A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) hosts two on-campus clinics, the ATSU-ASDOH Dental Clinic and The Center for Advanced Oral Health, both of which are among the first university-affiliated dental clinics in Arizona. The ATSU-ASDOH Dental Clinic offers the same services as a private-practice general dentistry clinic, while The Center for Advanced Oral Health offers general dentistry and orthodontics, providing comprehensive dentistry for patients with complex medical conditions; intellectual, physical, and emotional disabilities; and other special healthcare needs. Our faculty dentists and student doctors provide personalized dental care at reduced costs.
ATSU-ASDOH educates students to become technically adept, caring, and compassionate dentists. Our dental faculty members are both general dentists and specialists, including experienced master clinicians and nationally recognized experts in their fields. ATSU-ASDOH faculty members work in dental teams with our students and graduate residents to provide quality, patient-centered care using new technologies and techniques. Our faculty members are role models who are committed to training students and residents to be compassionate dentists, focused on the health and well-being of our patients and our community.
Unlike other dental clinics in the community, our clinic is part of a dental teaching institution, ATSU-ASDOH. We have the clinical facilities and equipment to offer a range of dental services like many private dental offices; in fact, our faculty’s expertise and available technology actually allows us to offer more services in one location than many clinics.
Our ATSU-ASDOH campus clinics have 140 dental chairs, which are used by our faculty, students, and graduate residents in providing dental care for our patients each day. Each year, we have approximately 60,000 patient visits in our campus clinics, serving approximately 11,000 community members. We offer child and infant dental care, dental care for patients with special needs (e.g., patients with disabilities), and advanced surgical and non-surgical treatment options many clinics aren’t equipped or qualified to offer. We focus on providing comprehensive dental care services for our patients as well as a dental emergency clinic, which is open Mondays through Fridays during regular clinic hours.
As a teaching clinic, student dentists are the heart of our clinic at ATSU-ASDOH. Our student dentists work with supervising faculty to treat a wide variety of patient needs. All clinical experiences are monitored and checked by attending faculty. Student training involves hundreds of hours of patient observation and practice on human simulators—complete with realistic teeth, gums, tongue, and jaws.
The dental education and training program at ATSU-ASDOH is a four-year, graduate program that begins with a very competitive admissions process. Each year, ATSU-ASDOH has approximately 2,500 highly qualified applicants from across the country, who are competing for 78 positions in each year’s new dental class. This means all of our students have been very successful academically in their undergraduate college experiences and have exemplary backgrounds in community service and leadership. We prioritize selecting and training students who have demonstrated their commitment to our mission and values, who act with integrity, who are compassionate, respectful, community-minded, and who understand and value diversity and inclusion. In short, each year we select a diverse group of students who collectively represent the communities we serve and who truly care about others, and each year we graduate exceptional compassionate dentists who are prepared to serve and be leaders in their communities.
The four-year dental program trains students in the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to graduate as a compassionate and caring dentist who is ready to practice in the community. During the four-year program, our first-year students begin with learning experiences in the classroom, gaining foundational knowledge, developing clinical skills in our state-of-the-art simulation labs, building their patient management skills by observing and assisting in our clinics, working with their dental care team composed of faculty, professional staff, and upper level students, and participating in service-learning projects throughout the community. Over the next three years, our students continue to learn the essential skills necessary to transition into managing their own student practice, providing all aspects of general dentistry in our campus clinics during their third and fourth years. In addition, each of our students spend over half of their fourth year providing dental care in community health centers across the country, providing access to care for underserved patients.
The graduate residents in The Center for Advanced Oral Health are selected from other leading dental schools in the country and are pursuing further training in advanced general dentistry or orthodontics.
The dental clinics are state-of-the-art facilities, and we use the latest technology to provide a range of services unavailable at most private clinics. We offer periodontal therapy, and our laser therapy uses light energy to modify tooth, bone, and gum tissue.
Our students are among the first in the country to graduate with a certification in laser therapy. We also utilize advanced Cone Beam CT for diagnostic imaging, and our Advanced Care Clinic uses customized equipment to provide care to patients with special needs.
The ATSU-ASDOH Dental Clinic offers all the high-quality services you would expect from a private-practice clinic, plus many advanced and specialized services you won’t find at other clinics.
