Best Dentists in Corpus Christi

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Dr. Kelly Hanna, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Kelly Hanna, DDS, is the second-generation in his family to serve Corpus Cristi as a dental healthcare provider. He has been licensed by the State of Texas Board of Dental Examiners and has provided care in the Corpus Cristi area for over 30 years. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Texas Health and Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Hanna maintains active memberships in several dental health organizations such as the Academy of General Dentistry, the Nueces Valley District Dental Society, the Texas Dental Association, the UTHSC-SA Alumni Association and the American Dental Association.

Dr. Hanna’s private dental clinic has a fun-loving and family like atmosphere created by the fact that most of the staff have been part of the practice from the very beginning. Their office is comfortable and equipped with the latest in dental technology. Dr. Hanna and his team treat each patient as unique and all of their dental health needs as equally unique. As a result patients receive tailor-made treatments that yield the consistently positive results one would expect from an experienced physician. Dr. Hanna provides care to all ages and offers sedation to patients with dental phobias. The treatments that he offers include porcelain veneers, ZOOM! in-office teeth whitening, dental implants, root canal therapy, full and partial dentures, tooth extractions, Snap-on-Smile and laser gum treatments.

2

Dr. Benjamin Vela, DDS

Location

Corpus Cristi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Benjamin Vela, DDS, is a native of Corpus Cristi who completed his undergraduate education at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He then attended the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Dental School and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. In an effort to expand and improve his expertise in dentistry, Dr. Vela continues to take post-graduate courses in a wide range of dentistry topics and has been awarded the International Congress of Oral Implantology’s Fellowship title. Dr. Vela and his family are truly passionate about seeing their daughter, and all children, beat childhood cancer and actively support Triumph Over Kid Cancer and Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Dr. Vela’s integrity and dedication to compassionate and excellent service have allowed him to expand his practice, Vela Dental Centers, to multiple locations in Southside and Kingsville.

Vela Dental Centers are family dental care facilities with a reputation for excellence. Their teams are handpicked for their communication skills, dentistry knowledge and empathy for patients. Their offices use the latest technology to improve their dentistry and lessen their environmental impact. They use such technologies as low-radiation digital x-rays, paperless charts, intraoral cameras and electronic insurance claim filing. Dr. Vela and his colleagues offer a wide array of procedures including tooth extractions, dental emergency care, non-surgical treatments for gum disease and several types of orthodontics.

3

Dr. Rabata, DMD

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Rabata, DDS, earned his bachelor’s in microbiology from Texas A&M University before continuing on to the University of Texas San Antonio’s School of Dentistry where he completed a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Rabata views every visit as an opportunity to improve the health of his patients by providing meticulous care and dedicated attention. Dr. Rabata’s patients often comment on how considerate he is during procedures and how he makes sure to answer all their questions in a professional but understandable manner. Dr. Rabata is based at Palm Tree Dental in Ingleside.

Palm Tree Dental is a family dental practice that is dedicated to helping their community which is why they accept Medicaid and most PPO insurances, take walk-in dental emergencies, have extended evening hours and provide comprehensive pediatric and geriatric dental services in an informative and patient manner. A visit with Dr. Rabata may include panoramic x-rays, an extensive clinical exam, oral cancer screening, deep cleaning and polishing, teeth whitening or fluoride treatment. If Dr. Rabata finds an area of concern he will form a treatment plan with his patient to be sure all parties understand and are happy with the result. Some procedures that he may suggest are dental crowns or bridgework, Invisalign®, root canal, dental sealant, composite filling or dentures.

4

Dr. Purav Desai, DDS

Location

Robstown

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Purav Desai, DDS, has gained nearly 2 decades of experience in dentistry since being awarded his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree by New York University. Throughout his doctoral studies Dr. Desai was on his alma mater’s Dean’s list and graduated with honors. After university, Dr. Desai decided to expand his practical knowledge and complete the Seton Hall University Residency Program which gave him experience in complicated tooth extractions, IV sedation and dentistry in a hospital setting. He is passionate about continuing to improve his dental knowledge and completes hundreds of hours of continuing education courses each year. Dr. Desai is an integral member of the team at Robstown Dentistry and Orthodontics.

