Pacific Beach Smile Studio
Ricardo Hernandez, DDS:
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Pacific Beach Smile Studio
Ricardo J. Hernandez, DDS
San Diego, CA













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

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Pediatric dental care

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: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (by appointment only)

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed


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

Marc H. (Source: Zocdoc)


Unbelievably smooth, professional, and friendly practice. I’m here in San Diego for work and had a previously filled cavity “chip” off. I debated waiting until I got home to get it fixed, but decided to handle it while I was here. Based on the amazing online reviews I decided to visit Dr. Ricardo Hernandez at Pacific Beach Smile Studio. From the moment I walked in everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. I had prefilled my first time patient forms through ZocDoc so check in was a breeze. I was seen immediately and the hygienist took X-Rays of the tooth as well as pictures. While waiting for Dr. Hernandez they set me up with Netflix and wireless headphones, which were super nice. Dr. Hernandez explained that it was close to being a root canal but he would try to just replaced the cavity filing if possible. He was incredibly patient and thorough in explaining everything, and walked me through the X-Rays and images of the tooth they took. Prior to beginning the work, they went over my treatment plan and explained the costs upfront based on needing the root canal or not. Once they started working they got me nice and numb and after removing some decay and examining the tooth explained the root canal wasn’t necessary and they were able to just replace the cavity filling. They added some extra layers of protection and treatment to make sure the tooth wouldn’t be sensitive to hot and cold, as well as matched the existing tooth color perfectly. Dr. Hernandez and his team were completely transparent, honest, and had an amazing bedside manner. A lesser Doctor would have jumped at the opportunity to perform a root canal and collect the additional money, especially knowing i was in from out of town and likely wouldn’t be back. If i lived here this would definitely be my regular dentist! Highly highly recommended!

Jeri S. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Hernandez and his staff are amazing! The staff is always professional , friendly and always greet you with warm and sincere smile. This is truley a one of a kind dentist office. I am a dental phobic patient, or should I say I used to be. Not anymore since I had found Dr.Hernandez. This office is small and gives personal service, so you don’t feel like a number you feel like a VIP every time you come in. You can count on a professional, friendly, fair and up to date office. It’s just the best and can’t say enough great things about this dentist and his staff! I look forward to every appointment and refer everyone I know to Dr. Hernandez. Give him a try, it will be the best decision you ever made on choosing a truly great dentist and staff!

Jacob Mauro (Source: Google)


Second update: Dr. Hernandez was amazing as always! Always love coming here to get my teeth sparkly fresh. First time meeting Priscilla Presley and she was an amazing assistant as well!! Can’t wait to come back again. UPDATE: I went to get my cavities filled, and Dr. Hernandez was insanely fast! He did two fillings in 15 minutes, then as I was leaving Betty told me about the preventative fillings (which my insurance only covers half of). Dr. Hernandez’s office will match your insurance, so I walked out with preventative fillings with zero out of pocket! Truly amazing. Wish I could give them 6 stars! Dr. Hernandez is fantastic. He got me in and out of my cleaning and exam in record time! Him and his staff made the time fly by! He also works well with my insurance company for extractions and fillings which is a huge plus for my wallet! I will be returning to see Ricardo Hernandez twice a year for years to come!

Cassie L. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Love this place! Dr. Hernandez does a very thorough job cleaning and cares deeply about the health of your teeth. His dental assistant, Priscilla, was very friendly and actually made it fun to have my X-rays taken. Meagan at the front desk always helps get you scheduled and is very accommodating if you need to reschedule. I know going to the dentist can be a hassle, but the welcoming staff at Pacific Smile Studio makes the process easy and even fun!! 5 STARS!!

Jaren Mullen (Source: Google)


Very happy from start to finish. My visit went smoothly and the staff were friendly and competent. Switched over from another dentist and Betty helped me transition easily and get an appointment. Dr. Hernandez & staff gave me a very thorough exam and explained anything they found. He explained all his recommendations & answered my questions. I never felt pressured to make a decision one way or another, which I appreciate. I also noticed the staff get along and seem to enjoy working there, which is a good sign. Great overall impression, I will be coming back.

