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Your oral health is the key to your overall health. The doctors at Desert Dentistry focus on getting advanced training and providing you with state of the art technology so that our amazing team can provide you with an exceptional dental experience. Pain free techniques, convenient hours, emergency line, same day appointments, dental plan and financial arrangements are just some of the ways we try to Give You Something to Smile About!

Dr. Thomas M. Mattern

Dr. Mattern has been practicing dentistry in Phoenix since 1991. He graduated from the Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1988 and has been developing his professional skills as a general dentist ever since!

Giving back to the community has always been a priority for Dr. Mattern. He has opened our offices to the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile every year since 2003, helping provide care to hundreds of disadvantaged children. He also visits the St. Vincent de Paul Dental Clinic in downtown Phoenix every month and has made multiple trips to Atoyac, Mexico to provide care for people in need. Dr. Mattern is a firm believer in creating a culture of healthy, happy smiles for everyone!

Dr. Mattern has been a member of the American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentists for 22 years. He has furthered his education and practice through the Las Vegas Institute of Cosmetology and a fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Due to his many hours of continuing education, Dr. Mattern is able to provide all forms of treatment including implants, complete smile makeovers, root canals, dentures, orthodontics (including Invisalign), and all manner of restorative work.

When not working hard to perfect smiles in the Phoenix area, Dr. Mattern enjoys golf and spending time with his wife and four children.

Dr. Ahmed Collins

Dr. Collins earned his dental degree from New Jersey Dental School in 2003 after completing his undergraduate studies at Morgan State University. After graduating from dental school, he completed a general practice residency at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Dr. Collins is a dedicated dental professional, attending countless hours of continuing education courses each year. This has made him an invaluable asset to our practice and to our patients! He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Arizona Dental Association, and the National Dental Association.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Collins moved to the Phoenix valley with his wife, Tiffani, in 2007. When not helping our patients or learning about the newest dental technologies and techniques, he enjoys playing basketball, going to the movies, and spending time with his son, Chase.

Dr. Kristen Maryorga

Born in Wyoming but raised in Ahwatukee, Dr. Maryorga has been an Arizonian ever since! Dr. Maryorga had a busy college career at the University of Arizona in Tucson. While working on a degree in physiology, she was also a member of the cheer team that traveled with football and basketball teams. She even cheered the Wildcats in two NCAA tournaments!

Dr. Maryorga attended dental school at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where she earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She continues to further her education and believes that quality patient care can’t be achieved without constant learning!

Outside of work, Dr. Mayorga enjoys spending time with her husband and their miniature shih tzu, Oso. She and her husband are big sports fans, attending the majority of home Cardinal games, and of course rooting for the Arizona Wildcats!

Dr. Jerome Triolo

Dr. Triolo was born in New York City and lived in New York for most of his life. He spent his undergraduate and dental school education at the State University of New York in Buffalo and opened his practice soon after.

With 21 years of practice in New York behind him, Dr. Triolo finally decided it was time to move to a warmer climate, and he soon found himself in Phoenix practicing at Desert Dentistry!

A strong proponent of continuing education, Dr. Triolo has countless hours of clinical and educational experience in all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as having extensive knowledge of sleep apnea treatments. He is also a strong proponent of giving back to the community, and he has done so through more than 13 years of service on the Board of Education, Lions Club, Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce, and of course through his great patient results!

Dr. Triolo has been married to his wife, Karen, for more than 40 years. They have three daughters, Nicole, Samantha, and Natalie, and a grandson named Cooper. When he isn’t working hard to perfect our patients’ smiles, Dr. Triolo enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, golfing, trains, gemology, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Jessica Villalobos

Dr. Villalobos is a native of Arizona and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Colorado and was awarded membership into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a National Dental Honor Society honoring exceptional students who are in the Top 10 of their class.

Following graduation, Dr. Villalobos completed an advanced general dentistry education at the Lutheran Medical Center. In this residency, she was able to work side-by-side with specialists to advance her training in all aspects of dentistry including cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, and removable prosthodontics.

Dr. Villalobos is dedicated to perfecting her skills as a dentist and providing excellent care for her patients. She advocates for comprehensive patient care and works hard to ensure your visit is pain free and anxiety free. She never takes for granted the opportunity to improve and restore a patient’s oral health and provide them with a beautiful smile!
Dr. Villalobos and her husband, Sam, enjoy spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, and backpacking throughout the Southwest. Their newest addition is a Pomeranian puppy named Scout.

