Marina Grins Dental
Elena (Amparo) Heredia, DDS:
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Elena (Amparo) Heredia, DDS

Marina Grins Dental
San Francisco, CA

Diente Dental
San Francisco, CA














A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sunday: Closed


Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed


Dr. Elena (Amparo) Heredia, DDS





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Seth T. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I just had an appointment with Dr Heredia and she was quick to point out a deep pocket in one of my back teeth which is a precursor to losing the tooth. She was quick to inject some sort of antibiotic and told me to pay extra attention to the area while brushing and flossing and come back for more antibiotic in 6 weeks. She said it will mostly get better and back to normal in 3-6 months. That what I excellent dentistry. Always looking out for the patients best interest!

Brandon Carter Meixel (Source: Google)


What’s not to like about a majority female-ran practice of really, really talented dental professionals? I’ve never had a more thorough, gentle, and thoughtful experience at a dentist’s office before. Every step of the way I was made to feel comfortable and informed about what was going on during my visit. Their precautions/cleanliness in these weird COVID-19 times were not suspect, not a bit. I don’t think I’ll go to another dental office now that I’ve found them.

Gilbert Z. (Source: Zocdoc)


I am spoiled by the excellent, professional and personalized service I receive from Dr. Heredia and her entire dental staff. It’s so good that I actually look forward to going to the dentist where some people are so dental-phobic that they will keep cancelling appointments or just refuse to even go twice a year. Thanks! Gil Z.

Steven D. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been going to Marina Grins for about 6 months now and it has been such a great experience. I have been suffering from gum issues and my previous dentist never could pinpoint the issue. Dr. Heredia and her team evaluated me and treated me and I was fine after a couple months. The team is extremely gentle when they are working and I have never had issues with pain or discomfort. The office is nice, bright and clean and the staff is outstanding. I can’t think of great things to say about my experience here and about the staff. I highly recommend!

Eric P. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I live in the neighborhood and chose Marina Grins (see what they did there?) because I can walk to my appointments. As luck would have it, Dr. Heredia and her team are fantastic. They were going through a remodel when I first became a patient, and it sort of feels like I’ve grown up in the Marina Grins family from the beginning. Very friendly, very professional, very thorough and meticulous. I look forward to visits because I get to check in with the friendly folks there, show off my baby girl and my mediocre Spanish (se habla English of course, but it’s fun to practice), and most of all, I trust that my teeth will be well taken care of in the way that is LEAST painful for my mouth and my wallet. They didn’t even have to bribe me to write this–I earnestly endorse Dr. Heredia. Side Note: She has very pretty eyes, which doesn’t have a lot to do with good dentistry, but it doesn’t hurt either.

Kevin B. from Redondo Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Heredia is awesome! I put off going to the dentist for too long. I’ve always hated going to the dentist’s office. When I mentioned I had a toothache, the receptionist worked with my tough schedule to get me in immediately. I was actually very demanding in my scheduling and the office accommodated me better than I deserved. Dr Heredia was very gentle, very informative and professional. It was the best dentist experience I’ve had yet. Everyone in the office was a pleasure to deal with. I no longer fear the dentist!

Katie B. from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Source: Yelp)


It took me a while to find a dentist in the neighborhood when I first moved. This is the second dental office I went to in the area and I have been coming ever since. The staff here are friendly and honest. The facility is clean (especially during COVID). All around 5 stars!

Thomas Murphy (Source: Google)


I had a cleaning and they did a great job. They took their time, were personable, thorough, and very caring on my teeth. And they gave me details on my teeth and instructions on how to preserve them and keep them in good condition. The one thing I didn’t like was the suction device they keep in your mouth while you get your teeth cleaned. They leave it in there the entire time. I’ve never had this done to me with any of my past dentists and it was very uncomfortable. I’d prefer not to have that in my mouth, instead let’s stop and allow me to rinse out the residue with water or mouth wash instead of using the suction device and leaving it in my mouth the entire time. My old Dentist would have a small cup filled with water or mouth wash and I would swish my mouth with the liquid every so often and then spit it out in their little sink throughout the cleaning. I much prefer this method as it is a better cleaning experience. That would be my one recommendation and change I would request. Otherwise they are great and take good care of you.