Maria D. from La Jolla, San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve had an amazing experience with Dr Hernandez and his staff. Before I started coming to his office, my previous dentist and dental hygienist did not confront me about the health of my teeth (I had metal fillings that had expanded and contracted which allowed bacteria into my tooth). Luckily enough, I was able to get all my fillings replaced and my teeth cleaned. Can’t say that my teeth have ever been better. I also just recently completed my Invisalign treatment and am smiling ear to ear for my straight teeth!

Mike M. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


There should be more than 5 Stars available for Dr. Hernandez and his wonderful staff! After numerous bad experiences at dental offices the team at Pacific Beach Smile Studio has restored my faith in the profession. Dr. Hernandez is professional, kind, and highly qualified. Dental health is imperative to overall health and the team at Pacific Beach Smile Studio has helped me immensely. I highly recommend Dr. Hernandez! Do your smile a favor and make an appointment today!

Rikki Renissa Estrada (Source: Google)


Best experience I’ve had at a dentist in my life!! I’ve been to quite a few dentists all over California and Utah. I’ve had over 15 fillings, Invisilign, deep cleanings and damage from a tongue ring I’ve had in the past. PB Smiles Studio kept my appointment to the exact time, no lag which was great! The X-rays were quick and painless, the doctor was thorough and educational, made sure I understood everything he was talking about they checked insurances and let me know out of pocket costs and severity of what services I need first. They are an Invisilign provider and can pull over my previous records!! They are amazing love this experience and my future services are scheduled. I will be back!

Bonnie F. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have never cared for Dentists my whole life, and I’ve always put off going to them.  Sitting in that chair has been in the past. very traumatic.  However, when I found Dr. Hernandez several years ago, that all changed.  I now religiously keep my dental appointments, and I’m doing the best I can to keep my teeth and gums healthy, with the help of Dr. Hernandez and his staff.  Everyone is extremely friendly, and easy to talk to.  I’ve had some very unpleasant experiences with other Dentists and their technicians before, but needless to say, that has never happened in Dr. Hernandez’s office.  If you’re looking for a very good Dentist, who will care for your teeth, and most important, acknowledge your possible fears of going to the dentist, you should definitely make an appointment with Dr. Hernandez!

Tava R. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


This office is first class! Dr Hernandez, Betty and Pat are miracle workers. They can pretty much do everything in house. I call it a one stop shop!.The office is beautiful with a peaceful feel. The customer service is AMAZING and they attend to your every need. This is the first dentist who I have ever went to that really cares about saving your natural teeth. They have helped my family and I will continue to refer them. God Bless your office and Thanks for your wonder service!

Damon Conner D. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


This has been by far the best dental experience I’ve ever had. As soon as i walked in the door i was warmly greeted by his amazing staff. They made me feel very welcome as a first time patient. Dr. Hernandez was not only extremely professional but welcomingly personable. He took the time to get to know me and even though i only came in for a preliminary examination he even did a full exam and teeth cleaning! They were able to schedule me for a procedure only 2 days after my first call. let’s talk prices. I was quoted literally double at a different dental office for the same procedure and if you did your math i payed half what the competitors were trying to charge me. I had a wisdom tooth pulled and it must’ve taken him less than 10 minutes. Not only was it quick but completely painless. Everyone from the ladies at the desk to Dr. Hernandez himself made sure i knew exactly what i was having done and exactly how much I’d pay. Take my word for it and don’t go anywhere else.

Carla C. from Poway, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Hernandez has been my dentist for years and years. I have very sensitive teeth and those cleanings every 6 months were something I dreaded, but Dr. Hernandez has patiently worked with me until we have found a solution. He uses numbing gel, and turns down the speed of the high power water cleaner, and I no longer dread the cleanings. The entire staff is super friendly, very professional, and they make you feel at home. They treat you like family, always asking about your kids, remembering that you were going on a vacation the last time you were there, and so on. It says a lot that I live in Poway and drive to PB for my dentist, right? That is how much I think of Dr. Hernandez and his staff. If you need a dentist, you can’t go wrong choosing Dr. Hernandez.

E. S. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am so thankful to have found Dr. Hernandez and his staff! I have been searching for a dentist here in San Diego since I moved here for college in 2009. I had yet to find someone I truly trusted. I can 100% say that I would trust Dr. Hernandez with any of my dental procedures as he does beautiful work. He is extremely conscientious and careful and will explain every step of the way. You can tell he stays up to date on his techniques and has the latest, greatest equipment. They were so kind as to take me as an emergency appointment on a Friday morning, when I came in panicking over my broken front tooth. BEAUTIFUL WORK!! Thank you guys so much for all your help! My boyfriend has also started to go to Dr. Hernandez too! I definitely recommend.

