Ballas Dental Care
Douglas Watanabe, DDS:
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Ballas Dental Care
Douglas Watanabe, DDS
St. Louis, MO













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: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Friday: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sunday: Closed





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

Jacqueline R. from Saint Louis, MO  (Source: Yelp)


I have been a patient at Ballas Dental Care since I can remember! I have yearly cleanings & check-ups! I’ve had cavities taken care of, my wisdom teeth extracted (and they hadn’t pushed through the jaw bone yet), and just today had a root canal. I have never had a bad experience due to their work! Every one of them are friendly & always in such a good mood that it makes it nearly impossible to be nervous about whichever procedure you need done. One important note is that it’s obvious that they’re not just there for the money. They make strong suggestions but never over-push the subject & show that they really care about their patients. They give you possible & realistic consequences if you choose to not follow their suggestions (ie. get braces) & allow you to make the choices based on your preference. They were great with me as a child, & are still great today in my adulthood. Thanks guys!

Christine Vadnais (Source: Google)


I have never been so thankful to have Dr Watanabe as my dentist. He is a miracle worker for sure! Not to mention the wonderful assistants! Words can’t express my gratitude! I never want Doug to retire! This is an office environment like no other, the very best! Thank you Doug for your 40+ years of expertise on my poor sad teeth! ✌️♥️

Tiffanny Holbrook (Source: Google)


I’ve spend time working in the operating room so I know “clean” and cleanest ranks very high for me when it comes to choosing a dental provider for myself and my family. (Nowadays it’s number one for everyone!) The Ballas Dental team are seasoned experts in providing clean, safe, personalized care and equally impressive is the high quality of the dentistry in this practice; second to none! You want them to be your dentist!

Sebastian Bellomo (Source: Google)


Dr Watanabe is by far the best dentist I have had in my lifetime and I am close to 78! He and his assistants are excellent in the services they perform, they are pleasant, and they make you feel like you are the only patient in the building. Also, the receptionists and office staff are always welcoming and friendly to patients as they enter and when they leave the office.

Tom Harte (Source: Google)


I have nothing but good things to say about this practice: professional, friendly, and clearly competent, using up to date technology and methods. The only suggestion I could make is for different background music in the examining rooms. I prefer Haydn when I want to relax. I posted this review some time ago, and I still stand by it. Probably no one really looks forward ro going to the dentist, but the staff at Ballas make a visit there as pleasant as possible.

Mary Licavoli (Source: Google)


This is the greatest Dentist by far. Very professional yet takes time to hear your concerns and then review options. I’ve been a patient for many years and I have never been dissatisfied. That says alot. And I have had alot of different procedures so I have experienced alot if what he can do. I worried when he had new Dentist join his practice that the care may be different and it would start problems, not at all . I have seen him as well and he continued the same great service and personable treatment. And we all know the Dr.s run these great offices with the drive of a great staff. You are welcomed from the check in to the Hygienist. They have a wonderful staff. I highly recommend this group! Thank you, Mary

Moses Gunn (Source: Google)


I was referred to Ballas Dental Care by a current patient. I recently transferred to St. Louis from Ohio and was experiencing a painful toothache that needed immediate attention. Ballas Dental Care was able to accommodate me immediately and found that my recent crown just needed a quick adjustment. I was so relieved and also glad that I was also able to schedule my cleanings with them moving forward. Ballas Dental Care was professional and polite while showing a level of care that is very rare these days.

Juliana Verticchio Levy (Source: Google)


Dr. Watanabe added me on as a new patient with a problem within 24 hours. He took his time, carefully explained the clinical scenario, and made firm recommendations. Not only knowledgeable, but very personable! His hygienist, Stephanie, was also impressive- knowledgeable, friendly, and caring. I had a great experience and would definitely recommend Ballas Dental Care!

Art Ressel (Source: Google)


Whoever heard of a PLEASANT visit to a dentist??? — Well I just had one!!! –Just a visit for my semi annual cleaning & check-up. Met with friendly efficient staff at front desk. The Hygienist was thorough and informative with procedure and gave to me information helpful to my continued “Fine” care of teeth & gums. Parting visit with Dentist to make sure all questions were answered , left me confident that I would indeed continue with my normal “Oral Hygiene” regimen, until my next visit.

