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.

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.

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.