West End Dental
James Krippaehne, DMD:
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West End Dental
James A. Krippaehne, DMD, MAGD
Portland, OR













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Sedation dentistry


Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Sleep apnea therapy

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Gradine S. from Vancouver, WA (Source: Yelp)


My time with West End Dental started with Dr. John Krippaehne in late 70’s. Like Dr. John, Dr. Jim Krippaehne is an excellent dentist-very professional, personable, super gentle with the ‘needle’, patient, asks how you’re doing during a procedure & an over all good person! Hygienists are friendly & gentle with the cleanings! The office staff is awesome-always personable & friendly-they keep you coming back!

Jeff Anderson (Source: Google)


I was very impressed with their efforts to maintain a pleasant and clean environment while delivering exceptional attention to their customer’s comfort. They have achieve this level of performance despite the many challenges linked to COVID. I can’t say enough about about how outstanding the staff are as well. A five-star operation!

Bonnie Comm Ternes (Source: Facebook)


I recently had my first root canal. Initially, I was apprehensive but the staff at West End Dental were very supportive and calmed my fears. By the time the procedure was over I knew that I had made a good decision going to West End Dental. I highly recommend them.

Mika B. from Sandpoint, ID (Source: Yelp)


I can’t say enough to express my gratitude for this dental office as a whole. Dr. Kripphaene is the most gentle, caring, skilled dentist and oral surgeon I have met. He was my dentist from 1998 to 2007 when I moved from Portland to Idaho, and again over the last year. The front office staff is ALWAYS friendly and helpful, the dental assistants and hygienists are the best in their skill and friendliness, and Dr. Kripphaene is all the same and more–always treating his staff and patients with kindness and respect. A year ago I found out I needed to get several teeth removed and implants placed. I visited with several oral surgeons in my area, but none inspired the confidence that the whole staff at West End Dental does, cared for my dental health to the degree that Dr. Kripphaene does (his plan saved a fourth tooth others were just going to remove) or explained the procedures carefully and thoroughly as a matter of course. I never felt like I was a number being “sold” as I did in a couple of the other offices. Their prices were more competitive for the whole process, and the care they give is far above other offices I’ve visited. I chose to travel from Idaho for each procedure to have this work done, and I couldn’t have been happier! They inspire confidence, were forever caring in every detail of each procedure (calling to check in after many of the visits), and did excellent work. The day after the final step was completed I had to think hard to remember on which side of my mouth all the work had been done. My new teeth look and feel great. Thanks West End Dental team for such great care!!

Janice Leibowitz (Source: Google)


This dental office was incredibly clean and well organized. The dentist, the hygienist (Rachel) were so careful and thorough that I enjoyed my experience there and that is saying a great deal about a dental appointment! The receptionist and office staff were friendly and efficient as well. The office was expanded to make it safe and everyone used appropriate PPE. I highly recommend West End Dental. (Free parking as well!).

Geoffrey P. from Portland, OR (Source: Yelp)


When was the last time that looked forward to going to the dentist? Have you ever wanted to just sit in the dental exam chair and just chat with your dentist? If you answered no to either question then you must become a patient at West End Dental. I have been a patient here for well over 20 years and I have to admit that Dr. Jim and his staff are without a doubt the friendliest, most professional group that I’ve ever known. Dr. Jim provides the best dental care that I’ve ever received. Not only is he exceptionally knowledgeable, he has a gentle touch and demeanor that puts you very much at ease. Patient care and comfort comes first at West End Dental. Whether it’s just a routine exam and cleaning or a procedure that requires skill, finesse and a calming, reassuring presence, Dr. Jim and all the staff will provide you with a level of dedication that will leave you feeling not just like a patient, but like a friend.

Chanel B. from Portland, OR (Source: Yelp)


I had an absolutely amazing appointment last week at West End Dental. Rachel was my hygienist and she was fantastic! She was extremely friendly, engaging, and also gentle while probing and cleaning my teeth. By the end of our visit I liked her so much I wish we were friends! Dr. Jim was also extremely nice, patient, and friendly. I am having my wisdom teeth removed next week and am totally confident in their abilities and procedures. So glad I found this place.

Michelle Holmes (Source: Google)


I have had a lot of dental work done over the years with not so great results and a lot of complications. Then i found west end dental. All of the staff is friendly and has been so wonderful, especially Julie at the front desk, Dr. Ida and Dr. Jim who gave me back the ability to smile with complete confidence! Thank you!!

