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In Office Whitening for Only $199 (Zoom)

In Office Teeth Whitening for Only $199 (valid from July 1 to July 15, 2015)
Regular $599
Let’s face it: one of the first things you notice about people is their smile. When you meet someone with a bright, natural smile, it catches your attention. However, over time, the natural aging process and your lifestyle (smoking or drinking coffee, tea, or wine) can stain your teeth. To get your smile back to looking its best, you should choose a whitening method that:
Achieves the longest-lasting results
Gives you the most naturally brilliant and uniform look
Is clinically proven to be safe and effective
Is administered by dental professionals
A teeth whitening can make you look and feel younger, more attractive and more confident. Request an appointment or call our office to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.

In Office Teeth Whitening for Only $199 (valid from July 1 to July 15, 2015)
Regular $599

Crown in a day – Cerec

Crown in a Day! | Less than 2 hours!amalgam-cerec-filling.jpg
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.

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!

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 (chair side 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 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.

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.

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Gum Disease and Arestin Treatment

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can lead to damage to the gums, tissue, and bone around your teeth. The destruction of tissue and bone causes pockets to form around teeth. ARESTIN® with scaling and root planing can help address some of the symptoms of gum disease.

Bacteria are the cause of gum disease. And antibiotics kill bacteria. Scaling and root planing (SRP) removes a great deal of bacteria that cause periodontal infection. But this procedure can’t reach all bacteria that hide in the bottom of pockets. That’s why your dentist may decide to add a locally administered antibiotic (LAA) such as ARESTIN®.

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CEREC Crown in a day in Walnut Creek by Dr. Z.

A dental crown covers a tooth, restoring its shape and size, as well as strengthening and improving its appearance.

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

What is CEREC®?

CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is 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 and mill it with state of art milling unit.

The Benefits of CEREC®
There are several advantages to CEREC restorations:

  • Single-Appointment Dental Care
  • No Temporary Restorations
  • Complete Control by Your Dentist
  • Fine Materials ? CEREC uses strong, tooth-colored ceramic materials

Complementary Consultation + 10% OFF

Valid for CEREC Crowns if scheduled online until July 15, 2012.

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.

Veneers

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.

Crown

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

Bridge

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.

Implants

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.

Invisalign

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).

Oral Cancer detection

According to the American Dental Association, there is recent good news about progress against cancer. Here at Walnut Creek Dentist office of Dr. Mary Zarekari, It is now easier than ever to detect oral cancer early, when the opportunity for a cure is great. Currently only half of all patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years.
Walnut Creek Dentist office of Dr. Mary Zarekari, has the skills and tools to ensure that signs of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. Walnut Creek Dentist office of Dr. Mary Zarekari, can help you fight and win the battle   oral cancer. Know the early signs and see your dentist regularly.
You Should Know:
  • Oral cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth.
  • It can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue, check lining, tongue and the hard or soft palate.
Other Signs Include:
  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A color change of the oral tissues
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or on the lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the jaw or tongue
  • A change in the way the teeth fit together
Regular Dental Check-ups Important
Regular dental check-ups at Walnut Creek Dentist office of Dr. Mary Zarekari includes an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it.
Request an appointment or call our office at 925-939-9177 to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.

Walnut Creek Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic Dentistry in Walnut Creek is becoming very popular and 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. Cosmetic dentistry may involve: 

 

  • the removal of tooth structure or gums
During your initial Cosmetic Consultation visit, Dr. Zarekari will examine your teeth, gums, and your bite. All the necessary digital x-rays, and models will be taken to record your existing condition. During this process digital photography and interoral video cameras will be used to make pictures so you can see what we see.
Porcelain Veneers are probably the most esthetic means of creating a more pleasing and the most esthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile. They require a minimal amount of tooth reduction, and 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.
Dr. Mary Zarekari, cosmetic dentist in Walnut Creek, has a reputation for providing natural looking esthetic bonding so that teeth appear not to be altered or filled. She is fortunate to be able to utilize some of the best cosmetic dental laboratories in Northern California, so her crowns and porcelain laminates look highly cosmetic and function great.
Based on our diagnostic tools she will design your smile. Some of the factors that she 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. At Walnut Creek Cosmetic Dental office of Dr. Mary Zarekari, 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.
After your Cosmetic Dentistry treatment  has finished, we will help you to maintain your treatment. We will educate you on the importance of regular visits to the hygienist for examination and cleaning and at home brushing and flossing habits.

If you are looking for smile makeovers and to improve your smile, you need to contact Walnut Creek dentist to find out which system is the most suitable solution for you and we help you get the best result possible. We look forward to hearing from you! To find out more about our dentists and dentistry services we provide, please call 925.939.9177 or email us.

What is Tooth Decay?

What is Decay?
Decay is the destruction of tooth structure. Decay can often can be detected with the naked eye and by illuminating the teeth with bright light.  Decay is generally has different color from the natural healthy tooth.  It is porous and picks up stain easily and often takes on a brown/black discoloration.

Decayed tooth looks darker on x-rays compared to healthy tooth.  Sometimes xrays, by themselves, are not enough.  There are other methods to either confirm the presence of decay or to detect decay that doesn’t show up on  x-rays.

How Decay Occurs?
Decay occurs when plague, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and / or starches of the foods that we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.  Diet and

How is it treated?
Treatment for tooth decay depends on how bad it is. You may be able to reverse slight tooth decay by using fluoride. To fix cavities caused by mild tooth decay, the decay must be removed and it should be filled up with fillings material (in our office we use tooth colored fillings). If decay reaches the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth and the then it has to be restored (in most cases with a crown).  In extreme cases, the tooth has to be removed.


To find out more about tooth decay, 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.

Selecting A Dentist For You and Your Family

There are many factors that one should use when selecting a family dentist. While many people select one based upon convenience, referral service (such as Google Search), yellow pages, location, or referral from a family member or friend, one should also consider the following when selecting a dentist for a long term health care provider relationship.   

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  • How long has the dentist been in practice?   10 years
  • Will they work with my insurance company to maximize my dental benefits? Yes
  • Is the dentist a member of the ADAYes
  • Do they practice curent infection control procedures at their office? Yes by Enviromerica
  • Do they offer different options for treatment? Yes
  • Does the dental office use Henry Schein Dental Supplies or a reputable dental supplier? Yes
  • Is the dentist available for after-hours emergency coverage? Yes
  • Are the facilities neat and clean? Yes
  • Does the dentist do a variety of procedures “in-office” or will I be referred out for many procedures? Yes
  • What hours are they open? 8 AM-5 PM, Monday to Friday
  • Do they treat children? Yes
  • Does the dentist involve the patient in the treatment planning phase? Yes
  • Do you need special assistance or care such as wheelchair access, nitrous oxide, pre-medication, etc.? Yes

NOTE: While these are factors that one might wish to include when selecting a dentist, the decision is a personal one and you need to be comfortable with the dentist you choose. It is their responsibility to let you know the answers to these questions as well as explain the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment options that are presented to you. In addition, you have a right to know the cost in advance and have the procedure explained in a way that you can understand it. 


Mary Zarekari D.M.D.
Walnut Creek Dentist
1575 Treat Blvd. Suite 115
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
  T: (925) 939-9177
  F: (925) 939-4807

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