We strive to make your dental visits as comfortable and convenient as possible, and we know that the difference is in the details. Here are just a few of the amenities that make our office a different kind of dental office:
Digital x-rays are a fast and comfortable tool we use to assess your dental needs. They’re safe enough to be used during pregnancy, and some studies have found that they emit up to 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays. With no chemical processing needed, digital x-rays are a good choice for you and the environment.
X-rays are commonly used in dental exams of patients of all ages, because many problems with the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen by the naked eye. An x-ray is needed to reveal:
Like digital x-rays, digital photographs with our intraoral camera are a useful diagnostic and patient education tool. Through the use of a tiny camera attached to a hand-held wand we can show you incredibly clear pictures of your teeth and gums. These pictures not only enable us to identify problem areas like a cracked tooth or a broken filling, but we can visually guide you through your diagnosis and treatment options.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent cosmetic solution for teeth are chipped, misshapen, or too discolored for traditional whitening. Veneers are thin ceramic casings that are bonded to the front side of your teeth to give your smile a beautiful, more uniform appearance. Veneers are also a great alternative to braces for teeth that are widely spaced or overlapped.
We offer both in-office, one-visit bleaching and take-home whitening solutions. In addition to giving you the benefit of a cleaner looking and more attractive smile, teeth whitening has also been found to provide anti-cavity benefits, stronger tooth enamel, and better overall enamel health. Ask us about brightening your smile today.
Composite or “tooth-colored” fillings are cured with a special light then shaped and polished to match your other healthy teeth. The resulting restoration feels natural in your mouth and is virtually undetectable to the eye. Composite fillings are strong and durable, and because they can be bonded directly to the surface of your teeth, they often leave behind more healthy tooth structure than silver fillings.
Are you concerned that you have or are at risk for developing gum disease? Dr. Carpenter uses the antibiotic treatment, Arestin®. Arestin is a powder placed inside infected gum pockets just after we finish treating the affected area. Arestin delivers treatment directly to the site of the infection and helps reduce the bacteria that causes periodontal infection. The procedure is painless and has been proven to fight infection for up to 21 days.
If you’re interested in learning more about this important treatment, ask Dr. Carpenter about Arestin and its important role in your overall gum health.