The West Lakes Dentistry team invites you to consider us as your partners in dental health. If you have any questions about our dental practice, don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us a call.Contact Us
New Patient Forms
Our new patient forms are available for you to fill out online for your convenience. You may complete them in advance to save time at your first visit. If you have questions about which forms you need to fill out, please don’t hesitate to call us. The West Lakes Dentistry team looks forward to your visit!
Adult New Patients
Adult patients should fill out the Adult Medical History, Adult Dental History, and Responsible Party Information forms.
Pediatric New Patients
For a pediatric new patient, the guardian should fill out the Child Medical History and Child Dental History forms as well as one Responsible Party Information form per family.
Scheduling Dental AppointmentsSchedule an Appointment
We make it a habit to run on time, every time, so you won’t have to wait to be seen at our dental practice. Our local dentists understand that going to the dentist is probably just one of many things you need to do that day, and we consider your time valuable! You’ll be glad to find a dentist who understands that!
If you can’t come in for your scheduled appointment anymore, we ask that you please notify us at least 48 hours in advance. The only reason we would deviate from our schedule is if there is a pressing dental emergency.
Our local dental practice offers family-block scheduling so you can book multiple appointments either at or around the same time. Just one visit to the dentist and you can take care of your entire family’s dental needs! We make it easy to find a dentist near you who you can trust with your dental care.
What to Expect at Your First Visit
During your first appointment at West Lakes Dentistry, we will take X-rays and perform a routine dental exam. Your dentist will then come up with a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs and goals. Based on the recommendation of your dentist, we will also provide a standard cleaning, which includes removing any plaque and tartar and then polishing your teeth. If you have been diagnosed with a serious oral condition requiring urgent care, we will do everything we can to treat you right away. Keeping you healthy is our main priority!
Accidents can happen at any time. It’s important that you know when you can take action at home or when you need to visit the dentist as soon as possible because it can mean the difference between losing or saving your tooth. Here are some helpful guidelines for what to do in different dental emergencies:
Rinse your mouth with warm water to get rid of any food or debris. If there is anything stuck between your teeth, floss to remove it. You can take an over-the-counter pain medication, but don’t apply medication directly to your teeth or gums. Schedule an appointment at West Lakes Dentistry if the pain does not go away.
Save any of the pieces of the chipped tooth that you can and rinse them thoroughly. To prevent swelling, apply an ice pack or cold compress to the swollen lip or gum tissue near the chipped tooth. This will help prevent swelling. If the area is bleeding, apply gauze for ten minutes, or until the bleeding has stopped. Schedule an appointment at West Lakes Dentistry ASAP.
Please call our office immediately. Thanks to recent advancements in dentistry, our dentists might be able to create a dental crown that will “grab onto” the broken tooth if there is enough remaining healthy tooth structure. This is a treatment called crown lengthening, and it depends on how severe the break is. We will consider all options before resorting to removing the root.
Hold the knocked-out tooth by the top (or crown) only. Briefly rinse it with warm water. If possible, you can try to gently reinsert it back into the socket and keep it in place by biting down on gauze or cloth. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, place it in a cup or container with mildly salty water. See Dr. Miner or Dr. Boeckermann as soon as you can. There is a higher chance of saving the tooth if it is treated within two hours.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Rinse with warm salt water and apply gauze or a moistened towel for 15 to 20 minutes to help control any bleeding. You can then apply a cold compress to the mouth to reduce swelling and stop residual bleeding. If you are bleeding profusely or the damage looks severe, keep applying pressure and go to your nearest emergency room as soon as possible.
- Small areas of decay between teeth or below fillings
- Deep cavities
- Infections in the bone
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Abscesses or cysts
- Developmental abnormalities
- Some types of tumors
- TMJ dysfunction
- An inability to chew thick breads (bagels) comfortably
- An inability to chew rice with your back teeth
- An inability to chew only one piece of gum
- Worn front teeth, chipped or cracked back teeth, cracked fillings, loose teeth
- A sore jaw
- Tight jaw muscles
- You need your front teeth renewed with veneers or crowns