Meet the Doctors - PermaDontics

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 garydental implantDr. Gary Krueger, Prosthodontist and Certified Dental Laboratory Technician

Gary Krueger is a 1980 graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine where he also completed his postgraduate program in Prosthodontics. Dr. Krueger is Board Certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics and a diplomat of the Board. Dr Krueger is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontics and a Certified Dental Laboratory Technician.

Dr. Krueger received his training in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics at the University of California at Los Angeles. While maintaining a private practice of Prosthodontics in Buffalo, NY for 17 years, Dr. Krueger was on staff and consultant to the department of Maxillofacial Prosthodontics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and lectured nationally and internationally for Ivoclar. We are very excited to have Dr. Krueger to join our team.

Dr Krueger is a Board Certified maxillofacial prostadontist and as certified Dental Technician he is uniquely qualified to combine the very best of the Art & Science of Dentistry to achieve outstanding results in both function and esthetics.


  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • American Board of Prosthodontics
  • American College of Prosthodontics (Fellow)



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