Thursday, October 4, 2018


Nightguards! Why the expense? We recommend nightguards for some patients to protect their teeth and jaw joints from the damage caused by clenching and grinding.  Why not pay less for one from the store or online? Because so much goes into making this important appliance to customize it for individual needs. In this photo you can see a patient’s nightguard in wax, mounted on an articulator, which simulates human jaw motion. This patient’s nightguard is being carved to protect weak teeth and guide forces to strong areas. The articulator goes back and forth between the doctor and the lab technician until it is ready to be processed and delivered to the patient. Improved dental health is the goal.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Summer Dental Camp

Longtime patient (since childhood) Michele Driscoll Lynch is a teacher and so sometimes schedules her dental appointments in the summer. Last summer she had a particularly large number of appointments, and so began calling her visits "Summer Dental Camp" and kept us all laughing by asking if there were arts and crafts, snacks and a T-shirt. At her last appointment of the season we presented her with this "camp T-shirt". She surprised us by wearing it again this year. We are so glad to have Michele keep us laughing.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Here is our long time, very entertaining, patient Frank X. Gallagher, with Sting at the Rainbow Room in New York City. Frank is a production manager for numerous high profile musicians and bands. Frank reports that he enjoys working with Sting almost as much as he enjoys his dental visits with Dr. Presley-Nelson and staff!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The New Year newsletter is on its way to you! Included is the handy 2016 yearly calendar. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Temporary crowns are your friend!

Why wear a temporary crown between dental visits?  It is vital and necessary for the fit of the final crown.  It keeps the prepared tooth from drifting to meet the opposing tooth, or leaning to one side or the other.  It also protects the prepared tooth from bacteria and food and fluids.  Yes, the temporary may feel a little rough, but the final product will be smooth and life-like.  If your temporary comes off, save it and call us to bring it in to be re-cemented. It is a quick visit, without anesthesia. If it is broken or lost, we will make a new one, which takes a little longer, but is easily done and very important.  Clean around your temporary crown gently, and if you floss it, pull the floss out to the side. Soon you will have a lovely finished product, that will feel like one of your own teeth and give you long service.  As always, we appreciate you wonderful patients.

Friday, September 26, 2014

We are very proud of long time patient, Bill Ruck, who was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, August of 2014. He was active in the Navy and notably designed audio systems for NBC in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Currently he is a principal radio engineer at CSI Telecommunications. Mr. Ruck is a third generation San Franciscan who volunteers regularly at the Maritime Radio Historical Society. His activities with the Society include maintaining historic radio equipment at former RCA Coastal Marine Station KPH which earned him recognition from the California Historical Radio Society when they named him a “Fellow for Historic Preservation”. We are proud to count him among our beloved patients.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dental Patient Receives Prestigious Award

Our patient, well known San Francisco music director and orchestra conductor, Joan Murray, has received the Bay Area Jefferson Award.  She appeared on Channel 5 recently explaining her commitment to bringing music and orchestra participation into the lives of San Francisco children.  Twenty years ago, she founded the Golden Gate Philharmonic which is an after school youth orchestra that reaches out to children from all walks of life, including the underprivileged.  She opens her home and her heart to this all-encompassing project and has had great success.  Dr. Presley-Nelson’s sons were a part of GGP for many of their childhood years, as an adjunct to their participation in school orchestras at West Portal Lutheran and SF School Of the Arts.  Dr. Presley-Nelson volunteered teaching music and assisting Ms. Murray for most of those years.  We are proud to have her in our patient family and honor her achievement and recognition here on our website.  (She is also a wonderful dental patient and refers us many lovely people.) Go Ms. Murray! 
To view her appearance on CBS click here.