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Stay as far away from Dr. Castenada as you can. She??s like a vulture. Dr. Castenada is the worst dentist I??ve ever been to plus I really question the authenticity of the positive reviews posted here. When someone posted something negative about her, Dr. Castenada sent out a mass email asking her ??friends? to post positive reviews about her to counter the negative review. I still have the email.
When Dr. Castenada replaced my crowns, I complained several times about sensitivity. Her response would be to make a stupid, ugly face and weird noise through her teeth. So when I went to see Dr. Felton, he adjusted my bite and the sensitivity went away. Why didn??t Dr. Castenada offer to do that for me? And she claimed to be an expert? What a joke!
I think its an insult to all the great dentists out there to refer to Dr. Castenada as a Dr. so I??m going to refer to her as Becky.
Becky befriends her patients and is always hitting them up to invest in high risk investments that her ??friends? are pushing and I use the term friends loosely b/c I don??t believe she has many. She has a reputation for doing this to many of her patients. It wouldn??t surprise me if Becky gets a referral fee. My regular dentist thinks that??s very unethical and I agree.
One time Becky kept me waiting in the reception area, only to emerge 20 minutes later holding a new pair of shoes in her hands and asking me my opinion on the shoes. I don??t care about your dumb shoes!
Another time, Becky offered to do Botox on me. She had just administered it on her face and asked me ??it looks good, huh?? I wanted to tell her she looked like a freak, instead I told her I wasn??t ready for that. Then she had the nerve to touch my forehead and said ??you do have some furrows here.? First of all, if I were to do Botox I wouldn??t go to a dentist for it and second of all I would go to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon that is experienced in that sort of thing. But what nerve to point out my flaws when I didn??t even ask her to.
My advice, go see Dr. Richard Felton - he??s a far superior dentist with great bedside manner. I get many compliments about my teeth. Oh and his rates are much more reasonable than Becky??s.
When my lower right molar started aching quite badly I was advised to contact this practice. They managed to fit me in at almost zero notice. The found the source of the pain and filled the cavity very quickly. No more pain.
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Dr. Castaneda gave me the smile I've always dreamed of having! I couldn't be happier with my beautiful smile and the kindness I always receive from Dr. Castaneda and her staff. My treatment included implants and veneers on my front teeth and the results are exceptional. Dr. Castaneda is a true artist and her staff is very attentive to all of my needs. I will continue to be a loyal patient of Dr. Castaneda's and highly recommend her. I have been a patient for 11 years.
About Hygienist: Sonia is so wonderful! She lights up a room and is very thorough with my cleanings..
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After meeting with my regular dentist, an orthodontist, a cosmetic dentist, and then Dr. Rebecca Castaneda, I felt that Dr. Castaneda would produce the best results with the least amount of work. I had significant wearing of several teeth due to grinding, and my front top 4 teeth were not very straight. With some bonding and 2 veneers, she fixed my top and bottom front teeth, and a few on the side. She also developed 3 custom, clear Invisalign type braces that I wore for only 6 weeks. They were surprisingly comfortable and I could take them out to eat and when I had an important meeting or phone call. My teeth are now straight, equal in length, and they look great. I am very happy with the results. My family is very impressed too. Her staff is great and Dr. Castaneda is a true professional. I give her my highest recommendation.
I have just completed 20 months of dental work with Dr Castaneda and I couldn't be more thrilled with the result.
I chose Dr Casteneda to do an implant bridge and implant crown on my 4 front teeth after doing extensive research and meeting with several dentists and prosthodontists.
From my first meeting with Dr Castaneda through to the completion of my dental work, it became increasingly clear to me that Dr Castaneda not only earns her reputation as the best prosthodontist in the Bay Area, but is truly in a class by herself as a dental artist.
Long after most dentists would call it finished, Dr Castaneda continued to refine and improve my restorations until they were completely comfortable and beautiful beyond my expectations.
I am definitely not wealthy and the dental work that I needed (3 implants, one crown and a 3 tooth implant bridge) posed considerable financial hardship for me.
I was tempted to choose a dentist that was less expensive, but every time I met with Dr Castaneda the sense of mastery, commitment to excellence and genuine caring that she exemplified made me so grateful that I chose to spend a bit more to have the best work possible.
It was the best decision I could have made.
I am certain that none of the other dentists I had considered working with would have had the technical and artistic skill or taken the time to create the result that Dr Castaneda achieved.
