Ronald W. Hull D.D.S

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

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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.

By Gentle Dental Care
August 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Partial Dentures   Dentures  

Tooth loss can be a pain for anyone. It's embarrassing and hinders simple functions, like your ability to speak and eat. What partial dentures do is provide a cost-effective solution to restore function and appearance. Dr. Ronald Hull of Elkhorn, WI, provides his patients with partial dentures but before considering them, here are a few FAQs.

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures consist of a pink or gum-colored plastic base with teeth attached to it. The oral appliance is custom made to fit over your gums and in your mouth for a refined look.

Do you need to have partial dentures adjusted?

Take your time getting your partial dentures adjusted to ensure dentures fit properly. This prevents bone and gum recession or shrink, and prevents soft-tissue irritation and sores.

What does it feel like to wear partial dentures?

It may feel awkward in the beginning to have something that seems bulky in your mouth until you're accustomed to wearing it. So take your time speaking with your Elkhorn dentist about any necessary adjustments until you get the right feel.

Wearing and removing your partial denture requires practice so let your dentist take the lead on instructions. Dentures should fit easily and never bite down to force the partial denture in place. This may break the denture.

What can I eat?

Partial dentures restore your ability to eat but start out by eating soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to even out pressure on both sides of your mouth and avoid sticky and hard foods.

Do partial dentures improve your speech?

Yes. Practice makes perfect, so if you have difficulty with certain words, say them out loud continuously until you get the hang of it.

How do you care for your dentures?

  1. Take off dentures over a sink with water to avoid dentures breaking if they fall.

  2. Use a denture cleaner recommended by the American Dental Association, not toothpaste because it can be too harsh on dentures.

  3. Brush the denture using a soft-bristled brush every day to remove food and plaque to avoid permanent staining.

  4. Don’t ingest denture cleansers and always thoroughly rinse the denture before wearing it.

Who should you call?

If you have questions or are interested in partial dentures, call Dr. Ronald Hull of Elkhorn, WI, at (262) 723-2911 today. Our office has a Multi-stage  HEPA air filter with Ulta- Violet C band light unit in the room with each chair to clean the air and remove Viruses and Bacteria for a safer visit.

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.





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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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