Dr.Onika Patel

Dr. Patel grew up in Arizona and has lived all over the valley. After attending Arizona State University, she earned a Master of Public Health degree to complement her passion for preventive healthcare and serving her community. She was thrilled to stay in Arizona and attend her top choice dental school, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa, Arizona. She completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency in Phoenix in order to be able to provide more comprehensive and specialty care to her patients.

Dr. Patel holds leadership positions in several dental organizations. She is a member of the Arizona Dental Association and American Dental Association and a board member of the Arizona Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Patel enjoys giving back—in her spare time she travels around the nation mentoring students and presenting on leadership and professional development topics to her peers. She continues to volunteer at many community events, including treating US Veterans and the homeless population of Phoenix at CASS Dental Clinic.

Out of the office, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with her husband and two pups, Lola and Buddy. Together, they love to cook, travel, and explore new restaurants and events around the valley. If you have any great recommendations, she would love to check them out!


Dental Prevention

•Comprehensive Exam

•Oral Screening

•Digital X-rays (3D xrays if needed)

•Oral Clinical Photos

•Hygiene Therapy


•Sealants (adults and children)

Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

•Smile Preview

•Teeth Whitening (sensitive option available)

•Teeth Straightening (Invisalign & Fastbraces)

•Composite Bonding & Fillings




•Dentures and Partials

•Composite Bonding & Fillings

•Dentures and Partials

•Root Canal Therapy

•Extractions (some wisdom teeth)

•Gum recession surgery (Pinhole surgery)

•Complete Smile Makeovers

Implant Dentistry

•Single Implants
•Bridge Implants
•Implant Dentures
All in Four (same day extraction & implants)
•3D Cone Beam X-ray
•Digital Surgical Implant Guides
•Bone grafting
•Sinus Lifts

Convenience and Technology

•Same Day appointments (Call by 10am on a business day & you will be seen that day)
•Evening and Saturday appointments
•24 hour patient emergency line
•Nitrous Oxide & Oral Sedation
•Digital Scanner
•Soft Tissue Laser
•Wave One Root Canal
•Buffered Anesthetic
•3D Tooth Extraction

Emergency Dentistry

Same day appointments! Call our 24 line: (coming soon)

Preventative Dentistry

Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They can be a better option than other alternatives.

General Dentistry

Take pride in your smile with the help of our many services, including dental implants, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and more!

Implant Dentistry

When you are missing a large number of teeth or are just tired of your poorly fitted and constantly slipping dentures, we can find a solution using multiple dental implants.

Cosmetic Dentistry

If you look at your smile and think you need multiple procedures to get the smile of your dreams, then a smile makeover is a great solution for you! Using a series of techniques all perfectly planned by you and your dentist, we’ll create your dream smile.



Take pride in your smile with the help of our many services, including dental implants, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and more!

Locations & Contact Us

Ahwatukee Dentist Office

4609 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix
AZ 85048


  • Monday 7:00am – 2:00pm
  • Tuesday 7:00am – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 7:00am – 7:00pm
  • Thursday 7:00am – 7:00pm
  • Friday 7:00am – 2:00pm
  • Saturday By Appointment

North Central Phoenix


6226 N. 27th Ave.Phoenix
AZ 85017



  • Monday 12:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday 7:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday By Appointment
  • Friday By Appointment
  • Saturday By Appointment

Suprise Dentist Office


15033 W. Bell Rd.
Surprise, AZ 85374




  • Monday 11:00am – 7:00pm
  • Tuesday 7:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Friday By Appointment
  • Saturday By Appointment

South Central Phoenix


6231 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85042



  • Monday 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Tuesday 7:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday 7:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday 7:30am – 4:00pm
  • Friday By Appointment
Q: What If I’m Scared Of The Dentist?
A: Dental anxiety is common, and we’ve planned our practice specially for our nervous patients. We have a variety of ways to help you relax, from longer appointments and private rooms to blankets, TV, and music.

If you’re still nervous about your dental care, then we’re glad to offer several different levels of sedation to get you through your appointment without fear! Sedation dentistry has fast become a hallmark of many dental practices, and we’re glad to offer it to you at all four of our Phoenix area practices!

Q: What Should I Do If I’ve Lost a Tooth?
A: As you age, there are plenty of factors that can cause tooth loss! The unfortunate fact is that no matter how well you take care of your mouth, there can still be reasons your teeth don’t last forever. When this happens, it’s important to be seen by the dentist as soon as possible! Tooth loss means that you will also start to lose bone mass, which can start a chain reaction of tooth loss!

