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Emergency Dentist – Milwaukee, WI

Getting Patients Out of Pain Quickly & Comfortably

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At Milwaukee Dental Implants, Dr. Barry R. Franzen offers a wide variety of treatment options, including all the services you need to get you out of pain and back to smiling. He uses his decades of experience combined with the latest technology for efficient and effective visits. Read on to learn more about Dr. Franzen’s emergency dentistry services as well as some pro tips for dealing with dental discomfort while at home.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies typically fall into one of two categories: sudden dental injury or infection that occurs over time. Dr. Franzen has the experience and training necessary to treat both types of emergencies, however it’s important that you know some easy steps to make yourself more comfortable in the meantime:


If sudden pain in a tooth occurs, try flossing and rinsing to remove any irritating debris. If the discomfort persists, you may have a toothache, which typically develops from poor dental hygiene over time. This infection may need root canal therapy, so call our emergency dentist in Milwaukee right away if you notice this problem.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

If you chip or break a tooth, pick up the pieces and carefully rinse them in water before storing them in a safe place. Use gauze for any bleeding, and a cold compress to ease swelling. Once you’ve made yourself more comfortable, contact Dr. Franzen. In some cases, he may be able to repair your tooth by putting the pieces back together. However, if the tooth is too damaged, it’s possible that he performs an extraction as the only way to provide you with comfort.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth can be shocking, but there’s no need to panic! Pick up your tooth by the crown so you don’t damage the roots and carefully rinse it off. You can try to place your tooth back in its socket, holding it steady with your tongue, but if this isn’t possible, store it in milk or water. The sooner you can visit Dr. Franzen, the higher your chances are that he can successfully replant your tooth.

Lost Filling/Crown

A lost filling or crown can be painful because it exposes the more sensitive portions of your teeth that may have been damaged or decayed. To avoid pain and sensitivity, use dental cement found at your local drugstore to reattach the crown or cover the affected area. You can also use sugarless gum if you’re in a bind. After, contact Dr. Franzen right away for a proper restoration.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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While dental emergencies can never be completely prevented, you can use these tips to minimize your risk:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session.
  • Floss once a day to remove plaque and bacteria from in between your teeth.
  • Wear a mouthguard if you participate in sports or physical activities.
  • Visit our office for routine checkups and cleanings.
  • Avoid chewing on nonfood items.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Giving you a precise cost estimate for your dental emergency is difficult because no two smiles are the same. Variables like the type of emergency, your insurance, and the treatment you need will all contribute to the price. The best way to know the cost of your dental emergency is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Franzen. He will carefully examine your mouth before developing your personalized treatment plan.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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Are you still unsure of what to do in case a dental emergency in St. Albans occurs? When you contact our office, our team will walk you through first-aid steps and make sure that you get the necessary dental treatment as soon as possible. For your convenience, we’ve also answered some common questions we receive from our patients below.

Should I visit the ER or the emergency dentist?

Making the decision of whether to go to your ER or emergency dentist in the midst of a crisis can seem impossible, especially if this is your first time dealing with one. Although the ER may seem like the best choice initially, that’s not always the case unless you’re handling an issue that’s life threatening, like a fractured or broken jaw, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or a deep facial laceration that requires stitches. Otherwise, your emergency dentist in St. Albans is definitely your best bet. They can provide you with specialized care that prevents the issue from reoccurring. Plus, you’ll be less likely to be in a waiting room with people who are sick!

Will my toothache go away on its own?

As much as you may be wishing that your toothache or oral pain will disappear by itself, that’s often not the case. In fact, the longer you wait to get oral health emergencies treated, oftentimes, the worse they become. That’s why we recommend contacting our office as soon as possible so we can offer you over-the-phone guidance and pain-relieving tips. We’ll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible to examine your mouth and diagnose and treat the situation so you won’t have to spend your entire day worrying. 

How can I tell if my situation requires urgent dental attention?

The best way to tell if your oral health problem requires urgent attention from a dentist is if it’s causing you pain or discomfort. Oftentimes, this is your body letting you know that something serious is wrong, and it needs to be addressed immediately. You can also contact our office and let us know your symptoms, and we’ll let you know if it requires immediate care. Some of the most common dental emergencies we deal with are:

  • Jaw pain
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Broken or damaged restorations
  • Chipped teeth
  • Swollen and inflamed gums

How can I get rid of facial swelling?

If your face is swelling, it’s likely the result of dental trauma or a severe tooth infection. You can bring the swelling down by placing a cold compress on the area for 10 minutes, and then letting the area rest without the compress for 10 minutes, alternating these steps for up to an hour. If you’re in pain, you can also take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen.