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Dental Care with a Personal Touch

You can go to any dental practice and let them clean your teeth, but if you’re like most people, you’ll be happy when you leave them. Dr. Howard and his team want to change that. They want to make you excited to take care of your teeth. They want you to know how great you can look, how confidently you can smile, and make that feeling last. The kind of service and treatment you get with Dr. Howard is different than any other dental practice, and those differences are exactly why people choose him as their dentist in San Marcos:

Comfortable and Compassionate Dentistry

So many people avoid dental care because they are afraid, and that is a tragedy. Unfortunately, most practices do not help their patients in this regard, allowing them to walk into an empty office, greeted by a clipboard, only to be shuffled to a cold and uncomfortable room for treatment without explanation or eye-contact.

When you walk into Dr. Howards’ office, the first thing that you will hear is a warm greeting from one of his team. They want to help you feel calm as soon as you step into our comfortable waiting room. When you’re brought back for treatment, you’ll be offered an array of amenities seldom seen at other practices, such as:

  • Special glasses so you can watch movies with stereo sound
  • Bose noise-cancelling headphones
  • Bottled water and assorted juices
  • Fleece blankets and neck pillows
  • Dark glasses to protect your eyes from strong lights

All this is to help you feel as mentally and physically relaxed as possible. Dr. Howard will always take the extra time to explain how a treatment works, and let you ask questions and voice concerns without judgement. You’ll be surprised how comfortable your visit to your San Marcos dentist can be.

Complete Dental Services

So many people make an appointment with their dentist unsure that they’ll be able to help them. Will they be able to fix my broken tooth? Can they close the gap in my teeth? Can they replace my missing teeth? This uncertainty leads to one thing: not going to the dentist. However, Dr. Howard can restore your confidence because he offers a wide array of services that can help you no matter your current condition, and assures that he can give you the smile that you’ve always wanted. If you haven’t been to the dentist in years and need a check-up, have broken teeth that need repairing, or simply want to enhance and improve your smile before your next event, you can make an appointment with the certainty that Dr. Howard will be able to help you.

Great Dentistry Can Be Affordable

Dental care can be expensive, right? That’s why you have dental insurance, but you know not every practice will take it. The last thing you want to do is walk into an office not knowing how much it is going to cost. We make this all extremely easy for you, because we will always take your insurance. We will work with your provider so you can get the most out of your benefits and know exactly what your treatment will cost. Don’t have insurance? No problem, as we can offer flexible, low-interest financing for qualified applicants.

Meet Your San Marcos Dentist

Nelson Y. Howard, D.D.S., A.A.A.C.D.San Marcos dentist, Dr. Nelson Y. Howard

Dr. Nelson Y. Howard graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1986, and completed a one year General Practice Residency at the V.A. Medical Center in West Los Angeles in 1987. Dr. Howard's advanced training in Cosmetic, Functional, Implant, and Restorative Dentistry provides his patients an added advantage in knowing that their dental care will be of the highest standard possible and customized to their personal needs.

Dr. Howard believes that quality speaks for itself. Since his dental school days, he has always provided the highest quality care to all his patients and never compromised his treatment.

Dr. Howard’s meticulous nature, his standards of excellence, and his focus on perfection are clearly visible in the results he continually achieves. As Dr. Howard always says, “I wouldn't put anything in or do something in someone else's mouth I wouldn't want to have done in my own mouth first!”

(How many of your previous dental visits could have benefitted from this approach?)

What People Have to Say About Dr. Howard

When you get down to it, the best way to learn about a dental practice is to hear what their former and current patients have to say. As Dr. Howard says, quality speaks for itself:

I have been going to Dr. Howard for 11 years and have been very happy. His work is top notch and he has a gentle touch. His hygienist, Alessandria, has helped me get my teeth in great shape. The front desk staff are friendly, efficient and courteous. I highly recommend Dr. Howard and his staff.”
Robby W., San Marcos, CA
Dr. Howard has been my dentist for over 15 years. He is the BEST! He's very thorough and always takes time to explain what’s needed and he is perfectionist. Plus, he is so kind and genuine. I trust him completely to keep my teeth in optimum condition.”
Lisa S., San Marcos, CA
Dr. Howard has completely "remodeled" my mouth, my husband's mouth, and my mother's. I have been to many dentists in my life, but none of us could imagine going back to any other. The difference between Dr. Howard and any other is so extreme - you just know you are getting the best care”
Theresa B., San Marcos, CA

These are just a sample of over 1,000 of positive reviews. People continue to take time out of their day to talk about how much they enjoyed their experience.

