Wesley R. Davis, DDS
Hershey, Pennsylvania Dentist
  • Our experienced doctor and team are
    equipped to manage everything from
    a simple restoration to a very complex
    dental reconstruction.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can we help you?

We encourage our patients to feel comfortable asking questions about proposed dental treatments. Dr. Wesley R. Davis and our team always take the time to discuss your procedure in detail, and we know that there’s a lot to think about. That’s why it’s vital that you share any concerns or questions you may have about your proposed treatment. The best way for us to meet your expectations is to understand what’s important to you.

Listed below are a few questions our team hears most often. You probably have many more of your own, so please call our office and a friendly member of our team will be happy to assist you.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Invisalign | Hershey PAAt the office of Wesley R. Davis, DDS, we offer Invisalign clear braces as well as other cosmetic dentistry services that can address crooked and tilted teeth.

Using 3-D modeling and impressions taken of your teeth, the Invisalign lab creates a series of custom aligners designed to address your specific alignment problems. 

What is Invisalign made of?

Invisalign clear aligners are made of smooth, FDA-approved plastic material that won’t irritate the sensitive tissue in your mouth. During the course of your treatment, these aligners will gradually move your teeth closer to the desired position.

You'll wear your aligners throughout the day, taking them out for eating or drinking. Because Invisalign aligners are clear and match the shape of your teeth, most people will never notice you're wearing them. You'll visit our Hershey dental office every six weeks or so for a checkup and new aligners.

Are there other options?

Other cosmetic services that can correct and conceal the appearance of crooked teeth are veneers and dental bonding. Since everyone’s needs are different, the way we approach every case will be different. Call our office today to make an appointment for a convenient consultation. At that time, we’ll evaluate your needs and work together to come up with the solution that’s just right for you.

Cosmetic Dentist | Hershey A beautiful smile is one of the first things people notice about you. If you feel your smile is falling short of your expectations, you may feel insecure and self-conscious. However, we’re pleased to tell you that there’s no need to live with a smile you don’t love! Wesley R. Davis, DDS, offers many options for refreshing and restoring a dull, tired smile. We welcome the opportunity to explain all the possibilities available to you.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most common complaints we hear is that our patients feel their teeth have lost their youthful radiance. Our professional teeth whitening treatments are so effective that this is actually one of the easiest problems to solve. We can perform an in-office treatment where you’ll see results in under an hour. Or, we can customize whitening trays for you to use at home. In just a couple weeks, you’ll be amazed at the transformation!

Dental Bonding, Fillings, Crowns, & Veneers

Do small imperfections like chips, or the shape of your teeth bother you? One cost-effective option is dental bonding. We’ll also be happy to talk to you about tooth-colored fillings as well as porcelain crowns and veneers. All of these treatments are great for correcting all the flaws that make you want to hide your smile.

Need more information?

Are you interested in learning more about the cosmetic dental treatments we offer? Dr. Davis and our team would love to sit down with you and discuss the options we offer for transforming your teeth and leaving you feeling great about your fresh new smile. Please call our Hershey dental office, and we’ll be happy to arrange a consultation. 

Crowns & Bridges

dental crown | hershey paWhen you get dental crowns or bridges at our Hershey, PA dental office, you’re investing in your comfort and oral health. Protecting these restorations with good oral habits at home and routine dental visits will ensure that they give you many years of service.

What Dental Crowns and Bridges Do

Dental crowns and bridges both restore your appearance and chewing function. A crown is placed over a tooth to strengthen and protect it. A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth by filling the open space and relies on adjacent teeth for support. 

When Hershey dentist Dr. Wes Davis designs your new dental crown or bridge, he uses only the highest-quality most durable materials like E-max and Bruxzir. Both are long-lasting, but your main concern should be the teeth under these restorations.

Protect Your Dental Crowns and Bridges

You should be brushing twice a day and flossing once anyway, but it’s especially important when you have a dental crown or bridge. If you develop gum disease or the tooth beneath it develops a cavity, you may have to replace the entire restoration.

Keeping your mouth healthy with excellent oral hygiene and six-month checkups at our Hershey dental office is the best way to protect your investment. At each visit, Dr. Davis will check your restorations to make sure they’re in good condition and monitor your teeth for signs of decay.

Call Us for a Dental Appointment

If you have dental crowns or bridges and want them to last as long as possible, please call us for a dental appointment.

dental implants | hershey paFixed dental bridges are a tooth replacement that has been used successfully for decades. Dental implants are a more recent innovation, but they also have a very high success rate.

You deserve choices, so we offer both dental implants and bridges at our Hershey, PA dental office. Both are excellent options, and each has pros and cons.

