Dental Institute - AZ

The Dental Institute is a state-of-the-art facility that utilizes the latest technology.

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Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 623-537-6000
Email: azmwudentalclinic@midwestern.edu
Address: 5855 Utopia Road, Glendale, AZ 85308 | Directions


Our Services

The Midwestern University Dental Institute provides most of the same services you would receive at a private dental office including:

  • Dental cleanings
  • X-rays
  • Fillings, crowns, and bridges
  • Extractions
  • Oral surgery
  • Dental and orthodontic treatment for most young persons

Quality Care

Our goal at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine is to provide quality care while training the next generation of dental healthcare providers. The Dental Institute is a state-of-the-art facility that utilizes the latest technology, enabling us to provide the highest quality dental care at affordable prices.

Students provide comprehensive, compassionate care while building interpersonal relationships with their patients. All care is provided under the supervision and direction of licensed dental faculty.
 

Specialty Areas

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Sports Medicine

Athletes of all ages and skill levels may benefit from sports medicine services at the Midwestern University Clinics. Increase your reaction time, learn how to prevent injuries, enhance your mental focus, and more – all in one convenient location. To learn more, visit each specialty area below.

You can be a top athletic performer and still have a dazzling smile for the cameras! Midwestern University’s dental services include custom-fabricated mouthguards and other tooth-protecting solutions for athletes, as well as complete trauma care and tooth maintenance for athletes with oral injuries.

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Dentures

Dentures are made over the course of four or five appointments. Midwestern University students, under the direction of faculty who specialize in Prosthodontics, form a special mold of the mouth. The mold is used to design the denture by hand, for it to be ready for fitting. Each appointment takes 30 minutes to an hour.

Depending on the jaw and bone structure, some dentures require more attention. Fewer bones in a person’s jaw means the denture is more likely to require multiple rounds of fitting and adjusting.

When the denture is complete and comfortable (to the patient), we make follow-up appointments to ensure it’s working well, long-term, and improving quality of life.

Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery

Sometimes surgery is required to address issues affecting the supporting tissues of your teeth. Midwestern University faculty and students specializing in Periodontics help patients ensure long-term oral health through crown lengthening, pocket reduction surgery, tissue grafts, implants, tooth removals, and more. We use state-of-the-art technology to ensure every patient is comfortable and the surgery is successful.

Before the start of any surgical procedure, Midwestern University faculty make sure everything is understood by the patient. The assigned student and supervising Oral Surgery faculty are with each patient throughout the surgical process.

Many procedures require sedation, so once we’re done with the procedure, we stay with you until you are ready to go home.

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The first step in becoming a patient is to schedule a screening appointment by calling 623-537-6000. This appointment will be a brief examination by a faculty member to determine if your dental concerns are compatible with the educational needs of our students.

Due to the nature of an academic dental clinic, not everyone is selected as a patient. If you are selected as a potential teaching case at the initial examination, you will be assigned a student doctor in the Dental Institute based on your dental needs and the student’s educational needs. Your initial appointment with your student doctor will consist of a review of your health history, a comprehensive examination, and x-rays to determine what treatment you require.

Your student doctor, under the guidance and supervision of an assigned faculty doctor, will complete your examination using comprehensive diagnostic techniques and specialty departmental consultations as needed. They will also discuss your goals and expectations.

We start with a 20 minute no-cost screening to determine whether or not your needs meet our ability to provide treatment. If accepted as a teaching case, you may continue with the comprehensive exam and radiographs that same day(s) or schedule an appointment at a convenient time.

Throughout your exam, we keep you informed. Findings are reviewed by student and faculty, and then we discuss treatment plan options — carefully explaining the exam results, the anticipated costs, and scheduling.

Please bring photo identification such as a valid driver’s license or personal identification card, a form of payment (we accept cash, personal checks with valid identification, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and CareCredit), your dental insurance card if applicable, and a list of your current medications. If you had recent x-rays, please request that the dental provider’s office send them to us before your initial screening appointment.

