Dental FAQs in Richmond
We have found that our new patients have similar questions, and often, our seasoned patients have questions about our new technology and dental services. These answers should help you understand more about our practice, policies, and procedures. However, we encourage you to call us with questions that you don't find here. We will be happy to help you!
Where are you located?
We are conveniently located at the intersection of Libbie and Grove Avenues in Richmond, Virginia. Visit our map for directions.
How can I pay for my dental work?
We accept cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa, and CareCredit third party financing. If you have dental insurance, we are more than happy to file your claim from our office as a courtesy. Call us to learn how to apply for CareCredit or to ask questions about your insurance policy. Visit CareCredit online here!
Do you treat children?
Westhampton Dentistry treats patients of all ages. We are a true family dentist. However, if we believe a pediatric dentist could serve your child better, we'll let you know. Our first priority is delivering the best care possible to your family. Learn about dental sealants for kids here!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign, in short, is a system of clear braces for orthodontic treatment. Adults who want to straighten their teeth without compromising a mature image choose Invisalign's clear, removable aligners over traditional straight-wire braces. We use 3D technology to determine a plan to move teeth into optimal alignment. Then, we order a set of Invisalign aligners that will incrementally reposition teeth over the course of a year or two. If you think Invisalign may be the orthodontia for you, call us for a consultation. Learn more about Invisalign here!
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin, strong, porcelain shells, handcrafted in a dental lab by ceramists. We permanently adhere porcelain veneers to front teeth to mask chips, stains, cracks, or slightly misaligned teeth, or to reshape the appearance of a smile. When ordering custom veneers, we consider a patient's facial shape and features, skin tone, and preferences. Modern veneers reflect light much like tooth enamel, so they appear completely natural. Call us to schedule your cosmetic consultation, and learn how porcelain veneers can change your smile and change your life! Learn more about veneers here!
How can I get a crown in an hour? Will it last?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Crowns, a new CAD/CAM technology that allows us to design, mill, and place permanent tooth restorations in a single visit. CEREC uses 3D imaging to design a custom crown, inlay, or onlay. In about an hour, a strong CEREC restoration is milled and ready for permanent placement. With CEREC, patients do not have to worry with faulty temporaries or follow-up visits. Learn more about CEREC by calling our office. Learn more about CEREC here!
What does a dental laser do?
We use the Odyssey Diode Laser, a soft tissue laser that allows us to perform minimally invasive gum surgery for periodontal therapy or cosmetic gum recontouring. The laser removes unwanted tissue, sealing the surfaces as it moves, so no sutures are required. With soft tissue laser therapy, patients incur minimal bleeding and little or no recovery period. For more information about laser dentistry, call us. Learn more about dental lasers here!