How Implants and Dental Bridges Work

A dental bridge replaces one or two missing teeth in the same area of your mouth. It uses an artificial tooth (pontic) to fill the open space; dental crowns on either side of the pontic are attached to adjacent teeth for support.

A dental implant is a standalone tooth replacement that uses a titanium post implanted in the jaw to take the place of the lost tooth root. After the implant post heals in the jaw, we attach a dental crown, bridge, or denture to it.

The Pros and Cons

A dental implant is a standalone tooth replacement, so we don’t need to involve any healthy teeth. When you care for a dental implant properly, it can give you a lifetime of service. But the drawback is that getting a dental implant can take six months or more.

Dental bridges are an excellent choice if you don’t want to wait months for a tooth replacement. The process for getting a bridge is less involved, so they are more affordable than dental implants. However, a dental bridge has a lifespan of about 15 years, and we will eventually need to replace it. 

Call Us about Replacing That Missing Tooth

If you want to replace a missing tooth in Hershey, PA, please call us. We’ll schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis so he can explain your options and help you choose the one that’s right for your needs.

dental crown | hershey pa The tooth-colored material we use for dental fillings is very durable and stands up to years of wear and tear. But a filling can only support so much of your tooth, and when too much of the tooth is compromised, Dr. Davis would recommend a dental crown placed at our Hershey, PA dental office.

Dental Crowns vs. Dental Filings

Unlike a dental filling that sits inside your tooth, a crown is a tooth-shaped porcelain jacket that fits over the entire tooth. A dental crown absorbs much more chewing force than a filling, which makes it a perfect restoration to protect a damaged or weakened tooth.

Once your customized dental crown is in place, it restores lost function so you can chew on it just as you would a strong, healthy tooth.

Why We Would Recommend a Dental Crown

There are several reasons why Dr. Davis would recommend a dental crown:

  • A cavity is too large to be resolved with a filling
  • A broken tooth needs protection and support
  • A root canal has weakened the tooth
  • A dental implant needs a crown to restore function

Call Us to See if a Dental Crown Is Right for You

Not sure if you need a filling or a dental crown? Call our Hershey, PA dental office to arrange an appointment with Dr. Davis. He’ll be happy to evaluate your needs and determine which is right for you.

The Right Time to Get a Dental Crown

If Dr. Davis recommends a dental crown, a couple of things may be happening that require us to strengthen and reinforce a tooth with a durable restoration.

Dental Crown | Hershey PAWe use durable zirconia and eMax crowns to support a tooth that has been compromised in some way, and we use them to strengthen and protect teeth in the following cases:

  • When a tooth has too much decay to be fixed with a filling
  • To anchor a dental bridge to adjacent teeth
  • After implant placement to restore function and appearance
  • After root canal therapy to further protect and strengthen a tooth
  • Your bite is off and we need to restore its balance

Dr. Davis has placed thousands of dental crowns in Hummelstown and is well known for his durable, state-of-the-art restorations. He uses zirconia and eMax, two of the most durable materials used today to fabricate crowns.

If you think you might need a crown, please call our office to arrange a consultation. Dr. Davis will check to see what’s going on, make recommendations to resolve the problem, and help you decide if a crown is right for your needs.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants | HersheyDr. Davis is a certified CAMLOG implant surgeon. He has years of implant dentistry experience and the expertise to replace a single tooth or perform a full mouth reconstruction. With his advanced training, Dr. Davis can handle most implant surgeries here in our Hershey dental office. However, there are times when we may refer you to one of the top oral surgeons in the area to ensure that you are receiving the best possible care for your individual situation.

After your implant is expertly placed, Dr. Davis has the experience to create a durable restoration to return the tooth to its full function. A restoration may include a crown, bridge, or dentures. 

Nervous about treatment?

Our team knows that having a dental implant placed can often be a bit overwhelming. We are sensitive to your feelings about this, and we do everything possible to make sure you are completely comfortable before, during, and after the procedure. You never have to worry about experiencing any discomfort, as we are trained to administer various types of sedation to help you stay calm and relaxed.

We know that you probably have lots of questions about oral surgery, and we are always available to provide any information you need. Please contact our Hershey dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation so that we can discuss your particular case.

Full & Partial Dentures

Full and Partial Dentures | Hershey This is a great question and one of the first we usually hear from patients who are considering dentures or partials. The answer is that our customized dentures are as close in appearance to real teeth as possible. 

Many people have a negative reaction to dentures based on their parents’ or grandparents’ own experiences. But a lot has changed recently in modern dentistry, which gives us access to materials and technology that we never had before. During the planning process, we will consult with you every step of the way so you know you will be thrilled with the results.

