About Dr. Tahvildari

Dr. Bita Tahvildari is a skilled, compassionate dentist, providing patients in and around the Hillcrest, San Diego, CA, area with state-of-the-art care aimed at preventing decay and gum disease, enhancing aesthetics and restoring function in patients of all ages. At her practice on 4th Avenue, she offers the most advanced techniques for better oral health, including bridges, crowns, root canals, gum therapy, scaling and root planing, tempomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), teeth grinding (bruxism) and more. As a member of the American Dental Association of Facial Esthetics, she also offers an array of cosmetic treatments to help patients achieve the most beautiful, natural-looking smiles, including veneers, dental implants, Invisalign® orthodontics and teeth whitening.

Dr. Tahvildari understands that each patient's needs are unique, and every treatment plan she develops is based on an in-depth understanding of those needs and goals for the best possible outcomes. She is also keenly aware of the anxiety many patients feel when visiting the dentist, employing state-of-the-art sedation and pain management techniques to ensure every patient's visit is a pleasant one.

After completing her undergraduate degree at California State University Northridge, Dr. Tahvildari completed her doctor o dental surgery degree at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Committed to providing the highest caliber of care, she participates in continuing education activities and maintains active memberships in several professional societies, including the California Dental Association, the San Diego County Dental Society, the Association of Laser Dentistry, the American Association of Dental Consultants and the California Association of Dental Plans.

When not providing care for her patients, Dr. Tahvildari enjoys yoga, reading, music, meditation and spending time with her family.

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Heavenly Smiles Dentist

Dr. Bita Tahvildari is a skilled, compassionate dentist, providing patients in and around the Hillcrest, San Diego, CA, area with state-of-the-art care aimed at preventing decay and gum disease, enhancing aesthetics and restoring function in patients of all ages. At her practice on 4th Avenue, she offers the most advanced techniques for better oral health, including bridges, crowns, root canals, gum therapy, scaling and root planing, tempomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), teeth grinding (bruxism) and more. As a member of the American Dental Association of Facial Esthetics, she also offers an array of cosmetic treatments to help patients achieve the most beautiful, natural-looking smiles, including veneers, dental implants, Invisalign® orthodontics and teeth whitening.

Dr. Tahvildari understands that each patient's needs are unique, and every treatment plan she develops is based on an in-depth understanding of those needs and goals for the best possible outcomes. She is also keenly aware of the anxiety many patients feel when visiting the dentist, employing state-of-the-art sedation and pain management techniques to ensure every patient's visit is a pleasant one.

After completing her undergraduate degree at California State University Northridge, Dr. Tahvildari completed her doctor o dental surgery degree at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Committed to providing the highest caliber of care, she participates in continuing education activities and maintains active memberships in several professional societies, including the California Dental Association, the San Diego County Dental Society, the Association of Laser Dentistry, the American Association of Dental Consultants and the California Association of Dental Plans.

When not providing care for her patients, Dr. Tahvildari enjoys yoga, reading, music, meditation and spending time with her family.


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What we offer

Services

About Heavenly Smiles Dentist

Heavenly Smiles is a top-rated dental practice providing advanced, compassionate care to patients from throughout the Hillcrest, San Diego, CA, area. With a skilled, caring dental staff and state-of-the-art technology, the practice is a favorite among Southern California patients of all ages.

Heavenly Smiles offers the most advanced care options for all sorts of oral health needs, including routine cleanings and checkups, gum disease treatments like root scaling and planing, restorative care options like tooth-colored fillings, crowns and bridges, and cosmetic options like veneers, Invisalign® orthodontics and safe, effective tooth whitening procedures. In addition, the practice provides skilled treatment for issues like tempomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and bruxism (teeth grinding), helping patients eliminate painful symptoms like jaw pain and chronic headache while avoiding serious consequences including tooth loss.

The practice is committed to providing patients with the most comprehensive array of care options for better oral health and wellness, implementing biocompatible techniques aimed at promoting overall wellness as well as peace of mind. State-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment methods like digital x-rays and laser bacterial reduction ensure optimal oral health for each patient. Plus, the staff is skilled in safe sedation techniques so patients can feel relaxed during their entire treatment.

