Q & A with Dr. Vigoren
Q & A with Dr. Vigoren

Q: What investments in your practice equipment and facilities have you made?


A: We have a CT SCAN, Digital Radiography, High-Magnification Microscope, on-site photography studio, and an on-site dental laboratory.



Q: Where did you receive your Undergraduate degree, your Dental degree, and did you participate in any Residency program?


A: I went to the University of Southern California for my Undergrad, and the USC School of Dentistry for my DDS. I did my residency at the US Air Force Hospital with specialized training in pedo, perio, endo and oral surgery.



Q: How many years have you been in practice and what are your office hours?


A: I've been practicing for 38 years. My office hours are Monday-Thursday: 8am-5pm. Friday we're closed.



Q: What insurance does your practice accept?


A: Our office is fee-for-service and we will assist in billing insurance.



Q: What got you into this specific practice of dentistry?


A: I initially became interested in being a dentist when I was in highschool because I heard that dentists had Wednesday’s off.  After 38 years, I don't take Wednesday's off and realize that I have been very fortunate to be able to help patients have a healthy and beautiful smile that they are proud of.



Q: What are the most challenging parts of your every day practice?


A: Communicating what you do and why and what makes it different from what other practices do.



Q: What are the best moments that make it worth it?


A: Successfully meeting all the challenges that happen on a daily basis.



Q: What landed you in your city, and what is it that you like about the neighborhood?


A: After returning from two years stationed in Japan, I practiced in Huntington Beach and San Francisco. I decided to move to San Francisco full-time and started the process of transitioning patients to a new office. It was at that time I met a doctor who mistakenly thought I was interested in purchasing his practice, which was located in Newport Beach. I did end up buying the practice and I now know, especially looking out my office windows to the ocean, that I live in the greatest place on earth.



Q: What procedures do you feel your practice excels in above others?


A: I enjoy helping patients who have complex dental needs. However, I have a different philosophy than most dentists and look at "trenches" or "every day" dentistry in a very sophisticated way. All procedures are done under magnification with the latest in techniques and materials. I find that I recommend ninety percent fewer new crowns than the norm because, when done well, composites are working better than average crowns with no leakage or over-prepping teeth.