Joe L. Carpenter, DMD
- Removal of Teeth/Extractions
- Exposure of Teeth
- Dental Implants
- Orthognathic Surgery
- Facial Trauma
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Radiology / X-rays / 3D Images
Removal of Teeth/Extractions
- Dr. Carpenter routinely performs dental extractions of erupted and impacted teeth. Erupted teeth may require removal when there is advanced dental decay, periodontal (gum) disease, malformation of the tooth, or malpositioning of the tooth that does not allow the orthodontist to properly align the dental arch. Impacted (embedded) teeth are removed when there is inadequate room for their eruption, injury to adjacent teeth, pathology, or infection. Depending on the patient's past medical history, this surgery is many times performed in the office setting under local or general anesthesia.
Exposure of Teeth
- As children and adolescents grow and develop, permanent teeth may be malpositioned and impacted, and will not erupt into the mouth in the appropriate position and alignment. Dr. Carpenter can assist the orthodontist by surgically uncovering these teeth, by removing overlying bone and soft tissue, and applying an orthodontic bracket to the teeth, allowing the orthodontist to guide the teeth into position.
- Dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures and partials that rest upon the gum or fixed bridges that use adjacent teeth as anchors, dental implants can be placed into the jaw to act as a long-term replacement for lost dentition. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth as well as supporting a removable or fixed denture. The dental implant treatment is a team approach utilizing the experience and skills of Dr. Carpenter as the surgeon to place the implants and your dentist to design the crowns or dentures.
- The diagnosis of pathology in the maxillofacial region is an important part of Dr. Carpenter's surgical practice. If indicated, biopsies and other studies can be performed to diagnose lesions and cysts/tumors and develop appropriate treatment plans. Early detection and treatment of oral lesions greatly improves the overall prognosis and treatment outcome.
- Orthognathic surgery is the correction of abnormal positions of the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw) that have resulted from abnormal growth, trauma, and injury, or disease. This surgery involves the realignment of the facial bones in order to provide an appropriate occlusion and bite relationship. This surgery is done in conjunction with the orthodontist. The procedure is done in a hospital setting under general anesthesia, and the surgery patient may be able to go home the day of the surgery or the next day after.
- Fractures of the facial bones including the cheek bones, nasal bones, orbital bones, maxilla, and mandible as well as injury to teeth and the bone supporting teeth commonly occur secondary to motor vehicle accidents, falls, altercations, and facial contact from sporting activities. Dr. Carpenter is on call at the local hospitals. The treatment for many of these injuries requires use of the hospital setting and may be in conjunction with hospital trauma service.
- Inadequate bone structure in the upper and/or lower jaws can result from injury, trauma, tumor, surgery, or long term denture wear. Bone grafts can be utilized to replace lost bone either using the patient's own bone or bone substitutes. Through oral reconstructive surgery, a solid foundation is provided for dental rehabilitation, which aids in the patient's nutrition and well being. Dental implants may also be used in this process to replace lost teeth.
Anesthesia - Local & General
- Dr. Carpenter is experienced in the use of multiple techniques for control of pain and anxiety to perform the necessary Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. Local anesthesia can be used to eliminate the pain of any surgical procedure performed. More advanced control of pain and anxiety is performed utilizing deep sedation/general anesthesia. Depending on your medical history, this can be performed in the office setting. Dr. Carpenter is licensed by The Ohio State Dental Board to administer general anesthesia in conjunction with treatment.
Radiology / X-rays / 3D Images
- The practice uses multiple types of technology in order to appropriate image and visualize the dentition and bone. Periapical radiographs are utilized to x-ray individual teeth. Panoramic radiographs are used to visualize all of the dentition as well as the complete mandible, temporomandibular joints, and much of the maxilla. Lateral cephalometric radiographs are used to visualize growth abnormalities and assist with planning surgical correction. High resolution cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) allows three dimensional assessment of the bone and teeth. This technology allows viewing of an unprecedented level of anatomical detail in planning implant and dental surgery.
6653 Frank Ave. N.W. North Canton, Ohio 44720 Phone: 330.498.9920