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Flossing with Invisalign: Why It’s Important & How to Do It

September 4, 2022

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Closeup of a patient holding dental floss.

Invisalign is one of the hottest cosmetic treatment options available! These clear aligners have taken the world of dentistry by storm, and more patients than ever before are turning towards them to straighten their teeth, correct bite problems, and give them a smile that they feel proud to show off. However, the success of the aligners depends on a few things—including your willingness to practice good oral hygiene. And this means brushing and flossing! Here’s more from your dentist about the latter and why it’s extra-important during your Invisalign treatment, along with some tips to help you do it correctly.


Five Helpful Tips for Removing Your Invisalign Aligners

September 3, 2022

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Woman smiling and removing her Invisalign clear aligner.

If you’ve just begun Invisalign treatment to correct your crooked teeth, congratulations! A straighter and healthier smile is in your near future—as long as you’re diligent about wearing your aligners for 22 hours every day! However, this is often easier said than done; especially considering the challenges that some patients encounter whenever it’s time to remove their trays. Here are five helpful tips to ensure that you’re removing your aligners properly without compromising your treatment.


What is the Point of Having My Blood Pressure Taken at the Dentist’s Office?

August 22, 2022

Filed under: News — elmbrookfamilydental @ 2:21 pm
blood pressure cuff

You walk into your dentist’s office in need of a general checkup and cleaning. It’s business as usual when you sit down in the chair and prepare to undergo a thorough examination and cleaning; however, something is different. Instead of immediately reclining, a member of your dental team begins taking your blood pressure. Isn’t this something that is usually done at the doctor’s office, not the dentist’s? If you’re suddenly asking, “Why does my dentist take my blood pressure,” read on to learn the reason for this practice and why it’s beneficial for your oral and overall health.


Post-Dental Crown Placement: What Should I Expect?

August 3, 2022

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woman after receiving dental crown

Your dentist informs you that you need a dental crown. Because of the damage to your tooth, it cannot function properly without some form of stability. After learning this bit of information, you may begin to wonder what life will be like with an artificial tooth. Will it hurt immediately following placement? How difficult will it be to eat, speak, or smile? A local dentist wants to help ease your mind by explaining what you can expect after receiving a dental crown and what you can do to manage any discomfort while working toward a healthier smile.


Is It Possible to Put My Knocked-Out Tooth Back in Its Socket by Myself?

July 24, 2022

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Knowing how to save your tooth after an accident or sports injury can be difficult if you haven’t already learned what to do, not to mention scary since you might be in a state of shock. Should you put the tooth back into its socket or call your dentist immediately? Fortunately, if you remain calm and act decisively, you can elevate your chances of saving your knocked-out tooth long enough for your emergency dentist in Brookfield to help.


Don’t Let Jaw Pain Ruin Your Day!

July 18, 2022

Filed under: News — Elmbrook Family Dental @ 2:52 pm

You Don’t Have to Settle for Chronic Jaw Pain

Are you constantly having to take time out of your day to address chronic jaw pain? At Elmbrook Family Dental, we understand exactly how frustrating it can be to deal with something that feels entirely out of your control.

Here’s the good news: you can finally take control of your discomfort and improve your quality of life when you partner with experts who know the complex ins and outs of jaw joint disorders. If you experience any of the following, you’ll want to give Elmbrook Family Dental a call: 


 Jaw pain, soreness, tension, or pressure

✔ Mouth, facial, neck, shoulder, or upper back pain

 Feeling tired after waking up

✔ Clicking or popping in the jaw joints

✔ Lockjaw

It is possible to have problems with your TMJ even if you don’t notice any of these symptoms, which is just another reason why regular dental exams are so vital. While some dentists provide oral appliances to resolve TMJ problems or recommend invasive surgery, Dr. Brunner offers a third option.

His holistic approach focuses on the source of your pain, not simply applying a “band-aid” solution and hoping for the best. He asks the right questions to determine exactly what’s causing your problems in order to create a more accurate diagnosis to address your concerns. While our office will likely recommend an oral appliance to ensure you get relief, this is not the end-all-be-all for your treatment. It’s simply one aspect of your ongoing partnership with Dr. Brunner and the rest of his team.

We’ve served countless patients over the years who have struggled with problems related to their TMJ, so feel free to learn more about their stories before you call. We’d love to hear from you and provide care that is truly personalized, so don’t wait to get in touch!

Get to Know Dr. Wirth at Elmbrook Family Dental!

July 6, 2022

Filed under: News — Elmbrook Family Dental @ 3:29 pm
Get to Know the Newest Dentist at Elmbrook Family Dental!

While Elmbrook Family Dental has always had a large team of exceptional and down-to-earth dentists, we’re very excited to announce the newest addition to our dental family: Dr. Cory Wirth! Dr. Wirth will be joining our team in August 2022, so please keep an eye out for him and feel free to say hello and help us welcome him to our practice!

In the meantime, take a moment to learn more about his background and hear what inspired him to join the field!

 Originally from Maquoketa, a small town in Eastern Iowa, Dr. Wirth’s passion for dentistry first started after he had the opportunity to shadow his hometown dentist. He loved how dentistry offered a hands-on approach to patient care.

 After graduating Luther College in Decorah, he attended the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. 

✔ His wife is originally from Pewaukee and he is very excited to be moving to the area to begin his dental career. He fell in love with the Milwaukee area ever since he began visiting in 2017 and realized he wanted to make it his new home following graduation.

✔ In his free time, he enjoys playing many sports, including basketball, golf, slow-pitch softball, and pickle ball. He’s a big Iowa Hawkeyes fan and recently picked up the Bucks as his favorite NBA team when he began dating Molly. Other than that, you can find him traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Wirth cannot wait to meet the patients of Elmbrook Family Dental, so feel free to strike up a conversation with him during your next visit!

Will a Chipped Tooth Heal on Its Own?

July 4, 2022

Filed under: News — elmbrookfamilydental @ 7:13 pm
man with chipped tooth

Going to softball practice without an athletic mouthguard, trying to crack a nutshell with your teeth, clenching your teeth while sleeping, or maybe even hitting your mouth on the steering wheel during a fender bender – there are a lot of ways to suffer a chipped tooth. Can your damaged tooth repair itself? Other parts of your body naturally begin to heal, so why not your tooth, right? Keep reading as your emergency dentist in Brookfield examines this topic.


Tips on Best and Worst Foods When Dealing with TMJ Disorder

June 24, 2022

Filed under: News — elmbrookfamilydental @ 8:36 pm
man eating chicken soup

The pain from TMJ disorder, aka temporomandibular joint disorder, can be intense simply from the act of chewing, so it’s important to be mindful of that when making food choices. Considering it is sometimes a multi-day ordeal, you want to do everything you can to get the necessary nutrition while also not exacerbating the situation. Keep reading as your dentist in Brookfield touches on foods to target and avoid, as well as how to prevent TMJ pain and how to get relief when it strikes.


How Do I Deal with a Lost Dental Filling?

June 4, 2022

Filed under: News — elmbrookfamilydental @ 8:25 pm
illustration of concerned man

If you’re driving through rural Wisconsin and you look down the road to see a tornado dropping down from the sky, try not to panic. Yeah right, good luck with that. In a less dramatic situation, if you are ever faced with a dental emergency, do your best to remain calm. It’s ideal to develop a plan of action ahead of time, which will help you keep a cool head. If you find yourself dealing with a lost dental filling, for example, here are tips from your emergency dentist in Brookfield about what you should do.

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