Mirhamid Salek DDS, Dentist

Mirhamid Salek DDS

Oral Medicinist

628 N Azusa Ave West Covina CA, 91791

About

Dr. Mirhamid Salek is a Dentist practicing in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. He has been on the lead in the provision of quality dental services for over 25 years now. With a DDS degree, he was able to gain excellence in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine from USC, and he is currently a diplomate of American Orofacial Pain Board. Salek specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health.

Education and Training

Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services DDS 1993

Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services/Dental School DDS 1993

University of Southern CA/School of Dentistry Oral Medicine Certification

Provider Details

Male English, Spanish, Persian
Mirhamid Salek DDS
Mirhamid Salek DDS's Expert Contributions
  • Why does my tooth hurt when I put pressure on it?

    Different factors can cause pain by pressure on our teeth. All these multiple factors can cause inflammation on supporting tissues, periodontium, of the tooth structure in the jaw bone. Depends on the intensity, duration, history, and eventually type of the pain, plus clinical exam, and radiologic findings, a dentist can find the causation of pain. Read more on my webpage "Ask Your Dentist": https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ Sometimes this pain is because of high spot on new filling or crown. This one is the simplest factor, which can be removed by adjustment on the restoration. But some cases are very complicated, such as tooth fracture, or cracked tooth. Other than that .... READ MORE

  • What is a bone graft?

    Dental bone grafting is a procedure for preservation of tooth sockets. In this procedure, the dentist will graft a section of bone from another area of the patient’s body, or use a special bone grafting material, and graft it onto jaw bone. In the past, without utilizing this technique, the patient would have experienced bone loss and shrinkage of the jaw after losing a tooth. Vertical or horizontal shrinkage of the jaw has harmful consequences, such as problems for replacing the missing teeth, or depression on the facial muscles, which can cause cosmetic problems for the patient. Read more on my webpage "Ask Your Dentist": https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ It is a misconception if one assumes that bone grafting is needed only in the case of dental implant. While bone grafting is usually required before and during this procedure, but it is not limited to dental implant..... READ MORE

  • Can sinus infections cause tooth pain?

    A few years ago my wife showed up at my office with a severe pain in her upper teeth. Based on her dental history, I was sure that the pain could not be caused by damage to her teeth. After taking a panoramic x-ray to rule out other possible toothache causes, I noticed a remarkable sinus infection. Consultation with an ear-nose-throat (ENT) specialist, confirmed my initial finding of an acute sinus infection. Read more on my webpage "Ask Your Dentist": https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ Toothache can cause feelings that could be associated with sinus infections and vice-versa, because they share a nerve. Patients with headaches, nose congestion and even fever, may not realize that these symptoms could be related their simultaneous toothache. Going to a dental office is the best thing to do in these circumstances. A dentist can make an accurate diagnosis based on a clinical exam and an X-Ray. READ MORE

  • How painful is it to get dental implants?

    A dental implant, like many other dental procedures, should not cause pain and discomfort if done the right way and under adequate anesthesia. The first day after the procedure, however, the patient may experience some degree of mild to moderate pain. For this reason, prescribing pain medication and antibiotic, to prevent infection, is a standard practice. More explanation is available at my website page "Ask Your Dentist" https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ If the dental implant is performed by an experienced and knowledgeable dentist and in a dental office equipped with the state of the art technology, the unexpected consequences should be minimal or non-existent. READ MORE

  • How long does dental implant pain last?

    Placing dental implants, like other dental procedures, cannot cause any pain when patient has good anesthesia, or feeling numbness. After finishing the procedure maybe patient would feel some degrees of mild to moderate pain just for the first day. Pain medication and antibiotics should always be prescribed for the patient for pain and infection control. More info about implant is available on my website: https://www.atozdentalcare.com/dental-service/dental-implants/ If the dental implant is performed by an experienced and knowledgeable dentist and in a dental office equipped with the state of the art technology, the unexpected consequences should be minimal or non-existent. READ MORE

  • Ways to get rid of TMJ pain?

