Trusted Dentist—Vero Beach, FL

Get to Know Robert Bruce McDonald, DDS

Vero Beach Florida dentist Robert Bruce McDonald D D S

Dr. McDonald has been taking care of the Vero Beach community for more than 30 years, and he says the best thing about his job is seeing patients become excited about their new teeth. It’s always great to hear them laugh and talk about eating foods they haven’t been able to for years. It’s also fun to find out that they no longer hesitate to smile for family photos. He hopes to meet you soon, but first, you can learn a little more about Dr. McDonald below.

Why Did You Decide to Become a Dentist?

Doctor McDonald working on dental restoration

Growing up, Dr. McDonald says he had the “world’s coolest dentist” who inspired him when he was 13. In addition to being a doctor, he was also a helicopter pilot, snow skier, and his whole job and lifestyle sounded like a lot of fun, so Dr. McDonald was more than eager to follow in his footsteps. Dr. McDonald followed a similar path and learned to pilot an airplane, became an avid skier while living in West Texas, raced motocross and other motorbikes and now enjoys playing the guitar, woodworking and metalworking. In fact, he built his own barbecue grill with a smoker box to make some of the most mouthwatering ribs around.

Where Did You Study Dentistry?

Outside view of the University of Houston University of Houston logo
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Dr. McDonald attended undergraduate school at the University of Houston and later graduated from dental school at the University of Texas in San Antonio in 1984. After practicing in Texas for five years, he moved to Vero Beach and joined Ocean Oaks Dental Group of Vero Beach in 1989.

Dr. McDonald has spent many years lecturing on the latest implant technologies and digital dentistry. He is a past president of the Treasure Coast and Atlantic Dental Associations. Dr. McDonald served as the Chairman of the Peer Review Committee for over 10 years. In addition, he worked with the Florida National Dental Congress (FNDC) committee for over 15 years including serving as the Program Chairman for the Florida Dental Association’s annual convention. He is a fellow in the International College of Dentists and is also a member of the American Dental Association.

Dr. McDonald's passion for dentistry is evident in his pioneering approach, integrating cutting-edge implant technologies with an advanced, in-house laboratory. His dedication led him to Milan, where he trained alongside experts from Sum3D and MillBoxUSA. This collaboration, along with collaboration from other experts worldwide, has empowered him to establish a state-of-the-art lab, equipped with unparalleled milling capabilities, facilitating the creation of highly advanced dental prosthetics that are not available anywhere else. All dental prosthetics are made on-site using the most advanced dental and laboratory technology available.

Outside of the Dental Office, What Do You Like to Do?

Doctor McDonald and his family
Doctor McDonald fishing Doctor McDonald smiling after sky diving

Dr. McDonald’s family consists of two amazing kids, his beloved wife, and a very fluffy but dangerous cat. Just like his childhood dentist, Dr. McDonald likes to go on adventures. He is a pilot and began flying part-time for a skydiving center in Sebastian, FL in 1991, where he met his wife. Together, the McDonalds enjoy traveling, boating, fishing, scuba diving, and spend much of their free time cruising around the Bahamas, Ireland, England and Scotland.