It starts with you
At our clinic, prevention is integral to our philosophy of care. Our faculty and student doctors want to keep you smiling! Prevention includes steps you can take at home, as well as cleanings, exams, and regular check-up visits with our dental team. We are your partner in ensuring your oral health.
Checkups & cleanings
Regular dental visits help maintain proper oral health and let us correct little problems before they get big. Your first visit to our clinic will include a screening to gather the necessary information to advise you of your treatment needs. Subsequent visits might include a comprehensive exam, specialty consultations, formal treatment plan presentation, and other restorative and preventive care. Fees for our services are approximately one-half of the fees charged by a typical private practice located in the Phoenix area.
Daily home care
Good oral health begins at home, and the goal is to remove plaque from your teeth. Plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease. The ADA recommends brushing twice daily with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Clean between your teeth each day with floss or an inter-dental cleaner to remove decay-causing bacteria toothbrush bristles can’t reach.
Good dental care begins when the first tooth comes in! Proper dental care is part of healthy growth. Bring your infant (less than 24 months old) to the clinic on our special free screening days to receive a free general screening and tips on how to keep your baby’s teeth and mouth healthy.
Our oral health partnership
Regular visits to our clinic let us identify and treat everyday problems before they become big ones. Our approach is to partner with you in the maintenance of your oral health. General treatments usually fix problems like cavities (tooth decay) and gum disease.
A dental implant connects to the upper (maxilla) or lower (mandible) bone in your jaw. The implant is a base for individual replacement of teeth, bridges, or a denture. To be able to have an implant, you need healthy gums and adequate bone. Integration of the implants into the bone helps your replacement teeth feel more natural, and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material that are bonded to the front of a tooth to improve its color, shape, size, or length.
Fillings are often necessary to repair worn, damaged, or decayed teeth. A small amount of the affected tooth is removed and replaced with a durable material to prevent further damage and restore the tooth’s strength.
A root canal saves a tooth that would otherwise be extracted. The unhealthy nerve, which causes the problem, is removed, allowing the tooth to be retained for a lifetime in many cases. Using modern anesthetic techniques, patients are kept comfortable during the procedure.
The Postgraduate Orthodontic Residency program offers a full-service orthodontic clinic in Mesa. Our orthodontic residents, who are licensed dentists, work together with our faculty orthodontists to provide a wide range of professional, high-quality orthodontic services to children, adolescents, and adults.
Orthodontic services include:
Because we are a university-affiliated dental clinic, our fees are very reasonable. Anyone is welcome at our clinic–there are no income qualifications necessary to take advantage of our services.
Everyone deserves a winning smile
We help you create or restore your smile. Dentistry’s many advances give our team tools and techniques to repair stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth to let you smile with confidence.
A dental implant connects to your jawbone and is a base for individual replacement of teeth, bridges, or a denture. To have an implant, you need healthy gums and adequate bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw helps your replacement teeth feel more natural, and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material that are bonded to the front of a tooth to improve its color, shape, size, or length.
Orthodontic treatment corrects crowded teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth, or jaws out of alignment (over/underbites). Most frequently, this involves the use of fixed braces for children and adults, and retainers. The ADA recommends all children receive an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. The corrections achieved with orthodontic therapy improve bone structure, correct misalignments, and restore your beautiful smile.
The Imaging Center at the Dental Clinic uses Cone Beam CT technology, an all-in-one solution for accurate diagnosis, implant planning, and interpretation of a wide range of anomalies. The exams are quick, painless, and cost effective. Data can be shared with other medical professionals, as well as patients.
5855 E. Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The ATSU-ASDOH Dental Clinic is located adjacent to A.T. Still University’s Mesa, Arizona, campus, at the northeast corner of Baseline and Recker Roads, just south of U.S. 60 between the Higley Road and Power Road exits.
Our patients are our business, and The Dental Clinic at ATSU-ASDOH has helped more than 6,000 famOur patients are our business, and the ATSU-ASDOH Dental Clinic has helped more than 6,000 families with their dental care needs. Our patients are diverse, coming from every background, and in need of a variety of services.
See what some of them are saying, and learn more about ways our unique services can help you and your family.