Hayley Halpin (Source: Google)


I had an excellent experience during my first visit to Marina Grins Dental. The staff was professional, punctual and very willing to help with questions. Dr. Heredia demonstrated clinical expertise and also has a warm personality – which is comforting while at the dentist! She was not rushed at all while seeing me, and her staff did an excellent job with the cleaning and explaining my insurance benefits. I highly recommend Marina Grins Dental if you are looking for a dentist in the city 🙂

Suzannah S. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been a patient with Marina Grins for just over a year now and I have nothing but good things to say about the service, the staff and the experience. I’ve seen Dr. Heredia who is awesome, and Dr. Kuo once. They have amazing patient – doctor decorum and did an amazing job explaining any questions I had.

Tracy K. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been coming to Marina Grins for at least four or five years and it’s awesome. Dr Heredia and all of the other doctors and staff here are always so welcoming and friendly. I really trust their recommendations and never feel like they’re trying to get me to agree to unnecessary procedures (an issue I have had with several other dental practices). Bonus points for it being walking distance from my house. Highly recommend!

Rosario Chavez (Source: Google)


Came here for emergency services and was made to feel very comfortable, they were able to get me right in. Dr. Heredia was very prompt and professional, she made me feel comfortable and let me know everything would be fine. I was really happy with results and had immediate relief. Thank you for always getting me in and your whole office is so kind.

Mon T. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been coming here for almost 3 years now and have loved all the staff.  Mostly have seen Dr. Kuo; saw Dr. Heredia once.   All visits gave been for basic cleaning, but they also have been monitoring some sensitive areas present from before.   They’re knowledgeable and thorough; always great about answering questions.  Would definitely recommend!

Travis N. (Source: Zocdoc)


I didn’t go to the dentist for… a while, so when I decided to get my life together, I booked an appointment at Dr. Heredia’s office (it’s just a few blocks from my apartment). I was instantly at ease, and my follow-ups to take care of my negligence were smooth and pain-free. The entire staff is super friendly and welcoming. Super-mega recommend.

Jesse G. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I would follow Dr. Heredia anywhere! She is without question the best dentist I’ve ever had.  She is incredible attentive, and gauges my comfort level so well.  Historically, I have not been a fan of going to the dentist; so many of them are far too rough and entirely too focused on the sales end of dentistry.  I love Dr. Heredia because she isn’t any of those things. She’s straight to the point with me about what I do, and do not need, not to mention she takes the time to explain to me what my issues are, why they happen and offers me a solution I understand. If you’re someone who’s not a fan of the dentist, or are dreading the inevitable dental issue, I urge you to make visit Diente Dental.

Matthew Martin (Source: Facebook)


Thank you Dr. Madana Harvey, Marla, Christina , Kelly and Dr. Elena Heredia! I had a dental emergency And was seen immediately! I so appreciated the Professional and personal care they give to their patients! Dr.. Harvey is an artist!

Willie B. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Simply the best dental experience I’ve ever received. The office is state-of-the-art. The exam and cleaning were by far the most complete and comprehensive I’ve ever had. The hygienist and the dentist are both super competent, knowledgeable and skilled, and clearly hold themselves to the highest standards. They explain each procedure before starting and they review the results and make recommendations as they go. There’s no question you’re under outstanding and trusted care. Everyone in the office is friendly, professional, helpful and courteous. Highly recommended!

Maggie Chestney (Source: Google)


Dr. Heredia and her team at both offices (one in mission and the other in marina) are wonderful! I’ve been to both places to have my teeth cleaned and every experience has been lovely. All the workers greet you with kindness and also take an interest in you personally. My cleanings have been exceptional and really appreciate the continued care I receive – thank you!

Fearghal Mceleney (Source: Google)


I personally don’t like going to the dentist…. but… going to Marina grins has changed that… everyone is so pleasant, accommodating and helpful it makes it an enjoyable experience. They know what they are doing, they do an excellent job doing it, with such easy that I’m shocked they are finished so quick and painlessly… I have been to many before that were good dentists but always felt like they were digging looking for buried treasure when working in my mouth. Marina grins is the opposite, I can’t recommend them high enough!!

Lydia Z. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Great first time experience. I came for a routine cleaning/checkup and it was quick and very thorough. Dr. Heredia and staff were super friendly and welcoming. They took x-rays and photographs to build a complete picture of my mouth. I received a pretty standard cleaning (picked,flossed, polished, washed, and rinse) but they made sure to inform me on what they were doing/observed (which teeth need more flossing, how my gums looked, etc). Always appreciate good communication. Also got a little goody bag at the end–cute!

