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About Dr. Jan Stumpf

I began working in the dental field at the age of 14 when my father Dr. Robert Ferber decided I needed to earn my allowance. He slowly introduced me to various tasks around his office and I gradually grew to know each task and admired his knowledge and expertise. He instilled in me a desire to pursue a career in dentistry. After graduating from Marquette University School of Dentistry I was able to truly admire the skill with which my father practiced and the standards he upheld. I was very fortunate to be able to work alongside him for 9 years. I work hard to keep the legacy of Ferber/Stumpf dentistry modern and up to date. Continuing education, state of the art materials and technologically advanced equipment continues to be my focus as it evolves and improves the dentistry I provide. This process has taken me into new areas where medicine and dentistry work together for the best possible outcome. The study of sleep medicine, sleep apnea, snoring and improved sleep quality in children and adults is another facet where modern dentistry can contribute to a better quality of life. I recently completed the Dental Sleep Medicine mini residency at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine jointly presented by the American Academy of Craniofacial pain. Affiliations include: - The Academy of Laser Dentistry - The Doctors of Conscious Sedation - The Academy of General Dentistry - The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine - The Illinois Sleep Society - The American Academy of Facial Esthetics I am honored and humbled to be included as a clinical evaluator for dental products with the research group, "Clinical Research Associates" located in Provo, Utah. This group was started by Dr. Gordon Christensen 35+ years ago and is well known in the dental community worldwide for its expertise in dental materials and techniques. This is a small contribution on my part to the ongoing evaluation of dental products facing the dental community and ultimately the quality of dentistry you will receive where ever you may live.

Facts about George Washington’s Teeth

On a recent trip to Baltimore, I found myself in search of one of the Smithsonian’s little publicized museums.  On the Campus of the University of Maryland in the School of Dentistry sits the National Museum of Dentistry.  It is a national treasure that many people don’t know of. It not only houses the history of dentistry but they display the actual teeth of our first president, George Washington. I was on a quest to see those teeth and found so much more.

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Fun facts to know:

  • To begin, let’s put the wooden teeth myth to rest. While he had many different sets of teeth, there is no record of any of them being wooden.   The ones on display were either made of hippopotamus bone, or gold and extracted teeth.  The teeth are held in place with small gold pins and a flesh colored wax was applied to the bone for, “esthetics.”
  • There was also a set made of gold. This set had a spring attachment in the back to help keep them in the right place. Gold is a heavy metal and while it is helpful to have that weight in the bottom denture, I am sure it was a disadvantage when trying to wear a gold upper denture.
  • Washington’s favorite dentist was Dr. John Greenwood of New York City. He made many sets of teeth for our washington-teethpresident and Washington was not afraid to tinker with them to make them, “easy on the mouth”. The molar on the right side in this photo is Mr. Washington’s actual molar. The hole on the left side allowed Mr. Washington’s only remaining bicuspid to protrude through the denture.
  • When sitting for a portrait, Mr. Washington had to have cotton stuffed into his mouth for lip support. The amount of cotton varied with each portrait and so did his appearance. It is evident when you compare portraits side by side as they do in the museum.
  • George Washington was buried with a set of teeth from Dr. Greenwood.

Janelle Ferber-Stumpf D.D.S.

Making smiles beautiful since 1983

N28 W23000 Roundy Drive

Pewaukee, Wi   53072

262-970-0111

BestCareInTheChair.com

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The Costly Side Effects of Old Silver Fillings

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There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t see a patient with old silver fillings in their teeth.  Some of these old restorations have weathered the test of time well, while others have not.  It is the old silver filling that doesn’t hurt that concerns me the most.  As you can see in the photo to the left, this tooth has some caries and structural issues.  The patient reported that it never bothered her, yet the cracks are obvious.

