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Dr. John DeWolf

Dentistry
41 years experience male

Locations

Retired

My office hours

Tuesday: 7:00am - 5:00pm
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Dentistry

Licenses

United States: Wisconsin

Languages spoken

English

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701 Answers
182 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Burned?: I'm assuming you meant another form of trauma. Slipping with a toothbrush can injure the skin inside your mouth but healing should be quick and comple... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Possible mucocoele: You need an exam for confirmation but a blocked duct on a minor salivary gland will cause exactly what you describe. They often disappear on their own... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Possibly teeth: Before they erupt into the mouth, teeth will sometimes look like this but that will depend on the age of the baby. Best to get it looked at to be sure... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Sinusitis: All your symptoms could be evidence of a sinus infection. If the tooth pain seems to involve multiple teeth, head to a pcp as it' may not really be de... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
TMD: Headaches from moving your jaw are suggestive of muscle or joint pain involving your tmj. Go to a tmd (temporo mandibular dysfunction) aware dentist f... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Film: A mouth film can be caused by many possibilities including alcohol or toothpaste ingredients. Try avoiding alcohol based mouthwash and toothpaste wit... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Caution: Mio is listed as having less than 2% of natural flavors. Other listed ingredients are citric acid, propylene glycol, malic acid, sucralose, acesulfame... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Depends: A fixed dental bridge with porcelain should be pretty undetectable. A removable bridge often referred to as a partial is more noticeable. Get a dentis... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Follow instructions: Assuming you had a consult with the surgeon, follow their advice. You can take a loading dose of an anti inflammatory such as Ibuprofen to keep swelli... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Dry socket?: If the pain intensifies days after the extraction you may have this complication going. As suggested, go back to the dentist for evaluation and possib... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Food coloration: From pigmented food or drink are one possible explanation . It could be a bruise if there has been recent trauma to the area. If it persists more tha... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Exam: Schedule an exam with a dentist to be sure but don't worry yourself too much in advance. Many bumps and lumps are benign variations of 'normal'. One c... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Possibly your gums: Assuming you mean bleeding from the gums surrounding your teeth it is most likely caused by inflammation which is most often caused by poor plaque con... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
For caries, yes: Fluoride is helpful for minimizing decay on any root surfaces that have become exposed due to periodontal recession. If you have a dry mouth due to me... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Tmd: Your symptoms could also be associated with dysfunction of the jaw joint and related musculature. See if it persists past the z pak (azithromycin).
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
It can: Cause pain that will feel like it is coming from the ear but it is most likely coming from tissues immediately adjacent to the ear.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Yes indeed: What you are seeing is likely the visible manifestation of a dental abscess. As long as it can drain and avoid pressure buildup it may never be very ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
It depends: If the dad's blood genetic type is ao (which would present as type a), it would be about a 50% possibility for the offspring to be oo (type o) or ao (... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
possible: One scenario where this would be true is when an issue such as an eating disorder or rampant gerd might allow stomach acid to dissolve surface enamel ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Could all be normal: Have a thorough dental exam to determine if any of these appear worrisome. They may be perfectly normal variations but you need an exam to be sure.
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A member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Likely infection: The topical pain killers in dry socket dressings are designed to provide quick acting and sometimes short term relief while the underlying infection s... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Also...: Taste buds are located around the small structures on the upper surface of the tongue, soft palate, upper esophagus and epiglottis, which are called ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Examination: Take her back to the treating dentist for a post op evaluation. This should be seen to give you helpful information.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Strips: I like these because they keep the active bleaching ingredients in contact with your teeth compared with gels that tend to spill over to make more sof... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Not directly: Caries is a result of bacterial activity and the resultant acid that activity produces. Poor oral hygiene and poor diet are directly contributory so i... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Yes: A dental extraction is a surgical procedure that entails these risks and more. Rest assured that millions of teeth have been extracted without complic... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Possible: If you have an infection of your wisdom tooth with swelling and drainage both of these are possible. Allergy to meds is another possibility. Get looke... