The perfect blend of art and science in Newport Beach, CA.

You’ll appreciate the ultimate convenience and personal attention from our one-of-a-kind, full-service, on-site lab. Unlike other dentists, we have our lab experts and technicians stand right beside us during your visit so they see you the way we see you. Face to face. Only in this way can they combine their unique artistry with the science of restorative and cosmetic dentistry to create precision-crafted dental crown and bridge, and gorgeous implant restorations – to meet your smile needs.

Higher technology means lower stress.

You’ll also find everything from state-of-the-art sterilization procedures to intraoral cameras that let you see exactly what Dr. Rich sees. And you’ll get the advanced dental care you deserve. Other examples of our high-quality, high-tech care include:

  • Digital image preview of your new smile

  • Nonsurgical gum care

  • Experienced, knowledgeable hygienists and gentle ultrasonic cleanings for your comfort

  • Micro-dentistry to conserve tooth structure

  • AcceleDent® to painlessly accelerate Invisalign® Orthodontic care up to 50% faster

  • Intraoral cameras so the patient and doctor can see real dental needs clearly on a larger screen

  • Digital X-rays

  • Magnification dentistry for added accuracy

  • Safe, cost-effective whitening procedures

  • Biocompatible materials

  • Computer-assisted treatment planning 

And it’s all designed to give you the smile of your dreams.


 In-Office Lab Staff


Helen Aguilar, Lab Manager, DT

Daniel Benjoya, DT, CDT

Don LaFreniere, DT

Gary Oden, DT, CDT

Victor Rodriguez, AAS, CDT

Bill Wakefield, CDT


 Helen Aguilar - Lab Manager / Dental Technician

aguilarHelen Aguilar was born and raised locally, and graduated from Huntington College with her AA degree in dental technology in 1989. Helen monitors the progress of each dental restoration in the laboratory assuring quality control in a timely manner. Her expertise in the fabrication of dies and casts from impressions and the fabrication of wax patterns from gold crown castings has been a valuable addition to our dental laboratory staff.

In her recreation time, Helen enjoys gardening. Her hobby of painting has led to work at the local art festivals and her seamstress hobby has become charity work to obtain clothing for the Casa de Cuna orphanage in Mexico.


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 Daniel Benjoya - Dental Technician / Ceramist 

daniel benjoyaDan spent his early years growing up locally in Dana Point, and received his formal training as a dental laboratory technician at the Dental Technical Institute in Orange, California. After graduation in 1992, Dan spent the next sixteen years as a ceramist in high quality commercial dental laboratories, joining our office in 2008.
Dan is a leading expert in the fabrication of dental crowns utilizing the latest technical advancements in pressed ceramics. The new ceramic material used for porcelain crowns and porcelain laminate veneers has strength and appearance of natural tooth enamel.
Dan and his wife enjoy keeping up, and joining in, with the baseball and surfing activities of their two teenagers. They also spend recreation time traveling, camping, and participating in outdoor sports. They give back to the community as members of Surfrider, taking part in their volunteer work and beach cleanups.


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 Don LaFreniere -  Dental Technician

orig LaFreniereDon LaFreniere was raised in Long Beach, attending Poly Tech High School. He received his formal dental technology training at Dental Technical Institute in Orange, graduating in 1972. Don is a true craftsman and one of the very finest dental technicians in the field of removable prosthodontics, bringing 35 years of experience to our office.

Don's skills in the dental lab carry over to his interests of oil painting, carpentry and automobile mechanics and restorations. On a clear day, you can find him fly fishing, signing up for a fishing tournament or taking a boating class.


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 Gary Oden - Dental Technician / Ceramist 

odenGary Oden was born in Hollywood, moving to Fountain Valley in 1965. After graduating from La Quinta High School, he entered the Orange Coast College Dental Technology Program in 1968. In 1969, Gary was drafted into the U.S. Army Infantry and served with the 25th Infantry Division in South Vietnam from January to November, 1970. After an Honorable Discharge, he returned to school to complete his Dental Technology education.
Gary worked for commercial dental laboratories in Orange County from 1971 until 1980, becoming the Lead Ceramist at one of the largest dental laboratories in the country. In 1980, Gary started his own dental laboratory which he continues to manage in addition to the time he is with our office. We are fortunate to have Gary, with his 30 plus years of experience and knowledge, in our dental laboratory.
Gary, and his wife of 26 years, have two children age 17 and 13. The family enjoys boating and water skiing at Lake Mead. They are members of Calvery Chapel in Costa Mesa where the children attend school. Gary also enjoys playing guitar with his Blues Band, the Mesa Blues.


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 Victor Rodriguez, AAS, CDT - Dental Technician

rodriguesVictor Rodriguez, A.A.S., C.D.T., was born in Long Beach and raised in Huntington Beach attending Edison High School. He obtained his A.A.S. degree in dental technology from Orange Coast College in 1980. Victor continued his education with a diploma in electrical engineering from ITT in 1989 and joined our staff in 1990. In 1995, he received a prestigious Mastership Credential from the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics.

Victor is a truly gifted dental technician in the field of dentures and implant supported prosthodontics and regarded as such by his professional peers. He is active in dental technology organizations as well as the Ossointegration Study Club of Southern California. In 1996, he was president of the California Dental Laboratory Association South Counties Component. Victor enjoys attending continuing education courses and he is highly sought after as a lecturer on dental laboratory technology.

Victor's recreational time includes fishing, hunting, golf and tennis. He and his wife have three lovely children – one infant and two in grade school.


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 Bill Wakefield - Dental Ceramist

wakefieldBill Wakefield was born in Schenectady, New York and raised in the San Fernando Valley and Lake Arrowhead where he graduated from high school in 1968. In 1970, he graduated from the two-year Dental Technology Program at Riverside City College with his certificate in Dental Technology. During this time he also served as a member of the Naval Reserve. Following graduation from the Dental Technology Program, he served two years active duty in the U.S. Navy. During the first of these years, Bill was assigned to the Dental Department of the U.S. Naval Station on Midway Island. His second year was spent aboard ship.

Upon separation from active duty, Bill was assigned to the Naval Reserve for the next two years. Bill has been working in the dental laboratory industry in Orange County since 1972. When he joined our staff in 1998, he brought with him 30 years of experience in the field, the majority of which has been as a dental ceramist. Bill has continued his training through many continuing education courses throughout the years. He provides us with exquisite porcelain laminate veneers.


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Smile with confidence thanks to general dentist Deedreea E. Rich, DDS. Schedule your preferred appointment at 949-386-8434 or fill out our Request an Appointment form. Our in-office lab staff serves patients from in and around Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine and nearby cities and towns.

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