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The Center for Advanced Dental Education treats thousands of patients each year through our patient practice, Dental Specialties of Saint Louis University.

Providing services for both adults and children, Dental Specialties offers advanced care at a lower cost than traditional practices. Services include orthodontics (braces), endodontics (root canals), periodontics (gum disease and implants) and pediatric dentistry (comprehensive dentistry for children under the age of 12). General dentistry services are offered only in the pediatric dentistry program.

Orthodontic Care

To become an orthodontic patient in our program, complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Orthodontic Patient Registration and Health History form.  We will contact you within one-two weeks after we receive the form to set up your required free screening appointment.
  2. Once the screening appointment is scheduled, the patient or a parent/legal guardian (if the patient is under the age of 18) should:

Important: At the screening appointment, prospective patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (with proof of guardianship).  The prospective patient will be seen by an orthodontic faculty member or resident to determine whether orthodontics is an option, which category applies for pricing and whether the prospective patient is a candidate for the program. The visit includes a cursory examination of the teeth, jaws and mouth. Allow an hour and a half for the appointment.

If the patient is considered a candidate for the program, financial options and insurance coverage will be discussed at the screening appointment. We will only provide estimated insurance information if we receive all orthodontic insurance information on the online forms at least 24 business hours prior to the appointment. Please remember orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from one to two and a half years of active monthly treatment. Patients must be able to attend monthly daytime appointments in our office during school and work hours.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child be screened by an orthodontist by the age of seven. Early intervention results in less costly and less comprehensive treatment requirements. General orthodontic questions can be directed to 314-977-8600. When calling, press "1" for general information and then "1" again for orthodontics.

Endodontic/Periodontic Care

A referral from a dentist is generally required for endodontic and periodontic services. This can be arranged by phone. To schedule an endodontic or periodontal appointment, call 314-977-8600, press "1" for appointments and then "2" for endodontics/periodontics.

Pediatric Dentistry Care

Dental Specialties provides comprehensive dentistry for children under the age of 12.  To schedule a pediatric dentistry appointment, call 314-977-8600, press "1" for appointments and then "4" for pediatric dentistry.

Treatment in all clinics is provided by residents who are already accomplished dentists undergoing advanced studies to become specialists in orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, or pediatric dentistry.

All work is supervised by our outstanding clinical faculty.

Our Facilities

Dental Specialties of Saint Louis University is located at 3320 Rutger Street.

Our orthodontic facilities include the Kesling Orthodontic Clinic with 42 patient care stations, two private screening stations and four consultation rooms.  Periodontics and endodontics services share a separate clinic with 15 patient treatment stations in a semi-open bay. Pediatric dentistry offers six patient treatment stations for the care of our younger patients. In addition to the clinics, we have a full-service radiology-imaging section.