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Affordable Dental Care—Portland

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Portland
640 Brighton Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
Tel: 207-874-1028 Fax: 207-842-2963
Mon–Fri 8:00am–4:30pm*
*Extended hours are available in some locations. Call the dental center for more information.
Fri 8:00am–4:30pm
Driving South or North on the Maine Turnpike
• Exit 48 Portland/Westbrook (no toll required)
• Left at traffic light onto Riverside Street
• Left at second light onto Brighton Avenue/RT 25
• Approx. 4 miles to the Community Dental health center at 640 Brighton on right side of the street

Driving South or North on Interstate 295
• Exit 6a or 6b for Forest Avenue west
• At 1 mile intersection (Dunkin Donuts on left corner) bear slight left onto Woodfords Street and pass large church on left
• At second traffic light bear right onto Brighton Avenue
• The Community Dental health center is almost immediately on left

Community Dental Portland moved from its Washington Avenue location to new facilities on Brighton Avenue (Rt. 25) and expanded to eight operatories in 2003. It is located approximately 2.5 miles east of the Maine Turnpike and 2 miles west of Interstate 295. The center occupies the first floor of its building.

Three licensed dentists staff the center with support staff including dental hygienists, dental assistants and patient service representatives. Together, the staff provides compassionate, quality oral health care services to the people of Greater Portland.

A full range of oral health care is provided at the Center, including restorations (tooth fillings), crowns, full and partial dentures, oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, pedodontics and preventive care (teeth cleanings). Our patient population is diverse and includes immigrant special needs, all age groups, HIV/AIDS patients, and people with dental anxiety. Patients with dental emergencies can usually be treated within 24 hours.

We accept most private insurance plans and MaineCare, and a sliding fee scale is available for patients who meet the financial eligibility requirements. Care Credit is also provided to eligible patients as a payment option and we accept all major credit cards for payments.

The Portland Center partners with the City of Portland School Oral Health Program and Headstart to provide restorative dental services and a dental home to students identified as needing dental services. We provide care for patients living in local group homes and participate in the Cumberland County Denture Project. We also receive funding from the United Way of Greater Portland to provide patient assistance fund.

Dental Staff

Audrey E. Stack, DDS, joined Community Dental's staff in April, 2000. Dr. Stack received her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Buffalo School of Dentistry in 1984 and completed a Pediatric Dental Graduate Residency Program at Tufts University/New England Medical Center from 1984 to 1986. From 1992 to 1994 she was a Clinical Associate and Lecturer at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Before joining Community Dental, Dr. Stack practiced pediatric dentistry in private practice for 14 years.

Jeffrey Walawender, DDS, joined Community Dental's staff in August, 2010. Dr. Walawender received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in May, 2009. He completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in Togus, ME in July 2010. He has been active in community service, participating in various community outreaches with Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA), Dental Students International (DSI), and Good Neighbors Community Clinic.

Vani Mallipeddi, DMD received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine and joined the staff at the Portland Dental Center in June of 2006.

Community Dental also partners with the Tufts School of Dental Medicine to provide clinical rotation opportunities for fourth-year dental students.

The Community

With a population of 64,000, Portland is Maine's business, financial, and retail capital and its largest city. Seascapes and cityscapes blend harmoniously in Portland, perched on a peninsula, jutting out into island-studded Casco Bay. Portland is a lively city incorporating the character of yesteryear into a modern urban environment. Historic architecture blends gracefully with the new along Portland's working waterfront to the cobblestone streets of the restored Old Port section of the city.

Portland features spectacular dining and cultural opportunities as well as diverse recreational attractions and stunning natural beauty. Ranked nationally as one of the ten safest, culturally most fascinating US Cities and one of the top cities for doing business, housing is affordable and schools and healthcare are outstanding.

Community Dental—Gentle, Safe, and Affordable Dental Care

Our approach is to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that includes preventative, restorative, and maintenance services by appointment. We accept all and participate in many dental insurance plans, plus MaineCare, Aspire and patient payment in the form of cash, check or credit card for walk-in emergencies of those experiencing dental pain. We are taking new patients and treat all ages, so your whole family can become established patients with us. For more information, including the process to apply for the household income based Sliding Fee Scale, please read more in our Patient Information Packet or call the Community Dental health center nearest you.