Tistaert Dental
Founded by — Dr. Gustave Tistaert 1918
Succeeded by — Dr. Leslie Tistaert 1929
Present — Dr. Glen A. Tistaert

Friendly Office
Specially Designed Building for Dentistry
Computerized Sterilization

1333 7th Street, Santa Monica, 90401
310 394-2661 GTistaert@gmail.com Most Insurance Plans Accepted

If you are an intelligent, discerning person and want a dedicated dental team, you are the right place. Email us at gtistaert@gmail.com or call us at 310 394-2661 for a magnificent appointment experience!

It is notable that as a dentist I have never slipped and cut anyone, I do not accidentally cut the gum and leave your gum sore after a cleaning like the many dentists and hygienists do, I have never caused anyone to swallow a foreign object while this is common place for some dentists, I am ambidextrous, I have never poked myself or anyone with a needle accidentally, we do proper sterilizing (which seems to be somewhat rare), we have a scientifically designed dental facility with high end tested and calibrated equipment and numerous other advantages over the average.. If you are concerned about care levels and not just cost — call us at 310 394-2661 or email at gtistaert@gmail.com and set up an appointment.

For nearly 100 years, we have been recognized as a leading source for cutting edge dentistry. We have a proven track record of nearly 100 years. If this is what you are looking for, call us at 310 394-2661 or send us an email requesting an appointment along with your information.

We would like to think of ourselves as the best dentist in Santa Monica and the best dentist in Los Angeles.

An independent review has us ranked as one of the top three offices, of the area.

If you have a tooth that talks and says to you and your friends "Hello, I am Mr. Tooth, how do you like my new crown?" Most likely, we are not the dental office that did this work.
We pride ourselves at trying to make our dentistry "invisible" to the naked eye and imperceptible to the patient's senses.

If an actress appears on TV, we want the audience to subconsciously think – she has a beautiful smile and teeth. We do not want the audience to think – someone did a great job of making her a nice smile and teeth. As far as we are concerned, the secret as to her nice smile and teeth are between her, ourselves, and God.

The Tistaert Dental list of patients, for the nearly 100 years Tistaert Dental has been in the dental profession, reads like a Who's Who publication. Famous people from nearly every walk of life have trusted us to work on them. We do not have their photos up or name lists prominent, because we feel, in many cases, this might invade their privacy and if certain people got mentioned and not others there may be an inequality to this.

Services we offer

  • General & Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Implants (Replacement of missing teeth)
  • Crowns (Caps)
  • Veneering (Advanced bonding technique)
  • Drill Free Dentistry (Air Abrasion)
  • ADA Compliant Parking
  • Periodontal Treatment (Gum treatment)
  • Bleaching (Tooth lightening)
  • Endodontic Treatment (Root canal)
  • Bridgework (fixed & removable)
  • Open Air Parking Lot Right in Front of the Door
Does your dental office offer the services of a dentist and an RN, Nurse Practitioner?
Mary E. Tistaert, RN, NP, CNM

Mary is in our office daily and she brings with her twenty five years of nursing skills. Mary has worked in the emergency room environment, in cardiology with bypass surgery, in orthopedics with hip and knee replacements, in gerontology and care of patients that are medically compromised.

Mary has worked extensively in her primary trained field of prenatal care, LaMaz classes and delivery of babies. She has delivered 1900+ babies as a primary care giver sometimes in settings where she is the only healthcare provider within 150 miles of a hospital. She has assisted as an RN under an MD in another six hundred births.

LA Times Article

My Soap Box talk:
The truth about dentistry

1. Perception vs. scientific finding is there seems to be an upswing in the number of teeth requiring filling since the down swing in the economy. Either people's habits are worse and/or dentists have taken a liking to their drills?

2. "Just in time" dental care has worked well for our life long patients. Only two long term patients, out of twenty eight patients in the 90-100 year old category, had dentures in 2002.

The Dental School and California State Board used to have stringent guidelines as to what constituted a tooth in need of filling or in other words, "just in time" dental care. "Just in time" dental care was done at a point the decay represented a threat to the tooth.

It seems the new generation of dentists have moved away from long established "just in time" tooth repair. It seems the motto, of a number of the new generation, of dentists or clinic managers, is drill and fill because the tooth might decay in the future. The decision to drill and fill seems to have become greatly liberalized and relaxed and this more loose interpretation of what needs to be drilled and filled seems to have coincidentally posted significant financial gains to many present day offices.

(The October 2013 American Dental Association Newspaper carries an article where a highly credentialed dentist did XR's and Exam, on a patient, and found No fillings required. A young second dentist, on the same patient, came up with a diagnosis of 16 fillings at a cost of $3,000! Our dental trade newspaper, it seems, is trying to advise the possible "over zealous" dentists to "cool it")

I am of the belief that excess work is being diagnosed by certain diverse segments of the dental community.

The World has changed – the majority of our products come from China. Dentistry is not importable per se. But, as people have immigrated here, some find themselves incapable of passing our Dental Board exams. Due to laxness in monitoring those practicing dentistry, perhaps as many as 30% of the people practicing dentistry here do not have licenses to do so.

