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By Jacksonville University residency program, Brighter Way Dental Institute to serve more in need in Phoenix

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Dr. R. Todd Erickson, who is the nation’s only dual-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. (File Photos/
Purpose: Oral and dental care for those experiencing homelessness in Phoenix
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Brighter Way Dental Institute, which provides oral and dental care to veterans and individuals experiencing homelessness, has been named a training site for Jacksonville University’s Comprehensive Oral Implantology Residency Program.

Dr. Michael Rosen has been selected to complete his three-year residency at Brighter Way institute’s downtown Phoenix location on the Human Services Campus, 203 S. 12th Ave.

Dr. Michael Rosen

Jacksonville University, named an “America’s Best College” by U.S. News & World Report, is offering a master of science in dentistry and a certificate in comprehensive Oral Implantology for dentists who complete the 36-month residency program, according to a press release.

“This residency program is tremendously exciting for Brighter Way because it expands our capabilities for our patients by bringing to our team one of the nation’s premier dental educators, who also happens to be an oral surgeon and maxillofacial radiologist,” said Brighter Way founder and CEO Dr. Kris Volcheck in a prepared statement.

“At the same time, the dentists in the program will experience first-hand surgical and educational opportunities in a very active, unique, and highly respected environment with a focus on providing comprehensive dental and oral care to individuals experiencing homelessness, veterans, and low-income individuals.”

The residency program will offer the resident dentists hands-on training in the specialty of implant dentistry and will expand Brighter Way’s scope of services under the direction of Dr. R. Todd Erickson, who is the nation’s only dual-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon — oral and maxillofacial radiologist. He will be a full-time member of the Brighter Way dental team.

Implant dentistry is a unique specialty that goes beyond the scope of general dentistry. It encompasses diagnostic imaging and the use of digital technology, surgical technique, periodontal concepts, prosthetic fabrication and long-term maintenance, the release states.

Residents within the Jacksonville University’s Comprehensive Oral Implantology Program are taught the revolutionary reconstruction of the entire oral masticatory process including bone, soft tissue and teeth utilizing implants and dental restorations.

The full-time 36-month residency program combines 90 credits of clinical training with didactic online course work. Supported by the Comprehensive Oral Implantology Residency Foundation, the program is recognized as using the American Academy of Implant Dentistry post-graduate core curriculum for dental implantology.

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