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Dr. Joseph C. Ferraro

Dentist

Dr. Joseph C. Ferraro is a top Dentist in Wausau, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Joseph C. Ferraro is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Joseph C. Ferraro is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Joseph C. Ferraro is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Wausau, Wisconsin, Dr. Joseph C. Ferraro is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Joseph C. Ferraro
  • Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Marquette University
  • Accepting new patients

What's a root canal for the front teeth like?

Well done on maintaining your dental health and seeking needed care! Root canals on front teeth are the same procedure as back teeth. Front teeth are usually a bit easier to access READ MORE
Well done on maintaining your dental health and seeking needed care! Root canals on front teeth are the same procedure as back teeth. Front teeth are usually a bit easier to access and often have less canals than your molar teeth. Your dentist will access the pulpal chamber from the back side of your tooth or lingual surface. Once the pulp chamber has been accessed the root canal is shaped and cleansed with files and rotary instruments. I liken this part of a root canal to cleaning a swimming pool, then a sealer is used to keep bacteria and foreign particles out of the canal to help you maintain a healthy tooth.

If your front tooth does not have any decay or filling a small filling is placed on the back of your tooth to seal the access. If there is decay or previous fillings present, a ceramic crown, which will match the shade of your other teeth is recommended to prevent your tooth from further damage. In some cases where there has been deterioration to the enamel and coronal portion of your tooth the part (the visible portion of the tooth, a fiber post may be also placed in the root canal after the sealer has been placed to provide additional retention for your crown. (A fiber post is a tooth colored fiber resin material that gives additional support inside your tooth.)

Dr. Joe Ferraro

What are the best ways to get rid of cankersores?

Recurrent canker sores may be an indication that your immune system or nutrition is lacking. I recommend a vitamin B supplement and probiotic. Also, over-the-counter treatments READ MORE
Recurrent canker sores may be an indication that your immune system or nutrition is lacking. I recommend a vitamin B supplement and probiotic. Also, over-the-counter treatments like Kanka can help comfort pain associated with canker sores.

Best to see your dentist for more professional remedies, laser treatment and steroid oral rinses will often more quickly improve symptoms. Also, annual oral cancer examinations will rule out other concerns than can look like canker sores.

Dr. Joe Ferraro

What medications are prescribed after a root canal?

Very good question! There may be times antibiotics are indicated especially if there is purulence (pus) present when opening up an infected tooth. This is not the situation for READ MORE
Very good question! There may be times antibiotics are indicated especially if there is purulence (pus) present when opening up an infected tooth. This is not the situation for the majority of root canals we treat. In the past, antibiotics were routinely prescribed, you may have noticed over the past few years we are not recommending antibiotics for many procedures where it was used in the past. Examples of this are joint replacement after one year, (unless there was complications, uncontrolled diabetes, or patients have a compromised immune system, prophylactic medication for heart murmur. For most endo a full course of antibiotics or any is not required. Best to talk with your dentist for their recommendation as each situation is customized to the health history of the patient.

Dr. Joe Ferraro

Is a baking soda rinse safe for my teeth?

Great question! Baking soda will not damage your teeth, however, it is best to use a fluoridated toothpaste to clean your teeth for the best protection. There are baking soda toothpastes READ MORE
Great question! Baking soda will not damage your teeth, however, it is best to use a fluoridated toothpaste to clean your teeth for the best protection. There are baking soda toothpastes sold over-the-counter.

Dr. Joe Ferraro

Is it okay to swallow the gel applied for a mouth ulcer?

The ingredients in oral ulcer mouth gels contain benzocaine to numb, an antiseptic and an ointment to cover the sore area, swallowing a small amount is of no concern and not harmful. Best READ MORE
The ingredients in oral ulcer mouth gels contain benzocaine to numb, an antiseptic and an ointment to cover the sore area, swallowing a small amount is of no concern and not harmful.
Best to have oral sores checked by your dentist for professional care and treatment options.

Dr. Joe Ferraro

What should be done for a chipped "baby tooth"?

