Open Wide Dental
Thomas Durisek, DDS:
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Open Wide Dental
Thomas S. Durisek, DDS
Phoenix, AZ













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Sedation dentistry

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm (by appointment only)

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Steven G. from Scottsdale, AZ (Source: Yelp)


This was my first visit. One of the best customer service I’ve ever received at a dental office. From the moment I walked through the door the young lady at the front desk was friendly very nice. And most of all had my favorite road and track magazine’s. LOL. Then went upstairs and the young lady who took all my x-rays was amazing gentle sweet and compassionate.Dr. Thomas was very thorough with all my x-rays and explained to me everything in detail about what he would recommend for my follow up appointments he also was very compassionate and gentle and very very nice. I would highly highly recommend this practice to anyone. Then I went to see the dental hygienist, she also was amazing clean my teeth so thorough gentle nice I could have not had such a great experience I never wanted to leave. I highly recommend this facility.Also the young lady who checked me out was amazing as well. Everyone who worked there was exceptional at what they did.

Gene Ebeling (Source: Google)


For at least seven, maybe eight years this amazing Dental office has been my personal choice for full service dentistry. The entire staff is super professional, and highly qualified. I get my teeth cleaned quarterly by one of the best hygienists in the field. Ashley is the very reason why I would recommend Open Wide Dental as your next better choice for dental service. Thank you Dr. Durisek, and Dr. Jernigan for having such a nice practice.

Aaron Williams (Source: Facebook)


As soon as I walked through the door and was greeted with such positive energy, I immediately felt comfortable. The professionalism, kindness of the staff and overall vibe of the awesome decor of the office I will never go to another dental office again. I have found the perfect environment and staff to help me achieve my goals for dental health, Thank you so much Open Wide Team! I knew you would be amazing, looking forward to this new journey with you.

Brittney L. from Mesa, AZ (Source: Yelp)


I love this office!! And I’m not just saying this because I work here. I’ve worked for several dentists in the past and I’ve never seen providers who GENUINELY care about what their patients need and want. Total judgment free zone. Also something I have not encountered in the past. Call the office and ask for me or come in and meet our friendly staff. I can set you up to see one of our amazing doctors and one of our fabulous hygienists. You won’t regret it! Ask about our #seemoresmiles monthly, quarterly and yearly challenges and prizes!

Nicole M. from Scottsdale, AZ (Source: Yelp)


Long story short: he knows his stuff and won’t try to upsell you procedures/stuff you don’t need. Your first appointment will be long but it’s worth it I promise. Subsequent visits are normal length of time. I’ve been to Dr. Durisek for 3 visits now and I’m so happy I’ve found a dentist I can trust. The first visit, be prepared mine lasted a good 2 hours but it’s the most thorough dental exam I’ve ever had, and I also didn’t fill out any paperwork before I arrived. My last cleaning was a quick 1 hour and I’m a bad flosser and also had x-rays. And my teeth feel 100% clean every time. Here is why I was compelled to write this review: a day after my last appointment I was experiencing tooth pain and Dr Durisek was able to immediately see me the next day, gave me a thorough look over of the trouble spot, said he didn’t see anything to be concerned about, a hairline crack in my super old filling that isn’t visible by the naked eye is within the realm of possibility so come back in a week if it still hurts, gave me some numbing gel and a fluoride treatment, and didn’t even charge me extra! He could have totally said I needed all this expensive dental work like redoing my filling and I wouldn’t know any better. At this point I’m guessing my bad flossing just made everything irritated after the cleaning. ALSO I told Dr Durisek the last dentist I saw tried to sell me all this crap like a mouth guard and he suggested I buy a cheap-o one from target to try and if I like it/chew through it, then consider upgrading to a legit custom one.