As We Age Our Teeth Become Less Sensitive

The nerves become smaller and less responsive to any stimulation. It is Mother Nature’s way of protecting us from toothaches.  Unfortunately this is often misinterpreted by many that if it doesn’t hurt, it is not a problem. After all, “how bad can it be if I don’t feel it?” The truth is that things ARE happening to their teeth, but they are not getting any warning of a developing problem. When the tooth both fractures and requires a root canal to restore, the patient is surprised. “I was eating a piece of toast and my tooth broke!” or “I must have soft teeth. They keep breaking”, is commonly heard.

When I removed the old filling from the tooth above, I took this second photo.  Now the decay and cracks are more evident (see image below).  Fortunately, I was able to restore this tooth.  The decay was removed, the tooth was disinfected to prevent further decay under the restoration and the nerve was protected with a medication in the deepest parts. A crown was placed to keep the tooth from cracking further.  The patient was able to save her tooth and save $1,500.00 by avoiding a root canal as well.  This is preventative dentistry at its best.

Technology Allows Us to Examine Your Teeth Better Than Ever

Dental radiographs do not tell the whole story.  I would be happy to use today’s technology of cameras and spectra analysis to identify problems you may have in your own mouth.  My staff will help you set up an appointment time that is convenient for you. You can call 262-970-0111 or visit my website, BestCareInTheChair.com for more information. Don’t assume things are fine until you have had a complete dental exam.  Together, we will help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

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Call and schedule your dental exam in Pewaukee today! (262) 955-8970

dr_stumpfJanelle Ferber-Stumpf D.D.S.

Making smiles beautiful since 1983

N28 W23000 Roundy Drive

Pewaukee, Wi   53072

262-970-0111

BestCareInTheChair.com

Resolve to Improve Your Dental Health

Now that we are trying to adapt to writing “2015”, have you given any thought to a New Year’s Resolution?  If you haven’t, it isn’t too late.  And even if you have, you can never have too many!  Typically, dental hygiene and dental aesthetics aren’t usually considered when it comes to reflecting on self improvement.  More than daily flossing, consider your over all oral health.

Brightening up those pearly whites

Do you avoid smiling or find yourself talking while covering your mouth due to a missing tooth, an unsightly chip, large gap, or another imperfection affecting your teeth? Everyone is aware of teeth whitening; here are more options on how easy it is to improve your smile!

Dental Fillings

We see many patients with those old silver and gold fillings. Those unsightly things are no longer the standard of care. Tooth colored composite fillings ones are crafted to match your natural color and are near invisible to the naked eye.

Bonding

Chipped teeth are often healthy, and like gaps, they too cause uneasiness in social situations. Often making you feel like the center of unwanted attention. Dental bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic procedures, and the color is matched to restore your natural looking smile.

Pain

There are a few different types of tooth pain, all of which should be reported during your dental visit: brief sensitivity to hot and cold foods, sharp pain when biting, dull aches, constant pressure, lingering pain. There is no reason to endure the pain, call so we can help!

Benefits of a Healthy Smile

Enhancing your smile offers huge gains. Not only does it boost a person’s confidence, it can improve a person’s overall health and well being.  It’s like getting a spectacularly wonderful haircut.  You feel better about yourself and notice a new glow surrounding you.  When you have a smile that you are proud of, you naturally show it off to the world! Smiling is known to lower heart rate and reduce stress. Who would say no to that?

This is your year to shine with a healthy smile

Start the year off with your best foot forward and set your mind toward some dental goals.  No matter how big or how small they may be, you will be happy with the results as well as yourself for making it happen!

Prioritize your health and take the first step by calling to schedule an appointment:

Dr. Janelle Stumpf
Stumpf Dental
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Phone: (262) 955-8970

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Periodontal Disease and Pregnant Diabetics

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Pregnant diabetics have more gingival inflammation and deeper pockets between their teeth and gums, which are symptoms of periodontal disease, than non-diabetic pregnant women, according to a new study in the Journal of Periodontology. These findings are significant because periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that may make diabetes more difficult to control. Previous studies have shown that periodontal disease may increase women’s risk of delivering a preterm, low birth weight baby.

