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March 15th, 2016

Phoenix-area implant dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox knows from years of treating patients who have struggled with severely damaged smiles that cosmetic dentistry can provide a new lease on life for people with cracked or missing teeth.

But the hard truth is, the more dental work that's required to correct a patient's smile, the more expensive those treatments are going to become. It follows that patients tend to ask whether their treatment will be covered by dental insurance.

As Dr. Wilcox explains in this video, the answer is: Sometimes.

The surest way to determine exactly what types of treatments you may need to correct your smile is to schedule a thorough consultation at Desert Smiles in Glendale. You can reach our Phoenix-area implant and cosmetic dentistry practice online through this website or by calling 602-978-1790.

February 29th, 2016

Our general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Glendale, Ariz., treats Phoenix-area patients for everything from gum disease prevention to smile makeovers.At Desert Smiles, a general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Glendale, Arizona, we treat Phoenix-area patients for everything from basic gum disease prevention to total smile makeovers.

We know that bad breath is a vexing (and often embarrassing) issue for people around Phoenix and nationwide.

According to the American Dental Association, there are six dominant causes of bad breath. These six bad breath catalysts are:

  • Bacteria: Your mouth is home to a variety of naturally occurring bacteria. The bacteria left behind by chewed food can be especially powerful when it comes to producing foul mouth odor.
  • “Cotton Mouth”: If you’re feeling thirsty, this could be a sign that you’re not producing enough saliva, which is key to providing a natural cleansing process inside of your mouth. If you’re dry-mouth is chronic, you may want to bring up the issue with our Glendale cosmetic and family dentist. You also can help counter dry mouth on your own by drinking plenty of water to stay well-hydrated.
  • Gum Disease: Bad breath can be a sign of this larger, widespread health problem, which contributes to cavities and a variety of other dental and medical health problems.
  • Your Diet: Some foods are naturally pungent, like garlic or coffee.
  • Smoking and Tobacco: In addition to staining your teeth, smoking or chewing tobacco also inhibits your ability to truly taste your food, and it irritates your gums. Also, smokers are at a higher risk for the severe gum disease that precipitates cracked, damaged or missing teeth.
  • Medications or Disease: If you are brushing and flossing daily yet your bad breath is persistent, you should talk with the dentist as well as your family physician about the possibility that you may be experiencing another health issue that can cause bad breath such as diabetes or kidney disease.

At Desert Smiles, you’re more than a statistic to our dentist, Dr. Wilcox. So if you’re experiencing an ongoing bad breath problem, please call our general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Glendale, Arizona today to schedule an appointment with our Phoenix-area dentist: 602-978-1790.

February 25th, 2016

With his tremendous experience and expertise, Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Don Wilcox can easily recall the days (not so long ago) when patients who suffered from multiple damaged or missing teeth had few options other than dentures.

For these patients, the advancement of dental implants was nothing short of revolutionary.

Restorative dentists such as Dr. Wilcox consider dental implants to be the closest possible match to natural teeth. On top of that, traditional dentures come with drawbacks, which Dr. Wilcox addresses in this video.

When you have questions about any aspect of dental implants, please contact Desert Smiles in Glendale to schedule your restoration dentistry consultation with Dr. Wilcox, one of the top cosmetic dentists in the Greater Phoenix Area: 602-978-1790.

February 12th, 2016

It's common for people living with chipped, cracked, discolored or missing teeth to subtly mask their mouths in order to hide their less-than-perfect smile.

No one should have to live that way.

You may not fully realize, however, the variety of options available to you until you've taken time to visit with an accomplished cosmetic dentist like Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles in Glendale, Ariz., a cosmetic dentistry practice that accepts patients from throughout the Greater Phoenix Area.

In this video, Dr. Wilcox demonstrates just how personal smile care can be, along with the way he surveys each patient individually to determine the best treatments for their particular dental health issues.

Here are just some of the treatments that our cosmetic dentist might suggest to people in Glendale or Phoenix who are struggling with damaged smiles:

When you have questions about cosmetic dentistry and the best treatment options for you, you can trust Dr. Wilcox, one of the Top Dentists in Phoenix, to thoroughly, compassionately provide you with answers. To schedule your time with our Glendale cosmetic dentist, please contact Desert Smiles online or by calling 602-978-1790.

February 11th, 2016

Dr. Donald Wilcox, our cosmetic dentist at Desert Smiles in Glendale, was recently part of a Dominican Republic mission trip.Dr. Donald Wilcox, our cosmetic dentist at Desert Smiles in Glendale, was recently part of a group of 12 dentists from the United States and Canada who spent a week on a combination medical mission/continuing education trip in San Pedro, Dominican Republic.

The team provided tooth extractions, grafting and implant placement.  More than 200 implants were placed, and  numerous other surgical procedures were performed at a remote clinic.  (Special thanks to the makers of Implant-One for providing the actual dental implants and grafting tools.) These procedures are generally not available in this part of the Dominican Republic. 

Several Dominican dentists were in attendance to  assist with procedures and expand their training and knowledge. Patients will have the opportunity to follow up with these local professionals. 

Dr. Wilcox's goal is to make this mission happen six times a year going forward.