    Before elaborating on this question, it should be made clear that TMJ is not a disorder, but one of the body’s joint like a knee or an elbow joint. TMJ is the joint hinging lower jaw (mandible) to the skull bone. Therefore, any dysfunction of the TMJ, like movement limitation, should be called a TMJ disorder or TMD. Jaw cramps in one of the signs and symptoms of TMD. Other diagnostic symptoms of TMD include: pain, noise, deviation of jaw during opening and closing of mouth, and jaw locking. More info on TMJ disorder is available on my website: https://www.atozdentalcare.com/dental-service/orofacial-pain-specialty/tmj-disorders/ All of TMJ disorder symptoms should be taken seriously and the patient should be evaluated by a dentist, or by a TMJ specialist in complicated cases. READ MORE

  • Do root canals hurt after?

    Before I answer this particular question, I want to discuss the overall possible consequences of a root canal. Root canals, like other medical and dental treatment, can have side effects and complications, as well as very important benefits. You can read more at my website about Root Canal: https://www.atozdentalcare.com/dental-service/root-canal/ One of the possible consequences of a root canal is inflammation and/or pain. Actually, inflammation is one of our body’s natural immune system responses. Inflammation is a result of infection, irritation, or injury – all of which might have necessitated your root canal in the first place. Inflammation has four signs; redness, warmth, swelling, and pain. Inflammation typically begins in the ligament surrounding the tooth and spreads to neighboring tissues. Pain and discomfort when biting down or chewing foods may present itself because of inflammation of ligaments. These symptoms should go away after a few days with a dentist’s care. The chances of this kind of complication can increase when a dentist is not as expert as they ought to be. READ MORE

  • If your jaw cramps, does it mean you have TMJ?

    Before elaborating on this question, it should be made clear that TMJ is not a disorder, but one of the body’s joint like a knee or an elbow joint. TMJ is the joint hinging lower jaw (mandible) to the skull bone. Therefore, any dysfunction of the TMJ, like movement limitation, should be called a TMJ disorder or TMD. If one poses this question to a TMJ specialist, like Dr. Salek of A-Z Dental Care in West Covina, the answer would be yes, jaw cramps in one of the signs and symptoms of TMD. Other diagnostic symptoms of TMD include: pain, noise, deviation of jaw during opening and closing of mouth, and jaw locking. All of these symptoms should be taken seriously and the patient should be evaluated by a dentist or by a TMJ specialist, in complicated cases. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for a damaged nerve to heal?

    During the dental procedures, nerve damage can happen, depends upon nature of procedure, or dentist’s knowledge and skill. Sometimes damage is very severe to a main branch of nerve. On the other hand, this damage can be very minor and for very terminal accessory nerve branch. Based on the damage and damaged nerve answer to this question can be different. At the same time, the way and considering golden time for treating damaged nerve is very important for getting good result, and treating patient with minimum consequences. Therefore, as you can see, it is very hard to tell and give a timeframe for healing processes of damaged nerve. As everyone knows, prevention of a problem is always more easily, than solving a problem after happening. Even it can cause less cost and more guaranteed right outcomes and results. READ MORE

  • How critical is a wisdom tooth abscess infection?

    Wisdom teeth infection is very serious and could even become life threatening if not properly treated. This type of infection can quickly spread throughout the body with the circulation of blood, which will then require patient hospitalization. On the other hand, since wisdom teeth are near head and neck area, they can obstruct air way, cause brain infection, and even result in death. People must take wisdom teeth infection very seriously and immediately seek treatment. More explanation is available at my website page "Ask Your Dentist" https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/  When you need to have a consultation.... READ MORE

  • Should I go to the dentist if my gums are swollen?

