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Emergency Dentistry – Milwaukee, WI

Don’t Put Off Your Emergency Any Longer!

When a dental emergency strikes, it’s typically because of a long-term issue like tooth decay or gum disease or a physical injury that chipped/damaged a tooth in some way. Regardless of the type of emergency you’re experiencing, you should give our dental office a call. Putting it off will only make it worse, and we’re more than equipped to get you out of pain and save your smile with emergency dentistry in Milwaukee, WI.

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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Whether your tooth aches, you’ve experienced an oral injury, or you notice facial swelling after waking up in the morning, the first thing you should do is give our dental office a call. Our team can schedule an appointment immediately and more than likely provide same-day care. We’ll also give you tips on how to manage your dental emergency, no matter how minor or serious it may be. A few things you can do on your own to help with a dental emergency include…

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Start by flossing around the tooth to remove potential food debris. If the discomfort persists, take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen to reduce it. If swelling is present, you can also apply a cold compress to your cheek for about 10 minutes, then remove it for an additional 10 minutes. Repeat this for up to one hour. You may have tooth decay or an oral infection that requires more involved treatment.

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

Collect any pieces of your tooth that you can find and bring them to our dental office. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and take painkillers as needed to minimize discomfort. Apply sugarless gum to the remaining tooth if it appears sharp or jagged. We will likely need to restore your tooth with a crown, which we can do in a single appointment.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

Do your best to locate the tooth and stay calm. Once found, pick it up by the crown portion only and avoid touching the root or any tissue still attached to the tooth. Rinse off any dirt or debris, then attempt to place it back into your open socket. If this isn’t possible, keep it in a container of milk or saltwater, and get to our dental office within the hour.

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Lost Filling / Crown

If you have lost a restoration, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get to our dental office. If you still have the restoration, rinse your mouth out with water and remove any debris from the restoration before using dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum to temporarily reattach it to your tooth.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Most dental emergencies can be avoided if you practice daily brushing and flossing as well as attend routine dental appointments at our dental office. It’s also important to avoid eating foods that are extremely sticky or hard, especially if you have dental crowns. Never chew on inedible objects such as pens, pencils, bottle caps, or packages that you’re trying to open. And, if you play contact sports or grind your teeth while you sleep, get a custom-made oral appliance at our dental office.

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The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Most dental emergencies are difficult to evaluate in terms of cost until you get to our dental office for closer examination. When you do, we’ll be able to confirm if your needed treatment is relatively simple or complex. For example, treating minor tooth decay is less expensive than a severe oral infection. No matter what your emergency care requires, we’ll work with you to build a treatment plan that fits your budget.

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Dental Emergency FAQs

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Still feeling unsure about what you should do if a dental accident occurs? This is natural, as your first inclination is to panic. Fortunately, your emergency dentist at Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry has compiled some additional frequently asked questions to give you greater peace of mind and confidence should you experience an unfortunate incident at home. After reviewing the following information, please don’t hesitate to contact us with additional questions.

Should I go to the ER or dentist’s office for a dental emergency?

It’s not uncommon to assume that any type of emergency, no matter where it happens on the body, would be worthy of a trip to the ER. However, in most situations that pertain to the mouth, you’re better off seeing a dentist. Here’s why:

When choosing to go to the ER, you will likely face a long wait in the lobby and a doctor who is not trained in dental emergencies, specifically. While they may be able to address immediate symptoms, you need someone who can assist with long-term results.

Only in instances where you are experiencing continual bleeding, increased swelling, or a broken or fractured jaw should you get to an emergency room for immediate medical attention.

Do you accept same-day appointments for dental emergencies? 

Yes! We know you need help when an emergency occurs, which is why we will happily treat you the same day your accident happens. Whether it is pain, swelling, or bleeding, we want to address the problem and get you back on your way to resuming normal activity as soon as possible. When an injury occurs, make sure to alert us as soon as possible. We will work you in at the earliest convenience.

What can I do about the pain?

In most situations, an over-the-counter pain reliever and ice pack/cold compress will be enough to make the pain you’re experiencing more bearable. Depending on what is causing the pain, it may only cause it to subside for a short time, but fortunately, this may be all the time you need before getting in to see us for emergency care. When arriving for your dental visit, make sure to reiterate what happened and where the pain is occurring. This will allow us to more easily identify the problem and offer a valuable solution as quickly as possible.

Does insurance cover dental emergency visits? 

The good news is that most insurance companies understand that accidents can happen and agree to cover a portion of the emergency services you receive. If it is only minor, it may be covered at 70-80%, whereas, a major treatment or procedure might be covered at 50%. It’s always important to review your policy and check with your insurance provider to determine how much you will expect to pay out of pocket for treatment. Our office will be happy to assist in working on your behalf with your insurance company to ensure you get the care you need at the most affordable price.

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