Chris Stl (Source: Google)


Been going here for several years, usually just every 6 mos for cleaning. Every time has been quick service from very pleasant and friendly people. Dr. Watanabe remembers me, as do hygienists, even though only see me twice a year! New appointments set as I’m getting out of chair and service sends convenient reminders… 5 stars!

Elizabeth Fergus (Source: Google)


I’ve been a patient of Ballas Dental Care for most of my life. They are always thorough and professional. The times insurance changes have forced me to other dentists have shown me just how excellent the care is here. They have permanently fixed fillings done by other dentists which fell out. I convinced my husband to switch from his previous dentist and they helped find solutions to his tooth sensitivity and tooth grinding. When my son chipped a tooth, they were able to get us in immediately for an exam. I will continue to take my family to Ballas Dental Care and have recommended them to my friends and coworkers. Thank you Dr. Watanabe, Dr. Olivier and Dr. Haines!

Precision Restorations (Source: Google)


I don’t think there are a lot of people that look forward to going to the Dentist however, I have been going to Ballas Dental Care for over six years and they are by far a great and welcoming organization! The administrative staff is always friendly and greets you when you arrive. The hygienists are very professional, knowledgeable and above all, have an extremely great comforting attitude. I have been seen by Dr. Watanabe and it is obvious why the environment and organization is so pleasant. He is very skillful and you are certainly at ease under his care. Ballas Dental Care definitely meets the qualifications to be awarded 5 stars! – Dale Oestreich

Christine Vadnais (Source: Google)


I’ve been going to Dr Watanabe since the 70s. There’s no dentist I’d rather see! I wish they took Medicare. I’ve been so lucky to have Dr Watanabe as my dentist and friend! He is amazing in so many ways! It makes me very sad that I have to find a dentist who takes Medicare because of financial reasons. Thank you Doug for all your care and kindness!

Dianne Shapiro (Source: Google)


Generations of our family have been going to Ballas Dental Care for many decades. It is an amazing team from start to finish. A professional and caring staff make office visits less anxious when necessary and going twice yearly for cleanings stave off problems. They truly care about every aspect of your Dental care from health to beauty! We rely on them greatly! Thank you everyone at Ballas Dental Care, you are simply the BEST! And to Doc Watanabe and your consummate skills, I don’t know what we would do without you!

Nancy Schnoebelen Imbs (Source: Google)


I recommend Ballas Dental Care to everyone and anyone. I’ve been going to Ballas Dental Care for over 25 years, and Dr. Watanabe (the founder of the practice) is the most caring professional. The dentists, hygienists and staff are experts in their fields. They’re professional, kind and compassionate and the practice uses the latest dental technology. Look no further, and make your dentist appointment with Ballas Dental Care! You will be glad you did!

Yildirim Omurtag (Source: Google)


Staff was very efficient, professional, curteous and welcoming. Dr Watanabe is very pleasant and friendly on top of being excellent in his profession. It becomes very clear after a few minutes with him that he does his work for the benefit of his patients and money is less important to him. He is a real gentleman and inspires his staff to be like himalso. Money definitely comes long after meeting and exceeding of the patients expectations in their care. I Highly and enthusiastically recommend Ballas Dental Care.

Debbie Strake (Source: Google)


You will never find an office and staff as first class as Ballas Dental and Dr. Watanabe. He and his staff perform dental dynamics and go above and beyond to take excellent care of their patients. My grandchildren now go to Dr Watanabe and because of him and all his kind staff, will continue having good dental hygiene throughout their lives. Thank you for all that you do!

The Cloudfather (Source: Google)


I have been lucky enough to have had Dr Watanabe recommended to me, and more than twenty years later I am thankful for the excellent care that I have gotten all this time. Dr Watanabe, and the other dentists, are as professional and genuinely caring as they are. Combined with the fact that they the best technology, equipment, and staff, you won’t find a better place to get dental care.