If you'd like to schedule time with Dr. Wilcox, please contact Desert Smiles online or call our Glendale general and cosmetic dentistry practice directly at 602-978-1790.



February 01st, 2016

If you're thinking of getting a cosmetic dentistry procedure in in Phoenix or Glendale, we want you to be aware of the costs associated with your treatment.If you're in Phoenix or Glendale and you’re thinking of getting one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, we want you to be aware of the costs associated with your treatments as not all procedures are covered by traditional dental insurance.

Although each patient’s needs are unique, generally speaking:

You may think your dental insurance plan will cover the procedure you're considering, but you need to be sure before move forward with any treatments

Unlike traditional home or car insurance, which protects against a catastrophe such as a fire or traffic accident, dental insurance is intended to provide a fixed dollar amount each year. Some dental insurance plans may cover cosmetic dentistry when it's necessary for your teeth and mouth to function properly. Others never pay for any treatment that’s strictly considered cosmetic. Many plans will limit the types of cosmetic dentistry in order to control their costs.

Our trained and helpful staff at Desert Smiles in Glendale can help you navigate the dental insurance landscape to make sure you get the best and most coverage for the procedure you want. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule your consultation with our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Donald Wilcox, one of the "Top Dentists" in Phoenix: 602-978-1790.

January 27th, 2016

At Desert Smiles in Glendale, we like this video featuring Dr. Donald Wilcox speaking about dental implants because of the wealth of information that our cosmetic dentist manages to pack into a relatively short segment.

By-and-large, dental implants are the most effective solution that dentists in the Phoenix area and nationwide have for cracked or missing teeth. Phoenix implant dentist Dr. Wilcox explains here that implants have roughly a 95 percent success rate.

But that's not to say that dental implants are right for every damaged smile. Here are four factors that may impact the success of a patient's dental implant placement:

  • Inadequate bone density
  • Particular medications
  • Diabetes
  • Heavy smoking

When you have questions about dental implants or any of the advanced dentistry procedures available to provide you with the best smile of your life, please contact Desert Smiles in Glendale online or by telephone to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wilcox, one of the "Top Dentists" in Phoenix: 602-978-1790.

January 22nd, 2016

If you're in the Greater Phoenix Area and you've never taken time to sit and talk with a skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles in Glendale, you may be surprised to learn about the array of advanced-dentistry and neuromuscular tools and techniques now available.

In this video, Dr. Wilcox explains the comprehensive information he gleans from a patient's smile analysis. This exam evaluates the aesthetics of your teeth, and provides the dentist with a window onto your overall jaw or gum health.

The smile analysis also is a chance for Dr. Wilcox to listen to your dental health goals and talk with you about what's possible. Together with the dentist, you can come up with a treatment plan that will enhance your smile and give you the appearance you've always wanted.

When you're ready to see how cosmetic dentistry can provide you with a gorgeous, life-changing new smile, please contact Desert Smiles in Glendale online or by telephone to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wilcox, one of the "Top Dentists" in Phoenix: 602-978-1790.

January 04th, 2016

At Desert Smiles in Glendale, Phoenix-area cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox understands that everyday living can be hard for people who suffer from sleep apnea and fail to achieve regular, recuperative sleep.

Some traditional symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Frequent waking
  • Morning exhaustion
  • Morning dry mouth
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Memory loss

Increasingly, sleep apnea also is linked to other serious systemic health problems including heart disease.

It's important to seek out treatment because sleep apnea, although widespread, goes undetected in the vast majority of people who have the condition.

In this video, Dr. Wilcox shows patients how an oral appliance customized and fitted by your dentist can stabilize your jaw and open up nasal passages. This enables sleep apnea sufferers to achieve the restful, recuperative sleep that's so essential to long-term health and wellness.

Need another reason to turn to Dr. Wilcox when you have questions about sleep apnea and oral appliances? This Phoenix dentist actually wears an oral appliance himself.

Regardless of whether you now have a sleep apnea diagnosis or you're unsure about whether sleep apnea might be the reason you feel so tired all the time, Phoenix-area cosmetic dentist Dr. Wilcox at Desert Smiles in Glendale can help: 602-978-1790.

December 28th, 2015

One of the many benefits of visiting our Phoenix-area cosmetic dentist when you have questions or concerns about aesthetic procedures, or when you're looking for a second opinion on how best to makeover a damaged smile, is that Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles in Glendale has a wealth of experience treating people just like you.

Consider the video posted here about dental implants. In it, Dr. Wilcox applies his kind, straightforward "chair-side" manner to explaining one of the most powerful tools that today's cosmetic dentists have to return a patient's smile to its natural state of health, beauty and functionality: Dental implants.

Dr. Wilcox also illuminates how lasting dental implants can be, and the way that contemporary dental implant imaging enables today's dentists to better place implants than ever before.

Our cosmetic dentist talks simply and knowledgably about why dental implants are simply the best solution for people in and around Glendale and Phoenix who are suffering with one or more cracked or missing teeth.

If you're ready to start the New Year off right with a cosmetic dentistry consultation or procedure at Desert Smiles in Glendale, please contact our Phoenix-area practice online or by telephone to schedule your next appointment: 602-978-1790.