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What Would You Change About Your Smile?

Did you know that at both Affiliated Dentists locations we do cosmetic dentistry?  There are many procedures that can give you the smile you’ve always wanted, and some are much cheaper than you may think. 

Take this quick poll below then read on for more information on each selection:

Whitening yellowed, stained or discolored teeth

There are many, many reasons for teeth changing colors.  It could be something such as heredity, or lifestyle issues like consuming liquids that are known to stain teeth (ie: coffee, tea, soda, red wine, etc) or poor dental hygiene.   Even aging plays a role in tooth discoloration.  We have different methods of whitening at our offices, and you can call today to schedule a free whitening consultation appointment (or request an appointment online either at our WEST location and or our EAST location)!

Fixing crooked teeth

Many people instantly think of braces when they think about straightening their teeth.  However, there are other options!  The most common are veneers, which are very thin, very strong custom made laminates that are bonded directly onto teeth to close gaps (and sometimes are even used to whiten a smile if teeth do not respond well to whitening).  Here is a photo of what a veneer looks like:

Changing the size of teeth

Many people have one or two teeth that are slightly larger or smaller than the rest of their teeth, which can make a person self-concious.  Veneers are something that can also fix this, or filing down adjacent teeth to match the others works just as well in some cases.

Fixing chipped teeth

Many times, a tooth chips only slightly and replacing the tooth with a veneer seems silly.  In cases like this, our dentists are able to recontour the tooth and sometimes the teeth nearby to fix the chip.  Recontouring involves filing the enamel away, which sounds scary, but is painless, and only removes millimeters of millimeters at a time.  This is also an alternative to veneers to fix the size and shape of a tooth as stated above.  Here is a great example of what recontouring can do (note: this is after the patient recontoured AND whitened):

Other common cosmetic dentistry options include fixed bridges or implants to replace missing teeth, bonding and gum lifts.  So if you clicked any box above in our poll that implied you wanted a change to your smile, call or request an appointment online (either at our WEST location or our EAST location) today for a free cosmetic consultation at one of our locations!

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Meet Dr Miller

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Dr. JoAnn Miller started her dental career as a dental assistant while attending the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She received her B.A. in Biology, then entered the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. There she learned the latest techniques and materials from the frontrunners in each specialty. Dr. Miller graduated in the spring of 2003 and is a member of the American Dental Association.

Hear what our patients are saying about Dr Miller:

“Katy (Dr Miller’s assistant) and Dr Miller are a great team [they] are great to work with [and do] everthing they can do to make you feel good. Thank you.”

“Thanks much to Dr. Miller and team for a quick and one of the “easiest” fillings I’ve ever undergone.”

“Joann Miller [is] both personable and knowledgeable.”

“Dr. Miller is an amazingly kind, gentle, and caring dentist. I felt no pain or discomfort. She ALWAYS tells you what she’s about to do, so you’re not taken by surprise. Getting my bite correct has always been a struggle for other dentist…but not for Dr. Miller.”

“I have nothing but “PRAISE” for Doctor Miller.”

“I love Dr. Miller, she is so gentle and yet does a complete exam.”

“Dr. Joann Miller put me at ease and explained the situation and the choices I had.”

“Dr Miller is always great – She is so gentle and does a great job.”

“Dr. Miller and her Assistant Katie work well together and are a awesome team.”

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

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

Killer Tea Cup

 

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!

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ask/dr-paster/dr-zorba-paster-why-you-should-be-flossing/article_7cac78ac-cf8b-11e1-ad40-0019bb2963f4.html

Dental Emergencies FAQ

Here is a bunch of commonly asked questions courtesy of http://www.mouthhealthy.org 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?
Answer:
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?
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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?
A:
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?
A:
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?
A:
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?
A:
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?
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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!

the right smile

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

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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.”