Noreen Bowman (Source: Google)


I haven’t been to a dentist’s for 3 years so I was nervous on how this would go. When I came in for my first appointment here, I was quite pleased with how kind and courteous the staff were. Everything is explained straight to the point, but in a way that is easiest to understand. My teeth were well cleaned and I definitely recommend!

Tricia S. from House Springs, MO (Source: Yelp)


My family has been patients here for over 20 years.  The staff and dentist are very helpful and always concerned about us, there is never any discomfort or pain.  I have 3 small kids who love the dentist and are not afraid to go.  If someone is in pain they get us right in.  The ladies at the front desk help us with our insurance and they are NOT expensive, very reasonable.  My extended family have all switched to this office.  Family friendly cheerful helpful and pain free office.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  : )

Scott N. from Saint Louis, MO (Source: Yelp)


Best dentist office in St Louis. They helped me through a difficult TMJ experience where others all over town didn’t have the expertise. Dr Watanabe is amazing and helped me get back to normal. He did this without charging me anything. Recently I had my teeth cleaned and again was overwhelmed at the level of skill, and expertise that went into it. My teeth have never been cleaner. Heather is awesome at what she does. The entire crew regardless of who or what you need all go well beyond good service. I’ve converted my entire family and each has thanked me for doing so. They have had the same experience as myself.

Jackie Russell (Source: Google)


Today was by far one of the worst days ever and BALLAS DENTAL MADE IT BETTER!! My temporary tooth broke and tomorrow is my brother’s funeral. I called Ballas and even in the midst of Covid, they made an exception and got me in. I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THEIR CARE AND COMMITMENT TO PATIENTS. I left Ballas with tears in my eyes. Ballas Dental is full of good humans!! THANK YOU!! ❤️

Tom Porthouse (Source: Google)


Ballas Dental truly saved me Thanksgiving Holiday weekend! Woke up the day before Thanksgiving with an incredible pain in my tooth. I called the office and they were able to send a prescription to my local pharmacy for an antibiotic and some pain medication. They also able to get me into their schedule first thing the following Monday. Without Ballas I would not have been able to enjoy the long weekend with my family. Thank you Ballas team!

Ella Chamberlain (Source: Google)


Yesterday my girls had filling appointments with Dr. Wantanabe. They each found out that day they had to be back to school earlier than expected. Dr. Wantanabe and his wonderful staff were able to work with their schedules -and Stephanie even fit in a retainer repair, saving us a trip to the orthodontist. Thank you Ballas Dental. You truly look out for the patient, understand their needs, then do your best to accommodate. Somehow you even go above and beyond.

Lucy Lin (Source: Google)


I have been going to Dr. Watanbe since 1986. When I moved away I have continued to come back from CA and UT because it is worth the trip. His staff is always amazing, his assistants are highly skilled, and the temperature in the office is always comfortable, not too hot and not too cold. Which seems like a little thing but is really important! I wrote the above few years ago, and I am in ST. Louis visiting and just went in yesterday, 8/10/21. I absolutely think they are the BEST dental office around, as far as staff, service, and facility. So pretty much recommend them to anyone. I have a dentist in Utah where I live now, and it’s my 3rd dentist I’ve tried there, none of them can measure up. You don’t think much about the skills of a dentist, but Dr. Watanabe is an ARTIST compared to every other dentist, even ones with as many years of experience. He’s just so good at what he does, plus, he and his staff are wonderful people!:)

Patrick O'mara (Source: Google)


I am confident, that no matter the issue, the caring team at Ballas Dental Care will find an acceptable solution for me. My doctor collaborates well with other specialists to determine root cause and then selects the optimal wellness path to a successful outcome for me. My thanks to the entire team at Ballas Dental Care!

Judi Beisel (Source: Google)


I have been going to Ballas Dental Care since the day the office opened there. I have known Dr. Watanabe for nearly 45 years. What is apparent to me is the genuine friendliness and caring of the staff. I love all three of the dentists there, and my hygienist, Shari, is awesome! There is no way a dental office can be any better than this! I have had major dental issues, but I know I am in good hands! I am so grateful I have found the best!