To ensure the safety of children, they will not be permitted to accompany you into the treatment area or be left unattended in the waiting area. Children must be supervised by another adult in the waiting area at all times. If your children are left unattended, your appointment will be cancelled. Therefore, please make prior arrangements for appropriate childcare.

Appointments should be cancelled only when it is absolutely necessary. Your student doctor will give you the clinic phone number to call directly.

We require 48 hours of notice for an appointment cancellation. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice of your scheduled appointment, it would be considered a “no show” appointment. Patients who fail three scheduled appointments will be dismissed from the Dental Institute and will not be permitted to continue in the teaching program.

Please remember that your student doctor depends on you to make your appointments as there is a limited amount of time for your student doctor to achieve the necessary clinical experiences required for graduation.

Special Needs

Please advise us in advance if you have a special need such as a hearing impairment or availability of a wheelchair.

Non-English-Speaking Patients

For the benefit of your understanding of the treatment provided, we encourage you to bring a translator with you to your appointment if you do not speak English.

If you have any questions about your treatment, fees, or rights, you should first contact your student doctor.

You should attempt to resolve non-financial patient problems and/or complaints while you are at the Dental Institute with your student doctor and supervising faculty doctor. In the event that this effort is unsuccessful, you should consult the Associate Dean for Clinical Education.

Problems of a financial nature should be directed to the Patient Accounts Office.

As a patient of a Midwestern University Clinic, I understand I have the responsibility to:

  1. Provide, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and complete information about current medical complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medicines, and other issues relevant to my care, and subsequent changes to these.
  2. Inform my provider promptly if I do not understand information relating to my care and treatment or I receive instructions that I cannot comply with.
  3. Keep appointments, or call to cancel with a minimum of 48hour notice when I cannot keep a scheduled appointment.
  4. Observe Midwestern University’s no smoking policy.
  5. Follow Midwestern University’s rules and regulations.
  6. Provide information regarding changes in my insurance, address, or phone number.
  7. Provide information about payment for services and meet all financial obligations.
  8. Accept responsibility for my actions if I refuse treatment or do not follow my provider’s instructions.
  9. Be considerate of other patients and Midwestern University property.
  10. Show courtesy and respect to Midwestern University and clinic personnel.
  11. Behave reasonably and appropriately, showing respect for the professional atmosphere of Midwestern University.

The Midwestern University Clinics are committed to providing quality care and service for our patients. As a health sciences university, we also provide training for future healthcare professionals who are supervised by our faculty. As a partner in this educational process, you have the right to:

  1. Impartial access to treatment without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or diagnosis.
  2. Receive care in a safe setting; be treated with dignity, respect, and consideration; and receive treatment that supports and respects the patient’s individuality, choices, strengths, and abilities.
  3. Receive privacy in treatment and care for personal needs, including the right to request to have another person present during certain parts of a physical examination, treatment, or procedure performed by a health professional.
  4. Review, upon written request, the patient’s own medical record as set forth in A.R.S. §§ 12-2293, 12-2294, and 12-2294.01 and ask that your doctor amend your record if it is not accurate, relevant, or complete.
  5. Receive a referral to another healthcare institution if Midwestern University Clinics are not authorized or not able to provide the required physical or behavioral health services.
  6. Participate or have the patient’s healthcare power of attorney/guardian on file participate in the development of or decisions concerning treatment, including an explanation of the prescribed treatment, treatment alternatives, the option to refuse or withdraw consent for treatment before treatment is initiated (except in an emergency), the risk of no treatment, expected outcomes of these treatments, and to be told, in language you can understand, the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  7. Participate or refuse to participate in research or experimental treatment.
  8. Receive assistance from a family member, the patient’s representative, or other individual in understanding, protecting, or exercising the patient’s rights.
  9. Receive accurate and easily understood information about your healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities.
  10. Ask for and receive an itemized bill and receive an explanation of your bills.
  11. Consent to photographs before a patient is photographed.
  12. Receive continuing care by your healthcare provider, under certain circumstances, when your health plan changes and your healthcare provider is not included in the new plan or your healthcare provider terminates the relationship with the healthcare plan.
  13. A prompt and reasonable response to any complaint you have against your healthcare provider. This includes complaints about waiting times, operation hours, the actions of healthcare personnel, and the adequacy of healthcare facilities.