Joe R. from Orlando, FL (Source: Yelp)


Open Wide Dental is the best Dentist I’ve ever gone to. Everybody there is extremely nice and caring. From the moment you walk in you feel the difference, from the warm welcome to the Zen Room (a waiting area you actually look forward to hang out in), to the dental suits designed for your comfort, to the unsurpassed expertise of the doctors and staff. The work they do demonstrates a passion for dentistry like none I’ve ever experienced. Rest assured no detail has been missed, but most impotently the level of workmanship is beyond exceptional. Open Wide Dental changed my life with a smile…… a smile I carry with me everywhere now reflecting not only bright healthy teeth but a renewed self confidence. I recommend Open Wide Dental, they will change the way you see yourself!

Gary G. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


OK so I am not a fan of going to the dentist, not at all…but if I must go, and I must, then I will be sticking with Open Wide Dental. Not only is the decor unparallelled, but everyone who works there is SUPER nice, and they don’t EVER make you feel like a big fat loser just because you can’t afford to pay for all of your dental work in one shot, they work well with my insurance and have set me up on a treatment plan that I am able to manage. Definitely worth going to see Dr. D. Oh – and Teresa the hygenist is amazing…ask for her!

Christina Castillejo (Source: Google)


Open Wide Dental was the first dental office that I went to where I felt like family instead of just another patient. They have always asked me about my needs, and always take time to listen to my concerns and adjust properly. They work with me financially and help me to get the kind of dental care that I need within my limits of my insurance. I appreciate them and would recommend them to anyone!

Brian Staggs (Source: Google)


Having a broken tooth , exposing the root, is no joke! It’s a pain I’ve never felt and hope to never feel again. I thank you so much for your help today. Called at 8am and was numb by 9:30. Had the tooth out by 11 and home recovering by noon. I had imagined a much worse day ahead of me knowing that businesses are usually booked on same day notice. Thank you all for you kindness, understanding, and quick response to help me out. I will be back.

Dennis D. from Glendale, AZ (Source: Yelp)


I have been going to Open Wide Dental for over 6 years. I have always been very satisfied. Wonderful people work here. Professional, experienced, qualified, and very good at what they do. I have to drive quite a distance to get to them, but every minute on the road is worth it. I always feel like my dental needs are the objective of the staff at Open Wide. Aside from the excellent service at Open Wide, the whole staff is involved in many different community projects. One of which, just as an example is collecting bottled water during the HOT summer here. The water is donated to those that need it badly. That is just one example. I go to Open wide for their expertise. I continue to go for the same reason AND because of their commitments to help others beyond the dental practice. GREAT JOB Open Wide.

Cade F. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


The place is clean and bright and the staff is friendly and professional. I like the clear billing statements and estimates. The other reviews cover it all. I have had a few questions with billing my insurance company, and they have cleared it up every time. I love the relaxed feel of the place so much that it makes me look forward to going to the dentist. Expect them to offer more cosmetic-type services such as whitening because this is where all dentists make money, but it’s not a problem. I LOVE that they play whatever kind of music they want. I’m sure they would let you plug in your iPod to the stereo system if you were ever so inclined.

Eric Davidson Johnson (Source: Facebook)


Just in for a cleaning and check up today. First off they are taking the right steps to manage COVID, which I really appreciate. But I do miss seeing everyone’s smiles. Jacob took care of my xrays, cleaning and polishing. He did a great job, and regularly asked how I was doing and if I needed a break. He also explained procedures that had changed/been adapted to further manage COVID transmission. His sarcastic humor kept me smiling. He got everything ready for Dr. Durisek so when he stepped in he already knew how I was doing and the specific things that needed to be checked. He made a minor adjustment to the bite of a crown which has already made a difference reducing sensitivity to cold. The Open Wide Dental staff are very helpful and friendly. They clearly explain what they are doing and why. And do everything possible to make your appointment as easy and stress free as possible. They are great and I can’t recommend them enough.

