Changes to Expect as a Result of Coronavirus

Dr. Ted Beitelschees explains some of the changes you can expect in the Westgate Family Dental office in response to Coronavirus. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. 419.578.4110. Our office office hours are Mon 8 - 6, Tue 8 - 2, Wed 8 - 5, Thu 8 - 5.

Please view an important letter about reopening from Dr. Ted:

WFD Opening Letter

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After Care Instructions

Way to go! You’ve made an important choice to save your tooth. You could have backed down, given up, but instead you charged in – almost hero-like – and saved the day! Well, your tooth at least. Below are some ways to keep up the hero action; no red tights required.

What We Did

Since the root of your tooth was exposed, we completely removed it. Then we filled the tooth with a rubber-like substance to seal it up. After that, we put in a temporary filling. We need to heal up any infection before either giving you a permanent filling or putting a crown on the tooth. This is why it often takes 2 or more visits to complete the therapy.

Some Things to Know

Anesthetic: Your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after your appointment. Avoid chewing and hot foods or liquids until the numbness is entirely gone.

Antibiotics: Keep taking them as prescribed even if you think the infection is gone.

Temporary Filling: A small portion of your filling may wear or break away. This is OK. Call us if the entire filling falls out, though. It’ll need to be replaced.

Next Step

A crown will be placed as the final step. The tooth alone will get dry and brittle over time and can easily crack or break. A crown will prevent this from happening. If you have persistent swelling or pain, please call us right away!

Ouch!

Feeling a little sensitive to hot and cold? Sore gums? No worries; it’s normal. Here’s our favorite home remedy to reduce pain and swelling. It really works!

  • 8 oz glass of warm water
  • ½ tsp of salt

Mix it up and use it to rinse your mouth 3 times each day. It’ll speed up the healing process and your mouth will thank you!

Take Extra Care

  • Avoid sticky foods – NO gum
  • Stay away from hard foods
  • Try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth for awhile
  • Continue brushing and flossing normally