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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.

We are limiting the number of patients in the office in order to maintain appropriate social distance. We ask that you provide your own face mask when in the office, use provided hand sanitizer, and that you come to your appointment alone unless accompaniment is required.

All patients will be screened with a contactless temperature check, pulse oximeter reading, and verbal questionnaire.

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 will charge your account a $75.00 non-refundable fee.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times. Please watch the video below for more information.

What to Do if You See Signs of a Cavity


Posted on 5/25/2019 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
What to Do if You See Signs of a CavityA cavity occurs when the enamel and cementum of the teeth is destroyed, and it can lead to toothaches and a host of other oral health problems. If you notice signs of a cavity, it is important that you take steps to treat the problem and to control your symptoms.

Call Our Office


If you notice signs of a cavity, including pain, a black spot, a divot in your teeth, or sensitivity, a call to our office should always be your first step. In their earliest stages, minor cavities are easy to treat. Failure to act in a timely manner will give the cavity time to grow and extend further into your tooth. If this occurs, you might require more invasive treatment in order to restore your tooth.

Keep Your Mouth Clean


Even if you have a cavity, you still need to brush your teeth regularly. It is important to keep your mouth as clean as possible and to control the further spread of bacteria to other teeth. Regular brushing and flossing can help.

Treat the Pain
Some cavities don't produce pain, especially in the beginning, but others may cause discomfort. You might notice pain when you bite or chew, and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures could be experienced. There are plenty of ways to minimize your pain while you wait for your appointment, including the use of an over-the-counter pain medication. However, you should take Tylenol or ibuprofen as instructed on the packaging and never apply the medicine directly to the tooth.

Avoid Certain Foods


Certain foods or drinks may aggravate your cavity, so you are best to avoid them. These include foods that are especially acidic or sugary, as well as items served at hot or cold temperatures. Once we treat your cavity, you'll be able to return to your normal diet.

Do you see or feel the signs of a cavity? If so, call our office today to set up your appointment.
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