What do you do to make them look natural?

We work with the highest quality custom dental labs in the country whose skilled technicians customize your dentures to our exact specifications:

  • The color of the acrylic base closely matches your gum color.
  • Artificial teeth are shaded to complement the color of your skin tone, eyes, and hair color.
  • Each artificial tooth is placed separately in the base to replicate the variations found in natural teeth.

The result is dentures that look so natural that no one will know they're not you're own unless you tell them.

Interested?

If you are considering dentures and partials in Hershey, PA, please call the office of Wesley R. Davis DDS. We will arrange a consultation at your convenience so you can meet with Dr. Davis to discuss your goals for a healthier smile.

Invisalign

Invisalign | Hershey PAWhat Can You Expect from Invisalign Treatments?

It depends on the complexity of the individual  case.  Many straighforward treatments can be finished in 6 to 9 months.  More difficult cases can take 12 to 18 months to complete. Keep in mind the aligners are very comfortable and virtually invisible to others. If you have any questions about Invisalign, or any other dental treatments in the Hershey PA area, please, don't hesitate to call the dental office ofWesley R. Davis DDS!

Invisalign | Hershey PAAt the office of Wesley R. Davis, DDS, we offer Invisalign clear braces as well as other cosmetic dentistry services that can address crooked and tilted teeth.

Using 3-D modeling and impressions taken of your teeth, the Invisalign lab creates a series of custom aligners designed to address your specific alignment problems. 

What is Invisalign made of?

Invisalign clear aligners are made of smooth, FDA-approved plastic material that won’t irritate the sensitive tissue in your mouth. During the course of your treatment, these aligners will gradually move your teeth closer to the desired position.

You'll wear your aligners throughout the day, taking them out for eating or drinking. Because Invisalign aligners are clear and match the shape of your teeth, most people will never notice you're wearing them. You'll visit our Hershey dental office every six weeks or so for a checkup and new aligners.

Are there other options?

Other cosmetic services that can correct and conceal the appearance of crooked teeth are veneers and dental bonding. Since everyone’s needs are different, the way we approach every case will be different. Call our office today to make an appointment for a convenient consultation. At that time, we’ll evaluate your needs and work together to come up with the solution that’s just right for you.

Preventive & Periodontal Care

General Dentistry | Hershey Wesley R. Davis, DDS looks forward to seeing you!

Yes! We’re always happy to welcome new patients to the office of Wesley R. Davis, DDS! For over 30 years, we've provided comprehensive family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry to patients of all ages in Hershey, Elizabethtown, Annville, Palmyra, Hummelstown, and the surrounding areas.

We’d love to tell you more about us and all the ways we can help your family achieve exceptional oral health. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for a consultation or dental cleaning, please contact our Hershey dental office and a member of our team will be happy to arrange an appointment at your convenience.

Kid's Dentistry | Hershey PAWe are a full-service practice and provide an extensive range of services to patients of all ages. Unless there are any obvious problems sooner, we generally like to see kids for their first visit around the age of 4. By this time, most kids have a set of 20 baby teeth. At this age, we’ll check to see how their dental development is progressing, as well as provide services like exams and cleanings. 

First time?

If this is your child’s first visit with us, we’ll take all the time they need to get comfortable with our team. When kids are this young, it’s especially crucial to establish the idea that going to see the dentist is fun. We’ll let them take a ride in the chair, count their teeth, and show them how to use a toothbrush.

How will you make them comfortable?

Dr. Davis and our team know how important it is to allow your child to get comfortable with us at their pace. We will work patiently with your child, taking all the time necessary to treat them with the special attention they need to help them feel safe and secure.

As parents, we know that you probably have concerns about your child’s first trip to the dentist. Please do not hesitate to contact our Hershey dental office, and we’ll be happy to arrange a visit so you can get to know Dr. Davis and our caring team.

Root Canals

Despite their less-than-perfect reputation, root canals are an incredibly essential and beneficial preventive dental procedure that can potentially save your tooth from being extracted. 

Root canal therapy in Hershey, PA allows us to address severely damaged or infected teeth that need extensive TLC.

While many patients may feel intimidated by the thought of a root canal, the truth is that the procedure actually relieves their pain instead of adding to it. 

The Root Canal Procedure

Pain is often associated with root canal treatments as a common symptom. When a tooth is infected that we have not addressed or treated, it can develop into painful throbbing or toothaches. It can also develop unusual sensitivity to temperatures in food or beverages. 

