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 Crowns for Long-Lasting Strength and Functionality

Implant-supported crowns provide a stable, long-lasting, and natural-looking replacement for a missing tooth. Dr. Art Carpenter’s extensive continued education allows him to provide patients with state-of-the-art restorative care at our Kenilworth, IL, office. An implant-supported crown offers numerous benefits, especially when compared with traditional tooth replacement options. Dr. Carpenter’s expertise ensures patients receive durable and aesthetic restorations that strengthen and improve the health of their smiles. 

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Implant-supported crowns include the implant post, abutment, and the crown.

What is an Implant-Supported Crown?

An implant-supported crown is similar to a traditional dental crown, except, instead of fitting over an existing tooth, it fits over a dental implant. When a tooth is lost, a dental implant is the best way to replace that tooth. The implant itself replaces the missing root, while the crown attaches to the titanium post, replacing the entire structure of your missing tooth.

Is this Option Right For Me?

While dental implants are the best tooth replacement option available, they are not right for everyone. To qualify for an implant-supported crown, you must have adequate bone tissue, which will later fuse with the implant to create the permanent restoration. Bone loss naturally begins to occur after you have lost a tooth. If you have been missing the tooth for an extended period of time, a bone graft or sinus lift may be needed to rebuild the deteriorated jawbone in that area. You should also be a non-smoker and have good oral health. If you suffer from gum disease or tooth decay, our doctors must address those issues first.

What are the Benefits of Implant-Supported Restorations?

In replacing a single missing tooth, patients have two options: a traditional dental bridge or an implant-supported crown. Both options can restore your dental function and fill the gap in your smile. However, implant-supported crowns and other types of implant-supported restorations offer an array of benefits when compared with their traditional counterparts. 

A traditional bridge requires the alteration of the two teeth on either side of a gap to support the restoration. Altering these teeth weakens your healthy tooth structure and cannot be reversed. Additionally, a traditional bridge only replaces the missing portion of the tooth above the gum line, not the roots that provide essential regenerative signals to maintain bone density. As a result, bone loss will continue to occur with a traditional bridge. Because implant-supported crowns rely on a dental implant that has replaced lost tooth roots, bone loss is prevented and there is no need to alter the nearby healthy teeth. Additionally, dental implants help to provide a more stable foundation, providing longevity for your restoration and confidence in your smile.

Dr. Carpenter can provide the advanced restorative solutions you need to rebuild your smile and oral health.

Treatment Process

Dental implants placement and the restoration process takes place in stages. After evaluating your teeth, gums, and bone health, Dr. Carpenter can proceed with the placement of the implant. Once the implant is in place, a healing period of three to six months is needed to give the implant time to fuse with the bone tissue.

Once this fusion, known as osseointegration, takes place, Dr. Carpenter will attach the implant abutment, which supports the crown. After another brief healing period of about two weeks, he can take impressions and create your permanent crown. Once the crown is ready, he will attach it to the abutment, leaving you with a strong and durable smile.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dr. Carpenter can provide the advanced restorative solutions you need to rebuild your smile and oral health. If you are missing a tooth and want a long-lasting solution, contact our office online or call (847) 251-5004 to schedule a dental implant consultation.

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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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