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Dr. Robert Chin

Dentistry
San Diego, CA
43 years experience male

Locations

Robert Eng Chin, DDS, MAGD

San Diego, CA

Address

6545 Balboa Avenue Suite A, San Diego, CA, US
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

About

Bio

I have been in practice since 1979. After attending Georgetown University School of Dentistry, I spent one year in post-graduate training at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Loma Linda. Most graduates begin practice immediately after graduation. However, the year I spent as a dental resident provided me with additional training in oral surgery, restorative dentistry and providing dental care while patients are in the hospital. Additional patient relations training also gave me a more solid base for private practice than other new graduates. Skills and confidence are well honed in residency training and it is an advantage to the select few who are lucky enough to qualify for these programs. I continue my education at seminars, conferences and continuing education classes all year round. I have been a member in good standing of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, the San Diego County Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry since 1979. I have achieved Fellowship and Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. I am a Founding Member and Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute. Though all dentists are required to attend a certain number of hours of continuing education each year, I feel it is my responsibility to do more than the minimum. I am a member of several study clubs and attend many times more than the required licensing minimum of classes to assure my patients that they are getting the very BEST up to date dental treatments available today. My practice in San Diego, CA is well established because we have a very good reputation and receive many referrals from our patients. Unlike many general/family dental practices, I retain the primary responsibility for all of my patients. I provide all the new patient examinations and maintain regular contact with my patients by administering their twice a year recall cleanings and exams. This allows me to get to know my patient’s and their needs and also gives my patients the opportunity to talk with their dentist directly, should they have any concerns. My excellent support team of dental assistants is generally the first and last points of contact for our patients. They are well trained in dental health education, insurance claims processing and financial policies. If you have any questions about your treatment or accounts, our dental team can help you! The practice administrator, Dr. Mona Young, is an RN with teaching and administrative experience and brings a strong general health care background to our practice. This allows us to consider all aspects of a person’s health, not only the dental care aspect. Dr. Young has a doctorate in human behavior and uses this background to counsel patients in behavior modification to establish positive lifestyle changes, as a result of patient initiated goals. Our dental staff consists of Registered Dental Assistants and Dental Assistants who have years of chairside and business/insurance office experience. They are here to make your visit with us comfortable and rewarding. The staff’s extensive experience with dental insurance will speed your dental claims through processing with your dental insurance company. Though we are an established practice, we are NOT a clinic. We still treat all patients completely from start to finish. Each patient will see the same dentist at each visit and enjoys continuity of care from this dentist. We provide complete dental care with state of the art high-technology equipment and techniques. We have been voted one of San Diego’s Top Dentists every year since 2007, in San Diego Magazine, and we hope to give you the best in dental care when you visit us as a patient! We have been awarded the CBS 8 TV News Mojo Award for the Top Dentist in San Diego for the last several years in a row. This award was achieved by the reviews and comments made by our patients. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to assist you with your dental health care. Please call or email us if you have ANY questions about our insurance, our practice or if you have any dental questions. We look forward to seeing you in our office. Robert Eng Chin, DDS, MAGD

