623-544-0700 | 13830 W. Camino Del Sol Ste 200, Sun City West, AZ 85375

About Us

Our whole team is here for you.

You can always expect nothing less than:

A Warm Welcome

Our entire team loves to serve our patients, so you’ll find our office cozy, inviting, and always focused on you, our guest.

Worry-Free Treatment

Affordable prices, sedation services when you need them, and clear answers to your questions will make going to the dentist a breeze.

Top-Notch Care

Our doctors, hygienists and office staff are focused on providing efficient and effective services using the latest technology.

Could going to the dentist be a bright spot in your day?

We’re up for the challenge.

Meet Your Doctors

Dr. Karl Wirtz

Dr. Karl Wirtz grew up on a farm outside the Kansas City, Missouri area. It was there that his love for precision handicrafts and problem solving began while watching his father, a “mechanical wizard,” invent new machines and techniques for improving the farming lifestyle. This passion has carried over and he is constantly devising new dental techniques and advanced therapies to better serve his patients.

After graduating with distinction from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1977, Dr. Wirtz settled and practiced [?] in Phoenix. He moved his dental practice to Sun City West in March 2000 and established Sunridge Dental Care. Dr. Wirtz has continued to explore the field of dentistry extensively. In the past three years alone, he has attended over 700 hours of continuing education courses in areas such as removable prosthodontics and implant prosthetics. He is an alumnus of the Pankey Institute and a graduate of the Misch International Implant Institute and the Dawson Academy [Just a note—I don’t know that the Dawson Academy and the Pankey Institute mean anything to the general public? So, maybe we can include some very brief wording to describe what these are. The Misch International Implant Institute…that value is obvious to the reader since it states ‘implant’ in the title]. Dr. Wirtz is also a trained dental lab technician and does most of his own lab work in the office to provide quality, personalized care for his patients.

In addition to being an eternal student, Dr. Wirtz loves to share the knowledge he has gained. His office includes a training facility where he welcomes other dental professionals to learn about removable prosthodontics and other areas of dentistry and helps his patients learn more about their own dental health. Dr. Wirtz is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and a Life Member of the Christian Dental Society. He is a member of the American College of Oral Implantology, the Implant Prosthodontics Section of the ICOI, and the Speaking/Consulting Network. Dr. Wirtz is also a charter member and restorative consultant for the Comprehensive Care Continuum Study Club. He is the founder and presenter of the Study Club for Removable Prosthodontics.

Dr. Wirtz and his wife, Barbara, have been residents of Sun City Grand in Surprise, Arizona since 2002. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Wirtz enjoys golf, reading and baseball. He also enjoys watching his favorite team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dr. Garth McCaffrey

Dr. McCaffrey was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where his father was a very dedicated ER physician. In addition to serving in both Canada and the USA, his father spent time in Liberia, Africa as a missionary doctor. Dr. McCaffrey’s philosophies in dentistry and patient care were formed in observance of the selfless love and service that his father demonstrated towards those in his care throughout his life, bringing healing and health up until his last 6 months in this world. His father’s overseas work has also inspired Dr. McCaffrey to serve on multiple missions, both locally and internationally in Colombia and Haiti.

Dr. McCaffrey graduated from The Ohio State University Dental School and has diligently attended many institutes of continuing dental/medical education to be able to give the best the profession has to offer. He is highly accomplished in the extremely difficult disciplines of prosthodontics and implantology and is complimented by a strong surgical background.

Having actively conducted Intravenous (IV) Sedation throughout his career, he maintains medical training such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Medical Emergencies and Airway Management to name a few. This expertise has enabled him to help all of his patients, from those with small issues to those in the most difficult situations. His extensive training and experience has equipped him to treat patients with special needs as well as those who are medically compromised.

Dr. McCaffrey looks forward to getting to know each and every one of his patients. He loves working alongside his team and offering his 20 years of experience to provide a dental home where families and individuals can be helped and healed.

