Dr. Bruce L Bothwell
Is a native of Alameda. He graduated from California State University, Hayward with a B.S. in Biology, and earned his Doctor of Dentistry degree from the University of Southern California.

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We Are Located At

2238 Santa Clara Ave.
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 521-6402

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Our Office Hours

Our normal office hours are
Monday 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fridays by appointment

Extended and emergency hours can be arranged.



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Questions For Us?

Feel free to contact us anytime with your questions.  some of your questions may be answered in our FAQs section of our site.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What can I expect during my first visit?

A: If you haven't already done so, our staff will have you fill out a medical history form. I will sit down with you to review your history, go over your expectations, and get to know you on a personal level. If you have current x-rays at another dentist, please let us know so we can request them be sent to us. If current x-rays are not available during your first visit, we usually will take new x-rays. Depending on what treatment you require, we will arrange a follow-up visit.

Q: I was told by my doctor that I needed to be pre-medicated when going to the dentist. Why?

A: Some existing and prior medical conditions may make a patient succeptible to life-threatening infections. These patients must take a course of antibiotics before coming in for dental treatment. Some typical conditions which require pre-medication are: heart valve disease, joint replacement surgery, and some forms of Rheumatic Fever. If you have been told to pre-medicate, it is critically important that you do so!

Q: I'm 80 years old and still have most of my own teeth. My teeth feel fine. Why should I go to the dentist?

A: The problem with dental-related conditions is, often you only feel them when they become quite severe. There might be underlying problems that you can't feel. Seeing the dentist regularly allows us to diagnose problems early so we can avoid expensive and complicated procedures. In fact, gum problems tend to occur more frequently in old age. As we get older, our gums may recede and we become more susceptible to cavities on the roots of the teeth. Also as we get older, we tend not to brush as well (due to reduced dexterity from arthritis, etc.). Sometimes, too, our diet may change, and we find ourselves eating softer, more carbohydrate-type foods which tend to infiltrate down into the gums more easily. Good dental health is an important part of your overall health no matter what your age. It is very important that you continue going to the dentist on a regular basis.

Q: I have had dentures for several years, and they don't seem to fit as well as when they were new. Should I have new ones made?

A: Not necessarily. Sometimes, if the teeth portion of the dentures aren't badly worn, we can re-line the inner portion to recapture the original fit.

Q: I have a lot of old almalgam fillings in my mouth. Should I have them replaced?

A: Only if the fillings themselves are showing signs of deterioration. This is something I can advise you on during your exam.

Q: My daughter is 2 years old. When should I bring her in for her first visit?

A: Usually when her first teeth are in, which would be age 2 to 2 1/2.

Q: I see a lot of television ads for do-it-yourself teeth whitening systems I can use at home. Why should I have it done in your office?

A: We use a stronger concentration, which usually gives a more profound effect. Even the Crest strips we use here in the office are probably twice the concentration you can buy at the store.

Q: Do you do braces?

A: No, but we can recommend several excellent orthodontists nearby.

Q: Do you do dentures?

A: Yes, we do both full and partial dentures.

Q: I broke a tooth, and will probably need a crown. How long will it take?

A: Usually two visits, a couple of weeks apart.

Q: I lost a tooth a couple of years ago, and couldn't afford a bridge at that time. What kind of problems could develop over time?

A: The problem that could arise is that your teeth in the proximity of that space might shift so your bite could possibly change. It is something we can probably address with either an implant or a bridge.

Q: I belong to a dental plan, but you're not on the preferred provider list. Can you still bill my insurance for my treatment?

A: Yes. As a courtesy, we submit your insurance claim forms for you, and our staff is always happy to explain how your insurance works. Before any treatment we will give you an estimate of how much your insurance will pay, and what your responsibility will be. We also have convenient payment plans available to help you afford your treatment.

Q: I've seen the word "painless" used in dentists' advertising. Doesn't going to the dentist hurt?

A: "Painless" means minimal discomfort during treatment. We do that usually through local anesthesia and all patients are also welcome to request nitrous oxide. Most of the pain a patient experiences seems to come typically from the injection of the anesthesic itself. So to minimize that I use a high-tech anesthetic delivery system that minimizes the discomfort from the injection. As an added bonus, we have a library of movies you can watch during your treatment which can help take your mind off of the procedures.


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