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In providing comprehensive dentistry to patients of our La Jolla dental office, it is our goal to maintain the highest standards of excellence and quality at all times. This means employing the latest in technology and medical advances to best serve the people who trust us with their oral care. Our patients’ trust is valuable to this, and we aim to maintain that trust for many years to come. This practice has provided comprehensive dentistry to the San Diego area for more than 25 years, and we hope to provide care for many future generations.

We Care About Your Needs

Our goals as a dental practice are established by the needs of our patients. In order to best serve our patients, we have established a cosmetic, family, and preventative dentistry practice that is designed to offer the most rewarding experience possible while educating patients on proper oral care habits. We believe firmly that the relationship with our patients is vital to providing the comprehensive dental care they have come to expect from our La Jolla dental office.

Conservative Dentistry

Our office is established on the principle of conservative dentistry. Our conservative dentistry approach allows us to address the medical needs of our patients without them feeling overwhelmed by daunting and sometimes, unnecessary procedures. It is our goal to prevent problems before they arise, but if restorative dental work is needed, we strive to retain as much of the natural tooth as possible. In order to determine the most conservative approach, we will look at the patient’s oral health comprehensively.

Comprehensive Dentistry

In order to fully understand the patient’s dental needs and treat conservatively, we will provide full comprehensive dental care. This includes a full medical health history to establish a solid foundation of oral and overall health. It is through comprehensive dentistry at our La Jolla office that we are able to conservatively treat our patients, while addressing the concerns most important to them.

Comprehensive Plus Conservative Equals Quality Dental Care

Dr. Spencer and Dr. Lovell recognize that comprehensive dentistry and conservative care are symbiotic in providing patients in San Diego with the best care available. This approach is vital to thoroughly treating patients in the most efficient and respectful manner.

Many of our patients have returned to our practice for decades because of our conservative and comprehensive approach to dentistry. Dr. Weston Spencer joined Dr. James Lovell in 2012 to continue his long-standing conservative and comprehensive approach to caring for patients.

Education is an invaluable element to our conservative and comprehensive dentistry approach. Dr. Spencer and Dr. Lovell exceed industry standard continuing education requirements to go above and beyond for their patients. This ensures they are up to date on the latest in technological advances and innovative techniques. Their experience and inter-disciplinary education allows them to tackle complex dental needs, including periodontal disease and the replacement of missing teeth through implant dentistry. Dr. Spencer and Dr. Lovell are able to handle virtually any dental problem within their La Jolla dental office.

We know there are many dentists in the San Diego area, and we want you to feel comfortable with your decision to choose us. We provide experience, care, and compassion to all of our patients and will uphold these values for as long as we are in practice. You do have a choice for your dental health, and we would be honored if you were to choose us.

James Lovell, DDS

James Lovell, a Rancho Santa Fe dentist serving Del Mar and the surrounding areas.

As more than one of his patients has proclaimed, “Dr. James Lovell is awesome!” He is truly one of the kindest dentists you will ever meet. Dr. Lovell was born in Havre, Montana and graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Lovell has been serving the greater San Diego area as a dentist for nearly four decades in La Jolla. Dr. Lovell is an avid golfer and loves to travel. He is married and has two children. Our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice and our patients have been his second home and family for many years.

Lately, Dr. Lovell has been cutting back on his work schedule. He usually works on Mondays and Thursdays, which has allowed him to focus on improving his golf game.

As he began cutting back, Dr. Lovell met and began working with Dr. Spencer. It has been his conservative philosophy to dentistry that carried this practice for more than 30 years, and it is with that same philosophy that Dr. Spencer continues now.

Dr. Lindy Rucks


Dr. Lindy Rucks has been practicing general dentistry for 13 years. Before moving with her family to San Diego, Dr. Rucks built a large family practice near Chicago, Illinois. She cared for families, sometimes three generations. Working with patients from 1 to 100 she practices all aspects of general dentistry. Her practice focuses on a thorough diagnosis and involving her patients in selecting the best course of treatment for each, based on their desires and needs. Whether the treatment is a simple tooth filling, or a complex reconstruction of the entire mouth, giving patients the ability to smile confidently is her ultimate goal.

When an opportunity appeared for her husband, requiring them to move to sunny San Diego, the hardest decision was to part with the many patients that felt more like friends. The relocation has allowed her more time at home with her three daughters ages, 13, 11 and 9. This means in her free time she is often attending a basketball or softball game. As a family, they enjoy watersports, such as wakeboarding, and waterskiing. But on the rare days, Dr. Rucks has time to herself, she heads to the sky. Dr. Rucks has been a private pilot since 2012.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation with an Esteemed Dentist

Whether you wish to improve the appearance of your smile with porcelain veneers, restore form and function to your mouth with dental implants, or make sure that your children receive the quality dental care they deserve, Dr. Weston Spencer and Dr. James Lovell have your oral healthcare needs covered. Please contact our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice today to schedule your initial consultation with one of our friendly, experienced dentists in La Jolla.

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