Sorry your son fell and chipped his tooth, very disheartening for a parent, especially your first child. Most small chips are more concerning to the parent because of esthetics READ MORE
Sorry your son fell and chipped his tooth, very disheartening for a parent, especially your first child. Most small chips are more concerning to the parent because of esthetics and not for the child. As your child can be managed in a dental setting. there is plenty of time to fix the problem if required.

I find most very young children need a little time to warm up to the office, so we decide when to fix or if it needs to be fixed on an individual patient basis, as each child is so different when they will allow us to do simple procedures. Have your dentist perform an oral exam on your child best to bring in at age one for a dental exam, we may only take a look at such a young age, but examine for growth and development concerns, tongue tied, and other oral function. It also allows your child to get use to the dental office so if they need work at ages 3 or 4 we have a better chance of creating a nice experience for your child.

Dr. Joe Ferraro

How can I stop my husband from grinding his teeth in his sleep?

This is a very good question, and one that is related to an important topic of sleep apnea and sleep deprivation. Usually, grinding teeth at night indicates airway concerns and READ MORE
This is a very good question, and one that is related to an important topic of sleep apnea and sleep deprivation. Usually, grinding teeth at night indicates airway concerns and I would suggest seeing your dentist and a possible referral for a sleep study. These can now be done at home for most patients, but must be diagnosed by a sleep specialist. In some cases, an oral appliance can be fabricated, and for others a C-PaP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device is used to aid in providing adequate breathing to maintain oxygen levels in the brain while sleeping.

Another concern during sleep apneic episodes, the person will waken and while this is occurring acid reflux occurs and stomach acid can go into the oral cavity. This can also irritate the esophagus, trachea, and cause upper respiratory irritation. Chronic acid reflux leads to increased dental disease.

There are many that have compromised airways, and when in deep sleep, the muscles are very relaxed, closing the airway. Bruxism is one way the body responds, much like a reflex to open airways during sleep. Please seek professional care from your dentist as chronic nightly bruxism is highly correlated with sleep disturbances.

Again great question and a very important topic related to dental health!

Dr. Joe Ferraro

I suddenly have a gap in between my front teeth. Why?

There a several reasons a gap could be increasing between your teeth. The main reason I see if from a misaligned bite. This can be corrected with orthodontic care; we treat many READ MORE
There a several reasons a gap could be increasing between your teeth. The main reason I see if from a misaligned bite. This can be corrected with orthodontic care; we treat many patient with Invisalign, a type of clear aligner therapy that is truly amazing! Another reason gaps occur is due to periodontal disease and bone loss.

See your dentist to determine the cause of your problem and treatment to correct the misaligned movement of your teeth. Non-treatment of this type of problem can lead to early tooth loss.

Dr. Joe Ferraro

How often should my daughter get her braces tightened?

Regular monthly visits especially with fixed orthodontic appliances are important to the success of your treatment. Follow the recommended visits that your dentist has prescribed READ MORE
Regular monthly visits especially with fixed orthodontic appliances are important to the success of your treatment. Follow the recommended visits that your dentist has prescribed for your orthodontic care. Modern bracket systems and wires require less frequent maintenance, but 4-6 weeks is usually the time to change elastics on your brackets. Or as some refer to tighten your braces. The reason it feels tighter is the orthodontic wire is more fully engaged in the bracket. There are also self ligating brackets now that do not require elastics. This would mean possibly less frequent visits during treatment.

In my opinion, Invisalign works extremely well for many orthodontic treatments and much easier than traditional brackets and bands. No more braces to "tighten." We dispense several aligners between visits, and they can be removed when eating and cleaning your teeth. If you have not started treatment, see your dentist for an Invisalign consult today. We are also able to scan your teeth creating a virtual 3D computer model from which aligners can be fabricated. No more impressions for orthodontic treatment!

Dr. Joe Ferraro

How can I stop my child from thumbsucking?

