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By Robert J Carpenter DDS
April 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

What crowns and bridges from our Sun Prairie dental practice can do for your smile!

Are you looking for a reliable restoration option for your missing teeth? If so, we have the solution! Read on to learn how dental crowns and dental crownsbridges from Dr. R.J. Carpenter's Sun Prairie office can rejuvenate your smile!

 

Crowns

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, crowns are the most common restorative procedure used today. They are meant to restore aesthetically unpleasant teeth and provide strength for weakened ones.

Crowns are generally used in covering dental chips, cracks, and discolorations, all of which are commonly caused by injuries or poor dental hygiene, although there are other possible causes of course. Crowns are also placed over fillings that have become dislocated, thus adding reinforcement to them and thus making the functions of biting and chewing easier. Furthermore, using crowns to cover restorative procedures, such as root canals or dental implants, protects and strengthens your teeth.

 

Bridges

Dental crowns are often used for attaching bridges, which are dental replacements that utilize the neighboring, natural teeth to establish a symmetrical presence and stable foundation. Bridges come in a few different types, notably including...

  • Fixed partial dentures, which are bonded to already existing teeth or implants. This natural-looking dental appliance is semi-permanent and replaces missing teeth. They are also easily cleaned, for all you need to do is remove them to clean them thoroughly!
  • Fixed dental bridges, which can't be removed. There a few variations of this bridge type, including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges.

 

Advantages

  • Both procedures are custom-made and barely noticeable.
  • They cover stained teeth
  • They reinforce teeth to help with withstanding various degrees of pressure while eating
  • They restore the natural contour of teeth
  • They are an economically-friendly restoration.

 

Consultation

If you have any questions or concerns about dental crowns and bridges, call your Sun Prairie, WI, doctors at (608) 837-5527.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
January 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: family dentist  

How your family dentist in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin can help your smile

Having a family dentist ensures that your dental needs will be met in a timely manner, giving you the healthy smile you deserve. Dr. R. J. Carpenter in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin can help save and protect your smile. Having a family dentist will help you:

Save time lost from work, because multiple members of your family may be seen on the same day. You also won’t have to find multiple specialists to treat members of your family.

Save you from driving around, because a family dentist can take care of all of your family’s needs including pediatric dental services, root canal services, implant dentistry services, and even orthodontics.

Save you from stress, because you will have access to dental services from a dentist you trust. This is especially important for after-hours care, weekend care, or if you or a family member has a dental emergency.

Having a family dentist can even save you money. That’s because regular care from your family dentist can keep dental repairs small, instead of allowing them to grow into larger, more serious dental problems.

Your family dentist can also create a treatment plan for your family which is kind to your budget. You and your family dentist can work together to meet the dental needs of your family and give you peace of mind.

Your family dentist can care for each family member with a wide range of services. You can view all of the services available by clicking here: http://www.rjcarpenterdds.com/services.html

You owe it to yourself and your family to find out what a family dentist can do for you. You owe it to yourself and your family to call Dr. R. J. Carpenter in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin today!

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
November 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Is it time you turned to cosmetic dentistry in Sun Prairie, WI, to get the smile you want?

Have you always envied a friend or a Hollywood actor because they have the perfect smile? Instead of sitting around envious, it’s important to understand that many people aren’t born with these ideal smiles—often times, perfect smiles are made. Are you ready to find out how our Sun Prairie, WI, cosmetic dentist Dr. R.J. Carpenter can help you feel more confident in your appearance?

What is cosmetic dentistry?

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I really wish my smile was whiter” or “I hate that my front teeth are just a little crooked” then you’ve been wishing for cosmetic dentistry without even realizing it. Cosmetic dentistry uses a variety of different materials and techniques in order to enhance, alter, and improve the overall look of your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry can handle everything from more minor flaws to serious and widespread aesthetic issues. You may only require one type of cosmetic dentistry to achieve the smile you want, while others may require several different kinds of cosmetic treatments. This is something our Sun Prairie, WI, dentist will discuss with you during your consultation.

What are my cosmetic dentistry options?

There are many different kinds of cosmetic options from which to choose, but for now we are going to talk about the top cosmetic treatments:

Teeth Whitening

Does your smile lack the brightness and vibrancy that it once had? Have years of drinking coffee or tea caused dental stains? If so, professional in-office teeth whitening can get your smile several shades whiter, often in just a single one-hour whitening session.