Expectations exceeded.

“Having dentures since age 18 (60 yrs), my jaw bones and gum tissue were worn bad. Previous dentists had not made the correct allowance for proper bite caused by my long lower jaw. Because of my age and medical issues, I was not interested in spending $50-$60K dollars for implants as suggested by other dentists. Luckily I found Dr. Wirtz. He understands my problems and explained his procedures better than any dentist I have ever used. My bite is corrected and I have a beautiful set of teeth.
Thank you Dr. Wirtz!”

Odes M.

“Dr. Wirtz takes great pride in his work. He is very knowledgeable and caring. He makes sure the dentures look natural, fit properly and are functional. I am very pleased with my new dentures. They are beautiful, fit well and are comfortable. The most amazing part to me – No Sore Spots. My thanks to Dr. Wirtz and his delightful staff for a wonderful experience.”

Eva F.

“My experience with Dr. Wirtz and his staff has been outstanding. Dr. Wirtz created a comfortable and truly beautiful set of dentures for me. I am able to enjoy many foods that I previously avoided or had difficulty chewing. Also I now have a smile I am so proud of. During the process I was well informed as to all procedures and all of my questions were answered. He and his staff are so friendly and easy to communicate with. They are the best.”

Sondra A.

“This letter is to thank you and say how pleased Ellen is with her new dentures and the other dental services you provided her. She has never felt better about dental matters and she has never looked more beautiful. Thank you! When it became apparent that Ellen’s dentures were no longer serviceable and that her facial structure is changing, we began a search for just the right dentist for her needs.Ellen had been the early recipient of a dental implant device and it was a paramount consideration for us that a new dentist have a great deal of experience in this area of expertise. While discussing Ellen’s requirements with my endodontist, he confidently recommended you. We have not been disappointed. From the beginning, you sensed Ellen’s apprehension and quickly put her at ease. You took a great deal of time explaining the current state of her dental health and outlining all the different options. You were extremely patient-sensitive while, step-by-step, doing absolutely professional work. I can tell you that Ellen is extremely happy with her new smile and appearance. And that makes for a happy husband! We will happily recommend your services to friends and family, without reservation. And by the way, you have an outstanding staff. Everyone we dealt with was extremely considerate and professional. Of course, Jen was terrific and Ellen appreciated her so much.”

Hedly B.

“It is indeed fortunate for anyone facing the need for extensive dental work to find a dentist as special as Dr. Karl Wirtz. His knowledge, skill and expertise are outstanding, and he has a presence that inspires confidence and greatly alleviates the fear and trepidation felt by most people in this situation.
After studying and determining the type of treatment he believes a patient should have, his presentation and explanation of each step of the proposed treatment are concise, clear and detailed. There is no question left unanswered. And, this practice continues through every step of the treatment. The quality of his work is outstanding, and whatever Dr. Wirtz says will happen does happen, exactly as he said it would. He is ably supported by an exceptional staff, and he collaborates closely with other dentists and dental surgeons in the area. I could not be more pleased with every step of my treatment, from start to finish, and I know of no other dentist who I believe is better qualified to handle any type of dental treatment.”

Ed G. L.

“I am very pleased with denture work that Dr Wirtz did for me. He gave me a new smile along with the ability to eat foods that I have not been able to enjoy for a long time. I had no idea what poor shape my old dentures were in until Dr. Wirtz showed me what was happening to my mouth as result of the poor fit. I no longer have sores in my mouth. He was able to closely match the coloring of the old dentures plus he gave me a crooked tooth to match the old set. No one can tell there has been a change. His office personnel are a “terrific bunch” also.”

Joyce D.

“Sixty-five years of wearing dentures is a mighty long time. My jaw and gum base had extremely deteriorated. Oral surgery, for me, was not an option. I was referred to Dr. Wirtz. After consultation and examination, I accepted his program for the application of new dentures, without oral surgery. He and his staff were most helpful and professional in every step of the program. At this time it appears that this procedure has accomplished my need for new dentures. I am very pleased with the results.”