Your jaw is full of sockets that house your teeth. These sockets are made up of thin bone that begins to disintegrate without a tooth present to support it. As this happens, your neighboring teeth start to shift, changing your bite and resulting in less overall stability. When this happens, the change in bite can lead to further problems when your teeth don’t fit together right anymore! More shifting can result, which can lead to more tooth loss!

A bridge can help stop the domino effect of tooth loss, but it doesn’t prevent the recession of bone. The best way to protect and preserve your jaw’s natural strength and shape is with a dental implant. At Desert Dentistry, we excel in the placement and restoration of implants – you’ll love these amazing restorations!

Q: Are Regular Teeth Cleanings Really Important?

A: Preventative maintenance is important for a lot of things in life – think about your car. You can keep it running well by not driving too rough, not slamming on the gas, and keeping your tires inflated properly, but you need to do more than that to make it last – the same with your teeth!

Taking care of your oral health at home is important, but it doesn’t mean much if you don’t come in for a regularly scheduled checkup and cleaning – just like getting your oil changed! By scheduling a cleaning every six months, you ensure that your preventative habits are effective and that we are able to deep clean the spots that you just can’t get to at home!

You wouldn’t wait until your engine seizes up to go to the mechanic, so don’t wait for a cavity before seeing your dentist!

Q: What Are The Best In-Home Oral Care Habits?
A: When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy between regular dental appointments, brushing and flossing is essential! The hard part can be determining the best schedule and techniques to ensure your home habits are effective! You should always brush twice a day and floss once, usually in the evening.

As for brushing, make sure you always use a soft-bristle brush that you replace every three to four months. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your tooth, and brush in a sweeping motion away from your gumline. Make sure you brush all of the surfaces of your teeth – front, back, and top! Also brush your tongue to remove excess plaque and bacteria.

Flossing should be done nightly, and it removes plaque your toothbrush can’t reach. It’s important to make sure your teeth are clean and plaque free to prevent cavities between cleanings!

Cosmetic Dentistry


When you look in the mirror, are you happy with the teeth you see? Do you hide your mouth behind your hand in an attempt to mask your smile? Do you keep your teeth closed when you grin to avoid showing stained, chipped, or damaged teeth? At Desert Dentistry, we can make all of those flaws a thing of the past! Cosmetic dentistry procedures at our four Phoenix area dentist offices will get you the smile you’ve always dreamed of!

Whether you want whiter teeth or a complete smile makeover, we can make your dreams happen! All of our family cosmetic dentistry procedures start with an appointment at your preferred location. While you’re there, we’ll take any necessary X-rays, digital 3-D impressions, and exams of your mouth to ensure you’re a good candidate for your desired procedure. You’ll meet with your dentist to discuss your plans and treatment goals, and then we’ll establish a treatment timeline to get you the smile of your dreams!


When you want to reshape an otherwise healthy tooth, veneers are an ideal solution! Made of wafer-thin porcelain, veneers are placed on top of an existing tooth. By removing a millimeter-thin layer of enamel, veneers can whiten, reshape, and perfect your teeth!

We are able to offer a variety of different types of veneers, each suited to a different kind of need. When you come to Desert Dentistry to discuss veneers, we’ll be able to offer you the perfect solution!

Teeth Whitening

If you already have a smile you love but the color has dulled from years of coffee, tea, or smoking, you might just want a whiter smile! We are more than happy to help you get a bright, fresh smile that will give the “wow factor” back to your teeth!

Whitening at Desert Dentistry can be done in the office or from the comfort of your own home! We offer several types of whitening, and we can even whiten the most sensitive of teeth! As an added bonus, we’ll even supply you with whitening for life if you make all of your regularly scheduled appointments! Imagine being able to keep your bright smile for as long as you are a patient at our practice!

Orthodontic Solutions

If you want to straighten your smile – and do it fast – we’re thrilled to offer several short-term orthodontic solutions! We are able to provide you with discreet and effective teeth straightening that will do its job in far less time than you could imagine possible!

Invisalign is for patients with minor correction needs and uses a series of clear trays that no one will even notice! Fastbraces and Six Month Smiles are both amazing options for patients who are willing to wear traditional brackets. These state-of-the-art systems are ideal for adult patients who want a straight smile without waiting two years!