During Regular Business Hours

Patients of record should contact their student doctor.

During Academic Breaks

Emergency care for patients of record is available from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Outside of Regular Business Hours

In case of emergencies involving severe pain and/or swelling, patients of record should call 623-537-6000.

It is the policy of Midwestern University to maintain a positive, trusting, and cooperative relationship with clinic patients. In the event a clinic chooses to dismiss a patient of record from the teaching program and/or clinical care, this policy outlines the University’s patient dismissal procedure.

Single Clinic Dismissal

A clinic may decide, independently of another clinic, to dismiss a patient. That patient may be dismissed from the teaching program or from the clinic for any of the following reasons:

  1. Need for care or expectations exceed the scope of a teaching program.
  2. After three no-show appointments during the preceding twelve calendar months, a patient may be dismissed from the teaching program or clinic. A no-show appointment is defined as the patient’s failure to provide 48-hour notice of cancelation and/or failure to show for scheduled appointments.
  3. A patient may be dismissed who is seeking only occasional treatment for relief of pain and not interested in comprehensive care.
  4. Failure to schedule appointments for completion of procedures.
  5. Failure to schedule health maintenance appointments.
  6. Refusal to provide complete and accurate information about current medical conditions and complaints, past illnesses, medications, and other issues relevant to care.
  7. Failure to adhere to the Midwestern University Clinics’ responsibilities as a patient or guardian of a patient, as outlined on the clinic website.
  8. Refusal of treatment and/or not following provider instructions.
  9. Failure to provide information about payment for services.
  10. Each clinic may individually make a decision to dismiss a patient. For example, a patient who fulfills criterion 4 may be dismissed from the Dental Institute, but might not be dismissed by the Eye Institute. Final decision for a patient dismissal is made by the Clinical Dean/Medical Director or their designee in each clinic.
  11. Patients in the midst of a multi-step procedure may complete their treatment at the discretion of the Clinical Dean/Medical Director and be stable prior to dismissal. A dismissed patient will be allowed emergency care for 30 days from the date of dismissal and will be given a referral to another provider.

All Clinics Dismissal

  • A patient who exhibits drug seeking behavior, sexual or other forms of prohibited harassment, and/or use of abusive or derogatory language will be dismissed from all clinics. In the instance where the dismissed patient has animal(s) being seen at the Companion Animal Clinic or Large Animal Clinic, the animal(s) will be dismissed from the clinic(s).
  • In the instance that the dismissed patient has a minor child and/or spouse being seen at a clinic, that minor child and/or spouse will be dismissed from the clinic.
  • A patient may be dismissed for failure to meet all financial obligations.

Appeal of Dismissal

Patients may appeal their dismissal to the appropriate Clinical Director, the Dean of the College, or their designee for discussion and resolution. The Dean of the College will notify the Chief Academic Officer immediately of patients’ appeal referrals. If the dismissal is upheld, patients are notified that they may appeal to the Chief Academic Officer of the respective college or clinic involved in the dismissal.

