COVID-19 Update and Letter From The Practice

Our Offices Are Now Open

As we monitor the COVID-19 situation, we have updated our preventative measures to protect patients and staff.

View the: Enhanced Patient Protection Plan or call the office at (847) 251-5004  for more information.

Hope everyone is staying healthy and not been overly stressed with all the challenges we have all had over the last two months. Fortunately none of us or our families have had their health directly effected by COVID - 19. For those of you that have had any deaths or sickness in your family and friends we empathize with your pain or loss. For those of you that have had your livelihood and business effected and felt the humiliation and frustration of being told the hard work you have done to further your career and support yourself and your family is considered an extremely insulting term “non essential” we understand your frustration. What we are going through is not the “new normal” it is what we have to endure for now but we are all starting the road back to normalcy that we all crave.

We are considered essential healthcare business so we have been open and have seen many of you. We were only open to see patients with pain, infection, swelling and trauma. Under guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health we are now clear to resume a full range of dental services. We will highlight temporary changes on the included overview page. We will have a backlog of patients for awhile so if you were one of the hundreds of our guests who had their appointments cancelled with no future appointment made we will be contacting you.

I realize more than ever that all of us at the office miss everyone dearly and it has been difficult not using the talents we have been given to serve you. I just turned 50 and now I definitely realize I am nowhere near retirement and not close to being ready. For now dropping into our office to talk, read magazines, grabbing a cup of coffee is not possible. Hugs and handshakes are gone for now too but we will not live in a dehumanized society void of human touch forever.

Since we are a small boutique dental office we are uniquely qualified to thrive during the shadow of COVID - 19. We are not a clinic so we do not see multiple patients at once and we have private enclosed treatment rooms. As a dentist I have always practiced under universal precautions so the steps we have always had the proper protocol in place but we are enhancing and taken further precautions above and beyond what the Center for Disease Control recommends. Your safety and our dedicated staff’s safety is and always will be our top priority.

It is understandable if some of you still have concerns or health issues that cause you concern. Feel free to ask any questions about our cleanliness and enhanced infection control protocols. Common sense guideline have always been in place such as if you are sick or with a fever do not come to the office. I cannot think of another step we can take to ensure your safety and the staff’s safety and to reduce the chance of transmission of COVID - 19. Your health and safety is of utmost concern and is in excellent hands. No one at our office would have it any other way. Just as with previous financial crises some of you may have had your business decimated or income negatively effected. As our valued guests please do not hesitate or be embarrassed to seek treatment or receive care. Please discuss that with us. We will take care of you! It is an honor to take care of everyone and look forward to seeing everyone back at the office. Stay healthy!

Art, Cynde, Courtney, Oksana, Geila and Kim

Restore Your Candidacy for Dental Implants with Bone Grafting

Following tooth loss, bone tissue in the jaw will begin to recede, eventually affecting dental implant candidacy. At our Kenilworth, IL, dental practice serving Evanston and Glenview, Dr. Art Carpenter offers bone grafting to restore lost bone tissue in your jaw and create a strong foundation for dental implants.

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A bone graft can replace lost jawbone tissue and restore your candidacy for dental implants.

Do I Need a Bone Graft?

Because dental implants rely on the jawbone for support, the jaw must have enough tissue to allow the implant to withstand chewing and other functions. If you have waited to address a lost tooth and have experienced bone atrophy, you may require a bone graft. During your initial consultation, Dr. Carpenter can assess the health and strength of your jaw using computed tomography (CT) scans and other advanced technology. He can then determine whether you require preparatory procedures for a successful implant surgery

Benefits of Bone Grafting

Bone grafting allows Dr. Carpenter to restore your candidacy for dental implants. The procedure restores jawbone density by placing donor tissue or grafting material in recessed areas. 

Following a successful bone grafting procedure, dental implants have a success rate of up to 97 percent. Patients who undergo a bone graft at our dental practice can benefit from:

  • A safe procedure that has a low risk for complications
  • Restored candidacy for dental implants
  • Greatly lowered risk of dental implant failure
  • Restored oral health
  • The reversal of jawbone atrophy
  • A restored jawbone
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During a bone graft, donor tissue is placed in the recessed area to create a sufficient foundation for your dental implants. Healing usually takes several months, depending on the type of graft you receive.