“Until now, it’s been so difficult to find a dentist to treat our son. His dental work has mainly been on a crisis basis. The Special Care Clinic has been a miracle and we are so thankful that a facility like this is in our Valley.”
-Mother of a special needs child
“I can’t say enough about the Special Care Unit. My son, who has cerebral palsy, has not been able to receive dental care until this clinic opened.”
-Father of a special needs child
Approximately 300,000 visitors stay in Arizona during the winter months. Splitting time between homes makes continuous dental care difficult, and the dental clinics are ready to help you maintain your beautiful smile while you are staying in our neighborhood.
If the Phoenix area is your “home away from home,” let us be your “dentist away from your dentist.” Please call 480.248.8100 to make an appointment for an initial screening evaluation, or if you have a specific dental emergency, we can manage these needs on a first-come, first-served basis any day the clinic is open.
Child and infant services are another way we help people develop lifelong skills and habits that guarantee proper oral health and a beautiful, lasting smile. Our pediatric dental unit is especially focused on the unique dental care your child needs. And, if you want to get started even sooner, visit us on one of our free screening days to get a free screening of your infant’s teeth and tips to help keep them healthy and beautiful.
Pediatric dentistry is devoted to providing dental care to children and teaching them about good dental health. We provide basic and specialty oral care services, including fillings, sealants, and space maintenance to children in a compassionate, child-friendly environment.
The Center for Advanced Oral Health at ATSU-ASDOH in Mesa, Arizona, provides comprehensive, patient-centered dentistry for those with advanced oral healthcare needs.
The Center for Advanced Oral Health includes the Dr. Rick Workman Advanced Care Clinic and the Orthodontic Clinic.
ATSU-ASDOH is proud to offer comprehensive dentistry for patients with intellectual and physical disabilities, along with other complex healthcare needs including cancer, organ transplants, cardiac disease, and those who are immunocompromised. Our special care suites, located at our Mesa dental clinic, are fully prepared with the necessary equipment and specially trained providers to deliver compassionate dental care at affordable prices.
Services in our special care suites include, but are not limited to, exams, cleanings, sealants, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, full and partial dentures, periodontal therapy, dental implants, laser therapy, digital X-rays, and in-office sedation. We also have a motorized wheelchair lift to help make our patients who use wheelchairs more comfortable during treatment.
The special care dental services in our clinic are under the supervision of Maureen Perry, DDS, MPA, MAEd, director of The Center for Advanced Oral Health. Dr. Perry is a fellow of the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and is board certified in special care dentistry. Treatment in our clinic is provided by student doctors who have trained at ATSU-ASDOH for three years or more for a career in dentistry. Student doctors are under the direct supervision of ATSU-ASDOH faculty, who are all licensed dentists and hygienists with extensive special care dentistry experience.
Because we are a university-affiliated dental clinic, our fees are very reasonable. Most health insurance plans are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. Anyone is welcome at our clinic–there are no income qualifications necessary to take advantage of our services.
The Dr. Rick Workman Advanced Care Clinic is the first of its kind in Arizona. This state-of-the-art clinic offers the expertise and technology to treat patients with complex medical conditions, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, bariatric needs, cardiac disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders, kidney/liver disease, HIV/AIDS, as well as physical and developmental disabilities. Our patient-centered models allow patients to be seen by any of our dental specialists all in one place. Services in our Advanced Care Clinic include, but are not limited to:
The Center for Advanced Oral Health Orthodontic Clinic provides specialized, affordable orthodontic care. Patients as young as 7 are eligible to receive services. Under the direction of a globally recognized orthodontist Jae Hyun Park, DMD, PhD, MSD, MS, clinic services include, but are not limited to:
Going the extra mile
Proper dental care is every person’s right. Our Special Care Clinic, the only such facility in Arizona, provides dental care to patients with special needs and their families. Our dental teams are trained, equipped, and capable of providing dental services to most any patient with disability or specialized needs, as well as immunocompromised patients. In addition, our clinic can manage referrals from private practice-based dentists and physicians in the Phoenix metro area.
Laser therapy: State-of-the-art treatment
Lasers use light energy to modify hard tissue (tooth and bone) and gum tissue. ATSU-ASDOH is one of the first dental schools in the U.S. to provide students with training in laser therapy.