  1. No patient will be denied treatment based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or public assistance status.
  2. The patient shall be treated in a courteous manner, with dignity and respect for the patient’s right to confidentiality.
  3. Patients scheduled during the posted operating times will be seen for services as quickly as possible, with assignment, initial treatment where indicated, and follow-up appointments scheduled as soon after the initial screening appointment as is practical.
  4. If, during the screening appointment, the supervising faculty dentist determines that the person seeking care will not be accepted as a patient, that person will be immediately informed of the decision.
  5. The patient shall have access to emergency, incremental, and comprehensive care as appropriate for the patient’s presenting condition(s).
  6. The patient or parent/legal guardian shall receive an explanation of the results of the examination, alternative treatment options, sequence, costs of service, and the option to pursue care elsewhere if dissatisfied with the planned treatment.
  7. The patient or parent/legal guardian shall be advised of the risks of the treatment planned, including risks of individual procedures and the consequences of no treatment.
  8. The patient shall receive continuity of care and completion of treatment.
  9. The patient shall receive care during posted clinic hours or shall receive emergency consultation by phone or, if deemed necessary, treatment at a designated location after regular clinic hours.
  10. Treatment shall be supervised by faculty and shall be consistent with the standards of care in the community.
  11. The patient shall be seen as soon as possible after the scheduled appointment time and have ongoing treatment rendered in a timely manner.
  12. Every patient will receive a copy of the Patient Bill of Rights at the time of service.
  13. The patient shall have access to a patient advocate should there be any questions or concerns related to the patient’s treatment.
  14. Patients whose treatment is discontinued will be notified in writing. Alternate treatment options may be suggested.
  15. At the time of admission as a patient, an individual patient record will be established. This record will contain diagnostic and therapeutic information related to the patient’s care and will be updated at every appointment according to the guidelines of the Midwestern University Clinic Patient Record Protocol.
  16. Upon completion of treatment, the Quality Assurance Committee conducts random examinations to determine the completeness, timeliness, and appropriateness of care, the
    patient’s level of satisfaction with care, and the completeness of the patient record. Corrections will be instituted as needed.

After your initial appointment, you will schedule an appointment to determine your treatment needs. Alternate treatment plans may be presented.

Each treatment plan will be explained to you so that you understand what you can expect, how much each plan will cost, and your risks of treatment and non-treatment.

Patients will not have the option to select only limited portions of the recommended treatment plan for dental care or to split services between the Dental Institute and a private dentist with the exception of emergency treatment.

Emergency Treatment Only: Care provided by a private dentist is limited to the relief of pain and suffering and the necessary steps to ensure that the situation will not recur.

Patient-Centered Care

The Dental Institute follows a patient-centered care approach to dental education.

Patients are an integral component of the dental team and are actively involved in planning their care. Patient-centered care includes educating patients so that they will have the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions. However, this does not imply that patients dictate the type of care to be provided. Decisions are made as a team, and the provider(s) maintain responsibility to follow the standards of care and ethical behavior dictated by the dental profession and the college.

Dental records are the property of the Dental Institute. As the patient, you have a right to view them and have reasonable access. Copies of your records and x-rays will be provided to you or forwarded to another practitioner upon your signed written request. There is a nominal fee charged for the duplication of records.

Records Release Form

Quick Links

Release of Information form (pdf); Access MyChart

Billing Information

There is an initial fee to evaluate you as a potential teaching case at your screening appointment. This initial fee includes an examination and x-rays.

Multi-step appointment services (e.g., crowns, bridges, complete and partial dentures, implant procedures, or root canal procedures) require payment of 50% of the fee at the time of the start of treatment. The remaining balance for that treatment is due at the beginning of the appointment when the restoration is completed or the appliance is delivered.

Payment for office services, co-pays, and deductibles are due at the time of service. If you are unable to pay for services at your appointment, your appointment will be rescheduled.

For your convenience, we accept cash, personal checks with valid identification, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. There is an additional $30.00 charge for returned checks. Patients will not receive treatment until all fees and outstanding charges are paid in full or payment arrangements have been made.

Fees are expected and due at time of service. However, multi-step appointment services (e.g. crowns, bridges, complete and partial dentures, implant procedures or root canal procedures) require payment of 50% of the fee at the time of the start of treatment. The remaining balance for that treatment is due at the beginning of the appointment when the restoration is completed or the appliance is delivered.

