Jacksonville Family Dentistry at Southside

904 · 641 · 2655

8101 Southside Blvd #8

Jacskonville, FL 32256

at the intersection ofSouthside Blvd a& Old Baymeadows Rd

Ask about our Teeth Whitening Special

whitening, teeth bleaching,

 We are dedicated to our patients and their needs.  We look forward to seeing you as a new patient in our office!

About Us

individualized treatment,, dental care, personal, esthetic

Individualized Dental Care

Our mission is to provide you with personalized, high-quality care. We are a team dedicated to improving and maintaining your oral health so you can smile with confidence. Whether you need Family Preventative and General Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign, Implant Dentistry, Same Day Crowns, Root Canals, Sleep Apnea Appliance Care, TMJ and Facial Pain Care, or Oral Surgery, you will love your teeth.

High quality, experienced, trained dental professional, dentist, exceptional

Experienced Dental Professionals

We offer a broad array of services. Our team has the professional experience to realize that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all treatment, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to your dental plan.  All of our treatment is individualized and patient centered.

Insurance coverage, benefits, PPO

Dental Insurance Coverage

We do accept all PPO plans and participate with many.  We are glad to work with you and your insurance company to maximize your insurance benefits ensuring a lower out-of-pocket cost for you and your family.


Family Dentistry

Family Dentistry, fillings, kids, parents, adults, crowns, veneers

We will take excellent care of your family and can provide all aspects of dental care.  We also team with very select specialists who are also leaders in the dental community.  Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your dental needs and desires.  We will be happy to schedule you for a consultation or routine care.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry, veneers, esthetic,

Our dentists have restored and perfected thousands of dental smiles!  We are here to take care of you, your needs and wishes.  To provide you with a smile to last a lifetime.  Our cosmetic enhancing veneers are guaranteed for a lifetime from structural failure. We are confident you will be provided the highest quality of care.  

Ageless Dentistry

geriatric dentistry, older patient dentistry, dentures

Dentistry has no age.  We love our more experienced patients and can provide all of the necessary treatment and options you may require.  You have earned the best of care and you deserve it!

Routine Visits

dental cleaning, prophy, scaling and root planing, deep cleaning

6-month cleaning and an exam is the best way to ensure excellent dental care.  Our hygienists will provide you with the best of the treatment options available today.  A routine cleaning and exam is the most important part of excellent dental care.

Pediatric Dental Care

children dentistry, pediatric, kids, family dentistry

It is important for our children to start a dental career in the correct way.  Generally, we as adults have a great fear of dentists and dentistry.  Starting a child on a successful path in dentistry is of vital importance.  Home care as well as routine dental care is the beginning of a healthy life for our youth.  

Dental Emergencies

dental pain, tooth pain, mouth pain

Unfortunately emergencies occur.  We are here to help with your dental emergencies.  Tooth pain, broken teeth or swelling can happen at any moment.  Please contact our office so we can evaluate and treat your emergent need.  Let's live a dental pain-free life!!


Latest Technology

x-ray, CBCT, high tech, radiograph

We provide quality and personalized oral health care while keeping your individuality in mind. Our office is equipped with the highest technology available in dentistry today, including Cone Beam radiography and Cerec CAD/CAM same day crown technology. We are completely a digital x-ray office which decreases your routine radiograph exposure by up to 90%. 

Invisalign Therapy

Invisalign, braces

We offer orthodontic tooth alignment via Invisalign.  In order to offer Invisalign, a dentist must be fully certified and trained.  Today's Invisalign has the ability to cut treatment times virtually in half.  With the new technological updates, the treatment time can be increased up to twice as fast achieving the same exact results.  

Cerec Same Day Crowns

Cerec, same day crown, porcelain

Cerec CAD/CAM dentistry has been around for over 30 years.  However, the last 5 years has shown a drastic change in the quality, strength and esthetics of crown and bridge restorations. We offer same-day dentistry to help you from missing time from work for the typical 2-appointment procedures.   

Implant Dentistry

Implant dentistry, crown

Missing teeth? No problem.  Implant dentistry has revolutionized the dental world.  An implant replaces a tooth with 98% of the natural tooth whereas a denture is approximately 20-30%.  Although a bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth, an implant does not rely on the neighboring teeth for support which may lead to further work on those teeth.  Implants are conservative and extremely effective at replacing missing teeth.  Implants are also considered to be "Life-long".

Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth colored fillings, composite, white

Tooth colored fillings or composite fillings are replacing the silver mercury fillings in most dental practices,  They are cosmetic, strong and provide an esthetic value to your smile. Over time, mercury fillings leak and break down leading to decay underneath. A cavity can start and grow even before it can be detected with an x-ray.  We use an intra-oral camera to show you if your fillings are breaking down.  This will allow the mercury filling to be replaced before a cavity can grow possibly affecting the nerve. Our goal is conservative dentistry. Sometimes, conservative dentistry equated to actually taking care of a problem versus watching it, which is considered neglect. To watch and wait on failing mercury fillings is a mistake.  It leads to larger fillings or crowns and possibly a root canal. Preventive dentistry is the key.


Porcelain veneers or laminates have long been know to change a persons life. Whether it is to enhance your smile or a total reconstruction, porcelain veneers can illuminate your life!  An unattractive smile can be transformed into the most amazing smile in just a short time. We practice conservative cosmetic dentistry which equates to less tooth reduction and longevity of the smile. Whether you need a few veneers or a full set, we can offer you a high quality, high cosmetic and a highly exciting outcome. Come in for an evaluation today!  


