Cosmetic Dentist La Jolla, CA

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Visualize the possibilities for a beautiful, healthy smile while you look at stunning before-and-after pictures of actual Dougherty Dental patients.

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Meet Our Team

Meet our talented team of administrative assistants, dental hygienists, and dental assistants who help everything run smoothly at Dougherty Dental.

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Complete Dental Care in La Jolla, CA

Dougherty Dental has been serving San Diego, CA area patients for over 50 years, and the dental care team is excited to offer extraordinary, personalized oral healthcare to you and your family. With a focus on prevention, we are committed to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

Dr. Paul Dougherty’s upscale practice offers a wide array of dental services, including comprehensive dental exams, biannual dental cleanings, dental restoration, periodontal treatments, and emergency dentistry. We look forward to helping you with all your dental needs!

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Our Services

At Dougherty Dental in La Jolla, CA, we offer comprehensive dental care services for all of your oral health needs, including restorative, cosmetic, periodontal, and general and family dentistry. We also provide specialized dental treatments, the latest in cutting-edge dental technologies, and sedation methods to make your dental experience a breeze.

Preventive Care

Preventive dental care is incredibly important to all of us here at Dougherty Dental, and it is the bedrock that holds up this dentistry practice. Research has shown a link between oral health and overall health so neglecting your teeth and gums can lead to systemic issues, like cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, or diabetes. We invite you to invest a little bit of time today to prevent future problems from developing, including seeing us twice a year for professional dental cleanings, once a year for a comprehensive dental exam, and utilizing our many protective dental services, such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants.

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Dr. Paul E. Dougherty

Dr. Paul Dougherty is a board-certified dentist, and he has over 30 years of experience treating patients at his second-generation dental practice in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Dougherty's goal is to provide conservative, comprehensive dental treatments using the latest, sophisticated technology to achieve optimal results. He incorporates his extensive experience in general dentistry and his expertise in dental implant restoration to best serve his patients at this established dental practice.

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Our Reviews


"You will get 1st Class welcoming and 1st class treatment at Dougherty Dental. It will all be done right...the 1st time. You won't be disappointed."



"I've been going to Dr Dougherty since I was a kid (30+ years), and I can't speak highly enough about their office. I wouldn't let anyone else touch my teeth.!"



"Thank you Dr. Dougherty and Team for having me start the new year with super clean teeth. Adrienne is a wonderful hygienist diligent at scrapping without awakening sensitive dental areas, at polishing (my preferred part of the procedure), and the final flossing,"



"Hands down, the most personable dental health provider and staff in San Diego. Once you’re in the care and presence of Dr. Dougherty, and you witness his beaming smile, even behind a mask, you’ll be a client for good."



"I had a visit with Dr. Salizar to fix some dental work from a prior dentist. He was amazing!  He did a very thorough examination of my mouth and Explained everything in great detail. You could immediately tell he was very knowledgeable and cared about making your mouth the best possible. Andrea was the assistant. She was very kind and helpful. They are a great team. I can’t praise this dentist enough. He fixed my bite which has been off for more than 3 years due to another dentist. I am so glad I found this dentist office. I have a cleaning next week and can’t wait to see if the hygienist is as good as the dentist. I’m sure they will be. The office is super nice and got me in quickly with the dental emergency even though I was a new patient. Thank you so much!!!"




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7776 Ivanhoe Ave

Ste 120

La Jolla, CA 92037


Mon-Tue: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wed: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Thurs: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Fri: By Appointment