Think of the thumb as an orthodontic appliance, chronic thumb-sucking will create deviant jaw and tooth growth patterns that will require orthodontic intervention. While most children READ MORE
Think of the thumb as an orthodontic appliance, chronic thumb-sucking will create deviant jaw and tooth growth patterns that will require orthodontic intervention. While most children out grow thumb sucking at an early age without a major concern some continue. For some positive reinforcement and prizes such as placing a star on the calendar for each day your child does not suck their thumb leading to prizes. There are fingernail polishes, such as Mavala, that give a bad taste, which may deter thumb sucking. We also use myobrace appliances which have been effective, they're an infant trainer appliance for young children. Check our Myobrace.com for more information and talk with your dentist about treatments for thumb-sucking cessation.

Dr. Joe Ferraro

Is it possible to floss too often?

There is nothing wrong with flossing several times a day. Use good flossing technique, check out oralb.com for how to floss. If done properly, no harm will come to your gums or READ MORE
There is nothing wrong with flossing several times a day. Use good flossing technique, check out oralb.com for how to floss. If done properly, no harm will come to your gums or teeth. Well done on flossing!

Dr. Joe Ferraro

Why do I have a thick white coating on my tongue?

Coating on your tongue can be caused from several concerns. Bacteria, post nasal drip, mucous secretions, plaque from food that builds in the fissures of the tongue, immunity concerns, READ MORE
Coating on your tongue can be caused from several concerns. Bacteria, post nasal drip, mucous secretions, plaque from food that builds in the fissures of the tongue, immunity concerns, medications, smoking, and lack of healthy saliva. A thorough dental exam can help identify the cause, most of the time a tongue scraper which is found in the toothbrush aisle, is effective to clean the coating on your teeth.

Dr. Joe Ferraro

What happens if I don't go for my root canal?

When a tooth has previous extensive dentistry from decay, fracture or injury, the inside of the tooth which houses the pulp chamber and pulpal canals can become inflamed or die READ MORE
When a tooth has previous extensive dentistry from decay, fracture or injury, the inside of the tooth which houses the pulp chamber and pulpal canals can become inflamed or die from chronic inflammation. This allows bacteria to grow inside your tooth resulting in tooth pain, bone loss around the tooth, and sometimes, unfortunately, tooth loss. We have a procedure to restore your tooth to good health, it is called tooth nerve therapy, or a root canal. The proper term is endodontic therapy. Today, modern methods of treatment allow for most root canal procedures to be completed in one visit. There are a few exceptions when chronic infection is present and additional medications are required before the root canal can be completed.

Delaying needed treatment will only cause more damage to your tooth and the surrounding tissue and resulting in extreme pain. Not what you want to happen during a busy work week, that long-planned vacation, or on a weekend when access to care is limited. Most times patients experience very little or no discomfort after endodontic therapy or when there is discomfort after treatment. Most of the time we can treat it with a light steroid, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen for fast relief. I do hundreds of endodontic therapies each year helping patients keep their natural teeth and avoid more costly implant procedures. For most teeth that require endodontic therapy, it is important to protect the top (coronal) portion of your tooth and the root from fracture. We do this by placing a crown on your tooth. At our office, we are able to complete root canal therapy, place a filling to seal the root canal access, and prepare the tooth for a crown all in one appointment. This method allows for a good seal of the root canal and protecting the tooth from fracture. A temporary crown is placed while the dental lab fabricates your ceramic crown. New technology allows us to make crowns using a scanner, no more impressions. Newer ceramic materials appear very natural to the color of your teeth and are very strong, giving you a comfortable, healthy smile.

Dr. Joe Ferraro

A huge gap in dental treatment. What should I expect?

Regular dental check-ups not only protect your teeth from serious dental problems, but are also beneficial to your overall health. Today's dental exams are more thorough than in READ MORE
Regular dental check-ups not only protect your teeth from serious dental problems, but are also beneficial to your overall health. Today's dental exams are more thorough than in the past. One big difference you will notice is the use of digital radiographs, 3D scanners that can create a 3D virtual picture of your teeth, and the use of other software programs to diagnose cavities from those digital images. One program is called logicon, which can help see decay between your teeth before it becomes a major problem. Another tool called diagnodent uses a laser to see decay in the pits and fissures of your back teeth. No more sticking with an explorer on your teeth. Overall modern equipment and our increased focus on prevention will help you avoid major dental problems.

