Modern Dentistry is located in the progressive SOMA / South Beach / Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco.
In keeping with the modern standard of the neighborhood, we combine the latest and best
in dental technology with gentle, individualized care. Through the use of digital
radiography, intraoral video and a streamlined paperless record keeping, we make your
visit at Modern Dentistry a pleasant experience.
We take x-rays with a digital sensor rather than traditional film. This
reduces radiation exposure by 80-90% and eliminates the developing
step. There is no need for environmentally hazardous chemicals.
In each operatory, there is a computer and two flat-panel monitors.
This allows us to better educate through illustrations, x-rays and
fiber-optic photos of your mouth.
This allows the doctor to take and show the patient his/her intraoral
images on the chairside computer monitor.
During certain procedures, patients can watch a movie to help pass
the time while in the dental chair.
We streamline our record-keeping process by maintaining patient
charts in a fully integrated computer system. This provides numerous
efficiencies and increased security for the patient.
At Modern Dentistry we offer comprehensive dental treatment and
specialize in producing beautiful smiles. Combining the latest in
dental technology with years of expertise and ongoing education,
we provide our patients a vast array of services. Many of these
services are detailed in the following pages...
CEREC Single Visit Porcelain Restorations
This is a revolutionary way to restore damaged teeth in a single visit,
making your teeth stronger and more beautiful than before.
- high-tech computer-aided design for precision fit
- eliminates lab, temporary restoration, second visit
- conserves natural tooth structure; long lasting, durable
- metal-free, biocompatible
Silver fillings do not last forever. Over time they will leak
and break down. Depending on the size and stresses involved
with a silver filling, it can be replaced with an aesthetic
tooth-colored resin material (bonding) or a porcelain inlay,
onlay or crown.
Veneers are used to straighten teeth, close gaps and improve the
shape and color of teeth to give you that smile you've always
wanted. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin and natural-looking
and provide an excellent long-term solution for many cosmetic
The invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of
custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. And it's been proven
effective in both clinical research and in practices nationwide.
So whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart or have shifted
since wearing braces, you'll have a new reason to smile.
Teeth-whitening: In-office or at home
Zoom! in-office whitening system is a revolutionary whitening
procedure. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically
whiter. Alternatively, some patients prefer our take-home
system where whitening can be done through a gradual process.
Services include cleanings, hygiene instructions, periodontal
exams and charting, root planing (deep cleaning) and
site-specific perio therapy. Dr. Thacher works closely with a
periodontist for many of his patients who may need periodontal
(gum) surgery, implants and grafting.
In addition to cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Thacher performs root
canals, oral surgery and provides services for patients needing
full or partial dentures.
Dr. Sam Thacher is a gentle and conscientious dentist who focuses on general and aesthetic dental care. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of
Pacific School of Dentistry.
Dr. Thacher continues to expand his practice in the areas of cosmetic dentistry and dental technology through continuing education. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the San Francisco Dental Society.
Dr. Thacher is a big Giants fan and follows his Cal Bears in football and basketball. He is happily married and has two young sons, Cal and Gavin.
Modern Dentistry accepts most dental insurance plans; any plan that allows you to see your choice of dentists. Feel free to contact us if you'd like assistance in determining your coverage and benefits.
We accept cash, check, debit cards, VISA and MasterCard. Financing is also available.
Welcome to Modern Dentistry. We look forward to providing you with quality dental care.
You may complete our new patient forms. You can type directly into the PDF file, then print and bring them with you to your first visit.
As required by law, we also make available for download the Dental Materials Fact Sheet and Notice of Privacy Practices.
157 townsend street
san francisco, ca 94107
hours of operation:
mon - thu : 8:00am - 5:00pm
fri : 8:00am - 12:30pm