Ronald W. Hull D.D.S

700 W Walworth St
Elkhorn, WI 53121
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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
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
May 12, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care  

The Importance of Proper Oral Care

One of the best ways to maintain healthy teeth is by the prevention of things like bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. Keeping your own natural teeth can be extremely beneficial both for your health and also for your wallet. The best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease is by developing a proper at-home oral care routine. At Gentle Dental Care in Elkhorn, WI, dentist Dr. Ronald W. Hull DDS has made it his priority to educate his patients on the importance of a proper oral care routine so that they can keep their teeth healthy for as long as possible.

Common Oral Care Habits To Follow

While we have all heard that we should brush after each meal and floss, did you know there are incorrect ways to brush? To learn more about the correct techniques you should follow visit your dentist in Elkhorn, WI. In the meantime here are some common habits you should follow in a good oral care routine:

  • Do not go to bed without brushing your teeth
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Treat flossing just as important as brushing
  • Do not forget to clean your tongue
  • Use antiseptic mouthwash
  • Eat a well-balanced diet

Habits To Avoid

While cleaning your teeth is very important, avoiding harm is just as helpful. Here are some things you should avoid if you want to maintain good oral health:

  • Do not drink overly sugary or acidic beverages like soft drinks
  • Do not some or use tobacco products
  • Do not drink accessive alcohol

With the combination of a good oral care routine and avoiding bad habits, you can maintain a healthy smile for many years to come.

Learn More About Proper Oral Care From A Professional

We use our teeth on a daily basis, both for survival and for aesthetics. Sometimes we take our teeth for granted and it is only when we are faced with tooth loss do we realize how debilitating it can be. In order to maintain healthy teeth, it is imperative to have a proper oral care routine that is best suited for your needs. If you live in or around Elkhorn, WI, Dr. Hull is a great resource to learn more about oral care and your specific needs. Call our office in Elkhorn at (262) 723-2911 to set up an appointment today.

By Gentle Dental Care
March 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

If your oral hygiene habits aren't up to par, your teeth, soft tissues and bone structures that hold them in place might require the attention of a dentist who can guide your oral health on the right track. For patients who acquire a toothache, Dr. Ronald Hull can recommend restorative services depending on the problem and pain level. If your oral health is in good standing, he'll educate you on some preventive maintenance tips to keep them healthy. If you notice any pain residing in the teeth, gums or jaw, schedule a consultation in our Elkhorn, WI, dental office to discover the possible causes and discuss treatment.

The Possible Causes of Your Toothache

If there is dull, radiating pain around the base of your gum line, or deep into the structure layers, this might be due to one or more of the following:

  • Abscessed tooth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Wisdom tooth eruption
  • Exposed roots or nerves
  • Damages or fractures in the enamel

Toothache Prevention

You could avoid a toothache altogether with a little TLC from your toothbrush and extra assistance from your dentist. In between oral examinations and professional cleanings, it's necessary to brush gently at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities. Aim to floss at least once daily to remove any food particles left behind. For added protection, use an American Dental Association (ADA) approved mouth rinse. Also, a highly-acidic and sugar-ridden diet is harmful to enamel. You can shield it by consuming fruits with high water content and drinking sugar-free beverages like water.

Toothache Remedies and Treatment

Symptoms of a toothache are prominent. You'll likely experience tenderness and sensitivity in surrounding gum tissues and bone structures. You may also be ultra-sensitive to hot and cold food and beverages. Our dentist will recommend treatment options depending on the severity of the problem. Minimally-invasive procedures take place in our Elkhorn, WI, office, and may include preventive as well as restorative services like scaling and root planing, root canal, fillings, or bonding.

It doesn't matter if the pain is inside or around the tooth. If one or multiple is causing severe pain and discomfort, consult with our dentist to determine the best solution for relief. Dr. Ronald Hull will examine the teeth and gums to look for signs of disease and decay. He'll also address any questions or concerns about what might be causing your dental pain. For more information about the services provided in our Elkhorn, WI, dental office, visit our website. Please call (262) 723-2911 for appointment scheduling.

By Gentle Dental Care
November 01, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Examination  

Keeping up with your oral health is an important part of maintaining your overall wellness and can help you prevent the main causes of tooth loss such as tooth decay and gum disease. Preventative dental care is crucial to your oral health and allows you to work with your dentist to ensure the health of your smile. Find out more about preventative dental care and what happens at an initial oral examination with Dr. Ronald Hull at Gentle Dental in Elkhorn, WI.

What is preventative dental care? 
Preventative dental care includes regular visits with your dentist to visually inspect the teeth and oral tissues. Your dentist may also suggest taking x-rays of your teeth to further investigate their health and ensure that there is no hidden decay not visible to the naked eye. You will also receive a professional dental cleaning, which removes plaque and tartar from the teeth.

How often should I see my dentist? 
The American Dental Association suggests seeing your dentist at least twice a year for routine exams and cleanings. These regular visits take only about an hour and can save you the time, effort, and money associated with the treatment of issues like a cavity or gum disease.

What happens during an initial oral examination?
Your initial oral examination with Gentle Dental will include several steps. First, you will undergo a visual examination of the teeth, mouth, and oral tissues. Then, your dentist will chart and diagnose any issues or abnormalities. X-rays, including a panoramic x-ray, help Dr. Hull see inside your teeth to their core, ensuring there is no decay hidden away inside the tooth. Together, these elements which make up your initial oral examination set a solid foundation for your future preventative dental care.

Preventative Dental Care in Elkhorn, WI
For more information on initial oral examinations, please contact Dr. Ronald Hull at Gentle Dental in Elkhorn, WI. Call (262) 723-2911 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hull today!

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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