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By Robert J Carpenter DDS
September 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

Root canals are used to relieve tooth pain and stop infection of the supporting structures of the teeth. Even without symptoms, x-rays may root canalsreveal that infection is present in the surrounding bone. When you hear the word “root canal” does it strike fear in your heart? Do you conjure up all sorts of pictures in your mind about what a root canal entails? No doubt you’ve heard many stories about bad root canal experiences from years ago. Sometimes it can be difficult to separate the myths from the realities about root canal therapy. Dr. R.J. Carpenter wants to help you learn the truth about root canal therapy.
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Let’s begin with some common myths about root canal treatment.
Myth 1:
Root canals are painful. Reality: Modern root canal treatment is completed when your tooth and the surrounding tissue are numb. This means your root canal is relatively comfortable and you can request sedation techniques to make your appointment pain-free.
Myth 2:
Root canals are expensive. Reality: Root canals are usually less expensive than having a tooth removed and replaced with a bridge, implant, partial or denture.
Myth 3: It’s better to have a tooth extracted than have a root canal. Reality: Most dentists agree it is better to save a tooth whenever possible because, when you lose a tooth, it compromises your smile through changes in your bite. A root canal can save a tooth.
Myth 4: You may never know if you need a root canal until it is too late to save the tooth. Reality: There are some common signs and symptoms you may need a root canal, including throbbing pain, swelling, bleeding or pus coming out of the root tip area, or pain when you are consuming hot or cold food or drinks. Dr. Carpenter can tell for sure by doing vitality testing and taking x-rays of your tooth.
Don’t let the myths about root canals keep you from having necessary treatment. Modern root canal therapy is the state-of-the-art way to save your tooth and your smile. To learn more about root canals, call our office to schedule an appointment today at 605-837-5527.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether restorative or cosmetic, we offer the services to meet your needs.restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry

Our Sun Prairie, WI, dentist, Dr. R.J. Carpenter, wants you to have the smile you’ve always wanted and it’s now easier than ever thanks to all the wonderful advancements in dental technology. Regardless of whether you are dealing with a weak, damaged tooth or you want to improve the color or shape of your smile, we have the treatment you’ve been looking for.

Root Canal Therapy

That nagging toothache may just be trying to tell you that you are dealing with a damaged dental pulp. When this happens, the pulp will need to be removed in order to preserve the rest of the tooth. Decay, infection or trauma can also impact the dental pulp. A root canal can actually conserve as much of the natural tooth as possible.

If you don’t get a root canal when you need it you risk not only losing the tooth but also damaging your jawbone and other surrounding teeth. A root canal could just stop you from needing a tooth extraction down the road, which is a major boon to your oral health.

Dental Implants

If you want an artificial tooth that will function as close to natural teeth as possible and you have at least one missing tooth then dental implants could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Just by placing this small metal post into the jawbone, the artificial restoration will fuse together with natural bone and tissue in your mouth over several months. After this, you will have a permanent and formidable foundation from which to support a dental crown. Multiple implants can even be placed to support multiple artificial teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Sometimes you are only looking to cosmetically enhance your smile without wanting to undergo invasive dentistry. Our Sun Prairie cosmetic dentist understands this sentiment, which is why we offer dental veneers. These thin tooth-colored shells are the best way to hide a multitude of dental imperfections from small chips and cracks to crooked or misshapen teeth. Veneers can give you a whole new smile in just a couple trips to our office.

Do you have questions about the dental services we offer in Sun Prairie, WI? If so, call our office today to schedule a consultation with us.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

It’s never too late to consider what cosmetic dentistry can do for you.cosmetic dentistry

If you’ve ever felt jealous of another person’s smile and wished that you had a whiter, straighter or more even smile, then it might be time to talk to our Sun Prairie, WI, dentist Dr. R.J. Carpenter about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. Cosmetic dentistry offers an amazing array of options for those looking to make small adjustments or those who want to give their smile a complete makeover.

  • Do you want to get rid of dental stains and discolorations?
  • Do you want to close up gaps between teeth?
  • Do you want to replace missing teeth?
  • Do you want to repair chips and cracks?
  • Do you have worn down teeth that make your smile look uneven?
  • Do you have teeth that overlap a bit?
  • Do you have malformed or misshapen teeth?

If you said “yes” to one or more of these questions above, then you’re in luck; cosmetic dentistry could be right for you. This is a convenient way to get the smile you’ve always hoped to have. Since your smile is a feature that is most noticeable, you want to leave a good impression. Cosmetic dentistry can help!

What does cosmetic dentistry do?