Specialties
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Dentistry

Family and General Dentist

Languages spoken

Cantonese, English

Doctor Q&A

73 Answers
23 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
1-2 days: You need to allow the clotting of the tissue around the implant to take place without disrupting it. Sometime excessive cold air or high altitude may... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Yes: Your dentist will be looking for signs and symptoms of some types of common oral cancer. Not all oral cancers can be detected on routine dental exams.... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Pediatric dentistry: Pediatric dentistry is the treatment of children and adolescents. There are specialist that provide only pediatric dentistry. They are dentist that ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Swollen tongue: Have your dentist do an examination to help you determine if there is a need to consult medical followup.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Yes: Retainers may become loose after extended wear and should be checked and adjusted periodically.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Food by products: Plaque is composed of the broken down products of food and saliva and the bacterial organisms in the mouth.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Immobilization: Dental stabilization is the use of wires or adhesives to immobilize teeth so that they can reattach & become more stable. This is used to attempt to s... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Removal: Usually bone chips work their way to the surface and are easily removed under topical anesthetic. Other times, they will work themselves out of the gu... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
It varies: It is dependent upon the chewing habits of the person.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
If indicated: Your dentist can advise you whether you are prone to dental decay in those areas and whether sealants will be helpful to you.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Sometimes: Adults who have excessive decay need to have additional Fluoride treatments.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
No but...: This should be taken up with your medical doctor. Your dentist can not answer this question.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Varies: Ucr fees vary according to geographic area and dentist. If you have a dental insurance plan that has a set fee schedule, you may receive a discounted ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Every 6 months : Unless you have gum disease, you should only need a cleaning every 6 months. If you don't feel you need to be seen every 3 months, i would suggest a s... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Several: Oral sedation, nitrous oxide, general anesthesia... Laser dentistry may avoid injection anesthetic.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Hynotherapy helps: I have used a hypnotherapist with patients who are very fearful and have had good results.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Not alcohol: You can drink but not alcohol since this may disrupt the clot that is forming.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
There is no prep : This is usually conducted during a routine check up or dental exam. There is no preparation required by the patient. This test helps in early detectio... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Yes to a degree.: Contact your local va to find a va dental center near you. Under some circumstances, you may be given approval to see a private dentist with some reim... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Yes: The grinding action of your teeth will wear away sealants and they may need to be replaced.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Varies: Dentists do not work with pas but from my knowledge from talking to pas, they work with the mds through direct supervision or with written standards o... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Not always true: Depending on the insurance company and how you purchase this (individually or through employer) there may or may not be a wait time. It is totally dep... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
No usually: Your body usually reacts to an infection with a rise in body temperature, a fever. If you do not have a local or systemic infection, you should not ha... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Caries or decay: Other words that are used to describe dental cavities is dental decay or caries.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Unlikely: It is unlikely that you will swallow enough flouride during a dental treatment to be dangerous. Your dentist will rinse and suction out most of the Fl... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
White Tongue?: White buildup on the tongue could contribute to some bad breath situations. Bad breath or halitosis can be caused by other conditions, such as gingivi... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Undercut: Undercut is a term used in teeth preparations that place retention points for a filling preparation. The term is also used to indicate that there are ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Dry socket: Dry socket is a post operative condition that occurs after you have a tooth extracted. The blood clot that usually forms in the tooth socket gets was... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Overbite: If the cross bite is in the posterior teeth an expander would be good. Partial braces can also correct the arch configuration to allow the permanent ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Normal tongue : The bumps on the back of your tongue are normal. These structures may swell from time to time possibly due to something you ate or drank. As long as... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Routine is 6 months: Unless you have ongoing dental issues that require monitoring or treatment, most dentists recommend check up appointments every 6 months. This check u... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Depends on the break: If you have a broken piece of tooth that does not hurt, you may eventually have pain and possibly loose the piece altogether. Different types of part... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Gum tissue: The hard gum tissue may be the healed extraction site. As long as there is no pain, swelling or bleeding, then monitor the situation.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
It might: Any infection during pregnancy is a reason to be concerned. Contact your dentist and your physician for advice asap.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Varies: It depends upon what type of surgery you need. The surgery to insert the implant takes an hour or two. You usually need to wait 3-4 months minimum bef... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Yes: A water pik removes plaque from in between the teeth and is especially helpful for people who can not or do not floss.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Truama possible: It could be swelling of the injection site from trauma or could be edema or bleeding in the tissue layers. Call your dentist for screening and possibl... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Gum or bone: A dental abscess can form anywhere in either the gum or bone.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
As needed: Your dentist will determine how often you need this test. It varies with a patient's dental history.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Yes: Ideally, you want to stay as healthy as possible while pregnant, so any dental issues should be taken care of to prevent infections and pain. Dental x... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Medical: If cerebral palsy is a what you mean by cp, it is a medical problem and not a dental problem.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Unlikely: The "novocaine" (local anesthetic) medication itself will probably not cause nerve damage. There is a small possibility of traumatic damage to a nerve... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Brush daily: Carefully brush your retainers daily and soak them in the recommended cleaning solution every day.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Prevents decay: Sealants are commonly done for children on their molars to seal the fissures (valleys) on the tops of the teeth. This helps to prevent decay in these ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
See your dentist : At this point, i can not tell you what your problem is but I do strongly suggest that you see your dentist as soon as possible. Since you have swellin... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Call your dentist: Your son's adult teeth should not be loose. Please contact your dentist to have an examination to determine the cause of this problem. There are sever... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Put: Put ice on the cold sore till it becomes uncomfortable to the cold. Repeat as often for remission.
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Isolation of teeth: Dental dams are used to isolate the teeth that the dentist is working on to prevent contamination of the treatment site. A secondary benefit is that t... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Thrum sucking: Yes. Some children place there thumb in the mouth but are not actively sucking on the thumb. These cases the child may be trying to improve breathin... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Disease determinatio: Dental xrays are used to determine whether there is disease of the bone, gum or teeth. Visual oral examinations can not always see the extent of decay... Read More

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HealthTap member
Oct 8, 2013
I was visiting friends in San Diego and broke a tooth while I was eating. Dr. Chin was recommended to me and he saved my vacation. Dr. Chin and his staff were very nice and did a really professional j...Read More
HealthTap member
Jan 26, 2013
Great dentist! dr Chin has been my dentist for 30 years and my whole family as well.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Chin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Georgetown University School of Dentistry
Graduated 1979MD

Residency

LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

Residency

Veteran's Administration Hospital, Loma Linda, CA

Awards

San Diego Top Dentist- 2007 to current
Top Dentist, First Place, San Diego Region - Spring
2015
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Dental Society
California Dental Society
San Diego County Dental Society
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