Heavenly Smiles also offers patients cosmetic treatments including Botox® and Juvederm® to treat lines and wrinkles that can detract from a beautiful, healthy-looking smile, ensuring patients look their best at every age.

Located on 4th Avenue, the practice offers convenient office hours and accepts most major types of dental insurance.

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Dr. Crow, Periodontist

Dr. Crow is a Board Certified Periodontist and a member of the American Academy of Periodontology with over 20 years of experience in the field of dentistry.

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, he received an additional year of hospital based training by completing a General Practice Residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth,Va. After five years of practicing general dentistry, Dr. Crow returned to school and completed a three year residency in Periodontics. During that same time, he earned a Masters of Science degree in Health Sciences from The George Washington University. After working seven years in private practice in the Seattle area, he returned to San Diego where he maintains a practice limited to Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Crow is married and has two children; a son and a daughter. During his free time, he enjoys his children’s sports and activities, as well as scuba diving, snow skiing, traveling, and flying as an instrument rated pilot.

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Rita, Dental Hygienist

With a welcoming smile, Rita started in the dental field in 2003. She enjoys working as a hygienist at Heavenly Smiles, and finds it very gratifying to see patients take care of their teeth through better hygiene and home care. She has two daughters. Her interests are reading, swimming, and traveling with her family.

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Linda, Dental Assistant

With over 25 years of experience, Linda's commitment to patient comfort is second to none. Her enthusiasm for her work and outgoing personality are a constant. Linda enjoys building personal and professional relationships with her patients while helping them to understand and fulfill their dental needs and she can honestly say she "loves" her career. Linda's free time is spent with her two daughters, family and friends. Linda enjoys cooking and the outdoors.

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Christina Francis, Office Manager

Christina is our office manager and so much more.  She is our team captain and keeps us all on track.  She is responsible for all the day-to-day operations and oversees our Heavenly Smile Dentistry practice as a whole.  She has been in the field for over 18yr years.  She received her Registered Dental Assistant Extended Function License at UCLA.  In her free time Christina enjoys spending time with her 17yr old daughter, mediating, reading, and working out.  

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New Patient Forms

Please download and print the packet of information from the link below, and bring the completed set of forms to your scheduled appointment. If you have difficulty downloading the forms, or have additional questions, please call our office.

Welcome Letter

New Patient Form

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Mouth/Body Connection

Your mouth, the gateway to your body 

We live in a health-conscious society. People of all ages recognize the importance of a healthy life style: a balanced diet, regular exercise, a good night's sleep, and lower stress levels. Stress and poor diet affect your body in a negative way. But did you know that good ORAL HYGIENE is a step towards a healthier life?

Recent research suggests there is a link between gum disease and other health problems. Several studies connect gum disease with the development of cardiovascular problems, diabetes, stroke, respiratory disease, arthritis, some cancers, preterm birth and obesity. Bacteria that builds up on the teeth make gums prone to infection. The immune system moves in to attack the infection and the gums become inflamed. Over time, inflammation and the chemicals it releases eat away at the gums and bone structure that hold teeth in place. The result is severe gum disease known as periodontitis. Did you know dental care is the most common unmet health need in America?

"You are not healthy without good oral health"
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Stress and Your Smile

We all know that stress can have negative reprecussions on our bodies, from aches and pains to moods and fatigue, but did you know it can affect your oral health?

Mouth Sores

Stress causes all sorts of sores inside and outside your mouth. They can be brought on by immune system problems that increase in response to stress.

Clenching and Grinding 

Also known as bruxism, stress can cause you to clench and grind your teeth, most often without even realizing it. Grinding your teeth can not only cause structural problems with your teeth like breaking and cracking, but it can also lead to problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and headaches.

Poor Oral Hygiene and Diet

Extreme stress may affect your mood, causing you to ignore or neglect your normal oral hygiene routine. You may defer to unhealthy eating habits like consuming sugary foods and drinks, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities.

Gum Disease 

Stress can also cause an increase in plaque, which increases your chances for gum disease like gingivitis, paving the way for even more serious conditions. Remember that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and managing stress can have a positive impact on your smile.

