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August 31st, 2015

When you visit Desert Smiles in Glendale for cosmetic, restorative or general dentistry care, you have the peace-of-mind of knowing that your dentist is among the best in Phoenix. It came as little surprise earlier this summer to the staff and patients of Desert Smiles in Glendale when Phoenix Magazine listed our Dr. Donald Wilcox in its esteemed "Top Dentists" issue. But we are nonetheless thrilled by the recognition.

This publication maintains high standards in recognizing all that Phoenix has to offer, from local arts to travel. It also boasts a long history of providing area residents with detailed healthcare information as it has been publishing its "Top Doctors" issue annually for the last two decades.

How are "Top Dentists" chosen for this honor? Each spring, the magazine's editors survey dentists throughout the area for their opinions on the best in their profession. (Just in case you were wondering, editors do not show preference toward dentists who advertise in their magazine.) Those listed can take a little more pleasure in the honor knowing that it comes from a survey of their peers.

So when you visit Desert Smiles in Glendale for cosmetic, restorative or general dentistry care, you have the peace-of-mind of knowing that your dentist is among the best in Phoenix. Contact us online or pick up the telephone today to schedule your next appointment: 602-978-1790.

August 18th, 2015

If you live in or near Phoenix and you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth, you may have read about dental implants, the strongest, most effective replacements for missing teeth.If you live in or near Phoenix and you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth, you may have read about dental implants, the strongest, most effective replacements for missing teeth.

But given that the healing process after implant placement can take several months, you may be wondering just how long you can expect those implants to last.

Dental implants actually consist of three parts:

1.The implant itself is a titanium screw that is surgically placed in a patient’s jawbone. It serves as a substitute for the natural root and physically bonds with the bone over a period of months.

2.The abutment is a kind of adapter that bridges the gap between the implant, which is located below the gumline, and the crown, which is visible when you smile.

3.The crown is the visible portion of the implant, a ceramic prosthetic tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth.

If well-cared for, dental implants can last a very long time. In fact, the implant itself can easily last a lifetime. Crowns generally last up to 15 years, depending upon usage and wear and tear, but it’s possible for them to last longer with good oral hygiene. And remember, dental implants don’t require any special cleaning regimens, so these years are free of soaking and special diets.

If you are missing a tooth and have questions about dental implants, it’s time to learn more about dental implants. Please contact Desert Smiles today at 602-978-1790 to schedule your dental implants appointment in our Glendale office.

August 12th, 2015

Regardless of your age, why wait to schedule your next dental checkup with Phoenix-area general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Wilcox?If you’re senior who has undergone any of the smile makeover procedures provided by Phoenix-area cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox, there are two important reasons that you might want to go ahead and schedule your upcoming biannual checkups at Desert Smiles in Glendale.

Seniors have unique dental health challenges. The American Academy of Cosmetic Density reports that older adults in particular battle unique periodontal issues because:

  • Certain medications cause you to produce less saliva, and;
  • Diminished dexterity translates into less thorough at-home dental care.

The AACD adds that any cosmetic dentistry patients with other pre-existing health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes may begin to see a marked dental health decline as early as their 40s.

Not only do routine dental health exams enable Dr. Wilcox of survey and maintain your dental work, your dentist also can help support your overall health and wellness by screening for any oral cancers or soft tissue abnormalities.

Regardless of your age, why wait to schedule your next dental checkup with Phoenix-area general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Wilcox? Please contact Desert Smiles in Glendale online or call our cosmetic dentistry practice directly to book your next appointment:602-978-1790.

August 03rd, 2015

Don’t wait. Call Desert Smiles in Glendale today to schedule your family’s back-to-school checkups with Phoenix-area general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox.You may still be flaunting summer tans lines but back-to-school time is at hand so a visit to your Phoenix dentist at Desert Smiles, our general or cosmetic dentistry practice in Glendale, is a must for starting the school year off right.

Why include a dental checkup with your back-to-school preparations?

Here are three reasons:

  • Back-to-School Dental Check-Up Reason No. 1: Protecting your student athlete. When children, teens and college-age athletes are injured in sports, there’s a very good chance that a dental trauma will be involved. To properly protect your youth athlete, ask your dentist for a custom-fitted mouth guard.
  • Back-to-School Dental Check-Up Reason No. 2:Supporting academic performance. Dental health problems and dentist office visits are a leading reason that kids miss school. Parents can head off this school-year distraction by addressing issues with your child’s teeth, mouth or gums before school starts.
  • Back-to-School Dental Check-Up Reason No. 3:Promoting overall health and wellness. Dental health problems are often linked to larger systemic health issues. A routine dentist visit helps zap tooth decay and encourage better home dental-health hygiene.

Don’t wait. Call Desert Smiles in Glendale today to schedule your family’s back-to-school checkups with Phoenix-area general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox: 602-978-1790.

