General Dentistry in San Jose, CA

At the dental office of Victor D. Woodlief, DMD, we employ a comprehensive approach to family dentistry to support you in achieving optimum overall health and wellness. Your dentist in San Jose, CA wants you to have a healthy and beautiful smile at every age.

Comprehensive general dentistry is the foundation of family dentistry, designed to support and protect the health of your teeth, gums, and overall oral health and total wellness. We utilize the best of preventive dentistry, patient partnership, and general dentistry services to keep you smiling.

If you would like to schedule an exam with your dentist in San Jose, CA, contact a member of our dental team today. Also, continue reading to learn more about our preventive and general dentistry treatments in San Jose.

What is preventive dentistry?

A preventive approach to dental care helps our patients avoid many dental conditions that put their smiles at risk.

Comprehensive dental exams—Dr. Woodlief performs a comprehensive dental exam that includes an evaluation of your periodontal (gum) health, your occlusal (bite) function, and your jaw health as well as a tooth-by-tooth exam.

Your exam with Dr. Woodlief is time dedicated just for you. We encourage you to discuss any concerns about your oral health or appearance so he can address your goals. He will also share any conditions he finds along with treatment solutions, and he will help you make educated choices regarding the future of your smile.

Professional dental cleanings—Our hygienists customize each dental cleaning based on the current needs of each patient. Their gentle and thorough approach to dental care will help you maintain healthy gums – the very foundation of your smile.

Occlusal evaluation and jaw exam—Dr. Woodlief is passionate about occlusion and jaw health because it affects nearly every aspect of your dental function. He will examine the movement of your jaw joints and look for signs of a clenching and grinding habit, such as worn teeth, sensitivity, recession, joint dysfunction, and bite marks on your tissue.

Preventive dentistry in San Jose, CA may also include fluoride treatments to strengthen teeth against decay or dental sealants to lock bacteria away from enamel.

What should I expect during an exam and teeth cleaning?

We strongly suggest dental check-ups and teeth cleanings every six months for all patients beginning at the age of four. Regular dental exams are essential so that we can:

  • Check for dental health problems below the surface using x-rays.
  • Look for decay or early infections.
  • Screen your gums for gingivitis or gum disease.
  • Clean your teeth to lower your risks for dental health problems.
  • Screen your mouth for cancer.

Regular dental exams and teeth cleaning appointments include full cleaning and polishing of your teeth and a comprehensive oral check your dentist in San Jose, CA. He will make sure that any fillings or dental restorations are in good order. He will also look for signs of bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth). This condition leads to cavities, breakage, and even tooth loss. Additionally, some patients who suffer from bruxism grind and clench while sleeping, which means waking up with a sore mouth or jaw. If you notice this, contact your dentist in San Jose, CA to schedule a check-up. 

Visiting our office every six months gives you the chance to ask us about any questions you may have about your oral health. Our regular exam and cleaning visits typically take about 45 minutes to one hour and are by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time, and we kindly ask that you do the same. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately!

What is general dentistry?

General dentistry in San Jose, CA is the maintenance you need to restore your oral health if something is amiss.

Fillings, crowns, and dental bonding allow us to repair and protect teeth damaged by decay, trauma, or wear. Dr. Woodlief creates durable tooth-colored restorations that protect the health and beauty of your smile.

Choosing the proper restoration is essential.

  • Fillings – Fillings repair teeth after decay, also called dental caries. The fillings seal your teeth and keep out food and bacteria.
  • Dental crowns – Dental crowns protect your teeth after a fracture, deep decay, or wear. They absorb some of the force of chewing and protect your teeth during day-to-day use.
  • Dental bonding – Small chips, gaps, and irregularities may not require a full dental crown. Filling material, called composite, can be added to your existing tooth structure to reshape and repair your teeth.
  • Root canals—Root canals clear away root and pulp infections to restore your tooth’s health. In many cases, a dental crown closes your root canal to provide support if your tooth is weak or damaged.

We may also introduce additional or advanced therapies as needed.

Do you treat children?

At Advanced Dentistry by Design, our San Jose, CA dentist treats patients of all ages, including children and senior citizens.

We like to see children around the time of their first tooth to make sure that the tooth is healthy and coming in correctly. As your child ages, we also introduce the appropriate therapies to help keep their teeth and gums healthy.

We also collaborate with parents to help instill healthy brushing habits at home.

As your child’s teeth erupt, be sure to check them periodically for discoloration or decay. Your dentist in San Jose suggests brushing your child's tooth or teeth four times daily, after each meal and before he or she goes to sleep.

Try to make brushing lively and fun from the moment the first tooth erupts, and use a soft toothbrush. And ask your dentist at what age it's best to use real fluoride and allow independent brushing. Early on, you'll want to brush your child's teeth. 

Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and we are more than happy to discuss with you and your child the right time to start flossing and proper technique.

If you notice signs of decay, or if your child is complaining of tooth pains, please contact us immediately!

Why is tooth replacement necessary for my oral health?

Missing teeth can make eating and speaking more difficult. Smile gaps can also make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Replacing missing teeth is essential to your oral health because tooth replacement keeps your teeth from shifting, which can create misalignment. When teeth are misaligned, you are at risk for wear, cavities, and even future breakage. Your dentist in San Jose wants to help you maintain your smile for life.

We offer numerous options to complete your smile:

  • Dental implants
  • Fixed dental bridges
  • Partial dentures
  • Complete dentures
  • Implant-retained dentures

Your San Jose, CA dentist will go over the options with you and help you determine the best tooth-replacement option for your unique smile.

Schedule an Exam with Your Dentist in San Jose, CA

We welcome patients of all ages and provide personalized dentistry that supports the health and comfort of your family’s smiles. Contact our San Jose dental office to book a dental exam.

We look forward to welcoming you.