Dr. Padilla is on faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry.
His involvement in sports dentistry includes the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games, Dental Commissioner for World Cup Football 1994, 1999, and 2003. He is the Team Dentist for UCLA Athletics, the Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer Team, and USA Soccer Teams. Dr. Padilla has published many articles on mouthguards, trauma treatment and prevention and organised www.sportsdentistry.com. An international speaker, he has lectured in Australia, Greece, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Spain, Mexico, United Arab Emirates and numerous USA venues. He maintains a private practice in Manhattan Beach, California.