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Dr. Mercado is devoted to private care in a friendly and informative way. A dental professional for 21 years, he continues to pursue and educate himself in the latest dental technologies.

Educated at The University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, earning his D.M.D. degree in 1988. He has been a resident of San Diego for more than 15 years. He enjoys being an active member of many dental education programs and study groups


  • University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

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All PPOs (Out-of-Network) accepted

Office Hours

Mon8:00am - 5:00pm
Tue8:00am - 5:00pm
Wed8:00am - 5:00pm
Thu8:00am - 5:00pm
Fri8:00am - 5:00pm


Dental Consultation (New Patients)$145.00
Teeth Cleaning (New Patients)$140 ~ $200
Teeth Whitening$150 ~ $250
Deep Cleaning (Per quadrant)$195.00
Crowns$900 ~ $1300
Invisalign$4500 ~ $5000
New Patient Cleaning$95.00

Patient Reviews

Overall Rating

Dr. Mercado is the most ethical and professional dentist I have had. He is upfront about pros and cons of each treatment option and does not try to market you every time you sit in his chair. We need more doctors like Richard Mercado. Keep it up!

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Dr. Mercado is the best dentist I've ever had. First time I went I was really afraid...past dental trauma haunted me...he was gentle and reassuring and soon made me feel very comfortable. He understood my fear and guided me through it. That was more than 15 years ago, and I've been his loyal patient ever since. I've had a lot of work done over the years and have never been afraid. He has been honest and kind in his evaluations and has never let me down. I have no reservations in giving Dr. Mercado and his entire staff the highest ratings and recommendations!

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Dr. Mercado is pretty much the best dentist I have ever had. I had skipped going to the dentist for a very long stretch of time when I happened into his office. Needless to say, my mouth was a mess. He did all that he could to get me back into proper working order. I have been going for about 15 years or so. He will never do any work until he has been assured that you can't feel what is going on. Super gentle, never a slip. Talks in a nice soothing voice which helps to relax the mood. They make sure to work in all of their stuff within the parameters of my insurance. I can't say enough good things about him. I have recommended him to anyone that will listen. Many of my co-workers have followed my advice and love him as well. Some are driving over 45 minutes to partake in his services. Everyone in the office is great. You really can't go wrong.

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I've been going to Dr. Mercado for over 5 years, and with each visit I leave feeling like he and his team are really looking out for my best interests (not just getting the job done) - something that's hard to find! I really like the fact that he explains everything he's doing, why, and backs it up with live camera shots, digital x-rays, etc. Recently went in for a crown replacement, which used to take at least two visits, but was in and out in just over 2 hours, they made it right there on the spot - no pain, no issues, just back to life - now if only I could remember to floss more :-)

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