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Dr. Ricardo Hernandez, DDS

Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, Dental Pain Specialist

Professional statement

Dr. Hernandez, our Pacific Beach dentist, was born and raised right here in Sunny San Diego, where his passion for dentistry began early in life. Since childhood, he held a dream of becoming a dentist. During high school, Dr. Hernandez was active in school theater and music productions and, for a short time, envisioned changing his course to pursue a career in acting. With loving encouragement from his parents, however, he remembered that his first love was, and always would be, dentistry. Dr. Hernandez studied dentistry at Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, NE., where he graduated in 1991. Immediately after graduation, he headed back to his favorite city, his hometown of San Diego, where he began providing care in the Clairemont and Pacific Beach areas 22 years ago. From the beginning, Dr. Hernandez was determined to provide the utmost in oral health care to his patients, making use of innovative technology and state-of-the-art equipment. Still today, he maintains a strong belief in preventative approach to oral care. At our Pacific Beach dental office, Dr. Hernandez visits with patients of all ages. Long ago, he developed a special interest in encouraging children to take care of their teeth after consulting with two young patients who had never been to the dentist. Struck by their situation, Dr. Hernandez felt the strong desire to write a children's book that would show children the benefits of dental care, and paint dentistry for what it could be - a pleasant experience. To go along with this children's book, Dr. Hernandez also created a music CD for his young patients, on which he sings about dental related topics, further teaching children the positive side of dental care.

In-network insurances

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Assurant Employee Benefits

Specialties

  • Cosmetic Dentist
  • Dental Pain Specialist
  • Dentist

Practice names

Education and training

  • Dental School - Creighton University, Doctor of Dental Surgery

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1972746063

Office locations

Pacific Beach Smile Studio

4460 Olney St

San Diego, CA 92109

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Excellent service all around. From the front desk to the hygienist to the dentist himself everyone was amazing!
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Not too impressed. Very very slow service. Although they tried to be friendly they treated me like a 3 year old. A teeth cleaning and exam took about 2 hours....how?
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Totally recommend using the online resevation system. The entire appointment was first informative, and professional. Reasonable fees and insurance made it financial satisfactory.
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He was very detailed and very personable. He took the time to look himself at every tooth and to make his recommendations.
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Throughly professional with competitive rates.
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I absolutely love going to the dentist now that I have found Dr. Hernandez and staff. Everyone is so friendly, and very professional. Ricardo is very skilled in what he does and makes you feel comfortable the whole way through yourprocedure. I will be going to this dentist for as long as I live in San Diego!
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Everyone is extremely thorough and friendly, I felt very comfortable and never pressured.
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I was in a tough position and Dr. Hernandez really helped me out. Great individual.
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Dr. Hernandez and his team were great the minute I opened the door. By far the best customer service at a doctors office I have ever received. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a new dentist. They were accommodating and fitme in the same day I called, truly went the extra mile! Thanks!
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Professional service at reasonable prices.
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Everyone, from the front desk person to the doctor, was super friendly and seemed genuinely interested in getting to know me. The doctor presented some preventative care, and the office was able to calculate what my insurance would cover of that care.
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The staff and Dr. Hernandez were very friendly and helpful. We have two more visits planned, hopefully they will go as smoothe.
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