Welcome to Glen Park Dental. We are a family dental practice serving the Glen Park community. Our services are provided in a comfortable, clean, state-of-the-art facility equipped with latest dental technology including soft tissue lasers, Cerec one-day restorations, digital x-ray. Our commitment to go green by being “paperless” and using environmentally friendly products is visible throughout our dental office.
Our doctors are highly trained in treating patients with TMJ disorders suffering from migraines. Drs. Longa and Dickerson also work with local sleep physicians to treat patients with sleep apnea and/or snoring. We see patients of all ages and provide comprehensive dental options including cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, implants and more.
I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, but I never thought I would be a doctor of dental surgery. The seed of dentistry wasn’t planted until after college when I returned to San Francisco and started working for a grant project to increase access to oral health care for persons with developmental disabilities through the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Three years later, the associate dean of the dental school finally convinced me that I was destined to be a dentist. During dental school I was humbled when the student body and faculty awarded me “Most Compassionate Student Award” in 2005. My role as a dental educator and advocate for disabled persons prior to dental school has fueled my passion for helping others and continued during and after my doctorate.
Born and raised in San Francisco, I am proud to be a native San Franciscan. I love this city and for the past 8 years I have really embraced the neighborhood of Glen Park as both a resident and business owner in this community. The small town feel of Glen Park is a wonderful departure from the all too familiar hustle and bustle of San Francisco and I feel blessed to have my home and work all within the tight-knit community of Glen Park.
Dentistry is no longer just a matter of diagnosing cavities and filling them. The role of the dentist has expanded to screen and treat various systemic conditions which arise or manifest in the mouth such as oral cancer, herpes, HIV, sleep apnea(OSA), diabetes, hypertension, TMD, migraine headaches and facial pain. All of these conditions have an oral component and most dentists are not educated in this arena because it is not taught in dental school. It is up to the dentist to learn about these potentially life-threatening conditions so that they do not go undiagnosed and untreated. It is our mission at Glen Park Dental to stay at the very forefront of dentistry and all it has to offer our patients. Education is never-ending, especially in health care. We will never know everything there is to know when it comes to health, but we must strive to do so, because in the pursuit of perfection we can achieve excellence.
I believe in a patient-centered, interdisciplinary approach to health care. Prior to my career as a dentist, I did research in the field of radiation oncology thru UC Irvine Medical school. As a research scientist, it is well understood that the greatest benefit from science comes from the sharing of information; however, this principle is often lost in the field of healthcare. At present, our healthcare system is centered around treating illness rather than preventing it. Here at Glen Park Dental, we collaborate with oral surgeons, endodontists, periodontists, primary care physicians, sleep physicians, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists and anybody who will listen and contribute to the common goal of keeping our patients healthy.
One of the most fulfilling aspects of dentistry is that in most cases, things can be prevented. It is our goal to educate patients on how to maximize their oral health in an effort to minimize the amount of dentistry they require in the future. Our primary objective is to educate and elevate the systemic health of all our patients. Our best reward is patient satisfaction and we stop at nothing to achieve a level of care above the rest.
A Solid Educational Background:
My journey as a student is never ending but the start of that journey was at St. Brendan’s Elementary School. Following St. Brendans, I took a drastic departure from private Catholic School and went to Lowell High School and graduated in 1996. Undergraduate education was completed at University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Followed by Dental School at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
I have pursued various postgraduate education courses including the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies and the California Dental Society; however the place where I transformed into a comprehensive oral health provider was at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.
My postgraduate dental education includes courses in the following areas:
- Aesthetic/Cosmetic Dentistry
- Neuromuscular Dentistry
- Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Implant Surgery and Restoration
- New You Dentures
- International Association for Physiologic Aesthetics
- Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
- San Francisco Dental Society
- California Dental Society
- American Dental Society
My enthusiasm for dentistry stems from helping my patients learn about the connection between their mouth and body. Teeth, gums, TMJ, and your airway can all have a direct impact on your overall health; and, when healthy, can significantly reduce the risk of serious disease. My primary goal with every patient is to make them comfortable in our office and educate them about their oral health.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, my dental experience began at a very young age working in my father’s dental office. After college at Santa Clara University, I realized my passion for helping patients while working in the marketing department of LVI, a postgraduate dental institute teaching aesthetic and neuromuscular dentistry. From observing and experiencing the difference the dentists were making in the lives of their patients, I knew I wanted to provide the same type of excellent care.
I believe in providing patients the highest quality dental care in a calm, comfortable environment. I also recognize the importance of giving back to your community and have worked with the underprivileged. A few of my best experiences have been participating in dental missions to provide much needed dentistry to populations without access to dental care.
I enjoy being involved in local non-profit organizations and have volunteered much of my time since 2009 to planning the annual Glen Park Festival which takes place in the Glen Park Village each spring. It is a wonderful event for our community and all proceeds go to grants for the local schools in the neighborhood.
