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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.


Osseous Surgery


Dr. James Krippaehne checking the patient at West End Dental Taking care of your mouth is essential for maintaining optimal oral health and preventing the development of serious oral health issues, including gum disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day, in conjunction with routine cleanings and exams every six months, help to keep your whole mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. Skipping out on any part of your oral hygiene routine, even only every once in a while, can significantly increase your risk for the development of gum disease. Gum disease is a serious issue that continues to get worse the longer it goes untreated. If gum disease has led to deep pockets and damage to your jawbone, West End Dental can help with osseous/flap surgery.

How Periodontal Pockets Form


Gum disease is the result of a bacterial infection. Plaque and bacteria that build up on the surfaces of your teeth, which causes the gums to become irritated. This irritation triggers an inflammatory response from your immune system. When this happens, your gums become inflamed or swollen. Red, swollen gums are the first signs that gum disease is present. However, these symptoms often go overlooked. Without treatment, gum disease continues to worsen. Swollen gum tissue begins to pull away from the surfaces of your teeth, which leads to the formation of periodontal pockets. These pockets then begin to collect bacteria.

Gum Disease and Your Bone


Gum disease affects more than just your gum tissue. When bacteria accumulate in periodontal pockets, they continue to attack the tissue from the inside. This causes the pockets to grow deeper. Eventually, the bacteria reach your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone. The bacteria then begin attacking these structures. The jawbone begins to weaken grows uneven. When this happens, hiding places for bacteria begin to form, which can then make cleaning with scaling and root planing difficult.

What is Osseous/Flap Therapy?


Osseous/flap therapy is often performed when the periodontal pockets are too deep to effectively clean with scaling and root planing. The treatment is done to help slow and stop the progression of gum disease and allow your mouth to heal. Treatment is done under local anesthetic, which helps to ensure that you do not feel any pain. Small incisions are made in the gums to expose the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bone. Osseous therapy is a treatment that is performed to smooth the surfaces of your bone, eliminating hiding places for bacteria. The teeth are then thoroughly cleaned of all buildup, and the gums are sutured closed snugly against the surfaces of your teeth. After treatment, your gums can begin reattaching to the bone, and the necks of your teeth and your oral health is greatly improved.

The Benefits of Osseous/Flap Therapy


There are numerous benefits associated with osseous/flap therapy. These benefits include:
•  Eliminating hiding places for oral bacteria by smoothing affected bone.
•  Enabling the gums to begin reattaching to the bone and the teeth.
•  Improving your oral health.
•  Maintaining your oral health becomes easier.
•  Preventing tooth loss.
•  Improving the quality of your smile.

With osseous/flap therapy, we can help to stop the progression of gum disease, allowing your mouth to heal. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call West End Dental today at (503) 446-2957.
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