John D. from Tucson, AZ (Source: Yelp)


I needed a new dentist and after shopping around I read the reviews on here. I’d have to say my experiences have been exactly on par with all the 5star ones. Great service, great friendly staff, comfortable environment. I truly do not feel like just a number or some herded cattle being moved along in this office. Dr Durisek has done a great job in creating a wonderful experience (if one can actually be had in a dentists office.) I don’t believe I’ve run into one staff member yet, in quite a few visits, that hasn’t been friendly and helpful and a joy to be around. There are certainly cheaper dental offices out there, but “cheaper” isn’t just descriptive of the price. I’m very happy with my dentist! (Is one allowed to say that about a dentist?

Dennise O. from Tempe, AZ (Source: Yelp)


If I could give this office 100 stars, I would! Everyone is so welcoming and pleasant. I have never received service from any business the way I have here. I reside in the far east valley and coming out to this office is worth the drive for me. I am beyond satisfied with the recommendations and the work I have had done and I can smile with confidence now. A big “THANK YOU” to you all!

Melissa F. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


I’ve had such anxiety over dental work that it kept me from the dentist for over 5 years. Not surprisingly that led to needing significant work done (and more still to come). Everyone in the office was very understanding and really helped to calm my nerves and made it a completely pain free experience. I feel like I can finally get past my anxiety now, knowing that I’m in such good hands. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone, especially those with anxiety over dental work. They are fantastic!

Aliza Michel (Source: Facebook)


Thank you Jason for an excellent cleaning. My teeth feel amazing! I highly recommend you try out Open Wide Dentistry. The office is gorgeous, there are massage chairs in the lobby, the equipment is up to date, the staff is amazing and full of energy, the music played makes the process more enjoyable. The new patient paperwork was very inclusive and respectful. Dr. D was able to get me in for an emergency crown even though I was not an established patient and he sings as he works. Jason is the best hygenist. Was super gentle and explained the process as he went along. The office also does a lot of community outreach for important community issues. Check them out! For COVID-19 PPE is required along with a mask for patients when in the lobby. Screener is filled out with every appointment and employees are tested regularly.

Sean G. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


So am I weird if I like going to the dentist????? Not in a YIPPEE IT’S DENTIST TIME way, but it is actually a comfortable and relaxed place to be. Certainly much better than any other dental experience. Dr. Duresik and his staff are great. I have been a patient for a few years now. Weather it is a simple exam or something more involved Dr. Duresik takes the time to make sure I am comfortable, that I understand the procedure, and follows up after my appointment to see how I am doing! His staff are all equally friendly, professional, upbeat, and efficient. Providing a calm atmosphere where you can relax and let them do there job has been achieved. I’m on a first name basis with all of the staff and am greeted by each of them with a smile. Elisa and Theresa are great hygienist who have mastered their profession and provide a pain free experience. Jessica and Natalie have the front and back office covered with an efficiency that will have you in and out in a jiffy. The technology in the practice is up to date to ensure quality care as pain free as possible. It also expedites the checking in and checking out because it is all electronic. The text message appointment reminders and the friendly phone calls are a welcomed reminder of my appointment. The comfort factor of the office is a hit, the massage chairs are great, there are magazines and newspapers I actually want to read, and the daily SiriusXM station is always different. I’m waiting on WIFI access and then I’ll be happy to hang out and spend more time chatting with everyone!!

Jeff Ide (Source: Google)


A clean, friendly, conscientious and very professional dental office. Staff are cordial without being patronizing. Services are offered not “insinuated’. Repairs and referrals are handled by the office with ease and guarantee. A 10 year client – It’s the only place I go for maintenance and attention. My mouth has never been healthier! Oh and Dr. D and Hygienist Jason are stellar.

Constance Stine (Source: Google)


Another great appointment at Open Wide Dental. My Dental Technician, Macie, after taking x-rays cleaned my teeth. She was very gentle and reassuring of where I needed to pay more attention when brushing and flossing my teeth. Then, Dr Durisek did an exam finding no concerns. (yea!) I am a long time patient of this office and have always found everyone to be extremely professional and very friendly. If you are looking for a new Team for your Dental Care don’t hesitate to give Open Wide Dental a try, between their special attention to pain free procedures and their great selections of music and frequent sing alongs, you will no longer dread your next dental appointment.

