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Dr. Lori Nettleton has owned her seaside practice, La Jolla Shores Dental, for over 20 years. It all started when she used ro ride her bike by it everyday on her way to work at Dr. Peterson's Dental Practice, near UC San Diego. It was Dr. Lori's dream practice, especially because of its beach village location. One day she mustered the courage to park the bike, walk in and asked if the practice might be up for sale someday. To her luck, the dentist replied he was thinking about retiring! Soon a deal was struck and La Jolla Shores Dental became a reality.

Dr. Lori is best known for her trusted advice and pain-free dentistry. She has been recognized as the "Best Dentist in San Diego" by San Diego Magazine for seven consecutive years. Many of her family clients have been seeing her for generations. Many local schools even take field trips to her practice, which is joy for her.

A native Californian, she was an emergency room nurse and a pilot who owned and operated an air ambulance company before she discovered her love of dentistry. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Cal State Fresno, studied chemistry at UC Santa Barbara and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of the Pacific. Most recently, Dr. Lori completed a year of postgraduate study at University of Southern California in full mouth reconstruction.


  • B.S. in Nursing, California State University, Fresno
  • B.S. in Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • D.D.S., University of the Pacific
  • Post Doctorate in Mouth Reconstruction, University of Southern California


  • Dental License, Dental Board of California

Awards & Publications

  • Best Dentist in San Diego, San Diego Magazine (2007 - 2013)

Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross

Delta Dental


All PPOs (Out-of-Network) accepted

Office Hours

Mon12:00am - 4:00am
 5:00am - 9:00am
Tue12:00am - 4:00am
 5:00am - 9:00am
Wed12:00am - 4:00am
 5:00am - 9:00am
Thu12:00am - 4:00am
 5:00am - 9:00am


Teeth Cleaning (New Patients)$99.00
Teeth Cleaning (Kids)$100.00
Fluoride (for kids)$25.00
Teeth Whitening$500.00
Dental Consultation (New Patients)$80.00
Deep Cleaning (Per quadrant)$300.00
Dental Consultation (Returning Patients)$80.00
Teeth Cleaning (Returning Patient)$116.00
Oral Cancer Screening (includes consultation)$65.00
Sealants (includes consultation)$100.00
Crowns$1350 ~ $1550

Patient Reviews

Overall Rating

This small, cheerful office is absolutely wonderful--receptionist, hygienist and Dr. Nettleton herself. I've been going to her for years, first as a winter visitor and now as a La Jolla Shores resident. She really knows her dentistry (and associated problems), and she can recommend very good specialists if necessary. You sense the friendly atmosphere as soon as you enter. This is a real team, eager to help.

Overall Rating

Love this office. I've been with Dr. Nettleton for more than 20 years. My whole family has made the switch and we couldn't be happier. Also, I have a handicapped brother that I take to her. She and her staff couldn't be any sweeter to him.

Overall Rating

A very fine family dentistry with professional attentiveness, genuine rapport for patients and children patients, and ethical billing practices. Trust is everything when you go to a medical office and our family has trusted Dr. Nettleton for over a decade and a half. The location is highly desirable and the intimate ambience one of quaint La Jolla in yesteryear.

Overall Rating

Dr Nettleton is very graceful, skillful and conservative. She does not perform or suggest procedures which are not necessary, and the prices are fair, not over inflated or dependent on care credit. There is no hard sell "programs" at this dentist. Her hygienist is thorough and equally graceful, as well as careful not to cause undue injury during cleanings. Her front desk staff is capable, welcoming, and they preauthorize work with insurance so you aren't surprised. Very well organized. I have had bad experiences with other "big business" dentists whom all seem to take the same classes on business planning. But at Dr Nettleton, you get care, not care credit rammed down your throat. :)

Overall Rating

Dr. Nettleton is the best I have used. She is gentle, honest, does not recommend work unless it is needed. My husband did not like going to dentist until I talked him into trying Dr. Nettleton and now he loves going to the dentist and would never see anyone else. The staff and Dr. Nettleton are warm, friendly and profession. I rarely recommend someone unless I think they are wonderful, and I am happy to take the time to write a note.

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