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West End Dental Inc and Dr. Krippaehne’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
The American Dental Association has recommended and the Oregon Governor has ordered that all non-emergency procedures by dentist cease. The order is an attempt to preserve protective equipment, such as gloves and masks for the COVID-19 patients.

In an attempt to keep any dental emergency out of our hospitals' emergency departments, dental offices are encouraged to treat dental emergencies through virtual communication when possible.

In response, West End Dental Inc and Dr. Krippaehne are fully prepared to provide teledentistry to those in need, including new or established patients.

If you or someone you know has an urgent dental concern, please contact Polly (office manager) on her cell phone 503-267-4893 to schedule a teledental visit with Dr. Krippaehne.

If you would like to contact our office with a non urgent matter, please call the office at 503-224-7815. You may also fax or email with non urgent matters. Fax 503-222-0029, email

What is Dental Pulp Disease?

Posted on 12/30/2018 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
What is Dental Pulp Disease?Poor dental hygiene and oral health can lead to dental pulp diseases. When these diseases occur, they can require major interventions for treatment. Without properly managing your dental pulp disease, you could ultimately lose your teeth.

Dental Pulp Diseases

Dental pulp disease actually refers to multiple diseases. They have different causes and treatments:
•  Irreversible pulpitis. This is a severe form of inflammation, and it can't be cured. You may experience sudden and intense pain. If you fail to treat this condition, widespread infections of the gum and connective tissues may occur.
•  Reversible pulpitis. This mild inflammation usually results in pain upon drinking or eating cold, hot, or sweet items. If you fail to treat the problem, inflammation can lead to an abscess. Good oral health typically reverses the problem.
•  Dental pulp stones. Also known as calcification, this condition involves hardening of the pulp tissues. Extreme pain and hypersensitivity may result due to compressed dental nerves. A root canal might also be required.
•  Dental pulp exposure. When the external tooth covering is damaged due to a crack or cavity, the dental pulp may be exposed. Pain is the most prominent symptom.

If the damaged pulp isn't removed, infection can spread into the jaw bone and other surrounding tissues.

Causes of Dental Pulp Disease

The causes of dental pulp diseases can be grouped into three main categories: bacterial, thermal, and physical. Bacterial is one of the most common causes, but thermal issues like heat form cavity preparation can also lead to pulp diseases. Accident trauma, pathological wear, and cracks through the body of the teeth are some of the examples of physical causes.

Regardless of the cause of your dental pulp disease, if you experience severe pain in the teeth or sensitivity, it is important to seek out help. Give us a call today to set up your next appointment.
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