Types of Bone Grafts

During a bone graft procedure, bone tissue is either harvested from another part of the body or from a donor source. Depending on your needs, we can also incorporate synthetic material. After inserting the bone tissue into the recessed area, it begins to integrate with the jawbone and promote bone regrowth. There are three main types of dental bone grafts:

  • Alveolar Ridge Preservation Graft: Also known as a socket graft, this procedure is used to fill the void resulting from a tooth extraction. A ridge graft is inserted directly into the empty socket and typically requires three to six months of healing before implant placement.
  • Autogenous Ramus/Chin Graft: This type of graft is also called a block bone graft because it involves harvesting a block of bone tissue, about one centimeter squared, from one area of the patient's jaw and transferring it to the recessed area. The block is usually obtained from the lower jaw or from the chin. Patients typically need about four months for the graft to fuse before placing an implant.
  • Subantral Graft (Sinus Lift): When teeth are lost in the upper jaw, there is a chance that the maxillary sinus will expand to fill any resulting empty space. In other cases, a patient's sinuses may naturally lay too close to the implant site. In either instance, a sinus lift procedure is required to make it possible for a dental implant to fit safely within the jaw and avoid disrupting the soft tissues of the sinuses. Sinus lifts typically require a period of four to nine months to heal before implant placement. 

Before treatment, our team can review your options and recommend the most appropriate type of graft for your needs.

After inserting the bone tissue into the recessed area, it begins to integrate with the jawbone and promote bone regrowth. 

Am I a Candidate?

Candidates for bone grafting want to experience the many benefits of dental implants, but have insufficient bone tissue in the upper or lower jaw. Dr. Carpenter has undergone extensive training in order to learn how to restore strength and aesthetics to the smiles of his dental patients. 

Candidates for bone grafting often suffer from:

  • Missing teeth
  • Jaw trauma
  • Congenital defects

Risk factors for jawbone atrophy include:

  • Missing one or more teeth for a long period of time
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Tobacco use
  • Advanced age

Once you have undergone bone grafting at our Kenilworth dental practice serving Evanston and Glenview, you can become a candidate for dental implant surgery. Candidates for this oral surgery should be in good overall health and free of any conditions that could complicate surgery, such as uncontrolled diabetes. 

A Look at the Procedure

Before your procedure begins, Dr. Carpenter will use local anesthesia to numb the treatment site. He can also provide sedation to ensure that you are relaxed and comfortable throughout your procedure. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Carpenter will make an incision in your gums to access your jawbone. Next, the graft will be placed where the jawbone has atrophied. 

A biocompatible membrane, often made of collagen, may be used to hold the graft in place as you heal. Once your surgery is complete, any incisions will be sutured closed. Full recovery can several months, depending on the type of bone graft you receive. Once your jawbone has completely healed, Dr. Carpenter will schedule your dental implant surgery. 

As with any surgery, there are minor risks of complications. Your dentist's experience and reputation can be an excellent indicator of how likely you are to experience the results you want. Dr. Carpenter has been helping patients throughout the area improve their smiles since 1998. 

Book a Consultation Today

Before undergoing implant surgery, it is important to have a strong, healthy jawbone. For your convenience, our doctors can perform all stages of implant treatment in-house, including any necessary bone grafting. Our caring dentists are here to take care of every phase of your smile restoration, from your candidacy assessment through your recovery. 

The loss of jawbone tissue does not mean that you will not be able to enjoy the life-changing benefits of dental implants. Once your jawbone has healed following the placement of a bone graft, we can begin rebuilding your smile with dental implants. To schedule your dental implants consultation, please contact our office online or call (847) 251-5004.

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Art Carpenter, DDS, LTD

Dr. Carpenter has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is proud to offer various state-of-the-art services for his patients, including: 

  • Dental implants 
  • Fully guided implant surgery
  • Inman Aligner™ 

He regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best care. To schedule a consultation at our office, request an appointment online or call us at (847) 251-5004.

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"We have been coming to Dr. Carpenter for several years now after seeing dentists that lacked good patient relationships. Dr. Carpenter is patient with those who fear going to the dentist (that's me), explains what needs to be done and provides different options for treatment. Worth the trek from the city!"

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