While the purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the overall shape, color, length and look of one or more teeth, sometimes these procedures can also improve how a tooth functions. If teeth grinding or jaw clenching has worn down your teeth, you may find that getting dental veneers is just the right restoration for protecting those teeth from further damage.

Our Sun Prairie, WI, cosmetic dentist offers a variety of different options to meet your needs including:

  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth reshaping
  • Porcelain veneers
  • In-office (and at-home) teeth whitening
  • Dental bridges
  • Dental implants

If you are interested in any of these services then it’s time to talk to us about which one could be ideal for you. Dr. R.J. Carpenter in Sun Prairie, WI, is dedicated to helping you get the smile you deserve. No matter what cosmetic issues you are dealing with, if you want to change your smile for the better than call us and schedule a consultation today.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
February 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

If there were ever a dental treatment in serious need of a public relations makeover, the root canal would be it. Long associated with root canalenormous levels of pain and trauma, root canals are actually fairly similar to dental fillings in terms of the actual procedure and levels of discomfort before and after treatment. For people suffering from the pain of a severely decayed, infected or damaged tooth, a root canal is actually a tool that dentists use to relieve pain, and prevent permanent nerve and tissue damage in the pulp (the soft tissue inside of each tooth). Dr. Robert Carpenter, a family dentist in Sun Prairie, WI, offers root canal therapy for both adult and pediatric patients.

Root Canal Therapy in Sun Prairie, WI

Bacterial infections and inflammation in the pulp tissue inside a tooth are the most common reason for a root canal. In addition to clearing away bacteria, the procedure also allows a dentist to remove any damaged or dead pulp tissue. The American Association of Endodontists recommends scheduling an appointment with a dentist for the following symptoms and dental problems:

  • Tooth pain
  • Trauma
  • Persistent hot or cold sensitivity
  • Swelling

The main causes of soft tissue damage and infection in a tooth are:

  • Cracked or dislodged teeth
  • Untreated tooth decay

Despite its reputation, root canal therapy not only helps to alleviate the pain that usually accompanies severe tooth decay and infections, it is also a means to save and preserve an otherwise healthy tooth from extraction. Contrary to popular belief, extractions are generally one of the most traumatic dental procedures. A root canal in comparison involves creating a small opening in the tooth to clear out bacteria and damaged tissue, followed by cosmetic bonding to seal the tooth, just like with a dental filling.

Find a Family Dentist in Sun Prairie, WI

For more information about the benefits of root canal therapy, and to set your mind at ease if you or a family member needs root canal therapy, contact the office of Dr. Carpenter by calling (608) 837-5527 to schedule an appointment today.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
December 30, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

Sometimes, we all need a bit of prompting to do what's good for us. When Serena Girardi, the 10-year-old daughter of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, needed to have orthodontic treatment, she was a little nervous. To help lessen her anxiety, Girardi, then 45 years old, made a deal: if she got braces, then he would too.

“What I didn't realize,” said Girardi in an interview with ESPN, “is that she only had to get four on her front teeth and I got the full mouthful.”

But that didn't stop the baseball great from keeping up his end of the bargain. In a separate deal with his son Dante, who also needed braces, Girardi agreed to wear blue rubber bands. “It's a good look,” he said. What will he do if his third child needs braces? Stay tuned...

Whether it starts as a bargain with your kids or as a promise to yourself, orthodontic treatment can offer real benefits at any age. In fact, about one out of five orthodontic patients today is an adult. Studies have shown that up to three-quarters of all adults have some form of orthodontic problem, like drifting or crowding of teeth. And having a great-looking smile not only improves self-confidence, but can also boost an adult's social life, and even enhance his or her career opportunities.

If you or your child may need braces, but you're put off by the dreary metal hardware you remember from back in the day, take heart! Plenty has changed in the field of orthodontics since you were a teenager — and it's not just the color of the rubber bands.

In many cases, clear or colorless ceramic braces can be used instead of metal ones. These stain-resistant orthodontic appliances blend in well with your own teeth, making them much less evident. It may be possible for them to be placed on the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth, where they're even less visible.

Clear aligners offer an alternative to braces that's appropriate for some people. Aligners are a series of precision-made “trays” composed of polyurethane plastic. Worn 20-22 hours per day for a period of months, these appliances gradually move teeth into an improved position. Besides being virtually invisible, another advantage of these trays is that they may be removed for eating and for important occasions. Once recommended only for adults, they have recently become available to teenagers as well.

What's the best way to find out whether you or someone in your family could benefit from orthodontics, and which treatment option best suits your individual needs? Come in to our office for a consultation! After a thorough examination, we would be happy to recommend the most appropriate treatment methods for your particular situation.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics For The Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

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