates for general and preventative dentistry and can benefit for a lifetime of good oral health. If you have any questions about general dentistry, contact our dentist or read our FAQs.