Teeth Bonding

If you want to reshape your teeth and want it done now , teeth bonding is an excellent solution! Bonding involves the use of tooth-colored resin that is applied directly to your smile. Your dentist will shape it into the perfect look and then harden it with a special light. After that, you’ll have a great new smile!

Bonding is a great option for patients who want the results of veneers for a fraction of the cost.

Teeth Recontouring

Recontouring involves the reshaping of your teeth by removing enamel. As opposed to other methods that add material to your teeth to reshape them, recontouring only involves taking material away. This is an ideal solution for patients with chipped teeth, overly long teeth, or irregularities in the surface or shape of a tooth. Even better, recontouring can be done quickly and easily, giving you a new smile in just one visit!

Smile Makeovers

If you look at your smile and think you need multiple procedures to get the smile of your dreams, then a smile makeover is a great solution for you! Using a series of techniques all perfectly planned by you and your dentist, we’ll create your dream smile. You’ll be amazed at the results a smile makeover can create!

If you have any questions about our various cosmetic dentistry in Phoenix, AZ, don’t hesitate to call our office today! You can reach your nearest office by phone or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you get your dream smile!

Dental Implants


As you age, tooth loss becomes more and more likely. Whether due to trauma, gum disease, smoking, or decay, losing teeth eventually becomes part of life for many people! When tooth loss happens, you have several solutions – live without a replacement, get a bridge, or become a member of the satisfied group of patients using the most advanced tooth replacement method in the world – dental implants!

What are dental implants? A dental implant is small, but it makes a big difference for our patients. The size of the root of your tooth, a dental implant is a hollow screw with internal and external threading. It is placed in your jaw and quickly integrates with your bone, creating a strong, permanent attachment. Once secured, your teeth implant is restored with one of several appliances, depending on what your implant is going to be used for.

We also offer implant placement immediately after tooth extraction. If you want an implant, we’ll make sure it’s in place the same day!

What Kinds of Roles Do Implants Fill?

Implants are the newest go-to device in restorative dentistry and are used for a variety of treatments. You’ll love the implant advantage!

Single Implant Solutions

Instead of a bridge to replace a single missing tooth, an implant can be used. This is greatly preferred for several reasons: first, there is no need to reduce the adjacent teeth to fit under crowns, leaving you with more healthy, natural teeth! Second, implants can save you from future tooth loss!

When even one tooth is lost, a domino effect can start. As your bone where the lost tooth sat begins to shrink, your adjacent teeth will start to shift to fill the gap. This causes them to loosen and become more prone to loss as well. If one of them falls out, it’s the same cycle all over again, but with fewer teeth and less bone to support the remaining teeth. By placing an implant, the bone is preserved and you completely avoid any future tooth loss!

We also offer mini implants, which are a much smaller size than standard implants. These are great for patients who have experienced a greater degree of bone loss, or those who need an implant placed in a tricky location.

Multiple Implant Solutions

When you are missing a large number of teeth or are just tired of your poorly fitted and constantly slipping dentures, we can find a solution using multiple dental implants. We have several ways multiple implants can work for you, including an amazing same-day solution!

Imagine a full set of teeth that are just as stable as your natural ones. Now imagine that they are permanent – no more denture cleaning and the other headaches of having removable teeth! Hybrid implant dentures are the premier solution to the fatigue that many denture wearers experience after years of those very same hassles! By placing four to six implants, we can construct a set of replacement teeth that are held in place by your implants and function just like the real thing! Not only will you be getting the top-of-the-line in dental restoration, you’ll also be leaving with a brand-new smile the same day we place your implants! This temporary bridge will still look incredibly realistic, and you’ll still have all the same functionality that you’ll have with your permanent set. Aside from experiencing some sensitivity while your implants heal, you’ll be able to enjoy your life with a new set of permanent teeth right away!

We also offer implant-retained and implant-supported dentures, which are a great solution for patients who are happy with their current dentures. Even if that removable set works great, you undoubtedly still experience incidents where you wish they were more stable – that’s where implant support comes in!


Using a series of teeth implants that are topped with either metal balls or a bar, we can modify your dentures to clip securely onto your dental implants in Arizona! This will provide an incredible level of stability that you could never get with traditional dentures. Even better, we can modify your existing dentures for use with implants, saving you time and money!

Dental implant procedure is one of the largest leaps in dental technology in years. They are safe, effective, and preserve your oral health in ways that no other solution can compare to. If you are ready to experience all the great things that implant dentistry can give you, call our office today! You can also schedule an appointment using our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!



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