Despite all your best efforts to properly care for your teeth, you still feel your smile doesn’t look as white as you would like it too.  You have even cut out teeth-staining foods and drinks from your daily diet. Whitening toothpaste or similar products have not produced the results you would like as well.  


To get the results that you are expecting to get, you will need to do more than just the whiten products at home.  Relying on over the counter, generic methods to whiten your smile may not achieve the whitening results either. Products like Opalescence Go are available and the dental professionals at Dental Associates, PC in West Des Moines will discuss your options and what to expect for results.  To schedule an appointment, call our office at 515-225-6742


Inlays and onlays are pieces that are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth.  These procedures use to require two visits in order to complete the treatment. Today Dental Associates, PC in West Des Moines can provide Same Day Dentistry with our CEREC technology.


Veneers are thin sells of a ceramic that is bonded directly to the front surfaces of your teeth.  This is an option to improve your smile and has become more popular due to the versatility and simplicity of the procedure.

Your will find our dentist at Dental Associates, PC in West Des Moines are highly skilled to the attention of cosmetic detail that this requires.  They take the time to individually match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.


Invisalign aligners have become very popular with adults as they are the clear alternative to metal braces. Because they are virtually invisible, they are cosmetically more appealing for adults in improving their smile.

The procedure will take 12 to 18 months and does require an appointment with our dentists for your personalized treatment plan.  Call 515-225-6742 today to schedule your initial visit.


Our first goal for all our patients at Dental Associates PC in West Des Moines is to take appropriate measures to save the tooth.  However, it may be determined that you need a tooth extraction for several reasons. At times some teeth will need to be extracted because they are severely decayed.   Others it may be due to advanced periodontal disease or may have broken in a way that it cannot be repaired. Removal of other teeth may need to be done because they are poorly positioned in the month (such as impacted teeth) or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

It is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding after tooth extractions.  Be sure to continue with a good bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing persist, place another gauze pad and bit firmly for another 30 minutes.  It maybe necessary to do this several times to stop the flow of blood.

Once the blood clot forms, it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot.  It is recommended that you not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours.  Dislodging or dissolving the clot can happen with these activities and slow down the healing process. It is also recommended that you limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After a tooth is extracted you may experience some pain and swelling.  Recommendations is to us an ice pack applied to the area to help reduce swelling and keep it to a minimum.  Pain medication should be taken only as prescribed. Swelling normally subsides after 48 hours.

All pain medication is to be used as directed.  If the medication does not seem to be working, please call the office.  Antibiotics that are prescribed should be taken for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.  It is recommended that you drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. Begin eating normally as soon as you feel comfortable.

Resuming normal dental routine within 24 hours is important.  This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day.  Proper care will also speed healing and keep your mouth fresh and clean.



Continued care should be taken to follow all postoperative instructions.  It is normal for gums and bone to recede after the extraction, and regular check-ups and maintenance will monitor healing and reduce future problems.