Where You Can Find Your San Marcos Dentist

Our San Marcos office is extremely easy to find and is centrally located right in the Albertsons Plaza Shopping Center. If you’re heading east on Hwy 78, take the Rancho Santa Fe Road exit and take a right. Follow it and you’ll pass W. San Marcos Blvd. Proceed past San Marcos Blvd. and we're in the Albertsons Shopping Plaza on your right, located on the corner of W. San Marcos Blvd. and Rancho Santa Fe Road.

1903 W San Marcos Blvd, Suite 110
San Marcos, CA 92078

If you’re heading west on Hwy 78, take the Rancho Sante Fe Road exit and take a left. You’ll pass a 7-Eleven on your left and a Citibank on your right, and we’ll be on your right just past W. San Marcos Blvd. in the San Marcos Albertsons Plaza.

Our Top-Tier Dental Services

Your teeth will change over time, which means so will your dental needs. We’ll be able to help you at every turn thanks to our wide variety of services:

Preventive DentistryWoman with dental mirror showing teeth

The best way to deal with most dental issues is to stop them before they start. With regular cleanings and dental check-ups with your dentist in San Marcos, you won’t need to worry about cavities, gum disease, or bad breath, because they’ll keep your smile fresh and healthy all year.

Cosmetic DentistryDental mirror showing flawless enlarged tooth

The right cosmetic dentist in San Marcos can do wonders for both your confidence and your appearance. Catch people’s eyes with a sparkling smile thanks to our quick and easy teeth-whitening treatment, or fix all your chips, cracks, and gaps in just two visits with porcelain veneers. One call could be all you need to get your perfect smile.

Restorative DentistryMan in 50s smiling brightly

Does your smile make you feel incomplete? Are broken, damaged, or decaying teeth making you think twice before speaking to people, or constantly causing you pain? With a variety of metal-free restorations, you won’t just get your original smile back, you’ll get a better one.

Laser DentistrySan Marcos dental patient gives thumbs up

Dentistry has joined the 21st century, utilizing the most advanced technology your San Marcos dentist can now treat you both quickly and pain free. Lasers can be used to treat sensitive areas like your gums without needing local anesthetic, and can even help balance a “gummy” smile with gum re-shaping.

Dental ImplantsDental model of implant supported crown

The gaps in your smile can be restored by using this revolutionary treatment. Rather than simply placing a fake looking tooth on your gums, dental implants rebuild your teeth from root to crown, giving you a solution that is the best both medically and cosmetically.

Sedation DentistryDentist working attentively on patient

Millions of people avoid going to the dentist because they are afraid. We empathize with these patients, and do whatever we can to help them. Dr. Nelson Y. Howard will always listen to your concerns, and can offer a variety of sedation techniques that will not only protect you from pain, but also calm your mind.

Periodontal TherapyOlder dental patient talk to dentist

The gums are just as important to your oral health as your teeth, which is why taking care of them is always part of your standard check-up. At the dental offices of Nelson Y. Howard, D.D.S., Inc., we help you fight against gum disease, which has been linked with such serious conditions as diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.

TMJ TherapyHand displaying a custom nightguard

Did you know chronic headaches can often be caused by a misaligned and strained jaw? Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joints (the hinges located in front of your ears) are often the source of a lot of unaccounted for pain. A simple custom-made mouthguard could be all you need to get complete relief. Contact Dr. Howard to learn how we can help today.

Sleep Apnea TherapyWoman covering ears in bed next to snoring husband

Do you or your partner snore? Does it keep you from sleeping at night? A snore guard is a small oral device that can stop snoring instantly and help you get the rest you so desperately need. Your San Marcos dentist, Dr. Nelson Y. Howard, can help you decide if this is right for you.

Want To Know More?

If you’ve read this far, we’re pretty sure you’ve already found your San Marcos dentist. Dr. Howard and his highly dedicated team are eager to meet you, and are ready to be a positive part of your life. If you have any questions about what we can do for your teeth, or want to schedule an appointment, please call us today.