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Stress and Mindfulness

According to a Harvard Health Publication, mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgement. It is now being examined scientifically, and has been found to be a key element in happiness. Here are a few recommendations to deal with stress:

• Take a few minutes to meditate, breath deeply and release the stress
• Be positive, let the energy of your thoughts transform your physical reality both inward and outwardly
• Do yoga
• Just go with the flow
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Women's Health and Wellness

You know that hormones affect your mood, but did you know they can also impact your mouth? It's true: hormonal fluctuation associated with puberty, the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause and the use of birth control medications can cause changes in your dental health. You may not be able to take control of your hormones but you can be aware of changes in your mouth and work with your dentist to protect the health of your gums and teeth. Hormones not only affect the blood supply to the gum tissue, but also the body's response to the toxins (poisons) that result from plaque build-up. As a result of these changes, women are more prone to the development of periodontal disease as well as other oral health problems at certain stages of their lives.

Puberty 

Girls start making more sex hormones (both estrogen and progesterone) in puberty. With this increase comes an increased chance of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, in which gums may be red, swollen or tender, and may bleed easily. Some species of bacteria that contribute to gum disease use sex hormones in place of vitamin K which is essential for their growth.

Menstrual Cycle 

During menstruation some women are not aware of any changes in their gums at all, while others complain of oral bleeding and swollen gums in the days before their period. These symptoms usually go away once menstruation begins. Other possible oral changes include cold sores, canker sores and swollen salivary glands.

Oral Contraceptives 

Women who take certain birth control pills that contain progesterone, which increase the level of that hormone in the body, may experience inflamed gum tissues due to the body's exaggerated reaction to the toxins produced from plaque. 

Menopause 

Numerous oral changes can occur as a consequence of advanced age, the medications taken to combat diseases and hormone changes due to menopause. These oral changes can include altered taste, burning sensations in the mouth, greater sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, and decreased salivary flow that can result in dry mouth.

Dry mouth, in turn, can result in the development of tooth decay and gum disease because saliva is not available to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced in plaque. Dry mouth can also result from many prescriptions and over-the-counter medications that are commonly prescribed to older adults. The decline in estrogen that occurs with menopause also puts women at greater risk of loss of bone density. Loss of bone, specifically in the jaw, can lead to tooth loss. Receding gums can be a sign of bone loss in the jawbone. Receding gums also expose more of the tooth surface to potential tooth decay.

Ways of Improving Women's Oral Health 

• Regular checkups
• Daily brushing and flossing
• Healthy diet with plenty of water
• Taking vitamins such as: Vitamin D, Calcium and Vitamin C
• Lower stress levels
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Oral Health and Pregnancy

Hormonal and circulation changes that are part of pregnancy often change the body's inflammatory response to plaque and other irritants and lead to an increased chance of gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs in 60-75 percent of all pregnant women. Changes in gum health are most noticeable from the second month of pregnancy, reaching a maximum in the eighth month and are more common in the front teeth than the back teeth. 

Pregnancy may also cause tumor-like growths that form in areas of frequent irritation, in-between teeth, or in areas of poor oral hygiene with plaque or tartar buildup. This gum tissue growth is called a pregnancy tumor or pregnancy granuloma and occurs in up to 10 percent of pregnant women. These purplish-red to deep blue growths often grow rapidly but usually don't become larger than one inch across.

Although gum changes are the most common changes with pregnancy, there are a number of other less common changes that women may deal with:

• Hormones do not contribute directly to cavities, but they do cause an increase in appetite and often craving for unusual foods, sometimes in the middle of the night. At night, saliva production is decreased, and women are less likely to brush after these "midnight snacks" - this leads to an increased chance of cavities.
• Acid erosion can occur as the result of repeated vomiting associated with morning sickness and acid reflux.
• Some pregnant women complain of dryness of the mouth due to hormonal changes.
• Women with gum disease are 7 to 8 times more likely to give birth to low birth weight and preterm babies.


Dr. Bita Tahvildari encourages more frequent, professional cleanings during your second and early third trimester to help reduce the chance of developing gingivitis.

