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Best Dentists in Daly City, CA

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144 Brentwood Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080 Rating

Why choose this provider?

Jean Chu, DDS is a general and cosmetic dentist located in South San Francisco. Dr. Chu provides cleanings and exams, teeth whitening services, periodontal treatments, dental implants, and root canal therapy, among other services. An active member of the San Mateo County Dental Society, the California Dental Association, and the American Dental Association, Dr. Chu received her degree from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1982. Dr. Chu's team of hygienists and assistants adhere to a high level of safety standards as recommended by the American Dental Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Center for Disease Control.

2288 Westborough Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94015 Rating

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4.5 (115)
5.0 (1)

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South City Smile is a dental clinic serving patients in Daly City and nearby areas. It specializes in preventative and comprehensive dental services. The clinic provides dental hygiene procedures such as checkups, teeth cleaning, and polishing. It also offers Invisalign treatments and Damon self-ligating braces. Other services include wisdom tooth removal and root canal treatments. Cosmetic dentistry and implant placement and restoration are also available. South City Smile is a member of the American Dental Association and the San Mateo County Dental Society.

1001 Sneath Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066 Rating

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5.0 (41)
5.0 (1)

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Thodas & Tran General Dentistry is a dental practice that serves patients in Daly City. It offers a wide range of dental services that include teeth maintenance, cavity treatment, dental crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, dental implants, and laser dentistry. The clinic is headed by Kim X. Tran and Gary A. Thodas. Tran is a volunteer for CDA Cares, Remote Area Medical, and Tzu Chi Foundation. Meanwhile, Thodas is part of a family of dentists who has been serving the Bay Area since 1932.

931 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080 Rating

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4.9 (352)

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Vista Dental Care in South San Francisco, California makes personalized dental care their top priority. They serve patients in Daly City, Colma, San Bruno, and the surrounding areas. Vista Dental Care is eco-friendly: the office is paperless and uses low-radiation x-rays. Dr. Catherine Vista earned her doctorate from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. She bases all treatment on each patient's individual needs. Beyond general dentistry, Vista Dental Care also offers restoration, Zoom! whitening, root canal therapy, oral surgery, and one-visit crowns with CERAC. Patients speak highly of Vista Dental Center due to the welcoming environment and professional attitudes.

125 Northwood Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080 Rating

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5.0 (8)
4.3 (6)

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San Bruno Dental Center is a general and cosmetic dentistry clinic that covers Daly City. It offers dental examinations, cleanings, fillings, and root canals. The clinic also provides crowns and bridges with a five-year warranty. The clinic believes in providing personalized service and attention to clients of all ages. Its facilities are equipped with digital imaging computers, X-rays, intra-oral cameras, and a medical laboratory. Previous clients have spoken highly of the clinic's friendly atmosphere and informative staff.

Compare our Top Dentists

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Jean Chu, DDS General & Cosmetic Dentistry
144 Brentwood Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080
South City Smile
2288 Westborough Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94015
Thodas & Tran General Dentistry
1001 Sneath Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066
Vista Dental Center
931 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080
San Bruno Dental Center
125 Northwood Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080


  • Introduction

    Dentists are medical professionals who diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions that occur with the teeth, oral mucosa, and disorders of the jaw, such as TMJ. There are several areas of dentistry that include orthodontics, pediatric, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and cosmetics.

    People visit the dentist for basic wellness check-ups and exams, dental treatments for issues such as gum disease and periodontitis, and restorative cosmetic procedures. Dentists help patients with various issues, ranging from filling cavities and straightening teeth with braces to tooth extractions and treatment for conditions such as bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.

    When left untreated, conditions such as cavities and damaged or cracked teeth can lead to abscesses and infections, and dentists help by treating and preventing further damage.
  • Is it safe to go to the dentist?

    It's safe to go to the dentist, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the strict infection control guidelines that dentists have followed for many decades. At all times, dentists follow ADA and CDC protocols to ensure patient safety.

  • When should a baby go to the dentist?

    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises parents to schedule the first dental visit within six months of the first tooth erupting and one year of age for all infants. Babies should also visit the dentist for emergencies, such as cracked or broken teeth.

  • Why does a child need sealants?

    Pediatric dental sealants are applied to the teeth to work as a barrier and provide protection from decay and bacteria. Sealants also work to prevent small food particles from settling in the grooves of the teeth, which can lead to the development of cavities.

  • Can you go to the dentist while pregnant?

    It's safe for women to continue with regular dental visits while pregnant. During pregnancy, hormonal changes can affect the gums and teeth, leading to inflammation and gingivitis. Regular cleanings and checkups can help keep hormonal dental issues at bay.

  • How do dentists pull teeth?

    Dentists pull teeth through simple and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are performed at the dentist's office with local anesthetic and forceps. Surgical removal is required for broken teeth and teeth that have not erupted, such as wisdom teeth. Surgical procedures require stronger anesthetic or sedation, and forceps are used to remove the teeth.

  • What kind of dentists are there? 

    There are seven primary areas of dentistry.

    1. General dentistry covers a wide scope, with procedures ranging from general exams and X-rays to deep cleanings and simple extractions.
    2. Pedodontists, or pediatric dentists, have a primary focus on infants and children.
    3. Orthodontists handle braces and other procedures that straighten the teeth.
    4. Periodontists treat the gums and structures that support the teeth, such as bone and ligaments.
    5. Endodontists perform dental pulp treatments, such as root canals.
    6. Oral pathologists, or oral surgeons, focus on surgical procedures that include wisdom teeth extraction and dental implants.
    7. Prosthodontists handle highly complex restorative dental procedures, including bridge and denture placements. 

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