La Jolla dentist John Taddey uses latest techniques for long-term results
By Marti Gacioch
His first glimpse of La Jolla convinced Dr. John J. Taddey, DDS, to move here from New York City and start his dental practice.
“My wife Patricia and I wanted to move to a warm-weather state and decided on California, so we visited San Diego and drove to La Jolla,” Taddey said. “We came down the old Ardath Road with the Pacific in the distance, and I said to my wife, ‘whatever it takes, this is where we’re going to be.’”
Taddey, who opened his dental office on Ivanhoe in 1974, continues to practice family cosmetic dentistry there, alongside his daughter/partner, Tracy Taddey, DDS, and his daughter, Kristin, who is one of his three hygienists.
Taddey works with ceramic dentistry, Invisalign braces, implants and new bleaching techniques. His sub-specialty is treating patients with TMJ (Temporary Mandible Joint syndrome). He authored, “TMJ the Self-Help Program,” and served as chairman of the TMJ facial pain conference at Scripps Hospital.
His patients’ health and beauty in the long term are key concerns for Taddey.
“We make sure that everything is harmonious; it’s not like one of those makeover shows where they have a person all fixed up, then take a nice photo and say goodbye, leaving the patient hanging for the next 10 years,” Taddey said. “When you’ve been at a place for so long, patients know you’re responsible and trust you, so you have to be able to work with them and take care of them for an extended period of time.”
With some 30 years in business, Taddey has fond memories of the generations of patients he’s served. He said he finds it exciting to work with his daughters, using new dental technologies.
“There are so many new things available now, things like dental implants and dental cosmetics, that we didn’t dream about when we were still in school,” Taddey said. “People don’t have a lot of dentures anymore and this opens up such horizons for patients. I’m happy to be able to do it all.”
Taddey is always seeking new patients, who will receive a free dental bleaching after they have exams, X-rays and cleaning. Existing patients receive gift cards for referrals.
• Dr. John Taddey, DDS, and Dr. Tracy Taddey, DDS, see patients from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday at 7946 Ivanhoe Ave., Suite 107 in La Jolla.
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