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Melissa Tuft, DDS

General Dentist

About Dr. Tuft

Dr. Melissa Tuft is a friendly, gentle dentist who loves taking care of her patients. She’s been providing general and comprehensive dental care for more than 30 years at her office in the heart of San Francisco. Her patients rave about her friendly personality, gentle hands, and skill at helping them achieve their desired aesthetics.

Having braces as a young adult gave her an appreciation for straight, healthy teeth that she brings to her practice every day. Now, she is an Invisalign level-2 provider—the highest level a dentist can become—and helps her patients achieve the smiles they want.

Dr. Tuft is seriously dedicated to continuing her education so she can bring her patients the most advanced therapies and treatments. For example, instead of a drill, she uses air abrasion, which can gently remove decay. It’s not as stimulating or painful for patients, and there’s no need for needles. When it comes to anesthesia, she uses short-term products that wear off in 45 minutes so patients can easily go back to work without having their whole face stay totally numb.

Dr. Tuft also teaches restorative dentistry to the next generation of dentists. She loves volunteering with San Francisco’s homeless population, helping them to get back on track with beautiful, healthy smiles.

I think one of my strongest characteristics as a dentist is that I love customizing care plans for patients that meet all their needs.

Personal Interests

When she’s not at work, she enjoys sailing around the Bay, working out, traveling, and spending as much time as she can with her two daughters. Born and raised in Palo Alto, she’s lived in the Bay Area her whole life and loves San Francisco.


Dr. Tuft offers a full suite of comprehensive Dental Care services


Invisalign is an alternative to metal braces for moving teeth to improve the appearance and function...

Dental Implants

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Family Dental Care

Dr. Tuft has been providing comprehensive dental care to men, women, and children for more than 30...

Preventive Dentistry

Dr. Tuft enjoys preventive dentistry, because it’s good for her patients and because she gets to...

What People Are saying About Dr. Tuft

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    She's a superb dentist. Recently, I was in for a cleaning and she did fantastic work - plaque never had a chance.

    Jonathan W.

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    My previous dentist was all 'get in, get out.' Dr. Tuft and her staff showed me what I've been missing out on.

    James L.

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    Excellent, got an appointment right away and very high-quality dentist work done in a pinch.

    Amy Z.

Education and Experience

Dr. Tuft studied biology and chemistry at UC Santa Cruz as an undergrad before going to UCSF’s School of Dentistry for her DDS. Outside of her office, she teaches restorative dentistry to the next generation of dentists and loves volunteering with SF’s homeless population to get them back on track and achieve smiles they're proud of. She is a member of the San Francisco Dental Society, California Dental Association, and American Dental Association.

  • 1979

    University of California, Santa Cruz

    Biology and Chemistry

  • 1983
    Dental School

    University of California, San Francisco

  • 2008
    Work Experience

    University of California, San Francisco

    Clinical Professor

Melissa Tuft, DDS

450 Sutter Street Suite 1619
San Francisco, CA 94108
Monday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday 9:30am – 6:00pm
Friday 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Certifications And Memberships

Levels 1 and 2

San Francisco Dental Society

California Dental Association

American Dental Association