Robstown Dentistry and Orthodontics is a conveniently located family group dental clinic with extended evening hours for easy appointment scheduling. Their team includes board certified orthodontics, committed and friendly office staff and proficient and gentle dentists such as Dr. Desai. The goal of Robstown Dentistry and Orthodontics is to improve the lives of the people in their community which is why they routinely offer specials as well as host events and contests for their patients. As a full-service dental care center they provide everything from veneers to emergency dental care, gum disease treatment to dental implants, pediatric dentistry to root canals.

5

Dr. Arthur Boss, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Arthur Boss, DDS, was inspired to be a dentist at just 5 years old by his father’s work as a dental lab technician. He completed his undergraduate studies in just 2 years before moving to the University of Texas’ Dental Branch and earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Boss’ dental career has spanned over 35 years and had many unconventional accomplishments such as archeological work with The Ships of Discovery. He has also made many appearances in TV news, newspapers and talk shows. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association and the ADA as well as the owner of Boss Dental Care.

Boss Dental Care is dedicated to combining the latest techniques and technology in dentistry with old fashioned hospitality and compassion to provide affordable expert dental care to their community. Dr. Boss’ team are highly-trained and friendly, they work hard to build relationships with patients through excellent customer service and meticulous dental treatments. As a family dental practice they provide pediatric dental care such as cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, space maintainers, pulpectomies, and fillings. They also offer all types of treatments for adults including emergency dental care, full and partial dentures, dental crowns and bridges, clear aligners and dental implants.

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Dr. Dennis Van Maren, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Colonel and Doctor Dennis Van Maren, DDS, is a US Air Force veteran who served as a Commander of a hospital, 3 dental clinics and supervisor of over 40 junior dentists. His dental career has spanned nearly 3 decades during which he has provided care to patients of all ages. Dr. Van Maren began his dental studies with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and then chose to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program which prepared him to handle extremely complex dental cases and oral surgeries. Throughout his time in the services and since Dr. Van Maren has amassed over 2000 hours of post-graduate dental education.

Bay Area Denture & Dental is a non-judgmental, full-service dental healthcare facility that takes great efforts to give patients the smile they have been looking for. Dr. Van Maren and his team’s goal is to improve their patients’ health and aesthetic with high-quality care and predictable results while still staying affordable. They work closely with insurance providers and accept various payment and financing options. The services that Dr. Van Maren offers far exceed a traditional family dentist with such options as custom dentures, oral appliances for sleep apnea, MDI implants, bone grafting, tooth extractions and more.

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Dr. Tilman Richards, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Tilman Richards, DDS, is a native Texan who has been caring for the smiles of the Corpus Christi community for nearly 40 years, most of which has been at his self-titled dental clinic. His Bachelor of Science in Biology was awarded with honors by Sam Houston State University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery by Texas A&M’s Baylor Dental School. Dr. Richards has stayed abreast of the many breakthroughs in dental medicine throughout his career by being an active member of the Nueces ValleyDistric Dental Society, the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. Dr. Richards’ experience and compassion earned him the 2015 HealthCare Hero award for Dental Excellence.

Dr. Richards’ patients experience a unique service with many amenities in a professional but friendly environment. His office is dedicated to individualized and personable care, is an in-network provider for many insurance companies and offers a variety of third-party financing, insurance and discount options. Dr. Richards’ is highly trained in laser therapy and uses the PerioLase® MVP-7™ to perform LANAP® surgery, a relatively painless and fast healing option for the treatment of gum disease. Dr. Richards provides a multitude of treatment options including but not limited to implant supported dentures, tooth extractions, TMJ treatments and dental veneers.

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Dr. Sarah Pitarra, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Sarah Pitarra, DDS, is a local to the Corpus Cristi area and greatly values the long-term relationships that she builds with patient from her community. She completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Baylor College of Dentistry. To maintain her position at the cutting edge of dentistry Dr. Pitarra holds active memberships in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the ADA, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Academy of Laser Dentistry. She also contributes to Give Back a Smile, which provides dental care to victims of domestic abuse.

