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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.

Why Might Your Filling Leak?

Posted on 4/15/2020 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
Why Might Your Filling Leak? Some fillings stop providing their useful purpose when they start leaking. A filling leaks when the side of the restoration does not fit snugly against a tooth. In turn, both saliva and food debris can seep between the tooth and filling, leading to dental problems. You can experience leaking if the filling is made of amalgam (silver) or a composite (resin) material.

Why do Filings Leak?

Once you get a filling to seal a cavity, you might think that you will have that filling for life. However, fillings wear down over time, which can lead to problems with leaks. These leaks can cause further tooth decay, which makes the tooth sensitive to the cold and heat, and often causes dental pain. If you received a filling about 30 years ago, it is probably time to replace the restoration. Otherwise, you will defeat the purpose of placing the filling in the first place.

Why Are Fillings Replaced?

As they say, “Nothing lasts forever.” That includes fillings too. Besides leaks, you should get a filling replaced when you notice signs of decay. This may result from a leak or another reason. Decay can only cause more damage if it is not addressed immediately. You should also replace a filling when you notice any fracture, such as cracking or chipping. Those cracks and chips can release filling pieces in the mouth and create a choking hazard! Therefore, don't waste any time calling our office if your fillings look cracked or chipped. If leaking is a problem, you might find that the filling has created a gap inside the tooth. If so, you need to call our office right away. As you can see, fillings serve a good purpose, as long as they stay in good shape. If your fillings have become worn or need to be replaced, now is a good time to call our office. We will examine the fillings and create a plan of replacement. Normally, it does not take that long to replace a filling, and it is time that is well-spent. Give us a call today if you have fillings that leak or that display fractures or worn areas.
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