I knew in the 5th grade that I wanted to be a dentist. Born and raised in Tucson, I went to high school at Tucson High where I excelled in academics and sports and won the wrestling state championship in 1968. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona and went on to receive my DMD from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. I have been practicing in the “Old Pueblo” for more than 44 years, and am truly blessed to be respected by my peers and the local community. I have always operated with integrity, professionalism and dedication and am proud to have a great team by my side who work hard to create a warm and friendly atmosphere for my patients. I love my family and am passionate about my work! I love being a dentist and the opportunity it permits me to serve this community I grew up in and love. I have served on the Hispanic Advisory Committee for the athletic department at the University of Arizona, on the Board of Trustees for A.T. Still University of Health Sciences and am a Founding Member of A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. People often ask me, “when are you going to retire, Dr. Bedoya?” I always tell them that I will continue to work as long as the Good Lord allows me to. My wife Marisela and I raised three wonderful children; 2 sons and a daughter. My sons help me with the business and my daughter is a successful orthodontist.
A natural tooth has a crown – the part which shows above the gum line, and a root – the anchor hidden below the gumline. When a tooth is missing, a dental implant takes the place of the missing root.