Advanced Dentistry by Design
Creating Beautiful Smiles

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): COVID-19 & Other

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Our team is available to answer all your questions about our dental office and the services we provide.

Choosing a dentist is an important decision for you and your family. You can look through our frequently asked questions for your answer or just get in touch by calling or visiting our contact page.

COVID-19 & Other

This pandemic is something new to all of us, and the only way to get through it is to work together.  While we are doing all that we can to make the office safe for all, there are a few small things you, the patient, can do to help us out.


If you are feeling feverish or experiencing any flu-like symptoms, we ask that you refrain from coming into the office.  Instead, give us a call ahead of time and we will be more than happy to reschedule your appointment a few weeks out.  Additionally, if you have traveled or been in contact with anyone who has traveled, please wait at least two weeks before coming into the office to make sure that you are not exhibiting any signs of COVID infection.


All California residents are recommended to wear masks when leaving the house regardless, and we would encourage the same when coming into the office.  Now of course, we cannot work on you with the mask on, but you can at least wear it while checking in and when heading out.  We also ask that after checking in, you wait in your car of outside until we call you to let you know we are ready for you.


Finally, please refrain from bringing too many family members with you too your appointment if they do not have an appointment themselves.  We would like to reduce crowding in the office as much as possible to avoid patient-patient interaction.


As long as we all do our part and remain aware of our surroundings and effect on it, we will be able to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19 and hopefully return to life as normal!

Advanced Dentistry by Design has always been very diligent about maintaining a high level of cleanliness and maintaining a sterile environment.  However, we understand that different times call for different measures and will therefore be implementing additional protocols to make sure our patients and staff feel as safe as possible.  For information on our existing and new health and safety protocols, check out our blog on how we're getting the office ready for re-opening, linked below:

We will continually be updating and improving our standards as we receive more information from the government and California Dental Association.

We have been closely monitoring the COVID situation and shelter in place updates from both our governor and local and national dental associations to determine when the best time to open the practice back up is and under what conditions.

While it may be some time until we are able to get back up and running at full capacity, we are hoping to be able to at least open up with a limited schedule in the coming weeks.  This means that we will resume conducting elective procedures and exams as normal, but will limit the schedule to reduce large crowds of patients in the office.  We will also be implementing new protocols to ensure a safe environment for our patients and staff.

Until then, Advanced Dentistry by Design is still receiving emergency calls and seeing emergency patients on a case-by-case basis.  If you are having dental pain or swelling, please do not hesitate to call our office at (408)258-5054 and press 1 to be directed to the emergency voicemail.

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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We are back open at normal hours for elective care! Check out our latest blog post to read how we've prepped the office for your return! We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!