    Swollen gums, secondary to inflammation or infection of the gingiva (gums), are one of the most frequent signs of gum diseases. However, there are many additional causes of swollen gums, including rare autoimmune diseases like pemphigus, pemphigoid, and lichen planus, or more common ailments like gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth infections. Each of these diseases warrants a visit to the dentist for diagnosis and treatment because they may be indicators of dangerous local or systemic consequences, and can be a sign of an underlying systemic disease. More explanation is available at my website page "Ask Your Dentist" https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ Sometimes, treatment of swollen gums is not complicated. For example, a deep cleaning .... READ MORE

  • Can teeth grinding cause headaches?

    Grinding, or other para-functions, such as chewing gum, eating hard food stuff, and clenching, can cause tension and pressure on masticatory muscles which are needed for mouth opening and closing. When someone walks or runs beyond his or her leg muscles’ capability, overwhelming muscles, soreness, activity limitation, and even pain on the relevant joints are possible. The same is possible with your mouth and jaw. More explanation is available at my website page "Ask Your Dentist" https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ Localized myalgia and myofascial pain are two unpleasant outcomes of overused muscles. Myofascial pain ..... READ MORE

  • Would I need to take opioids after my extraction?

    Usually, extraction can cause mild to very severe pain after the procedure. Inflammation, secondary to the trauma of the procedures and the immune system reaction needed for healing, is the main reason for pain. In the case of a chronic or active infection for involved tooth, the risk of pain is higher. More explanation is available at my website page "Ask Your Dentist" https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/  1-Not all extraction procedures require opioid prescriptions. 2-Opioid medication should be avoided as much as possible, because of the well-known side effects and potential consequences. READ MORE

  • What does it mean when my gums are sore?

    There are numerous causes of pain in our gingiva (gums). Infection, trauma, tooth problems, inflammation, and even dysfunction in the nerves (neuropathy and neuralgia). Depending upon the pain described by the patient, his or her oral health history, and intraoral or extraoral pathological changes, an expert dentist can diagnose the problem and help the patient treat or manage it. More explanation is available at my website page "Ask Your Dentist" https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ Sometimes the diagnosis of the source of the pain is very simple, like verifying a broken and infected tooth clinically or via an x-ray. However, sometimes the problem is not as simple as a broken tooth. For example in the case of autoimmune diseases, like lichen planus, pemphigoid, and pemphigus, some changes are rooted in patients’ gingiva, such as redness and ulceration. READ MORE

  • How can I tell if I'm grinding my teeth?

    Based on a great deal of research and many studies, we know that more than 30 percent of children grind their teeth. This number for adults is going up, and more than 60 percent of us grind at night (bruxism) or during the day (clenching). More explanation is available at my website page "Ask Your Dentist" https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ However, some signs and symptoms can help and inform you that you may grind or clench. These include sensitive teeth, pain, stiffness, as well as tiredness on the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and masticatory muscles. READ MORE

  • Do I always need a crown with a root canal?

    There are several reasons for getting a crown after a root canal. These include: 1-Usually, after advanced decay, a tooth needs a root canal. With huge cavities, almost all of the main part of the tooth is gone. This amount of damage to the tooth structure doesn’t let the dentist restore the tooth properly. A crown can help with the final restoration. 2-For cavity preparation, removing the roof of the pulp chamber is required. Otherwise, finding the canals and getting access for cleaning and shaping the canals is impossible. More explanation is available at my website page "Ask Your Dentist" https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ 3-Pulp chamber roof removal compromises READ MORE

  • Can my diabetes affect my teeth?

    Almost 10% of Americans have diabetes. Diabetes has a two-way relationship with oral health. Diabetic patients should be more concerned with their oral hygiene than people who are not suffering from this disease. 1-Diabetes can increase the risk of tooth decay or cavities. 2-Diabetes can compromise immune system function. Immune system function is very important for the protection of teeth and their supporting tissues. More explanation is available at my website page "Ask Your Dentist" https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ READ MORE

  • Do cavities ever need to be refilled?