Above all, my greatest fulfillment comes from my family. My husband (and partner dentist at Glen Park Dental!) and I are raising two young boys in the neighborhood and loving it. We value family time and spend our weekends enjoying all that San Francisco has to offer our growing family. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, running, snowboarding, and biking. I love to travel and lived in Madrid, Spain during college where I refined my Spanish language skills.
Solid Educational Background:
I received my Bachelors of Science in Marketing, Santa Clara University; Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA; and earned my Fellowship from the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.
I am committed to providing my patients the highest quality dental care, and strongly believe that continuing my dental education to advance the horizon of oral health care is an essential part of patient care. I have completed numerous courses at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute (LVI) in many areas including aesthetics, advanced adhesives (bonded, metal-free dentistry), neuromuscular dentistry, TMJ/TMD and sleep apnea. I am also certified in Invisalign, and consistently take courses on treatment to align teeth.
I stay involved with local and national dental organizations and am a member of the San Francisco Dental Society, the California Dental Association (CDA), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics (IAPA). In 2014, I earned the great honor of becoming a Fellow of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.
Tom grew up in a rural community in the East Bay. He spent his summers working locally as a lifeguard and with park maintenance, and later as a recreational youth counselor in Hawaii. Tom received an outstanding freshman scholar award and a B.S. degree in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry from CSU Hayward in 1984. He was a preceptor and teaching assistant at UCSF department of restorative dentistry. He received the Mark Brown fixed prosthodontic award for excellence in 1986. Tom received his DDS and BSDS degrees from UCSF in 1988. Tom has been as associate dentist in San Mateo since graduation and joined the Glen Park Dental team performing dental hygiene and soft tissue management procedures since 1996.
Tom has many hobbies including photography, sculpting and travel. His real passion is bicycling. Tom rides 8,000 to 12,000 miles per year. He has explored most of California by bicycle, completed numerous events and races including: time trial races, double centuries, a Northern Transcontinental ride in 1997, Paris-Brest-Paris in 1999 and 2003, Florida to Maine in 2000, Canada to Mexico in 2001, and the Furnace Creek 508 in 2002. Don’t forget to ask him about the latest Star Trek trivia!
I am so honored and enthusiastic to be part of the Glen Park Dental Practice. I hope to continue to facilitate the exceptional patient care that the Glen Park Dental team has provided to the community for many years.
A little bit about me.
I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and both my father and brother are dentists too. I graduated dental school from New York University and then moved to San Francisco, where I completed a selective residency program at UCSF. Now, I am happy to call the Bay Area my home.
Dentistry is my passion because I am able to blend my science and artistic backgrounds together, while also helping out others. It is meaningful to me that I can help improve a patient’s oral health in order to improve their overall health.
I understand that each individual patient is different and has unique ideas and voices. I strongly believe in patient education and effective communication to empower patients, thus allowing them to truly make the best decisions for themselves. It is important to me to always do what is best for the patient in the most comfortable setting with the most state-of the art technology, techniques and materials.
When I’m not working, I enjoy cooking and trying new restaurants. I like to explore the Bay Area by hiking with family and friends. I am also an avid Denver Broncos fan!
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California. I then moved to New York City where I attended New York University, College of Dentistry and received my Doctor of Dental Surgery. After graduating, I was selected for a competitive hospital dentistry residency program at the University of California, San Francisco.
Continuing Dental Education:
I am enthusiastic about pursuing continuing education as it is important to keep current with evolving dental techniques and materials in order to stay at the forefront of my profession. I enjoy learning about cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign and implants.
Currently, I am a member of the following organizations:
- San Francisco Dental Society
- California Dental Association
- American Dental Association
- Colorado Prosthodontic Society
Dr. Ariana Ebrahimian provides orthodontic services at Glen Park Dental. She brings expertise in Biobloc Orthotropics® for young children and Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics for teens and adults. This unique approach is about more than just straight teeth. It helps maximize overall health by emphasizing healthy jaw joints, an open airway and a balanced facial profile. Her advanced training in orthodontic services is unique and Glen Park Dental is proud to be the only office in San Francisco offering Biobloc Orthotropics®. Dr. Ebrahimian firmly believes in early intervention, and screens children as young as age 5 so she can begin assessing their needs to help them build a beautiful, radiant smile.
Dr. Ariana Ebrahimian has advanced training in neuromuscular dentistry and sleep disordered breathing dentistry from The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI Global) which makes her uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat problems resulting from an improper bite, poor oral posture, or a constricted airway.
Commonly these include headaches, temporo-mandibular disorders (TMD), facial pain, orthodontic problems, and sleep problems. Helping children to avoid these problems later in life is a passion for Dr. Ebrahimian as she witnessed her own sister battle with obstructive sleep apnea.
