Emergency Dentistry in Shorewood,WI

What Is Emergency Dentistry?

Emergency dentistry focuses on treating oral injuries and other time-sensitive dental health issues. It’s really important to get help for dental emergencies in Shorewood right away. Coming to Acacia Dental Care for a same-day appointment gets you out of pain, prevents further complications, and gives you peace of mind. Contact us at (414) 212-8291 to schedule your appointment and get the care you need from Dr. Edwin Brookes.

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An aching tooth may be caused by a tooth infection. This is a serious dental emergency, and requires immediate treatment with root canal therapy to save your tooth.

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What To Do In A Dental Emergency

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Call us immediately

First, call the team at Acacia Dental Care. We offer same-day, after-hours, and weekend appointments for emergency patients. Call us at (414) 212-8291 and tell us about your situation, and we’ll squeeze you in ASAP.

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Recover tooth/dental work

If you’ve lost a tooth, recover it and put it in a container of cold milk. Come to our office within 1-2 hours, or it will not be possible to save the tooth. If you’ve lost a piece of dental work, simply put it into a small plastic baggie or container, and bring it with you to your appointment.

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Deal with bleeding, pain, and discomfort

If you’re bleeding, use clean gauze, paper towels, or cotton balls to place pressure on your injury. To help with discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen. Icing your face near the affected area may also help with pain and swelling.

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Come in for treatment

The sooner you get help from Dr. Brookes, the better the outcome of your emergency will be. There’s no time to waste, so come to our office as scheduled, and get the emergency dental care you need in Shorewood.

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Common Emergency Dentistry Procedures

There are lots of common emergency dentistry procedures, such as root canals and dental crowns to fix infected, cracked, or broken teeth. Tooth splints are also common, and are usually used for loose or knocked-out teeth. This involves fixing the tooth to the nearby teeth to hold it in place as it heals. This allows the ligaments and other structures to re-attach, saving the tooth.A few other common emergency dentistry procedures include replacing missing dental fillings and crowns, suturing up cuts to the mouth, and tooth extractions.

Same-Day Appointments

We offer same-day appointments for patients in Shorewood. Just give us a call at (414) 212-8291 to schedule a consultation. We’ve always got time in our schedule for patients who are experiencing dental emergencies.

After-Hours And Weekend Appointments

We know that injuries and emergencies don’t just happen from 9-5, or from Monday through Friday. That’s why we also offer after-hours and weekend appointments that fit your schedule and your lifestyle. If you’re in pain, just give us a call at (414) 212-8291. Even if you need after-hours or weekend care, we’re here to take care of you.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are often recommended for children, who are at a higher risk for tooth decay, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a great option for patients of all ages who want to protect their teeth from cavities. The application of dental sealants is a very straight-forward procedure, beginning with the application of a dental resin to the molars. Located in the back of the mouth, molars are filled with grooves and uneven surfaces where plaque and bacteria can hide and flourish. The resin is then cured with a UV light to help it harden, creating a powerful barrier between your teeth and the foods, drinks, acid, and bacteria that lead to decay. And the best part? Dental sealants can last for years!

Periodontal Care

Gum disease is more common than you may expect, and if left untreated, patients struggling with it can risk developing additional problems, up to and including the loss of their teeth. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and is the only stage that can be reversed with deep cleanings and good at-home hygiene. If you have gingivitis, staying on top of your regular cleanings, checkups, and at-home care will help you to  regain control over your oral health before it becomes irreversible.

More advanced stages of periodontitis require more advanced and frequent treatment. We usually recommend scheduling deep cleaning sessions every three to four months, depending on your unique needs. Although the effects of more advanced periodontitis are irreversible, deep cleanings, scaling, and root planing can stop gum disease in its tracks and help preserve your oral wellbeing.

Oral Cancer Screenings

As a part of every preventive care visit, we’ll perform an oral cancer screening. Catching oral cancer early on gives us a better chance at stopping it before it spreads, and can even save your life. 

