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West End Dental Inc Reopening
West End Dental is excited to begin seeing patients safely. These are unprecedented times, and we want to reassure you that we have taken every precaution to ensure your safety and wellbeing during your visit.

•  Taking temperatures and pulse oximetry measurements of every patient and caregiver before they enter our clinic.
•  Screening each person entering the building for any symptoms and redirecting them if symptoms are present.
•  Modifying our waiting rooms and how we deliver care to honor social distancing.
•  All caregivers will be masked as well as patients anytime they are not receiving treatment.
•  Increased cleaning procedures, frequency, and improved products for cleaning
•  We also request that patients please arrive as close to their appointment time as they can and that they please not bring additional persons to their appointment if possible.

We ask that you understand that our provider's time is more crucial than ever and request that you be prompt to your appointment, arriving no sooner or later than your appointment time. Understand that if you cancel your appointment less than 48 hours in advance or are more than 15 minutes late to your visit, we may charge your account a $50.00 non-refundable fee.

Thank you for choosing West End Dental. We are committed to safe, compassionate care, especially as we continue to deal with impacts of COVID-19. If you have any concerns before, during, or after you visit, please do not hesitate to make us aware of them. We are all in this together and are committed to creating a safe, compassionate and healing environment.

What is a Rubber Dam Used For?

Posted on 12/20/2018 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
What is a Rubber Dam Used For?We use a rubber dam in dentistry to isolate a tooth that needs treatment, usually for a root canal procedure. This thin sheet of latex helps our dentist perform the work more efficiently and is beneficial for our patients because it is more sterile than if not used.

Benefits of Using a Rubber Dam

When you need to get a root canal it's usually because of an infection in one of your teeth, generally found in the pulp where the nerves and blood vessels are located. It is imperative that the area being treated is as sterile as possible and a rubber dam is ideal to isolate the tooth and protect it from bacteria that surrounds the site. To hold the rubber dam in place, we use a clamp that grabs the tooth tightly.

Using a rubber dam allows us to control the environment treated by keeping it dry and free of saliva that can contain bacteria.

When performing a root canal, we make a hole in your tooth to reach and expose the root. Any contaminated element from other areas of your mouth can enter the opening and cause problems with the root canal procedure. If not for the use of a rubber dam, you could get an infection.

Using a rubber dam is also helpful to keep the patient's tongue and cheeks out of the way during the procedure. This makes the process more efficient because there is no need for constant suctioning.

The use of this contraption is widely viewed as necessary to achieve a successful root canal and should be a standard anytime the procedure is needed. Our dentists are trained and experienced using this technique which is recommended by the American Association of Endodontics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Using a rubber dam for a root canal treatment increases the chances that your tooth will survive for a longer time.
We believe in educating patients about their treatment options and listening to their questions and concerns.
We focus on prevention so that you keep your smile healthy. We provide excellent comfortable care for all procedures.
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