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By Robert J Carpenter DDS
May 12, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Stains  

How cosmetic dentistry from our office in Sun Prairie, WI, can help you achieve a brilliant smile

Are you embarrassed by dental stains? Does your dull smile make you look older than you are? If you answered yes to these questions, you will be happy to know that you can do a lot to prevent dental stains, and your dentist can help.

Dr. Robert J. Carpenter of R.J. Carpenter Family, General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Sun Prairie, WI, offers a wide range of cosmetic dental services, including professional teeth bleaching, to help you achieve a brilliant, white smile.

First, let’s begin with what you can do at home to prevent dental stains. You should:

  • Avoid using tobacco products, which are the number one cause of dental stains.
  • Limit drinking coffee or black tea; you can try adding milk to your coffee, or try drinking green or white tea instead.
  • Limit dark berries or cherries and try green grapes instead
  • Drink white wine instead of red wine

Ideally, you should try to brush your teeth after eating or drinking darkly pigmented foods or beverages, and after using tobacco products. If you can't brush, at least try to rinse your mouth out with water.

If you do develop dental stains, your dentist can give you back your white smile by applying a professional teeth bleaching treatment. The treatment uses a special bleaching gel that is placed inside a flexible tray. Your dentist will let you how long to wear the tray for best results.

The next part of the process is to apply a second type of bleaching agent, which is activated by a curing light. The end result is a smile that is lightened up to 8 shades—amazing results can last up to 5 years.

To learn more about maintaining your brilliant white smile with professional teeth bleaching, call Dr. Robert J. Carpenter of R.J. Carpenter Family, General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Sun Prairie, WI, at (608) 837-5527.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
March 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 47.2% of people 30 years old and older suffer from some form of gum disease. The prevalence of gum disease likewise increases with age since the same report states that 70.1% of people 65 years old and older have gum disease. Yes, that’s how common and prevalent gum disease is in our country. If you don’t want to be part of the statistics mentioned above, you should attend regular checkups with your family dentist in Sun Prairie, WI, Dr. R. J. Carpenter, to preserve your gum and overall oral health.

Understanding Gum Disease?

Gum disease or periodontal disease is a huge threat to oral health. Gum disease primarily results from inflammation and infections of the bone and gums that support and surround the teeth. The mildest and earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, wherein the gums become red and swollen. The gums may likewise be more susceptible to bleeding. If not treated, it could progress to periodontitis, the severe form of gum disease. When this happens, severe tooth infection or loss is a huge possibility.

Gum Disease Causes

When bacteria inside the mouth infects the tissues around the tooth, it causes inflammation and, in turn, gum disease. Left unaddressed, the bacteria will turn into plaque that will consequently harden and turn to calculus or tartar. When the tartar spreads below your gum line, your Sun Prairie family dentist will need to remove it to prevent gum disease from progressing further.

Gum Disease Warning Signs

  • Swollen and/or red gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding or tender gums
  • Sensitive or loose teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • Gums pulling away from the teeth
  • A change in your bite and how your teeth line up together
  • Any changes in the fit of your dentures

Preventing and Treating Gum Disease

Proper oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings can control and treat gingivitis. Severe forms of gum disease could likewise be treated with more extensive treatment. This might involve deep cleaning of your teeth’s root surfaces, topical/oral medications, and/or corrective surgery.

To control or prevent gum disease, it’s vital to floss and brush your teeth every day to get rid of gum disease-causing bacteria. You should likewise visit your dentist for yearly cleanings and checkups, or more regularly if you’re experiencing any warning signs.

Combat Gum Disease Now

Dial (608) 837-5527 to schedule your consultation with your family dentist, Dr. R. J. Carpenter, here in our Sun Prairie, WI, practice.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
February 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Smile  

With the many cosmetic dentistry options offered by Dr. Robert Carpenter in Sun Prairie, WI, you won't have to settle for an imperfect smile. Consider how you want to makeover your smile, and then, consult with Dr. Carpenter and his team. You'll be amazed at how your smile appearance can change for the better.

What's best for you?

Not all cosmetic dentistry procedures suit everyone's needs and goals. Consequently, you and Dr. Carpenter will discuss your smile aspirations right in his Sun Prairie, WI, office. Following a complete oral exam, you'll collaborate with Dr. Carpenter to carefully choose the treatments best for you.

When you think about your smile, consider these questions:

  • Are your teeth stained from tobacco or coffee?
  • Do you have small enamel defects that show right in the front of your mouth?
  • Are dark fillings prominent when you smile?
  • Are you missing teeth?

Together, you and your cosmetic dentist will prioritize your goals and begin treatment.

Offered cosmetic dentistry treatments

Composite resin bonding An additive aesthetic service, bonding reshapes small enamel defects with a shapeable mix of glass particles and durable acrylic.