Noah H. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I don’t know where to start.. This was by far the best dentist experience I’ve had in my whole life. The smile studio staff helped me through one of the most nerve racking experiences of my life. Long story short is I chipped my front tooth the day before the interview of my life.. I called them twenty minutes before their closing time and they got me in and fixed it for an affordable price. The staff was super nice and the facility is amazing, I seriously watched tv the whole time they were working on me.. If you’re looking for a great dentist look no further this is the place to be.. Ps I got the job!! Thanks guys!!

Yalda A. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


So after waiting way too long to visit the dentist to deal with my broken tooth, I decided it was time. I came on Yelp and looked at the reviews and saw Dr. Hernandez had good ratings. I had visited Dr. Hernandez years ago for whitening my teeth, and remembered his nice office staff, and very clean facilities, so I decided this was the place to go – although I have been to other dentists in the meantime. I was able to get an appointment for the next day. Walking in I was nicely greeted by the receptionist. I filled out forms – all on an iPad. I like that they are a green office – paperless! I hate waste and that impressed me. Headed back, got my Xrays and the Doc came in and told me I would have to get it extracted. It was my wisdom tooth so I didn’t need to keep it. We chatted briefly and I appreciated him taking the time to get to know me. Here is how I know he was a good dentist – when I had to get 3 shots to numb me up – I didn’t even feel the needle! Some places the shot with the Novocain hurts so bad my toes curl and I have to bear down on the chair so I don’t scream. Not here – He was smooth! After many visits to many dentists in all my years I have learned that is how you can tell if a Dentist is good at what he does – how he handles that needle! My procedure was done efficiently, I was given clear follow up instructions and I was on my way. Today is the next day and I feel great. I wish I hadn’t delayed going into the dentist as long as I did but I am glad I chose the right place to go once I finally decided I couldn’t wait any longer.

Abigail A. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was very happy with my recent visit to Dr. Hernandez’ office with my husband who is generally afraid of dentists. The staff were very pleasant and inviting, the office is well decorated, and the staff was efficient and very well equipped. From the same chair they were able to take a full set of ex-rays, inspect my teeth (the Dr. examined tooth by tooth while the hygienist took notes), do a full cleaning, and add sealants. While the hygienist cleaned and polished my teeth the receptionist called and verified with my dental insurance representative which treatments and would be covered and by how much. I was able to make a educated decision on the spot  and even though we arrived late they were able to give us extra care. My husband as well received some sealants and they would have even treated the cavity right away but because of our schedule we needed to leave to make it to another appointment. My husband was also impressed and would also like to make Dr. Hernandez our family dentist. Thank you Pacific Beach Smile Studio!

Christina P. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was recommended to PB Smile Studio by a friend, and i’m so glad I listened to them! The staff are extremely nice, they were so welcoming as soon as I came in, very accommodating as well offering water or coffee. The office itself is very nice inside with a great atmosphere, well decorated with seemingly new dentist appliances and technology. They have great incentives too, with gift cards for referring friends and raffle drawings as well. I was very impressed with Dr. Hernandez, he was also very friendly and took his time with his examination. He was very careful and thorough with explaining in detail what needs to be done and the process to do so. I was also pleased with the TV’s that were on the ceiling for you to watch so you aren’t bored while sitting in the dentist chair. All in all, I had a great experience and would recommend anyone to Dr. Hernandez at Smile Studio!

Ryan Tucker (Source: Google)


I have had many dentists when I was a kid and as a result of that I stayed away from the dentist office for over 10 years. Had a lot of bad experiences so because of that I had extreme fear about coming to see the dentist. I was put at ease with the christian music and welcoming atmosphere. Had my cleaning and 5 cavities removed. The cavities were pretty deep but it was done amazingly! My teeth are looking wonderful. Love this dentist office. Shout out to Betty for being so personable

Jamie Ortiz (Source: Google)


Dr Hernandez at Pacific Beach Smile Studio perfectly fixed my butchered top four front teeth with veneers ~ 20 years ago. Yup, you read that right, ~ 20 YEARS AGO! Who can say they have an expert dentist who puts veneers on so perfectly that they exceed the 10 year expected life by an additional 10 YEARS? This only happens with an amazing Dentist! Dr. Hernandez is a Super Star at what he does. Best Dentist!