DDS: University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA (Graduated with Honors)
BA: Philosophy, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (Graduated Cum Laude)
Training: Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI Global), Las Vegas, NV
Member: International Academy of Comprehensive Aesthetics, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, North American Association of Facial Orthotropics® (founding member), American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Monterey Bay Dental Society
Treasurer: North American Association of Facial Orthotropics
Co-Founder: Pacific Dental Mission
Certified: Invisalign® , Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM), Biobloc Orthotropics®, SomnoMed Preferred Provider
Educator: Lectures to local dentists and healthcare professionals about neuromuscular dentistry, facial growth guidance, sleep disordered breathing and Biobloc Orthotropics®
Agnes’ Missing Teeth and Drooping Face
Agnes has had a life-long fear of dentists. The thought of sitting in a dental chair and others peering into her mouth terrified her. As a result, now at age 70, she has lost all of her lower teeth from decay and neglect. While generally a happy person, she avoids smiling as much as possible lest show the empty space in her mouth.
After discovering that she might lose the few remaining teeth, and noticing how even simple things like eating and drinking are becoming increasingly difficult, she sought help. Dr. Dickerson who immediately replaced her bridge and added two partial dentures to complete her teeth.
Agnes now smiles enthusiastically - looking and feeling great - making sure everyone sees ALL of her teeth. Eating and drinking are enjoyable again. Her new teeth are now filling up what used to be a sunken and drooped area on her face, revealing her natural beauty. Above all, Agnes has overcome her life-long fear of dentists. Now each visit to Glen Park Dental is a reminder of the many significant and gradual improvements on her appearance and health.
Sally’s Silver Fillings with Decay
Sally always felt a slight panic when anyone asked her to be in a photo. If she smiled too wide or opened her mouth slightly too much, her silver fillings would be visible in those pictures. This always caused a bit of anxiety because she never knows who will see them in the future.
With her wedding coming up, she decided to address the problem. Vowing to not let silver fillings get in the way of showing her happiness in the most natural way on the most important day of her life, she sought help from Dr. Kimberlee Dickerson.
Understanding the importance and significance of this decision, Dr. Dickerson removed her silver fillings and replaced them and the decay that was underneath, with bonded composite filling. Sally's wedding was beautiful and her picture was truly worth a thousand words.
Michael’s Yellow and Crooked Teeth
Michael decided it was time he committed fully to his acting career and move to Hollywood. Given the competitiveness of the field, he knew he had to look perfect. He was generally happy with his looks except for his teeth. He thought they could be straighter and whiter. His challenge was perfecting his teeth in a short period of time. He was planning to move the next month.
Fast results were not something he was able to find from the other dentists. For Michael, veneers gave him the results he wanted so he could hit the ground running in Hollywood. He completed the veneers on his upper teeth in just 2 visits in 2 weeks. On Dr. Dickerson's suggestion, he agreed to a slower approach to straighten his lower teeth since they aren't as visible. He completed Invisalign treatment on his lower teeth over a 9 month period by seeing Dr. Dickerson every few months.
Today, he's continuing to pursue his dream with the confidence he now has with his new smile.
Ronen’s Discolored Fillings and Decay
Ronen is a top executive and because of his high-profile job, he presents regularly in front of large audiences and participates in executive and client meetings. It is important for him to look his best.
To maintain his professional appearance, he initially came to Glen Park Dental to whiten his teeth to eliminate the yellow blotches on his teeth. Unfortunately for Ronen, whitening was not an option due to existing dental work in his mouth.
During our discussions on possible solutions, he also confessed how much the gap between his teeth and unevenness overall bothered him. After eliminating the decay from his teeth, conservative veneers were used to cover up his gap and discoloration.
Ronen had no idea that he had so many options available to him and wondered why he had waited so long.
Sara’s Crooked Teeth and Inflamed Gums
Sara recently moved to San Francisco to attend college. New to the city, she set a goal to meet as many new friends as possible. One thing that held her back from being as outgoing and confident as she could be, was her smile. She felt her teeth were crooked and often her gums were red from inflammation.
After hearing about her social goals, Dr. Dickerson fitted her with Invisalign, invisible braces. After several months, Sara noticed her teeth starting to straighten, and was also pleasantly surprised to find there was less inflammation in her gums. The redness was gone along with the bleeding. Sara's teeth are no longer a burden but an asset in portraying the right image she had in mind for herself as she sets out to meet new people in the new city.
John’s Worn Teeth from Grinding
John is an outgoing, friendly person who loves socializing and having fun. He also works very hard and spends a lot of his time traveling abroad meeting with international clients. John realized he was uncomfortable with his teeth, both with sensitivity and lack of confidence in smiling.
John had severe wear on his teeth from grinding on them throughout his life. Dr. Dickerson discussed options with him and the importance of getting his bite right so he didn't further damage his teeth. If he kept going in this direction, he would have ended up wearing his teeth down to the gums and possibly needing multiple root canals.
After restoring his bite to it's proper and functional neuromuscular position, he no longer grinds, and has no sensitivity, smiles that great smile as much as possible!
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