U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free

Dr. Zahid Ahmed

Dentistry
Oakland, CA
12 years experience male

Locations

Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Address

3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
Show more

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Cigna

Stanford Hospital

Palo Alto, CA

Oaktown Dental

Oakland, CA

About

Bio

Zahid H. Ahmed was born and raised in California and attended the University of Michigan for his dental training. He was previously clinical faculty member at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry. He also is currently an attending staff dentist at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto and Stanford University Hospitals. He also see patients at his private office, Oaktown Dental, in Oakland, California. He completed a General Practice Residency at UCSF and is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry as well as a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He believes continuous learning allows him to provide the best possible dental care for his patients. In addition to general dentistry, his focus includes implantology, prosthodontics, dental-alveolar surgery, hospital dentistry, and sedation. He places a high value on patient comfort.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

Doctor Q&A

208 Answers
396 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Not definitively: Peroxide, diluted correctly, is sometimes used as a mouthwash but wont solve many dental problems. Oral diseases vary in nature and cause. It is impor... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Not likely: Most dental infections remain localized around the tooth. Left untreated they may progress into a localized abscess or cellulitis. Only sometimes will... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Yes, seek help. : A tooth abscess can cause radiating pain, however it should be considered an emergency especially when you experience facial swelling, fever, difficul... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Yes: Problems with your TMJ may often be multifactorial and involve the muscles of mastication through clenching, grinding, or other abnormal movements. TM... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Not likely : There are a lot of factors that influence the answer. Most commonly a bone graft or root canal on one tooth (18) won't cause another tooth (19) to be ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Start with ibuprofen: If it is safe for you to take, consider some over the counter ibuprofen. This generally works better than Tylenol (acetaminophen) for tooth pain. The ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Make it fun: Agree completely with dr. Sandler. Make tooth brushing a fun activity that is a part of their daily routine. You can even brush together to really get... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Multiple sites: In addition to those listed, the ada has recently launched http://www.Mouthhealthy.Org which is intended to be for the general public. For evidenced b... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Hard to say: The bumps on the back of the tongue is normal anatomy that is commonly mistaken as an abnormality. However, if itchy, or even painful, perhaps the bum... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Address disease: As you already know, the non loss is a result of active periodontitis. So if you treat the disease, the bone loss will stop. A dentist or periodontist... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Get eval: Could be a number of things. Consider if it associated with pain and getting better or worse. If you have no pain or symptoms you can consider seeing ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
See a doctor: Pain can be due to a variety of reasons. Dental caries or periodontal disease are the most common culprits. Swelling is a little more concerning, espe... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Clinical: Simple difference is that periodontitis has gingival attachment loss due to the loss of bone. Both are inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis doesn't ha... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
No: Herpetic lesions are not likely to be limited to just under the tongue. Ulcers are generally self limiting and will resolve within 2 weeks. If they pe... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Possibly: Depending on the graft used, it is possible that you may feel some of the granules from particulate graft after the procedure. The surgeon will place ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Likely not related: Teething will cause some some children to become more irritable and uncomfortable. You will likely also see an increase in saliva flow and the desire ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Possible: Prolia (denosumab) will increase your risk for onj, however unlike bisphosphonates there are studies that show a drug holiday will resolve an osteonec... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Possible: A small lump could be a developing abscess or perhaps a slightly enlarged lymph nodes from an infected tooth. Because of the dangers associated with a... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen): Its important to identify the actual cause of the pain. Generally, Ibuprofen is an excellent over the counter pain killer for tooth pain, usually bett... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Maybe: Traditional complete dentures depend on residual bone ridge for support. Loss of bone will compromise the stability and support for a denture. This is... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Exam needed: The only way to really know is to have an exam by a dentist. The exam will almost certainly include a xray. Depending on your age, tooth position, ang... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Many things: A dark spot may or may not be something serious. The only way to be sure is to see a dentist for an evaluation. Consider if there is any pain or tende... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Perhaps: There are a number of reasons that can cause heat sensation of the masseter. You may want to consider seeing someone that deals with myofacial pain to... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Identify the cause: Teeth can begin to wear and break for a number of reasons. It could be to occlusion, some oral habit, or some environmental factor. The best way to ad... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Question?: Let us know if you have a specific question, it sounds like you have a broken down tooth that may or may not be restorable. See a dentist for an evalu... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
