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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.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
June 11, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Bleaching  

How long has it been since you looked in the mirror and felt satisfied with how your teeth look? If it’s been a while, it may be time to exploreTeeth-Whitening cosmetic dentistry options with Dr. R.J. Carpenter at his Sun Prairie, WI, dental practice. After all, rejuvenating your smile could be as simple as whitening your teeth a few shades!

Common Causes of Teeth Staining
Of all the cosmetic issues that patients report, tooth discoloration is consistently near the top of the list. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the demand for teeth bleaching is robust. These are some of the most common reasons why your teeth get stained:

- Consuming darkly pigmented foods and beverages on a daily basis.
- Lack of regular brushing or using a poor quality toothpaste.
- Enamel erosion, which makes the surfaces of the teeth porous and more vulnerable to stain penetration.

Why Professional Teeth Bleaching?
Simply put, the whitening products that you can find in a store cannot produce similar results to what you’ll experience from our Sun Prairie, WI, office. When you entrust your smile to Dr. Carpenter, your results will not only be a number of shades brighter compared to over-the-counter products, but they will also be delivered at a fraction of the time!

How Your Teeth Are Whitened
The soft tissues of your mouth are protected with the help of a tool called a retractor. The bleaching agent is carefully applied by your dentist and left on the teeth for the duration of the appointment. You’ll only need to sit in the dentist’s chair for a little over an hour to achieve results that can improve the look of your teeth for years.

Call for a Tooth Whitening Consultation
Getting your teeth whiter doesn’t require much effort or time. Just go to Dr. Robert Carpenter’s dentist office in Sun Prairie, WI, for a teeth bleaching appointment. Call (608) 837-5527 today to schedule your visit!