Jennifer K. from Temecula, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am happy to say that both my hubby and I have been a patient of Dr. H for 20 years. I use to be terrified of the dentist but now I truly do look forward to my visits to see Dr. Ric and the staff. From the moment you enter the office you are greeted by the most friendly staff. They make sure that you understand what is being done and you know what your insurance covers. Dr. Ric is really great, he takes time to make sure you are comfortable and not experiencing any pain. After having cosmetic dentistry to correct really crooked teeth I am happy to say that I have a beautiful smile. I also have had the Zoom done and am very happy with the results. It is so much less painful the the older process. If you are looking for a dentist that you can trust then you must see Dr. Hernandez and his team. I recommend him to everyone I know that is looking for a dentist. I travel over an hour just to see him because he is that good. You will find him to be very patient, answers all your questions and will make sure to explain your treatment plan to you. He is also wonderful with the little ones and he will ensure they are well taken care of. Thank you Dr. Hernandez, John and all the staff

Eric T. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


Hello new Dentist! I’m not one who usually posts a review. However, I had the best customer experience during my recent visit to Pacific Beach. Dr Hernandez, Betty, & Leida made my dental experience the best! Betty was quick to answer all my questions related to insurance & treatment. To my surprise, she was also the dentist’s assistant woah!! Dr. Hernandez knew exactly how to handle my teeth. He began working on me immediately! It was so seamless! No waiting around here! Dr. Hernandez is great! Everyone was knowledgeable and friendly! When I was done Leida had a protein shake waiting for me knowing that I was not going to be able to eat until later. I live 150+miles away & I will be coming back!

Gilles Jacques (Source: Google)


Great experience. Dr Hernandez has been our dentist for almost 10 years now and we’ve never been disappointed by the care he provides. He is very skilled and professional, and connects with us by always being friendly, chatting about little things, which makes the dentist visit a lot more comfortable. The staff is always very helpful and explains the work that needs to be done clearly with the treatment plans. Thank you for the great work and please keep taking care of us!

Santiago Cisneros (Source: Google)


From the first call to the front office manager (Betty), to the dental assistants (Theresa) and Dr. Hernandez, I had the most amazing service. Dr Hernandez is the best dentist in SoCal, by far. Amazing root canal experience with no pain, discomfort and gorgeous crown. I went in for a small front tooth filling and leaving with beautiful teeth. Lamborghini of dentists!

Ashlee G. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Hernandez and his staff are absolutely wonderful. My anxiety with seeing a dentist has kept me away from going for over 5 years. I’m so glad that when I finally broke down to see someone I ended up randomly picking the best Dentist ever! Dr. Hernandez and his staff are incredibly kind, caring, and went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. I just left my second visit after getting cavities filled and I could not have asked for a better experience. Even though I was anxious, they did everything possible to make this a quick and painless visit. This is my second visit to his office and both times I have got in right away. The exam rooms are also quite comfy, your own TV and the exam chair even had a massage option! This is my first Yelp review, so that definitely says something about this place. I’ve never been so pleased with a service before that I have felt compelled to write one until now. Good job Dr. Hernandez and staff, you’ve got yourself a life long customer now!!

N. from Golden Hill, San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am the guy who has been waiting in pain for months to have dental work done in Europe – because I have had really bad experiences with US dentist (billing, bad work etc)Therefore I was more than apprehensive when a lost filling forced me to go today. I picked Dr Hernandez bc it is close by. So here is the lowdown – no BS. I got an appointment right away, the extremely friendly receptionist actually gave me a full cost/insurance run down print out. I was able to pick my treatment – even though I used the more affortable options – no sales pressure (sadly, that has never been the case before). Dr. Hernandez and his team were friendly, competent and took their time to actually got everything done I needed! Pain free!!! I am still a bit in shock – in a positive way. Oh and yes, the final bill was exactly like I was quoted. So needless to say, after 23 years in the US, I found a dentist I can trust. Cheers Chris

