by LINDA FRABL | office photo by Tyler McElhaney

All-In-One Dentist

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.

Dr. Smith is licensed to administer intravenous conscious sedation when necessary and brings an anesthesiologist in to the office when general anesthesia is required. He continued, “A high point for my patients 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 in 1970 – ranking number one in the history of the school. After opening his first practice in Point Loma in 1975, Dr. Smith was asked to join the San Diego County Dental Society Peer Review Committee where he served for fourteen 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 is happy to accept all dental PPO insurances. Dr. Smith works closely with his son, Randey C. Smith, one of only two Oral Design dental ceramists in California whose specialty is in creating porcelain veneers, crowns, and bridges with all of the subtle nuances of natural teeth. The practice also offers two registered dental hygienists and a registered dental assistant who have worked alongside him for over twenty years. As a San Diego native, Dr. Smith stated, “It’s a delight to continue to serve this fantastic community.”


Name of Business: Carl H. Smith, DDS
Owner: Carl H. Smith, DDS
Years in Position: 44
Years Established: 39
Manager: Kristen G. Malloch
Address: 8899 University Center Ln. #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

Hometown: San Diego
Education: Marquette University Dental School
Family: 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