Archive for March, 2012

Who Is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Crowns?

If you have a damaged tooth that is disrupting the function and appearance of your smile, a crown may be an ideal restoration for you. Crowning a tooth is a now a simple and easy dental procedure with the help of CEREC technology, which allows the restoration to take place in a single office visit.

A dental crown may be made from a variety of materials, but porcelain is among the most desired because of its tooth-like appearance. Here are some of the reasons you may want to opt for a porcelain crown instead of a metal or composite one:

  • You have an allergy to gold or other metals: Metal crowns are used because of their durability, but they are not practical for patients with an allergy to metals. Porcelain is a neutral material that will not cause irritation in the mouth, and it offers the benefit of looking and acting like natural tooth enamel.
  • You want an aesthetically pleasing result: When you smile, you probably do not want to see a gold plated crown among your sparkling white teeth. Porcelain will blend seamlessly into your smile, and it can be matched to the exact color of your teeth. You can combine the benefit of durability with beautiful porcelain by selecting a crown that is made from porcelain coated metal.
  • You want a no-fuss restoration: Since the technology of dental crowns has improved so dramatically with the CEREC system, porcelain crowns are a great solution for patients with busy schedules. Your porcelain restoration can be ready in minutes, and it is easy to clean and care for a porcelain crown at home.

Find the right dental restoration to suit your needs by scheduling a consultation with Dr. John Carson, DDS. Visit our practice’s website or call us at (520) 514-7203 to learn about our cosmetic and restorative services.

February Loyal Hygiene Club Member Winner

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Educate Yourself on Preventative and Cosmetic Dentistry Offerings With These Links From Around The Web

Our recent blogs have discussed procedures that can help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for life. Learn more about caring for your teeth with these articles

  • See how gum contouring works to improve your smile with this article from
  • To prevent cavities and plaque build use these brushing techniques from Colgate.
  • Read more about the benefits of preventive dentistry as explained by

Give your teeth and gums the best care possible with Dr. John Carson, D.D.S. Schedule a consultation on our website or call (520) 514-7203.

40 UNDER 40

Watch this “Behind the Scenes” video of our own Dr. John R. Carson along with his colleges from across the nation getting ready for their appearance in Incisal Edge.

From the video, “They are the future leaders of the industry who are making their mark – Today, incisal Edge Reveals its survey of the top 40 dentists age 40 and under.”



Your Smile: Winter 2012

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What to Look For in Preventive Dental Treatments

Within the dental community, there has been a recent shift in attitude toward patient care. In the past, the focus of dental visits was treating existing conditions. Now more dentists are focused on preventing common dental problems through proactive office procedures and at-home care tips. Here are some of the qualities of effective preventive care to save you the pain and hassle of future dental issues:

  • Protection from tooth decay: The leading cause for restorative dental treatments is damage related to tooth decay. Therefore, the battle against tooth decay should be on the forefront of your preventive care plan. Patients of Dr. John Carson, D.D.S. are cared for with DIAGNOdent technology that can detect tooth decay at its earliest stages using laser light. The most accurate and effective recommendations can be made for patient care when problems are diagnosed at such a young stage.
  • Screening for oral cancer: Much like skin cancer, oral cancer will present physical symptoms that can be identified by a dentist or hygienist during a routine check-up. Ask your dentist about oral cancer screening and discuss any habits that may increase your risk including tobacco and alcohol use.
  • Diagnostics using digital radiography: Traditional film methods of x-ray and dental diagnostics cannot compare to the clarity and patient comfort provided by digital radiography. For both panoramic and standard dental x-rays, digital imaging offers superior images to help the dentist make an accurate diagnosis while reducing your exposure to radiation.
  • Treatments to address specific needs: Some dental conditions are the result of injury that can be prevented with protective devices. Mouthguards are custom made devices that can help athletes and other active individuals avoid sustaining injuries to the teeth, gums, and inner cheek.

Don’t let serious dental problems sneak up on you. For superior preventive dental care in Tucson, Arizona, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Carson, D.D.S. Contact our office by calling (520) 514-7203 or visiting our website.