    Doing any restoration because of decay or a cavity cannot guarantee the avoidance of secondary decay underneath the existing filling or on the margin of restoration. After secondary decay is found, the existing filling should be replaced or re-filled. For a better understanding of the reason for the filling, we need to know the mechanism behind the appearance of decay. More explanation is available at my website page "Ask Your Dentist" https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ However, people who have any kind of restoration done, such as crown or filling, should be more concerned for their restored teeth than naturally intact teeth. Regular checkups and dental monitoring can prevent any more damage to their teeth. READ MORE

  • Can my silver fillings be replaced with white fillings?

    It is a very common question. Of course, all of the silver fillings can be replaced by white material, but we need to know the reason for replacement. There are several reasons that are good cause to replace an old filling, regardless of whether it is silver or white. You will find more detailed info in my website page: "Ask Your Dentist" https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ However, sometimes patients can be scared by bad advice and information, such as the alleged risk of silver fillings for health. If a patient decides to replace a silver filling only because it’s made from silver, that would be a poor decision. READ MORE

  • What are the symptoms of a dental issue?

    Most people understand that periodic dental exams are important. Unfortunately there are still a group of people who don’t believe it and they may decide that it isn’t worth showing up for their periodic exam. However, even people who visit their dentist regularly may not understand exactly how important it can be. They assume it’s mostly for the prevention of damage to the teeth and gums; of course that’s true, but it’s not the whole story. You can read more about dental problem in my website page: "Ask Your Dentist" https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ However all story even is not about you teeth but as well as your gum. A competent dentist can also address all types of gum-related issues by treating the cause of the problem. Plaque and calculus in the teeth and elsewhere can damage gums and cause gingivitis (gingival inflammation) or periodontitis (inflammation of both the gums and tissues that supports teeth). These illnesses can lead to gums that are recessed or overgrown, halitosis (bad breath), itching and pain, and even teeth mobility, where teeth seem to “float” around the mouth. Toothpaste will never be enough to deal with these problems. If you have not visited your dentist for a periodic exam and are noticing worrisome symptoms such as long lasting discoloration, ulcers, or any other unusual changes in your mouth, now is the time to contact an experienced dentist. READ MORE

  • Can eating ice harm my teeth?

    Ice chewing is a bad habit which, unfortunately, is very common, especially among younger people. People who have this habit should stop chewing ice, ASAP. There are two primary reasons why chewing ice so bad. As you might guess, since ice is very hard, it can cause cracked or chipped teeth. Also, ice can cause sudden dramatic changes in a tooth’s temperature, which can also cause it to crack. READ MORE

  • Are my medications staining my teeth?

    It’s possible. Staining or discoloration of teeth is categorized by dentists as either extrinsic or intrinsic. Substances we consume -- medications, supplements, mouthwashes, specific foods, red wines, dark colored spirits, coffee, tea, tobacco, colas, and more – can cause extrinsic discoloration and staining. Intrinsic discoloration comes from inside our bodies and can be caused by a number of factors, including: genetics, medications received before birth or during breast feeding, medications and supplements taken childhood, and even water that is oversaturated with fluoride, a substance otherwise very beneficial to teeth. READ MORE

  • What foods should I eat after going to the dentist?

    There is no specific type of food patients should eat after finishing their dental treatment. However, for some procedures, like tooth extractions, your dentist will have specific instructions on which foods to avoid. In my experience, choosing what to eat before going to the dental office is actually often more important than what to eat after procedures. READ MORE

  • What can I do about my sensitive teeth?

    This is a very common complain, but the solution depends mostly on the cause of the problem. Therefore, before we know how to deal with the problem, first we need to know what’s causing painful sensations related to cold, heat, or sweet foods and drinks. READ MORE

  • My teeth are suddenly sensitive. What caused it?

