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About drzarekari

Dr. Mehri Zarekari recieved her undergraduate degree at California State University, Hayward before following her professional career at School of Dental Medicine at University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Zarekari combines an exceptional education, extensive clinical experience, and long-standing personal dedication to improving people's dental health, allowing her to bring outstanding functional health and beauty to her patient's smiles. She has been recognized as an Invisalign® Premier Provider since 2008, placing her among approximately the top five percent of Invisalign® practitioners in North America. She has demonstrated an exceptional level of Invisalign® experience and keep current on the latest techniques. If you need restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, invisalign®, or full-mouth reconstruction, Dr. Mehri Zarekari provides a wide range of dental treatments using advanced technology and a gentle touch to give you the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of. We look forward to hearing from you! To find out more about our dentists and the dentistry services we provide, please call 925.939.9177.

Injuries and Trauma

Accidents and dental emergencies happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Don’t want 1-24 hours before you can get dental treatment. Remember delaying necessary dental care never results in your dental problems going away; most times, they get worse, and fixing them becomes more intensive and more expensive.

Call our office at (925) 939-9177, and follow the instructions to make an appointment. If your emergency happens during normal business hours we have reserved some time to see on the same day. After hours calls will be forwarded to emergency dentist for instructions.   Call 911 and go to nearest emergency center if you cannot reach us for any reason.

Here are some tips for common dental emergencies:

 

Toothaches

  • Thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water,
  • Use dental floss to remove any lodged food,
  • If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek,
  • Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue.

Chipped or broken teeth

  • Save any broken pieces,
  • Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces,
  • If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops,
  • Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.

Knocked-out tooth

  • Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth),
  • Rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty,
  • Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments,
  • If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. Make sure it’s facing the right way. Never force it into the socket,
  • If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available)
  • Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.

Objects caught between teeth

  • Try using dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object,
  • If you can’t get the object out, visit us or your dentist,
  • Never use a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.

Lost crown

  • If the crown is lost use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local drug store or in the spice aisle of your grocery store),
  • If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!

 

Abscess

Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated

Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess. To ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt-water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.

Soft-tissue injuries

Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding, here’s what to do:

  • Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution,
  • Use a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes,
  • To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes,
  • If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist right away or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.

 

Sport Injury

Don’t be the victims of a preventable injury: wear a mouth guard. While mouth guards are not mandatory equipment in all sports, their worth is indisputable. Dentists see many oral and facial injuries that might have been prevented by the use of a mouth guard.

Facial injuries in nearly every sport can result in damage to teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. Mouth guards cushion blows to the face and neck. A mouth guard should be part of every athlete’s gear, no matter the sport. It’s better to play it safe than face a devastating and painful oral injury.

Even adults are not free from the dangers of mouth injuries. Dentists treat many trauma injuries in weekend athletes. Whatever your age or sport, mouth guards are an important part of sports safety and your exercise routine. Do what you can to protect your smile and preserve your health.

Do’s and Don’t:

  • Do wear a mouth guard at all times when playing sports.
  • Do inform us about the most common oral injuries.
  • Do wear a mouth guard custom-fitted by your dentist, especially ifyou wear fixed dental appliances such as braces or bridgework.
  • Do not wear removable appliances (retainers, bridge, or complete or partial dentures) when playing sports.

 

What are your choices?

There are three types of mouth guards:

  • Custom-made, mouth-formed and ready-made. Your dentist from a cast model of your teeth professionally designs custom-made mouth guards. Because they are designed to cover all back teeth and cushion the entire jaw, they can prevent concussions caused by blows to the chin. Custom guards may be slightly more expensive than commercially produced mouthpieces, but they offer the best possible fit and protection. They are more secure in the mouth and do not interfere with speech or breathing.
  • Mouth Formed, Your dentist should also fit mouth-formed guards, also called “boil and bite. Shaping a soft guard to the contours of the teeth and allowing it to harden generally do this. However, these devices are difficult to design for athletes who wear braces and can become brittle after prolonged use.
  • Ready-made, commercial mouth guards can be purchased at most sporting goods stores and are made of rubber or polyvinyl. They are the least expensive but also the least effective.

 

Keep your mouth guard in top shape by rinsing it with water or mouthwash after each use and allowing it to air-dry. With proper care, it should last the length of a season or longer.

