Ohio State Upper Arlington Dentistry

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1800 Zollinger Rd.
Suite 1200
Columbus, OH 43221


Experienced dentists providing exceptional care in Upper Arlington.
Office Hours

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Located in the heart of Upper Arlington at the OSU Wexner Medical Center’s Outpatient Care facility, Ohio State Upper Arlington Dentistry provides high-quality and convenient dental health services.

Request an appointment by calling 614-366-3400 or submit the appointment request form.

New Patients

We are excited for you to become part of our practice! Below are a few things to help make your first visit as smooth and easy as possible:

  • Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment to have plenty of time to fill out your new patient paperwork. If you prefer to fill it out at home, please print and complete the appropriate New Patient Forms (found in our Patient Forms section) and bring them with you. It is a good idea to have a list of your current medications, dosages, frequency and the medical condition for which you take them with you at all times. This can be very helpful to our staff as they are required to enter this information into your medical history.
  • Please be sure to bring a copy of your dental insurance card and a photo id. If you do not have a copy of your dental insurance card, please have the policy holders name, date of birth and social security number ready so that we may access your dental insurance information for you.
  • Please be prepared to make any co-payment at the time of service. If you are a cash pay patient, please be prepared to pay for services in full. For your convenience, we accept cash and the following major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and any health savings account card. Checks will be accepted for established patients only.
  • When you arrive at our clinic, please check in with the reception staff. To ensure the privacy and safety of all our patients, we politely ask that children and family members without a scheduled appointment remain in the patient reception/waiting area. Exceptions will be made for very young children and their parent or guardian who feel their treatment experience will be improved by the security of their company.
  • As a new patient at Upper Arlington Dentistry, it is important for you to be aware of our Patient Appointment Attendance Policy.
    • Patients must cancel all dental appointments at least 24 hours before their scheduled appointment's time.
    • If a patient does not cancel a dental appointment at least 24 hours before their scheduled appointment time, said appointment will be considered a Broken Appointment.
    • Should an individual accumulate three (3) Broken Appointments during their time as a patient at Upper Arlington Dentistry, the clinic considers this to be grounds for patient dismissal. Being dismissed as a patient means that you will no longer be allowed to return to Upper Arlington Dentistry for your dental care.
    • If you are returning to Upper Arlington Dentistry as a patient after a long absence, but have had a history of broken appointments, the next broken appointment upon your return will be considered grounds for dismissal.

Services Provided

Our highly trained and experienced dentists and staff can expertly treat virtually every general dental need for most any patient. Our connection to The Ohio State University College of Dentistry allows us access to decidedly qualified specialists when a referral is recommended.


Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucous and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.

During a dental cleaning, expect to be scheduled with an experienced, licensed dental hygienist. The hygienist may complete a review and update of your medical history, an oral cancer screening, evaluate your gums for evidence of disease (probing), take x-rays to check for cavities and gum disease, scale the teeth to remove hard deposits, polish the teeth to remove plaque and stain, apply fluoride and provide oral hygiene education. Hygienists are trained to tailor the patient’s appointment to his/her specific needs.


A crown, sometimes called a “cap”, is a type of dental restoration which completely encircles a tooth. The procedure can be performed by a general dentist or prosthodontist. A crown is also used to restore dental implants. A crown can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, precious metals, porcelain, and other tooth colored materials. At least two appointments are needed to fabricate a crown. The first appointment usually involves preparing the tooth, taking dental impressions, and making a temporary crown to wear while the crown is being fabricated at the lab. The second appointment is usually about 2-3 weeks after the initial appointment. During the second appointment the dentist “tries in” the crown, checks the color/shade of the crown, checks the bite, and makes any needed minor adjustments to the crown. The final step at that appointment is cementing the crown into the mouth.

Dentures and/or Partials

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Our dentists can help plan for teeth that need to be removed in preparation for a denture replacement. They are also skilled at relining existing dentures to ensure optimal fit and function.

Emergency Dental Care

The Upper Arlington clinic functions like a traditional, private practice. Emergencies for established patients will be treated as deemed appropriate by the on site provider. Walk in emergencies or walk in appointments will not be accepted. Dental emergencies for new patients are best treated at the Ohio State College of Dentistry’s walk in Dental Emergency Care Clinic at 305 W 12th Ave, Postle Hall, Columbus, Ohio 43210

If you feel you are experiencing a true medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or head to your nearest emergency room.


A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc). Decay can be detected by clinical evaluation and by taking x-rays. The damaged tooth will be numbed and prepped (drilled) prior to filling placement.

Gum Disease Treatment

The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums that is called “gingivitis.” In gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist. This form of gum disease does not include any loss of bone and tissue that hold teeth in place.

When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to “periodontitis” (which means “inflammation around the tooth”). In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces (called “pockets”) that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.

The main goal of gum disease treatment is to control the infection. The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good daily care at home. The doctor may also suggest changing certain behaviors, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve treatment outcome.

Gum disease treatment typically involves removal of  plaque and tartar through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease. In cases of severe disease, a referral to a gum specialist called a Periodontist will be recommended.


Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers) are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length. The front of the original tooth must first be prepped (drilled) and an impression is taken so that the veneer can be made to fit the tooth exactly. A temporary veneer will be placed while the impression is sent to a lab for the final veneer to be made.

Methods of Payment


Payment is due at the time service is rendered unless other arrangements have been made in advance with our Dental Claims Specialist. To find out more about our financial/payment policies, please take a moment to review our Financial Policy/Patient Financial Responsibility Form.

Payment Options

  • Cash, personal checks (for established patients only), money orders, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.
  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending (FSA) benefit cards and checks are also accepted. 
  • Care Credit: For those patients who qualify and prefer to extend payments beyond the conclusion of treatment, we are pleased to offer Care Credit – the American Dental Association approved commercial revolving line of credit specifically designed for the payment of dental care. To learn more about this option, please visit carecredit.com or contact our Patient Financial Services Department for terms and conditions.


For those with insurance coverage, we will help you maximize your insurance benefits for covered procedures. Should you desire, a predetermination of insurance benefits will be provided to you prior to scheduling treatment. If you would like a predetermination of benefits, please discuss this with your provider and/or contact our Dental Claims Specialist.

Your deductible and/or any co-payment due will be collected at the appointment when services are rendered. As a courtesy, we will submit a claim to your insurance carrier for the services we provide to you. However, your insurance coverage is a contract between you, your employer and the insurance carrier. We consider you to be financially responsible for your account.

We are preferred providers for Delta Dental. Our providers are also credentialed with some agency insurance plans. We are happy to file claims for any dental insurer however we advise you to contact your dental insurance company to determine if our providers are considered out of network for your specific plan.

Get Directions

1800 Zollinger Rd.
Suite 1200
Columbus, OH 43221

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Our Providers

Dr. Matthew Messina
Matthew J. Messina, DDS
Dental Clinic Director
Maggie Hand
Maggie Hand
Dental Hygienist
Erin Miller
Erin McQuade
Office Associate

Request an appointment by calling 614-366-3400 or submit the appointment request form.

Frequently Asked Questions