The managing dentist of Carl E. Henley DDS & Associates and previously a partner with the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Naperville, Illinois, Dr. Carl Henley provides a wide range of treatments and care for his patients. Dr. Carl Henley assists patients in their oral and dental health with temporomandibular joint treatments, micro dentistry, oral cancer screening, and neuromuscular dentistry, among other practices.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as the connecting joint or hinge that allows the jaw to open and shut. When individuals suffer from TMJ disorders, pain and discomfort can be a common result. Symptoms and signs of such a condition include aching in the facial region, jaw tenderness, pain near the ear, or chewing discomfort. Individuals may also experience a clicking noise when they chew or open their mouth.

Doctors currently recognize a number of various causes that contribute to TMJ disorders. Cartilage damaged by arthritis or trauma can lead to jaw issues, as can a misalignment of discs. Often, however, the cause is not clear. Treatment for TMJ disorders may range from medication, jaw exercises, or surgery, depending upon the severity of the condition.


Formerly a partner with the Center for Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Carl Henley currently operates as managing dentist at the Naperville, Illinois, dentistry practice, Carl E. Henley DDS & Associates. Focused on providing the highest level of quality care to his patients, Dr. Carl Henley continues to stay apprised of the latest techniques and methods in both reconstructive and preventive dental care.

As patients age, various dental issues and concerns may become more pressing than others. While dental health at later stages in life is often reflected in how well oral health was attended to earlier in life, some issues simply reveal themselves more commonly at later life stages. Outlined below are a few conditions and/or issues that should be tended to at any age.

1. Diminished taste sense often occurs due to the use of dentures or as a result of taking certain medications.

2. Darkened teeth become more prevalent in older patients as tooth enamel naturally wears away. Years of exposure to teeth staining substances also contribute to this problem.

3. Oral thrush can occur at any age. However, a weakened immune system or exposure to various drugs can increase the likelihood of experiencing this condition of the mouth.

As the dental director of the Center for Dentistry in Naperville, Illinois, Dr. Carl Henley often fields questions about periodontal disease, which is an inflammation and infection of the tissues that surrounds teeth. Gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease. Dr. Carl Henley explains that the most common signs of periodontal disease include:

1. Pain and swelling of the gums

2. Redness around the teeth

3. Gum recession, which reveals more of the space between teeth

4. Bleeding while eating, flossing, or brushing

5. Bad breath

6. Loose teeth

7. Pus in the mouth—which signals the body’s attempt to fight disease

Individuals can avoid periodontal disease altogether by doing the following:

1. Getting regular check-ups

2. Practicing good hygiene, which includes regular brushing and flossing

People who believe they might have periodontal disease should go to the dentist as soon as possible for a diagnosis. If the disease is caught in its early stages, more intense treatments like bone grafts and laser pocket removal can be avoided. If left untreated, periodontal disease leads to tooth loss.

Dentists who use computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems know the chair-side technology is extremely valuable in producing dental prostheses on-site within a short time frame. With this technology, dentists can produce crowns, veneers, implants, and more from their office.

For many years, Cerec systems were the only chair-side CAD/CAM machines available. The E4D system, first released to the market in 2008, is a worthy upgrade investment.

One of the biggest advantages of the E4D system is that dentists will no longer have to dust the patient’s teeth with titanium powder before initiating the imaging process required to design restorations. The E4D system also scans images of the tooth from different perspectives, allowing for more detail, while the Cerec system takes images only once.

Even the milling process is improved on the E4D system; the computer sends instructions to the mill and is then freed for another job. The Cerec computer is freed only when the milling process is complete.

About Carl Henley: Dr. Carl Henley received his dentistry degree from the Northwestern University Dental School in 1983. Since 2000, he has owned and directed Center for Dentistry in Naperville, Illinois, which has replaced its Cerec machines with the E4D system.

Carl Henley, DDS, supports the oral health of his Naperville, Illinois, patients through state-of-the-art dental care.

Nanotechnology may soon change the way that dentists treat cavities. Currently, many fillings fail due to secondary cavities near the original site. While traditional dentistry can remove most of the damaged tissue, it’s impossible to remove all bacteria in the tooth. Now, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore have created a composite filling that may help neutralize the bacteria and rebuild the damaged tooth.

The new filling uses a primer and adhesive containing silver nanoparticles and quaternary ammonium. These give the primer and the adhesive antibacterial properties and prevent the bacteria from creating tooth-damaging acid. The composite fillings also contain calcium phosphate nanoparticles to help regenerate the damaged tooth. In a laboratory setting, the fillings seemed to accomplish both goals. Researchers next plan to test them on animal teeth and on human volunteers in Brazil.

posted at Public DomainThe Academy of General Dentistry has found in a survey that nearly everyone believes that a healthy, bright smile is critical in terms of social confidence. Many individuals seek to enhance their smiles through teeth-whitening procedures. However, there are various teeth-whitening procedures to choose from, depending on specific types of cosmetic and oral health concerns. It is important to consult with a dentist to learn about which types of teeth-whitening techniques may be appropriate for you, depending on age and oral health. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends individuals to be at least 14 years old before considering teeth whitening.

