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Posts for: October, 2019

By Geary Dentistry
October 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bonding  

Need dental bondings from your Brookfield, WI, dentist?

Have you ever felt self-conscious about any chips in your smile? Well, worry no more. Dentistry has come far in terms of restoring broken Smileand/or decayed teeth to a fuller, more beautiful, and functional smile. Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary can help you feel confident with dental bonding.

 

More About Dental Bondings

Bondings are tooth-colored materials that replace missing teeth and/or hide unappealing dental defects like chips, discoloration, and minor-spacing irregularities. The material bondings are made of is composite resins that consists of plastic and glass, which strengthens teeth by fusing with the rest of the tooth.

One of the many advantages of composite resin is its wide variety of tooth shades. When the procedures is done by your Brookfield dentist, it may be impossible to distinguish the bonded tooth from natural teeth.

 

Dental Bonding Candidates

Dental bondings don't last as long as some other procedures, like veneers, but this restoration is a particularly good solution for teens because they still need to wait for their teeth to fully mature.

 

The Bonding Process

Tooth bonding is usually accomplished in one visit at your dentist's Brookfield dental office. The procedure takes 30 minutes to an hour.

  1. Your dentist first cleans the surface of your teeth to remove plaque.
  2. The surface is then etched with an acidic gel to that open dental pores.
  3. The gel is rinsed and liquid composite resin matching your natural tooth color is applied to fill the pores.
  4. A special curing hardens the bonding material.
  5. The dentist repeats the process of applying composite resin and then hardening it with a curing light.
  6. The bonding material is shaped and your teeth polished.

 

Caring for Bonded Teeth

Make sure you brush and floss daily to prevent plaque buildup and its calcification into tartar. Going to your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings is a good preventative measure that will save you time and money in the future. Imagine only needing a simple filling instead during one of your regular visits as oppose to hearing the dreadful news of needing a root canal.

 

Consultation

If you have any questions or concerns regarding dental bonding, be sure to speak with your Brookfield, WI, dentist today!


TheTriplePartnershipThatCouldSaveaCancerPatientsOralHealth

While the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation have contributed to rising cancer survival rates, they can still have an adverse effect on the rest of the body. That includes the mouth: these treatments can damage healthy tissues like the salivary glands. The decrease in saliva flow increases the risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

While overcoming cancer is certainly the patient’s main health priority, it’s important for them to tend to their oral health. The best approach often involves a three-way partnership between patient, dentist and family caregivers all doing their part to keep the patient’s teeth, gums and mouth healthy during cancer treatment.

Here’s what each “partner” can do to protect a cancer patient’s oral health during treatment.

The dentist. To minimize dental disease odds, patients should enter cancer treatment with their teeth and gums in the best shape possible. Before beginning treatment, then, the dentist can assess their oral health status and recommend a treatment plan for any existing disease or condition. The dentist can also monitor a patient’s oral health during the treatment period.

The patient. Patients can do the most to protect their oral health by removing disease-causing plaque buildup with daily brushing and flossing, as well as maintaining their regular schedule of dental cleanings (if possible). They should also attempt to reduce dry mouth, a potential consequence of cancer treatment, by consuming more water and using saliva boosters like Xylitol-sweetened gums and mints. A nutritious diet is also important for protecting oral health.

The caregiver. Many cancer patients depend on family or friends to aid them during treatment. One of the best things a caregiver can do is act as a liaison between the patient and their medical and dental providers. When it comes to oral health, caregivers should be on the alert for any mouth changes including tooth pain, gum swelling or bleeding, foul breath and other signs of disease.

Focusing on oral health can be a daunting challenge for patients during their fight with cancer. But with help from their other partners, they can come out of this fight with their teeth, gums and mouth in good health.

If you would like more information on oral care during cancer 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 “Oral Health During Cancer Treatment.”


By Geary Dentistry
October 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, occurs when the gums become infected. If not treated promptly, periodontal periodontal diseasedisease can lead to both tooth loss and loss of gum tissue. There are several signs of periodontal disease, such as gums that bleed easily. It is important that you see a dentist right away if you develop any of the signs associated with periodontal disease. At Geary Dentistry, Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary are your Brookfield, WI, dentists for the treatment of periodontal disease.