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Yes: If there is a mold problem or something else abundantly available in the house, it could certainly cause symptoms of illness, especially URI or allerg... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Also: I agree with the above advice and would just add that imaging isn't always definitive in managing pain. Tissues can be inflamed and quite painful with... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Sinusitis: Which means inflammation of the sinus membranes. Mostly caused by viruses, occasionally by bacteria, it should be evaluated by your primary health car... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Flossing: combined with intra-oral irrigation (WaterPik) is the best way to manage food impaction at home. If you can't get it out, get to a dentist and they sh... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Need an exam: You need to see a dentist to really answer this but usually, bleeding gums are caused by inflammation in response to poor plaque control exacerbated b... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Blood vessel?: Sometimes a dental injection nicks an underlying blood vessel which causes local bleeding and swelling often with bruising. This almost always resolve... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Could be: Part of the non-surgical treatment of this condition involves keeping yourself well hydrated and since alcohol is a dehydrating agent, it may aggravat... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Should be: If the tooth is out and if it was the only source of infection, a week is usually long enough to help resolve the infection. If there are other infect... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Subtle: I'd say public health relates to macro health concerns about larger populations and community health is more related to the micro concerns of a specif... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Not toothpaste: Soak in denture cleanser and use soap along with a soft brush. Toothpaste is too abrasive and will be hard on the acrylic surfaces in most dentures. I... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Many: "red complex" bacteria consisting of porphyromonas gingivalis, treponema denticola, and tannerella forsythia are strongly associated with periodontal... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Repositioner: This is a set of upper and lower removable appliances that encourage you to position your jaw forward and allow your back teeth to erupt, potentially ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Yes (dental): Not at all sure about epidurals used in childbirth but many dental local anesthetics have Epinephrine (adrenaline) to prolong the anesthetic effect. T... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Dentist evaluation: Tmj issues can be complex. If you have a displaced articular cartilage, you may need a splint designed to recapture it. If the issue is primarily musc... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Possibly: The mode of transmission is not well understood but since heliobacter pylori dna has been found in saliva, gastric juices, and feces it is possible th... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Probably not: Invisalign is OK for some tooth movement but in order for orthodontics to really affect your facial shape, orthognathic surgery and multiple specialt... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Get an exam: It is probably nothing to worry about but the only way to know for sure is to get a dental exam. Depending on your ethnicity, pigment patterns vary in... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
A week: Think of the risk as half of a normal distribution with a peak at 60 hours (2 1/2 days). Conventional wisdom says after 3-4 days the risk is much less... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Many possibilities: It could be any of a large number of things. Get to a dentist or community clinic to get it checked out. In no circumstance should you ignore an area ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Get it done: Antibiotics are very helpful but you have to address the root cause of the infection to ever be truly safe. A month on antibiotics isn't the best way ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Yes: Poor digestion or infection with the bacterium helicobacter pylori can allow stomach contents to ferment. Sulferous by-products of this can create a ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Clean: Brush and clean inter-dentally with floss or another aid. Keep sugar consumption to a minimum and get regular dental exams. That said, there is a tend... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
3 ways: Flossing or using inter-dental aids will remove plaque from between your teeth. Brushing properly with a soft brush will then remove most remaining pl... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Jan 6, 2013
Dr. DeWolf shows a vast knowledge of all areas of dentistry and consistently gives excellent advice and recommendations in a concise, to the point and articulate manner.
Sep 26, 2013
Great answers. Very knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. DeWolf is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Your time on this is much appreciated. It readys me for a conversation with the insurance co. Looking at all options to complicated expensive issues due to a failed (3.0...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! The comparison of balsa to oak is an excellent one. Will call my ins. rep to verify costs. Once had molar & buccal plate broke. I wanted bone graft. Now empty space.Per...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Good guess but no sedation. Just one lidocaine shot he said. Only aspirin, and only if needed, for post op care. Sounds like fun but I think the reality is nothing like ...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Graduated 1981MD

Awards

graduation award, OKU Dental Honor society
Top Doctor, First Place, Appleton, WI - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Appleton, WI - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
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