Gregory G. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Open Wide, all Administration and Medical Staff are beyond excellent. I have a lifetime of dental care, not only in 7 US Cities but also England, Germany, Poland, Austria, Moldova and Russia. Dentistry in excellent. At age 63 I have now had all of my Crowns Replaced due to years of wear. I am absolutely delighted with not only the professional, kind expert dental care and gracious Administrative leadership but also the quality of the dental work. I visited two other dentist in Phoenix prior to finding Open Wide Dental and Dr. Durasek. Excellent technology and long-lasting comfortable crowns.

Brad B. from Scottsdale, AZ (Source: Yelp)


You know how people say, “It was like a trip to the dentist” to mean something very unpleasant? In the case of this office, it should describe going on a world-class luxury cruise. The office, the staff, the process of check-in and billing–every part of the experience is a masterclass in how to run a business. And, the actual dentistry is excellent. I have been completely happy with each and every treatment and procedure. And did I mention there are massage chairs in the lounge??

Rickey E. Hart (Source: Facebook)


I have been going to Open Wide Dental for almost 20 years. Dr. Durisek and his staff are always friendly, professional, and they have always treated me like family. You will always get the best and latest in dental technology. During the pandemic, they have done everything they can to protect their patients as well as their own lives. I am so glad that I found Dr. Durisek and his practice. The health of my teeth are glad too. If you need a dentist, tell them, Rickey Hart sent you, lol.

Benjamin Macuil Rojas (Source: Facebook)


Everyone is super friendly and awesome, they explained every little detail and I am very happy with proposed Treatment. Dr Durisek is super friendly and professional, Nita was awesome and warm, and Theresa made sure I felt comfortable at all times, and she is super super friendly. I am always extremely anxious when I go to the dentist but this time I felt so comfortable and so happy! I would highly recommend anyone with anxiety issues over dental work to come here.

Crystal C. from El Mirage, AZ (Source: Yelp)


My children and I have been going to see Dr. D. since they were little. Now they are adults with kids of their own. The office staff has always been so helpful and friendly. Dr. D. always wants to ensure that you’re comfortable in his dental chair. The office is has up to date equipment. Also, to help you relax they have massage chairs, refreshments and snacks. I couldn’t image going anywhere else for my dental needs.

Donald L. from Sun City, AZ (Source: Yelp)


After ten years with another dentist, they made some changes in their office that, long story short, resulted in them aggressively pushing me toward $12,000 worth of work I did not think was essential and did not want to have done. I wanted a second opinion and, on the recommendation of an acquaintance, I went to Dr. Durisek at Open Wide Dental. I thought I’d get the second opinion and return to my then dentist more certain about whether I wanted them to do the work they were proposing or not. I was so impressed with Dr. Durisek’s approach to the issue with which I was presenting to him, that I knew I had found a new dental care home. Dr. Durisek’s examination of my teeth and assessment of my oral health was very thorough and he presented me with options for immediate treatment and ongoing care that seemed reasonable, thoughtfully “engineered”, and not designed primarily to fatten his wallet while flattening mine. I was grateful for the guidance and the comprehensive feedback, especially considering that I was likely to use it all to return to my then dentist for treatment. I stayed, and I’m very happy I did. I have now been a patient of Dr. Durisek and the staff at Open Wide Dental for over a year. I cannot compliment them highly enough. All the staff I have dealt with seem to be equally competent, caring, pleasant, and happy to be working where they do and doing the jobs they do, It all makes for a very welcoming and comforting environment. I look forward to going to the dentist! I even try to get there early so I can have time in one of the massage chairs in the lobby. This is a top-notch dental practice in every way and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for dental care in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Michael P. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


Today was my first time at Open Wide. Upon walking in I felt encompassed by such great energy. The decor in the office is modern chic and the reception is friendly and full of smiles. After waiting only a few minutes I was given a tour of the office and what an office it is. Massage chairs and a beverage center! Once my exam started my mind was instantly put at ease. Every big medical term they used was later put into words that I could understand. I have never been to a dental office that does such an in depth evaluation of my teeth and what I hope to accomplish with my smile. I can say without any hesitation that I have finally found a dentist I trust and an office I can brag about.