Gifts and Gratuities

As our patient, you are a valued participant in the educational experience of our students. While our students and faculty are grateful for your gestures of appreciation, please understand that it is University policy that they cannot accept gifts or gratuities from patients.

Dental Insurance

If you have dental insurance, please bring your insurance information with you to your first appointment. This should include a valid insurance card, an address for submitting claims, and the name, date of birth, and identification number of the subscriber. The Midwestern University Dental Institute currently accepts a limited number of dental insurance plans. However, as a courtesy, we will provide a copy of the dental claim form for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement once services are paid in full. It is the patients’ responsibility to review their insurance policies regarding any limitations, exclusions, alternative benefits, deductibles, co-payments, annual maximums, and pre-authorizations prior to treatment.

Referrals and Prior Authorizations

Patients are responsible for verifying with your insurance carrier whether you need a referral or prior authorization. If your insurance requires a referral or prior authorization, you must first obtain the referral or prior authorization and bring it to your appointment.

Fee Estimates

Patients will be advised of their recommended treatment and its estimated cost, as well as any alternative treatment options. The accepted treatment plan will be signed by the patient and attending faculty member. This treatment plan will be entered into our dental patient management system, which will allow the clinic administration to track the progress of your care.

Fee estimates are based on the current fees at the time the treatment plan is signed. However, the fee charged at the time any service or procedure is started will be the fee that is currently in effect.

At each visit, you will be advised of the costs of each succeeding procedure so that you are prepared for the subsequent charges. Please ask your student doctor for further clarification or explanation if this is not clear.

If you have dental insurance, please bring your insurance information with you to your first appointment. This should include a valid insurance card, an address for submitting claims, and the name, date of birth, and identification number of the subscriber. The Midwestern University Dental Institute currently accepts a limited number of dental insurance plans. However, as a courtesy, we will provide a copy of the dental claim form for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement once services are paid in full. It is the patients’ responsibility to review their insurance policies regarding any limitations, exclusions, alternative benefits, deductibles, co-payments, annual maximums, and pre-authorizations prior to treatment.

Referrals and Prior Authorizations

Patients are responsible for verifying with your insurance carrier whether you need a referral or prior authorization. If your insurance requires a referral or prior authorization, you must first obtain the referral or prior authorization and bring it to your appointment.

THE DENTAL INSTITUTE IS NOT OBLIGATED TO PROVIDE ANY TYPE OF CARE, COMPREHENSIVE OR LIMITED, WHICH IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PATIENT ACCORDING TO THE JUDGMENT OF THE CLINICAL FACULTY.

Patients will be advised of their recommended treatment and its estimated cost, as well as any alternative treatment options. The accepted treatment plan will be signed by the patient and attending faculty member. This treatment plan will be entered into our dental patient management system, which will allow the clinic administration to track the progress of your care.

Fee estimates are based on the current fees at the time the treatment plan is signed. However, the fee charged at the time any service or procedure is started will be the fee that is currently in effect.

At each visit, you will be advised of the costs of each succeeding procedure so that you are prepared for the subsequent charges. Please ask your student doctor for further clarification or explanation if this is not clear.

It is ultimately the patients’ responsibility to review their insurance policies regarding any limitations, exclusions, alternative benefits, deductibles, co-payments, annual maximums, and pre-authorizations prior to treatment.

Midwestern University Cares Program

We are here to serve the community, and we offer a program to assist the public in times of financial hardship. Please contact the Manager of Patient Accounts at 623-537-6000 for more information.

The Dental Institute will attempt to make payment arrangements when necessary. However, if a payment plan has been established and no payment activity has occurred on the patient account, this may result in dismissal from the Dental Institute and other Midwestern University Clinics and the account being sent to a collection agency.

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