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

Explore Your Candidacy for Dental Implants

For patients missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer a unique opportunity to restore the function, appearance, and comfort of their smiles. However, implants are not appropriate for everyone. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements, including good oral and overall health.

The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Art Carpenter at our Kenilworth, IL, office. Dr. Carpenter can examine your smile and determine if implants are right for you. For some patients, he can offer preparatory procedures, such as bone grafts, to boost their candidacy for implant placement. 

Illustration of a bone graft fitting into the jaw above a tooth
If your jaw is too weak to support an implant, Dr. Carpenter can place a bone graft to encourage growth of new tissue. 

Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Carpenter will examine your oral health and take x-rays and scans to assess the strength of your jawbone. Good candidates for dental implants are:

  • Missing one or more teeth
  • In good oral health
  • Able to safely undergo implant surgery
  • Not lacking the jawbone tissue to support implants
  • Free of health concerns which can impact healing
  • Not smokers
  • Committed to consistent oral hygiene

If you have an oral health condition which affects your candidacy for dental implants, though, we can often provide treatment to restore the health of your smile. Dr. Carpenter can also perform sinus lifts and bone grafts to replace lost jawbone tissue and create a strong base for the implant posts. 

Who is Not a Good Candidate?

There are a variety of factors which can impact your candidacy for dental implants. This treatment is typically not recommended for:

  • Pregnant women
  • Heavy smokers
  • Children, teenagers, or young adults who are still growing
  • Alcohol or substance abusers
  • Individuals who severely grind or clench their teeth
  • Patients taking medications which suppress the immune system

Certain chronic diseases, such as uncontrolled diabetes and hemophilia, can affect your ability to heal after implant surgery and limit your candidacy for implants. It is important to discuss your full medical history with Dr. Carpenter during your consultation.

Your Initial Consultation

Before recommending dental implants, Dr. Carpenter will conduct a full evaluation of your oral health and medical history. He will examine your smile and look for signs of gum disease or other conditions which could affect the success of your implants. Our team will also take scans and x-rays of your jawbone and the other supporting structures of your smile. 

For many patients, we are able to address limitations to candidacy so they can receive implants. 

Dr. Carpenter will assess the shape of your jaw and the amount of bone tissue you have, as well as the location of your nerves and sinuses. Based on this information, he can design a treatment plan suited to your needs and goals, whether that includes preparatory procedures such as bone grafts or treatment for another oral health concern. For many patients, we are able to address limitations to candidacy so they can receive implants. 

Determine Your Candidacy Today

If you are missing one or more teeth, an implant-supported restoration can restore the health, function, and appearance of your smile. At our practice, we offer every stage of implant treatment for your convenience. Find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants by contacting our office online or calling (847) 251-5004 today. 

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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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