No matter how severe you think your dental problems are, Dr. Ray Carpenter can help. He has been diagnosing and treating dental problems for over 30 years. Dr. Carpenter uses every technique and technology available to him to find solutions to the most challenging cases.
By offering a broad selection of top quality dental services, Rancho Bernardo dentist Ray Carpenter enables every patient to choose the best solution for his or her specific needs.
Restorative dentistry services are designed to rebuild or replace damaged, decayed or missing teeth for complete dental function, an attractive smile, and optimal oral health. This is Dr. Carpenter’s area of expertise.
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth and its root. The implant post is surgically placed in the jawbone and represents a tooth root, which can be used to support a single crown, bridge or denture prosthesis.
Dentures replace an entire upper or lower set of teeth. These appliances utilize a very strong cross-linked acrylic resin material with high density plastic or ceramic denture teeth. Dentures are made to fit precisely on top of the gums.
Some dentures patients opt to have their dentures fixed to several implant posts for added stability and a more comfortable fit.
Removable partial dentures can be used to replace clusters of missing teeth throughout the mouth. They attach to the surrounding teeth with special clasps or utilize a strategically placed dental implant for support and retention.
A dental crown replicates the entire exterior of a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns are custom-designed to beautifully blend in with the patient’s surrounding natural teeth.
Dental bridges close the gap left by a missing tooth. Traditional bridges are supported by two crowns, which are affixed to the two teeth adjacent to the space. These two crowns support an artificial tooth or teeth that fit into the gap.
Dental fillings are restorations placed on teeth that have developed cavities. The decayed tooth structure is removed, the tooth is cleaned and the filling is placed in the cleaned-out space.
Like fillings, inlays and onlays are used to restore decayed or otherwise damaged teeth; unlike fillings, they cover more tooth structure. Inlays fit inside the edges of the tooth and onlays extend over one or more of the edges. Inlays and onlays can be made of gold or porcelain material.
Full mouth rehabilitation or full mouth reconstruction is the process of combining restorative dentistry treatments to rebuild or replace all of the teeth. It can include any combination of implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, fillings and more.
Cosmetic dentistry usually refers to the addressing of superficial imperfections in the smile with advanced treatments like teeth whitening, dental bonding and the placement of porcelain veneers. These treatments can be combined for a total smile makeover. In reality, all dental procedures are done with an eye toward improving and enhancing the esthetic appeal of a smile. “Form follows function” is an adage that well describes the relationship of dental esthetics to proper function of all the teeth.
Teeth whitening lightens and brightens the teeth for a more beautiful smile. Dr. Carpenter performs professional chairside whitening for dramatic results in a single appointment, or he can provide custom-fitted whitening trays to use at home or on the go.
Porcelain veneers are a simple and versatile option for cosmetic dentistry patients. Very thin veneers of porcelain are bonded to the front of the teeth to hide imperfections and improve tooth shape or size. Porcelain veneers are a very conservative restoration that often require very little tooth preparation
Dental bonding is a conservative way to mask dental flaws and transform the teeth. A special composite resin material is applied to the teeth and sculpted to cover chips, cracks, discoloration or small spaces.
Smile makeover totally transforms a dull or imperfect smile by combining two or more cosmetic treatments.
General dentistry services keep the teeth clean and healthy and prevent dental decay and disease Seeing Dr. Carpenter regularly for general dentistry services ensures that any problems are caught in their early stages, before they progress.
Laser dentistry involves the use of a laser to clean or shape the hard or soft tissues in the mouth. For instance, lasers can be used in gum recontouring and dental cleaning procedures
Proper dental care during adolescence is essential to keeping teeth healthy and building confidence. Some of the issues Dr. Carpenters’ adolescent patients face include post-orthodontic cosmetic touch-up, placement of prosthetic teeth where teeth are missing, maintaining correct spacing in preparation for future dental implant placement, protecting the teeth from sports injuries and preventing dental disease due to poor diet or eating disorders.
Dr. Carpenter is trained and certified to provide sedation dentistry — specifically oral conscious sedation. Sedation dentistry candidates can take an oral sedative prior to treatment for a relaxed and stress-free experience.
The Journey to a Beautiful Smile Begins with a Phone Call
To learn more about the comprehensive quality dental services Rancho Bernardo dentist Ray Carpenter offers, please call (858) 487-2301 or email Bernardo Center Dentistry today.