It must be tough and challenging to come out of dental school and realize you have $400,000 in student loans to pay off.

3. To a degree, you can estimate how good or bad a dental office is by the number of people that have become toothless and potentially wearing dentures.

In a geographic area where there are not financial constraints, it should be rare that anyone winds up loosing all their teeth.

Yet, certain offices have high tooth loss statistics, where dental affordability is not an issue.

4. The dental schools train students in the basics of dentistry. It is analogous to training assembly line workers.

The Volkswagen Beetle started out as "The People's Car." It was made so large numbers of people could have an affordable car to drive. It, in fact, was a good automobile, for its level, but it was not a Mercedes!

Dental schools build dentists that are VW level -- "people's dentists." The education is targeted at the basics to train a mass of students to be equipped to take care of the general population.

Dexterity, hand eye coordination, vision, the ability to reason are not things handed you in dental school. Some people are fortunate to posses these things and some are not!

A background of education and working in different fields adds an immense amount to ones abilities.

Having parents and/or people around, while you grow up, that teach you makes a big difference.

People blessed to have these things above and are fortunate enough to have a Mercedes level dentist, as a mentor, when they go into dental practice, are the more likely to become the Mercedes level dentists themselves.

Not everyone wants a Mercedes, that is why there is a diversity of automobiles and it is why there is a diversity in dentists. People have different desires and goals, the importance of teeth and health is different in different people's minds. Therefore we have dental facilities that cater to the various individual desires and goals of the population.

A small percentage of those going to dental school will become the dentists that run custom, non-assembly-line offices and provide treatment, skill, dexterity/gentle care, use of sophisticated and often expensive equipment, use of new high end products, use of new technology equipment and products, etc. Plus provide a long term service vs. the minimal three to five year longevity standard the insurance companies require.

5. Whether you are talking about a dentist, physician, artist, mechanic, welder, basketball player, golfer, chef, etc. – not every one has the same skill level.

Certain people are naturally gifted and are just a little bit more equal in their field than others – whether it be at an extreme like Leonardo Da Vinci, Kobe, Frank Lloyd Wright, or a lesser extreme.

6. In dentistry, you have
a.) The creative gifted people or b.)The recipe followers, the "paint by the numbers people" – the assembly line people, if you will. Both have their place.

7. In the case of our own office, we constantly run tests "in house" on brands of dental equipment and on brands of product to determine which is the "best." Myself coming from a mechanical engineering background, this is what I was trained to do and is akin to my nature. We do not purchase based on price. We purchase based on the best product.

We recently puchased a replacement composite curing light. The lights range in cost from $149 to $1600.

We molded test samples of composite filling materials 5 mm thick. The $1600 light is the only one whose light was strong enough to make the resin set all the way through. We purchased the $1600 light January 2014.

If the light does not set up the filling resin, all the way through, the unset composite filling resin can cause cold sensitivity at the least and worst case scenario, the nerve to die in the tooth and then a "root canal" is required. Potentially buying a cheap light can be a win win situation for the dentist – he purchases a cheap improper curing light which then makes expensive root canal work when the improperly cured filling kills the nerve in the tooth.. But, it is a loose loose situation for the patient.

The published data estimates that between 30-48% of the dental offices are using lights that will not cure the resin properly.

8. Almost everything done in dentistry is in some way cross connected with my education in these various fields.

Yet most other dentists do not have the benefit of this training or information.

Additionally, as an engineer, I can selectively attend lectures given from the development and engineering side of those manufacturing companies working with dental implants and other products. I literally have inside knowledge other dentists do not posses.

9. A limited number, of the more dedicated dentists, have acquired knowledge by "re-inventing the wheel" as opposed to getting it through cross training from fields that long since worked with the wheel. A portion of the dentists, as a function of time and trial and error dental work, on patients, have succeeded in re-inventing the wheel and self educating themselves.

Perhaps as many as 50%, of the dentists, do not have the interest and/or dedication and/or comprehensive ability to acquire the new more scientific dental knowledge in any fashion.

But, then their patients do not seem to know the difference and/or care, and/or the patients are locked in by their dental insurance coverage and choose not to pay for advanced care – so these dentists are probably adequately addressing this segment of the population.

(For one reason or another it seems dental insurance companies do not pick up new techniques and new materials for 3-7 years and unless patients are willing to go out on their own and pay for these new things, patients will have to wait the 3-7 years while the rest of the paying public gets these things done immediately)

10. Another consideration is the question – How good can an HMO or PPO dentist be and still be financially affordable to these insurance programs and in a position to provide dentistry to a mass audience?

If all dentists had my training, could the average patient afford them? Ironically, yes they could because the work stays for years instead of the 2-3 years the HMO is asking for. Amortized over time our work comes out far less costly.

Additionally, we had deliberately frozen our fees since 2006, due to the economic downturn in 2008 and had become progressively more low priced since 2008.

The government's assessment of a cow, on its last legs, and about to die would probably read - the cow is still giving out a healthy amount of milk. This may be my somewhat skeptical opinion. But my sense of the reporting on inflation and the economy is that the cow analogy is apt.