The study compared 13 type-1 diabetic and 20 non-diabetic women in their 20-39th week of pregnancy. “Many women experience periodontal problems, such as bleeding and swollen gums, during pregnancy, “explained Janet Guthmiller, D.D.S., Ph.D., the lead researcher of the study conducted at the University of Iowa, Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine. “But the more advanced periodontal disease we observed in pregnant diabetics, who are already considered high risk for pregnancy problems, may affect blood sugar control during this critical time.”

Exacerbating the problem, periodontal disease may independently be a risk factor for preterm, low birth weight babies. Periodontal disease may trigger increased levels of biological fluids that induce labor, and this response may be amplified in diabetics. “This self-perpetuating destruction could potentially further complicate diabetic control and pregnancy outcome in diabetic subjects,” according to the study.

“This study vividly illustrates just how connected our bodies’ processes can be. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection, and the infection may impact other parts of the body,” said Kenneth Bueltmann, D.D.S., president of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). “Treating periodontal disease and reducing the bacteria load may benefit diabetic control as well as pregnancy outcomes.”

“Our hope is that periodontal evaluations will be routinely included in the prenatal care of pregnant diabetic women, just as ophthalmologic exams are,” said Guthmiller. The AAP recommends that all women considering pregnancy have a periodontal exam.

Dr. Janelle Stumpf
Stumpf Dental
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Phone: (262) 955-8970

Your Guide to Holiday Elves

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After decades of dreaming about becoming a dentist, Hermey the Elf was named DDG (Dental Do-Gooder) in November by the president of the American Dental Association ADA)!

“Hermey’s passion for dentistry coupled with his devotion to helping others feel good about themselves inside and out, deserves recognition,” said  ADA President Maxine Feinberg, DDS. ”I know Hermey the Elf, DDG, will continue to inspire young people and those who are young at heart to follow their dreams.”

Hermey, Rudolph and some of their friends have also been honored on a postage stamp.  These stamps celebrate the 50th anniversary of the much-loved holiday classic.  Here are Five Fun Facts:uspsstampstumblr

  1. According to Ken Muller, brother of ‘Rudolph’ screenwriter Romeo Muller, the original name for Hermey the Elf was supposed to be “Herbie” in honor of a childhood friend. Clarice (Rudolph’s girlfriend) was named after the future bride of another friend.
  2. Yukon Cornelius has a diverse dog sled team. Instead of Siberian Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes, his mixed team of pooches includes a Poodle, a Cocker Spaniel, a Saint Bernard, a Dachshund and a Collie.
  3. The animators also created the character –narrator of Sam the Snowman to look like Burl Ives, who was the voice for that part.
  4. In the original script, while Rudolph, Hermey and Yukon Cornelius promise to visit the Island of Misfit Toys and bring them back, they never do so. After the show first aired, Rankin-Bass, the production company, were inundated with letters from concerned kids demanding that the Misfit Toys be rescued. To console the children, they produced a short scene where Rudolph, Santa, and the rest of the reindeer arrive on the Island and deliver the Misfits to new homes. This scene has shown on TV since 1965. Kids rule!!
  5. The original puppets of Santa Claus and the younger Rudolph were eventually purchased by a new owner after going on tour in 2007. Since they were in absolutely horrible condition– Santa had half of his mustache missing while Rudolph was missing his famous nose — the new owner spent $4,000 for them to be restored to mint condition by stop-motion animation studio Screen Novelties International.

Even though we are celebrating Hermey, DDG’s achievements there are other notable elves that we should visit.  Who remembers the Elf on the Shelf?

Elf on a shelf is a special “spy” elf. This elf was sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists.  After the elf arrives and is named, the scout elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. You definitely want to stay on this elf’s good side!  The next day the scout elf returns to its family and sits in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their scout elf each morning.  Some came offering candy, like a chocolate sampler box.