Patty W. from Kailua, HI (Source: Yelp)


I was recently in Arizona on vacation and needed an emergency appointment for severe tooth pain. Dr. Durisek not only saw me on short notice, but took me in on a holiday, took xrays, noticed an infected root that my home dentist missed, AND gave me a referral to an endodontist who took care of me. Amazing personal service, and caring staff. I would recommend this office to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, professional dentist. Thank you, Dr. Durisek for taking the time to help me. I will be forever grateful! Note: Dr. Durisek’s waiting room has a massage chair, snacks, and Starbucks coffee that made the experience luxurious for my family! What a great place!

Cathy R. from Fountain Hills, AZ (Source: Yelp)


I’m so appreciative of Dr. Thom and his team! As someone who has required a lot of dental work over the years, I appreciate the welcoming, relaxed atmosphere at Open Wide….even more so, I trust Dr. Thom’s skill, I like the way he explains his findings thoroughly and discusses options and listens to my questions so that I feel like we’re a team. Isn’t that the way healthcare should be? Thanks to everyone at Open Wide…..they’ve earned my highest recommendations.

Jeff I. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


I’m a dedicated patient at Open Wide for years; it was one of the first I went to when I moved here from the east coast in 2012. It’s the only one I’ve relied on. They are friendly, reliable, responsive – and stellar in the attitude they take in your personal care. Referrals are stellar too – if you need a periodontist or specialty work; Now dentists are never inexpensive, as the science is constantly developing: but despite that Open Wide works with you on a plan, schedules out costs clearly for you and keeps a state of the art facilities. Clean…clean, (Did I say CLEAN!) conscientious and have patience and a sense of humor in an environment that proves difficult for most of us. Applause. My teeth have never been better, but alas I’ll be back – for my routine cleaning of course!

Stephen Agins (Source: Google)


After moving back to the valley, I needed to find a new dentist. I chose to go to Open Wide and I do not regret it. Everyone is incredibly welcoming, friendly and never make you feel uncomfortable. They explain everything well, make sure your questions are answered, and follow up when they say they are. I look forward going there, because I know I’m going to have a great experience regardless of the services needed that visit.

Mike T. from Scottsdale, AZ (Source: Yelp)


As a child I went to a dentist named Dr. Harms. Imagine the nightmares! My fear of dentists has completely disappeared now that I’ve been going to Dr. Tom Durisek at Open Wide Dental. Dr. Tom and his staff put me at ease the minute you walk in the door. If my dental plan would cover it I would be going in the monthly cleanings. No I take that back, it would be WEEKLY cleanings! And if I didn’t have to drive so far to get to his office, I would dropped in on the way to and from work just to sit in those amazing massage chairs in the lobby. As you can see, I won’t be looking for another dentist. Never, never, never.

David L. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


First impressions give you a smile. The Doc plays his I-pod over the speakers. The x-ray vision is digital not film. This speeds everything up. The office design is very thought out and beautifully done. Dental costs can be subjective so ask if there is a new patient special. It was a difference of well over a hundred dollars in savings for my first visit. I didn’t have to wait very long and scheduling was very accommodating. And hey if it’s good enough for Thomas S it’s good enough for me.

Eric D. (Source: Zocdoc)


This appointment was well worth the wait! Everyone was very friendly and had great people skills! The hygienist was very thorough and explained everything so that I knew what she was doing and what to expect. The same goes for the assistant who took care of me after the hygienist had finished, letting me know about the images she was going to take and how those images along with the x-rays would help the doctor provide the most accurate evaluation possible. Then, Dr. Jernigan was outstanding! Very kind and also took the time to explain things. And unlike some places, it didn’t seem like everyone was watching the clock in an effort to get me out of there without even doing what I went for. It was refreshing to be cared about as a patient and feel like my business was appreciated! I would highly recommend OpenWide Dental!

