Find Answers to Patient FAQs

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We believe our patients should be educated about all aspects of their dental treatment options. This is why we've answered some of the questions we've heard at Lakeview Dental throughout the years, and we hope the answers will give you an idea of our practice philosophy and mission, as well as more information on the type of services available.

How do the doctors keep up-to-date on all of the current techniques and materials?

Our doctors at Lakeview Dental are firm believers in constantly continuing their education so they can stay abreast of the latest techniques. Both are active members of the Crown Council, a leading dental organization fostering excellence in patient and community involvement. Together with Garth Brooks Touch'em All Foundation, our office participated in the "Smiles for Life Campaign" and raised more than $2.4 million dollars for sick children in 2001. Lakeview Dental also sponsored a Rochester Redwings Game night to raise public awareness of oral cancer and tobacco use.

Do you accept referrals?

Lakeview Dental is located in the rural community of Livonia, New York. Everyone knows everyone around here, socially and professionally. Just about all of our patients have come to us as a referral from a friend or family member. The way we see it, your referrals are our best compliments!

What different payment options do you provide?

We accept cash, personal checks and all major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Your insurance plan co-pay is due at the time of your visit, but we can bill deductible payments over time, according to your particular situation. Please let us know ahead of time if you desire to pay in installments, so we can structure an appropriate plan for you. For financing, we work with CareCredit, a trusted institution that offers no- and low-interest loans to qualified applicants.

How can I safely whiten my teeth?

At Lakeview Dental, we have a couple of procedures available to help whiten your smile. By using Zoom!, the latest in whitening technology, we can brighten your smile in about an hour. We can also offer you a take-home whitening kit, which will allow you to brighten your smile in about two weeks. Both techniques are safe and effective. Our doctors can help evaluate the potential for whitening your teeth, based on their current color and the causes of discoloration. Click here to learn more about whitening.

What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?

We're located in a rural, idyllic setting in Livonia, New York, but our dentistry is far from being "simple." We use the latest technology, such as lasers, and the CEREC machine, which allows us to provide crowns in one visit. We can provide dramatic whitening of your teeth in about one hour. Everything in our practice is geared towards your comfort and ease. That's the main reason we are also dedicated to sedation dentistry, which gives us the ability to provide you with dentistry while you sleep. It is our goal to guarantee each patient has a positive experience while in our care.

Lakeview Dental has appeared several times on Channel 10 and 13 News with Robin DeWind, Christine Web and Liz Bonis, demonstrating the latest dental advancements. Drs. Woodruff and Hirschfield, together with their team, are proud to be one of the Rochester area's premiere dental practices.

I do not like drills. Are there any other options?

We use a dental laser instead of the traditional noisy drill. Heat and vibration are the source of most discomfort when using a traditional drill. The dental laser does not transmit heat or vibration, allowing many dental procedures to be performed without the use of anesthesia. In the hands of our doctors, the dental laser provides pinpoint accuracy, reducing the chances of damaging healthy tissue. We can gently perform soft tissue procedures with little or no bleeding, and we can painlessly take away root sensitivity on exposed root areas.

My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

We believe bleeding gums is something to be concerned about because it could be a sign of periodontal disease. If it is at an advanced stage and left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. No matter how much time we spend on beautifying your teeth, it will not mean much if the gums are unhealthy. Your gum tissue is the foundation of your teeth, and it must be maintained at a healthy, gleaming pink pitch. Sometimes bleeding gums might indicate something minor, like a toothbrush being used incorrectly, but it can also be a sign of a very serious condition. Please visit our office and let one of our doctors check it out.

I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?

At Lakeview Dental, our doctors are certified in sedation dentistry and are members of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. We have found that for our more anxious patients, a relaxing sleeping pill can help ease the jitters. Some patients put off their dentistry for years because of their fears. We hope if you're one of those patients, you will consider coming to our practice. We will treat you with gentleness while you sleep. When you awaken from your nap, you'll feel refreshed and will have a beautiful smile. Click here to learn more about sedation dentistry.

How safe is conscious sedation?

One of the most commonly asked questions regarding "sleep dentistry" concerns its safety and effectiveness. For most of our patients, we prescribe Triazolam because of its historical safety and effectiveness. While you're sedated, we continually monitor your blood pressure, oxygen and pulse. When you wake up, the most common side effect is dry mouth, which wears off with the medication.

I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

Lakeview Dental has a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. In other cases, we can use Invisalign. We create your customized removable appliances, called aligners, by using the latest 3D computer technology. Invisalign is a state-of-the-art alternative to braces that is virtually undetectable to other people, and the average treatment time is from nine to eighteen months. We would be happy to speak with you further about the option that best suits your individual situation.

What is Smile Analysis?

With a smile analysis, one of the doctors will spend unrushed time with you to determine the proper esthetics of your smile, how it relates to your facial symmetry, lip line and teeth. Each person has a unique "perfect" smile, one proportional and flattering to his or her face. With a smile analysis, we can show you what your best smile can look like.

What is Smile Design?

Here is where we create your new smile, the one we designed together during your smile analysis. A variety of techniques are available for us to create your new smile, from porcelain veneers to tooth whitening to total smile rejuvenation. Typically, total smile rejuvenation is a more complex process, but a very rewarding one, resulting in a transformation of your smile and your face. Some patients have looked even ten years younger when we finished, and the psychological, positive impact on the patient is astounding. One of our doctors will be happy to talk to you about the possibilities available to you. If you've been thinking about redesigning your smile, now is the time to set your dream into action.

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