Walnut Creek Cosmetic Dentistry

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Are you candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have been thinking about improving your smile, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry. Take a few moments to ask yourself the following questions:

1- Are you embarrassed about smiling in front of people?
2- Do you ever cover your mouth to hide your teeth?
3- Do you wish your teeth were whiter?
4- Would you like to change the shape of your teeth or gums?
5- Do you have gaps or spaces between your teeth?

Dr. Z at Walnut Creek Dental Office

Dr. Z at Walnut Creek Dental Office

Are you considering braces for that perfect smile?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be a candidate for * cosmetic dentistry. In fact, anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of his or her smile is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. A smile makeover can change your life – make you look and feel younger, more attractive and more confident.

Request an appointment or call our office to schedule a personal consultation.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Although we usually take one day off for Thanksgiving, this year we will be closed from Wednesday Nov 26 to Nov 30, 2014. If you were planning any dental work for this period, it would be best to do it prior to that date or in December. Just call the office and let Karla know. For Any Emergency please call our number during this period.    www.greatsmilesarehere.com

Tel: (925) 939-9177

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Sleep Disorders

Did you know that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders?

Although snoring can be harmless, it can also be a sign of sleep apnea which occurs when the tongue falls back into the throat during sleep and blocks the airway. Untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to excessive daytime sleepiness as well as an increased risk from high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and driving accidents. This life-threatening condition can be treated in the dental office with a custom-fitted oral appliance.

If you snore, wake gasping for air, or show other signs of a sleep disorder, you may need a sleep test. Request an appointment or call our office at  (925) 939-9177 to  schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.


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Mehri Zarekari, DMD
1575 Treat Boulevard #115
Walnut Creek , CA , 94598
(925) 939-9177
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Walnut Creek CEREC Dentist

Walnut Creek CEREC Dentist

CEREC – Crown in a Day! | Less than 2 hrs

At Walnut Creek cosmetic dental office of Dr. Mehri Zarekari the latest advancements in dental technology is used to restore your smile. To restore shape and function of the tooth that has damage, fractured, or decay of tooth a crown, would be a preferred restoration.

Walnut Creek dentist CEREC

A dental crown covers a tooth, restoring its shape and size, as well as strengthening and improving its appearance. While the benefits of a crown are numerous, the downside is that they require multiple visits.

Until now!

We value your time.
In the past, receiving a crown took at least two appointments, separated by a two-week waiting period. Not any more! Dr. Mehri Zarekari is one of only a few dental offices that offer on-demand, custom porcelain restorations through the use of CEREC CAD/CAM system.

Thanks to this amazing new technique, near-perfect tooth restorations are not only possible, but can be done in just one visit!

What is CEREC?
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is a revolutionary system that allows Dr. Mehri Zarekari to create, design, and fit a new crown in a single visit. During your visit, an image of your tooth is scanned into an acquisition unit. Using Sirona / Patterson software, your crown is designed to your tooth’s precise specifications. The multi-instrument CEREC system consists of a newly developed light-emitting diode (LED) camera, a computer with 3-D imaging software, and a milling unit with diamond blades for quick, precise, and highly detailed construction of restorations.

The Benefits of CEREC®

There are several advantages to CEREC restorations over conventional laboratory-made restorations:

  • Single-Appointment Dental Care – With CEREC, you only need to visit the dentist’s office once.
  • No Temporary Restorations – Conventional restoration procedures require you to wear temporary restorations while the laboratory creates your new restoration. Temporary restorations can fall off or cause other problems. CEREC eliminates this inconvenience.
  • Complete Control by Your Dentist – Since the restoration is designed and fabricated from start to finish by Dr. Mehri Zarekari, he has complete control over how it will look and fit. By contrast, a crown made in a laboratory is under the control of a technician who must rely upon impressions and dental imagery provided by Dr. Mehri Zarekari.
  • Fine Materials – CEREC uses strong, tooth-colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. Not only do they look like the rest of your teeth, these materials closely match the composition of your natural tooth structure, allowing you to eat hot and cold foods without worrying about your tooth cracking from the extreme temperatures.