We use state-of-the-art technology to gently and safely remove infected gum tissue with little or no discomfort, destroying the bacteria and restoring your gums to perfect health. The gum tissue that supports your teeth is in a fairly delicate balance, and gum diseases, like gingivitis and periodontitis, threaten the health of your mouth and the rest of your body.
In keeping with ATSU’s founding mission to care for the underserved and challenging-to-serve, the 11,000-square-foot clinic is Arizona’s first to offer the expertise and technology to treat patients with complicating factors, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, bariatric needs, cardiac disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders, kidney/liver disease, HIV/AIDS, as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Dental practices may not be set up to address complex medical conditions that require advanced care dentistry. Extra time is needed to consult with fellow physicians and research medical and personal histories, thereby limiting a staff member’s ability to serve other patients. That is where The Center for Advanced Oral Health can help.
In one location with one appointment, patients are connected with the advanced care dentistry they need. There’s no need to search out and refer to multiple specialists because The Center for Advanced Oral Health brings all the expertise on-site. These world-class teaching specialists are top dental professionals, supported by the nation’s premier students and residents, who address each patient’s needs in one location for maximum efficiency and convenience.
The Center for Advanced Oral Health offers assistance to dentists with specialized, high-risk cases while ensuring they remain the primary dental care providers. Ongoing communication and coordination keep primary care dentists informed and involved with each patient’s progress.
The Center for Advanced Oral Health’s world-class teaching specialists have extensive training and are supported by the nation’s premier students and residents. Specialists have the advanced training, expertise, and resources–all under one roof–to address each case for maximum efficiency and convenience.
Maureen Munnelly Perry, DDS, MPA, MAEd
Associate Dean for Advanced Education & Strategic Partnerships
Director of The Center for Advanced Oral Health
Dr. Perry is the associate dean of ATSU-ASDOH’s Advanced Education department and director of The Center for Advanced Oral Health. She has dedicated her career to helping dental patients with complicated medical conditions. As director, she educates students and residents in the care of those with intellectual and physical disabilities as well as patients with complex medical conditions, such as cancer, hemophilia, kidney disease, and organ transplants.
Dr. Perry is a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry and is a fellow of both the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and the International College of Dentists. Additionally, she has served as president of the Special Care Dentistry Association, a national organization promoting oral health for people with special needs.
Jae Hyun Park, DMD, PhD, MSD, MS
Program Director of the Postgraduate Orthodontic program
Dr. Park is the program director of ATSU-ASDOH’s Postgraduate Orthodontic program at The Center for Advanced Oral Health. His commitment to clinical education, patient care, and research is paramount. Dr. Park is also a diplomat and examiner for the American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr. Park has published more than 260 scientific and clinical articles in peer-reviewed orthodontic and dental journals. He is also working as an associate editor of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. He is currently working as the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) director, and he will be the ABO president in 2024.
To schedule a tour or for more information about referrals, scheduling appointments, the advanced care dentistry services offered or insurances accepted, contact us:
The Center for Advanced Oral Health at ATSU-ASDOH in Mesa, Arizona, provides comprehensive, patient-centered dentistry for those with complicated oral health needs and medically complex conditions.
Oral health contributes significantly to an individual’s overall health and well-being. Your support ensures the full range of advanced oral health resources continue to be available to provide superior advanced needs dentistry to those who might not otherwise have access and whose lives literally depend on it.
Perhaps you are grateful for your ATSU-ASDOH education and want to give something back. Maybe you would like to leave a legacy to benefit the next generation of students interested in healthcare education. Quite possibly you have received compassionate care by one of our faculty members or graduates. Whatever the motivation for giving, we are committed to being exceptional stewards of your gift and are deeply appreciative of your community healthcare investment.
A.T. Still University (ATSU) healthcare professionals are committed to collaborating on new ways to deliver compassionate, whole person healthcare more efficiently and effectively.
Under the supervision of renowned dental professionals, advanced care dentistry services provided at The Center for Advanced Oral Health are rendered by ATSU dental residents and students.
The Center for Advanced Oral Health serves Mesa, Phoenix, and outlying communities while educating the oral healthcare leaders of tomorrow.