Emily H. from San Miguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


Pacific Beach Smile Studio definitely earned a five star rating from me. I had a fantastic new patient experience at the office of Dr. Hernandez. Not to mention, I was able to book a same week appointment!He and his staff are incredibly knowledgeable and professional and they provide their patients with care similar to what you would receive at an upscale resort spa. They have very competitive pricing. I was definitely impressed! I have annoying tea and coffee stains on my teeth that Dr. Hernandez was able to remove, revealing my bright white smile. I also had three fillings and five small areas where my gum had receded, showing my enamel. Since they are very light in color, it’s difficult to find a composite color to match my teeth, but he was able to match the composite perfectly! I am so pleased with the work of Dr. Hernandez and his staff!! My teeth look and feel great. He was also able to adjust my bite, since I grind and wear my teeth down out of habit. Thank you for taking such great care of me again!! I am thrilled with the results.

Anonymous (Source: Zocdoc)


Been seeing Dr. Hernandez for a few years now. I require very special dental treatment. Dr. Hernandez and staff have been constantly amazing. Fair prices and above all else GREAT treatment. Means a lot to me to have a honest neighbor doctor who truly puts his customers care before all else

Miguel R. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Had to give Dr. Hernandez a 5 star rating for the work that he did on me. I couldn’t be more happier or relaxed after visiting him today. Earlier that week I had gone to another dentist to get some work done and I came out in more pain then when I walked in. So I came to Dr. Hernandez since he had great reviews and much experience. I walked in and right away the staff was friendly and helpful with anything I needed, it felt very welcoming. With the experience I had with the other dentist and pain I suffered, I swear to you I never wanted to go to another dentist ever again unless they put me to sleep. So as you can tell, I was already scared and never to get a “surgical extraction” the name only sounds scary lol. I told him I might not make it all the way through if it was going to be anything like the last dentist. The best part about Dr. Hernandez is, he walks you through it and lets you know whats going to happen. He also makes sure that he only starts when your ready, he doesn’t want to hurt you or anything. So for the extraction, I DIDN’T FEEL ANYTHING, it was amazing!! all my fears went out the window and I feel like I can trust and recommended Dr. Hernandez to anyone. Which I myself will be coming back. Thanks Dr. Hernandez and your great staff.

Adrian Arellano (Source: Google)


Having been to many dentist in the past. I didn’t always have a great experience. So much so that I began to fear dentist. It wasn’t until I was referred to Dr Hernandez that I put aside any previous misconceptions about the dental industry. Very professional and very personable. He’s truly a top doctor in his field. He not only took the time to educate me but gave me some options on keeping my teeth healthy and long lasting. I even got a teeth whitening! I will continue seeing him and I will refer my friends here because I trust him.

Elma Dobric (Source: Google)


I’ve been coming to PB Smiles for several years since I’ve moved to San Diego and have always had a great experience! Friendly and reliable staff, great results and always seen at scheduled appointment time!! Highly recommend! I just finished my Invisalign treatment and am so happy with my results! I have already received so many compliments and love the way my new smile looks!

Donald W. from Grantville, San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had my first visit to Pacific Beach Smile studio today. I had some potential cavity issues, that I was aware of. I had a previous dentist take a look at them and he told me to keep an eye on them, but I was skeptical that they needed more attention.   When I first got there I asked to use the restroom and their was mouth wash, new tooth brushes (in the wrapper), and toothpaste in there. Great idea! I was just coming from lunch and didn’t have time to brush my teeth, so I took advantage of the mouthwash.   Selena was really friendly and helpful with filling out the new patient paperwork, which was filled out on a iPad. I had my recent X-rays transferred over from my previous dentist, which she also helped me with.   Pahoua took care of my initial examination, asking me questions in preparation for Dr. Hernandez. She was really accommodating and friendly as well. After a few minutes, Dr. Hernandez came by to do his examination of my teeth with Pahoua taking notes and assisting when necessary. Dr. Hernandez pointed out several areas of concern, most of which I had the same concerns over, but he also pointed out a few things that I was unaware of also.   It turned out that I needed about 6 fillings, that were more surface level and didn’t require Novocain. Selena came back in and gave me the options, as I do not have insurance. I elected to use my flexible spending account to take care of the most pressing fillings, and take care of the rest in a few weeks. The option of Care Credit was also presented, which is nice to know that is available.   So the plan was to get 3 fillings that day, which were the composite fillings. This made me happy because I didn’t have any fillings previously and I wanted a more natural look. Dr. Hernandez with Pahoua assisting took care of my fillings painlessly, but it turns out that they accidentally did four instead of three. Rather than making me pay for the extra filling that day, since it was there mistake, they told me that I could take care of it next time, when I came back for the other fillings. Most dentists would have tried to collect on the spot.   Bottom line, I will definitely be back. Normally I don’t like going to the dentist, but this was a great experience and I highly recommend them.

