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Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

May 02nd, 2018

When you come to our Glendale office for your cosmetic dentistry treatment, Dr. WIlcox will carefully plan your smile using computer imaging, a wax mock-up, or temporary restorations. In the short video below, Dr. Wilcox discusses these cosmetic dentistry planning tools and how they may be used to help us provide you with the exact smile you desire.

If you live in Glendale, Scottsdale, Peoria, or surrounding areas of Arizona and are considering cosmetic dentistry, please call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790to schedule your initial consultation today.

May 02nd, 2018

Sedation Dentistry in ScottsdaleMillions of people from every walk of life are affected by dental fear or anxiety.

Oftentimes, people who experienced painful, traumatic dental work in the past now avoid much-needed care of their teeth and gums because returning to the dentist induces overwhelming negative emotion.

If this sounds familiar, please contact Desert Smiles in Glendale, Arizona to find out how Dr. Donald Wilcox, who’s been voted one of the area’s Top Dentists by Phoenix Magazine, can capitalize on dental sedation to ease your fear and anxiety. You can reach our Arizona cosmetic dentist online through this website or by calling 602-978-1790.

Overcoming Trauma with Sedation Dentistry

Preventative dental care will always be easier and less expensive than having to restore severely damaged teeth.

If, however, you find that you are too worried or anxious to properly manage the health of your teeth and gums, you’re not alone. Studies show that roughly three out of four adults have some degree of dental anxiety.

People who are unable to address necessary dental work risk losing their teeth and hastening broader health problems including:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Osteoporosis
  • Severe depression
  • Social anxiety

Even more concerning is the fact that adults who are afraid to see the dentist risk passing that dental anxiety on to the children in their lives, a scenario that could be setting up young people for a lifetime of painful dental health problems.

Fortunately, advances in sedation dentistry make visiting the dentist possible for people who suffer from dental anxiety.

No one should suffer the damaging health effects of poor dental health.

Dr. Wilcox is dedicated to helping people who have experienced traumatic dental experiences. Our Phoenix dentist aims to rebuild patient trust as well as the health and functionality of their teeth, gums and jaw.

Let Us Ease Your Dental Anxiety

In Phoenix, sedation dentistry under the expert care of Dr. Wilcox at Desert Smiles can help people whose past dental experiences left them emotionally scared. When you're ready to learn more about sedation dentistry, please contact our Phoenix-area cosmetic dentistry practice online or by calling 602-978-1790.

April 25th, 2018

Dr. Donald Wilcox is one of the most awarded and respected cosmetic dentists in the Phoenix area. Dedicated, caring, attentive, and skilled, Dr. Wilcox has helped hundreds of people in and around Phoenix achieve the strong, attractive, and brilliant smiles they deserve through targeted and personalized cosmetic dentistry services. Call our office at 602-978-1790 to learn how our services can help you.

April 16th, 2018

Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile and effective cosmetic dentistry treatments. With porcelain veneers, Dr. Wilcox can address structural and cosmetic issues, producing a look that is natural and durability that lasts for years.

In this short video, some of the benefits of porcelain veneers are explored, helping you to better understand if the procedure is right for you – but the best way to learn if you are a good porcelain veneers candidate is through a one-on-one consultation with award-winning Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox.

To schedule your porcelain veneers consultation, please call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 today. 

April 09th, 2018

Porcelain veneers can last for several years, particularly when taken care of properly. In the short video below, Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox discusses the longevity of porcelain veneers, including his own, and the long-term success rate of this popular dental restoration.

If you have questions about porcelain veneers or if you are ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilcox, please call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 today. Located in Glendale, Dr. Wilcox serves Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.

April 03rd, 2018

Restorative dentistry is focused on treatments for oral health issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and root canal infection. Unlike preventative dentistry, which is designed to help patients avoid oral health problems, restorative services become necessary when such problems have not been prevented. These services are often essential in order to avoid further damage.

Dr. Wilcox has been providing exceptional preventative and restorative dentistry services for over 35 years. Some of our most popular restorative services are:

  • Dental implants to replace individual missing teeth
  • Dental bridges, dentures and partial dentures to replace sections of missing teeth
  • Root canal therapy

Some cosmetic services, such as dental crowns and dental bonding, also serve restorative purposes. So too do treatments including dental fillings, inlays and onlays, and complete smile makeovers. Dr. Wilcox offers all of these things at our Glendale office, along with a full range of preventative, cosmetic, and neuromuscular services. If you would like to learn more, call us at 602-978-1790 to schedule a consultation today.

