The history of dentistry dates back to ancient times, when Egyptians created small holes where tooth roots were to drain abscesses. False teeth made of bone and ivory date back to 700 B.C., and the Greeks were performing tooth extractions around 400 B.C. Desert Smiles in Glendale, Arizona, uses state-of-the-art technology to restore your beautiful, present-day teeth. Dr. Donald Wilcox, DDS has the expertise to give you the smile you have always wanted. Dentistry in America The history of dentistry in the United States began with Isaac Greenwood, the first native-born American dentist who began practicing dentistry in 1779. Greenwood designed George Washington’s famous dentures, which were carved from a hippopotamus tusk (not from wood, as the legend goes). The first dental college, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, opened in 1840, making the United States a leader in dentistry. This college provided a formal education to those who wanted to become the equivalent of a present-day Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). The American Dental Association was started in 1859 by a group of dentists who got together because of the lack of government regulation. If you need restorative or cosmetic dentistry using modern technology, please contact the dentists at our Glendale dentistry office today to learn more. Desert Smiles also serves patients throughout the Peoria, Arizona area.