The type of teeth-whitening procedure that may be appropriate for an individual depends on the level of brightness desired, in addition to the oral health of each individual. Over-the-counter products may helpful for minimizing coffee or tea stains. However, at-home, unsupervised teeth-whitening products may not be appropriate for those with sensitive teeth, gum disease, and various types of discoloration. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that it is safer to seek teeth-whitening procedures from a dentist. Procedures such as in-office teeth bleaching or dentist-supervised, custom-made mouthpiece trays may provide a greater level of control over outcomes. For example, in-office teeth whitening can achieve many levels of brightness. Additionally, dentist-supervised or in-office procedures can help to avoid specific gum issues.

About Dr. Carl Henley: A long-time dentist in Illinois, Dr. Henley has extensive experience with patient consultations, treatment plans, screenings, and high-tech procedures, with a focus on new techniques. Dr. Henley holds numerous professional memberships, such as with the American Dental Association and the Illinois State Dental Society. His practice, Center For Dentistry, is located in Naperville, Illinois.

Carl Henley, DDS, provides comprehensive dental care in Naperville, Illinois.

It’s nearly summer, a time for baseball, 5K races, and long afternoons on the golf course. However, a new study suggests that if your increased activity leads to increased consumption of sports and energy drinks, you may be putting your teeth at risk.

Researchers at Southern Illinois University studied the pH levels of sports drinks and tested how they affect the teeth. They took samples of enamel, the tooth’s protective coating, and submerged them in the drinks for 15 minutes four times a day. In between, they placed the enamel in artificial saliva. After five days of exposure to the drinks, the enamel began to grow thinner. Because enamel protects the teeth against decay-causing bacteria, damage to the enamel can lead to cavities.

In the end, even though they contain electrolytes and vitamins, these drinks are not “healthy.” To restore energy while protecting your teeth, try milk, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains. If you use sports and energy drinks, rinse your mouth out with water after you finish a beverage. With planning, you can protect your oral health while enjoying summer sports.

Carl Henley has been a successful dentist in Naperville, Illinois, for nearly three decades. A variety of factors contribute to the long-term viability of a dental practice.

1. Modern dental practices are typically complex business operations. In addition to providing quality patient care, dentists must also pay close attention to the various business aspects of the practice.

2. In nearly every profession, successful people benefit from a strong support system. The most successful dentists are those who hire a capable staff and treat them with dignity and respect.

3. Dentists develop a loyal patient base by focusing on the needs and comfort of each patient. They can accomplish this through actions such as explaining a particular treatment in non-technical terms and by taking the time to thoroughly answer patient questions and address their concerns.

4. Dentists should develop a marketing mindset to keep new patients coming in the door. A referral program, for instance, where current patients receive a reward for referring a new patient while offering the new patient a discount, can prove to be an effective marketing tool.

A graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, Dr. Carl Henley currently treats patients at his Naperville, Illinois, practice. Carl Henley, DDS, participates in numerous professional organizations, including the International Association for Orthodontics, the Chicago Dental Society, and the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics.

WaterLase allows dentists to perform various procedures related to endodontics, periodontics, and soft and hard tissues. Doctors conducting root canals, for example, can use the tool to prepare the tooth for the procedure as well as enlarge the canal itself. WaterLase facilitates removal of hyperplastic and pathological tissues and also disinfects the root canal after treatment.

With a special attachment, WaterLase also assists dentists with periodontal procedures such as osseous crown lengthening, osteoplasty, ostectomy, and soft-tissue curettage.

For soft tissue, WaterLase helps provide implant recovery, vestibuloplasty, pulpotomy, leukoplakia, crown lengthening, and draining and incisions of abscesses.

For hard tissue, WaterLase assists dentists in preparing teeth for sealants. In addition, the tool facilitates removal of cavities and roughening or etching tooth surfaces.

Some patients express real concern about the sound and vibrations of traditional dental drills. At Carl Henley, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. and Associates, PC, we strive to provide our patients with comfortable, worry-free care and treatment. When possible, we utilize dental lasers to accelerate procedures, promote rapid healing, and put our patients at ease.

Lasers produce an extremely intense beam of light. Because laser beams can be extremely narrow and easy to direct, they prove very adaptable to surgeries and other medical procedures. The innovative technology tends to be very effective in diminishing pain caused by mouth sores, speeding up the process for tooth whitening and setting fillings, and detaching tissue for biopsies.

At our practice, we use a special dental laser called WaterLase MD to remove decay, from teeth without the need for anesthetic injections or drilling. While some cases necessitate the use of more conventional dental instruments, patients who are a good fit for laser dentistry often find that they experience painless procedures.

For more information about laser dentistry, call Dr. Carl Henley at (630) 357-9393.