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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.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays at West End Dental, in Portland, ORRegular dental exams are a critical component of maintaining optimal oral health. We check the visible structures of your teeth looking for signs of damage and decay. We can identify early problems, helping you to get fast, effective treatment right away. However, even with thorough visual exams, there are still parts of your mouth that cannot be seen with the naked eye. To examine the hidden areas of your mouth, and provide you with the best possible care, West End Dental performs digital x-rays.

The Importance of X-Ray Images

While visual inspection of your mouth can show us a lot, such as cavities, physical damage, and gum disease, there are several structures of your mouth that are hidden from view. To provide you with the best possible care, we need to be able to see all of your oral structures. X-rays allow us to do just that. These images show us the areas between your teeth, roots of your teeth, and the jaw. We can spot cavities between your teeth, damage to the roots, abscesses, impacted teeth, and more. With a complete picture of your mouth, we can make a more accurate diagnosis of any oral health conditions and provide you with the most effective treatment plan possible.

Digital X-Rays

At West End Dental, we use digital x-ray sensors, which decrease radiation exposure and provides for clearer images. Digital sensors reduce the radiation exposure up to 90% compared with traditional x-ray film, and the images are obtained in much less time. The sensor is attached to a computer, and with a click of a button, the images are displayed almost instantly on a monitor. With digital x-rays, the exposure is so low that a new standard of practice states that lead aprons are no longer necessary. However, we still use the apron to mitigate any patient concerns regarding exposure. To help quantify radiation exposure, medical and otherwise, consider the following. The average person in the U.S. receives approximately 3.0 mSv of background radiation per year. Those that live at elevations greater than 5,000 ft receive about 1.5 mSv more per year. The radiation that one is exposed to on a cross-country flight is about 0.03 mSv. The largest source of background radiation comes from radon in our homes. These amounts can vary considerably. The exposure from a digital dental x-ray is 0.005 mSv, or the equivalent of one day of background radiation. For comparison, a mammogram is 0.4 mSv and a CT of the chest is 7.0 mSv. Despite the comparatively low radiation exposures for digital, we are mindful to obtain what is considered to be the minimal of images for diagnostic purposes.

The Benefits of Digital X-Rays

There are several benefits associated with digital x-rays, including:
•  Your exposure to radiation is reduced up to 90%.
•  Capturing images is quick.
•  The images are of better quality due to higher contrast and resolution. We have the ability to enhance the digital x-ray images in some different ways, including zooming in on suspect areas.

With digital x-rays, we can get a unique look at the hidden structures of your mouth. We can see potential problems before they cause symptoms and help you to get the most effective treatments you need to restore your oral health. For more information, call West End Dental today at (503) 446-2957.
We believe in educating patients about their treatment options and listening to their questions and concerns.
We focus on prevention so that you keep your smile healthy. We provide excellent comfortable care for all procedures.
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833 SW 11th Ave Suite 300
Portland, OR 97205

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