Carpenter Dental Group

Services & Procedures

Procedures

  • Tooth-colored Fillings
  • Crowns – The practice uses E4D technology to make crowns in one day. These are made entirely of porcelain/ceramic, with no metal substructure which could become visible later.
  • Porcelain Veneers – These cover the front of teeth to hide aesthetic defects
  • Fixed Bridges – These replace missing teeth, attaching onto adjacent teeth. These bond in place and stay in place, eliminating the need for removal.
  • Braces - Align your teeth into correct position
  • Invisalign – A series of invisible clear aligners is used to align teeth, instead of using braces.
  • Full Dentures
  • Partial Dentures – These replace multiple teeth when there are stable teeth remaining in the mouth. They are removable for oral hygiene.
  • Root Canals – These remove dead or inflamed nerve material from inside the tooth, allowing it to remain in the mouth, pain-free.
  • Implants – These are restored with crowns, yielding a restoration that acts like your own tooth. Specialists place the implants and they are restored in our practice.
  • Night Guards – There are several possible guards that can be used to reduce wear of the teeth or reduce pain associated with Temporal Mandibular Joint disorders.
  • Gum Treatment – This can be several different options to reduce gum inflamation and fight bone loss around the teeth
  • Tooth Extraction
  • Bleaching of Teeth – This can be accomplished either at home or in the office. Trays can be made for use at home to accomplish whitening over a few weeks or the ZOOM whitening system can be used for a same-day transformation.
  • Treatment for Children – We happily see many children and adolescents in the practice.

Home Instructions Following Procedures

Fillings

  • Do not eat until you are no longer numb.
  • Sensitivity to cold may occur for some time, depending upon the depth of the decay removed. If you experience this, it should lessen over time, possibly taking several weeks.
  • The goal is for your bite to return to the same form as before your procedure was accomplished.  If this does not happen, it may be described as the filling bites first, hits too hard, or the other teeth don’t meet. This can cause the tooth to become tender to bite, sensitive to cold, jaw pain, and if not addressed can cause pain in the tooth. If after numbness is gone you feel that your teeth do not meet the same as before you should call the office the next day.
  • Refrain from hot liquids until the numbness has left your face. You may accidentally burn yourself. Also be careful drinking anything, because it is very easy to dribble onto yourself.

Crowns and Bridges

  • Do not eat until you are no longer numb.
  • Sensitivity to cold may occur for some time. If you experience this, it should lessen over time, possibly taking several weeks.
  • The goal is for your bite to return to the same form as before your procedure was accomplished. If this does not happen it may be described as the tooth/crown bites first, hits too hard or the other teeth don’t meet. This can cause the tooth to become tender to bite, sensitive to cold, jaw pain and if not addressed can cause pain in the tooth. If after numbness is gone you feel that your teeth do not meet the same as before you should call the office the next day.
  • If you have a temporary crown or bridge in place you must exercise caution when eating. Do not eat very hard or sticky foods. These may pull the temporary restoration off the tooth and cause you discomfort or sensitivity. Also, do not floss around the temporary restoration.
  • The gums around the tooth could be tender for several days. This should not continue long-term.

Tooth Extractions

  • Biting pressure should remain on the gauze at the extraction site for one hour.
  • If after the hour the site still bleeds, place more gauze on the site and bite for another hour. If it still persists in bleeding, bite on an unused tea bag.
  • Slight bleeding may continue for the next day. Be cautious regarding potential bleeding on pillow cases, etc.
  • Refrain from physical activity for the remainder of the day. Do not attempt anything strenuous the following day.
  • For 24 hours, do not hang your head down or drink from a straw.
  • It is important to eat, but avoid foods that are spicy or have small hard pieces, such as peanuts, popcorn and chips.
  • Take pain medication and/or antibiotics as directed,if they have been prescribed.
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