Dr. Wa Chao, DDS

Dr. Wa Chao, DDS

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Dr. Chao's history with science and dental care began as a specially trained pharmacy technician during his high school days in Los Angeles. Following graduation from high school he went on to study Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley. A desire to help others and further his education led him to the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. For continuing education Dr. Chao studied implant placement and restoration at University of California at Los Angeles. During his last two years of the dental program, Dr. Chao received recognition for his role as a mentor to other dental students at the USC Mobile Dentistry Clinic, a group that provided dental care for elementary school children in nine school districts in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Concurrent with his course work he also joined "Ayuda", ("Help" in Spanish), a group that went to Mexico to provide dental care to patients in need. While he truly enjoyed working for other dentists in Tucson, Dr. Chao felt the urge to get more involved in his community, and as a Sahuarita resident, the transition to a Green Valley practice seemed like the logical next step. Dr. Chao opened Desert Villa Dental in March 2006. Today Dr. Chao and his team are happy to assist their community members in achieving their perfect smile dreams. Dr. Chao has had extensive training in all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry, including veneers, implants, root canals, and more.

Desert Villa Dental

1055 N La Canada Dr Ste 109

Green Valley, AZ 85614
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Assurant Health
  • CompBenefits Corp.
  • Delta Dental
  • Dental Network of America
  • DenteMax
  • Dominion Insurance
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • MetLife
  • Principal Financial Group
  • United Concordia
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

Thank you for choosing Desert Villa Dental. It is our goal to provide all our patients with outstanding dental care. Our Doctors and staff take pride in noticing and accommodating each patient's individual needs. We offer comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Children should be seen when they get their first tooth. We believe that a positive dental experience is crucial for all our patients.
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Practice Areas

  • Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Emergency Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Reconstructive Dentistry
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Conditions Treated

  • Abscess
  • Anodontia
  • Bad Taste in Mouth
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Broken Tooth
  • Canker Sore
  • Cavity
  • Chipped Tooth
  • Cold Sore
  • Cosmetic Conditions
  • Cracked Tooth
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Dental Crowding
  • Dental Disorders
  • Dental Injury
  • Dental Trauma
  • Dry Mouth
  • Dry Tooth Socket
  • Excessive Tooth Wear
  • Gaps Between Teeth
  • Gingivitis
  • Grinding of Teeth
  • Gum Disease
  • Halitosis
  • Jaw Sprain
  • Loose Teeth
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Misshapen Teeth
  • Mouth Conditions
  • Mouth Lesions
  • Mouth Ulcer
  • Oral Infection
  • Oral and-or Facial Athletic Injury
  • Orofacial Pain
  • Plaque
  • Postoperative Pain
  • Receding Gums
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • Soft Tissue Infection
  • Stained Teeth
  • Swollen Gums
  • TMJ
  • Tartar Buildup
  • Teething
  • Tender Gums
  • Thumb Sucking
  • Tooth Abnormalities as Seen in Diabetes
  • Tooth Abrasion
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Tooth Attrition
  • Tooth Avulsion
  • Tooth Damage
  • Tooth Decay
  • Tooth Decay Caused by Acid Attack
  • Tooth Demineralization
  • Tooth Discoloration
  • Tooth Displacement
  • Tooth Loss
  • Tooth Malformation
  • Toothache
  • Traumatic Dental Injuries