Dr. Pitarra’s private clinic is family-friendly and patient-centered dental practice. Dr. Pitarra’s team of dedicated professionals are all highly experienced and able to give patients the kind of compassionate and welcoming treatment that they need. They use the latest in dental technologies including soft tissue laser dentistry and the CariVU for early cavity detection. Dr. Pitarra offers a wealth of dental treatment options for cosmetic, restorative, and preventative dental care. Some of these treatments include dental bridges, scaling and root planing, teeth whitening, oral cancer screenings, dental sealants, custom mouth guards and oral appliances as well as emergency dental care.

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Dr. John Thompson, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. John T. Thompson, DDS, has been honored to care for the dental needs of Corpus Cristi residents for over 35 years. His undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, was accomplished in Austin at the University of Texas and his Doctor of Dental Surgery was earned at Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Thompson’s continued education efforts have led to him receiving the title of Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. He also holds many memberships in various dental health organizations such as the South Texas Academy of General Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association and the Corpus Christi Dental Study Club.

Dr. Thompson’s private practice is unique in its approach as a relaxed and humorous environment, where jokes are often exchanged and patients don’t have to be asked to smile. The office is a a kid-friendly environment, with family appointments available and they treat dental emergencies. Dr. Thompson believes in conservative treatment and honesty, meaning that patients don’t need to worry about being upsold on unnecessary treatment. Dr. Thompson provides a wide range of treatment options such as low-radiation digital x-rays, nightguards, ClearCorrect®, dental implants, root canals, in-office and at-home teeth whitening and pediatric dentistry.

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Dr. Benjamin Clay Williamson, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Benjamin Clay Williamson, DDS, has expanded his dentistry knowledge well beyond the limits of the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree that he received from Texas A&M University’s Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Williamson has also received training at the Chen Laser Institute, the Academy of Gp Orthodontics, the World Clinical Laser Institute and has level I&II Invisalign certifications. To continually advance his dental education Dr. Williamson is an active member of the Texas Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the World Clinical Laser Institute.

Bright Smile Dentistry specializes in treating patients with compassion, a gentle touch and friendly service. Every member of their team is dedicated to serving each individual patient as a valuable member of their work family. They use laser dentistry to give patients a nearly pain-free and faster healing procedures. Dr. Williamson focuses heavily on prevention and preservation of a patient’s natural smile. He provides a great deal of patient education to help patients avoid costly intervention down the line. Dr. William can also provide such interventions and restorative measures as root canals, dental crowns and bridges, fillings, gum disease treatment and dental implants.

11

Dr. James Duncan, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. James A. Duncan, DDS, is passionate about patient education and helping others understand how oral health impacts the health of the whole body. He has been treating patients in the Corpus Christi area for nearly 30 years. Dr. Duncan earned his undergraduate in biology at Corpus Christi State University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He holds active memberships in the Texas Dental Association, the ADA, the Corpus Christi Dental Study Club and many other dental health organizations.

Duncan Dental is a warm, friendly and inviting dental practice where professionalism goes hand in hand with a fun and vibrant environment. The team are all highly experienced and glad to be able to help improve their patients’ lives. Their office is equipped with and trained in laser dentistry, uses 3D panoramic x-rays and low-radiation digital x-rays and provides service in both English and Spanish. Dr. Duncan and his team have a plethora of dental treatment options such as oral cancer screening, gum grafting, treatments for teeth grinding, dental bridges and crowns, Invisalign®, custom mouth guards, apicoectomy, dental implants and tooth extractions.

12

Dr. Anna Ashley, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Anna Ashley, DDS, comes from a family of Texans and has been happily serving her favorite beach community with individualized dental care for over 20 years. She attended the University of North Texas for her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then moved to the San Antonio University of Texas Health Science Center’s Dental School and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Ashley’s interest in dentistry was sparked by her childhood dentist, who always made appointments fun. She is deeply fascinated by modern dental material and technique innovations and enjoys incorporating them into her practice to give each patient the best possible care.

