Richard T. Masek DDS    

Mercury Free & Mercury Safe Dentistry

San Diego, CA • 619-697-6453

Mercury Free (Amalgam Silver Filling Free), Mercury Safe, Holistic, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

Dr. Richard Masek is a mercury-free (amalgam/silver filling-free) and mercury-safe dentist and he is dedicated to practicing safe and high quality dentistry. His mission is to treat his patients in the most healthy, caring, holistic way possible and to share information about dental wellness with his patients so that they may make educated decisions about their oral health treatment. He fully understands the important relationship of oral to overall health and realizes that; "You cannot be truly healthy without good oral health!"

Holistic Dentistry
Holistic Dentistry is a philosophy that recognizes that the teeth and associated oral structures are a part of the whole body. Because of this important relationship, we offer a wide range of healthy treatment options. Because of his advanced dental training and emphasis on total health, Dr. Masek takes a unique Whole Body approach to oral health care; combining sound dental science, modern dental technology and latest techniques, and his personal experience with a deep concern for his patients’ physical and emotional well-being and comfort.

Safe Mercury Amalgam Filling Removal Protocols
As your Oral Health Doctor, Dr. Masek is aware that dental infections, excessive mercury vapor, and TMJ (bite) problems can have an effect on oral and overall health. Because of this concern, we are a mercury free and mercury safe dental practice and we focus on patient education and strive to remove mercury amalgam (silver) fillings in a safe way.

Whole Body Dental Philosophy
His Whole Body, dental philosophy stresses the use of non-invasive treatment whenever possible. He will also, when appropriate, work with qualified health professionals to assist himin his efforts to return the patient to optimal oral and overall health. His Holistic - Patient First - approach to dental treatment means that he treats the teeth, jaw, and related oral structures with specific regard to how that treatment will not only affect the mouth but the entire body.

Continuing Education
Dr. Masek is a strong advocate of continuing education because it allows him to give you and your family the most modern, state-of-the-art dental care. Each year he takes many hours of continuing education courses and he has advanced training in many areas of holistic, cosmetic and traditional dentistry.

Treatments and Services
Our office also uses the latest in dental equipment and technology in order to provide the patient with healthy treatment options and services, including:

  • Digital X-Rays
  • Tek Scan
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Preventive Dental Education
  • Mercury Free Dentistry and Safe Removal Protocols
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Mercury & Metal Free Restorations
  • Custom Smile Design & Makeover
  • Tooth Whitening
  • Implant Dentistry
  • Full Mouth Reconstruction
  • Full & Partial Dentures
  • TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Biocompatibility Dental Materials Testing
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Family Dentistry
  • Oral Surgery
  • Invisalign: Hidden Braces
  • Cerec: One Appointment Ceramic Restorations

Cosmetic Dentistry
Our office also specializes in state of the art restorative and cosmetic dentistry to correct, restore or enhance your smile to fit your own unique facial form. Our goal is to integrate esthetics as part of total dental and overall health while creating an overall pleasing and natural facial appearance.


Dr. Masek can create the smile of your dreams - just imagine yourself with a beautiful, new, natural looking smile! Click Here to view our Smile Gallery of Before and After photographs.

Associations & Organizations
Dr. Masek is associated with a number of prestigious dental organizations, including:

  • International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists (IAMSD)
  • Accredited Member: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
  • Fellow: Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD)
  • International Society of Computerized Dentistry (ACDNA)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • California Dental Association (CDA)
  • San Diego Dental Society (SDA)

About Dr. Masek
Dr. Masek has devoted his dental career to practicing healthy, holistic, non-invasive, mercury safe dentistry. He is also a proponent of making the dental office occupationally safe as possible regarding mercury and he strives to protect the patient, the staff, and the environment from excessive and unnecessary exposure to mercury at the dental office.

He has practiced in San Diego since his 1976 graduation from the University Of Southern California School Of Dentistry. He followed his esthetic eye into cosmetic dentistry, attaining Accreditation in the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 1992.  Later he attained his Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry. He followed his fondness for computers into High Tech dentistry while looking for a biocompatible, long lasting alternative to silver-mercury fillings. Dr. Masek first adopted the computerized CEREC CAD/CAM system in 1990 and pioneered many techniques, culminating in more than 20 awards for his esthetic CAD/CAM dentistry.

Dr. Masek felt a call to professional instruction while teaching bible studies in his home. He created Dentistry By Design, Inc. in 1993 to share his expertise and provide continuing education to doctors from around the world in cosmetic and CAD/CAM dentistry. His San Diego office houses a state of the art teaching facility and he has taught hundreds of courses in nine countries on four continents. He has authored numerous articles in national and international publications on cosmetic and CAD/CAM dentistry and served for 6 years as the President of the Academy of CAD/CAM Dentistry. He wrote the first book demonstrating CEREC esthetics, "Highly Esthetic CEREC Solutions", which has been distributed world wide.

Our Staff
Our fantastic staff is made up of highly-trained, dedicated, caring and motivated professionals who work together as a unique team to bring you the highest quality holistic dental treatment in a healthy, caring, and supportive setting.

We would be honored to add you to our list of satisfied patients and encourage you to visit Our Office Website to learn more about our office and the many services and treatments we offer. We want to thank you for considering our office for all of your dental needs.

Patient Education
Our dental practice is dedicated to patient education. As a member of Dr. Tom McGuire's International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists (IAMSD) we work closely with him to support our goal of providing important information to our patients about numerous oral health that can affect overall health, including issues related to mercury amalgam (silver) fillings. Click on the appropriate link to access important information about these topics.

NEW! Dr. Tom McGuire's new Video, Mercury: The Poison in Your Teeth conclusively proves that amalgam/silver fillings not only release toxic mercury vapor - but that the common act of brushing just one amalgam filling - will release more mercury than allowed by governmental regulatory agencies at the workplace! It also tells you what you can do about it. Click Here to watch this amazing video demonstration - and don’t forget to tell your friends and family! (You can also access it by searching YouTube for The Poison in Your Teeth or Tom McGuire, DDS.)

A Personal Note from Dr. Tom

I consider Dr. Masek to be a dedicated, well trained, experienced and caring dentist. I am impressed with the depth of his dental knowledge and his understanding about the critically important relationship of oral to overall health and his ongoing effort to educate his patients. He also utilizes this knowledge when designing the treatment of his patients.

His concern for his patients health, his ongoing training in cosmetic and traditional dentistry; along with his commitment to safely remove amalgam/silver fillings makes him ideally suited to remove and replace them. I am especially impressed with his dedication to Patient Education as it is such an important part of oral and overall health. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a caring holistic and mercury-safe dentist.

Dr. Masek is also a Charter Member of the International Association of Mercury-Safe Dentists (IAMSD). I suggest you visit to his website to learn more about him and his approach to dentistry. When you visit his office please tell him where you found out about him and say hello to him for me. Thanks!

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