Dental Bonding

Do you have a slight chip in your front tooth? Do you have a small discoloration that teeth whitening can’t fix? If so, dental bonding may be the simple and easy solution you need to alter your smile for the better. Bonding uses a tooth-colored material that is applied and shaped over the imperfection. Once shaped, the resin is hardened into place with a dental laser. It’s completely quick, painless, and non-invasive.

Porcelain Veneers

Sometimes the flaws you have are more widespread or there are several issues that you want to fix. In this case, the best option might be porcelain veneers. These mega-thin porcelain layers are bonded to the front of your teeth to cover multiple issues and to completely reshape and improve your smile.

Here in Sun Prairie, WI, our dental team is dedicated to providing you with the general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry your entire family needs to maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. Interested in getting cosmetic dentistry? Then call us today at (608) 837-5527 for an appointment!

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   Tooth Pain  

Root Canals are essential to oral health care. Some people think they are painful, but that's just a myth. Your Sun Prairie, WI, dentist Dr.Tooth Pain Robert Carpenter uses root canal procedure to relieve pain.

More About Root Canals

A tooth is composed of several layers:

  • First (outermost): Enamel, is the white part of the tooth and also happens to be the strongest part.
  • Second (under enamel): Dentin, is yellowish and a bit softer.
  • Third: Pulp, consists of blood vessels and nerves.
  • Last: Cementum, anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.

When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel, then the dentin, it reaches the pulp, the nerve-rich layer, causing pain. Your Sun Prairie dentist will need to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal from any bacteria remaining, then seal the canal to prevent bacteria from entering.

Why would I need a root canal?

One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up.

You also need to do the following to take care of your teeth:

  • Avoid sugars. Eating sugary foods and drinks like sugary gum and soda contribute to tooth decay, but healthy foods like apples and carrots help scrape plaque off teeth.
     
  • Use fluoride-containing products. Fluoride prevents tooth decay, so make sure you use toothpaste and mouthwash that contain fluoride.
     
  • Visit your dentist. Visiting your doctor twice a year for professional cleanings and help them evaluate your teeth's health; they'll enable them to notify you if there's a problem before it becomes too severe, or too complicated.

Need a consultation?

If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your Sun Prairie, WI, dentist Dr. Robert Carpenter. You can schedule an appointment at this number: 608-837-5527

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
July 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   oral hygiene  

Oral HygieneMake sure that your daily oral routine is enough to prevent cavities and other problems.

A healthy smile shows. Luckily, anyone can practice simple, everyday measures that are designed to keep your smile feeling and looking its best. Our Sun Prairie, WI, dentist, Dr. Robert Carpenter, understands that life gets hectic sometimes, but maintaining good oral health should always be a top priority if you want to keep that smile for the rest of your life. How do you keep your smile healthy? Here’s how:

Brush Twice a Day

You would be surprised to discover just how many people don’t brush more than once a day; however, if you really want to remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup, then you need to brush first thing in the morning and again at night right before bedtime. This is the only way to keep plaque buildup down. Set a timer for 2 minutes and make sure you are brushing for at least that long.

Don’t Forget to Floss

You need to floss once a day to thoroughly remove plaque and food from between teeth. While a toothbrush is great for cleaning front, back, and chewing surfaces of teeth it won’t be able to thoroughly clean between teeth. This is a job for floss! Make sure to use a generous amount of floss each and every time (usually about 18 inches of floss). Wind it tightly around your fingers and gently move the floss back and forth between each tooth, sliding it up and down against the tooth to remove plaque. Remember to use a clean section of floss for each tooth.

Consider a Mouthwash

While there are some mouthwashes out there that only mask bad breath but don’t treat the source, our Sun Prairie general dentist can provide you with a proper mouth rinse that can reduce oral bacteria and plaque. This can be particularly helpful for children, teens, and adults who are at an increased risk for cavities and gum disease.

Avoid Sugar

As you already know, sugar negatively impacts the health of your smile and the more you consume the worse it can get. Those who eat a lot of sugar put themselves at a high risk for decay. To protect teeth from cavities stay away from sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, and desserts. While sugar in moderation isn’t a bad thing, if you are someone who has an intense sweet tooth you could be doing your smile a great disservice.

Don’t let your oral health fall by the wayside. These are easy, everyday things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If it’s time to schedule a routine cleaning, or if you just have questions about the dentistry we offer here in Sun Prairie, WI, don’t hesitate to call us today to learn more about what we can do for you.





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