Dr. Ashley’s self-titled clinic is a state-of-the-art dental practice that uses single tooth anesthesia, VELscope® Vx oral cancer screening and Gemini Diode Laser for treating a variety of soft tissue concerns. Her team of caring and patient dental care professionals go above and beyond to meet their patients’ needs and exceed their expectations. As a provider of general, cosmetic and emergency dentistry services, Dr. Ashley offers treatments such as white fillings, complete and partial dentures, tooth extractions, dental crowns and bridges, teeth whitening and more.

13

Dr. Kenneth Gonzales, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, is a leading cosmetic dentistry expert in the Corpus Christi area. He began his dental education at Texas A&M University and then continued on to the University of Texas Health San Antonio’s School of Dentistry for his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Since completing his doctorate Dr. Gonzales has furthered his education with focus on cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, TMJ therapies and implant restorations. Dr. Gonzales believes deeply in helping the less fortunate in his community and has been awarded the Award for Contribution to the Area award by the US Department of Public Health.

Dr. Gonzales’ dental practice specializes in using the latest dental technologies and procedures to restore and enhance their patients’ smile and health. His team takes patient satisfaction and comfort seriously and work hard to not just help patients relax but to exceed their expectation. Their office is open and comfortable with a relaxed atmosphere. Dr. Gonzales listens closely to patients wants and concerns before beginning any treatments. Some of these procedures include, porcelain crowns and bridges, composite fillings, comprehensive exams, porcelain veneers, root canal therapy, tooth whitening and gum disease diagnosis and treatment.

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Dr. George Yzaguirre, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. George Yzaguirre, DDS, is a Corpus Christi native with an extensive education beginning with undergraduate studies at Del Mar College and the University of Texas in San Antonio. His Doctor of Dental Surgery degree was also completed in San Antonio at the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Dental School where he graduated cum laude. From there Dr. Yzaguirre completed residencies through the University Hospital of San Antonio, these residencies included training with medically compromised patients and experience in both the operating room and the ER. He is highly experienced with IV sedation, BLS and ACLS certified and has extensive training in pain management and oral infections.

Yzaguirre General Dentistry is a one-stop dentistry shop for patients needing anything from a basic cleaning to a full mouth rehabilitation. The office is homelike with comfortable dental chairs and leading-edge dental technologies as panoramic x-rays. Dr. Yzaguirre provides the following services non-surgical treatments for gum disease, porcelain bridges, TMJ treatments, dental bonding, low-radiation digital x-rays, wisdom teeth removal, dental bridges and crowns, dental sealants, root canal therapy and teeth whitening along with many others.

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Dr. Stacy Manlove, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Stacy Manlove, DDS, completed her higher education in San Antonio with an undergraduate from the University of San Antonio and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University Health Science Center Dental School. Since graduating she has continued her dental training on such topics as anxiety-free dentistry through sedation and advanced cosmetic dentistry techniques as researched at the American Society for Clinical Research. Dr. Manlove treats patients at the Dental Health Center, her private dental clinic.

At the Dental Health Center Dr. Manlove and her team are dedicated to using modern and conservative treatment methods to help patients reach their optimal oral health and appearance. They place a strong emphasis on preventative care such as sealants, fluoride treatments and digital x-rays. Dr. Manlove understands that her patients have financial limitations and offers CareCredit healthcare financing. She also recognizes that many people have strong dental anxiety which is why she offers various forms of sedation from laughing gas to conscious sedation. Dr. Manlove offers a wide array of dental procedures including pediatric dental care, gum disease therapies, orthodontics, periodontics, cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

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Dr. Timothy Wanek, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Timothy Wanek, DDS, is a native of Corpus Cristi with nearly 35 years of expertise in dentistry. After graduating from King High School, he chose to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University in College Station. Bachelor’s degree in hand Dr. Wanek ventured to San Antonio’s University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry where he attained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Wanek has been happy to serve patients at Apple Dental Center for most of his career.

Apple Dental Center has been a fixture of its community for many years and focuses on general and cosmetic dentistry. Their team’s focus on high-quality inspires their continued dentistry education and incorporation of modern breakthrough equipment and techniques. One of the pillars of their practice is patient education and their kind and knowledgeable team are always available to answer any questions and address any concerns. Dr. Wanek offers many services such as dental bonding, composite fillings, dental veneers, tooth extractions, porcelain crowns, fluoride treatments, teeth whitening, dental inlays and onlays as well as tooth extractions.

