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Posts for: January, 2017

By Geary Dentistry
January 30, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Be true to your teeth, or they will be false to you! 

Good oral hygiene is the key to keeping your smile healthy. Unfortunately, sometimes our lives are so busy that it's easy to unwittingly oral hygieneneglect our teeth. Dr. Terence and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary, your Brookfield, WI, dentists, share a few important oral hygiene tips.

Don't skip the basics!
Brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing once every day can help you avoid cavities, and just as importantly, prevent gum disease. Brushing removes surface stains and plaque from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that's responsible for tooth decay. Once it combines with sugary or carbohydrate-laden foods, acids are created that can attack your tooth enamel. If you don't brush away plaque, it eventually becomes a hard deposit called tartar that can cause gum disease.

You might be a regular brusher, but if you don't floss daily, your teeth are still at risk of developing tooth decay. Cavities can develop between teeth just as easily as they can form on the chewing surfaces. Flossing removes plaque and food debris from those hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth. Daily flossing also gets rid of trapped food particles that can contribute to bad breath.

Minutes matter
When you're running late in the morning, you may only have a few seconds to run a toothbrush over your teeth. Although brushing your teeth for any length of time is helpful, you'll gain the most benefit from brushing if you devote at least two minutes to the job. Concentrate on brushing each tooth during those two minutes - back and front - and use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoridated toothpastes help remineralize tooth enamel, decreasing your risk of cavities.

Make dental visits a priority
Visiting your Brookfield dentist every six months is an excellent way to maintain good oral health. During visits, you will receive an oral cancer exam and your teeth and gums will be thoroughly  examined, plus you'll receive a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. Early detection is the key to avoiding painful and costly dental issues. The earlier a cavity or other problem is spotted, the simpler the treatment.

Has it been awhile since you've visited? Call Dr. Geary and Dr. Geary, your Brookfield, WI, dentists, at (262) 860-1500 to schedule your appointment.


So, you've undergone a root canal treatment to save a decayed tooth. The tooth has a new lease on life — and the pain is gone too. But there's a reality you need to keep in mind — your tooth could become re-infected, putting you back in the same painful circumstance.

Root canal treatments are often necessary when decay works its way deep within a tooth, into the pulp. The excruciating pain a person feels is the infection attacking the bundle of nerves within the pulp tissue. If the infection isn't addressed promptly, it will continue to work its way to the root, eventually damaging the tooth beyond repair.

During a root canal treatment, we drill into the tooth to access the pulp chamber. After clearing it completely of its infected tissue, we then fill the chamber and root canals with a special filling and then seal off the access. A short time later we'll bond a crown over the tooth to protect it and to make it more attractive.

Most of the time, this preserves the tooth for many years. Occasionally, though, re-infection can occur. There are a number of reasons why: the first infection may have been more extensive than thought; the root canal network was more complex and some tinier canals weren't able to be identified; or the protective crown may once again get tooth decay contaminating the root canal.

If infection does reoccur it doesn't mean the tooth is lost. It's possible a second root canal treatment can successfully correct any problems, especially those that may not have been detected the first time. More complex cases might also require the services of an endodontist, a specialist in root canals. They're skilled in advanced techniques and have specialized equipment to handle even the most complicated root canal networks.

In the meantime, if you notice signs of re-infection like pain or swelling around a treated tooth, contact us promptly for an appointment. You should also contact us if the tooth is injured in an accident. The sooner we can treat your tooth, the more likely the second time will be more successful.

If you would like more information on preserving a tooth through root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment: How long will it Last?


Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand. Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.

Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.

A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.

Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.

If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.

If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”