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Extra Training + Excellent Care = Extraordinary Dental Experience

Your dental health is important and you shouldn’t trust it to just any dentist.

Discover Why 99% of Patients Would Recommend Dr. MacPherson

Dr. MacPherson is proud of the fact that more than 99% of her patients would recommend

Dr. Pamela MacPherson
Dr. Pamela MacPherson

her to family and friends. She has also been voted among San Diego’s Top Dentists every year since 2013, a title given to her by her peers in the dental community.

Dr. Pamela A. MacPherson of Center for Dental Restorations is more than just any dentist! She is the only female board-certified prosthodontist in San Diego. Dr. MacPherson also knows what it feels like to need extensive dental work.

This combination gives you a dentist with extensive training and a caring touch.

What Makes a Prosthodontist Different from General Dentist?

To become a certified prosthodontist, a dental professional must undergo extensive training beyond that of an ordinary dentist.

Any general dentist can call himself a “cosmetic dentist” since the American Dental Association (ADA) does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty. There’s no additional training needed for cosmetic dentistry and no additional tests to pass.

However, prosthodontics is an ADA-recognized specialty that requires additional training related to the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients.

To become a board-certified prosthodontist (also known as an American Board of Prosthodontics Diplomate), Dr. MacPherson was required to complete an additional three-year specialty residency. She then completed a written exam and three oral exams based on actual patients she treated.

To maintain board certification, Dr. MacPherson must demonstrate her commitment to continuing education, which she does by always keeping up to date with the latest technologies and treatments. She also is required to pass an exam on a regular basis.

ABP Diplomates are the top in their field, teaching other prosthodontists by presenting scientific lectures and publishing articles. Dr. MacPherson meets all of the qualifications for certification and uses her knowledge and expertise to better serve you, her patient!

Focused on Complex Dental Problems to Better Serve You

Dr. MacPherson is regarded as a specialist in treating complex dental problems. She is exceptional at restoring esthetics and function to your mouth. She understands the dynamics of a smile and how it relates to the face and long-term function of the teeth.

Her dedication to treating these complicated dental conditions allows her to hone her skills and to provide you with a high level of quality care.

Some of her specialties include:

  • Full-mouth reconstruction
  • Designing and placing dental crowns and bridges
  • Treating injuries from mouth trauma
  • Oral cancer reconstruction
  • Crafting full or partial dentures
  • TMJ Disorder Treatment

Happy to Serve the City She’s Always Called Home

Having grown up in Spring Valley and now located in Hillcrest, Dr. MacPherson is delighted to be practicing in her hometown. Being in San Diego allows her to serve the community she has always loved. It also gives her the opportunity to indulge in some of her favorite hobbies, including:

  • Cheering for her favorite baseball team, the Padres
  • In-line skating
  • Practicing photography
  • Exercising (especially outside in our beautiful city)

Dental Education

Education has been a constant part of Dr. MacPherson’s life.

Her advanced education included:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UCSD
  • Dental degree from UCLA School of Dentistry
  • Certificate in Advanced Prosthodontics at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital

Her past on-the-job education also included:

  • Chief Resident at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles
  • UCLA faculty member


Dr. MacPherson loves giving back to her community. She has been a volunteer on the San Diego County Dental Society’s Peer Review Committee since 2013 and the Continuing Education Committee since 2012. She is currently the Chairperson for the Continuing Education Committee. She has also donated her time and talents to every CDA Cares free dental clinic since 2013 and has been in a leadership role in the denture section of the clinics since 2014.

Her Dedication to Learning Provides You with Latest Treatments

Dentistry is not a stagnant science. That’s why Dr. Pamela MacPherson supports continuing education as both a teacher and student. She researches and learns the latest technologies and techniques to offer patients the most effective, quality methods of treatment for smiles that last a lifetime.

Dr. MacPherson currently is a volunteer instructor for the Prosthodontics Residency Program at the VA hospital in West Los Angeles. She also takes part in the California Dental Association Cares (CDA Cares) clinics as she has done since 2013. These twice-yearly two day free clinics give the public an opportunity to receive quality care from area professionals at no cost to them.

Her love of learning persists throughout her career – and it shows in the meticulous and conscientious attention she gives to each patient.

Dr. MacPherson understands continued learning isn’t just for doctors. She supports continuing education for her staff so that the entire team is equipped with the knowledge and skills to assist patients with their oral health, whatever their needs.

Professional Memberships

Learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom. Your colleagues can be a valuable source of knowledge. That’s why Dr. MacPherson is an active member of several local and national professional dental associations.

Dr. MacPherson is a member of:

  • The American College of Prosthodontists
  • The American Dental Association
  • The California Dental Association
  • San Diego County Dental Society
  • The Academy of Osseointegration
  • San Diego Prosthodontists Society
  • The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness

You can rely on Dr. MacPherson to create a natural-looking, healthy smile for you.

Find out why Dr. MacPherson and her dental team receive such positive feedback. Call the Center for Dental Restorations at 619-294-9525 today to schedule an appointment.

Awarded one of San Diego Magazine's Top Dentists, 2019

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