Student providers of orthodontic care in ATSU-ASDOH’s Center for Advanced Oral Health are part of ATSU-ASDOH’s Master of Science in Orthodontics program.
NYU Langone AEGD Residency program
The Center for Advanced Oral Health is a clinical training site for the NYU Langone Dental Medicine Postgraduate Program Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program. NYU Langone’s AEGD program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Residents are guided and mentored on-site by members of NYU’s acclaimed faculty and receive hands-on clinical experience in a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, dental public health, and orofacial pain. Residents treat a wide variety of cases ranging from the simple to the complex, as well as medically complex, elderly, phobic patients, and people with developmental disabilities.
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The ATSU-ASDOH Dental Clinic is part of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, one of six schools at A.T. Still University. Your dental care is provided by dental teams led by faculty dentists at the ATSU-ASDOH. The faculty dentists who teach at ATSU-ASDOH are dental experts. In addition to hygienists and other support staff, teams include student doctors who are preparing for a career in dentistry at ATSU-ASDOH. The education our student doctors receive is invaluable and includes hundreds of hours of training and practice on human simulators. Because of our expert faculty and state-of-the-art clinic, students receive a dental education second-to-none anywhere in the U.S. Our student doctors are among the most clinically prepared and advanced dental graduates nationwide. All this makes our patient experience, and range of treatments and services, a model dental education system nationally recognized for its excellence.
Yes. Faculty supervisors at the ATSU-ASDOH Dental Clinic have a DDS, DMD, or equivalent degree, the national standard for the practice of dentistry. Student doctors work under the close supervision of faculty members with care being provided by the student doctor with assistance from staff dental hygienists, dental assistants, and other staff.
Yes. Our dental clinic is public and is open to everyone and anyone who wishes to be a patient.
We offer several convenient options to make scheduling an appointment simple and easy. You may call the clinic during regular business hours. For the student clinic, please call 480.248.8100. For the Advanced Care Clinic and Orthodontic Clinic, please call 480.248.8107. You can also request an appointment by filling out the “make an appointment” form on the website.
We offer a full range of dental services, including preventive services, cleanings, orthodontics (braces), dental implants, oral surgery, and virtually every type of restorative service. We also offer services many private dental facilities may not provide. These include laser dentistry, services for patients with special needs, and specialized dental imaging. Learn more about our general care dentistry services.
The dental clinics accept most dental insurance plans as well as most Arizona AHCCCS plans. Please call our clinic and speak with a patient service coordinator for details.
The frequency of your dental visits depends on your dental needs and will be determined by your dentist. Regular dental visits are vital to your oral health and help you maintain a healthy smile.
Your first visit to our clinic will probably be an initial screening appointment to assess what treatment you need. The initial screening examination allows us to discover and document your oral health status, and in subsequent appointments, tailor your care to your specific needs. We also begin a file to track your needs and treatments. Because of the unique needs of our student dentists and residents, which can vary throughout the year, all new patients will undergo an initial screening appointment to determine if their dental needs are able to be treated by available students and residents in our clinical education programs.
If you are experiencing pain and/or having a dental emergency, we will address your specific emergency.
Because we are university-affiliated, our fees are very reasonable. Everyone is welcome at our clinics, and there are no income qualifications necessary to take advantage of our services.
Specific fees for dental services will be explained to you before you receive treatment.
Proper dental care is everyone’s right. Our Advanced Care Clinic, the only such facility in Arizona, provides dental care to patients with special needs and their families. Our dental teams are trained, equipped, and capable of providing dental services to the patients with complex needs. In addition, our clinic can manage referrals from private practice-based dentists in the Phoenix metro area.
Proper dental care is everyone’s right. Our Advanced Care Clinic in Mesa provides dental care to patients with special needs and their families. Our dental teams are trained, equipped, and capable of providing comprehensive special care services. In addition, our clinic can manage referrals from private practice-based dentists in the Phoenix metro area.
If you need a regular family dentist, you should consider scheduling an initial screening appointment at the ATSU-ASDOH Dental Clinic. Because we are a teaching institution, it is possible you will spend a little more time (but not money!) and make a few extra visits to complete your dental care. You will enjoy compassionate, personalized service with affordable fees in a patient-friendly, university-based environment.
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