Monthly Archives: July 2012

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Do you suffer from dental anxiety? We have many patients that do, and many options for them and you, too!

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Going to a doctor may be a hectic task for many, owing to their anxiety and fear of the different painful tests, injections or those big machines coming towards oneself while taking an X-ray. Not only children, but even adults feel as if they would be losing their lives, when the dentist examines the mouth and its inner portions. This dental anxiety is experienced to some degree by many people and can be difficult to overcome. For this reason many people will avoid going to a dentist if they suffer from a minor tooth pain or swollen gums.

Another reason for dental anxiety may be due to the painful past experiences in a dentists’ clinic. A person may feel emotionally scarred if they have had a negative dealing and it may take years to overcome this fright. Such a bitter experience may be because of a particular dentist…

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Why floss?!

Here is a fascinating article about why flossing is SO important!

Dental Emergencies FAQ

Here is a bunch of commonly asked questions courtesy of about common dental emergencies:

Dental Emergencies

Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Here are some common dental emergencies and how to deal with them. For all dental emergencies, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Most dentists reserve time in their daily schedules for emergency patients so be sure to call your dentist and provide as much detail as you can about your condition. If the accident occurs when your dental office is not open, visit your local emergency room.

Question: What do I do if I knock out my tooth?
For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, or in milk. Get to your dentist’s office right away.

Q: What if I crack my tooth?
For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down. See your dentist as soon as possible.

Q: If I bite my tongue or lip, how do I treat it?
If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress. See your dentist if the swelling doesn’t go down within the next day or two.

Q: How do I treat a toothache?
For toothaches, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. Do not put aspirin on your aching tooth or gums; it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact your dentist.

Q: What if I think my jaw is broken?
If you think your jaw is broken apply cold compresses to control the swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency department immediately.

Q: How do I remove an object that’s stuck in my mouth or teeth?
For objects stuck in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with a sharp or pointed instrument. See your dentist if you are unable to remove it and/or if it causes swelling and/or bleeding.

Q: How can I avoid a dental emergency?
There are a number of simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to the teeth:

  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities. 
  • Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth. 
  • Use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.

Marietta Dentist: Dental Implants are….

Good information to know!

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Your Natural Choice in Tooth Replacement.


Whenever a tooth is lost, if the bone structure will allow, it should be replaced with an implant.  Failure to replace the tooth with an implant will ultimately contribute to the loss of facial bone structure.  Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, which represent an alternative to dentures or bridgework.  The advantages vary from patient to patient and type of restoration but in addition to retained bone structure may include improved chewing ability, better speech, more secure fit of the restoration, greater comfort, and improved self-esteem.


The implant itself is made from Titanium and is surgically implanted in the jawbone to function in a similar way to a natural tooth root.  Depending on the individuals varying biological characteristics, it may be necessary for the implant to heal in the jawbone for a period of 3 to 6 months, which…

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Meet Dr Wierwill


Dr. Bryan Wierwill is a 1978 graduate of Marquette Univ. School of Dentistry. He has been in private practice in Madison since 1978. He hold the honorary degree of “Fellow” in the American Academy of General Dentistry. His focus is adult restorative and cosmetic dentistry. He has lectured throughout the United States and internationally on these subjects. Dr. Wierwill and his wife of 26 years (Rose) have 2 grown children: Benjamin and Kathryn. In his spare time Dr. Wierwill is a dedicated fly-fisherman having fished in New Zealand, Chile, Nova Scotia and much of the USA. He is most at home on the friendly streams of southwestern Wisconsin.

Hear what patients are saying about Dr Wierwill:

“Bryan Wierwill’s check up after the cleaning[s are] very reassuring!”

“Bryan Wierwill is an fine dentist providing personable, comfortable, expert care. From routine check-ups to crowns, he provides good dentistry. And he’s there when you need him for special needs.”

“Dr Wierwill’s … final work was excellent.”


Facebook Contest!

Have you heard? We are having a contest! You could win a $30 gift card just by “liking” our page on Facebook ( and by leaving a comment or recommendation on our wall! The only restriction is you must be a current patient at one of our clinics.  The contest ends 8/1/12. Good luck!

Meet Dr Smith



Dr. Maggie Smith is a graduate of Creighton University and Marquette University School of Dentistry. When asked what was the driving force behind her decision to become a dentist, Dr. Smith said, “… I enjoy the opportunity dentistry gives me to think critically, even analytically, about a patient’s care, what their needs or wants are, and of course, the results. I enjoy meeting and talking to people, which makes what I even more fun, and, every day, different. Dentistry is a challenge I really enjoy.” 

Hear what our patients are saying about Dr Smith:

“I was highly impressed by Dr Smith, who not only was kind and gentle during my exam, but also personable and knowledgeable.  She made sure to answer all my questions to my satisfaction.  I feel comfortable and happy having Dr Smith as my regular dentist!”

“Dr. Smith did a fine job!”

“Dr Smith replaced a filling yesterday and removed the cavity underneath. The cavity was deeper than expected, but I thought Dr Smith did a terrific job.”