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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 Dental Pulp Disease?


Posted on 12/30/2018 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
What is Dental Pulp Disease?Poor dental hygiene and oral health can lead to dental pulp diseases. When these diseases occur, they can require major interventions for treatment. Without properly managing your dental pulp disease, you could ultimately lose your teeth.

Dental Pulp Diseases


Dental pulp disease actually refers to multiple diseases. They have different causes and treatments:
•  Irreversible pulpitis. This is a severe form of inflammation, and it can't be cured. You may experience sudden and intense pain. If you fail to treat this condition, widespread infections of the gum and connective tissues may occur.
•  Reversible pulpitis. This mild inflammation usually results in pain upon drinking or eating cold, hot, or sweet items. If you fail to treat the problem, inflammation can lead to an abscess. Good oral health typically reverses the problem.
•  Dental pulp stones. Also known as calcification, this condition involves hardening of the pulp tissues. Extreme pain and hypersensitivity may result due to compressed dental nerves. A root canal might also be required.
•  Dental pulp exposure. When the external tooth covering is damaged due to a crack or cavity, the dental pulp may be exposed. Pain is the most prominent symptom.

If the damaged pulp isn't removed, infection can spread into the jaw bone and other surrounding tissues.

Causes of Dental Pulp Disease


The causes of dental pulp diseases can be grouped into three main categories: bacterial, thermal, and physical. Bacterial is one of the most common causes, but thermal issues like heat form cavity preparation can also lead to pulp diseases. Accident trauma, pathological wear, and cracks through the body of the teeth are some of the examples of physical causes.

Regardless of the cause of your dental pulp disease, if you experience severe pain in the teeth or sensitivity, it is important to seek out help. Give us a call today to set up your next appointment.
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