Emergency Dentistry – Wauwatosa, WI
We Provide Fast, Pain-Relieving Emergency Dental Care
Dental emergencies always seem to happen at moments when you least expect them, making them a struggle to deal with. In fact, if you’re not prepared with a nearby emergency dentist’s phone number already pre-programmed into your phone, you could sustain additional oral damage, even after the incident. Acting fast and following necessary oral first-aid steps are crucial so your mouth can make a full recovery. Whenever you find yourself in a sticky dental situation, we welcome you to call our office immediately so we can help!
Why Choose Wauwatosa Dental Arts for Emergency Dentistry?
- We Accept Dental Insurance
- Experienced Team of Dentists
- We See Patients of All Ages
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
The first step you should always take when you have a dental emergency on your hands is to call our office. Our team will provide you with over-the-phone first-aid instructions and schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. We always try to see our emergency patients the same day so you don’t have to feel uncomfortable or anxious for very long. Below, we’ve provided some helpful tips on what you can do to reduce your pain and risk of sustaining additional oral damage as you make your way to our office.
Toothaches often indicate infections that are hidden deep beneath the surface of your enamel, in the tooth’s inner chamber. To temporarily ease your pain, you can take an over-the-counter medication, like ibuprofen, or place a cold compress on the outside of your face for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off (this will also address any swelling).
If you’re able to retrieve the broken-off portion of your tooth, rinse it off and bring it to your appointment. If the damage has created a jagged or sharp edge to your tooth, you can keep it from irritating or scratching your oral tissues by placing a piece of orthodontic wax or sugar-free chewing gum over it.
Time is of the essence, so quickly retrieve your tooth, only handling it by the biting surface, and gently rinse it underneath a cool stream of water. To keep the roots viable, you’ll need to store it in a sealable container of milk or salt water. Don’t forget to bring it to your appointment with you!
If you’re able to find your lost restoration, you can temporarily reattach it using a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. Keep in mind that this isn’t a permanent solution, and in order to prevent an infection from developing, you’ll need to visit our office so we can repair or replace your filling or crown.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Accidents happen, and while there’s no way that you can completely keep them from occurring, there are some ways that you can reduce your risk of experiencing one. Here are some tips to keep you out of your emergency dentist’s office:
- Schedule and attend your routine checkups and cleanings.
- Brush twice each day for two minutes, floss at least once a day, and rinse with antimicrobial mouthwash daily.
- Avoid chewing on foods that are excessively chewy or sticky.
- Protect your teeth from nightly grinding or while you’re playing sports by getting a mouthguard.
- Stop bad oral habits like smoking and nail-biting.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Not every problem has the same solution, which is why we’re only able to determine the cost of your dental emergency treatment once we’ve conducted a thorough oral examination and outlined a treatment plan. At Wauwatosa Dental Arts, we make sure to keep all of our patients in-the-loop and discuss (in detail) the treatment plans we recommend, their price, and any dental coverage that may apply to you. If you have any questions, never hesitate to ask us!
If you constantly experience pain in your jaw, in the muscles on the side of your face or in the area near your ear, accompanied by restricted jaw movement or a popping or clicking sound, you may be suffering from temporomandibular disorder or TMD. It is a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and in the surrounding muscles as well.