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Dr. Michael Aboud, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Michael L. Aboud is a native of Corpus Christi with an impressive career spanning nearly 40 years all of which have been devoted to serving his beloved hometown. Dr. Aboud completed his undergraduate studies at Kingsville Texas A&I University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in San Antonio at the University of Texas Health Science. He maintains connections in his industry as a member of the American Dental Association, Nueces Valley Dental Society and the Texas Dental Association.  

Aboud Dentistry is a family dental clinic with a strong emphasis on integrity and open conversation. Much like Dr. Aboud, the team at Aboud Dental have been in the dental field for years and often decades. They have the experience and expertise to put patients at ease, provide excellent care in a professional and courteous manner. New patients of Dr. Aboud begin treatment with a thorough exam and meticulous cleaning as well as digital x-rays. From there more advanced treatments may be needed such as periodontal disease treatments, dental implants, dental crowns and bridges, fillings and various laser dentistry procedures.

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Dr. Alexander Lobaina, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Alexander Lobaina, DDS, is deeply invested in helping others with his dental skills, which he does both internationally through dental mission trips to underserved communities in Peru and Nicaragua, and locally at his conveniently located dental practice in Corpus Christi. Dr. Lobaina attended Loma Linda University to attain his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and has continued his education throughout his career earning the prestigious title of Master in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Lobaina has built up his career and reputation partially through memberships in various dental health organizations such as the ADA, the Nueces Valley District Dental Society and the Corpus Christi Dental Study Club.

Dr. Lobaina’s modern dental practice is warmly decorated with a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. The team is truly devoted on providing personalized and courteous care while employing the latest technology such as the CEREC® CAD/CAM same-day dental crowns. Dr. Lobaina’s patients receive attentive and focused care while undergoing such dental procedures as root canals, comprehensive exams, sealants, teeth whitening, dental implants, oral cancer screenings, full and partial dentures, fillings and veneers.

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Dr. Clarissa Esparza, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Clarissa Esparza, DDS, is a Corpus Cristi native with a deep love for her community. She attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate degree and then continued on to Baylor College of Dentistry where she proudly received the title of Doctor along with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Esparza is dedicated to giving her patients gentle care and beautiful results which is widely reflected in the reviews for her private clinic.

Clarissa Esparza DDS Family Dentistry is a bright and friendly clinic. They specialize in providing patients with a relaxing and professional environment while giving high-quality care. Dr. Esparza offers preventative, cosmetic and restorative dentistry as well as diagnosis and treatments for gum disease. The preventative services include a comprehensive exam, thorough cleaning, custom mouth guards, fluoride treatments and dental sealants. For cosmetic and restorative procedures Dr. Esparza provides various types of fillings, Invisalign®, porcelain crowns and bridges, full and partial dentures, root canals and KOR teeth whitening as well as porcelain veneers and fixed bridges.

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Dr. Demetrio Gonzalez, DDS

Location

Corpus Christi

Focus

General Dentistry

Dr. Demetrio Gonzalez, DDS, is a bilingual dentist with a long family history in Corpus Christi. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas A&M campus in Corpus Christi before venturing slightly further afield to Dallas where he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Texas A&M’s Baylor College of Dentistry. He has been gladly serving his community by providing the highest standard of dental care in both English and Spanish.

Gonzalez Family Dentistry is founded on the goal of providing the exceptional care to all members of the family, in a professional and compassionate environment at affordable prices. They offer same-day dental emergency care and easily scheduled regular visits. Dr. Gonzalez provides many types of dental care such as fillings, dental veneers, both full and partial dentures, tooth extractions, teeth whitening and pediatric dentistry.

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  • David Krug

    David Krug is the son of a dentist, and the brother of a dentist. He's been around and worked in helping dentists grow there practices nearly his whole adult life prior to starting United Dentists. He's a proud member & supporter of the Dental Trade Alliance.