About Us

Oral Surgeons San Diego

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of our patients through our transformative dental implant procedure. We offer a specialized quality of care and product, which often exceeds patients’ expectations due to our understanding of their personal and restorative dental needs. Because we control and oversee all aspects of our innovative dental implant process within our location, we are able to exceed industry-leading levels of care to our patients in a cost-effective manner. Our employees are valued partners in carrying out this mission.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide the best quality care and products to our dental implant patients.

Our Values

1. In offering patient-oriented care, we strive to:

  • Be compassionate
  • Be professional
  • Be innovative
  • Have integrity
  • Above all, listen to our patients

2. PermaDontics is a team in which each member plays an essential role. We:

  • Always put patients’ needs first
  • Support each other
  • Are professional
  • Are positive
  • Accept and learn from constructive feedback

About the Team

The founders of The PermaDontics Center, Dr. Joel S. Berger, D.D.S., M.D. and Dr. Ian Aires, D.D.S have over 55 years of combined service in their respective fields. Their award-winning, groundbreaking leadership in the fields of Oral Surgery and Prosthodontics have been recognized worldwide. Always committed to excellence, they have worked tirelessly over the last fifteen years to refine and perfect their innovative dental implant procedures.


Oral Sugeron San DiegoDr. Joel Berger, D.D.S., M.D.

Dr. Joel Berger is a renowned physician who has dedicated his career to developing the most effective, efficient and safest possible techniques in outpatient oral surgery. His specialties are outpatient maxillary and mandibular osteotomies.

International expertise

Dr. Berger is internationally recognized for his expertise in general oral surgery, dental implantology and the surgical treatment of sleep disorders.

A well-known speaker and author, Dr. Berger regularly accompanies Dr. Aires in presenting their joint research on immediate function dental implants. He has presented with Dr. Aires at the Friadent Symposium 2003 in Germany and recently presented at the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in San Diego. He was also co-author of the immediate function dental implant research paper recently published in the International Journal of Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Berger is a professor at the University of California, San Diego - Division of Plastic Surgery, as well as the Secretary of the California Coalition of Cleft and Craniofacial Center.


Dr. Berger holds both his undergraduate and doctorate degrees in dentistry from McGill University, (Montreal, Canada). He also holds a doctorate degree in general medicine from the University of Washington (Seattle).

After completing his doctorate degrees, Dr. Berger entered the oral and maxillofacial surgery-training program at the University of Washington to complete his general surgery, and oral and maxillofacial training. He then spent a year in Europe doing a fellowship at two major centers in both Holland and Austria. Finally, in 1981, after one more year of advanced training at McGill University, Dr. Berger began his practice in San Diego.



San Diego Oral Surgeon AiresDr. Ian Aires, D.D.S.

Dr. Ian Aires is one of the leading prosthodontists in the world specializing in immediate function dental implants. Practicing in San Diego, California since 1981, he has over 25 years' experience in prosthodontics and implant restorations.

Dr. Aires continues to dedicate his career to making the accelerated dental implant solution, A Certain Smile, more and more widely available to patients. Currently the President of the San Diego Prosthodontic Society

Original research

Dr. Aires and his team led a groundbreaking pilot study on the immediate function dental implant procedure of placing cemented crowns on dental implants in one visit. Results showed 100% success of the cemented bridges.

Dr. Aires regularly presents his research findings on immediate function dental implants to dentists and patients throughout the world. His original research was recently published in the prestigious International Journal of Implant Dentistry (published in 70 countries and read by over 20,000 dentists). Additionally, Dr. Aires was one of 10 expert panelists chosen from around the world to present his research at the 2001 Immediate Loading Expert Meeting in Athens, Greece.  Dr. Aires presented his research at the 10th International Friadent Symposium in Germany as well as at the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAMS) Dental Implant Conference in Chicago, Il.  Dr. Aires recently presented the PermaDontics Same Day Teeth procedure at the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in San Diego.


Dr Aires' interest in prosthodontics led him to establish the San Diego Prosthodontic Society in 1985. This group of prosthodontists is focused on innovating procedures for the restoration of missing or badly broken-down teeth. Methods being used include fixed bridges, implant-supported teeth, and full and partial dentures.


Dr Aires earned his doctorate degree in dentistry from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by two years of advanced graduate training at the Boston University - School of Graduate Dentistry.






Dr. Vicki Petropoulos is a highly acclaimed and accomplished Board Certified Prosthodontist  who has joined our award winning staff at PermaDontics. Dr. Petropoulos’ credentials in the Prosthodontic community locally and nationwide is incredible. 

She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists as well as a Fellow of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics. She is one of only 177 female Board Certified prosthodontists in the USA and is extremely passionate about her specialty.

During her career, she has received major prosthodontic awards at both national and local levels in recognition for her excellence in patient care.  In 2012, her treatment and passion for implant reconstruction was showcased in the prestigious Journal of Prosthodontics special edition “Inspirational Cases in Prosthetic Dentistry” for her life changing treatment of a patient.

She currently holds the distinction of Emeritus Standing Faculty from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where she was engaged in private practice and innovative implant research for over 20 years.  She has coauthored over 30 scientific articles published in refereed journals and is on the editorial board of three scientific journals.

What distinguishes “Dr. Vicki”, as she is often referred, from her colleagues is her reputation of having a caring and compassionate chairside manner.  Her love of her specialty practice ranges from simple restorative treatments to complex implant reconstructions.

Dr. Petropoulos graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine as well as a Prosthodontics Residency Program from Temple University School of Dentistry where she received her Certificate in Prosthodontics and also awarded a Masters of Science in Oral Biology for her work in Implant Dentistry.

American College of Prosthodontists
American Board of Prosthodontics
Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics
International Associate of Dental Research
American Dental Association
California Dental Association


doc3Bruce Carlquist, Master Dental Technician

Following in his father’s footsteps as a dental technician, Bruce has worked on thousands of cases throughout his 30 year career - including cases that other dental technicians felt were too difficult to work on. During this time he has operated his own full service dental lab providing a range of services including implant supported fixed bridges, custom dentures, porcelain laminates, inlays, onlays and all porcelain crowns. Bruce is considered one of the most skilled fabricators of replacement teeth in the world.

Bruce has also been involved in lecturing to Dentist’s on the latest implant technical services available. Bruce has always had an enthusiastic desire to learn the latest state of the art dental techniques and is thrilled to be able to run the in house lab for the PermaDontics Center. He has been involved from the conception, helping to design the laboratory layout and order the state of the art equipment.

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"Just a quick note to let you know you are appreciated. You are the best in what you do. What I appreciate the most is the warmth in caring that I have received from each and every one of you. Your actions reflected the love you have for what you do. To Dr. Aires, Heidi and Karla who gave that impression on my first meeting with them. To Sarah who is always on top of her game, giving me my appointments so that I don't have to wait when I get there..."

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