Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question for us? If so, we have the answer! Below, you’ll find answers to many of the most common questions our patients ask us every day. If you happen to have a question that we haven’t answered here, please be sure to call and ask us! We’re always happy to take time and make sure you completely understand your dental care. No question is too small, we promise!
How often should I go to the dentist?
This really depends on your particular needs. If you have a pressing concern like a cavity or toothache, you should contact your dentist as soon as you can. Otherwise, if your teeth are basically in good shape, you should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning to keep your smile looking great and avoid preventable problems like tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and more.
Do you accept child patients?
We sure do! West Dentistry is happy to treat every member of your family like they are one of our own, including its youngest members!
Do you take insurance?
West Dentistry accepts all forms of PPO dental insurance. There is no need to worry about filing your claim with your insurance company-- we’ll file the claims for you! We are not currently participating in any HMO dental plans. To make things easier for our patients, we also accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, personal checks, and cash.
Do you offer payment plans?
We work with CareCredit to provide financing for our patients. CareCredit is a third-party organization that offers no-interest and long-term payment plans to those who qualify. Visit www.carecredit.com for more information and to apply.
I’m nervous about going to the dentist. Can you help?
We understand that some people are a little fearful about a trip to the dentist, so we work hard to create a relaxing atmosphere. Most of the time, nervousness comes from a fear of pain, and this anxiety is heightened by the sounds of dental handpieces and other instruments. People also don’t like the feeling of vulnerability that occurs while sitting in the dentist’s chair. If this sounds you, don’t worry. Sedation dentistry is available upon request or during long procedures. We also have state-of-the-art noise-canceling Bose headphones and a broad selection of music that can help you relax and block out any unnerving noises. Our focus is making you comfortable, so don’t hesitate to discuss your fears with our staff.
What will my first visit be like?
At West Dentistry, we strive to build long-lasting relationships with each one of our patients. We consider it our responsibility to provide state-of-the-art dental services in an exceptional environment. Treatment recommendations are based on a common goal of achieving maximum comfort, function, health, and aesthetics. During your first visit, you'll have the opportunity to meet all of our staff. We recommend that your treatment begins with a comprehensive oral examination in order to assess your current oral health. We will perform a TMJ and bite analysis, a tooth-by-tooth examination, and an oral cancer screening. X-rays will only be taken as necessary to complete the exam. Additionally, we will review your medical records and discuss any concerns or problems you may be having. Based on our findings, we will develop an appropriate treatment plan just for you.
How can I safely whiten my teeth?
Tooth whitening is one of the simplest, safest, and most noticeable kinds of cosmetic dentistry available today. Certain techniques give you the ability to do it yourself at your convenience in daily sessions at home or during your commute. Depending upon your own particular dental health, the causes of discoloration, and personal schedule, we'll help you determine which system would benefit you most.
Remember, it's important that we have a brief consultation with us prior to you choosing a whitening system since whitening is not appropriate for everyone. For example, if your teeth are darkened to a yellow, brown or orange tinge due to age, coffee, tea, or smoking, chances are very good that teeth whitening will bring lasting, satisfactory results; however, if your teeth are a dark gray tone due to fluorosis, smoking, or tetracycline use, whitening results may be a bit less dramatic. Furthermore, whitening does not lighten resins, silicants, porcelains, or other synthetic materials.