Azadeh Khajavi

An Accomplished California Dentist

About Azadeh Khajavi

An oral health provider, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi cares for patients in and around San Diego, California, as a dentist. She treats conditions such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, while also providing cosmetic services to patients who wish to enhance the natural appearance of their smiles. Of late, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi's practice has focused particularly on implant dentistry. Before establishing her private office, she had enrolled at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, where she secured her doctor of dental medicine.

Besides her professional history, Dr. Khajavi enjoys dancing in a variety of styles, including traditional Persian, hip-hop, and salsa. Further, she has a deep interest in humanitarian activism. For instance, she volunteered to help injured soldiers during the Iran-Iraq War and acted on their behalf as translator in Germany. Dr. Khajavi's commitment to activism runs in the family. Her father, a pediatrician, assisted Americans during the Iran Hostage Crisis in their escape from the United States Embassy to the Canadian ambassador's residence.

An animal lover, Dr. Khajavi avoids eating meat so as not to participate in the slaughter of innocent creatures.

National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped Reaches Out

A dentist practicing in San Diego, California, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi provides a wide range of dental services to her patients. She graduated from Portland State University and went on to earn her doctorate in dental medicine from Oregon Health Sciences University. Dedicated to helping those around her, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi has collaborated with several organizations, one being the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH).

The NFDH was established to provide dental assistance to those who are elderly, disabled, or medically compromised, and carries out its mission in collaboration with dental professionals. As an affiliate of the American Dental Association, the NFDH and its dental professionals offer these services free of charge.

To reach out to as many individuals in need as possible, the NFDH operates three different programs. The Donated Dental Service (DDS) Program provides dental treatment to special-needs patients who cannot afford treatment yet do not qualify for public aid; more than 13,000 dentists and 3,000 dental laboratories participate. The Bridge/Campaign of Concern, only available in New Jersey and Colorado, is an outreach program that brings dental hygienists to schools, group homes, and vocational centers. Thirdly, Dental HouseCalls, only offered in New Jersey, Colorado, and Illinois, provides dental visits to homes.

Treatments for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

As an experienced dentist, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi has seen many patients with temporomandibular joint problems and pain. Dr. Azadeh Khajavi stays abreast of the most recent treatments for this condition by maintaining active membership in the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics.

Located where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporomandibular joint allows a patient to open and close the mouth. When problems develop with this joint, they can cause widespread pain as well as difficulty biting, chewing, or yawning. Symptoms of a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, may range from the mildly bothersome to the severe. Those with mild symptoms may be able to control them with at-home treatments such as moist heat, short-term pain medication, and therapeutic exercises.

For those with more severe or persistent TMD symptoms, dentists may prescribe night guards or all-day splints to ease jaw clenching and improve the position of the teeth. If a patient's TMD stems from poor dental alignment, crowns or orthodontia may help to correct the problem. Some patients may find that a trigger-point injection into the facial muscles can help ease pain, while others find nerve stimulation, radio wave, or laser therapy provide some relief. Patients with inflammation or damaged joint tissue may need surgery to address the condition's root cause.

The California Implant Institute Master Program

An implant dentist based in San Diego, Dr. Azadeh “Amy” Khajavi received her doctor of dental medicine from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. A fellow of the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi is also a member of the California Implant Institute (CII).

A graduate school for oral implantology specialists, CII offers a Mastership Program that features more than 60 days of in-class instruction and training in their cadaver lab. In addition to performing more than 30 surgical implant placements and 10 bone grafting procedures on live patients, students learn to conduct computer-guided implant surgeries.

Designed specifically for general dentists with no prior experience in oral implantology, the program confers the title of “Master of Oral Implantology.” Graduates can then develop independent treatment and therapy plans for patients in need of dental implant prosthetics.

To learn more about the Mastership Program at the California Implant Institute, visit implanteducation.net.

The ALF Appliance - Orthodontic Treatment without Braces

Holistic dentist Dr. Azadeh (Amy) Khajavi is a sought-after speaker within her field. Her practice, located in Rosarito, Mexico, strives to give patients different options than they would receive in a traditional dentistry office. One of the alternative options Dr. Azadeh Khajavi offers her patients is the Alternative Lightwire Functionals (ALF) appliance, which helps to correct bite issues in a holistic manner.

ALF appliances, invented in the 1980s, are designed to improve overall health. Holistic dentists recognize that the teeth are part of the larger skeletal system and that oral health influences the function of the entire neuromuscular system. Given this holistic philosophy, the ALF appliance differs from traditional methods because it is designed not just to align a patient’s teeth, but to assist in reducing cranial strains and remove obstacles to the body’s self-healing processes.

ALF devices have many benefits. In addition to promoting whole-body healing, they are minimally intrusive and more aesthetically pleasing than traditional braces. The device needs to be routinely adjusted by a skilled professional. The dental professional will regularly palpate the patient’s cranial motion and perform muscle testing in order to verify that the adjustment will successfully benefit the patient long-term.