Island Dental
Chesley Houske, DDS:
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Island Dental
Chesley R. Houske, DDS
Torrance, CA













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

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Pediatric dental care

Sleep apnea therapy

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 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 1:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Jason C. from Torrance, CA (Source: Yelp)


As soon as I walk into the store, I am greeted with a smile, and the ladies that run the front desk are always willing to get a question or two answered if I have them. If they don’t know the answer offhand, regarding my insurance, or any other issues, by the time my appointment is done, they have it. Sometimes it’s something they have to research, and I’ve always been updated on the status of insurance, billing, or anything the sort, so I know my options. I went in for cleanings, which have all be easy, and and overall great experience. I’ve also had to go in for a couple fillings, and a crown, and not only did they get me right in with virtually no wait, they tried to make everything as comfortable as possible before the process began. Everything that was done, was mentioned before it was done, so there were no surprises, and a procedure I was originally very nervous about was made quite harmless. The overall work is top notch, and I would refer them to anyone looking for a dentist in the area. The area it is located in, is downtown Torrance, and is a nice and quiet business area. Parking is usually quite easy to find.

Tara H. from Hawthorne, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr houske staff are very friendly and professional along with dr. Houske himself he is very meticulous and exacting in his work. He demonstrates his results in his work as a true Craftsman in his field. My experience in receiving my new smile is just stunning! Kudos to the best Dr houske and staff you are all very wonderful thank you so much! I will have many years of smiling big now!

Barbara M. from Torrance, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been going here for many many years. I have seen both Dr. Houske and Dr. Kubo and Lisa the hygienist, and they are so great. They are fair and honest and don’t try and add on any extra work that you don’t need like many dental offices do. Will never go anywhere else! Also wanted to add that Dr. Kubo gave me a smile makeover that was just beyond my expectations. He gave me 6 porcelain crowns on the front top teeth and they are so natural and amazing!

Cher C. from Torrance, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a patient of Dr. Kubo and his hygienist Lisa for over 6 years and have always had exceptional service at Island Dental. Dr. Kubo is always friendly, personable, extremely detailed and thorough in his examinations. And most importantly, he explains everything to me. He points out any concerns or issues I should be aware of. Lisa is wonderfully funny and does a meticulous job in cleaning my teeth every time! I just had a regular checkup yesterday and my teeth never looked better! In my 6 years at Island Dental, I have seen a vast improvement in the condition of my teeth and gums. My husband is also a patient of both Dr. Kubo and Dr. Houske and always had a good experience in his visits. The administrative staff is very friendly and helpful. Looking at a couple of the reviews, I’ve only had a issue once with my insurance rejecting my claim. I received a notice from both my insurance and Island Dental regarding the issue. BUT I’d like to point out that the error was the fault of my insurance company, NOT Island Dental. The ladies at the front desk made sure it was taken care of promptly. Since I was notified of the problem, it leads me to question the two people who claimed they never received ANY kind of notification regarding billing issues. I understand that every business will always have their detractors and critics. You can’t make everyone happy. I am concerned that since I first looked up Island Dental on Yelp, I noticed that 3-4 positive reviews that I recall reading are now missing!!!! What gives???? This made me really upset and I wanted to write a positive review to support the office and personnel who have been extremely great to me! My only question is will my review remain up???? Or will it suddenly disappear like the other positive ones? Quite unfair Yelp!!.

G. R. from Torrance, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am extremely sensitive to pain, and am so happy that they understand that here –  I have had great cleanings and instructions from the hygienist and Dr. Houske is very gentle and careful.  I initially went here because Dr. H has an advanced dental degree (USC) and I wanted somebody really good.  I lucked out that they are are gentle and nice too!  And there is lots of easy parking.

Cathy B. from Torrance, CA (Source: Yelp)


Island Dental is a wonderful place to get dental treatment done. Dr Houske and Dr. Kubo are both highly experienced doctors. The different procedures that I have had done by doctors is as small as a filling on a front tooth to as large as a rown and a bridge put in. Both doctors are sensitive to my needs, it take a while for me to get numb and they both know it. They are not “heavy handed” as some doctors have in the past been to me. there are two ladies that clean your teeth and I have seen them both in the past. They have been very polite and kind. the education that I walk out with everytime is amazing. From learing why we floss our teeth, to toughten up the tissue betweent the teeth to hug the tooth, to the reason why it is important to come in for heart issues. Healthy mouth =healthy heart. I have dental insurance so I have not experienced any issues with the billing department. I just sign the form that presnet to me letting me know what they would like to do next and how much the insurance covers. My kids ages 9 and 4 even enjoy coming. The assitants are warm and welcoming.

Chelsy D. from Lomita, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Houske is a great dentist. He is friendly, funny, and honest. He gets to know his patients and takes time examining their teeth and answering any questions or addressing any concerns they might have. All the staff in his office and the office next door(where they do the teeth cleanings) are all very friendly, professional, and efficient. I leave this office with clean teeth and a smile every time I go. I definitely recommend this office. Plus Dr. Houske went to USC FIGHT ON!

