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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.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
June 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic DentistryFor some people, a big, beautiful smile is second to none in terms of looking and feeling great. However, achieving this goal often requires the help and expertise of your cosmetic dentist. With the vast amount of options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry procedures, you may feel overwhelmed choosing the best procedures for you and your needs. However, your dentist is here to help you investigate further into cosmetic dentistry, understand your options, and choose the right procedure for you. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry and its common procedures with Dr. R.J. Carpenter in Sun Prairie, WI.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Sun Prairie

  • Crowns and Bridges: A dental crown fits over a tooth to protect and stabilize it while changing its appearance. A dental bridge fills the gap between two teeth by anchoring into place with dental crowns.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Dental veneers cover the teeth to change their appearance. Made from porcelain, these restorations can change the shape, size, length, width, color, and overall appearance of the tooth, making them a powerful tool in a smile makeover.
  • Bonding and Contouring: Dental bonding and contouring use bonding resin placed directly onto the tooth to repair small damages and imperfections. Then a dental drill with various bits allows your dentist to contour the resin into the correct shape. Most often used to repair chipped teeth, bonding is an inexpensive and faster alternative to other cosmetic procedures.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: Orthodontics, which includes traditional metal and ceramic braces and other options like plastic aligner trays, move the teeth into new, straightened positions. Orthodontic care also addresses bite issues which could affect chewing and even speaking.
  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening, which takes only about an hour, can pack a big punch without requiring much time or effort in the process. Whitening procedures, which occur at your dentist’s office, give you the option of subtly lightening your teeth or undergoing more intensive treatment to achieve a brighter, whiter smile. Your dentist can help you choose the best level of whitening for you and your teeth.

For more information on these procedures or cosmetic dentistry in general, please contact Dr. Carpenter in Sun Prairie, WI. Call 608-837-5527 to schedule your appointment today!

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
March 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

Find out why you should turn to a family dentist to give your family’s smiles the care they need.family dentist

Feel like all you do is run from one thing to the next? From dropping the kids off at school, heading to work, taking the kids to after-school activities and then running errands your days can often seem very jam-packed. Of course, even during these hectic times, it’s important that you still remember to visit our Sun Prairie, WI, family dentist, Dr. R.J. Carpenter, every six months for routine cleanings and exams. Why choose a family dentist? Here’s why!

A Full Range of Dental Services

We know that every member of your family has different needs and concerns, which is why we offer an exhaustive list of dental services. Everything from routine and preventive dentistry to cosmetic and restorative treatment options are at your fingertips when you walk through our doors. There is nothing we can’t offer you.

It’s Convenient

We know that you already run around day in and day out providing and caring for your family. Visiting our Sun Prairie dentist shouldn’t feel like yet another difficult task to complete. We can work with your busy schedule to make sure that every member of your family gets the care they need whenever they need it. In fact, since we can treat everyone in your family, from infants to seniors, we can schedule routine cleanings for the whole family on the same day. Now, that’s convenient!

Treatment is Tailored to Individual Needs

Your children might require orthodontic treatment while you or your partner might need to restore a tooth or replace a missing tooth. We know that your specific dental needs are unique and that what your children require won’t be the same as what an adult needs to maintain a healthy smile. Luckily, we provide individualized care to ensure that everyone gets the unique dental treatment they deserve.

Dental Care You Can Trust

Another wonderful benefit of choosing a family dentist is that no one outgrows their dentist. This means that once we establish rapport and really get to know each other you can rest assured that the care you receive from us will always be the best. Plus, bringing your child in to our office early on instills good oral health habits and gets them comfortable with visiting the dentist and maintaining good hygiene.

If you are looking for a family dentist in Sun Prairie, WI, that will provide you and your family with the dental care they deserve then call our office today to schedule your next visit with Dr. Carpenter.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
January 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Does your smile look as young as you feel? If you're like most people, your smile is darker and duller than it used to be. Discouraged? teeth whiteningDon't be. You can say goodbye to dental stains with safe and effective teeth bleaching. Supervised by Dr. R.J. Carpenter, professional teeth whitening removes years of accumulated stains, leaving adults and older teens with brilliantly white smiles.

How teeth become stained

Just like the concrete in your driveway, your teeth can pick up stains. How can something so hard become discolored? Well, the same way water goes through fabric, so, too, do staining materials, such as coffee and blueberries, penetrate the calcified network we call tooth enamel.