New Patients VIP – $149 *

$199 * For Existing Patients With No Insurance

New Patient VIP Package Includes:

Dental Cleaning

  • Comprehensive Dental Exam
  • Dental X-ray
  • Teeth Cleaning*
  • Cosmetic Consultation

*Cleaning only in absence of periodontal disease
*Can not be combined with any other offer s or redeemed for cash.

Some restrictions may apply (value $385).

Dental Cleaning:

We recommend regular dental cleaning to good oral care. Regular visit to your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough examination of your teeth and gums is essential. We will examine your gums for periodontal disease and your teeth for decay. We take all the necessary digital x-rays and diagnostic casts. We’ll check your neck and mouth for lumps, red or white patches, or chronically sore areas that could be a sign of oral cancer. If you are having soreness in your jaw, we’ll check for TMJ and TMD.

If you don’t have a moderate to severe gum condition you will need just a cleaning and polishing to remove tartar and brighten their teeth.   We offer fluoride and oral irrigation to protect your gums and teeth. If you have a moderate to severe gum condition like gingivitis or periodontitis then it is likely that we’ll recommend a deep cleaning with laser therapy and oral irrigation.   We will spend approximately one hour on each quad to treat your gum disease. We also offer ARESTIN® (Antibiotics) as an adjunct to deep cleaning procedures for treating your gum disease.

In addition to the dental procedures, we will teach you how to practice good oral hygiene, and discuss other preventive dental care approaches.

Oral Hygiene Tips:

  • Refrain from acidic and sweet drinks like sodas, sports’ drinks, or coffee,
  • Avoid candies and carbohydrates as these too lead to immediate and intense acid production in the mouth,
  • Change your toothbrush regularly, and make sure you’re brushing with a soft manual or electric toothbrush,
  • Watch what you’re crunching! fingernails, ice cubes, or using your teeth as tools to open plastic bags! Forcing so much pressure on your teeth can easily and immediately cause cracks or fractures.

Fluoride Treatment:

During the day, your teeth are exposed to acids that can break down enamel and lead to tooth decay.  Fluoride helps inhabit these acids from attacking the tooth surface. It also helps restore the minerals that have been worn down and repair weak spots in enamel.  You can find fluoride in water, toothpaste, etc…. However your dentist will typically treat your teeth with high concentrated fluoride to protect your teeth until your next scheduled visit.

Fluoride is necessary for individuals with the following conditions:

  • Dry Mouth Condition,
  • Frequent Dental Cavities,
  • Gum Disease,
  • Dental Braces,
  • Dental Braces, Crowns,or Bridges
  • Recent Teeth Whitening sensitivity.

If you are looking for a great dentist, call us today! We pride ourselves in making you smile with confidence. Let us not only treat your smile, but also give you a reason to use it. Reserve your appointment by calling (925) 939-9177 or Book Online.

FAQ

How often should I visit the dentist?

You should visit us at least twice a year for cleaning, and once for periodic exam. A dental exam can reveal early signs of decay and disease that you may not see or feel. Catching these conditions early can help control them before them get worse and harder to treat.

Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?

Yes. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out any remaining patient forms electronically in office, or you may complete them from your device online by clicking here!

How long will my first appointment last?

It varies, but please plan on 1 to 1.5 hours for the first visit.

What is included in my first visit?

Your initial appointment will consist of a comprehensive exam, necessary x-rays, oral evaluation and photos. During your visit we explain your diagnosis and treatment options.

How long is cleaning appointment?

Approximately 1 hour. It is performed by Hygienist, and it includes, oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, plaque and tartar removal, scaling with ultrasound, polishing, flossing, oral irrigation, or fluoride application which protects against cavities and over sensitivity. It also includes oral hygiene instruction. It is recommended to professionally clean your teeth before starting any treatments.

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:

  • Valid ID with picture, i.e. drivers license, Military ID or State ID, passport, etc.
  • Dental Insurance Card (if applicable),
  • If you have dental insurance, give us your insurance information prior to your appointment so we check your benefits. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims,
  • A list of medications you are presently taking,

IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18 at the consultation visit.

Do I need to Bring X-Rays?

If your previous dentist has taken recent x-rays (within 6-months), you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.

