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March 26, 2013 > Dental Care Center celebrates 40 years of service

Dental Care Center celebrates 40 years of service

Submitted By Meredith Soden

Nearly 40 years ago, ground was broken on the Union City Dental Care Center, a clinic that began with a goal of providing low-cost dental care to East Bay Area residents and still does to this day. As the clinic approaches a milestone anniversary, it is inviting East Bay residents to learn more about affordable dental care and services offered.

One of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's satellite clinics, the Union City Dental Care Center is home to one of the school's Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) programs and has a full-time staff of twelve dental faculty experts. Fees average about 20-30% less than an average Bay Area private practice.

The clinic treats patients of all ages and offers a range of comprehensive dental services including exams, X-rays, cleanings, dental implants, dentures, Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA), extractions, root canal treatment, periodontal surgery, crowns, bridges, as well as a variety of cosmetic treatments and some orthodontic treatment. The Union City dental services page provides a complete list of care offered.

In late 2012, Dr. Allen Wong was appointed as director of the clinic and the Union City AEGD program. Wong has been a faculty member at the Dugoni School for many years, and has previously held the roles of director of Highland Hospital's Hospital Dentistry Program; assistant director of the school's AEGD program; and others. He currently serves as the director of Pacific's Hospital Dentistry program, a position he holds alongside his role of Union City clinic and AEGD program director. Wong emphasizes the medical and oral systemic connection and focuses on minimally invasive dentistry.

Under Wong's leadership the clinic will be offering the same high-quality, low-cost care it has since 1974. Plans are also underway to bring in new patients by raising the clinic's profile in the community while also expanding services offered by adding new dental specialists to the clinic staff.

Recently, Dr. Keivan Zoufan joined the clinic staff, bringing many years of endodontic training and experience to the clinic and AEGD program. In his new faculty practice at the Union City Dental Care Center, Zoufan is able to offer patients complex endodontic treatment and retreatment, as well as endodontic microsurgery and treatment of dental injuries. He will also be responsible for endodontic training of AEGD residents.

"We look forward to working with East Bay residents who may not be aware of the oral healthcare services in their own backyard through the Union City clinic," said Dr. Wong. "We also offer special emphasis on cavity risk assessment as part of our comprehensive dental services."

Prospective patients and community members interested in making an appointment or learning more about the Union City Dental Care Center are invited to call (510) 489-5200 or visit the clinic web page at: http://dental.pacific.edu/Dental_Services/Clinics/Union_City_Dental_Care_Center.html. The state of the art clinic is located at 1203 "J" Street (on corner of 12th and J Street) in Union City. The clinic is located within walking distance of the BART Union City station.

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
1203 "J" Street, Union City
(510) 489-5200
http://dental.pacific.edu/Dental_Services/Clinics/Union_City_Dental_Care_Center.html

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