Kathleen Wiley (Source: Google)


Dr. Wantanabe is an exceptional human being and practitioner. He is kind, generous, and personable. He invariably remembers my name and the name of my daughter. He always explains the plan of care and prioritizes the issues he identifies allowing me to guide my own care with his expertise. He makes going to the dentist a pleasurable experience to which I honestly look forward. I would and have recommended him to friends and family! Thank to such a great office 🙂

Brandie Jefferson (Source: Google)


I have never cancelled an appointment to visit the dentist since I started going to Ballas. That says a lot because … I’m not a big fan of the dentist, in general. I am – I can’t believe I’m saying this – a fan of *this* dentist’s office. Everyone is ridiculously nice, but not that weird, fake nice I often find at dentist’s offices. They are helpful, funny, understanding and take great care of my horrible teeth. Thanks!!

Carolyn Haimann (Source: Google)


I rarely write reviews, but the outstanding level of professional care and concern we experience each time we use Dr. Watanbe and his staff are truly deserving of the best review possible. The experience and expertise of Dr. Watanabe ( and the other dentists in the group) are the very best available, and the staff is equally excellent. They even have an emergency number to call with problems, and do everything they can to accommodate you whether it is a routine dental need or and urgent one. I cannot say enough about this group. They have long hours and open early. and the office staff is always so wonderful – professional and kind-and they make all efforts to meet the patients’ needs.

Robin Hargis (Source: Google)


I recently moved to stl and have been on the hunt for a dentist. I mistakenly initially chose and option close to my office and it resulted in a poor experience and me looking for a second opinion and new dental home. I was dr. Wantanabe was recommended by a fellow dentist I knew in Columbia and I am so glad I found my way there! Everything was well explained and you can tell he genuinely cares for his patients. The office was nice and the staff I encountered was helpful when uploading my xrays from the previous dentist. Definitely sending my husband to Dr. Watanabe now too. Thanks!!!!

Susan Zuckerman (Source: Google)


I don’t know what I do without Dr. Watanabe as my dentist and also, my dear friend. Today, I had a painful emergency and, despite a packed schedule, Dr. Watanabe stayed after hours to see what needed to be done for me. Dr. Watanabe and his equally excellent team are up-to-the minute on latest dental solutions and I am always confident of the best, possible outcome. Add to that an extremely high level of care and they are the complete package. Thank you, Dr. Watanabe, for always going above and beyond. Fast forward a few months and I cracked my front tooth, which is a crown! I had an appointment elsewhere later that day and needed help, fast! Of course, Dr. Watanabe and his wonderful assistant, Lia, fit me in, despite a “standing room only” patient day! I will need to go back in a few weeks to replace the entire crown, but they were able to make it look perfect in just a few minutes and I went on my way! Again, I cannot be more grateful.

Rachel Gonzalez (Source: Google)


Highly recommend Ballas Dental Care! I have not been to a dentist in more years than I’d like to admit and there was ZERO judgment from the staff there. They put together a treatment plan for me, considered my feelings (and my checkbook!) all while making me feel completely comfortable and supported! Can’t wait to get to work on my individualized treatment plan and get my smile all healthy again. Thank you Ballas Dental Care!

John Parlow (Source: Google)


Excellent doctor!!! Very thorough and caring. I find that Dr. Douglas T. Watanabe, takes time to explain any needed procedures and gives all of the options. He always explains all the pros and cons of a treatment so that I can make an independent judgment. The staff is great, extremely friendly. Dr. Watanabe, has a great rapport with his assistants and hygienist and they all work very well together. I recently had an emergency with a broken denture, called him with the problem and he had me in and fixed within 24 hrs. That is service. My wife and I have been pleased with your professional, yet personable, service and refer him to everybody in need. J Parlow

Chandler Marshall (Source: Google)


During my first visit everyone was very enthusiastic and polite. I enjoyed my experience with my hygeniest. She answered all my questions. Dr. Watanaba was very nice and gave me good feedback on the condition of my teeth. Overall I had a pleasant experience and look forward to going back, certainly recommend them!