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

What to Expect after Dental Implants Placement

Initial recovery after dental implants surgery typically takes about a week and involves mild discomfort. However, full healing of your implants will require at least three to six months. While every patient’s recovery experience will differ, there are certain commonalities which can help you prepare for the process. ​ 

Dr. Art Carpenter performs all stages of implant treatment at our office in Kenilworth, IL. He can give you specific instructions for your dental implants recovery process. The best way to smooth your recovery and ensure your implants fuse properly is to follow all of Dr. Carpenter’s post-operative instructions. 

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While the recovery process is long, the results of your dental implants surgery will leave you with a functional, beautiful smile. 

Immediately after Surgery

If you receive sedation during your dental implant surgery, you may feel groggy or sleepy, so someone will need to drive you home. Dr. Carpenter will likely place gauze packs over the treated area. Bite down gently but firmly on the gauze for the first hour to encourage clotting. If you are still actively bleeding, replace the gauze as necessary until bleeding stops. 

You should take it easy for at least the first 24 hours after surgery. Get lots of rest and avoid bending, lifting, and strenuous activities, as these can increase bleeding, swelling, and pain. You can brush your teeth, but be gentle around the surgical site. After the first 24 hours, you can begin using saltwater rinses to help maintain your oral hygiene. 

The Next Few Days

The first two days after dental implants surgery are often the most uncomfortable for patients. You will likely experience some swelling and bruising. You may have a sore throat or stiff jaw muscles, as well. Minor bleeding is common during the first 24 to 48 hours and you may notice the surgical area oozing.

However, most of these symptoms should begin to resolve by the third day after your procedure. Avoiding exercise or other strenuous activities for at least three to four days after surgery will help these effects clear up more quickly. 

Throughout Your Recovery

Maintaining your oral health is a crucial part of your recovery process. Continue to use saltwater rinses two to three times a day for a week or so after your surgery. Some discomfort may persist after the initial healing period, but most patients can manage pain using over-the-counter medications. It is also important not to smoke during your recovery.

Discomfort, swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding are all normal parts of the healing process.

For the first few days, you may want to restrict your diet to liquid or pureed foods. As your implant heals, you can progress to more solid foods, depending on your comfort. Avoid foods which can become lodged in the surgical areas, such as:

  • Rice
  • Nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Popcorn

Our team will continue to provide support throughout your healing process. Dr. Carpenter typically schedules a follow-up appointment with implant placement patients about three weeks after the procedure. You will also need to attend periodic check-ups so we can monitor your implants and determine when they have healed sufficiently to place your restoration. 

When to Contact Our Office

You should notify our office if:

  • Bleeding persists beyond the first few days or becomes severe
  • You develop a fever
  • You cannot control pain with provided medication
  • Symptoms worsen significantly

However, discomfort, swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding are all normal parts of the healing process. Patients should be prepared for these side effects in the months after their surgery.

Find Out More

Every patient’s recovery experience will be different. You can help ensure a smooth recovery process by carefully following all post-operative instructions and attending your check-ups with Dr. Carpenter. For more information about recovery after dental implant placement, contact our office online or call (847) 251-5004 today. 

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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