Michelle O. from Gardena, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a customer for years at Island Dental. Dr. Houske is a great dentist who has staffed his office with friendly, experienced and knowledgable people.  I wouldn’t go anywhere else. They really educate you on preventative care. I really appreciate the extra time they take to explain things

Marisela G. from Costa Mesa, CA (Source: Yelp)


This has been my second time visiting Dr. Houske and i had an amazing experience the times i been their. He is very knowledgeable. I had gone to a different dentist before and was told that i needed a root canal and a crown but once i went with him, he was able to save my tooth by just doing a filling because of him i saved a lot of money. The staff is also great and very friendly. The office is always clean and you feel welcomed. I recommend Island Dental.

B. P. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


All I can say is Fabulous! A BIG Thank You Thank You to Dr. Houske and crew, Lily and Denise! They are changing my Smile which is changing my LIFE! My experience with Island Dental in Carson is beyond Professionalism and the service provided to me is beyond Dentistry. It’s been awhile since I have been in the “Chair” and the staff made me feel comfortable. I didn’t believe it was possible but I left the Carson office with a half numb smile laughing as I was walking out the door! That is how Enjoyable my Experience has been every time I visited Island Dental and I can’t wait to see the Results on My Final Smile! Sincerely, Brandie.

Shaun A. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


My wife came in to remove her too wisdom teeth and booyyyy were we surprised how easy it was! We were both laughing and surprised of how fast Dr Houske made it happen! He was so great at informing and keeping us both at ease! Hi five to the entire team too, they are wonderful!! Highly recommend!

Chip B. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been a patient there for at least 10 years or more. Front office staff is very friendly and they make you feel important and valued. The facility is super clean. Dr. Houske and Dr. Kubo are outstanding and care very much about your comfort. My hygienist, Lisa, is the second to none. If there were a Mt. Rushmore of hygienists, she would be there. For these reasons, I rate them 10 stars.

Dian J. Forbes (Source: Google)


No one really enjoys going to dentist, as rule…However, the team of Dr. Chip Houske is over the top professional, everyone treats you like a queen or king, and it is a “pain free zone”…or experience! While you are laying wait for ‘the juice’ to kick in, one hears a corridor of laughter, and Dr. Chip pleasantly chatting with patients about their procedures, making it sound quite the opposite of daunting! I travel from Lake Tahoe to see our favorite family and friends’ Dentist, Dr. Chip–and am happy to do so, it is the best overall dental experience I have ever had! His staff is remarkable as well!

Dennis Bress (Source: Google)


I had a root canal in the morning with Dr. Delgado and it went perfect. Then next door to Island Dental that afternoon to see Dr. Chip Houske who took care of me and my temp crown. The entire Island Dental office is so professional and made me feel so comfortable. Chip knows his stuff and I am very happy. Thank you Island Dental for taking such great care of me and by the way I love the music in the office.

Laura N. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have gone to Dr Houske for what is now my third tooth extraction and I want to tell you that he is the very first dentist that has been able to get me numb. He was VERY generous with the shots to get me numb!  I was in ZERO pain. He is kind, gentle, and most of all patient!  I would and have recommend him to anyone/everyone!  It was the very best dental experience I have ever had. Everyone there is friendly and kind. Dr Houske is wonderful!!!  I love him!  I am not kidding, he is absolutely wonderful. He told me each step of the way exactly what he was doing and kept checking with me to make sure I was ok. For the very first time in my life, I am not afraid of the dentist (as long as it is him)!!.

Camden W. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I just got a wisdom tooth removed here by Dr. Houske and he made it such an easy and painless experience. I was really nervous going in, but the extraction took 5 minutes or less with zero pain or discomfort and there was no reason to be nervous at all. I’ve also been seeing Dr. Kubo my whole life for routine dental care and he is always so kind and professional. I highly recommend this place for any kind of dental needs.

J. G. from Redondo Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have posted for Dr Houske separately (see below), and realized I maybe should have put it here – his dental office is called Island Dental. Dr Houske is wonderful, and his hygienists are patient and friendly. I hate going to the dentist. I am a pain wuss. Dr. Houske gives me as long as I need to sit in the chair and get ready, with enough anesthetic, so that it is a painless procedure. I am still terrorized from childhood dental sagas, so this painless and relaxed approach makes all the difference for me. I have a filling he did decades ago, which is still holding. I like to have good teeth, so thank goodness I found him!

Amanda A. from Torrance, CA (Source: Yelp)


Island dental is amazing! I love all of the staff! Front desk is very welcoming and warm. Dr Houska is great and the dental hygienist, Lisa, is my absolute favorite! I will forever be going to this Dentist because everything about it is so perfect! Thank you Island Dental for always treating my family and myself with such great hospitality!

Lara G. from Torrance, CA (Source: Yelp)


This office is a fun place to go. The staff is very warm and welcoming. My family, spouse, parents and children all have been going here for over 5 years now. The hygenists are very good, they are informatiove provide patient education and are concerned with the general welfare of the patient and their dental health. We have had fillings and few crowns done by both doctors. They are gentle and with the children they talk to them and let them know what they are doing. We have only had good experiences with Dr. Houske and Dr. Kubo. The girls in the front are very nice and they will submit your treatment to your insurance company. They even call to remind you of upcoming appointments.The people in the back will become like family. They acknowlwdge your kids as if they are family. They like to see how big they are getting and how well they are doing in school and outside achievemnets. We will continue to return there.