By 2013,everything was growing more and more expensive and we could no longer hold the line on our 2006 fees. Delta Dental Insurance Co. said our new fee filing is low compared to others. Our average per capita annual billing per patient is likely significantly lower than most dentists because our work lasts a very long time, the work is scientifically analyzed and planned out and staged, and no unnecessary work sneaks into the diagnostics.

A great deal of our dentistry has gone 25-40 years, in patient's mouths. If you amortize the dollars spent over 30 years – the cost is pretty low.

Many dentists consider porcelain veneers a short term fix. Yet some of our patients have had veneers on for 26 years – this is not short term! And, they still look nice. (We were one of the original offices to do veneers – we learned from the dentist that invented the procedure

Therefore, knowledge and skill and creativity does not cost more money, the reverse is true, it saves significant amounts of money over the long haul.

We have some extreme wealth patients – possessions such as Porsche Spyder automobiles worth $900K+, yachts worth thirty mil (ironically not a lot of boat $ in this era), houses that look like hotels, etc.

Because of our offices skill, conservatism, and ability, the extreme wealth patients, as well as our regular patients, most likely will pay less for their hi-tech personal, precise dental care, over the long run, than a sales lady or other worker going to a low-tech non-personal, non-caring dental clinic. We would like to think our extreme wealth patients and successful people are wealthy and successful people, because they sense things of value and put us on their list!

We try and treat every one as though they are a family member. We try and give each person the best and longest lasting service possible.

Personal Background

My personal background included working in boatyards on boats (24-85 feet) from inception to completion (to me the ultimate is designing and building one-off original things, which these boats were). In preparation to being a naval architect, I attended Santa Monica College 2 years in Welding and Machining and engineering, then USC in Mechanical Engineering. I shifted from being an employee in a boatyard to owning and running an engineering company for 28 years (design, engineering, prototype, and short run production). I made side steps along the way in my education to attend Crawford Nautical School in order to test for and get a USCG Captain's license, Electronics class @ SMC to enable obtaining an FCC Radio License with Radar Endorsement for servicing these units, GM Detroit Diesel Training school for training in diesel mechanics, etc. The biggest side step would be to appease my Father and Grandfather who wanted a third generation dentist. There were 2,000 applicants to USC Dental School for 120 positions and I assumed I would not get accepted. I was wrong! USC Dental School sucked me in like you might suck a piece of paper in with a vacuum cleaner.

At age 12, I had won a boat design award from the Brunswick corporation for my design and fabrication. I had patents on a number of items. By age 18 our company had clearance to build parts for the Navy.

USC Dental School looked at my resume and grades and business and like "Uncle Sam" might say to a draft volunteer -- "I want you!"

I joined my Father in the Dental Practice and he was available to help me when the engineering company placed demands on me. My Mom, holder of an MBA from USC, put aside her career, in the Governor's Office, to help run the dental office and the engineering company.

When my Father passed away, besides loosing my Father, I also lost an incredibly creative dentist from the dental practice – it was a double loss.

After 28 years of running the engineering and fabrication company, I sold the company and the manufacturing equipment so I could concentrate on the dental office. Although the new owners took on our employees, it was a change to no longer see and work with these people on a daily basis.

My Father's Contribution to Dentistry
And Our Office

My Father was super gifted and creative. 20-40 years before anyone else had discovered things, he would be routinely doing these things with his patients - slowing the progress of gum disease with the use of antibiotics, acid etching and bonding teeth as he did on some of the child and adult actresses, doing cosmetic crowns on children instead of psychologically traumatizing and impairing children by placing grossly obnoxious stainless steel crowns as was, for years, the accepted practice on children by the profession, etc..

In 2002, we had 28 patients aged 90-100 years old. Only 2 had a denture - the rest had their own teeth - to me this makes a definite statement!

My Father had discovered how to partially counter periodontal disease and realized in many cases it had bacterial origins. He also found other much more advanced methodology in maintaining the teeth. That is why our 90-100 year olds did not have dentures.

Now, 40 years later, many of my Father's techniques and practices have come in to common use. Science has advanced and so has our office. We have new proprietary offerings that other dental offices are not likely to have including self made special dental instruments.

Some of the instructors, at the dental schools, said my Father had no right to keep what he discovered as proprietary information. They at times have gotten quite hostile about this.

A billionaire industrialist and patient of ours told my brother, that was in graduate business school - if your professors had my knowledge and skill and could make the kind of money that I do, they would not be professors in a business school; they would be out doing what I am doing! (There is only one exception, one person, to what this man said, that I am aware of)

My Father graduated and started his practice in the middle of the "Great Depression." Things were tough, but my Father had a great skill as well as being super inventive and creative. Patients came to him from all over the World in an era when travel was in its infancy (my father saved many of the Western Union telegrams sent him from various parts of the World by his patients). Patients became aware he could do things in dentistry other dentists could not do and often times other dentists could not even understand the principals behind what my father was doing - it was beyond their comprehension and/or interest.

He said even when he tried to correct other dentists; they were doggedly stubborn about changing away from techniques my Father had determined were no good.

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