Though she has a full and busy practice, Dr Castaneda was completely present and always took as much time as necessary to get everything perfect.
When she was working in my mouth I had the feeling that my teeth were the most important thing in the world and she was incredibly patient with my multitude of questions, concerns and sensitivities.
I am a flute player so it was especially important to me that my new teeth didn't affect my playing. Dr Castaneda allowed me to bring my flute to her office and spent a seemingly endless amount of time making minor adjustments until both me and my flute were happy with the results
In addition to the magnificent end result, the entire process of being a patient in Dr Castaneda's office is unlike anything I've ever experienced before in a dentists office
There is an abundance of kindness and a palpable sense of being cared for from the entire staff.
The environment is peaceful, elegant and comforting. I've never felt so at home in a dentist's office.
Several times I would come to Dr Castenada's office immediately following dental surgery, in pain and vulnerable. The healing atmosphere and gentle caring of both the Dr and staff greatly contributed to the ease and speed of my healing
I would highly recommend Dr Castaneda to anyone needing any type of dental work.
She is truly a master
Pros: Skilled, Artistic, Attention to detail, Perfect Results
I was referred in 1999 when my DDS convinced me to finally do something about my stained, chipped, and crooked teeth. Over several months, Dr. Castaneda installed a full set of veneers that not only transformed my smile; it gave me renewed self-esteem. It's hard to believe the difference between the before and after pictures. She is a total perfectionist and a consummate professional who really cares about her clients. Over the years I have admired her skill, patience; even her mentoring abilities.
Pros: Complete satisfaction
Cons: a bit expensive - and worth it!
Dr. C is VERY good at transforming the gateway to facial expression -- your smile. Not only does she pay attention to the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, she explores health and oral health issues which are vital for feeling and looking good. She is very bright in intellect and spirit and is easy to talk to. Dr. C listens to her patients and provides a very thorough assessment of what is needed. I have been seeing her for a few years and am hooked. No other dentist has come close to such exceptional performance. Yes, she may cost a bit more than others, but, she is worth it. In this case, you certainly get what you pay for.
Pros: Perfectionist with small hands
Cons: Still looking
Just a few words...experience, professionalism, true artistry, If you are looking for amazing results, look no further. It seems to me that Dr, Castaneda looks at each of her patients like a sculptor looking at clay before turning him/her into a work of art. Incredible attention to detail and perfection, I've been coming here for 7 years now and she never ceases to amaze me :)
Pros: Simply the best
Dr. Castaneda is truely amazing! I had teeth restoration done to my entire mouth and no one can detect they were not my real teeth. Unlike other smile makeovers where you can spot piano keys miles away, Dr. Castaneda custom designed my smile to fit me. I dread to have smiles that looked like everyone elses'.
To my surprise, Dr. Castaneda's expert ceramist technician was present when they fitted me with my new teeth. Toghther they took their time to adjust everyhting, until I was totally satisfied. They were so meticulous and made sure my bite was comfortable and was just right.
This is where it pays to go to experts, who know and care what they are doing!
I am writing this review as a peer, former employee and current patient of Dr. Castaneda. I continue as a loyal patient because I have seen first hand in all three capacities, the devotion that Dr. Castaneda has to her profession and patients. She is the ultimate perfectionist in every thing that she does. She is kind and compassionate and is a mentor to many people, including myself. Her patients see her as more than just a dentist, I have seen how they trust in her in so many ways, not just as their dental care provider.
I practice general dentistry in the East Bay but I have worked in many dental offices. No where have I seen the same consistent quality of care. This is why I travel to San Francisco, as many of her patients do, to have my dental care with Dr. Castaneda. While I worked with Dr. Castaneda, first as her dental assistant, eventually as her dental hygienist, I could not understand why so many patients traveled so far to see her. Now I understand. When you are in her chair, she is extremely gentle. I don't feel the needle when she gives me an injection. Her touch is reassuring, soft yet deliberate.
Observing Dr. Castaneda, I see that she practices a philosophy that I learned from her about 12 years ago. That is, to have a very clear treatment objective for each patient, and to attain this objective with the minimal amount of treatment. Sometimes this can be extensive and expensive treatment, at other times what appears to be a big problem, she is able to resolve with a simple procedure at a nominal fee. I guess that is the advantage you acquire with 20 years of experience and training in the dental specialty of Prosthodontics.
