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

Smoking Can Affect Your Candidacy for Dental Implants

As smoking can have an adverse effect on the dental implants healing process, patients are advised to quit smoking prior to and during the treatment period. Ideally, patients should continue to abstain permanently to avoid more serious oral health complications. With years of training and experience, Dr. Art Carpenter can help you understand why dental implants and smoking are largely incompatible. He will take the time to explain the treatment process during your initial consultation and provide you with detailed pre- and post-operative instructions to help ensure a successful procedure at our Kenilworth, IL, practice.

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Smoking can affect your rate of healing, which can compromise the success of your implant placement.

How Smoking Affects Your Oral and Physical Health

Studies have shown that smoking can have a severe impact on your overall health. Medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and various types of cancers have been directly linked to prolonged nicotine in the body. However, smoking and tobacco products can also negatively influence oral health. Not only will tobacco stain your teeth, but it can also increase your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. In addition, individuals who smoke or use tobacco products of any kind have a greater risk of infection after surgery, as the body cannot heal as quickly as it should.

As a result, we recommend patients refrain from smoking for at least two weeks prior to a dental implants procedure and throughout the entire healing process. Having a solid foundation for your implant-supported restoration is key to preventing overloading and dental implant failure.

Risks Involved with Smoking

If you smoke, you are at risk of developing:

  • Reduced blood flow to the mouth and slower healing 

  • Periodontal disease 

  • Bone and tissue loss 

  • Tooth loss
  • Peri-implantitis (soft and hard tissue loss around the implant)
  • Dental implant failure 

During your consultation, we can review your medical history in its entirety to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo treatment.

Why Smoking Hinders Dental Implants

The technology and medications involved with dental implants have continued to improve over the years, making it a viable option for many patients, even those with diabetes. However, research has proven that smoking still places patients at great risk of dental implant failure. It has been demonstrated that implants placed in the upper jaw fail twice as often in those who smoke as compared to those who do not. Because of this, many dentists will not perform the procedure on smokers.

Individuals who smoke or use tobacco products of any kind have a greater risk of infection after surgery, as the body cannot heal as quickly as it should.

If you already quit smoking but suffer from the long-term consequences, including bone degeneration or unhealthy gums, Dr. Carpenter may recommend bone grafting or periodontal treatment prior to your dental implant placement to help improve your outcome.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dental implants can restore the form and function of your smile and greatly improve your oral health. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of dental implants and are committed to avoiding smoking throughout the duration of treatment, contact our office online today or call (847) 251-5004 to schedule your consultation with our doctors.

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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