General Dentistry for San Pedro

General Dentistry for San Pedro

General dental care covers the most important area of oral health: prevention. San Pedro’s Dr. Hamid Cohen has built up a reputation as one of the finest dentists in the South Bay by providing outstanding preventive general dental services with a caring, friendly, and gentle approach.


Yearly examinations are a vital component of maintaining a healthy smile. Even individuals with impeccable dental hygiene habits may encounter cavities and other common dental issues. Left untreated, these seemingly minor matters can become oral health complications.
Dr. Cohen and our team of friendly and caring oral healthcare professionals use only the latest and best in oral healthcare technology.  Our state-of-the-art digital X-rays enable quick access to crucial information, ensuring prompt and accurate diagnoses.


Despite how careful you are about regularly brushing and flossing, dental plaque naturally accumulates in harder to clean areas. Over time, this plaque can harden into calculus, leading to various common oral conditions. At our practice, Dr. Cohen and our skilled hygienists employ a meticulous yet gentle approach to eliminate this buildup. Especially for those who may be anxious about dental visits, we are here to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed as we work to protect your oral health.


At our office, we encourage regular exams in order to detect cavities early and prevent painful complications. Unchecked cavities will continue to grow and will eventually cause openings that allow bacteria to enter. The result is a toothache; the often excruciating infection behind many dental emergencies.

Fillings stop tooth decay in its tracks. Dr. Cohen removes the compromised enamel and dentin, filling the cavity with a substance that will fortify the tooth so that decay doesn’t progress and bacteria can’t invade. Patients typically opt for resin-based composite fillings that mimic the color of teeth and offer many other advantages.

Root Canals

If an infection has developed or is likely, a root canal is the standard procedure. It has developed an undeserved, fearsome reputation, however, a skilled and highly experienced dentist like Dr. Cohen can keep patients just as comfortable during a root canal as they are during other routine dental procedures. The procedure removes compromised pulp and nerve tissue while preserving the root of the tooth. In earlier times, tooth extraction was the sole remedy for a toothache. However, with modern advancements, a root canal procedure involves adding a dental crown to the remaining root, resulting in a fully functional tooth that closely resembles a natural one.


Gum diseases are common but potentially very dangerous. If you notice symptoms such as persistent bad breath (halitosis) or even slightly bleeding gums, your next phone call should be to an experienced dentist like Dr. Cohen. Sometimes the treatment is relatively simple but if the case is more advanced, an appointment with a periodontist may be arranged at our office. Early treatment of periodontal issues is crucial as advanced cases can be devastating.

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS) manifests through various causes and symptoms, primarily encompassing dental pain or discomfort. From excruciating toothaches to heightened sensitivity to cold, heat, or sweetness, the signs of CTS can be distressing. Dental experts agree that CTS can be hard for some dentists to diagnose though there are numerous highly effective treatments. It often takes a highly experienced and knowledgeable dentist of Dr. Cohen’s caliber to figure out a problem that, left untreated, can lead to irreversible consequences.*

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are always a last resort and typically happen when the inner area of the tooth is so badly infected that a root canal isn’t possible. This is obviously never an ideal outcome but it can be the best and only way to prevent further infection. When this occurs, it is important to replace the tooth as soon as possible – ideally with dental implants.

Tooth extractions are considered a last resort, typically reserved for cases where the inner area of the tooth is severely infected beyond the possibility of a root canal treatment. While it is never an ideal outcome, extracting the tooth becomes imperative to prevent further infection. In such instances, prompt tooth replacement, preferably with dental implants, is crucial for restoring both function and aesthetics.

Make Dr. Hamid Cohen Your General Dentist Today

Regular dental visits are essential in maintaining optimal oral health and preventing minor issues from escalating into major concerns. Beyond routine care, a skilled general dentist can assist you with various dental needs, including teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry. If you reside in San Pedro or the Los Angeles South Bay area, look no further than Dr. Cohen, the foremost dental professional in our community. With his unparalleled expertise and compassionate approach, he is committed to delivering exceptional care and ensuring your dental well-being.

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*Review of Cracked Tooth Syndrome: Etiology, Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention,” Pain Research and Management. Fei Li, Yaoyao Diao, Jiayin Wang, Xingyu Hou, Shuzhan Qiao, Jiawen Kong, Yunhan Sun, Eui-Seok Lee, and Heng Bo Jiang. December 15, 2021.