About Tarzana Dental Care
At Tarzana Dental Care we strive to give every patient not just great results, but also a great experience. We continue to build our dental practice on a foundation of true caring for our patients, which means focusing on your needs. We start by listening to you, understanding not just your dental history, but also your dental goals and dreams so we can always give you the dental care you desire. Whether you want just a simple checkup and cleaning or a smile makeover, you can get it here; using the latest proven techniques, high-tech equipment, and materials, Dr. Zar can treat the entire family – children, teenagers, adults, and seniors.
We welcome you to our office and hope to make you feel at home every time you come to visit!
About Our Dentists
Dr. Zar has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years, his gentle demeanor has translated into strong loyalty with both patients and staff. He is a graduate and previous faculty member of New York University, College of Dentistry where he earned his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree and advanced degree in Prosthodontics.
Dr. Darren Smolkin is our Endodontist and he earned his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from McGill University and completed his graduate training in Endodontics (root canal therapy) from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Reza Malek is our Periodontist and he earned his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from UCLA and certificate in Periodontics from Oregon Health Science University.
All of our Dental Specialists bring a wealth of valuable experience and knowledge to Tarzana Dental Care.
Our Team Philosophy & Mission
- It is our obligation to inform every patient of the state of their oral health.
- It is our desire to offer and provide the best dentistry and dental services that our training, education, experience, and technology has afforded us.
- It is our pleasure to treat every patient with the most compassionate care, as if they were members of our own family.
Our team members are dedicated to our mission. They are passionate about their profession and the opportunities they have every day to help people overcome anxieties about visiting the dentist. We are honored that our patients choose to entrust their smile to us, and our team members work hard to live up to that trust. We are very proud of their ability to answer patients’ questions and concerns regarding their overall dental health.
Our Offered Services
When you come to Tarzana Dental Care you’ll find an experienced team ready to help you smile again. Our dynamic, comprehensive dental services allow us to offer total dental solutions all from the comfort of our office.
Family Dentistry | Preventive Care
Visiting the dentist regularly for routine check-ups and dental care is essential to your oral and overall health.
At Tarzana Dental Care we make educating patients about preventive dental care a cornerstone of our practice. For adults and children alike, our advanced formal training in all areas of general and specialty dentistry can help your entire family achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. We work hard to master and offer the newest techniques and technologies general dentistry has to offer while seeking to maintain a close, trusting relationship with our patients.
Whether it’s getting a routine cleaning, replacing an old metal filling, getting wisdom teeth removed or restoring a cracked tooth with a crown, Dr. Zar and his talented staff will make sure your dentistry experience is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We offer most all dental treatments in our office and are highly trained in each area. This way you can receive most of your dental care in one place. And if a referral is warranted in a certain situation we guide our patients to seek the appropriate care with a local specialist. This way you can be assured that you are always in great competent hands.
The focus of the practice will always be to prevent and when necessary treat disease. Periodontal (gum) disease and dental caries remain an epidemic in our country and throughout the world. Periodontal disease in adults and dental caries in children are very common “diseases” affecting each population respectively. One involves bacterial destruction of the gums while the other allows acids and bacteria to decay away tooth structure. Unfortunately, both diseases get minimized and are accepted as a form of “normal”. The reality is that bleeding gums and dental decay are far from normal and in the vast majority of cases are easily preventable.
Dental health however does require having some regular habits like brushing daily, flossing regularly, seeing a hygienist / dentist on a consistent basis and limiting acids and sugars in the daily diet to main meal times as much as possible.
A big, beautiful smile radiates confidence, improves self-esteem and enhances mood. Even a small step can have dramatic and life-changing effects on a person – when you’re happy you smile more and smiling more can make you happier. Modern dentistry has brought formerly time-consuming and expensive procedures into the mainstream, making them affordable, accessible and likely even covered by insurance. Cosmetic procedures can run the gamut from implants, teeth whitening, to fillings, dentures, crowns / bridges and orthodontics.
We also offer cosmetic orthodontic services as trained providers of Invisalign. This can be a great alternative to traditional metal braces if you want to improve your smile.
Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Zar is a great place to start exploring your options!
Dental emergencies can happen due to accident or injury, but they can also result from a failure to visit the dentist on a routine basis. If you are hurting or have had an accident, it is important that you receive treatment right away.
Whatever the cause, Dr. Zar will do his utmost to see you the same day and relieve you of any pain. At Tarzana Dental Care, we provide personalized follow-up care. Dr. Zar personally calls his patients after treatment to make sure they are still comfortable and satisfied with the treatment they received.
Delaying dental treatment only increases the risk of more significant damage later, and can result in the need for lengthy and more expensive treatment down the road. If you are in pain, have lost a filling or have broken a tooth, we encourage you to call our office immediately.
If you have a dental emergency call our office immediately during business hours at 818-708-3232. For after hours’ emergencies, please call our emergency hotline at 818-401-8263. Whether or not you have been our patient in the past, Dr. Zar will make sure that you are seen and helped as soon as possible.
Do You Have a Dental Emergency?
Here are some key considerations during a dental emergency, plus some simple steps you can take to minimize pain immediately.
Toothache: Rinse your mouth out with warm water. Call us at 818-708-3232, and we will make sure that you are seen right away.
Bitten Lip or Tongue: Clean the area and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn't stop, come into our office to see Dr. Zar right away.
Broken Tooth: Save any pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth out with warm water. Apply a cold compress to the area to decrease swelling and pain, and come in to see Dr. Zar immediately.
Knocked Out Tooth: Gently rinse off the knocked out tooth without removing any attached tissue. If possible, hold the tooth in place in the socket. Otherwise, put the tooth in a glass of milk. Come in to see Dr. Zar immediately.
Object Stuck in Teeth: If you're unable to dislodge an object with dental floss, call our office at 818-708-3232 for an emergency appointment.
Lost Dental Filling or Dental Crown: Call us at 818-708-3232 for an emergency appointment.
Dental Abscess: If you notice a painful, pimple-like swelling on your gums, rinse with salt water and immediately contact us at 818-708-3232. Dental abscesses can lead to more serious infections if not treated promptly.
See our helpful web page on how to deal with West Hills dental emergencies, and do not hesitate to call us at our emergency number 818-401-8263 for immediate help.
Contact Us Today
At Tarzana Dental Care, we offer full-ranged services to cover most of your dental needs and strive to be the most trusted and reliable family dentist for all of West Hills and the surrounding areas.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us at 818-708-3232 or visit our website.