Convenient, dependable and high-quality dental care comes to Temecula with the opening a combined orthodontics and dentistry practice operated by Western Dental Services, Inc., California's largest provider of dental care.

(Logo: The high-tech Western Dental office at 41115 Winchester Road in Temecula's Rancho Crossroads Plaza was designed to allow busy Riverside County families to receive all of their oral health care in one place. Temecula's Western Dental offers a convenient drive-up location near Interstate 15, bilingual check-in kiosks, low-exposure digital X-rays, and office hours until 8 p.m.

To introduce area residents to the staff and facility, Western Dental will host a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 9. The family event will feature free food, prize giveaways, a dental goodie bag, activities for children and a live broadcast by radio station KGGI (99.1-FM).

During the event, Western Dental will take appointments for free dental screenings for children ages 1 to 8.

Managing dentist Dr. Maher Awaad, D.D.S., will oversee the 15-person staff that will provide a complete range of family dental care, including such specialties as orthodontics, pedodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, endodontics, implants, Invisalign@ no-show braces and cosmetic dentistry such asĀ  Zoom!@ Whitening, porcelain veneers and white fillings.

Western Dental's expanded presence in Riverside County represents the company's commitment to improving access to dental care, said Western Dental president and CEO Samuel H. Gruenbaum.

To extend dental care to all, Western Dental offers zero-interest payment plans, including to those with less than perfect credit.

Western Dental accepts most dental insurance and welcomes Medicaid.

The Temecula office will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

For general dentistry appointments, call (951) 331-7020; for orthodontics, call (951) 331-7030.

For more information, call (714) 480-3000; for dental plan information, (800) 579-3783, or visit

About Western Dental Services, Inc.

Headquartered in Orange, Calif., Western Dental Services, Inc., is the largest staff-model dental HMO and clinical provider of dental services in California. With more than 4,000 employees and 280-plus company-managed dental offices throughout California, and affiliate offices in Arizona, Nevada and Texas. Western Dental and its affiliates are leaders in family and specialty dental care operations at convenient neighborhood locations. The company's strict quality oversight, affordable treatments, group and individual dental benefit plans, as well as evening and weekend office hours, help keep the smiles of nearly three-quarters of a million patients healthy and bright every year.

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