Your teeth and bite should be comfortable and natural.

Call us if you have a dental emergency.

Accidents happen. When and if you’ve got a dental emergency, you should have a dentist you trust.

Most patients that come to see us for an emergency repair end up making us their primary dentists, because we take good care of them.

If you ignore dental problems, they turn into bigger, costlier problems.

If you have an uncomfortable bite, or have neglected your teeth for years and are now suffering major health issues, it’s not a question of if you will go to the dentist, it’s a question of when.

Let’s work together, get your teeth healthy, and get you back on track.

Tooth sensitivity

Before After Teeth

Do your teeth hurt when you brush or floss?
Do you have sensitivity to hot or cold food and liquids?
Do you ever have pain when you chew?

There are many causes to tooth sensitivity from old leaky fillings to receding gums. Let us help you diagnose and correct the problem. Careful assessment of the problem is needed to see if it is serious or not.

Bad breath

Do you ever notice bad breath? Halitosis is caused by bacteria. Bacteria can hide around teeth…especially old dental work, underneath the gums and on the tongue.

If halitosis is a dental problem, we’ll help you determine the gum or tongue cleaning issue. It may possibly related to a digestive problem such as acid reflux or GERD.

Worn or chipped teeth

Have you noticed wear, chipping, or thinning of the enamel on your teeth? This is usually related to a problem with your bite, or a habit such as teeth clenching or nail biting. This problem usually gets worse with time and can cause sensitivity and appearance problems.

We can definitely fix your chipped or worn teeth, but it also helps to determine the underlying cause. If the cause is addressed correctly then the problem is less likely to happen again.


Are you happy with the appearance of your smile? Have you noticed discoloration, unevenness in your smile, or misalignment of your teeth?

These problems also can get worse with time and can be signs of underlying problems. Often it is simpler to correct them early rather than waiting.

We are experts in smile design and figuring out the easiest, most conservative and cost effective way to giving you a permanent beautiful smile that will last a lifetime! From simple teeth bleaching to bonding, porcelain veneers and Invisalign, we have all the tools to give you a 5-star smile!

Dr. Dale Trudeau

Dr. Dale Trudeau

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick

Dr. Nikko Johnson

Dr. Nikko Johnson

Dr. Erik Balinghasay

Dr. Erik Balinghasay

Del Mar Family Dentistry is served by four experienced and talented physicians: Drs. Dale Trudeau, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Nikko Johnson, and Erik Balinghasay.

Dr. Dale Trudeau has served the community of Del Mar and Solana Beach since 1984. He is a graduate and former instructor at USC School of Dentistry and has completed many hours of advanced training in restorative, cosmetic, implant dentistry, and Invisalign. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDS), and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Trudeau is active in the community and volunteers at many local charities and youth organizations.

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in San Diego and Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry. He is a Research Associate at PLNU, YMCA, and Foundation for Worldwide Health, along with being a member of the ADA, CDA, Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and SDCDS. Dr. Fitzpatrick has a passion to provide sustainable dental services to underserved communities both locally and globally. In 2013 he founded Cura Coffee Company to help fund the non-profit work of Cura Smiles. This non-profit has been able to build a dental clinic in the diverse community of City Heights, San Diego to help serve the underserved in their dental needs.

Dr. Nikko Johnson is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma University College of Dentistry. After completing her dental residency, she practiced as a general dentist in Oklahoma and North Carolina before obtaining her Master of Science in Periodontology from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry. Among her competencies are prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases and treatment modalities with advanced oral plastic surgeries. She has had the honor of providing dental care to veterans for many years.

Dr. Erik Balinghasay is a graduate of the University of California San Diego(UCSD) and University of California Los Angeles(UCLA), School of Dentistry. Upon graduating from UCLA, he pursued advanced speciality training in Endodontics, the dental specialty related to root canals, at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a Board-Certified Endodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.