Ydnar Nostaw (Source: Google)


West End Dental is a wonderful place to visit. I myself have been a patient for many years. I’ve always felt secure with Dr. James Krippaehne and his practice. The front office is always quick & through in making appointments or answering any insurance or billing question I might have. The hygienists. Are super polite & gentle, demonstrating their knowledge & skills both in dental and people skills. Dr. Ida is both so very pleasant & kind, and extremely through. My adult children, Six Grandchildren, two Great grandchildren now go to West End dental and all are very happy there. I highly recommend them if you want a fun friendly plus highly professional dental service. Randy Watson 10-10-2019

Brian Conroy (Source: Google)


Dr. Jim Krippaenne has been my dentist for 25-30 years, ever since he took over for his father who was also a great dentist and human being. I would never go anywhere else. He s sooo good at what he does and has always had great assistants. They have all felt like good friends of mine over the years. it is just a pleasure to work with Dr. Jim and everyone in his office.

Betsy Drake (Source: Facebook)


Friendly and professional staff. Clean and bright environment. I have been a client at West End Dental for over a decade, and have always been pleased with their work. Dr. Jim is an excellent, highly trained dentist who delivers top notch dental services from a general exam to implants. He has a very relaxed and gentle demeanor which will appeal to any person who is particularly anxious about trips to the dentist. Highly recommended and 5 Stars

Mark Abolofia (Source: Google)


Dr. K is simply the best! Excellent experience every time I visit his office. His chairside assistants and hygienists are top notch and very thorough. I’ve had everything from fillings, caps and root canals done by Dr. K and have always been more than pleased with my outcomes. As a matter of fact, it’s so relaxing to go there that one time I fell asleep right in the chair! Needless to say Dr. K and his entire staff are terrific and I’d highly recommend them for any dental work you need done. Worthy of 10 stars!

Brigitta Glanz (Source: Facebook)


Both Alice and Dr Jim are amazing! After a root canal, deep cleaning and a tricky wisdom tooth removal, they got my teeth healthy and ready for clear braces. It took me over 15 years to find a dentist I trust, and I’m happy the search is over!

Jamie Pike (Source: Google)


I’m very impressed with West End Dental. Their comprehensive care is very much appreciated. Beyond their already established perfection, including Covid-19 protocol, there’s another reason to be a part of West End Dental. Recently, during a routine cleaning appointment they handed me a questionnaire for sleep apnea. The results indicated the need for a sleep study and they made it easy and quick by sending a referral to a sleep study clinic. I had always struggled with sleep but sleep apnea never occurred to me. Given the significant health risks associated with sleep apnea, I’m so relieved to be taking steps to resolve this. Dr. Krippaehne is fitting me for an appliance and will help monitor its results. The whole team played a role in this success.

Jim R. from Lake Oswego, OR (Source: Yelp)


I highly recommend Dr Krippaehne and the wonderful staff that works with him. He is the type of dentist that doesn’t try to over sell a procedure, but does provide options that are cost effective and well done. Our whole family has enjoyed being patience’s over the years, and I can’t say enough good things about his practice.

Eileen M. from Bend, OR (Source: Yelp)


I am a dental lab owner and ceramist. I have worked with Dr. Krippaehne for the past 25+ years. The quality of his dentistry is excellent. Collaboration and communication between the lab technician and the dentist is imperative. He goes above and beyond to get the very best outcome for his patients. He provides great photography for shade evaluation. The quality of his preparation for crowns and veneers makes my job easy. We’ve had many many implant cases through out the years and his techniques are cutting edge. It is a pleasure to have known Dr. Krippaehne all these years and a pleasure to work with a dentist who cares so much about his patients. He is passionate about his work and passionate about doing nothing but the very best for his patients. You’re in great hands with Dr. Krippaehne! Mark Kennedy, Kennedy Dental Arts

Louise Lorente (Source: Facebook)


I’m a 74 yr old who until a few years ago had dental phobia due to poor dental care as a child. Then I found West End Dental. Dr Krippaehne and his staff have helped me get over my fear of dentists. They are kind, understanding, professional, gentle and have taken excellent care of my teeth. I no longer have tarter build up, cleaning is a breeze, no need for sedation and no cavities or major work since going to them. I strongly recommend West End Dental and give them 5 stars plus!

Matthew Brown (Source: Google)


West End Dental and Dr. Krippaehne have been my go-to for many years now. Their front office is extremely professional, letting me know any changes with my insurance coverage or providing estimates for work. The office has been remodeled to minimize Covid risk. My appt this week felt safe from start to finish. I wasn’t a huge fan of going to the dentist before seeing Dr. Krippaehne at West End. He’s done a significant amount of work for me and it’s always top-notch. Also a shout out to Rachel, my dental hygienist – she remembers which teeth are sensitive and goes easy on me. I could not recommend the experience at West End more, particularly if you are picky about your dental work.

Deborah Hennessey (Source: Google)


West Elm Dental has provided exceptional dental care to our family for more than 25 years. The staff is always very kind and helpful. When dental emergencies come along, the staff makes every attempt to find an appointment as soon as possible. Dr. Krippaehne is a gentle and skilled provider. Dr. Jim has done extensive work on our family members including wisdom teeth removal. root canals, invisalign, and gum grafting. You can expect the best of care at West Elm Dental.

