IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, we will be following government and ADA recommendations and closing the office to non-urgent procedures until April 6th.  However, we will be on call to respond to emergency treatment only.  If you are having a dental emergency, please call us at (408)258-5054 and press 1 to be directed to the emergency mailbox.  We hope you all stay safe and healthy during these uncertain times.
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Frequently Asked Questions

One of the things that sets Victor D. Woodlief, DMD, apart from many other dentists is that he believes that collaboration with other professionals such as pediatricians, otolaryngologists, neurologists, orthopedists, osteopathic physicians, and chiropractors, which affords him the ability to provide more personalized and effective treatment for our patients.

He regularly meets and discusses holistic health topics to expand his own knowledge and create effective treatment plans for patients facing complex or unique conditions.

Whether or not you will need to visit a specialist depends on your individual needs and goals for your oral health and wellness. Simply put, we want to give you the very best care possible. While we treat most conditions effectively here in our San Jose dental office, if we feel that you will benefit from a trip to a specialist, we will refer you to someone we trust. Dr. Woodlief works with some of the leaders in their fields and has a great relationship with the San Jose medical and wellness community.

If you do visit a specialist, you can count on Dr. Woodlief to follow up on your care, ensuring that you get the same great patient care you receive in our office and that all parties involved stay well informed about your case.

Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is tremendously important. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury, and picking the right one is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard. 

Our office specializes in working with athletes to create customized performance mouthguards that help improve breathing, which in turn can help improve strength, agility, and balance—just ask!

Read more about customized performance mouthguards in Dr. Woodlief’s interview on Sports and Dentistry.

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay, and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. Fluoride treatment in our office takes just a few minutes and requires you to not rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow your teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health and our recommendation, you should have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or twelve months.

In the past, the only solution for a diseased nerve or infected tooth was to take it out. Today with root canal treatment, saving teeth has become easier with a greater prognosis. A tooth becomes infected when a crack or deep cavity reaches the nerve, allowing bacteria to run through the nerve down to the end of the root. If left untreated, this can lead to abscess formation, which can cause pain and swelling. This can not only injure your jawbones, but can be detrimental to your overall health.

During root canal treatment, the infected nerve is removed and the interior of the tooth cleaned and sealed with a biocompatible material. Finally, the tooth is filled with dental composite or, depending on the extent of the decay, we may recommend placing a crown on top.  As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

Sometimes it is necessary to remove a tooth. A stubborn baby tooth may have misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, or a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, that we may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth may also necessitate removal of a tooth.  

During the extraction, we ensure that the patient is as comfortable as, using local anesthesia in the area and extraction techniques that make the procedure as atraumatic and painless as possible!

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