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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Vu Thai received a BS degree in Biochemistry from Temple University in May 1999. In May 2002, he received his MS in Biomedical Science from Philadelphia College Osteopathic of Medicine (PCOM). In May 2006, Dr. Thai received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Temple University School of Dentistry (TUSoD). Upon graduation, Dr. Thai began an Advanced Education of General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), CA, which he completed in July of 2007. Dr Thai served in the US Navy as a Dental Corps Officer for 4 years. At present time, he is working in private practice and working on his MBA degree. Dr. Thai is also a U.S. Navy Reserve dentist, currently stationed at MCAS Miramar providing oral health services to the men and women of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. As a dentist, Dr. Thai has several goals. He aims to provide high-quality comprehensive dentistry at an affordable price while treating all those who walk through our doors as family. During your visit, he will strive to earn your trust by getting to know you personally, answering any questions or concerns that you may have, and providing information on all aspects of oral health. Finally, in order to provide high-quality care, he pledges to continually keep abreast of the latest techniques and materials in dentistry. Dr. Thai frequently volunteers for Mission of Mercy dental projects to bring dental care to those in need, especially homeless and veterans. A man of many interests, Dr. Thai also enjoys traveling, working on his house and spending time with his wife and children.
Verified Patient Reviews
I had the least painful cleaning I've ever had in my life.
The place was professional and very time efficient. The assistants and doctor were personable and not trying to up-sell us. I will be back with my gf. She was satisfied too.
He was good and very informative, however he seemed very rushed by going back and forth.
I highly recommend Dr. Vu Thai! He is an outstanding Doctor, explains your treatment clearly and answers all questions. His office and Dental Technician Staff are all very kind and professional!
Dr. Thai seemed a bit rushed when I saw him, but the front desk staff and dental hygienist were both extremely nice and helpful.
The doctor seemed rushed and not gentle during the procedure. He was impatient to complete the procedure.
I think it was great. Learned some things and doc definitely knows his job well! Receptionist was very helpful. The assistants were so nice and gentle with taking xrays and teeth cleaning .
Very nice dentist, didn't waste time. Was straight to the point.
Mr. Thai is amazing. very good listener and great at explaining A++ he deserves five stars
He was helpful, professional, and I would recommend to anyone. I had an abcessed tooth, and he recommended an amazing specialist to me, and I was good to go with a root canal 2 days later.
I'm in! Vu gave me all my options, gave me the pluses and minuses of each and let me make the decisions. Didn't try to push me, didn't try to persuade... excellent bedside manner, polite, informative and worked firmly but with kindness to his staff. I've found my dentist!
Overall very good. Expensive but explained problems well gave options and does his own cleaning as part of general dentesitry My first visit was very favorable.
Dr. Thai was great! He did an excellent job filling my cavities and making sure my bite afterwards was even.
Been a patient for a long time, appointments are easy to set up, Dr Vu Thai and Cheryl are professional and always pleasant.
It was a great Experience. They Treated me like a Part of their Family. I only paid a small fee for a co-pay, and I got a full X-ray and a list of the problems. I was in and out in less than 2 hours. Over all it was a great experience.
excellent first visit for my daughter
I trust him and excited to plan my future appointments with him.
For once I didn't have to wait for 6 months for an exam!! They got me in right away.
Best dentist I've ever had!
He was very competent at his job. He was also sensitive to my needs as I had a long procedure .i would highly recommend him as a dentist .
Great dental experience. I do not have any compliants! I am anticipating having a good rapport with Doctor Thai and his staff as well! The positive experience made me feel that I selected the right dentist. He and his staff gave me their undivided attention. I felt as though my business was much appreciated!!
The appointment never happened as my insurance status has changed and they only take cash payment with no insurance. I wish they had a payment plan in place so that I could pay for the work to be do in installments.
Dr Vu was great and likable guy. I really appreciate him.
Dr Thai and his staff were out standing! Very professional, kind and courteous. I highly recommend him for all of your Dental needs!