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Procedures

  • Abscess Incision and Drainage
  • Athletic Mouthguards
  • Bite Adjustment
  • Cancer Screening
  • Composite Fillings
  • Computer Imaging for Dental Crowns
  • Cosmetic Contouring (Dental)
  • Cosmetic Oral Evaluation
  • Cosmetic Procedure
  • Deep Bleaching
  • Dental Bonding
  • Dental Bridge
  • Dental Cleaning
  • Dental Crown
  • Dental Examination
  • Dental Filling
  • Dental Hygiene Services
  • Dental Implant
  • Dental Inlays
  • Dental Onlay
  • Dental Procedure
  • Dental Prophylaxis
  • Dental Restoration
  • Dental Sealant
  • Dental Veneer
  • Dental X-Ray
  • Denture Repair
  • Dentures
  • Digital X-Ray (CDR)
  • Endodontic Treatment
  • Extraction of Wisdom Tooth
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Fluoride Varnish
  • Gold Dental Inlays
  • Gum Disease Treatment
  • Implant-Supported Bridge
  • Implant-Supported Crown
  • Implant-Supported Dentures
  • Intraoral Camera
  • Laser Root Planing
  • MDI Mini Dental Implant
  • Microsonic Dental Cleanings
  • Molar Endodontics
  • Mouthguards
  • Nightguard
  • Nitrous Oxide Administration
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation
  • Non-Surgical Bite Correction
  • Non-Surgical Gum Treatment
  • Oral Soft Tissue Assessment
  • Pediatric Dental Exam
  • Periodontal Exam
  • Pocket Depth Measurement
  • Porcelain Bridge
  • Porcelain Crown
  • Porcelain Dental Inlays
  • Porcelain Dental Onlays
  • Porcelain Fixed Bridges
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Preseason Dental Exam
  • Removable Appliances
  • Restoration of Dental Implants
  • Root Canal
  • Root Planing
  • Rotary Endodontics
  • Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances
  • Smile Makeovers
  • Sterilization
  • Teeth Extraction
  • Teeth Polishing
  • Teeth Scaling
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Traumatic Dental Injury Treatment
  • Ultrasonic Dental Cleaning
  • Upper Dentures

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Education

  • University of California At Berkeley
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • University Of Southern California School Of Dentistry
    Medical School | Graduated 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Cambodian
  • Spanish

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Dr. Chao's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Chao to family and friends
4.5
based on 109 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Chao's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
Green Valley, AZ |
I had an extraction that was long, painful, gruling and waited over an hour with frequent injections. My mouth was so numb that I did not bleed adequately and developed a dry socket. I had to complete my treatment with an oral surgeon. He should not do extractions due to his limited ability. . In an office visit he was curt and too busy to spend time. I think he has more patients that he can adequately care for.
in Sahuarita, AZ |
Dr Chao has been my son and I dentist for over 8 yrs. He seems down to earth and thorough. His office is always looking organised ,smells and looks clean. I also notice handwashing is always done. That very important to me. His staff are also very polite.
in Tucson, AZ |
I have been seeing Dr. Chao for over 6 years now and can say that Dr. Chao is one of the best dentist in southern Arizona. Dr. Chao has been practicing for over 10 years and comes from one of the top dental schools in the country USC. I trust his dental work, experience, and always has my best interest at heart. I feel he is very honest with my dental needs and performs procedures with ease and quality. I travel close to 30 miles to see him, and I do not regret the commute. Office staff is
in Green Valley AZ |
Great attitude. Detailed seemed truly caring . Staff was also polite and professional .
in green valley, AZ |
Both my husband and I think the world of Dr. Chao and the staff. With emergencies, I get in quickly. He explains well. He takes the time to answer all questions. Great experience.
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Dr. Chao accepts 14 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Dental DPPO
  • Ameritas
    Ameritas PPO
  • Assurant Health
    DHA
    DHA Premier
  • CompBenefits Corp.
    CompBenefits Corp. PPO
  • Delta Dental
    Delta Dental PPO
    Delta Dental Premier
  • Dental Network of America
    Dental Network of America DPPO
  • DenteMax
  • Dominion Insurance
    Dental PPO
  • Guardian
    DentalGuard Preferred
  • Humana
    Humana PPO
  • MetLife
    MetLife PDP
  • Principal Financial Group
    Dental PPO
  • United Concordia
    Advantage Plus PPO
    National Fee-for-Service
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Dental

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