What Is Involved In The CEREC Procedure?

Dr. Mehri Zarekari will prepare your tooth utilizing traditional techniques before fitting a crown. At this point, instead of taking a conventional impression of your tooth, he will take a digital picture using the CEREC camera.

Using CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, the CEREC software transforms this picture to a 3-D virtual model of your tooth.

After completing the design process, the data is sent to an on-site CEREC milling unit. While you relax, diamond burs are used to mill the blocks, perfectly reproducing the computer-generated design. These ceramic blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colors and are selected to match your surrounding teeth. Some of the popular available blocks for the restoration are:

  • VITA manufactures CEREC Blocs by Sirona and VITABLOCS® Mark II for CEREC®. These blocks are made of feldspathic porcelain.
  • Ivoclar Vivadent produces Empress® CAD leucite-reinforced porcelain blocks, as well as IPS e.max CAD blocks of lithium disilicate.
  • 3M™ ESPE™ makes the Paradigm™ C ceramic and Paradigm™ MZ100 composite blocks for CEREC®

The milling process usually takes less than 20 minutes.

After the milling is finished, Dr. Mehri Zarekari will polish the filling or crown and bond it into place in your mouth. Since the design is reproduced exactly to specifications, a perfect fit is insured. A laser and special cement are then used to unite your crown with your tooth.

To find out more and to schedule consultation please contact our office today.

Mehri Zarekari DMD

Walnut Creek CEREC Dentist

1575 Treat Blvd. Suite 115

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

T: (925) 939-9177

F: (925) 939-4807

Filled Under: Walnut Creek Dentist

Walnut Creek Dentist Services

Our goal is to ensure all of our patients receive the first class treatment and customer service.

You will be welcomed by our friendly staff at your first encounter. We listen to your wishes with regard to your smile and overall oral health. During your initial visit we will examine you and take the necessary digital x-rays, impressions, and diagnostic photos.

We use the latest in dentistry techniques which includes advanced imaging and computerized treatment planning techniques to present your treatment options. We will make sure you understand treatment plan options and we will help you make the best choices.

We help you understand the fees and out of the pocket estimated costs for patients that are covered by insurance carrier. We have several payments option plans available that you use to finance your treatment.

Treatment Planing

We use digital x-rays, visual examination, diagnostic casts, diagnostic photos, along with comprehensive to develop the proper diagnosis and treatment plans. Our team will make sure you understand your treatment plan and you are an active participant in your dental health.

Dental Cleaning

Healthy gums is the best way to promote your oral health. If you are among patients that don’t have periodontal disease you get normal cleaning but if you have 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

Our highly trained and friendly dental hygienists provide the best treatment while making sure you are comfortable.

Composite Fillings

We use tooth colored filling materials to restore your decayed, broken, or chipped tooth. Here in Walnut Creek we use composite and porcelain to restore teeth to their natural color and strength. We use the most advanced bonding material and techniques to ensure you filling lasts for a long period.


Dental veneers are a thin covering of porcelain used to enhance the appearance and function of teeth. We use the most professional local laboratories in the Bay Area to customize your veneers. With veneers you can get your desired shade in addition to straightening rotated teeth, closing spaces. You can get your desired smile with dental veneers in two visits.


If you have decayed, fractured or chipped tooth that is causing discomfort, porcelain crown can be used to restore shape and function of your tooth. Porcelain dental crowns are used to restore both front and back teeth that have been broken or are at high risk of doing so. We also restore the tooth with porcelain crwon and build up after root canal treatment


A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. Teeth on both sides of a space are used to anchor the bridge in order to restore function and esthetics. Our Walnut Creek dentist office uses only the best dental labs to produce beautiful, natural restorations.


