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

Implant-Supported Bridges: Lifelong Restorations for a Fuller and Stronger Smile

Implant-supported bridges are a secure, durable, natural-looking replacement for two or more missing teeth in a row. Dr. Art Carpenter continually pursues ongoing education to provide our Kenilworth, IL, patients with the long-lasting benefits dental implants offer. Dental implants have become the gold standard in tooth replacement, and Dr. Carpenter’s advanced training ensures the greatest precision and accuracy in their placement and restoration.

Illustration of an implant-supported bridge

Bridges supported by dental implants provide long-term support for your smile.

Implant-Supported and Traditional Bridges

Both implant-supported bridges and traditional bridges consist of multiple crowns fused together. However, a traditional bridge will attach to your natural, healthy teeth that sit on either side of the gap in your smile. With traditional restorative treatment, patients who were missing a single tooth would require a bridge that sacrificed two healthy teeth for support. Now, dental implants allow patients to replace a single tooth with only one implant post and a customized crown. For patients missing more teeth, an implant-supported bridge will typically rely on two state-of-the-art implant posts for stability. As a result, your healthy teeth will require no alteration, helping them to remain strong and whole long into the future. 

Additionally, dental implants provide bone stimulation, which prevents jaw deterioration. Bone loss is a natural consequence of tooth loss. Traditional bridges replace only the missing portions of the tooth above the gum line—not the roots—so bone deterioration continues. An implant-supported bridge replaces the full structure of a tooth, halting bone loss and improving dental function.

Candidates for Implant-Supported Bridges

Patients missing two or more teeth in a row are generally good candidates for an implant-supported dental bridge. To qualify for treatment, you must have adequate bone tissue to support dental implants. If bone loss has already taken place, you may require a bone graft to improve jawbone density or a sinus lift to increase your eligibility for treatment.

In addition to good jawbone health, you must also have healthy teeth and gums, free from disease and decay. While implant posts can last a lifetime, that is only possible with proper care. You should also be a non-smoker, as smoking can cause implant failure. Lastly, it is important to commit to diligent at-home care and regular dental cleanings and exams with our doctors

Dr. Carpenter can help you plan a customized treatment to achieve your oral health goals and improve your quality of life. 

Treatment Process

Dr. Carpenter will first meet with you to discuss your unique case. Together you can determine the number of implants you will need and design your surgery for precise treatment. The number of implants placed will depend on the number of missing teeth, but most patients need at least two posts. You will then undergo a minor procedure to receive your implant. Once the posts are in place and you begin healing, osseointegration can occur. This process can take between three and six months, during which the implants will permanently fuse with your jawbone.

When the osseointegration phase is complete, Dr. Carpenter can attach abutments or connector pieces to the implants. After a brief two-week recovery, our team can take impressions and fabricate your custom restoration from lifelike materials. When the bridge is ready, Dr. Carpenter will affix it to the implants, giving you a full and aesthetic smile.

Achieve a Healthy, Strong Smile

If you want a fuller smile with restorations that can last a lifetime, contact our office online or call (847) 251-5004 to learn more about our implant-supported restorations. Dr. Carpenter can help you plan a customized treatment to achieve your oral health goals and improve your quality of life. 

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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