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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.


Ways of Telling if You Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed


Posted on 10/15/2019 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
Ways of Telling if You Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth RemovedOne of the most common dental procedures that you will face from age 16 to about 19 years old is whether to have your wisdom teeth removed. There are many signs to look for to decide you want to have them removed.

We will go over the signs our dentist can see. As you get older, the bones in the mouth become harder, making them difficult to remove. We may remove wisdom teeth to prevent problems later on, even if you aren't experiencing pain and any of the other common symptoms.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth


The number one cause to have your wisdom teeth removed is if they are impacted. Impacted teeth can have symptoms like swollen, tender or bleeding gums. You'll experience jaw pain deep in the bone or it can just swell and become stiff. You can develop bad breath that won't go away. Sometimes it becomes difficult to open your jaw. 

Incorrect Growth Trajectory


Sometimes when wisdom teeth grow, they may take up way too much space in the mouth. It is commonly asked if they can be allowed to grow in and then straightened with braces. No, it is not possible; when the mouth becomes overcrowded, there is no procedure that can be done to fit together all the teeth. There just isn't enough room. Our dentist may remove all or only a few teeth.

Wisdom tooth extraction is preferred by our office to help prevent symptoms and problems that can arise when the teeth grow in. Removal avoids pain when eating because food easily gets stuck in rear molars. It prevents the cysts from forming next to your wisdom teeth.

Cysts destroy bones, roots, and surrounding structures. In severe cases, they become tumors. Removal protects against sinus issues, cavities, gum disease, and other problems. Give our office a call today. We have performed many wisdom teeth procedures. We can look at your teeth and make a recommendation on what is best for your situation. 
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