Ronald W. Hull D.D.S

700 W Walworth St
Elkhorn, WI 53121
(262) 723-2911

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700 W Walworth St
Elkhorn, WI 53121

By Gentle Dental Care
November 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Millions of people suffer from tooth loss due to tooth decay or trauma. Tooth loss can have a negative effect on your smile and your self-esteem. Tooth loss often causes people to feel uncomfortable when smiling, speaking, or laughing. In addition, tooth loss makes you less outgoing. For example, if your friends are going out together, you may be tempted to stay home due to your appearance.

Fortunately, you don't have to allow tooth loss to dictate your life. Dr. Ronald Hull of Gentle Dental Care can treat tooth loss using partial dentures in Elkhorn, WI.

What Are Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are made of a plastic and metal frame that holds one or more false teeth to replace the ones you are missing. The dentures clip into your mouth using the healthy surrounding teeth as an anchor. Partial dentures look like your natural teeth and restore your smile. In addition, partial dentures in Elkhorn, WI are less expensive than dental bridges and dental implants.

How Partial Dentures Can Improve Your Life?

There are several ways that using partial dentures can improve your appearance and your overall well-being.

  • A beautiful smile: Partial dentures will fill in the gaps where you are missing teeth naturally and will restore your smile to its natural beauty.
  • Improved self-esteem: Treating your tooth loss with partial dentures in Elkhorn, WI will improve your smile and improve your self-esteem. When the problem is corrected, you can smile and laugh without feeling embarrassed. Also, you will no longer need to avoid social gatherings because you are afraid of what people will think. After getting partial dentures, you will feel happier and more confident.
  • Prevent your teeth from shifting: When you are missing teeth, the existing teeth will start to shift. This is a serious problem that could lead to more extensive and expensive dental procedures to move your teeth back to their original position.
  • Partial dentures will fill in the gaps, preventing your teeth from shifting. They will also restore your smile now, rather than waiting until you require multiple procedures to restore your smile.
  • Restore the shape of your face: Tooth loss can destabilize your jaw, which can change the shape of your face. When the structure of your jaw starts to fail, your face will begin to sag. Partial dentures will not only restore your smile, but they can also prevent your face from sagging, which can change your entire appearance.

If tooth loss is affecting your appearance and self-esteem, Dr. Hull can help. He can take a mold of your mouth and they will then send it off to have the partial dentures made. Partial dentures are less expensive than a dental bridge and dental implants, making them the more cost-effective option. In addition, the dental implant procedure can take months, and you can have partial dentures in your mouth within a week.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hull at Gentle Dental Care, call (262) 723-2911.

By Gentle Dental Care
October 05, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bleeding Gums  

Find out why bleeding gums are a cause for concern.

We often focus so much of our attention on the whiteness of our smile and the health of our teeth that we often forget that we also need to provide our gums with proper care, too. If you notice bleeding gums, particularly when you floss or brush your teeth, the first person you should turn to is our Elkhorn, WI, dentist Dr. Ronald Hull. Do not ignore bleeding gums.

What causes bleeding gums?

The most common cause of bleeding gums is gingivitis. Since gingivitis can very quickly turn to gum disease it’s important that you turn to our Elkhorn, WI, general dentist for an evaluation. Through a physical examination and by painlessly measuring the pockets between the gums and the teeth we can determine whether you have gingivitis. Since gingivitis can be reversed with the proper treatment and care, the sooner you turn to us the better.

Of course, there are other reasons you may be dealing with bleeding gums. Other causes include,

  • Brushing too aggressively
  • Poorly fitted or improperly fitted dentures
  • Vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin C and vitamin K
  • Hormonal changes such as pregnancy
  • Having a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia
  • Taking blood thinner medication

How are bleeding gums addressed?

If your bleeding gums are due to gingivitis or gum disease, our Elkhorn, WI, dentist will work with you to step up your current oral hygiene practices. We will also show you how to properly brush and floss your teeth to keep teeth and gums healthy. We may also recommend a special antiseptic oral rinse to help remove plaque and bacteria from the gums between meals. Lastly, we may perform scaling and root planing, a deep dental cleaning that involves cleaning under the gumline and along the roots of the teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup.

If dentures are to blame, we can easily adjust your dentures to make sure that they provide a better and more comfortable fit that won’t irritate the gums. If you are on blood thinners or if you are pregnant or menopausal and dealing with bleeding gums, talk with our dental team about these conditions and how you can reduce bleeding.

If you are experiencing bleeding gums, our Elkhorn, WI, family dentist Dr. Hull is here to help. Call our practice right away at (262) 723-2911 to schedule an immediate evaluation.

By Gentle Dental Care
June 07, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Are you considering getting dental implants? You'll need the advice of your dentist, Dr. Ronald Hull of Gentle Dental Care, to determine if dental implants in Elkhorn, WI, are right for you.

Dental Implants: What Are They?

Dental implants look just like your natural teeth and they're a popular tooth replacement. Each implant comprises of the following three parts:

  • Crown
  • Abutment
  • Root

The root of your dental implant is made of titanium which is a biocompatible material making it less likely for your body to reject it. The crown of your dental implants is customized so that it perfectly resembles your remaining natural teeth. The crown screws onto the abutment which is the part of the metal root protruding above the gum line. Together, these parts make a strong tooth replacement prosthetic. 

