Dental Emergencies in Milwaukee, WI
Dental emergencies can happen at any time. That is why we focus on prevention at our West Allis dental office. In spite of all of the planning in the world, we know that unexpected dental problems arise. We want you to know that we are here for you in the event of an emergency and we encourage you to call us at (414) 383-5833 if you or a loved one needs relief from a tooth emergency.
- How We Are Protecting You Today and Every Day
- When Is It a Dental Emergency?
- Common Dental Emergencies
- Steps To Take During Dental Emergencies
- Your Emergency Appointment
- How You Can Avoid Tooth Emergencies
How We Are Protecting You Today and Every Day
In light of the recent developments with the COVID-19 virus, we want to ensure you of our sterilization protocols that we strictly adhere to daily. These are directives that we have always followed to keep our valued patients safe, and we continue to make them our priority during these unprecedented times.
Following the standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we strive to protect our patients and our clinical team members every day by following these protocols:
- Our entire office, including dental chairs and treatment rooms, as well as our bathrooms, front desk, and waiting area, are sanitized multiple times throughout the day with disinfectants that are OSHA approved.
- We follow strict heat sterilization protocols for hand tools that we use multiple times during the day to ensure they remain bacteria-free for each patient. We also properly dispose of one-time-use products and tools in the safest manner.
Dr. Monteagudo and our team want to assure you that your safety is of the utmost importance now, and always, at our Milwaukee dental office. If you should need emergency dental care, you can rely on the fact that our dental office is a safe place for you or your loved ones to be.
When Is It a Dental Emergency?
Most tooth emergencies are best for your dentist to handle since hospitals are typically not equipped to help with tooth problems. If you are unsure if you are experiencing a real dental emergency, we encourage you to contact our West Allis dental office first, and we can help you assess your situation over the phone. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can take care of you and help you feel comfortable again.
However, if you have an accident that involves hitting your head, dizziness, or uncontrolled bleeding, you should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You may have injuries that require more immediate attention than your teeth. We will be here for you once we make sure that nothing more serious is happening.
Common Dental Emergencies
Dr. Roberto Monteagudo understands that dental emergencies can be stressful, frightening, and inconvenient. Our treatment team is compassionate and warm. We will never make you feel guilty for having an emergency. We just want to help you feel better!
Some of the most common dental emergencies we handle include:
- Fractured teeth
- Sore gums
- Lost tooth
- Broken or lost restoration
- Extreme sensitivity
- Dental pain
If you experience any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to give us a call. We can ask you the proper questions in order to determine the next step. For most dental emergencies, you'll need to visit our practice. If you call during business hours, we will do our best to see you on the same day. We also strive to provide our emergency patients with same-day treatment if it is necessary and possible.
Steps To Take During Dental Emergencies
Knowing what to do before you reach our dental office in West Allis can make your dental emergency less stressful for you.
If you lost a restoration, such as a dental crown, please bring it with you to your appointment. In some cases, we can reattach it or we can discuss your options for a replacement. If you have a partial denture or complete denture that is broken or cracked, you must bring those along, as well.
If you have a tooth that is mobile or knocked out, you must get to our dental office as soon as possible. Dr. Monteagudo has the best chance of saving your tooth if he can treat it right away. Be sure to transport your tooth carefully and don't handle it too much. Place it back into its socket if possible. If not, use milk or saliva to keep it moist while you get to our dental office.
Don't wait to contact us if you are experiencing dental pain. Your pain could be indicating a tooth infection, which will get worse without treatment.
Your Emergency Appointment
When you call our office, it is important that you share as much information as you can about the nature of your dental emergency. We will ask you questions that will help us prepare for your arrival and be able to treat you efficiently.
Once you arrive at our office, Dr. Monteagudo will evaluate your condition, and we will take a digital x-ray of the area to determine the cause of your emergency. If possible, we will treat your condition immediately. If we need to reschedule you for treatment on another day, we will at least help you feel comfortable and provide you with a temporary solution until we can arrange a permanent one.
How You Can Avoid Tooth Emergencies
While it is true that life can be unpredictable, and you can't always prevent accidents or trauma to your teeth and mouth, there are certain tooth emergencies that you can take steps to avoid. Believe it or not, when you visit your Milwaukee dentist every six months for teeth cleanings and checkups, you are actually protecting your teeth and mouth from future dental emergencies.
For example, if Dr. Monteagudo finds tooth decay in its early stages, we can typically treat your tooth with a simple dental filling if you are proactive about completing your treatment. Tooth decay that is left undiagnosed or untreated due to missed or delayed dental visits may result in a tooth infection because the decay will eventually reach the nerve of your tooth. If your tooth becomes infected, root canal treatment is necessary to relieve your infection and preserve your natural tooth.
By consistently attending your preventive teeth cleanings and checkups every six months, you protect your teeth from dental problems like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. You also save yourself time, stress, and money in the long run.
If it's time for your next preventive dental appointment, call us today to schedule it. If it's been a while since you've visited a dentist, we offer a friendly, safe, and judgment-free environment to help you get back on track with your dental health. We encourage you to call us at (414) 383-5833 to schedule your dental appointment.
Are You Experiencing Pain?
Dental emergencies rarely resolve on their own, and in many cases, they get worse. Putting off treatment for too long can cause more extensive problems and puts your teeth at risk.
Call your emergency dentist in West Allis right away. Our entire team at WisconsinSmiles is committed to helping you feel like yourself again as soon as possible.