How do I pay for my services?

We accept Check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. We also offer no interest payment plan, (up to 12 month) and extended payment plan.

We deliver the finest care at the most reasonable cost to our patients, therefore payment is due at the time service is rendered unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

What is my co-payment and insurance coverage?

  • We take major PPO dental insurance plans,
  • All estimated co-payments are due when services are rendered. We will provide you with an estimate of your co-payment prior to our during your visit,
  • Our office will not enter into a dispute with insurance company over a claim, although we will provide necessary documentation your insurance company requests to sort out any confusion or questions that may arise. It is ultimately your responsibility to resolve any type of dispute over payments made or not made by your insurance company.

If you have questions regarding your account, please contact us at (925) 939-9177. Many times, a simple telephone call will clear any misunderstandings

What is your cancellation Policy?

There may be $75 fee for any missed appointment without 48hr notice.

When Should I do Whitening?

The absolute best time to bleach your teeth is before your dentist takes a final impression and picks a shade for your crown(s). This will allow him to pick a better shade for your crown. Sometimes patients wait until after their crown is finished to bleach their teeth, but this only works if the crown is noticeably lighter than a patients tooth prior to whitening. Although I sometimes do go along with this idea and choose a slightly lighter shade for a crown, it is clearly does not allow for the most predictable outcome.

Given the degree of difficulty involved with making a “natural” looking anterior crown restoration, clearly a good result is more achievable if the patient bleaches their teeth and then waits at least two weeks after before their dentists picks a shade to send to the lab.

After a crown is placed adjacent to freshly bleached teeth, We recommend  a new custom-whitening tray fabricated so they may perform “touch ups” down the road, when needed.

What is plaque?

Plaque is a sticky, clear film, which forms every day on teeth from food debris and bacteria. If plaque is not removed, it can lead to gum disease and cavities. Regular dental check ups, along with brushing and flossing every day, can help prevent plaque buildup on teeth. In addition, avoiding sugary snacks and eating a balanced diet can help control plaque.

What is periodontal (gum) disease?

Periodontal disease begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed.

In the mildest form of the disease, gingivitis, the gums redden, swell and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

The following are some of the signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and you should contact us if you experience any of these:

  • Gums that bleed while brushing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Loose teeth

What can I do about bad breath?

Many different types of bacteria live, work, and play in your mouth. They hide in the spaces between your teeth and gums, and in the deep crevices of your tongue. They eat food left on your teeth after meals. Feasting on these “leftovers “, bacteria pour out volatile sulfur compounds. These volatile sulfur compounds give breath its foul smell.

Regardless of the cause of your bad breath, good oral hygiene and regular checkups to the dentist will help reduce it. Brushing and flossing will eliminate particles of food stuck between your teeth, which emit odors. Finally, make sure to brush your tongue regularly to eliminate any residue.

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Smile Makeovers at Walnut Creek Dentist

We are offering Smile Makeovers to the patients that are looking to change their smiles and they are embarrassed of their smile. These patients are suffering from low self-esteem because of teeth discoloration, broken or missing teeth, or other dental problems. We can help you restore confidence and self-esteem in few appointments.

14725756_1434532266561529_8980337463452381240_nSome of the examples of smile makeover techniques include:

  • Dental implants, Bridges, partial dentures, for missing, broken, or chipped teeth,
  • Dental veneers for discolored or misaligned teeth,
  • Teeth whitening for discolored teeth,
  • Invisalign or clear braces for treating teeth that over crowded, or spaced in appearance, Invisalign can reduce more complicated issues that include over bites, under bites, and cross bites.

During you initial visit for smile makeover consultation we will conduct a full oral examination, then discuss the various options before deciding which procedures to implement. We will get to know your preferences and dislikes. We will carefully explain the process and make sure there is no underlying health issues that may prevent you from the treatment.

your mouth and face features will play a role in your smile makeover and we’ll also consider your appearance and profession when we design your smile. We will create the crowns and veneers so that your smile will be unique to the rest of your facial features. You need to keep your regular visits for regular check up and cleaning to maintain your smile makeover.

We look forward to hearing from you! To find out more about our dentistsgeneral & family dentistry, or the other dentistry services we provide, please call our walnut creek dental office at 925.939.9177 or click here to request an appointment.

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