Finally, the serious elves.  Some believe that Santa employs six elves.  Some think that there are as many as 13 elves living with Santa to help him. Elves are the children of Gryla and Leppaludi and are very clever. They help Santa to design toys and process requests of children that are sent to them through snail mail or emails. The popular Western names of the Christmas elves helping Santa Claus are:

  • Alabaster Snowball (Administrator of the Naughty & Nice list)
  • Bushy Evergreen (Inventor of the magic toy-making machine).
  • Pepper Minstix (Guardian of the secret of where Father Christmas’ village is located).
  • Shinny Upatree (The oldest friend of Santa and the cofounder of the secret village in Lapland).
  • Sugarplum Mary (Head of the Sweat Treats, she is also known as Mary Christmas. She is an assistant to Mrs. Claus and helps her in the kitchen).
  • Wunorse Openslae (Designer of Father Christmas’s sleigh and responsible for its maintenance. He also looks after the reindeers and it is believed that his reindeers reach speeds faster than Christmas tree lights.).

Now, you know more than any of your family members about those mysterious elves! The ambitious Hermey.  The “Traditional”, like Elf on the Shelf and the “Real” (?), like Santa’s Helpers.  Add them to your celebrations and may you remain forever young this holiday season.

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Dr. Janelle Stumpf

Stumpf Dental

N28 W23000 Roundy Drive

Pewaukee, WI 53072

Phone: (262) 955-8970

Facts About Dental Myths

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With the magnitude of information available to us these days, it’s harder than ever to separate facts from myths; especially when it comes to your health. There are a million dental related myths that might steer you in the wrong direction when it comes to a healthy smile. It’s important to be informed and know the facts. Here are a few common dental myths, followed by the facts.

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Many people hear the phrase “oral hygiene” and they think of the simple act of brushing or flossing. While oral hygiene is important for keeping your teeth healthy, poor oral hygiene can be linked to several other health problems- including heart disease. Taking care of your mouth actually means taking care of a lot of things within your body. Untreated periodontal disease contributes to more low birth weight babies than both drinking and smoking combined.  Having poor oral hygiene can cause a multitude of problems- not all of them related to your teeth.

You Shouldn’t Get Your Wisdom Teeth Out Until They Start to Hurt

Typically, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and your dentist will generally advise you of the same. If you wait for your wisdom teeth to become painful, they might have already done other damage to your gums or teeth. Many people believe that as long as they have no pain, there’s no reason to have an unnecessary surgery. In rare cases, wisdom teeth can stay intact as long as they are not interfering or causing damage. One of the most common reasons to remove wisdom teeth is because they are so difficult to keep clean and rather than incurring costly repairs to those teeth many dentists will suggest having them removed.  Frequent exams are necessary in this case to monitor and maintain your health. It’s generally better to have your wisdom teeth removed before any pain, rather than take the gamble.

White Teeth Are Healthier Teeth

Teeth are actually not meant to be pure white. Tooth color can vary widely, for example, depending on your race, pigmentation varies greatly.  Also, as you get older, your teeth will naturally take on a more faded color as things do with time, however they can still be perfectly healthy. A color beyond a light yellow could be cause for concern, but generally the pinkness of your gums is a better indication of oral health as opposed to how white your teeth are.

If Teeth Look Healthy, and Are Not Hurting, There is No Reason to Visit a Dentist

The most common mistake people make regarding their dental health is skipping regular preventive visits because they do not see or feel any problems. Even in the absence of a visible problem or discomfort, regular visits for x-ray exams, cleaning and necessary restorative care are necessary to maintain your teeth and gums for life. Discovering diseases in the mouth earlier rather than later will typically reduce cost, recovery time and severity of dental treatment that may need to be performed.

It’s important to educate yourself on the facts surrounding whole body health and well-being. Muddled information and common misperceptions can leave people confused. The best way to combat myths and augment dental health is to see and speak with your dentist regularly. Have open dialogue and productive conversations about what is and is not true. Being informed, savvy and educated will keep you and your dentist smiling.

Dr. Janelle Stumpf
Stumpf Dental
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Phone: (262) 955-8970