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
dental bonding

Dental Bonding

Chips, cracks, and other minor cosmetic imperfections can make you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile.

Dr. Art Carpenter offers dental bonding as a simple and affordable way to conceal flaws in just one visit.

So why should you consider dental bonding?

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Dental Bonding Is an Easy Way to Address a Range of Cosmetic Concerns

Cost-Effective

Bonding is an affordable treatment option which can hide stains, minimize gaps, fill cracks, and reshape teeth. Compared to similar treatment for these issues, such as veneers, dental bonding is highly cost-effective.

Reversible

With dental bonding, Dr. Carpenter only needs to gently etch the surface of your tooth to apply the composite resin material. Since there is little to no tooth alteration, bonding is reversible.
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Quick

Our team can perform the entire bonding treatment in a single visit. In many cases, patients spend less than an hour in our office and walk out with significant results.

Take a look at how bonding works...

Do you feel embarrassed about wanting to change your smile?

If You Feel Self-Conscious, You Are Not Alone

More Information on Dental Bonding

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Bonding can address chips, cracks, and other minor flaws.

Dental bonding uses tooth-colored resin to cover visible flaws in your teeth. The putty-like composite resin is bonded to your tooth for a hard finish that matches the appearance of natural enamel. You can effectively hide cracks, chips, and minor tooth misalignment, as well as discoloration that is resistant to whitening techniques. Bonding can even refine the shape of teeth that appear too short, or can close a bothersome gap.

Composite resin is made of non-toxic ceramic and plastic compounds that are tinted to blend with your smile. We use a variant of this material for our popular tooth-colored dental fillings

Choosing the Right Treatment

Our dentists will first perform an initial exam to ensure your teeth are healthy and ready for a cosmetic dentistry procedure. If you are suffering from gum disease or decay, you will need to undergo periodontal care and restorative treatments prior to receiving dental bonding.

If your treatment goals are beyond the scope of bonding, we may recommend other cosmetic options, such as porcelain veneers to conceal imperfections. Dental bonding and veneers are similar, but bonding is a simpler procedure and costs less. Most patients with minor cosmetic flaws are candidates for dental bonding or veneers, and we can help you determine which is the best treatment for you. 

The Dental Bonding Procedure

Dental bonding does not require extensive tooth preparation for treatment, and can be completed in a single appointment. In the bonding procedure, the teeth are lightly etched to allow a stronger bond with the resin, and are then coated with a conditioning liquid. One of our doctors will apply the color-matched resin and sculpt it to match the shape of your tooth and your bite. We then harden and bond the material to the tooth with the help of a specialized light. We can refine any small issues with the shape, and provide a final polish to finish your treatment. The procedure usually takes a total of 30 minutes to an hour for one tooth. 

Dental bonding does not require extensive tooth preparation for treatment, and can be completed in a single appointment.

Maintaining your Smile

With proper care, your bonding results will last for years. Regular dental visits and preventative care are important, and patients should avoid potentially damaging foods such as hard candy and popcorn kernels.

For best results, there are also a few other habits that should be avoided. These include:

  • Using teeth to open bottle caps or plastic packaging
  • Chewing on pencils and pens
  • Chewing on ice
  • Biting nails

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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