Other symptoms include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • An abscess on the gum
  • Stained or discolored enamel

By the time patients start feeling pain, it is time to see their dentist. Many oral health problems begin with few or no symptoms that can only be caught by the dentist during your dental check-up. When you start feeling pain, that indicates that the tooth is infected or damaged. 

Dr. Davis can stop the spread of infection, which can lead to bone loss, impairment of nearby teeth, and tooth loss. 

Don't Hesitate with Dental Pain, Call Us Right Away

Tooth pain is never normal, if you're in pain or have had an injury to your mouth, call our Hershey, PA dental office as soon as you can. 

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we can manage your pain and help save your tooth. Dr. Davis will examine your teeth and gums and address all your options for treatment, which may include a tooth-saving root canal. 

Snoring, Sleep Apnea & Teeth Grinding

Sleep Apnea | Hershey It may be embarrassing, but the truth is that almost all of us snore occasionally. You may snore because of certain medications, alcohol consumption, or being overweight. However, snoring all the time and having the sensation that you have to struggle to catch your breath during sleep indicates that you may be suffering from a medical condition referred to as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

What are the concerns?

OSA is serious and potentially life-threatening, and should be addressed as soon as possible. Studies have linked OSA to general health problems like high blood pressure and even strokes. However, in many cases, Dr. Davis can provide an appropriate solution that will allow you to finally get a good night’s rest.

Snoring isn’t always a sign that you have sleep apnea, but the possibility should be eliminated by your doctor. If your snoring is related to sleep apnea, you may be a good candidate for an oral appliance that will treat the problem safely and comfortably. In many cases, we can create a custom night guard that holds your jaw in a neutral position to minimize or eliminate snoring.

Is your snoring so loud and annoying that it keeps you and your partner awake at night? Please give us a call, and we’ll help you take the necessary steps to find the cause and determine the most appropriate solution. 

Tooth-Colored Fillings, Inlays, Onlays

At Wesley R. Davis, DDS, we understand the concern patients may have regarding dental procedures, no matter how minor they may be.

We'd like to clarify that we prioritize our patient's health and comfort. At no point during your visit with us should you ever feel unsafe, in pain, stressed out, or otherwise unhappy. Dental sedation isn't reserved for complex surgical procedures; we use many methods to make your visit with us pleasant.

That being said, filling your cavity with tooth-colored fillings should never be painful.

You Won't Fill a Thing While We Treat Your Oral Health

The very first thing our Hersey, PA preventive dentist, Dr. Wesley R. Davis, takes care of at the beginning of the procedure is administering a local anesthetic.

This will numb the area and guarantee that you won't feel any pain or discomfort.

As we eliminate any infected tissue in the tooth, we work hard to preserve as much of your existing tooth structure as possible. White colored-fillings are ideally suited for this, whereas metal or amalgam fillings require a bit more removal. 

Once Dr. Davis is satisfied that your tooth is squeaky clean, we sterilize it and apply the composite resin filling in small thin layers to ensure it bonds happily to the enamel. Each layer is cured and hardened before we start on the next. Patients can feel secure that the risk of the filling falling out or becoming loose is significantly lowered. 

Once we've completed the procedure (sans pain!), patients can continue with their day with a healthier smile. 

Call Us to Schedule Your Appointment in Hershey, PA

We will get you in and out of the dentist's chair in no time at all. Call us today so we can put you in our books!

This is a common question Hershey, PA patients have regarding their old silver or amalgam fillings that have become unappealingly dark and noticeable. 

Aside from the visual benefits of tooth-colored fillings, there are other benefits to replacing a silver filling.

The Benefits of Replacing Silver Fillings

  • The filling is old and loose
  • The filling is in a highly visible place that shows when you laugh
  • The filling might have a cavity under it
  • Some patients may not feel safe with silver feelings
  • Composite resin fillings better blend in with your smile
  • Tooth-colored fillings don't require an impactful removal of existing tooth structure

Our Conservative Approach

At Wesley R. Davis, DDS, we are big proponents of conservative preventive dentistry. We seek out minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. Unless your existing traditional fillings need to be replaced or are slowly becoming loose, we may not recommend replacing them unless they cause embarrassment to the patient. 

If a cavity does develop under the filling, we will remove any intruding bacteria and sterilize it before filling the cavity with tooth-colored resin. 

During your routine dental check-ups and exams with us, Dr. Davis checks each filling to see that they aren't slowly falling apart. If there is a problem, we will address it right away with you and go over your options. 

If, at any point, you feel like your fillings should be looked at, call us, and we'll schedule an appointment. 

Call Wesley R. Davis, DDS Today 

Even if it has been a while since your last dental cleaning, it's never too late to take care of your oral health. 

We look forward to seeing you!

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