It’s hard enough to find the time to schedule dental appointments, let alone additional specialist referrals. Thankfully, Dr. Carl Smith is a “Super Generalist” dentist, competent in all phases of oral medicine and surgery, eliminating the need to see multiple specialists. “Patients are able to receive all of their treatment in one office, no matter how complex the treatment, rather than having to travel to multiple offices for each phase of treatment,” Dr. Smith explained. He continued, “The highlight for my clients is the feeling of relief when they are finished with their treatment and have experienced a no-stress, pain-free visit. Our patient’s dental health and comfort is our primary focus and of utmost importance.”
Spending his childhood summers as a deckhand on sport fishing boats in Point Loma, Dr. Smith made a splash by landing on the dean’s honor list at San Fernando Valley State College (now Cal State University Northridge) and ultimately graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Marquette University Dental School – ranking number one in the history of the school. After opening his first practice in Point Loma, Dr. Smith was asked to join the San Diego County Dental Society Peer Review Committee where he served for 14 years, acting as chairman for nine. He was also bestowed the highest “Diplomate” honor by both the American Society of Osseointegration and the International Congress of Oral Implantology.
Happily ensconced in his current La Jolla/University City office location since 1993, Dr. Smith practices adult general and implant dentistry. His office accepts all dental PPO insurances. Intravenous sedation/general anesthesia can be used if necessary. Conscious of his patients’ time, Dr. Smith admitted, “I’m a stickler for staying on time.  I don’t like to make my patients wait.”
Naturally, this tooth titan has a dedicated crew. Dr. Smith works closely with his son, Randey C. Smith, one of only two Oral Design dental ceramists in California. “His specialty is in creating porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges with all of the subtle nuances of natural teeth,” Dr. Smith explained. Dr. Smith has two registered dental hygienists who have worked alongside him for over 20 years and his registered dental assistant has been with him for 17 years. They are completely devoted to this all-in-one dentist, as are his patients.

At A Glance

Name of Business:         Carl H. Smith, DDS
Owner:             Carl H. Smith, DDS
Years in position:        43
Year of establishment:     38
Office Manager:        Kristen G. Malloch
Address:             8899 University Center Lane #185
San Diego, CA  92122
Phone:             858-458-9000
Description of business:     Practicing all phases of adult general
and implant dentistry

Carl H. Smith, DDS profile


San Diego

Marquette University
Dental School

Wife, three children and
four grandchildren

Diplomate, American Society of Osseointegration
Diplomate, International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Associate Fellow, American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Member, American College of Oral Implantology
Member, American Association of Endodontists
Member, American Academy of General Dentistry
Member, American Dental Association
Member, California Dental Association
Member, San Diego County Dental Association
Member, Omicron Kappa Upsilon – honorary dental society