July 31st, 2015

Smile makeover patients in Phoenix and Glendale have suffered cracked or missing teeth in addition to emotional and psychological trauma.Restorative and cosmetic dentists like Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles in Glendale spend a great deal of time talking with smile makeover patients in particular about the medical and physiological steps required to correct their teeth, gum or jaw problems.

But a very real issue that Dr. Wilcox must confront is the fact that people who have suffered for years with cracked or missing teeth, have also dealt with an emotional, not just a physical, trauma.

Damaged smiles, and most especially missing, un-replaced teeth, change the way people eat and speak. That dental damage becomes a calling card that is sometimes so ever-present that people with missing teeth may avoid social or professional functions simply so they can defer having to eat or speak in front of a large group of people.

And when dental damage begins to change the way you live, that emotional trauma blossoms into a psychological crutch that may include such symptoms as:

  • Social anxiety
  • Loss of confidence
  • Trouble relaxing

At Desert Smiles in Glendale, Phoenix-area cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox is committed to finding the right smile makeover treatment and approach not only to address a patient's cracked or missing teeth, but also to accommodate their lifestyle and financing needs.

For your smile makeover consultation with Phoenix-area cosmetic dentist Dr. Wilcox, please call 602-978-1790 or contact the Desert Smiles Glendale office online through this website.

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July 10th, 2015

For many people of retirement age, dental implants from Phoenix-area dentist Dr. Wilcox at Desert Smiles in Glendale can provide a lasting and attractive solution.Phoenix-area cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles in Glendale knows that seniors have distinct concerns when it comes to their teeth, mouth and gums.

For many people of retirement age, dental implants can provide a lasting and attractive solution.

Here are three reasons that seniors citizens often report that they are pleased with their dental implants.

Reason No. 1: Permanency. The vast majority of seniors who receive dental implants, whether the fix is for just one tooth or for several, report that implants look, feel and function just like healthy real teeth.

Reason No. 2: Applicability. Dental implants can solve a number of different teeth problems including cracked teeth, missing teeth, or worn-down teeth.

Reason No. 3: No more dentures. Although implants cost more than dentures, they also are more comfortable and require only the maintenance and care that you'd apply to real teeth. That means no more denture discomfort, slippage or adhesives.

While there is an array of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments available that may benefit senior citizens, most dental implant patients report that the procedure is well worth the cost and that the results are unparalleled.

If you're in the Phoenix area who would like to learn more about dental implants and another cosmetic dentistry treatment, please contact Desert Smiles in Glendale to book a consultation with Dr. Wilcox: 602-978-1790.

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June 29th, 2015

These three foods support mouth health after a smile makeover at Desert Smiles in Glendale.Once one of our Phoenix-area patients at Desert Smiles has undergone the smile makeover process with Dr. Donald Wilcox, our cosmetic dentistry specialist practicing out of Glendale AZ, it's important for these patients to take proactive steps to help protect their great new smiles in the future.

Although brushing and flossing twice each day, and scheduling regular dental checkups, are the surest way to pinpoint any blossoming problems with your new smile after a makeover, there also are everyday choices you can make to promote great smile health.

The foods you choose to eat loom large among those smile-preservation considerations.

Foods can be so instrumental in damaging and alternately preserving someone's smile that the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recently released a free e-book called "Recipes for a Healthier Smile," which you can download by following this highlighted link.

Here are three healthy-smile foods that make their way into some of the recipes in the book:

  • Basil — One of Mother Nature's antibiotics is useful for reducing mouth bacteria.
  • Broccoli — This vegetable protects teeth from staining or enamel erosion by creating an acid-proof layer on the teeth.
  • Ginger — This is another natural disease-fighter than can help promote your healthy smile.

If you live in the area of Phoenix or Glendale, Arizona and suffer from dental health problems that are painful, embarrassing or prevent you from eating, speaking or performing other otherwise normal activities, don't hesitate to schedule your smile makeover consultation with Dr. Wilcox at Desert Smiles: 602-978-1790.

June 22nd, 2015

Dental implants placed by Glendale cosmetic dentistry specialist Dr. Donald Wilcox continue to be the most efficient and practical solution to cracked and missing teeth for his Phoenix-area patients.

But like any surgery, there are risks for patients to consider.

In many cases, how well a person's gums and jaw accept a dental implant is largely dependent on extenuating health factors. There are some drugs, for instance, that can negatively impact osseointegration, which is essential to implant health and function. Among them are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are primarily used to treat depression. These drugs can reduce the speed of bone formation and increase the chance of bone fracturing.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the other primary risks associated with dental implants:

  • Implant location infection
  • Damage to the surrounding teeth, gums, nerves or muscle tissue
  • Implants placed near sinus cavities have the potential to spur sinus problems

Despite these risks, the dental implant process is widely considered safe for those patients who qualify for the procedure. When there are complications, they are usually easily treated and resolved.

The best way to determine whether implants are the right restorative dentistry treatment for you is to schedule a consultation with Glendale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox, who proudly serves patients from the Greater Phoenix Area: 602-978-1790.

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