Invisalign clear aligners A popular orthodontic choice for teens and adults, these acrylic appliances are removable and specifically designed to re-align teeth in more attractive, functional and healthy positions.

Professional teeth whitening Touted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) as the most popular cosmetic dentistry service, whitening (bleaching) uses hydrogen peroxide gel to power out stains from food and tobacco.

Porcelain veneers Ultra-thin pieces of high-quality ceramic, veneers bond to the front side of teeth which have small flaws, deep stains or weak or odd shape.

Tooth-colored fillings Made from composite resin, porcelain or other modern materials, these restorations are aesthetically-pleasing, resilient and long-lasting.

Have that just-right smile

With Dr. Robert Carpenter and his team, you'll enjoy the finest cosmetic dentistry services in the Sun Prairie, WI, area. To make your dream look a reality, call the office today to arrange a consultation: (608) 837-5527.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
November 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Smile gaps and failing teeth discourage people of all ages and walks of life. Fortunately, Dr. Robert Carpenter offers lifelike dental crowns and bridges in his Sun Prairie, WI, office. Made from premium quality porcelain, these restorations optimize smile appearance and function.

What is a dental crown?

Simply put, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that covers the damaged tooth structure to the gum line. Customized from realistic porcelain, your crown will be strong and long-lasting, effectively halting oral health problems such as:

  • Deep tooth decay
  • Dental abscess, or infection (root canal therapy must be performed first)
  • Dental fracture from a fall or blow to the mouth
  • Congenitally weak or inappropriate shape and size
  • Deep intractable stains from prescription medications and traumatic injury

Porcelain crowns also restore cutting-edge dental implants, the best tooth replacement choice available today.

What is bridgework?

Our Sun Prairie dentist uses fixed bridgework to span smile gaps consisting of one, two or more teeth. Pontic, or artificial teeth, are anchored by porcelain crowns bonded to natural teeth on either side of the empty space.

Another bridgework option is support provided by titanium dental implants surgically placed in the jaw. Either way, patients are pleased by their improved personal appearance, clear speech and optimized biting and chewing. Implant-supported bridgework also strengthens jaw bone health, density, height and width.

Care of bridges and crowns

Bridges and crowns have a lifespan of a decade or more. However, diligent oral hygiene is critical to their longevity.

So, be sure to:

  • Brush twice a day with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once daily to keep crown margins free of sticky plaque and hard tartar.
  • See Dr. Carpenter and your dental hygienist for semi-annual examinations and professional cleanings.
  • Be very careful to avoid biting and chewing hard foods, such as candy apples, and non-foods, such as your fingernails.
  • Contact your dentist right away with any concerns you may have about your crowns and bridgework.

Are crowns and bridges right for you?

During an informative consultation, Dr. Robert Carpenter and his dedicated team will help you understand your options, the treatment process, budget and other important details. Enjoy a complete, strong and attractive smile once again! Phone us for a convenient appointment: (608) 837-5527.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
August 14, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Bleaching  

When your smile is dull and stained, it can lead to a loss of self-esteem and make you feel self-conscious in public. Fortunately, professional teeth bleaching offers a simple solution to this often impactful aesthetic issue. Here at our Sun Prairie, WI, office, your dentist, Dr. Robert Carpenter, offers both in-office whitening and take-home bleaching kits—read on to learn how they can improve your smile!

What are the benefits of professional teeth bleaching?

While drugstores are full of teeth whitening products, these over-the-counter whiteners aren't always effective, and they may even damage your tooth enamel in some cases. Conversely, the professional whitening agents from your Sun Prairie dentist contain a stronger formulation of hydrogen peroxide than over-the-counter products, resulting in quicker and more effective results.

Whether your dentist bleaches your teeth in his office or you whiten at home, you can expect to see a three-to eight-shade improvement in the color of your teeth.

What whitening options are available?

At our Sun Prarie office, we offer:

  • In-Office Bleaching: For this option, a protective gel will be applied to your teeth, and retractors will be placed in your mouth before treatment begins. Once these safety steps are taken, your dentist will apply the whitening gel, and in just about an hour, your smile will be noticeably brighter and whiter.
  • Take-Home Kits: Your dentist can also provide you with take-home whitening trays that are custom-molded to fit your teeth. Although at-home whitening takes a few weeks to complete, it also offers impressive results.

How long do results last?

Your teeth will remain whiter for one-to-three years or longer. You will be able to extend your results by avoiding foods and beverages that contain dark, stain-causing pigments. These pigments are found in coffee, tea, cola, wine, berries, soy sauce, popsicles, sports drinks, and other foods/drinks.

Interested? Give us a call!

Restore your bright white smile with teeth bleaching! Call your Sun Prairie, WI, dentist, Dr. Robert Carpenter, at (608) 837-5527 to schedule your appointment.

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