Dr. Castaneda is the artist that everyone talks about. I have seen her design the smiles of her patients, not relying on the arbitrary fabrication by a remote technician. She works closely with her technician to convert what is tested in the mouth, into the porcelain that her patients walk away with. It is pretty fantastic to see this. I remember a particular patient that wanted very bright teeth. I assisted Dr. Castaneda on this treatment "case" some 10 years ago when the meaning of "white" is not what it is today. And so the patient got what we thought were very, very white veneers (10 of them) and she agreed to the color before we placed the veneers on her teeth. A week later the patient came back complaining that she had wanted even whiter teeth. I do not know of ANY dentist that would have done what Dr. Castaneda did. She looked at the veneers, called the technician in to see the patient, he said he could in fact remake them with a new porcelain bearing the name "California white". Dr. Castaneda graciously replaced the veneers at no charge to the patient. I don't think I would do this myself.
What Dr. Castaneda did for me was to give me a great smile, one that I am proud to show the world. She placed two crowns on my front teeth in such a way that you cannot tell that they are not my own. Her German master ceramist (Jorg) is also a perfectionist. He was present to see that my new crowns matched perfectly; he had to put a custom stain in order to get an exact match. I also had several fillings and crowns on my back teeth placed by Dr Castaneda. Every appointment has been productive, a bit on the long side, but at the end I am so grateful to Dr. Castaneda. Just recently (about 2 weeks ago) I had an old root canal go bad. I had the root canal re-treated, then went to Aesthetika for a new crown. I got the same service and care that I have witnessed going on for twelve years.....
Dr. Castenada is a talented, passionate, prosthodontic artist that provides stellar consultative services and treatment. The cost associated with her work is secondary and irrelevant compared to the final results. What is most amazing is how natural my new teeth look! I am so thrilled that she doesn't provide "manufactured" smiles but takes the time to customize the work according to the patient's bone structure, lifestyle, and personality--this is a lost and dying art which Dr. C is determined not to compromise.
Dr. C was able to get me past my age-old fear of dentists and the noises in a dental office. I had let my fears keep me away far too long and therefore needed quite a bit of work. She was professional, soothing, and her expertise was apparent from the start. Her staff made sure that I didn't make too many escapes and worked with me on insurance concerns. I applaud her highly proficient staff with an absolutely wonderful and rare chair-side manner and Toni who handles all insurance inquiries, interim questions, and scheduling with complete aplomb.
This is my dental story: Years ago, I lost my front teeth to a motorcycle accident. For years I had lived with a fixed bridge replacing those lost teeth. The bridge looked like a row of Chiclets. Additionally, my dentition was a plethora of silver fillings sprinkled with a few gold crowns that were like giant boxcars, ill fitting at the gum line causing soreness and gum bleeding. Finally, with age my teeth were simply worn down and discolored. After a thorough exam, the most thorough I had every had, Dr. C orchestrated a comprehensive dental plan that would include orthodontics and an anterior gum augmentation (as I had lost bone tissue with the lost of my upper front teeth) and several implants. With these interventions accomplished, Dr. C began the process of replacing almost all of my teeth with porcelain crowns and two implant fixed bridges. I was not surprised to hear the orthodontist and the periodontist praise Dr. C. Both of the specialists that Dr. C sent me to were equally professional and at the top of their game. I knew that Dr. C would only send me to the best specialist, so I never felt insecure. Somewhere along the way I lost my fears of dentistry.
The results were a monument to the dental arts! Dr. C's biggest challenge was the anterior implant bridge. Through her artistic ability and clinicical skill she was abe to make the fixed, aritificial front implant bridge appear as individual teeth actually emerging from the gum margin with each tooth having the half-moon shape presentation at the gum margin as with natural teeth. The color, texture and translucence of the porcelain matched the remaining natural teeth perfectly. Dr. C gave me a healty, happy smile.
I finally feel that I have a "healthy" mouth. Further, she talked me out of veneers for my maligned front bottom teeth explaining how healthy they were and talked me into orthodontics instead. A little Zoom whitening along the way brightened my smile.
Two thumbs all the way! I have referred at least 5 people to Dr. Castaneda and will continue to do so. Her overall knowledge, attention to detail, and genuine concern for me, the patient has been amazing. I am a new man!
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