Dr. Joseph Cave grew up in San Diego, California and graduated from St. Augustine High School. He continued his studies at San Diego State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 1976. This led him to the University of California, San Fransisco where he received a B.S. in Dental Science and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) in 1980. With his extensive training in general dentistry, he returned to San Diego and established a private practice.
During his tenure in private practice from 1980 to 1987, he maintained an active role with the San Diego Dental Society. In addition, he served as the staff dentist at Hillside Hospital in San Diego as well as Mercy Hospital Dental Clinic. In 1987, Dr. Cave and his family moved to Massachusetts to begin his residency in the specialty of Endodontics at Boston University. In 1989 he completed his Masters Thesis and received a certificate in advanced graduate studies in Endodontics.
Dr. Cave came back to the West coast where he practiced in Westwood, Los Angeles. During that time, he was on the faculty of the Endodontic Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught the dental students on the clinic floor.
In 1990, Dr. Cave returned to San Diego to join Dr. Eugene Hanson in his endodontic practice. Subsequently, Dr. Anthony Potente joined the practice in 1998 which is now known as C&P (Cave & Potente).
Dr. Cave is a member of the San Diego County Dental Society, the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontists. He is on the Dental Society's Ethics Committee and has served as Chairman. He has served on the St. Augustine High School Board of Directors from 2002 to 2012. Dr Cave and his wife, Rachel, have raised three boys. He enjoys playing golf, fishing, cooking and is active in collecting sport cards and memorabilia.