General Dentistry

General Dentistry

Your biannual dental appointment is a time for you to receive a routine examination and teeth cleaning. At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics in La Jolla, San Deigo, Dr. Kohani provides thorough dental examinations during every scheduled appointment and initial consultation.

An examination considers the health of your entire dentition as it relates to your wellbeing and involves the removal of plaque, tartar and decay that could cause more significant damage to your teeth and body in the future. Without visiting the dentist regularly, many of the preventable issues that impact your teeth, like periodontal disease, can affect your body, leading to serious health concerns like heart disease and diabetes.

General dentistry does more than clean your teeth, it screens for potential issues and finds the best way to prevent their progression. The goal is to maintain your dental health so that you experience wellness throughout your body for a lifetime. Your examination is a way for Dr. Kohani to locate areas of concern and provide preventative care first and foremost.

General dentistry procedures may include:

  • Ceramic CrownsWhen a tooth weakens, breaks or become susceptible to decay, a ceramic crown may be the most effective way to restore its strength, shape and size. Dr. Kohani uses CEREC technology to fabricate custom crowns that blend naturally with your smile line, improving the overall look and feel of your teeth. A crown is capable to restoring one tooth or mounting to a bridge to replace multiple teeth. Either way, your dentition will be healthier as a result.
  • Periodontal TreatmentBoth gingivitis and periodontitis are serious forms of gum disease that need to be treated before they progress. Many patients experience some form of gum disease in their lives due to the amount of bacteria that accumulates in our mouths at any given time. However, gum disease is completely preventable with proper hygiene tactics. If you have periodontal disease, Dr. Kohani performs a variety of treatments for both mild and severe cases.
  • Root Canal TherapyWhen the pulp within a tooth becomes infected, a root canal is required and the natural tooth needs to be saved. In order to save the tooth, the infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned. The pulp is then replaced with a material similar in consistency to rubber. The tooth is capped with a ceramic crown and left to function like a natural tooth. Contrary to popular myth, root canals are not painful procedures and are performed in the most minimally invasive manner possible.
  • Dental CleaningsIt’s essential to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and examination. Dr. Kohani approaches all dental cleanings with a holistic mindset and understands that the health of your teeth contributes to your overall wellbeing. When you’re in good oral health, your bodily health benefits as well. To aid in the cleanliness of your smile, Dr. Kohani uses a gentle air abrasion machine to remove surface stains.
  • Dental FillingsCavities are the most common conditions affecting the teeth, and in order to treat them, composite filings (known commonly as tooth-colored fillings) are used as a cosmetically appealing way to remove tooth decay and restore your natural tooth. The composite filling matches your natural tooth enamel, which makes it particularly useful when filling cavities in front-facing teeth.

General dentistry will typically include different preventative procedures for different patients and the best way to determine which procedure is right for you is to consul with Dr. Kohani at La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics. Once Dr. Kohani has taken x-rays and performed a cleaning and examination, you can discuss any cosmetic concerns you currently have with your smile. For more information about the procedures we offer, please contact our office at 858-295-0603.