Emergency Dentist in Wauwatosa
Same Day Appointments Available
If you have a toothache, a loose tooth, an oral injury, or gum disease in Wauwatosa, Dr. McCue offers emergency dental care. Getting professional treatment as soon as possible is critical for resolving dental issues. Efficient treatment can save your oral health and give you relief from pain and discomfort. At McCue Dental Health, we offer same-day appointments and a wide range of emergency dental services.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is any oral condition that is causing you immediate pain and discomfort or bleeding, and which you cannot treat on your own. If your condition matches these two criteria, it’s an emergency, and you should see Dr. McCue for an appointment as soon as you can.
The most obvious category of dental emergencies is oral injuries which can result in:
- Damage to your teeth
- A loose or knocked-out tooth
- Cuts and lacerations to your gums, lips, and/or tongue
However, there are other types of dental emergencies, too. A pulled-out filling or crown is a serious emergency because it exposes your vulnerable enamel to further damage and could result in tooth infection. Even a case of advanced gum disease could be considered a dental emergency!
Is a Toothache Considered a Dental Emergency?
Yes. If you have a toothache that lasts longer than a day or two, this is a sign that you could have an infected tooth. When your enamel is destroyed by a cavity or an oral injury, the interior of your tooth can become infected.
Without proper care, the infection will continue to worsen, and you may eventually even lose your tooth. If you want to save your tooth, it is important to come to McCue Dental Health for a root canal.
What Should I Do If My Tooth Is Knocked Out?
If a tooth is knocked out due to a slip and fall, a hit in a contact sport, or any other reason, you need to take immediate action to save it. First, recover your tooth. Rinse it with water if it’s dirty, and replace it in the socket, if possible, or put it in a small baggie of cold milk. Next, you can use clean gauze or a cotton ball to absorb blood, and take medicine like ibuprofen (Motrin) or naproxen (Advil) to help mitigate your pain and discomfort. You can also apply an ice pack to the outside of your mouth to help with pain and swelling.
Once your tooth has been recovered, contact McCue Dental Health right away and let us know that you are coming in so we can prepare for your arrival. To save your tooth, you will need to have your it replaced in its socket within 1-2 hours of your injury.
Root canals are usually required if a tooth is severely infected, or if it has been broken and the interior pulp has been exposed to oral bacteria. A root canal is used to remove infected tooth material, and replace it with an inert material called “gutta percha”. Once the tooth has been disinfected and restored, it’s usually repaired with a filling or a dental crown, to protect it from any further damage.
Tooth splints may be used to keep loose teeth from falling out, or to restore a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket (dental avulsion). During this treatment, the loose tooth is bonded to the surrounding teeth and held in place, saving the tooth and ensuring that the roots heal properly.
In some cases, a tooth can’t be saved by a root canal or splinting. In these situations, the best option is to extract and remove the tooth completely, and replace it with a prosthetic such as a dental implant, a partial denture, or a dental bridge. We offer gentle extractions by using localized anesthetic during the procedure to minimize pain and discomfort.
Advanced cases of periodontal disease are serious dental emergencies, and can result in the loss of most or all of your teeth. At McCue Dental Health, we use scaling and root planing, antibiotic treatments, and gum flap surgery to fight against infection, and preserve your teeth and gums.
Bone grafting is used to repair your jaw after a tooth has been lost and the jaw bone has begun to deteriorate. Typically, a bone graft is used to prepare the site for the insertion of a dental implant.
Repair And Replacement Of Dental Work
If a filling, crown, or veneer is knocked loose from your mouth, this is a serious dental emergency. Dr. McCue can repair, restore, or replace this dental work, ensuring your teeth are protected and strengthened.
Schedule Your Emergency Appointment Today!
If you are suffering from an oral issue that is causing you pain or discomfort, and you cannot treat it on your own, contact us now at (414) 456-1091 to schedule your appointment, or come to our office at 10625 West North Avenue, Suite 300, Wauwatosa, WI.
We always have same-day appointments available for emergencies, so come in as soon as you can to get the treatment you need from the team at McCue Dental Health.
We are available to answer your questions and help you schedule your appointment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Why is Immediate Care So Important?
The most obvious reason is that emergency dental care helps you treat the pain and discomfort of your oral injury. We can provide you with sedation and numbing agents that give you immediate relief while we get to work restoring your smile.
Getting help right away also maximizes the chance that Dr. McCue will be able to save your tooth. In turn, this means you’ll spend less time and money on your dental treatment.
A cracked tooth, for example, is fairly easy to treat if you see Dr. McCue immediately. However, if you wait too long, it could become infected, requiring a root canal, or even resulting in the loss of your tooth, which is more costly and complicated to treat.
To prevent further complications, and ensure you get relief from your pain, you should always contact McCue Dental Health as soon as you begin to experience a dental emergency.