Today, more than in the past, oral cancer screenings are important for early detection of tissue changes. We use a device called a Velscope, which can detect tissue dysplasias. A tissue dysplasia is an area were to the eye the tissue can look normal, while abnormal cellular changes are present. These areas appear different in color than other normal tissue when viewed through the velscope. Areas of dysplasia that remain chronically may become cancerous so early detection allows for minimally invasive treatment.

One other area of importance is periodontal health, that is the supporting tissue of your teeth; gums, bone around the teeth, and the periodontal ligament that holds your tooth in place. When plaque from food builds up around our teeth it creates a sticky substance called biofilm, which can harbor destructive bacteria and decrease your body's immunity to disease such as adult onset diabetes. There are many other systemic diseases that correlate to periodontal disease or as some of our patients say gum disease. Many people lose their teeth each year to periodontal infection.

A thorough periodontal evaluation and charting of periodontal pockets is an essential part of a comprehensive oral examination.

Dr. Joe Ferraro

How can I close the gap between my frontal teeth?

Gaps can be caused from a tooth arch discrepancy . This means the size of your teeth may be small for the size and shape of your dental arch. As soon as spaces are orthodontically READ MORE
Gaps can be caused from a tooth arch discrepancy . This means the size of your teeth may be small for the size and shape of your dental arch. As soon as spaces are orthodontically closed they open again. Cosmetic bonding or veneers may help solve your problem. I would need pictures of your teeth to more accurately diagnose your concern. -Sincerely Dr Joe Ferraro

Why do some dentists hurt during cleanings more than others?

It is possible you may have an undiagnosed periodontal condition called gingivitis. This is caused from plaque buildup along the gums resulting in a bacterial infection making READ MORE
It is possible you may have an undiagnosed periodontal condition called gingivitis. This is caused from plaque buildup along the gums resulting in a bacterial infection making your gums appear more red in color rather than pink. Normal healthy gum tissue should appear pink and stippled and not bleed easily. Keep your cleaning intervals closer together, for some 3-4 month intervals may be needed to maintain healthy gum tissue and less traumatic dental visits. -Dr Joe Ferraro

Is it bad if a piece of an old filling falls out?

When a filling comes out either the tooth is weakened, there can be decay under the filling making the tooth structure softer, or the filling itself fractured. Left unrepaired READ MORE
When a filling comes out either the tooth is weakened, there can be decay under the filling making the tooth structure softer, or the filling itself fractured. Left unrepaired this can result in more of your tooth fracturing, dental decay or even tooth loss. You should have your tooth examined by a dentist immediately to determine what is required to restore your tooth back to good function and form.
-Dr Joe Ferraro

Is the fluoride treatment at the dentist really worth it?

Yes Fluoride is our best protection for enamel dimineralization as we consume so many acidic foods- Did you know many brands of bottle water have a ph of 4 or even less very acidic READ MORE
Yes Fluoride is our best protection for enamel dimineralization as we consume so many acidic foods-
Did you know many brands of bottle water have a ph of 4 or even less very acidic for our enamel. The fluoride at the dentist office is a varnish applied more concentrated than your home products and when applied right after a cleaning is most effective to help prevent tooth decay. Also using daily fluoridated toothpaste and if you are at high risk of dental decay, prescription strength Fluoride tooth paste at 5000ppm is recommended.

Is a root canal during pregnancy safe?

It is best to complete mandatory dental treatment while pregnant, infection may worsen along with pain. Local anesthetic is safe to the baby and dental radiographs, with the use READ MORE
It is best to complete mandatory dental treatment while pregnant, infection may worsen along with pain. Local anesthetic is safe to the baby and dental radiographs, with the use of a lead apron is also safe and will not harm your developing child. It is harder after birth to have dental treatment especially if you are nursing, as many drugs will pass to the mother's milk and also you have a newborn who will require much attention. We have treated many expecting women over the years; root canals, crowns, extractions doing those mandatory procedures to prevent infection, pain and preserve your teeth. It is important to receive routine check-ups while expecting as periodontal disease has been a contributing factor to low newborn baby weight, as well as other bacterial infections in utero.