Max L. F.

“Because of my new dentures, compliments have been a daily occurrence. Dr. Wirtz and staff have been very sure that I am comfortable, as if I am the only patient that day. For many years I have been putting off going to the dentist – the “pain” factor. However, since coming to Dr. Wirtz, I look forward to my next visit. I only wish I’d been here years ago. The staff is most courteous and always willing to see me when I need to have any adjustment. I highly recommend Dr. Wirtz as my new teeth are more beautiful than my natural teeth were. I smile more!

Carol G.

“In late 2002 I began having severe pain in my face and head. I assumed it was my allergies and migraines. At my next visit with my family dentist, I spoke to him about the problem. He did an examination and determined that I was having symptoms of TMJ Disorder. He recommended that I make an appointment with Dr. Karl Wirtz. When I walked into Dr. Wirtz’s office, I was impressed. I am a very nervous dental patient, but his office is designed to make a patient feel comfortable and relaxed. The atmosphere is pleasant and the staff is friendly. In late December of 2003, the job was completed. I was amazed at the difference in the way my mouth felt. I no longer had the facial pain or the severe headaches. It has now been one year and I am “able to eat foods that before I could only nibble on, or not eat at all. I can smile without my jaws aching and I am still getting compliments from people about my beautiful teeth and smile. I even had a doctor say, “You husband must be a dentist.” I asked him why he would say that. He responded, “Because your teeth are so perfect.” I am not a vain person, but that brought a smile to my face.
I am very pleased with the way Dr. Wirtz worked with me and I highly recommend him and his wonderful staff to anyone who is considering having dental work done.”

Donna J

“A year ago after a dental procedure could not be completed; I was left with no real direction. I was very discouraged and frustrated. I saw an ad for Dr. Wirtz at Sunridge Dental and called for a consultation. He and his staff were so kind and caring. He gave the options and suggestions as to what direction to take. I felt like a huge burden had been lifted. The staff made all the arrangements for me with the dental surgeon and for the next six months I was a work in progress. My many visits to Dr. Wirtz’s office were a pleasant experience and I had no problems. I was first fitted with a temporary upper denture. During this time I was able to eat anything and had no speech problems.
The big day finally arrived and Dr. Wirtz handed me my new denture. The fit was perfect and it looked beautiful! The time he took to match my original teeth both in size and color was amazing. Everyone has remarked on how great I look, so natural. I can eat anything, corn on the cob, apples etc. I am so very grateful and pleased to have found Dr. Wirtz and his wonderful staff. He will certainly be my first call whenever I need further dental care.”

Doreen S.

“My most impressionable situation regarding the dentures Dr. Wirtz made for me was when my son-in-law, a Certified Gemologist(jeweler), expressed his amazement at my disclosure that I was wearing an upper denture. He said the teeth looked amazingly like “real”, or my own natural ones. Dr. Wirtz, in my opinion, is a perfectionist and is not pleased unless the patient is pleased. I certainly have no complaints as to the work done or being done because I’m aware that once the dental work is completed it will be the best – in my opinion and Dr. Wirtz’s opinion. The staff at Sunridge Dental is most courteous, helpful and just plain marvelous – always making sure the patient’s comforts come first. I love my new dentures and my own natural teeth are more than comfortable.”

Elaine A.

“Dear Dr. Wirtz:

I am very pleased with my new dentures and want to thank you for using your unique talents and skills in crafting them. Throughout the process, you explained your procedures, why they were necessary and what results would be accomplished. This was quite an education for me and gave me a lot of confidence. All the prep work involved certainly paid off. My dentures are well-fitting and not troublesome in any way. The stability of the lower denture is amazing, much to my delight. Cosmetically – well, you created a lovely smile for me. I would like to add that it was a pleasure meeting and getting to know your assistant, Rachel. She is a lovely, accommodating person and made my appointments very pleasant. Sincerely,”

Lillian G.