Dental implants is offers if you are missing one or more teeth. Dental implants replaces the roots of your teeth in your jawbone and will be restored with abutment and crown. Successful dental implants become firmly embedded in the jaw, providing a chewing surface like that of natural teeth. Please ask our dentists here in Walnut Creek about this exciting procedure.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to get you to the desired shade. We treat our patients with in-office whitening and take-home kits depending on the current status of the teeth and desired outcome. The in-office procedure is safe and produces immediate results. We use Zoom whitening material for our in-office whitening patients.

Dentures and Partials

When a patient has several missing teeth, a complete denture or partial denture may be necessary. We take time to help patients gain back chewing function and healthy smiles that they have lost. We will bring back the confidence and desired functions to reality. Please ask our dentists here in Walnut Creek about different alternatives.


If you feel your smile may need subtle adjustments or more extensive improvements, invisalign invisible braces are the answer. Invisalign is a series of clear, removable invisible aligners as an alternative to metal braces. Invisalign clear braces correct and straighten teeth in exactly the same way as traditional metal braces. Invisalign invisible braces can benefit everyone, from teenagers to the elderly. Invisalign is also successful in treating teeth that over crowded, or spaced in appearance.

Dr. Mary Zarekari has been recognized as an Invisalign® Premier Provider, 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 (watch invisalign short videos).

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain laminate veneers are probably the most esthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile. They require a minimal amount of tooth reduction ( approximately .5 mm ) and are, therefore, a more conservative restoration than a crown. Porcelain veneers allow us to alter tooth position, shape, size and color. They are not the only alternative for all esthetic abnormalities but are truly a remarkable restoration when they are the treatment of choice.

Some facts you might want to know about Porcelain Veneers:
Since they require approximately .5mm of tooth reduction, porcelain veneers are NOT considered a reversible form of treatment. Occasionally the preparation of a Porcelain Laminate Veneer does not necessitate the use of a local anesthetic. However, for those patients that are particularly sensitive or anxious, a local anesthetic is advisable.

The laboratory time required for the fabrication of a Porcelain Laminate Veneer is approximately one week. Due to the minimal amount of tooth reduction, it is usually not necessary to fabricate any type of temporary restoration. Should a temporary be needed, they can, in most circumstances, be made at the time of treatment.
Between your preparation visit and the insertion visit, you can expect some sensitivity to hot and cold. This is normal and is due to the removal of a small portion of the enamel covering of the tooth. This sensitivity should disappear after the placement of your Porcelain Laminate Veneer.

Your second visit, the insertion of your laminate, can be accomplished, once again , with or without local anesthetic. This visit is usually longer in length. The laminates are placed with a light sensitive resin which is hardened by using a white light.
Once placed your laminates are very strong and will resist most of the forces placed upon them by a normal diet. Porcelain has great crushing strength but poor tensile strength. Therefore, you should avoid anything that will tend to twist the laminate. Opening pistachio nuts with your teeth, chewing on bones or jelly apples is probably not a good idea. As with most things, common sense should prevail.

Maintenance of Your New Porcelain Veneers:
Please brush and floss as you normally would to prevent oral hygiene problems. Once placed, Porcelain Laminate Veneers are typically the kindest restoration to the gum tissues that we currently have in our prosthetic armamentarium. Do not be afraid that you will damage your laminates by either flossing or brushing. Any non-abrasive tooth paste is acceptable. A good home care regimen will insure the esthetic success of your laminate restorations for years to come.

Some sensitivity to hot and cold may be experienced after the placement of your veneers. This relates to the amount of enamel left on your tooth after preparation, the proximity of the nerve as well as several other factors. Some sensitivity is absolutely normal and usually dissipates after one-two weeks. If this sensitivity should remain or concern you at all, please call your dentist.

As mentioned before, a normal diet should pose no problem at all. Please avoid anything that will tend to bend or twist the laminates.

If you are known to be a clincher, please let your dentist know. He/she will fabricate a soft night-guard for you to wear to minimize the stresses placed upon your teeth while you sleep.

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 email us.