Britt B. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have worked in the dental field before and know what to expect but my experience with Dr. Hernandez’s dental office was beyond my expectations! From the moment I walked in their beautiful dental office, I was greeted and taken care of right away. I enjoyed filling out the paperwork on the iPad! Love technology advanced offices! The hygienist and Dr. were very thorough and talkative throughout the exam and it was nice to hear each tooth going over in detail. Doc even did the cleaning himself which I hardly ever see done in dental offices! Thank you so much guys, you are the best! I will definitely be referring all my friends to your office!

Jamie Ortiz (Source: Google)


I have continued to choose Dr. Hernandez as my Dentist for almost 15 years now after he FIXED my smile. My veneers he created have not loosened, chipped, or had any issues in 15 years! Dr. Hernandez is truly an expert at what he does. His passion to give his patients the best smile comes with compassion, honesty, gentleness, calm energy, and professionalism through and through. This treatment is consistent from Dr. Hernandez and every single person on his staff. I am real and living proof that Dr. Hernandez is by far the best Dentist out there. Dr. Hernandez and his staff have provided preventive maintenance on my teeth from cleanings, to any problems that I have caused them. I have had years of positive experience and a staff that understands the fears many have with dental offices. Dr. Hernandez does not rush, nor make you feel wrong for being afraid of the dental experience, but is understanding, caring, and makes sure I have always been comfortable to include painless procedures. I’m 100% about Dr. Hernandez and Pacific Beach Smile Studio. I can only say good things about this Dentist and his staff.

Jacob M. (Source: Zocdoc)


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 your procedure. I will be going to this dentist for as long as I live in San Diego!

Susan B. from La Mesa, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been a patient of Dr. Hernandez’s for four years now. I’m 73, so I’ve seen quite a few dentists in my lifetime. Dr. Hernandez is the best dentist I’ve ever had work on my teeth! He’s gentle, kind and soft spoken. He’s not only a fabulous dentist, but, quite personable as well. Dr. Hernandez is sensitive enough to listen to his patient’s wishes rather than force something through reasoning. He works WITH me. It doesn’t get any better than that! I recommend Dr. Ricardo J. Hernandez, DDS to anyone who is looking for a dentist who is extremely competent and willing to back his work.


Our goal is to provide patients with a standard of care that helps them feel most comfortable in visiting the dentist. Dr. Hernandez and his staff understand the anxiety that many patients feel, and have successfully treated even those who have avoided visiting the dentist for decades. From the youngest to the oldest member of your family, dental care is tailored to specific physical needs and the emotional needs that may have been neglected by other practitioners. When you're comfortable, you can receive necessary care and have more reasons to smile! At our Pacific Beach dental office, patients are handled with great care. From the moment you walk through the doors, you will know you are in good hands. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable, willing to answer your questions and ease any fears you may have. While waiting to be seen, patients may help themselves to refreshments from our beverage center. During treatment sessions, patients may relax while watching an overhead television. Keeping up with the latest advances in technology, we are able to determine the patient's needs quickly and precisely, and devise a plan for prevention or restoration when necessary. Our office is equipped with tools such as digital x-rays and a cavity finder that allows us to visualize decay early, preventing excessive damage and the pain that comes along with it. When I got started in Dentistry I worked at dental clinics, medi-cal offices and private offices. The HMO clinics were to busy, the medi-cal offices had inexpensive equipement and inexpensive supplies and the private offices suited my style. So I opened my private practice were I focus on quality dentistry,customer service, and personalized attention. Dr. Ricardo J. Hernandez D.D.S., our Pacific Beach dentist has been practicing dentistry for 25 years. He 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 he was active in school theater and singing. Dr. Hernandez put his talents to use as an author of his book Captain Oral Hygiene. A book to motivate children to brush and floss and see the dentist as their friend. He also made a music CD of Captain OH"s Toothbrushing songs that he sells at his office. 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.