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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.

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.
More about Root Canals
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.

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