12780 W. North Ave., Brookfield, WI 53005, 262-860-1500

Archive:

Tags

We earned the 2016 Super Service award from Angies List! The award reflects consistent, high levels of customer service. Check out our reviews atAngiesList.com! We are so proud to be able to provide such excellent care to our patients! 

Feel Free to leave a review of your own at

                                                                                   my.angieslist.com/
angieslist/Review/14675

                                                                    

 

 

Posts for: June, 2017

By Geary Dentistry
June 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

How Invisalign from your Brookfield dentist can help your smileorthodontics

If you are thinking about straightening your smile, you should consider Invisalign orthodontic treatment. Invisalign can dramatically improve your smile and your biting function while providing a cosmetically beautiful, virtually invisible look. There are many reasons to choose Invisalign and your dentists at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI, Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary, want to help you find your own reasons why Invisalign is right for you.

Everyone knows that Invisalign will give you a straight smile, but it can give you much more. Invisalign can give you a smile that is much easier to clean because you won’t catch floss in between tight teeth. When it’s easier to keep your teeth clean, your smile will be healthy.

Invisalign also correctly aligns your bite. A correct jaw alignment can prevent excessive wear on your teeth. When you prevent excessive wear on your teeth, you are preventing tooth damage and the potential for root canal therapy.

There are many reasons you should consider Invisalign including:

  • Correcting an overbite or underbite
  • Correcting an open bite or crossbite
  • Straightening crooked, rotated teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Realigning overlapped or crowded teeth

Older teenagers and adults can benefit from Invisalign, a system of clear aligners which are comfortable, convenient and offer rapid results in as little as 9 to 15 months.

For more information about why you should consider Invisalign to straighten your smile, please visit the Invisalign page on the website at https://www.gearydentistry.com/invisalign-brookfield-wi.html

You don’t have to live with the smile you were born with. If you want to correct the alignment of your teeth discreetly, improve your ability to eat the foods you love, and provide an outstanding smile, you should consider Invisalign, state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment. Call your dentists at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI, Dr. Terence and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary, today to find out how Invisalign can improve your smile!


By Geary Dentistry
June 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health
DrTravisStorkDontIgnoreBleedingGums

Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.

First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.

How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all  Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.

What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.

Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.”  If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.


By Geary Dentistry
June 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: lump  
WecanRidYouofthatLumpinYourMouthyouKeepBiting

Biting the inside of your cheek is high on the list of minor but painfully irritating occurrences like paper cuts or tongue scalding from hot coffee. A mouth bite, though, has an additional tormenting feature — there's a good chance you'll bite the same spot again.

This kind of repeated mouth injury results in an enlargement of the soft tissue that has been traumatized. They're often diagnosed and referred to as a traumatic fibroma. When you bite your cheek, lips or tongue, you create a small wound that usually heals quickly. This healing process, though, can be interrupted if you bite the area again, which can then cause excess scar tissue to form.

The fibrous scar tissue, made up of a protein called collagen, is similar to a callous. You can often feel it with your tongue — a knot of tough skin that protrudes from the otherwise flat cheek wall. Because of this prominence, it tends to get in the “line of fire” during eating or biting, so you'll bite it again — and again. If this cycle continues, then even a more prominent scar tissue forms that you're more likely to bite again.

The wound will heal most of the time, unless you continually bite it. If it becomes a nagging problem, we can surgically remove the lump. After numbing the area with local anesthesia, we'll either use a laser or scalpel to remove it. The area is easy to fix and will flatten out the cheek surface. The entire procedure takes fifteen minutes or less and in a few days to a week you won't even notice it had been there.

While the vast majority of these lesions are harmless, it's still standard protocol to biopsy the removed tissue: a pathologist examines it under a microscope for cancer cells. This is a routine part of any medical practice and not a cause for alarm.

If you've had a lump for awhile that you always seem to be biting, see us for an examination. With a simple procedure, we may be able to remove that irritation once and for all.

If you would like more information on treating mouth lumps and other sores, 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 “Common Lumps and Bumps in the Mouth.”