What To Know Before Getting Your Dental Implants

First, your dentist, Dr. Hull, determines if you're a good candidate for a dental implant. This assessment will involve X-rays to determine if your jaw bone can carry your implants.

If you don't have excellent oral health, your dentist might need to address that first before you get dental implants in Elkhorn, WI. Oral health problems such as gum disease and gum recession can affect your dental implant's success.

You might need a bone graft if you've suffered some bone density loss following your tooth loss. Other health conditions such as diabetes which complicates healing might make your dentist suggest other tooth replacement options.

Dental Implants Installation

After your dentist certifies you ready for your dental implants, he will perform minor surgery to implant the metal root into your jaw. You'll need a few months for your new implant to heal and during this period, you'll have a temporary dental crown to protect it.

When you're fully healed and your dental implant root is secure, you can return to your dentist, Dr. Hull to get your custom-made dental crowns.

Want to know if you're an ideal candidate for dental implants in Elkhorn, WI? Call (262) 723-2911 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hull of Gentle Dental Care today.

By Gentle Dental Care
March 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

Tooth extraction is a dental operation that seeks to remove a diseased, overcrowded, or otherwise damaged tooth. An extraction is usually the last resort a dentist will employ, mostly used for teeth that are beyond repair. Dr. Ronald Hull of Gentle Dental Care in Elkhorn, WI, can perform tooth extractions with a caring hand. Chances are you may need to remove some teeth in your lifetime. Chose an experienced dentist you can trust, like Dr. Hull. Discover below the situations when a tooth extraction is needed so you can plan with your dentist accordingly.

Reasons You Need a Tooth Extraction

Extractions are most commonly used for impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth that are overcrowding the mouth. Any healthy person could require a tooth extraction if their teeth are growing in and pushing the rest out. To prevent this overcrowding from ruining your smile your dentist might pull your tooth to ensure the health and stability of your other teeth.

Tooth extractions can also be used for teeth that are beyond repair. In cases where disease or infection has damaged the tooth to the point of no return, your Elkhorn dentist will have to surgically remove it to prevent further infection. For example, if an abscessed tooth becomes infected at the root, an extraction may be necessary if a root canal cannot be performed. It is especially likely to use extraction for patients who are prone to infection. It is better to professionally remove one tooth than to painfully lose all of your teeth.

What to know about Tooth Extractions

There are two main types of tooth extraction procedures, simple extraction, and surgical extraction. Simple extractions are used for teeth that are visible and only require local anesthesia. Surgical extractions are more complex and require stronger general anesthesia to reach a tooth that is not easily accessible. Talk with your dentist to be sure extraction is right for you. Although we all wish we can save our teeth, removing the problematic ones might be the best option available.

To prepare for an extraction make sure you follow the dentist's orders on eating and drinking before the procedure. Arrange for someone to drive you home safely. Also, prepare foods that can be easily consumed, do not eat anything too hot or cold as your mouth will be sensitive after surgery. There might be swelling and discomfort, but over-the-counter pain medication may reduce that. Know the facts before your dentist extracts your tooth.

If a tooth extraction is necessary, call Dr. Hull at (262) 723-2911. Dr. Hull is committed to serving you with compassion, call or visit Gentle Dental Care in Elkhorn, WI, today!

By Gentle Dental Care
December 31, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

A professional teeth cleaning is a painless and simple dental treatment. Knowing precisely what will happen during the treatment will help qualm any stress of fear you may have. If you still have concerns, however, don’t hesitate to speak to your dentist in Elkhorn, WI, Dr. Ronald Hull of Gentle Dental Care, before the procedure. Generally speaking, here’s what you can expect during the teeth cleaning process.

The Oral Exam

A tiny mirror will be used for inspecting your oral tissues, including your gums, teeth, tongue, and mouth surfaces to see whether there are existing dental concerns like gum disease or decay, among others. You may also need to undergo an x-ray, depending on the results of the oral exam.

Removal of Tartar or Plaque Buildup

A scaler will be utilized for removing tartar and plaque buildup along the gum line and between your teeth. Expect to hear some scraping, which is totally normal and to be expected. The more buildup you have, the more scraping will be needed to completely eradicate it.

A Thorough Brushing

Once any buildup has been removed, your teeth will be cleaned with an electric toothbrush. Expect to hear some grinding sounds due to the amount of power produced by the toothbrush’s motor to give you that deep cleaning action. This brushing step will further get rid of any buildup in your mouth.

Rinsing

The last step is rinsing your mouth with a rinse that may or may not contain fluoride.

The American Dental Association recommends everyone to undergo professional teeth cleanings at least twice annually. But some individuals might need to undergo more frequent cleanings as advised by their dentist. Likewise, kids may also require dental sealant applications or touchups to help prevent cavity formation. Keep in mind, though, that whether or not you require more frequent cleanings, you should continue seeing your dentist for regular cleanings to help keep your oral health top shape.

Talk to Us For More Details or Concerns About Teeth Cleanings

Arrange a consultation with Dr. Ronald Hull, your dentist here at Gentle Dental Care in Elkhorn, WI, by calling (262) 723-2911.





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Elkhorn WI Dentist

Ronald W. Hull, D.D.S.

Dr. Hull is a Wisconsin native, and grew up in Walworth County. He went to UW-Whitewater , and then went to Marquette Dental School, where he graduated with honors.He has practiced in Elkhorn for over 30 years.

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