Seth T. (Source: Zocdoc)


Amazing Doctor. I went in for a cleaning and Dr. Heredia noticed some puffiness around an old metal crown and suspected I was allergic to the metal. She recommended the crown to be replaced anyways since it was old and failing and it will probably help with the redness. Dr. Heredia proceeded with the procedure and unbelievably enough the puffiness had gone down after the removal of the metal crown. I am so floored by her diagnostic skills and not mention that I didn’t feel a thing during the entire process!! She is the best dentist ever.

Tara Garofalo (Source: Google)


I work nights and cracked a crown just before bed. I felt something strange and when i looked half of my back lower molar was gone. Unfortunately my dentist is back in Florida, but I work here in California. So I looked on my insurance page and started checking out some dentists nearby. Marina Grins had 5 stars so I called hoping for a miracle. And they luckily were able to get me in for an emergency visit within a few hours. All of the staff were great very friendly and great at what they do! I’m a nurse but dental work freaks me out! My dentist was great reminded me of mine back home. They got me squared away with a temporary crown and got me on my way. I would highly recommend them is you’re looking for a dentist in the San Francisco area. And with everything Covid going on they were on top of that too! They did great pre-screening, sanitizing and hand hygiene with their patients. Also as a nurse I appreciate that!

Nade Bozhinova (Source: Google)


I work in the field , so for me it was very important choosing proper care for my oral health . I absolutely love this place . From the moment you enter to the moment you exit their clinic is nothing but ptoffesionalism and kindness . I love the fact that there are strong beautiful women runing this clinic. They are very knowledgeable and I like the fact they spend time to educate, explain and address your concerns . I highly reccomend this wonderful dental team !!

Albert Paris S. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been a patient at Marina Grins Dental for the past three years at least, everything about their office has been excellent and I have nothing but great things to say about them, especially coming from someone that suffers from severe anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist due to bad experiences in the past. I’ve been treated by dr Heredia and lately by dr Marcelo, due to malpractices in the past I had to get a bridge which initially dr Marcelo shared that she enjoyed doing them which kept me at ease. Cristina at the front desk was kind enough to put in a px for Valium prior to my surgery day and let me tell you, my surgery was a breeze. Due to covid-19, you will fill a required questionnaire, you have to wear your mask and they will take your temperature upon arrival. Very happy with the work done at this office and for keeping my smile looking presentable.

C. D. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Lets just start with I HATE NEEDLES. My first time experience was an amazing one it has been a while since i got a check up or did anything with my teeth in a while ( i know im disgusting ) But what can you do when you have a serious phobia of needles. I met with Doctor Heredia and her soft confident talk set my body at ease, Going to a new dentist is never easy. I went in did my consultation, filled out my paperwork then i waited…… Showtime ! time for xrays, and my root-canel as i sit back in this chair challenged with my phobia Dr. Heredia was the best she talked me right through it. She has this wonderful Calm presence about her, Boom 1 hour later done. Now my Evil tooth has been suppressed & i dont have to see another needle anytime soon. I do recommend this place they are really good and took care of my needs !!!

Margaret C. (Source: Zocdoc)


Dr. Heredia and her team were nothing short of amazing. Super friendly, helpful, and made sure I was taken care of. Seeing as how I haven’t been to the dentist in like forever and was nervous, Dr. Heredia made every appointment a breeze and thoroughly walked me through the procedures needed to be done. Definitely recommend her for anyone who has the jitters when it comes to dentists!

Adlyn S. from South San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’m a first time patient at Marina Grins and received a cleaning and exam from Dr. Heredia. I loved that she walked me through my xrays to explain what’s going on with my teeth! I always wondered why I had white spots on certain teeth and she explained to me it was due to having fluoride in my drinking water growing up. Not a bad thing as I learned it made my teeth more resistant to fighting bacteria/cavities!  Gotta love Hetch Hetchy SF tap water . Today I came in for an overdue filling and she did it in less that 30 min with absolutely no pain! I feel more confident seeing the dentist as I have been inconsistent for most of my adult life. Shout out to the assistants as well! They are gentle, knowledgeable, and super sweet. The Marina is lucky to have the best of the best dental team.

Elton Dabiri (Source: Google)


I’ve been coming to Dr. Heredia both in the Mission and Marina since I moved to SF 6 years ago and she is one of the best dentists I’ve ever had. Very compassionate and walks you through everything she’s doing. Doesn’t try to push additional services on you that you don’t need. All her staff are also very professional and up to par with her when she is not there. Plus, she gives you a sweet goodie bag at the end. Definitely highly recommend!

Seth Tajbakhsh (Source: Google)


Stellar service from the start to finish. The front staff checked me efficiently and had me complete the proper forms online. The assistant then took me to the back and had me setup for the doctor. I’ve only seen Dr Heredia and Dr Marcelo and they both have gentle hands. The crown fitting went great and I am due in 1 week to get the final crown seated. This place runs like a well oiled machine!

Jose Herrera (Source: Google)


My recent visit to Marina Grins Dental went spectacular. Dr. Elena Amparo Heredia and her staff makes you feel welcome in a very clean and relaxed environment. Cristina clearly explained to me the costs of the procedures and the portion that my insurance would cover and any remaining balance that I would be responsible for. Marla made sure I would feel comfortable and not nervous as she prepared the equipment and procedures necessary for the doctor, and as she assisted the doctor during procedures. Dr. Heredia performed several procedures, in a series of three visits, and all went without a glitch. I felt no pain nor discomfort during or after the procedures. I was not sure what to expect for my visit to Marina Grins Dental since I chose this dental place based on my insurance coverage and Internet reviews. Also, since I always hear horror stories of of other people’s dental procedures and experiences with their dentist, I was a little skeptical on what to expect. However, after three visits and several procedures with Dr. Heredia, I could not be more satisfied with my experience at Marina Grins Dental. I highly recommend them to any one in search of a dentist.

Michelle C. from Antioch, CA (Source: Yelp)


Over the weekend I had a big emergency and Dr.Heredia was kinda enough to take care of my problem on a Sunday . I’ve been seeing her for 4 years now and her service is always amazing and she treats me as a first time patient all the time . Great dentist .

Kathleen S. (Source: Zocdoc)


I felt valued and her work is impeccable. The office is spotless and comfortable surroundings. I have a huge fear of dentists and suffer from anxiety whenever I have to go, but she was very kind and understanding as was her assitant and would softly remind me to breath which helped to relax me. I highly recommend her and her office.

Angela Y. (Source: Google)


Everyone here is incredibly sweet, & they’re to the point about what needs to happen with your teeth vs trying to convince you to get things that feel unnecessary done. They also have a pretty reasonable time frame for appointments, & are quick but thorough at completing everything that needs to be done. Makes for a much less stressful dental experience.

Cristina D. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Heredia has been my dentist for almost 4 years. She is so friendly and has the best bedside manner, the staff is friendly and they all treat you like your family. The BEST Dental office ever! I highly recommend Marina Grins Dental for your Dental office.

Gil Z. from Bel Tiburon, CA (Source: Yelp)


Every six months, I drop by Marina Grins Dental on Fillmore Street to have my teeth cleaned. Dr. Heredia and her staff could not be more friendly, more sincere, or more efficient. The X-rays were painless — and digital — so you can see exactly what’s going on with your teeth, gums and rooms. The cleaning was fast. And I always leave there with a Goody Bag! Whether you have ongoing dental issues or just need a periodic cleaning, you can put your trust in Marina Grins Dental.


Welcome to Marina Grins Dental in San Francisco! In our office, your comfort and confidence are just as important as your teeth. We are proud to have a family-oriented, warm and welcoming environment in which your quality dental care and convenience come first. Our commitment has allowed our dental team to treat our patients for a lifetime, making them part of our dental family. Dr. Elena Heredia is a native Californian who attended the University of California, Davis where she majored in Biological Studies. She obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of California, San Francisco. Upon her graduation, she was recognized as the Dean's scholar for demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and community service. Since her graduation from dental school, Dr. Heredia strives to provide quality dental care with genuine commitment to the overall well-being of her patients. Dr. Heredia maintains professional memberships with the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the San Francisco Dental Society. Dr. Heredia was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She later relocated to Sacramento where she discovered her passion for dentistry. She is fluent in Spanish and resides in San Francisco with her family.