Factors which contribute to dingy, yellow enamel are:

  • Darkly-colored dietary choices such as black tea, soy sauce and colas
  • Acidic foods such as citrus fruits and tomato sauce
  • Smokeless tobacco and cigarette smoke
  • Infrequent brushing, flossing and professional dental cleanings
  • Age
  • Medications such as anti-hypertensives
  • Oral trauma

How teeth bleaching works

Your dentist will examine your smile to determine if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for teeth bleaching in Sun Prairie.

Professional processes use a highly concentrated form of hydrogen peroxide to oxidize stains out of tooth surfaces. Applied as a gel, these powerful chemicals leave teeth up to eight shades lighter in just one visit to Dr. Carpenter's office.

For the in-office procedure, Dr. Carpenter installs a liquid rubber dam to protect the gums and lips so there's no resulting irritation or sensitivity. Then, he applies the gel to the teeth and allows it to penetrate. Finally, when he rinses off the gel, teeth are dramatically whiter, and the whole treatment takes just about an hour.

With the at-home version, the patient wears special whitening trays which are custom-made to fit his or her teeth. Each day, the individual fills the trays with a less concentrated bleaching gel and wears them as Dr. Carpenter instructs. After one to two weeks, results similar to in-office whitening are achieved.

Caring for your smile

After you whiten your teeth, you should maintain that dazzling look by:

  • Avoiding tobacco
  • Limiting your intake of coffee, tea, curry and other staining foods
  • Staying hydrated to wash tooth surfaces clean and stimulate saliva production
  • Brushing twice a day and flossing daily
  • Getting professional cleanings with Dr. Carpenter twice a year
  • Getting whitening touch-ups as needed

As the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says, your smile is an important personal asset. Protect it with easy, effective and affordable teeth bleaching. For a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Carpenter on whitening and other cosmetic treatments, call his office at (608) 837-5527.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A smile gap changes your personal appearance, ability to bite, chew, and speak properly, and also your self-image. So if tooth loss is part restorative dentistryof your dental history, you may benefit from bridgework from Dr. R.J. Carpenter. This experienced and skilled dentist crafts lifelike and durable bridgework and also offers dental crowns to support bridges, restore dental implants and protect damaged teeth. What's your dental need?

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a restoration made of porcelain fused to metal or all-porcelain. Custom-made by Dr. Carpenter, tooth-shaped dental crowns cover and support teeth damaged by decay, congenital malformation, oral trauma, repeated restorative work or infection.

A frequently placed restoration, a realistic and strong dental crown provides a wonderful alternative to tooth extraction. It lasts ten years or more when well-cared for with careful brushing, flossing and semi-annual cleanings with Dr. Carpenter.

To determine if a tooth is healthy enough for a crown, Dr. Carpenter inspects it and the surrounding gum tissue. He also takes digital X-ray imaging to evaluate the root and underlying bone. If there's sufficient healthy tooth structure, he can proceed with the restoration.

Placing a crown involves:

  • Numbing the tooth with locally injected anesthetic
  • Removing the decayed portions and old filling material
  • Shaping the remaining enamel so it readily accepts a crown and taking oral impressions for the lab
  • Putting a temporary restoration over the tooth
  • Sending instructions and the impressions to a trusted dental lab
  • Removing the temporary crown and bonding the new one in place (during a subsequent visit)
  • Adjusting the bite and fit of the new restoration

What results is a durable, realistic and fully restored tooth.

What is fixed bridgework?

Fixed bridgework spans smile gaps created by the loss of one, two or more adjoining teeth. The artificial, or pontic, teeth are made from tooth-colored ceramic according to oral impressions. They are anchored to neighboring teeth via dental crowns. The larger the smile gap is, the more teeth must be crowned to support the bridge.

Dr. Carpenter recommends bridges for people with healthy gum tissue and strong natural teeth on both sides of the gap. These supporting teeth must be reduced in size to accept the dental crowns that are part of the bridge appliance. Experts at the Cleveland Clinic say that with good hygiene practices, a quality bridge will last up to ten years.

Learn more

R.J. Carpenter DDS and his team will be happy to explain more about the benefits of dental crowns and bridges. Why not schedule a personal consultation? Call the office in Sun Prairie, WI today at (608) 837-5527.





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