Prior to entering the office, I scheduled my appointment via Zocdoc three days before the given day. When I arrived, I was initially thold that I was not on the schedule at all. I wasn't sure exactly what happened, but they were happy to schedule me into their day. I waited for approximately half an hour before I met Dr. Vu and his assistants. Dr. Vu was extremely knowledgeable and helped answer any questions that I had in regards to my dental hygiene. He was also flexible and helped me get a routine cleaning in addition to my consultation. His assistant was very friendly and knowledgeable as well. Overall, it's a good office! One thing that I would want to forewarn others is that if you have Denti-Cal, they charge a fee for each visit. Just a heads up!
Outstanding staff member. Provided instant service. Would recommend to friends and family member with no hesitation. Great job everyone.
I thought he was good. Very quick with me though. The teeth cleaning could have been more thorough but everyone was really nice and overall a good experience/
I was very nervous, I had not been to the dentist in 3 years. Dr. Thai was very personable. I also appreciate the kindness of his dental assistant and the receptionist.
Excellent dentist and before proceeding with any treatment he provided me with all necessary information and answered all my questions. Staff was also very friendly and helpful. Thank you!!
This dentist is quick and friendly. However is receptionist, Maria, is awful. Every phone interaction I have had with her is terrible. She doesn't listen. She makes you repeat yourself hundred times. I started using the app to avoid dealing with her. She states I no showed 4x! I can not find any record of this. I know one time was her fault, she confirmed an appointment when they were full after I drove in traffic to get there. After trying to make an appointment today, she says she needs to charge me $75 in cancellation fees?!? What the heck? This is the first time anything has been mentioned to me. I ask for the dates and she said look on line. She said you have dentical so you can just start all over, like it was no big deal. Sadly, I'm going to another dentist because of you.
Nice clean office , friendly staff, straight to the point doctor
Great Dentist, loved him! Very honest, and extremely helpful. Explains thoroughly.
My visit was a follow up. I needed a refill of pain meds and antibiotics for abscessed tooth pain. My insurance does not cover root canal, so all I can do is take Motrin every 6 hours for the pain of a chipped tooth/ missing filing. I am looking for ways to pay for the root canal. Otherwise, a this is a great dentist.
Came here for abscessed tooth pain. Everyone here was very warm and professional. This dental office is in North Park, nothing fancy. However, the care I received with Dr. Thai greatly exceeded my expectations. I have gone to few dentists in San Diego, with their huge lush offices and awards, only to be disappointed with the low quality of care. Dr. Thai went over my treatment plan, explained everything with me,and answered any and all questions. He made eye contact and had amazing bedside manner. It was refreshing I will be back. My kids will be moved here with Dr.Thai as well.
Everyone is very professional and courteous. Grade a in service, customer service and skills. Dr Thai is the best dentist I have had!
Absolutely perfect. Kept me informed. Courteous staff. Everyone seems to know what they are doing. His sense of humor helped make me feel more relaxed as I prepared for a long visit. No pain!!
Excellent. He prepared me well, talked me through my nervousness especially since I hate going to the dentist, and really did an excellent pain free job. Id recommend him and his staff in a heartbeat.
Not very informative on what needa to be done and pushy on what he wants to do and not what's best for patient and there wallet. Could have refers me out but seems more interested on making money.
Very informative and helped us find a specialist.
My most recent visit was fine, straight to the point and comfortable. In general, I find the Doctor and entire staff pleasant, friendly, approachable, and helpful. This is my favourite dental team/office thus far.
The X-Ray tech was great. The dentist walked away from me several times to have a conversation with others. Did not listen to me and tried to upsell me thousands of dollars worth of things I did not need. I feel he even lied to my face. He certainly was not paying attention to me and my needs. Also the office was open lay out so you had to get your work done where everyone could see you. No privacy at all.
Great dentist! I only stopped going because I moved out of state.
The visit was excellent although the timing was a bit long to see the Dr. However the Dr. was excellent and very friendly and knowledgeable.
Dr. Vu and staff are friendly and had one of the better dental experiences in their office. Very attentive.
I liked him he is cool I will be going back I already have my next appointment.
Very polite and professional
Lets just say I have to see an oral surgeon ASAP. Sure getting the needed referral was easy except the fact I am STILL waiting to hear anything as of October now.....extremely annoyed especially when the issue is as extremely urgent as such.
We have been going to mr. Thai for years. My whole family has always been well taken care of. The staff all knows us and so does he. He def takes the time to create an emotional connection with his patients and that's why we will always be clients of his.
The best Dentist I have ever seen.
