Ballan Tuck, DDS

General Dentist

Lake Merritt Dental is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Ballan D. Tuck to its dental practice.  Dr. Tuck graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Biology, and earned a B.A. in Dental Materials and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from UC San Francisco, where he received multiple awards for academic excellence and community service.  Dr. Tuck has been providing exceptional dental care in Northern California for over 21 years.  His warm, friendly personality, along with with the highest standard of professionalism, ensure a relaxed, comfortable and predictable dental experience.  Dr. Tuck strives for perfection in all of his dental treatment, staying true to his philosophy that he will not provide any dental work that he would not have in his own mouth.

Dr. Tuck stays current with the latest dental treatment modalities by taking nearly twice the continuing education required to renew his dental licence.  Educating patients in preventative care is one of Dr. Tuck’s greatest joys.  “The sooner patients are informed of problems and the options available to them, the less likely for there to be complications and increased expenses.  Tooth decay and gum disease never disappear spontaneously;  without  the proper dental care, the problem will only get larger, more painful and more expensive.”

Dr. Tuck is proficient in all aspects of dentistry including crowns and bridges, metal-free fillings, extractions and bone grafts, laser therapy, root canals, and implant restorations.  He is also certified in Invisalign and CEREC same day crown fabrication.

Having his own fear of needles, Dr. Tuck takes pride in the regular praise he receives from his patients for his virtually painless injection technique.  “I give them the way I would want to receive them – slowly and gently.”

Outside of the office, Dr. Tuck has supported numerous community programs including the Special Olympics, California Grey Bears, Juneteenth Health Fair, and UC Santa Cruz Pre-Dental Society.  He was previously a Board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz, Dientes Community Dental Clinic and the ROP Dental Assisting Program of Santa Cruz County.

In addition to biking, skiing, basketball, softball, and beach volleyball, Dr.Tuck enjoys fine dining and live performances with his wife, Kelly.  An avid golfer, Dr. Tuck selects vacation destinations that include some of the country’s best golf courses.  With a strong appreciation for classical music, Dr. Tuck also regularly attends the San Francisco Symphony.  Although he was born in San Francisco and loves the SF Giants, as it relates to football, Dr. Tuck is a proud member of the Oakland Raider Nation.

Dr. Tuck looks forward to meeting and welcoming you to the Lake Merritt Dental family.


American Dental Association

California Dental Association

Alameda County Dental Society

SPEAR Dental Study Group

Bay Area Aesthetic Masters Dental Study Club

Alameda County Dental Society, Advisory Board Member