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Patient Zen Room

Put your mind at ease and relax in our Zen Room prior to your treatment. You can melt your tensions away while listening to soft music and unwinding in our massage chair. A few minutes of mindfulness meditation can drastically reduce anxiety before dental treatment. Creating this harmony between your mind and body will result in a positive and rewarding experience.

If you have put off dental care for years because of past or unpleasant experiences, we offer several ways to assist you in receiving treatment while remaining relaxed. We have created a calming atmosphere that promotes relaxation with massage chair, soft music, pillows and blankets, and water features.

Research has shown that using meditation, reflexology, and massage in healthcare settings can provide a level of relaxation for the patient that is second to none. We schedule time for our patients to utilize our Zen Room prior to their dental appointment. For those needing a little extra help relaxing we offer anti-anxiety medication. 

At Heavenly Smiles, we are dedicated to providing you a dental experience that calms, re-energizes and soothes your mental well being while delivering dental expertise with unparalleled service. It's never too late to start taking care of your oral health that in turn affects your whole body health.

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Dental FAQ

Your Questions Answered! 

Below is a list of some of the questions our patients most frequently ask. If you have a question that isn't answered below, feel free to give us a call and our team at Heavenly Smiles will be happy to assist you.

Taking Care of Your Teeth and Gums 

  • How often should I visit the dentist?
  • How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
  • What is the proper way to brush my teeth?
  • What is the proper way to floss?

Answers here.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease 

  • What is periodontal (gum) disease?
  • What are the signs of periodontal disease?
  • How can I prevent periodontal disease?

Teeth Whitening

  • Why do our teeth turn yellow?
  • What are the different types of teeth whitening options?
  • How long does teeth whitening last?

Answer here.

All About Dental Implants 

  • Are implants the right decision for me?
  • Are implants or bridges a better choice?
  • Can implants be used to restore multiple teeth?
  • Are implants expensive?
  • How long do implants last?
  • What if I do not have enough bone in my jaw for implants?
  • When an implant is surgically placed, how long until I get my new tooth?
  • How can I get a full set of teeth in one day?

Answers here.

Porcelain Veneers

  • What are veneers?
  • How much of my tooth is removed with veneers?
  • Will my veneers change color?
  • How long does it take to get a set of veneers or even just one?
  • How many veneers do I nee?
  • How long do veneers last?

Answers here.

Other Common Questions

  • What can I do about bad breath?
  • What is cosmetic dentistry?
  • What is the easiest way to improve my smile?
  • What are composite fillings?
  • Should I get my mercury fillings removed?
  • What are the options for mercury replacement?
  • Is the mercury dangerous to remove?

Answers here.

 

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Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Heavenly Smiles Dentist, we understand that the cost of dental care is at times a concern, even with patients that may have the benefit of a dental insurance plan. As a courtesy to our patients, we bill most insurance plans, and will work with you to understand your benefits and how they can help with the cost of diagnosed treatment.

 If you don't have insurance, Heavenly Smiles Dentist can still help. Options are available here.

Aetna
Ameritas
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Avesis
Blue Shield of California
Careington Care Platinum
Cigna
Delta Dental
DenteMax
First Dental Health PPO
Humana
Premier Access
United Concordia Dental
UnitedHealthcare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Bita and her assistant Linda are amazing. They are both friendly and relaxed all while demonstrating the highest level of professionalism and competence."

    Jamie M.
  • Yelp

    "All I can say is WOW. I have been to many many dentists over the years and have never been treated this well before."

    Lisa I.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Bita and everyone else at Heavenly Smiles were wonderful. I highly recommend their office, I don't have a single complaint!"

    Jocelyn L.
  • Yelp

    "They thoroughly explained what they were doing and develop a treatment plan based on urgency of issues. I have recommended Dr.Bita to everyone I know."

    Heather S.
  • "I have been very satisfied with the treatment I have received. I will continue to use Dr. Bita."

    Richard B.
Location
Heavenly Smiles Dentist
3588 4th Avenue, Suite 300
Hillcrest

San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-320-6381
Fax: 619-295-5706
Office Hours

Heavenly Smiles Dentist
3588 4th Avenue
Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92103