Sleep Apnea Therapy

Often the use of a CPAP is difficult to use.  Although the CPAP is the golden standard for sleep apnea, if you are unable or refuse to wear one, we have your alternative. Oral appliance therapy in many cases are as effective as the CPAP. We work very close with your physician to ensure you are receiving a very successful treatment in the control of sleep apnea. As you know, sleep apnea can be devastating. Airway control is essential for our body to function correctly.  Our body uses oxygen to regenerate itself during sleep.  Inefficient air can lead to several comorbid heath issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, higher cholesterol, and many others.  Untreated sleep apnea can even lead to death.  If you are having trouble sleeping, feeling groggy or tired during the day, snoring loudly while sleeping, or you simply feel your sleep is just not that good, please call us or call your physician for care.  We can assist in treating you if you have already seen your physician or we can help you find a physician. 

Teeth Whitening

Whitening your teeth is a safe and effective method to enhance your smile.  It is one of the cheapest cosmetic enhancing procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Typically, clear trays are custom fabricated for your teeth and you use these trays to whiten your teeth for 4-6 hours per day over approximately 10 days.  Generally you will see a drastic color change and a greatly enhanced smile!

Tooth Colored Fillings

A great deal of controversy exists with the use of "Silver Mercury" or "Amalgam" fillings. We alleviate the controversy and use only tooth colored fillings. They are very esthetic and have been demonstrated to be as strong as silver fillings. 

You also have the option to have your fillings in porcelain - termed an inlay or onlay.  Although it is a more expensive procedure, the long-term success is the best option.  Insurance typically does not cover the difference between a filling and a porcelain inlay/onlay.

Root Canal Therapy

Although no one likes the idea of a root canal, it is actually used to get you out of pain and also to prevent you from having pain. The old jokes that root canals are very painful are incorrect. Infection in teeth can be very painful and a root canal is performed to alleviate that pain.  

Nitrous Oxide Sedation/ Oral Sedation

Let's face it, many of us are nervous about going to the dentist.  It is very common and there are solutions to help. We offer Nitrous oxide and oral sedations to assist.  Nitrous oxide is used to help a patient relax during treatment and also allows the patient to leave the office without additional care. Nitrous oxide affects are go away quickly after the procedure is finished. Whereas, oral sedation is the use of medication to aid in a calm and relaxing experience, however you will need to be accompanied by someone to drive you home. The affects are longer-lasting.

Our Office

Our office has a brand new design and is comfort is our goal. Our equipment is of the highest caliber and the most up-to-date.  Please feel free to come by for a tour of the office.  

Our Services

Cosmetic Dentistry

Whether your teeth are the wrong shape, crooked, stained, or chipped, we can treat your teeth with minimal methods using the latest techniques and the finest materials. We are a member of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and have the ability to change your life with an enhanced smile! Joselyn is a local real estate agent at Exit Real Estate Gallery and a cosmetic patient in the practice!


Cleaning, prophy, smile, deep cleaning

Preventative Care

Efficient preventative care is key to having a healthy smile. Consistent checkups will allow our team to diagnose oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay before they spread and become a problem.  Our hygienists are highly trained to care for all types of issues and concerns. 


Teeth whitening, bleaching

Teeth Whitening

Teeth can become stained from foods we eat and drink. A quick and easy way to bring back the brilliance and radiance of younger, fresher smile is with Teeth Whitening. In-office bleach treatments and at-home whitening custom trays are available options. In Cosmetic Dentistry, the easiest and cheapest method to enhancing your smile is through Teeth Whitening.


Meet Our Team

Melissa Joyce Nixon, DMD

Dr. Nixon is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She has been practicing in The Villages, FL and has recently moved to Jacksonville.  She has a great deal of experience in dentistry and is a perfect successor to Dr Gaff. Growing up around dentistry, Dr. Nixon got her start in patient care at a young age, seating and comforting patients in her father's dental practice in Pennsylvania. She quickly gained affection for connecting with patients, as well as an avid love of science. She graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Dickinson College, where she met her husband Jared, who was a Marine Corps officer at that time. Dr. Nixon still finds time to run half marathons, swim, cook, and spend time with her husband and dog.  

Danette - Treatment Coordinator

Danette has been in Dentistry for over 11 years. Her career started as a Dental Assistant for a small practice in Bucks County, PA. Danette moved home to Jacksonville in 2012 to be near her family. She is a graduate of Sandalwood HS and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a degree in Advertising Design. She married her HS sweetheart. All three of her children were born in Jacksonville. She enjoys doing home improvements, watching sports, traveling, stained glass and her animals.

Stephanie - Dental Assistant

Stephanie is a native of Central NC. She graduated with her associate degree in Dental Assisting from Alamance Community College in 2006. Stephanie's career spans over 10 years as a dental assistant and as a military spouse, she has worked in multiple dental fields within the eastern United States. She has recently returned to the Jacksonville area and she is very excited to help our patients with all their dental needs. Stephanie has two children and in her spare time, she loves spending time with her family at the beach. She also enjoys her yoga time

April - Administrator

As you can see from her photo, April is a devout mother and proud of her family. She has a very successful history in dentistry and is currently the administrator of the practice.  Besides her position in the office, April spends a great deal of her time with her girls and sports - softball and gymnastics. Her oldest daughter along with the travel team Streamline Jacksonville, recently won the 2017 World Series of Softball in Orlando and she is now in Illinois playing at the collegiate level on scholarship.  We are so proud! April is exceptional with patients and will ensure your visit is a pleasant one. 

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Jacksonville Family Dentistry

8101 Southside Blvd Ste#8, Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 641-2655


M, T, W    7am - 4pm

Thurs       11am - 7pm

F               8am - 1pm

Saturday - Emergency Clinic per schedule

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