Causes of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can develop when the gums become infected by bacteria. Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily, as well as visiting your Brookfield, WI, dentist regularly, can help prevent periodontal disease. Daily brushing and flossing help clean away bacteria. Lingering bacteria can result in the formation of plaque and tartar buildup, which can infect the gums. Once the gums are infected, gingivitis can develop and ultimately lead to the onset of periodontal disease.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

Several symptoms are associated with periodontal disease. If you develop any of these symptoms, it is crucial that you see your Brookfield, WI, dentist as soon as possible so treatment can begin promptly if periodontal disease is present. Signs of possible periodontal disease include:

  • Receding gums
  • Gums that are swollen, tender, or red
  • Sensitive gums that bleed easily
  • Severe toothaches
  • Missing or loose teeth
  • Chronic bad breath

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can be treated in several ways. A dentist can develop an individualized treatment plan for you to stop the infection from spreading and restore gum health. Treatments for periodontal disease include:

  • Scaling and root planing — Deep-cleaning below the gum line to help gums heal from infection.
  • Periodontal plastic surgery — Reshaping damaged gums to create a more pleasing appearance.
  • Periodontal laser treatment — Removing infected or diseased gum tissue via lasers versus surgery.
  • Crown lengthening surgery — Minimizing a “gummy” appearance by exposing tooth structure covered by the gums.
  • Dental implants — Replacing teeth lost due to periodontal disease.

See a dentist right away if you have developed signs associated with periodontal disease. If you do have periodontal disease, it can be treated and the health of your gums can be restored. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Terence or Mary Eileen Geary, your Brookfield, WI, dentists, call Geary Dentistry at (262) 860-1500.


ThereAreaLotofBacteriainYourMouthbutOnlyaFewMeanYouHarm

Say “bacteria,” especially in the same sentence with “disease” or “infection,” and you may trigger an immediate stampede for the hand sanitizer. The last thing most people want is to come in contact with these “menacing” microorganisms.

If that describes you, however, you’re too late. If you’re of adult age, there are already 100 trillion of these single-celled organisms in and on your body, outnumbering your own cells 10 to 1. But don’t panic: Of these 10,000-plus species only a handful can cause you harm—most are either harmless or beneficial, including in your mouth.

Thanks to recent research, we know quite a bit about the different kinds of bacteria in the mouth and what they’re doing. We’ve also learned that the mouth’s microbiome (the interactive environment of microscopic organisms in a particular location) develops over time, especially during our formative years. New mothers, for example, pass on hundreds of beneficial species of bacteria to their babies via their breast milk.

As our exposure to different bacteria grows, our immune system is also developing—not only fighting bacteria that pose a threat, but also learning to recognize benevolent species. All these factors over time result in a sophisticated, interrelated bacterial environment unique to every individual.

Of course, it isn’t all sweetness and light in this microscopic world. The few harmful oral bacteria, especially those that trigger tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, can cause enormous, irreparable damage to the teeth and gums. It’s our goal as dentists to treat these diseases and, when necessary, fight against harmful microorganisms with antibacterial agents and antibiotics.

But our growing knowledge of this “secret world” of bacteria is now influencing how we approach dental treatment. A generalized application of antibiotics, for example, could harm beneficial bacteria as well as harmful ones. In trying to do good we may run the risk of disrupting the mouth’s microbiome balance—with adverse results on a patient’s long-term oral health.

The treatment strategies of the future will take this into account. While stopping dental disease will remain the top priority, the treatments of the future will seek to do it without harming the delicate balance of the mouth’s microbiome.

If you would like more information on the role of bacteria in oral health, 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 “New Research Show Bacteria Essential to Health.”


ImplantFailureIsRarebutPossibleHereAreaFewWaystoAvoidIt

Dental implants are all the rage—and for good reason: They’re incredibly “tooth-like,” both in appearance and function. They also have a stunningly high success rate: More than 95% of implants still function after ten years. This means out of thousands of implants installed each year, only a handful fail.

But although that’s an amazingly low number, they’re still failures for real people who’ve suffered a loss. If you’re considering dental implants the chances of that being your experience are quite low. But it could still happen.

Here’s a few things you can do to make sure your implants don’t fail.

Stop smoking. Of the small percentage of implant failures, an inordinate number are smokers. A smoker’s chances of implant failure are roughly double those of non-smokers. Smoking, and to some degree any tobacco use, can make your mouth an unhealthier place: Not only can it increase your dental disease risk, but it can interfere with the healing process after implant placement and increase the chances of early failure.

Manage your health. Diabetes and similar systemic conditions can interfere with the healing process too, which could impact your implant attachment to bone. Diabetics thus run a slight risk of implant failure—but actual failures mostly involve patients who don’t have good control of their symptoms. If you’re a diabetic, properly managing your condition will lower your risk of implant failure to nearly identical that of someone without diabetes.

Treat gum disease. Implants in themselves are immune to disease—but the underlying bone that supports them isn’t. A gum disease infection could eventually weaken and diminish the implant-bone attachment. If this happens around an implant, its stability can be severely compromised. The best strategy is to prevent gum disease through daily, thorough brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing dental plaque. And if you see any symptoms like gum swelling, redness or bleeding, see your dentist as soon as possible.

Your implants could serve you well for decades. Just be sure you’re doing the right things to ensure their longevity.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method That Rarely Fails.”