Ricardo H. from Harbor City, CA (Source: Yelp)


I feel sorry for the person who wrote such a bad review  because i find it hard to believe it. she must be angry for some strange reason other than the one she is describing. it seems more personal than anything else. on the contrary, my wife and i have been going there for over 5 years and never had a problem with anyone there. dr. houske is a very patient person, good listener and always took his time to give us the appropriate treatment. dr. kubo is also a very nice person, good listener, excellent human been like dr houske and best of all he makes you feel comfortable all the time during the procedure. their staff are friendly and knowledgeable, ready to help you if you need their assistance. Ricardo & Maria H.

Shar M. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Island Dental is the first dental office I actually enjoyed going to and that says A LOT! Dr. Houske has a well-liked factor to him that most dentist may never fully grasp. What sets Dr. Houske apart is that he takes the time to get to know his patient and after fixing the problem/working on your teeth he strives to educate instead of scold. While most Dentists criticize you, Dr. Houske creates a dialogue to determine the factors that may cause problems or future problems. His job is to make sure his patients leave the office with beautiful teeth and the knowledge to keep them that way. I really appreciate everyone here at the office. Dr. Houske, Dr. Kubo, Mary and Corine in the front and Evette the dental assistant are very friendly and welcoming people. Evette is especially thoughtful and she makes sure her patient is at ease. She definitely eased my dentist apprehension and made sure I was comfortable. I would definitely recommend this dental office to everyone. If you have a fear of dental offices and you are worried about personal fears then come here, you will leave happy and smiling.

Evelyn A. from Lomita, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been going to Island Dental for many many years having been a patient Dr. Bob before he  moved to their current location on Cravens Avenue in Torrance. Dr. Bob was a great dentist and practiced even in to his retirement years and up until his untimely and unexpected passing.  Always larger than life and a great outlook on life.  He is missed. I must also add that he left a great practice and they continue to be the best Dental Practice in the South Bay. Both Doctors’ Houske and Kubo are just fantastic.  My hygienist, Lisa is phenomenal!  She does a fabulous job! I highly recommend Island Dental — they take such great care of their patients.

Tara Howard (Source: Google)


Dr. Houskes office is very pleasant. I have been coming here for quite some time aside from his compassionate nature, his staff is very friendly the girls are very compassionate also and the front office girls are very professional in their business and very pleasant always greeting me with a very warm welcome.

Michelle L. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Today i went in to get help with my loose tooth. Dr. Houkes and his office are the best! They worked with my budget and ALWAYS work with me! Their an awesome and friendly office and work with care! Thank you so much for fixing my smile i have a few more visits but this is a step to get my smile back! Thank you so much!!

Chip (Source: Google)


I have been there over 10 years and the staff is always pleasant, courteous and professional. The office looks clean and uncluttered. Equipment looks to be well maintained and a lot of care goes into making the patients comfortable. The best thing is that I feel like I am treated special from my hygienist Lisa and my Dentist, Dr. Kubo and Dr. Houske. 10 years of great experiences in the service industry is hard to find anywhere.

Roxanne B. from Coto De Caza, CA (Source: Yelp)


I love this place! I come here often to visit the staff and they are always matching and color coordinated. Every one is always happy here on the island. I started coming here about five years ago when I started college and had no money. I hadn’t been to a dentist in a long time and had six cavities. I knew they were all legit because I had them diagnosed at a different office and this was me getting a second opinion. I loved this office and my experience so much they filled my teeth and helped me out with the financial end to make it affordable to a struggling college student. Later after I graduated I got my front crowns redone here because I had broken my teeth as a kid and they look 100x better then before … I’m fact they are all porcelain and no one can even tell they are fake they match so well. Dr. Houske did an amazing job and made me feel beautiful! His staff dr kubo and hygienist Lisa is truly amazing they have been so great and done such great work I would send all my friends to the island!

Elizabeth Postma (Source: Google)


I’ve been going to Island Dental for years, and I love everyone there. Dr. Houske is the best, and his staff is patient, friendly and they do their best to be accommodating. They let you know what’s happening every step of the way. The facility is bright and puts you at ease. I highly recommend Island Dental!


Dr. Chip Houske been in practice in Torrance since 1984. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California Dental School and is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, having attained Mastership status, an accreditation that less than 1% of all dentists have achieved. He is affiliated with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International College of Implant Dentists. Dr. Houske has maintained a philosophy of “prevention through education” throughout his career. He has lectured to thousands of children throughout the school system in the South Bay area and has been keenly interested in the research and development of preventive dental products since 1983. He is currently involved in research with bone regeneration and applications to implant dentistry. He prefers to spend his time outdoors when not working. Fishing, antiquing with his wife, and long distance running are some of his hobbies. He and his wife have two wonderful children.