Steve H. from Portland, OR (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Krippaehne has been my dentist for nearly 14 years now, so I’ve been a client for a long time. I’ve always received cordial, professional, top-notch service from these folks. They’re very flexible about scheduling, take most forms of dental insurance, and (this is important), they provide the dental services you need without trying to ‘talk you into’ stuff you don’t. I have a lot of trust with these people. Conveniently located in the Medical Dental Building downtown.

Elaine Bock (Source: Facebook)


I have been going to West End Dental for decades! I am 78 years old and they take such good care of my teeth that I haven’t had even a filling in years! Wouldn’t go anywhere else. In fact, I used to go to Dr. Jim’s Dad! Dr. Dr. Jim is great as well as all his staff. Some of them I have known for years and it feels like visiting a good friend when I have an appointment.

Ross C. from Portland, OR (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going to Westside Dental for over 15 years. I have confidence in Jim Krippaehne’s dental skills and experience and always feel I am in good hands with his team.  They are patient and responsive, and happy to explain the procedures and what they are doing to satisfy my curiosity. And now it’s much more convenient to make appointments and changes over the Internet. Friendly group!

Dennis W. (Source: Google)


I had a chip on one of my front teeth. Dr. Ida did an “amazing” job fixing it! You can not tell that it ever had a problem. I first was introduced to Dr. John, Dr, Jim’s father, over 35 years ago when I moved here from Nebraska. I have been in their office at least 2 or 3 times every year and will NEVER go anywhere else. THANK YOU ALL for the great professional service you provide. Have a blessed day, Dennis

Julee B. (Source: Google)


Dr. Krappaehne was a referral. He removed 2 mercury fillings that I had from over 30 years ago. Dr. Krappaehne was able to save my teeth with porceline fillings. The process was successful, so I trusted him to do my crown. That was a comfortable experience as well. I’m a highly sensitive person, especially when going to the dentist. The hygienists, staff and Dr. Krappaehne work well with my anxiety. I’ll definitely continue my dental maintenance at this office.

Marnie Frank (Source: Facebook)


I have been going to West End Dental for about 20 years. All of the people who work there are highly professional and provide excellent care. The front office staff are friendly and helpful. Dr. Krippaene Is thoughtful and caring as well as a superb dentist. Rachel is my hygienist and she’s the best one I’ve ever had. She is gentle and thorough which is a wonderful combination. I highly recommend this practice.

Anthony Delisa (Source: Google)


I am a 72 year old male who has had over 20 different dentists over a 65 year span. During that time I have had numerous and various procedures performed (cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions, impacted teeth, crowns, bridges, implants, etc.) Due to the trauma involved over the years, I developed a severe dental phobia. Luckily, I found West End Dental. Dr. Jim Krippaehne is easily the best dentist I have ever gone to for treatment and peace of mind.


West End Dental Inc and James Krippaehne, DMD, MAGD have been serving the Portland area for more than 50 years! At West End Dental, our goal is to provide exceptional service with the commitment to the highest level of care for our patients. Our experienced staff will make you feel comfortable and cared for. We provide comprehensive and aesthetic dentistry for all ages. We want to help you maintain a healthy and attractive smile for the rest of your life! Dr. James Krippaehne was born in Portland, Oregon, graduating from Beaverton High School in 1980. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Oregon in 1984 and his dental degree from Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), Cum Laude, in 1988. He chose to spend the next two years in post-graduate training at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas. During this time he received advanced training in all aspects of dentistry including cosmetic, surgical, sedation, and implant dentistry. Upon returning to Portland, Dr. Jim joined his father, Dr. John Krippaehne and they practiced together for ten years. Dr. Krippaehne maintains memberships in numerous professional societies including Multnomah Dental Society, Oregon Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Clear Aligners. He is a past Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists. He received his Masters in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2012, an award achieved by less than 1% of all general dentists. This title requires 1100 hours of multi-discipline continuing education. The award speaks to the organization's value of excellence in dentistry through continuing education. Dentists who have earned mastership offer their patients cutting-edge care. Dr. Krippaehne completed advanced training in obstructive sleep apnea and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. This designation is the gold standard in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea by dentists and represents a commitment to provide the highest level of care within this field of practice. West End Dental embodies Dr. Jim's philosophy of providing dental care. That philosophy is to help the patients understand their treatment options, provide dental care consistent with the way he would treat his family, and meet the treatment needs and personal concerns of his patients. In his private life, Dr. Jim and his wife Polly have two lovely daughters. He enjoys immersing himself in their respective endeavors as well as exercising, skiing, biking, kiteboarding, and playing guitar.