1465 W Main St
Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 837-5527

My Blog

Posts for category: Dental Procedures

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
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
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.



Back
to
Top