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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

How to Stop Bleeding After Oral Trauma

Posted on 11/25/2019 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
How to Stop Bleeding After Oral TraumaThe first thing to do after experiencing oral trauma is to assess the situation. If needed, immediately call an ambulance because if the trauma is serious enough, it may need to be seen as quickly as possible. Next, you must locate where the oral trauma has taken place.

The affected area will most likely be red and swollen from the injury. From this point, it is important to gather something to stop the bleeding. We highly recommend using sterile gauze as things like shirts and rags can open up the affected person to infection. After obtaining gauze, place the gauze on the gums of the area that is red and swollen.

Note, placing the gauze on the actual teeth will not stop the bleeding because teeth are made of bone and cannot bleed. Apply slight pressure to the area or have the person hold the gauze between their teeth while making sure it is contacting the gums. If bleeding continues, it may be necessary to visit the emergency room.

What Do I Do After Bleeding Stops

After the bleeding stops, it will be necessary to look at the damaged area. If the oral trauma was severe enough, there could be broken or cracked teeth. In this case, it will be necessary to call us and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Damaged teeth can present severe and ongoing pain. Damaged teeth can also develop more problems as time progresses.

Depending on the severity, they can be more susceptible to decay over time or shifts of other teeth surrounding the damaged tooth or teeth. If the latter happens, this could lead to further complications to oral health and bite alignment, which will need more invasive correction in the future.

If you would like more information on how to stop bleeding from oral trauma, give us a call and we can give you some tips and the best course of action based on the amount of trauma. Please consider scheduling an appointment if you have suffered from oral trauma recently as it can present more problems in the future.
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