“This letter is to thank you and to let you know how pleased Ellen is with her new dentures and the other dental services you provided her. She has never felt better about dental matters and she has never looked more beautiful. Thank you! When it became apparent that Ellen’s dentures were no longer serviceable and that her facial structure was changing, we began a search for just the right dentist for her needs. Ellen had been the early recipient of a dental implant device and it was a paramount consideration for us that a new dentist have a great deal of experience in’this area of expertise. While discussing Ellen’s requirements with my endodontist, he confidently recommended you. We have not been disappointed. From the beginning, you sensed Ellen’s apprehension and quickly put her at ease; You took a great deal of time explaining the current state of her dental health and outlining all the different options. You were extremely patient and sensitive while, step by step, doing absolutely professional work. I can tell you that Ellen is extremely happy with her new smile and appearance. And that makes for a happy husband we will happily recommend your services to friends and family, without reservation. And by the way, you have an outstanding staff. Everyone we dealt with were extremely considerate and professional. Of course, Jen was terrific and Ellen appreciated her so much.”

Hedley B.

“My Implant Experience.

After and examination, it was recommended implants would be the solution for me. After several consultations, I decided to proceed with implants. My decision was based in medical reasons, not cosmetics. An appointment was set up to visit Dr Kammeyer who would perform the procedure. He also agreed with the implant recommendation. A complete explanation was given regarding the procedure, pre and post op directions. Several trips were made to Dr Wirtz for impressions. Dr Wirtz and Dr Kammeyer worked together to ensure a smooth and uncomplicated procedure would be completed. The morning of, I followed all instructions supplied by the office of Dr Kammeyer. I have to admit I was pretty scared. I can honestly say I don’t remember too much of that day. I was taken home for a couple hours and then back to Dr. Wirtz so my teeth could be inserted. Not one pain pill was taken. Follow-up visits were scheduled to make sure that procedure was going well. It is now a little over a year since receiving the implants and I could not be more satisfied.”

Laurel F.

“I am very happy with my new dentures. There has been no need for adjustments. Not only do they feel great, I enjoy the compliments as well. Thankyou and your staff for making a dreaded procedure a very pleasant one. Keep up the good work.”

Mary C.

“Thank you for the beautiful job on my dentures. I was very hesitant when you recommended the oral surgery and implants but I’m very glad I followed your advice. Dr. Hoaglin did a great job with the surgery and everything went really well. I want to thank you for the care and attention you gave me as you watched that everything was healing properly. I really appreciated the temporary dentures so I could still work without embarrassment during the 3 months. I am very pleased and appreciate you and Rachel and Dr. Hoaglin and his staff.”

Judy F.

“Dear Dr Wirtz,

I want to thank you, once again for your expertise, your guidance and your kindness on this past years journey from greatly impaired natural upper teeth to my beautiful, new, implanted upper teeth. This is truly the beginning of the rest of my life. After my initial surgery and the removal of my natural upper teeth the interim denture you prepared for me was already a great improvement, not only in appearance, but in my ability to chew adequately. However in the year that I wore that denture – while my jaw was readied for implantation and alter after implantation while awaiting my new teeth I knew even better things were in store. The denture fit beautifully and functioned very well, but I missed the sensation of chewing and heat and cold that one has with one’s own teeth. However I felt sure that by choosing implants I had made the right decision. Now with my implants in place I have a brand new smiles and I have beautiful strong new teeth with titanium posts which feel completely natural. Eating is a great plasure once again and I cannot thank you enough. To anyone who through whatever circumstance is faced with the loss of his or her natural teeth, I certainly would recommend implants over a removeable denture. And I certainly would recommend a explanatory consultation with you to learn about implants and their long-term benefits, both physical and aesthetic. With my very best wishes to you and your wnoderful staff in the new year. ”

Gloria M

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