    Not surprisingly, anything that causes dentin to become more exposed, such as decay, enamel that has been chipped, cracked or broken can cause sensitivity. Similarly, enamel that has been worn due to bruxism (grinding or clenching) or abrasion can provide insufficient protection and therefore lead to sensitivity. Sometimes, dental work, such as fillings, crowns, and deep cleaning, may cause same pain or sensitivity after the work has been done. READ MORE

  • I have tooth sensitivity but no cavities. What could be the reason?

    Cavity is one of the causes of sensitivity, but not the only one. Anything that causes dentin to become more exposed, such as decay, enamel that has been chipped, cracked or broken can cause sensitivity. The various causes of sensitivity have correspondingly differing solutions. In certain situations, like decay, urgent care is required, and in some circumstances, such as sensitivity to the cold after a dental procedure, we need to wait and watch. This is a very common issue, but the solution depends mostly on the cause of the problem. Therefore, before we know how to deal with the problem, first we need to know what’s causing painful sensations related to cold, heat, or sweet foods and drinks. READ MORE

  • Why do I have sensitivity in all my lower teeth?

    This is a very common issue, but the solution depends mostly on the cause of the problem. Therefore, before we know how to deal with the problem, first we need to know what’s causing painful sensations related to cold, heat, or sweet foods and drinks. You can find more at my website. See the answer to "How Can I Reduce My Teeth Sensitivity?" question at https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ READ MORE

  • Why is my face swollen after a root canal treatment?

    Before I answer this particular question, I want to discuss the overall possible consequences of a root canal. Root canals, like other medical and dental treatment, can have side effects and complications, as well as very important benefits. One of the possible consequences of a root canal is inflammation. You can find more at my website. See the answer to this question and others about root canals at https://www.atozdentalcare.com/ask-your-dentist/ READ MORE

  • Do teeth get affected during pregnancy?

    Yes, this is completely true. I've a press release about the importance of Mothers' Oral Health during pregnancy. It can be reached here: https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/link-between-mothers-oral-health-and-offsprings-wellbeing-underlines-the-urgency-of-dental-care-says-a-z-dental-care-1027468259 READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

ImplantRoot CanalOral Medicine including: Oral Cancer, Oral mucosa infection, and Oral mucosa inflammationOrofacial Pain including: TMJ disorders, Sleep apnea, and Chronic pain with unknown originDental treatment for patients with compromise diseasesSurgical Extractions DentureEmergency Dentistry & Head and Face TraumaGeneral Dentistry & Minor Oral SurgeryEndodontic

Treatments

  • Implant: Bring back your missing teeth, anywhere from one tooth to full mouth
  • Root Canal: for all the toughest cases such as curved, calcified, and even retreatmet
  • Filling & Cleaning: All aspects of restorative, and operative dentistry
  • Surgical Extractions
  • Immediate tooth Dentures with three months warranty
  • Oral Medicine Specialty,diagnosis and treatment for patient with: -Oral Cancer -Oral mucosa infection -Oral mucosa inflammation
  • Orofacial Pain Specialty, diagnosis and treatment for patient with: -TMJ disorders -Sleep apnea -Chronic pain with unknown origin
  • Dental treatment for patients with compromise diseases

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Oral Medicine  
  • American Orofacial Pain Board  
  • American Dental Association  
  • Member American Academy of Oral Medicine  2013 
  • Diplomate American Orofacial Pain Board  2013 
  • Member California Dental Association (CDA)  2017 

Residency

  • University of Southern CA/School of Dentistry Orofacial Pain & Oral Medicine  2013

Publications

  • SymbiosisOral Multifocal Papillary Lesions in a Young Child: Clinico-Pathologic and Medico-Legal Consideratio2013
  • OdontologyOral manifestation of Crohn's disease without concomitant gastrointestinal involvement2013
  • Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral RadiolMetagenomic investigation of microbes and viruses in patients with jaw osteonecrosis associated with2012

Mirhamid Salek DDS's Practice location

A-Z Dental Care

628 N Azusa Ave -
West Covina, CA 91791
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