Los Gatos Family Dentistry
Dr. Patricia Phan - Los Gatos, CA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

If something concerns you about your oral health, it concerns us too. We welcome your questions because we want you to feel fully informed about your dental health so that you can make decisions that fit all your unique needs. 

Please take a look at some of the questions we hear most often from our patients, and if you have others, don't hesitate to call us so we can assist you.


Yes! Our multilingual team at Los Gatos Family Dentistry is happy to help patients who speak a variety of languages. Our team members are fluent in several languages, including Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Simply let us know what your needs are when you schedule your appointment with us. 

It is important for us to be able to communicate with all our patients so we can understand their needs and how we can best help them. Having multilingual staff members helps, and we also use visual aids like digital x-rays and intraoral photos to point out problem areas. Seeing is believing, and it also enables you to understand why we recommend a particular procedure and how it will benefit you.

We welcome your questions because they help us understand what's on your mind and how we can best help you. Our experienced dental team is very knowledgeable, and they are more than happy to answer your questions and address any concerns with you.

If you're looking for a dentist in Los Gatos, call Los Gatos Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. 

We're proud to offer excellent general and cosmetic care to patients from Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell, Monte Sereno, Cupertino, San Jose, Santa Clara, and beyond.

If you want to achieve optimal oral health, we recommend that you come into Los Gatos Family Dentistry at least twice a year for checkups and dental cleanings. During your checkup, Dr. Phan will evaluate your oral health and talk to you about prevention and treatment. We're committed to offering personalized care for your specific needs.

If you have a history of cavities or gum disease, or we are treating an ongoing problem, Dr. Phan may need to see you more frequently. It is crucial to stay a step ahead of conditions like these that can compromise your long-term oral health if not treated promptly.

When your family sees us consistently for checkups and dental cleanings, and you practice conscientious oral hygiene at home, you have the best chance of achieving and maintaining excellent oral health. Working together in this way, we can help you avoid cavities and gum disease and the expense and discomfort that go along with them.

If you are looking for a family dentist in Los Gatos, call Los Gatos Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. In addition to general dentistry, we’re proud to offer excellent cosmetic care to patients from Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell, Monte Sereno, Cupertino, San Jose, Santa Clara, and beyond.

When you come to Los Gatos Family Dentistry for a visit, expect to be greeted by a warm, friendly team that cares about your needs and concerns. Dr. Patricia Phan and her team look forward to getting to know and learning about your oral health goals and how we can best help you achieve them.

There are numerous benefits to excellent oral health, and one of them is the confident feeling you get from knowing that your teeth are as healthy as they can be. During your appointment, we will assess your dental needs and help you find a treatment solution to reclaim your oral health and well-being. 

At Los Gatos Family Dentistry, we have many services that can help, including tooth-colored fillings, crown and bridges, gum care, and more. We know that dentistry is a challenge for many people, and our caring team will provide whatever you need to have a calm, stress-free appointment.

Dr. Patricia Phan has nearly 20 years of experience in providing high-quality dentistry to patients in Los Gatos, Campbell, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, Cupertino, San Jose, Santa Clara, and beyond. We would love to be part of your plan for a healthier smile, so please call us at (408) 358-5115 to schedule an appointment so we can get started!

Cosmetic Dentistry

At Los Gatos Family Dentistry, we enjoy helping our patients achieve the healthy, beautiful smiles they've always longed for. Using cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Phan can transform the appearance of your teeth using two of today's popular cosmetic dental services: teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

With these two services, our Los Gatos cosmetic dentist can help you:

  • Whiten stained or yellow teeth by several shades
  • Conceal chipped, cracked or broken teeth
  • Correct the appearance of misaligned teeth
  • Close uneven gaps and spaces between teeth
  • Improve the shape or size of teeth

The first step is to call Los Gatos Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phan. She will first identify what it is that bothers you about your smile and how we can help you improve it with cosmetic dentistry.

If there's more than one option to help you achieve your goals, we will present them all to you and help you choose the one that's right for you. We will then come up with a personalized dental treatment plan with your unique needs, wants, and desires in mind.

If you have been thinking about cosmetic dentistry and how it can benefit you, please call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phan.

Dentistry for Kids

Yes, we do! At Los Gatos Family Dentistry, we are committed to meeting the needs of adults and children so that your entire family can come to just one office. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children have their first dental visit by age one or when the first baby tooth appears.

Baby or primary teeth will come out eventually on their own, but until they do, they play a crucial role in your child’s dental development. Not only do primary teeth help your child learn how to chew and speak, but they also act as placeholders for permanent teeth. When the baby tooth comes out, the permanent tooth will have space to erupt correctly and in proper alignment.

Preserving the health of baby teeth is essential, and we offer Los Gatos dental exams and teeth cleanings to prevent cavities that threaten a baby tooth. As your child grows, we provide age-appropriate care that includes fluoride and dental sealants, and we also offer tooth fillings if they get a cavity.

Dr. Phan and her team will answer all your questions about your child’s oral health care and provide guidance for concerns like thumb-sucking, pacifier use, and bottle feeding.

If you have an older child or it’s time to schedule your toddler’s first dental visit, please call Los Gatos Family Dentistry to get started.

It is a common misconception that baby teeth aren’t important since they eventually fall out. The fact is that baby teeth play a crucial role in your child’s dental development. They act as placeholders that hold space open in your child’s jaw so that permanent teeth have the room to emerge correctly.

If a baby tooth is lost too soon, neighboring teeth start to drift and close the space that was being reserved for the permanent tooth. Now, when the permanent tooth is ready to emerge, there isn’t sufficient space, and the result is tooth crowding and misalignment.

The key to keeping baby teeth healthy and intact is to practice oral hygiene at home and bring your child in to see us twice a year for checkups and teeth cleanings. We’ll support your at-home efforts by providing oral hygiene guidance and answering any questions you have.

Even before your baby gets their first tooth, you can wipe down their gums with a gauze pad or soft washcloth. As soon as the first baby tooth makes its appearance, use a small soft toothbrush to clean their teeth. You should start flossing as soon as any two teeth touch.

With conscientious brushing and flossing and routine checkups, we can help keep your child’s baby teeth healthy and intact until they’ve done their job and come out on their own. We recommend you bring him or her for their first visit as soon as the first baby tooth appears, but no later than age one.

Please call us if it’s time to schedule your little one’s first dental visit.

Emergency Dental Care

We understand how upsetting dental emergencies can be, and the team at Los Gatos Family Dentistry is here for you when you need us. Even if it is after hours, you are welcome to send us an email or leave a voice mail at (408) 358-5115. We check our emails and messages frequently when our office is not open and will respond to you as quickly as possible.

During your call with Dr. Phan, she will ask you about your symptoms, assess the situation, and schedule you for our next available appointment. If you need immediate treatment, we will refer you for care so that you don’t have to go a moment longer than necessary to get the relief you need.

Some common dental emergencies we treat are:

  • Broken teeth
  • Tooth pain
  • Lost crowns and fillings
  • Bleeding or inflamed gums
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Infected and abscessed teeth

If you are experiencing any of the above problems or one that’s not listed here, call our Los Gatos dental office. We will do everything we can to ensure that you get the prompt treatment you need.

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