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By Geary Dentistry
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Woman With Healthy TeethHow tooth-colored fillings and crowns from your dentists in Brookfield, WI, can rebuild your smile

Did you know you can restore your damaged teeth with restorations that are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth? It’s true! Small repairs can be completed with tooth-colored fillings, while larger repairs can be completed with porcelain crowns. Both of these restorations not only strengthen your smile, but they can beautify it as well!

Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI, offer a full range of services including tooth-colored fillings and porcelain crowns to restore your damaged teeth.


More about Tooth Restoration

Tooth-colored fillings use a liquid resin material known as composite. Composite can be matched to the color of your teeth and sculpted to restore the natural contours of your teeth. After placement and being hardened with an ultraviolet light, the tooth colored fillings blend perfectly with your natural teeth. Imagine, no more metal fillings!

When you choose tooth-colored fillings, you can count on:

  • A beautifully natural-look
  • A strong filling that is bonded to the remaining tooth structure
  • A completely metal-free smile, with no metallic taste or look

If your tooth is badly damaged, a tooth-colored filling may not be enough. In cases of severe tooth damage, a dental crown is the best choice, for a crown covers the entire surface of your tooth above the gumline.

Dental crowns don’t just restore your damaged teeth. They can make your smile more beautiful too! That’s because today’s dental crowns are made of lifelike materials such as porcelain. Due to its light reflective properties, porcelain accurately mimics the look of natural tooth enamel. When you choose porcelain crowns, they will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

You can also choose porcelain fused to a metal foundation, known as a PFM crown. These crowns provide increased strength and beauty, but because of the metal, they aren’t light reflective. PFM crowns are often placed on back teeth, where you need increased strength for chewing.


Call Today!

If you need to restore a damaged tooth, you need a strong restoration. With tooth-colored fillings and dental crowns, you can now have strength and beauty in your smile! Your dentists can help you decide on the best method of restoration, so dial (262) 860-1500 today for Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, Wisconsin!

By Geary Dentistry
January 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   cosmetic dentistry  

Dental CrownsFind out when you may need to turn to our dentists in Brookfield, WI, for a dental crown.

Perhaps you treated a severely decayed or damaged tooth a while back, but suddenly something just doesn’t seem right with the tooth. We know that issues arise over time. So if that once treated tooth is still giving you trouble, our Brookfield, WI, family dentists Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary may recommend a dental crown.

This occurs most often when it comes to treating and supporting a tooth after a cavity. In most cases, the cavity will be removed and the tooth will be restored with a dental filling. However, sometimes the cavity is just too large and widespread and a large dental filling isn’t strong enough to be able to fully restore and rebuild the tooth.

In this situation, a dental crown may be the better option for protecting and the damaged tooth. After all, the last thing we want to see happen is for a dental filling to break or for the treated tooth to fracture or weaken even further over time. We can often nip this problem in the bud by placing a dental crown over the tooth from the very beginning.

What is the purpose of a dental crown?

A dental crown is designed to strengthen and reinforce a tooth by surrounding it and providing it with a protective structure that encapsulates it. Just as you put a cast around a broken bone to protect it, our Brookfield, WI, general dentist will place a dental crown over the tooth to make sure it can withstand the powerful chewing and biting forces of the jaw. As you might imagine, placing a crown will make it easier to eat the foods you love without worrying about the strength and durability of your tooth.

A dental crown is a great option for anyone who is dealing with a damaged or weak tooth due to:

  • Trauma
  • Decay
  • Infection

A crown also has the ability to improve the shape, color, size and appearance of a tooth to improve the aesthetics of your smile.

The most important thing you can do for the health of your smile is to come in for routine checkups every six months to make sure that your teeth remain healthy. After all, teeth can become weaker and issues can arise that you may not even notice. This is when it’s important to have general dentists in Brookfield, WI, who can help. Call Geary Dentistry today at (262) 860-1500.


Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By Geary Dentistry
September 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   celebrity smiles  

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Geary Dentistry
August 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns  

Dental crowns offer an excellent way to restore damaged teeth or conceal small flaws that can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary, your Brookfield, WI, dentists, explain how dental crowns can improve your smile.

Dental crowns protect teethCrowns

Crowns slide over your teeth and cover them completely. They're often recommended by your Brookfield dentist if your teeth are fragile or damaged. Some dental procedures, such as root canal therapy and large fillings, help keep your smile healthy but also weaken teeth. Adding crowns stabilizes these teeth.

Chips and cracks in teeth can increase your risk of tooth decay and breakage. Biting and chewing puts considerable pressure on your teeth. If you have a crack in a tooth and don't receive a crown, one day, you may bite into an apple and notice that your tooth has fractured.

If a tooth has already broken, a crown will restore and stabilize it. Since crowns are made of durable materials, like porcelain or ceramic, they're tough enough to stand up to the forces of biting and chewing.

Crowns improve the appearance of your smile

It's hard to feel good about your smile there's one little thing that keeps your teeth from being perfect. Perhaps one of your teeth is discolored, or maybe a slightly crooked tooth ruins the look of your smile. Adding a dental crown is a simple way to correct these appearance issues. Dental crowns are also a good choice if you're concerned about short or oddly shaped teeth.

They add the crowning touch to a dental implant

Dental implants are placed in a small opening made in your jaw and bond to the surrounding bone. Although implants are very effective in replacing the roots of a missing tooth, you still need to find a substitute for the part of the tooth that is visible above your gum line. After bonding occurs, your dentist connects a crown to the implant. The crown looks very much like the tooth you lost and helps your implant feel just like a natural tooth.

Do you think that dental crowns might be a good choice for you? Call Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary, your Brookfield, WI, dentists, at (262) 860-1500 to schedule an appointment. Improve your smile with crowns!