Rick Allison (Source: Google)


I’ve been blessed with having open wide take care of my teeth over the years the last decade great service great people polite dedicated excellent what they do you feel you are at home you have massage chairs and they know you by your first and last name it’s like family the owner is just an amazing dentist but not only that he has a great tasting music and if you’re lucky and you go there you might just sing in your ear and you might get smutton.

Ted S. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thomas Durisek and his crew at Open Wide Dental (OWD) rock! I first came to Dr. Durisek a few yeas ago after seeing his ads in the local gay publications. I’ve been a patient ever since because Open Wide Dental does such a great job. The Open Wide Dental web site states, “Our commitment is to provide you the highest standard of personalized dental care with a gentle, efficient and professional manner. We trust you will find the atmosphere calming, the staff friendly, and our dental services exceptional.” I’m pleased to report that OWD delivers on their promise. You know your dentist is gay when you can compliment the decor of the office. Dr. Durisek remodeled the space his practice now occupies and it is state-of-the-art. The waiting area looks more like the living room of a gay couple who subscribes to “Dwell” magazine and shops at IKEA than the usual dreary dental office. The two massage chairs from The Sharper Image also get lots of use. Check out the photos on the OWD web site as I didn’t know you could get dental office Glamour Shots! Beyond mere appearances, it’s the people who make the difference at Open Wide Dental. Theresa is by far the best dental hygienist I have ever encountered. My teeth form lots of tartar and she does an exceptional job cleaning them. She is extremely gentle and the only hygienist who has not caused me pain while cleaning my teeth. The new office set up is nice as flat panel monitors are mounted to the ceiling over the treatment chairs, so you get to watch calming DVDs while they work on your teeth. Dr. Durisek told me some patients have asked for TV shows or movies, but they’ve kept it to nature scenes and the like so far. Dr. Durisek himself is great. He’s friendly, kind, patient, gentle and professional. On my first visit, I filled out a form and one of the questions asked why I went to Open Wide Dental and I responded, “My previous dentist was a jerk.” I really appreciated that Dr. Durisek had the balls to ask me about the previous dentist based on my comment. Right then I knew we would enjoy mutual respect going forward. In fact, I trusted him enough to follow his advice of filling a small cavity without any local anesthetic. He assured me that the cavity was small enough that I did not need local anesthetic and if I started to feel any pain at all during the procedure, all I had to do was raise a hand and he would hook me up with some Novocaine. I’ve found that the injection of Novocaine for previous dental work was an awful experience on its own and Dr. Durisek was right on the money. He was able to fill my cavity without any anesthetic and I didn’t feel any pain at all. If you’ve got teeth, then Open Wide Dental is the place for you to take care of them!


Open Wide Dental in Phoenix, AZ specializes in cosmetic dentistry and is committed to providing the highest standard of personalized dental care with a gentle, efficient and professional manner. Open Wide Dental was founded in 2001 when Thomas Durisek, DDS purchased a small existing practice in North Central Phoenix. Dr. Durisek graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1997 and has been practicing in Arizona continuously since then. As Open Wide Dental continued to grow it became necessary to transition in to a larger facility. Our current office opened in 2007 and includes the latest and greatest of dental equipment and technology. We provide ourselves on providing the best oral health care in a welcoming and comfortable environment. The highly skilled team seek to show all patients how fun dental treatment can be! Dr. Durisek grew up in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania and moved to Arizona when completing his education in 1997 to enjoy his passion for a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, and boating. Dr Durisek is a member of the American Dental Asssociation, Arizona Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Spear Dental Study Club. He enjoys providing the highest quality modern dental care in the state-of-the-art facility that is Open Wide Dental.