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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

Uncommon Dental Injuries to Be Aware Of

Posted on 3/20/2019 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
Uncommon Dental Injuries to Be Aware OfThere is a good chance that you have a decent knowledge of cavities and maybe even gum disease. You probably have heard about teeth grinding, and you might also have a little bit of knowledge about crowns and veneers. These are all common. There are also some uncommon dental injuries that you should also be aware of.

Sports Injuries

If you play sports, or if you have a child who is an athlete, you know a bit about sports injuries. Some of obvious, such as a broken ankle or a black eye. One thing that you might not think to look for is a dental injury. In a contact sport, it could happen. The same thing is true of a sport where there is a lot of running. If there is a hit to the mouth, you need to keep an eye on the situation.

If there is bleeding that does not stop in a couple of minutes, you need to come in immediately. The same is true if a tooth is knocked out. If there is not a lot of blood and no loose teeth, ice on the area can help if there is any pain.

Physical Abuse
Tragically, a dental injury could be a sign of physical abuse. Often abusers will go for the face when they attack. If someone you know has unexplained bruises or often has difficulty talking, that could be a sign.
You should take any dental injury seriously.

An injury could cause a shift in alignment of the teeth, and there could be other problems as well. It is important that you have the injury looked at as soon as possible. We want to make sure that you and your family have beautiful smiles that will last a lifetime. It is better to come in soon than to wait and have problems down the road.
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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