Dr. Vu was great! I really liked how efficient and organized he was. Office staff was friendly as well and scheduled me with short notice.
Dr Thai is the kindest most compassionate dentist I have ever come across. He obviously loves what he does. Even with all the work I need to have done, he ALWAYS goes above and beyond what I personally have experienced with other dentists...he doesn't make me feel bad about my dental issues..
Felt like the cleaning wasn't very strong.. nice guy and staff just wasn't impressed by quality of cleaning
His explanations are always clear about what the procedure will be like before he begins. His estimation of the time my procedure would take was on the low side (about an hour, he said, but I was there for one hour and 45 minutes), but certainly it is more important to "do it right" than to do it quickly! His staff is polite and professional. I particularly appreciate that because of my oral surgery, there were no other patients scheduled during that time, so I had his undivided attention.
Awesome, Dr. Thai made me feel very comfortable and it was overall a great experience (which I can't believe I would ever say about going to the dentist).
Thank you. See you in 6 mo.
Not my best dental visit. was not the nicest looking office or private when they were talking with you. The dr & the receptionist were the least friendly. When they had to wait for my ins info they told me to go wait back in the lobby yet I called my ins & got rt through. Needless to say I'm not going back to this office EVER.
Went well would recommend to family and friends
Very good visit with no problems. The doctor and staff were very professional.
Best dentist I have ever had in 70 years. The staff also , very good and friendly, This visit was just like all the rest. No stress.
I went in for my free cleaning through my insurance company and before the cleaning I was given an extremely high estimate for a copay, very high!
He's very judgmental and rude, but he's the only dentist my plan covers that's anywhere nearby, and I have no complaints about the work that he does.
Everyone is great, lovely manner and that place makes you feel like your home. Love love love it!
I had a difficult time with this dentist at first, but we managed, and his bedside manner was better than last time, when it was not that great, to be honest. The Novocain was rough, but the whole appointment was done with rather quickly, considering what I was having done.
I've been going to Dr. Thai for a little over a year now, and his services are consistent, professional, and friendly. This visit was no different. It's not often that people say they like their dentist, but I'm one of those people. Highly recommend him!
The perfect dental experience!
The doctor was very informative. I was very pleased with my overall appointment.
Great!! Very personable service & very quick & painfree!!
I felt very secure and trusted his skills as a Dentist because of his background and training in the military. Dr. Vu was very professional and detailed when I asked to explain a couple of questions I had for him.
The initial visit was a longer wait only because of some insurance issues (not the Dr's fault). Dr. Thai is very friendly, has casual yet professional demeanor making the appointment comfortable, and he'll even break into song. The rest of the staff is super friendly too. Although the environment is a little vintage (old building), everything else was great. Highly recommended.
I went here after being assigned to him by my insurance. I will not be returning. The office is sketchy. Posters and pictures of before and after that are clearly photoshopped and/or from the 80s. The chairs are packed in with zero room and zero privacy. The doctor was rather rude to his hygienist. I made the mistake of saying I hadn't been to a dentist in a year. They said that my teeth were terrible and required deep cleaning not covered by my insurance. I have always taken excellent care of my teeth and usually get complimented on them. I said yes to the extra cleaning even though my guy instinct was to refuse. The doctor didn't even tell me the costs himself, he made his secretary do it. She told me this was a full 45 minute cleaning to help the doctor scrape the plaque easier. The reality was that he was lazy and this made it easier. The entire affair lasted less than 45 minutes so it's impossible that this was a 45 minute cleaning. My teeth and gums have been sore all day as a result. The co-pay was more than double what it should have been. Go somewhere else. If you don't believe me, check the yelp reviews. I wish I had.
Great honest dentist! Clean office with nice staff. I also like that it's a locally owned office and not a big chain. I will be returning.
Everyone was very professional and kind, and took a lot of time to explain procedures and options. The storefront leaves quite a bit to be desired, so I was a bit hesitant at first. But once I got over the ambiance it was a good visit.
Dr. Thai and all of his staff were extremely personable and made me feel very welcome. Dr. Thai was knowledgeable, proffessional and informative. In the past, I've had trouble finding a dentist that I was fond of...but I absolutely adore Dr. Thai and his staff. I highly recommend him to anyone and everyone! In my opinion, he's the best dentist in the practice!!!