During your exam, your dentist will examine your gums, tongue, and the rest of your mouth, looking for abnormalities like lesions, lumps, and discolorations. If we discover anything out of the ordinary, we’ll take a biopsy to send to a specialist for a comprehensive analysis. Although oral cancer is relatively rare, it’s important to be diligent about your oral hygiene routine, and to regularly visit our office for cleanings and checkups so we can identify any potential problems before they become major issues.

Night Guards

Bruxism, or unconscious teeth grinding and clenching is a common issue faced by many patients. As this behavior tends to happen at night while patients are asleep, night guards are a great solution for Bruxism. Night guards can be made from a variety of materials depending on the severity of your case, and work by creating a barrier between your teeth that protects them from damage caused by clenching and grinding. 

If you need a night guard, your dentist will take impressions or digital scans of your teeth and gums to craft a custom mold that will then be sent to the lab, where your night guard will be made to your exact specifications and measurements. Night guards ease tension in your jaw in order to alleviate the painful headaches and other uncomfortable or damaging side effects of clenching and grinding, so you can get more restful sleep and keep your smile healthy.

Sport Guards

Like night guards, sports mouth guards are worn over the teeth, but are designed specifically to protect your grin from oral trauma common in patients who play high-impact sports. A custom-fitted sports guard can help protect you from dental injuries caused by collisions to the mouth, face, or head. If you’re an athlete who plays football, basketball, baseball, soccer, rugby, hockey, gymnastics, mountain biking, or other activities that put you at risk for injury due to falling, body contact, or flying objects, a sports guard is essential for protecting your smile. Tailored to fit your own unique grin, custom-fitted sports guards are comfortable, and durable, so you can keep playing the sports you love.

Did you know…

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1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has at least one cavity.

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Have questions about preventive dentistry? Find answers here.

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How do I brush my teeth properly?

Keeping up with good brushing habits is integral to your oral health, and using the proper technique can help keep your mouth free from decay. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and use small, circular strokes to clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. You should spend about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth. Use toothpaste that is ADA-approved and rich in fluoride, and don’t forget to replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months, or when the bristles start to look frayed or worn.

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How do I floss properly?

Daily flossing is the best way to dislodge plaque and bacteria to keep gum disease at bay, and can be easy once you know the proper technique. Begin by gathering about 24 inches of dental floss, wrapping most of it around one index or middle finger. Wind the remaining few inches around the index finger of your other hand, keeping about 1-inch of floss taut between your fingers and thumbs. Gently glide the floss between your teeth. If you’re having trouble getting the floss between your teeth, try not to force it, as it can slip and cause damage to your gums. Instead, use a gentle side-to-side rocking motion to get the floss where it needs to be. Once the floss is between your teeth, slide it into the gum line while following the c-shaped curve of the tooth. Repeat this process for both sides of every tooth. To help prevent the spread of bacteria, be sure to wind a new 1-inch section of floss before moving on to the next tooth.

What's the difference between prophylactic cleanings and periodontal cleanings?

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Prophylactic cleanings, also known as “regular cleanings, ” are the cleanings you receive during your routine dental appointments. They are essential in helping to prevent decay and keep your breath fresh, and should be scheduled every 6 months. During your cleaning, we’ll remove any plaque, tartar, or bacterial buildup from your teeth and floss between them to ensure the continued health of your smile.

Periodontal cleanings are only necessary for patients with periodontal, or gum, disease, and are sometimes referred to as “deep cleanings.” These cleaning sessions are more thorough than regular cleanings, and are meant to halt the progression of gum disease. Your dentist or hygienist will carefully scrape away any plaque or tartar buildup from between your teeth and gums, and carefully smooth out the roots of your teeth, to eliminate pockets that can trap bacteria and allow gum disease to flourish. An important part of every periodontal maintenance routine, deep cleanings can help those suffering from gum disease to preserve their oral health.

Is preventive care covered by dental insurance?

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The vast majority of dental insurance policies fully cover routine preventive care like cleanings, exams, and x-rays. Even if it’s not completely covered by your insurance plan, chances are it is at least partially covered. Certain plans may even cover optional treatments, like dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Get in touch with your provider for specific details about your insurance plan, or give us a call today and find out how we can help maximize your benefits.

Did you know…

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Keeping up with preventive care can save you money, time, and future dental pain.

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