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Understanding Sedation in Dentistry

    Dentists use sedation to help relax our patients and reduce fear and pain.  Sedation can easily be administered orally or through inhalation. What Types of Medication are Used? The most common is nitrous oxide (a gas which is delivered through a nose piece).  This is actually a mixture of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen.  […]

Is an Implant Better Than a Tooth?

When should a tooth be extracted and an implant placed? My answer to the question is:  IT DEPENDS. I have placed and restored hundred of implants during the past 35 years.  At the same time, I have restored thousands of natural teeth.  Both treatments are successful if properly executed. Each patient’s dental situation is unique […]

Why do Dentists Use Prescription Toothpastes?

          How does Fluoride toothpaste protect teeth? All toothpastes help remove plaque (a film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums every day).  Plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease.  Plaque left on the surface of your teeth produces acid that causes the breakdown of enamel (demineralize).  This creates a […]

Dental Erosion – Silent and Costly

  The loss of tooth enamel due to acid erosion is a growing epidemic.  A 2012 study found that 22 percent of US adults have acid erosion, which can cause tooth sensitivity, transparency, discoloration and decay. As tough as tooth enamel is, it can be worn down.  Acids from foods and drinks can dissolve the […]

All-on-Four Implants

Pre-op condition Post-op zirconium implant bridge For patients who have lost all their teeth or their remaining teeth are hopeless, several options are available.  One of the most advanced and beautiful option is a fixed implant solution. This solution is known by several names:   All-On-4, Fixed Hybrid, Teeth in a Day, Teeth Tomorrow, Malo […]

Can Gum Disease Spread to Other Parts of the Body?

80% of Americans have some form of gum disease. Bacteria forms on the teeth and grows down into the space between the teeth and gums (a periodontal pocket).  These pockets become breeding grounds for bacteria and cause inflammation, tenderness, bleeding and infection. If not addressed properly, this bacteria will spread to other parts of the […]

Change your Smile

Like it or not, we live in beauty-conscious society.  This is particularly true in the entertainment industry.  Not all “beautiful people” were born that way. Many have taken advantage of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Remember Cher’s early smile?  Fortunately, self-improvement is not exclusive to the Rich and Famous. Visit Before and After photos.  

What’s New in Dental Implantology?

“Immediate implants” and “teeth” are the latest buzz words in dentistry.  Do they work?  Yes, but it depends on the unique situation a patient presents with.  It’s great to be able to remove bad teeth and place implants the same day when it is indicated.  After the implants (the foundation)  are placed, a second decision […]

New Windsor Dentist Sedates Anxious Patients

Many patients tell me they had a traumatic dental experience as a child, the dentist had trouble getting them numb or they easily gag. You are not alone.  Dr. Carpenter’s office has been offering conscious sedation for the past 15 years to help you. Conscious sedation utilizes oral medications and nitrous oxide.  It is completely […]

Sedation Dentistry, a Bad Case of Gum Disease and a Happy Family

A 42 year old male patient, let’s call him “Bob”, presented to the office last month.  Bob’s main complaint was he was afraid to kiss his wife because of his bad breath.  “Our sex life is suffering because of it and my kids have been avoiding me.” After spending time getting to know Bob, he […]