Desert Dentistry
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The old Applebee’s location on Chandler Boulevard has undergone quite a transformation in recent months and on Nov. 10, it will reopen, not as a restaurant but as the new location of Desert Dentistry.

Desert Dentistry has been in business since 1991 and in Ahwatukee since 1997. It has five locations in Arizona and the Ahwatukee location was the only building it didn’t own.

Desert Dentistry started with a small office and as the business has grown in the community, it has expanded to more suites, so the office design hasn’t been ideal. When the Applebee’s came up for sale, it was an opportunity to expand into a larger space and start from the ground up with a design that works more efficiently.

The new office is more than 1,000 square feet larger and will allow the practice to expand from 10 exam rooms to 12 at first and more down the road if necessary. The new office will also be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

There are four doctors working in Ahwatukee and together they can handle just about any problem that comes along. They’re equipped to do orthodontics, surgeries, same-day crowns as well as typical dental care.

The new office will be opened Nov. 10 but on Nov. 11, it will only be open to veterans. It’s a service Desert Dentistry has been offering for the past three years — free dental care for veterans on Veterans Day. The office gets pretty busy on that day.

“Some of the stories you hear from the guys on that day — it’s pretty cool,” said Dr. Thomas Mattern. “Two guys last year sat in the waiting room and asked each other where they’d served … they sat there talking like old buddies but they’d never met before.”

The Veterans Day deal is open to any veteran. Booking an appointment ahead of time is highly recommended. For more information on Desert Dentistry, visit

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