Gentle/General Dentistry at Talega Dental Group

Gentle/General Dentistry at Talega Dental Group

I can almost guarantee that everyone reading this has heard the phrase “cream of the crop.” Undoubtedly borrowed from the French, the saying was likely adopted in English-speaking countries for the way it rolls off the tongue.

Alliteration, and all. But the French saying is actually ‘la crème de la crème,’ the cream of the cream. Even better, one might say, and I agree. The top of the top, the best of the best.

The team at the San Clemente-based Talega Dental Group are just that. With a combined 50 years of experience in the office, between just the dentists alone, it’s no wonder that Talega has found such success over the last 14 years. “A healthy smile is a bliss,” says Amir Mozafari, DDS, who operates the practice alongside Steven Edwards, DDS and Pullad Salem, DDS. “The joy of preventing oral disease and decay is a gratifying satisfaction that has dedicated us to our profession.”

Specializing in patients who are afraid of the dentist, dentophobia, as it were, the trio of dentists at Talega Dental Group are determined to prevent everyday folks like you and me from never treating issues that arise because we are too afraid to sit down in the chair.

The consensus is clear: clients are pleased with their approach. Gentleness, state-of-the-art technologies, and doctors that treat you more like a person rather than just a set of teeth. “I recently had to get my wisdom teeth taken out and have been terrified,” says Victoria, a recent client. “I actually thought I might have to go under full anesthesia because the anxiety was too much to handle. The doctors were very sympathetic, put a huge emphasis on pain management (...) and let me know I could stop the procedure at any time if it was too much to handle.”

Donna L. agrees with Victoria’s assessment and adds “I was very impressed with the entire staff from the front desk to the hygienist to the dentists. Every was super nice and very caring. They explained everything before they did the work. The constantly checked to see if I was ok. The knowledge of what my insurance covered was top notch.”

Dr. Mozafari, Dr. Edwards and Dr. Salem are all members of the Orange County Dental Association, California Dental Association and the American Dental Association. Dr. Mozafari has been an active member of all three associations since he graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Dentistry in 1991. He has been practicing in California ever since, and as of late, even serves on the board of the Orange County Dental Society. Having built three successful practices from the ground up, Dr. Mozafari was selected as one of “America’s Top Dentists” by the Consumer Research Council of America.

Dr. Edwards is skilled in nearly everything dental -- from the simplest fillings to full mouth reconstruction and making life-changing smile improvements. Not only does he restore teeth and smiles, but he especially prides himself in helping people get control of their oral health. To this goal, Dr. Edwards has developed a proprietary Oral Fitness program with more than 38 different regimens for fighting issues such as bad breath, sensitive teeth, dry mouth, cavities, gum disease, discolored teeth, tooth abrasion and many more.

Dr. Salem received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Irvine and graduated with a Master of Science degree from Keck School of Medicine of USC. He then perused his passion in dentistry and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the prestigious USC School of Dentistry – world renowned for its advanced cosmetic and restorative training. During his tenure, he conducted research focusing on cosmetic dentistry with his mentor, the globally known Dr. Pascal Magne, the father of biomimetic dentistry. Today, he is one of the youngest members of the USC Dental School Faculty where he teaches Dental Morphology, Function and Esthetics along side his mentor, Dr. Magne.

“We have the best team. We use the best technology. We’re here to give you the best in care we can,” says Dr. Mozafari. “Comprehensive is the name of the game. From the top down, you’re taken care of.”

Talega Dental Group does regular exams, teeth whitening, dental implants, laser dentistry, veneers and Lumineer. Fillings to full mouth reconstruction. Restoring and keeping smiles bright go beyond the office for all three of Talega’s Doctors of Dental Surgery, conducting research in cosmetic dentistry and helping others gain control of their complete oral health. French or English, cream or crop- it is easy to recognize good service. And the folks at Talega are providing the best, one satisfied smile at a time.

IMG 0115Talega Dental Group is located at 1151 Puerta del Sol in San Clemente. Dr. Mozafari and his team can be reached by calling (949) 369-8300 or visit