2 likely options: Likely its either apthous ulcers or fungal infection. Ulcers can flare up with a history such as yours and are painful but usually self limiting and r... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Couple possibilites: Chronic ulcers in the mouth can be due to a few different reasons, it would depend on size, location, duration, and environmental factors. Regardless ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Possible: If having significant poor oral health, with tooth loss, or tooth pain. It may potentially affect diet and limit someone from eating properly. It may ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Perhaps: Depends on the type of retainer and how much your teeth have moved. If too much movement has occurred, you're better off having a new retainer made. I... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Ask surigeon: It sounds like you have had some form of maxillofacial reconstruction. It would be very difficult to comment on the healing time as it will vary based... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Wait and see: A common cold wouldn't likely cause a sore in the mouth by itself, but you could have a flare up of apthous ulcers for example if you have a history o... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
See your dentist: There are a few things that can be done to treat a dry socket. Usually combination of antibiotics, pain medication, and perhaps palliative dressing ca... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Not usually...but..: If asking about prophylactic antibiotics prior to dental tx, yes it is taken before dental work. This does not include needing to take it afterward fo... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Dentist first. : A dentist would be your first step for a thorough oral cancer screening. There are various ways with no one particular device, or method. Generally it... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
See your surgeon: From your question its assumed you are referring to your upper wisdom teeth. It may be possible there is a communication between your sinus and oral c... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Visual inspection: In a routine comprehensive oral exam, the dentist will likely examine your tongue during a soft tissue screening. It is also inspected when completing... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
The right dentist: You will get varying answers to this question primarily because there are a whole host of variables involved with such a question (some already outlin... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
State a question: Please state a clear question, we would love to help! a cut tongue can be very bothersome but the good news is that the oral cavity heals fast! some o... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Need an exam : Generally if you're experiencing worsening symptoms at day 3 following a tooth extraction, you should follow up with your providing surgeon to make su... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Xray or pulp test: A root canal is indicated after making a proper diagnosis. This is sometimes possible with just an xray if it shows clear pathology or infection. It m... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Extent of crack: A cracked tooth will be evaluated to see if it it is limited to only the crown, or if it extends vertically into the root of the tooth. They can somet... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
As tolerated: I'm assuming you mean you got dentures. You may or may not have had your remaining teeth extracted at the same time. If you did follow the instruction... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Infection: That awful taste is the infection that is draining from an abscess. The good news is that the drainage may help relieve pressure and reduce pain, but ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Stop using guard: I agree with dr. Gordon. Try not using the nightguard for a few days (5-7 days) to see if there is any resolution. If it does not improve, you may con... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Multiple options: Tooth wear is common, but treatment options will depend on the etiology. See a dentist to find out why you are getting tooth wear. It commonly is due ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Practice: Try holding your toothbrush with 3 fingers. Really, it will be difficult to generate a lot of force but will give you the control you need. Be sure yo... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Both: When completely relaxed sitting upright your teeth will have 3-5mm of space between them. This is with all muscles of mastication relaxed. When closed... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Yes: It just takes longer with over the counter products because they're lower in concentration of the peroxide. Although the whitest possible would be bes... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
See dentist: A denture sore is most commonly caused by an ill fitting denture that needs adjustment to remove the area of irritation. In the meantime temporary rel... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Dont think so: This doesnt sound like a good idea, at all. Thrush is a fungal infection and needs a proper anti fungal medication that can be prescribed by a physici... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.

Ask doctors free
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

5
Recommendations
425
Thank you notes
Feb 23, 2013
Very knowledgeable dentist with consistently thorough, to the point and articulate answers and advice!
Apr 5, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Dec 24, 2014
Excellent dentist. Highly recommend.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! I like the detail in your reply. It has me placing another online question about rebuilding bone height. Mush appreciated.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I will definitely look him up. I'm trying to avoid western dental which seems to be about my only option. :(
HealthTap member
Thanks. It did happen after completing a prescription of antibiotics. "Bad taste" was a side affect listed but this been a week since.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Graduated 2010MD

Residency

UCSF MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Fellow, International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Fellowship, Academy General Dentistry
Top Doctor, First Place, Alameda County, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
International Congress of Oral Implantologists
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less