March 26th, 2018

If you are missing one or more teeth, call Glendale implants dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox to learn how he can restore strength, beauty, and function to your smile. With dental implants, Dr. Wilcox is able to address both the missing tooth and its root, enabling him to help prevent jaw shrinkage and collapse, a common consequence of missing teeth.

Not only can dental implants prevent jaw collapse, they can restore complete strength and function to the smile. Restored with natural-looking crowns, bridges, or dentures, implants provide the framework for a healthy-looking smile that can increase confidence, boost self-esteemed, and help you feel more secure in your appearance.

To schedule a dental implants consultation at our Glendale office, please call 602-978-1790. Dr. Wilcox provides safe and effective tooth replacement services for men and women living in Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.

March 15th, 2018

Desert Smiles is considered one of the top cosmetic dentistry practices in the nation. Dr. Donald Wilcox brings over 30 years of experience to this practice, along with a strong commitment to helping everyone who walks through our doors achieve their oral health and beauty goals.

A RealSelf Top Doctor and repeat recipient of the Top Doc award from Phoenix Magazine, Dr. Wilcox has been named one of the Best Dentists by Arizona Foothills Magazine and is distinguished as an Elite Dentist by MicroDental Laboratories. He is also a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and has completed additional training at the Spear Institute.

Dr. Wilcox’s awards are testament to his dedication and commitment to patient satisfaction. They are not, however, what drives his practice. Desert Smiles is a patient-focused dentistry practice where complex procedures can be performed from start to finish under the supervision of a single, highly trusted dental professional.

It is you, the patient, who inspires Dr. Wilcox to continue to offer the safest, most effective, and most advanced treatments in a comfortable, welcoming, and hygienic environment designed to encourage comfort and relaxation. Dr. Wilcox is a member and graduate of the Dental Organization for Conscious Oral Sedation as well, further enabling him to ensure the comfort of each person he sees.

Our full range of services allows Dr. Wilcox to address cosmetic, functional, and neuromuscular issues without having to refer patients to another practice. In fact, Dr. Wilcox’s experience and quality services often prompt other dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and endodontists in the Phoenix area to refer patients to him. However, you needn’t be referred to schedule an appointment for any of our services.

If you live in the Northwest Valley, call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 to schedule your initial consultation today. Located in Glendale, we welcome patients from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, and all surrounding communities.

March 09th, 2018

Tooth preparation is necessary for some cosmetic procedures in order that your restorations will fit seamlessly into your smile. Without tooth preparation, your porcelain veneers may protrude oddly from the smile, creating a look that is unnatural and unbecoming. To avoid this, tooth preparation is often needed for veneers.

As explained in the video below, Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox only prepares those teeth that require a better foundation – whether due to contour irregularities, old restorations, or similar issues – to help conserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. During your initial porcelain veneers consultation, Dr. Wilcox can assess your smile and help you determine which teeth, if any in your mouth, will need to be prepared prior to the placement of your restorations.

To schedule your porcelain veneers consultation at Desert Smiles, please call 602-978-1790 today. Located in Glendale, Dr. Wilcox serves all nearby areas of Arizona including Scottsdale, Peoria, and Phoenix.

March 04th, 2018

Consider these facts:  one in four people die of heart disease in the United States each year.  Research shows 84% of people with heart disease also have periodontal disease.


The worse your periodontal disease, the higher your chance of cerebral ischemia (stroke).  Severe periodontal disease increase your risk 4.3x over people with no periodontitis.


People with Alzheimer's, a type of dementia, ten to decline in their oral hygiene.  This creates a vicious cycle of periodontal disease, which leads to dementia, declines in oral hygiene and then worsened periodontal disease.


Treating periodontal disease prior to the second trimester has been shown to reduce pre-term, low-weight babies by 80%


For the finest in non-surgical periodontal treatment see our professional hygiene staff at DesertSmiles for the latest treatment modalities including Perio Protect.  For more information for cosmetic and implant dentistry in Phoenix and Glendale visit