Lumineers Veneers

LUMINEERS are made by DenMat Dental Smile Design Studio. It is the easier way to bring out the beautiful, healthy, natural, permanently white smile in you. LUMINEERS is the painless, permanent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth.

Ultra-thin LUMINEERS are custom designed to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. Unlike traditional veneers, there are no shots, no drilling of sensitive tooth structure, and no discomfort. They’re even reversible, so you have nothing to lose and a beautiful smile to gain

On the first visit, your dentist will create a precise mold. Then you will assist us to determine the shade of white that is right for you. After your first visit, we will send the mold off to LUMINEERS Smile Design Studio for your custom LUMINEERS to be created. With LUMINEERS, you don’t have to wear temporaries. When your dentist receives your custom LUMINEERS, they are checked for fit and shade. Then during your second visit, your LUMINEERS will be cemented . And you’re ready to start smiling out loud!

What is the Benefits of Lumineers?

  • Provides instant teeth straightening and permanent whitening
  • A viable alternative to braces in many cases
  • No shots or anesthetic required
  • Durable strong material!
  • Minimal preparation required
  • No post-operative sensitivity
  • Only two visits necessary
  • Translucent natural-looking
  • No temporaries required
  • Strengthens teeth structure
  • Can be placed over crowns or bridge
  • Ideal for all ages groups
We look forward to hearing from you! To find out more about LUMINEERS, our dentistscosmetic dentistry, or the other dentistry services we provide, please call our walnut creek dental office at 925.939.9177 or email us.

Smile Makeovers

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.

Some 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 oremail us.

Walnut Creek Cosmetic Dentist

If you have been thinking about improving your smile, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry. Take a few moments to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you embarrassed about smiling in front of people?
  • Do you ever cover your mouth to hide your teeth?
  • Do you wish your teeth were white?
  • you like to change the shape of your teeth or gums?
  • Do you have gaps or spaces between your teeth?
  • Are you considering braces for that perfect smile?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. In fact, anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of his or her smile is a candidate for Cosmetic dentistry. A smile makeover can change your life – make you look and feel younger, more attractive and more confident. Request an appointment or call our office to schedule a personal consultation.’

With advancement of dental science and artistry of Dr. Mary Zarekari, DMD, a cosmetic dentist in Walnut Creek, your smile could be brought to new a outlook in as few as couple of visits.

We’ll exam your teeth, gums, and your bite. We’ll make digital x-rays, and models to record your existing condition. During this process we will use digital photography and interoral video cameras to make pictures so you can see what we see.

Based on our diagnostic tools we will design your smile. Some of the factors that we consider during this process are your skin tones, profile, texture and shape of your teeth. As a result your smile design will be presented to you in few treatment plan options. We will help you pick the most attractive dental treatment plan. You may also decide to take advantage of our payment plan options which is available to all of our patients.

We look forward to hearing from you! To find out more about our dentists, general & family dentistry, or the other dentistry services we provide, please call our walnut creek dental office at 925.939.9177 or email us.

Walnut Creek Invisalign

There are many dentists offering invsailgn, so why choose Walnut Creek Invisalign Dentist ?  Quite simply we care about our patients and we want you to be delighted with the results of your treatment.  Here are some of the reasons why we feel we can deliver excellent care for you:

Before choosing your Invisalign dentist ask the following questions

  1. Are my impressions included in the price?
  2. Is the X-ray included as a part of my treatment?
  3. Are adjustments included at the end if I want to more changes? If I need refinements are they included during my allowed treatment period?
  4. Will I be offered options for my treatment?
  5. Is my treatment going to be monitored every 6 weeks (as recommended by Invisalign)?
  6. Am I going to be treated by an Invisalign premier provider?  you can verify that at www.invisalign.com
  7. Do I get 0% financing option for my treatment?
  8. Do I trust and feel 100% confident in the advice I have been given and in the ability of dentist?

Walnut Creek Invisalign Dentist  answer is YES.

Call today to arrange your complimentary consultation and experience the difference.

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