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Joshua W. Cartter, DDS, Prosthodontist
, Desert Dental Specialty Group
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Opportunity came knocking for prosthodontist Dr. Joshua W. Cartter a little more than two years ago, when Dr. Robert R. McLachlan enlisted him to carry on his legacy, providing high-quality general and specialty care at Desert Dental Specialty Group in Palm Desert.

“This is a special place,” Dr. Cartter says. “Most of our staff has been here for over 10 years, some even more than 20. When patients come in, they’re not just another face; they’re more like family.”

Dr. Cartter appreciates the Coachella Valley’s small-town feel. “I like to see my patients out at dinner or at the grocery store. I love the recreation that we have, the community, and all of the special events out here. It’s a beautiful place to live.”

The desert also allows him to unleash his inner athlete — especially motocross racing, cycling, and soccer.

Yet success for him is giving someone a great smile back, with proper function and comfort.

Desert Dental Specialty Group is the only practice in the Coachella Valley that offers three specialties — prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics — in addition to general dentistry all under one roof.

“These are the specialists that most of the adult population needs,” says Dr. Cartter, one of only 3,400 prosthodontists in the United States. “The nice thing about having the specialists in one office is that we can have immediate consultations if need be, and the doctors can all sit together to discuss treatment options for our patients.”

“We also have a full-service dental laboratory on site. This allows us to provide custom color-matching with a lab technician, which is essential to delivering optimum results in important smile makeovers.”

Desert Dental Specialty Group has been in practice for 36 years, and with the growing population, its client base continually expands. “I think this (area) is a great place for new dentists,” Dr. Cartter says. “As our community continues to grow, so does the need for more dentists.”


VIDEO: Joshua W. Cartter, D.D.S., Desert Dental Specialty Group


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