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 You Need to Know about Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery is a multi-step process that involves anchoring titanium posts into the patient’s jawbone, where they will serve as roots for dental crowns, bridges, or dentures. At our Kenilworth, IL, dental practice, Dr. Art Carpenter can place these metal posts on-site and keep patients comfortable with oral conscious sedation. With years of experience in implant dentistry, Dr. Carpenter is dedicated to delivering high-quality, conservative care that can preserve your oral health for years to come.

Preparing for Dental Implant Surgery

Before undergoing dental implant surgery, you must first meet with Dr. Carpenter for a consultation to determine your candidacy. He will first ask about your family, medical history, and goals for treatment. Patients should bring a list of any current medications or supplements they are taking. He can then conduct an oral examination to asses your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues to ensure that there is no underlying decay or periodontal disease.

If your smile appears healthy, the doctor can then use computer-guided digital imaging to determine whether you have enough jawbone tissue to support implants. First, we scan patients' jaw with a computed tomography (CT). Dr. Carpenter can then merge your CT scans with dental diagrams and impressions taken at our office. Using these as guides, he can identify if your jawbone is dense enough for implants and, if so, what areas are most optimal for implant placement. 

Diagram of the dental implants treatment timeline

The Dental Implant Treatment Process

When the day of your surgery arrives, you will be escorted to one of our comfortable treatment rooms. While our team prepares, you may receive oral sedation to keep you relaxed during your visit. Once you are comfortable, the treatment can begin. Surgery is typically broken down into several stages: 

  • Anesthesia: The doctor will first numb the gums and surrounding areas with local anesthesia to make sure you do not experience any discomfort throughout the procedure.
  • Incisions: To access the jawbone, Dr. Carpenter will make a tiny, conservative opening in the gums.
  • Implant Placement: In order to create space for the implant, Dr. Carpenter will make a pilot hole in the jawbone. Using a series of special dental drills, he can widen this opening and place the implant.
  • Stitches: Once the implant is in place, the doctor can close up the surgical site with sutures to protect the area and promote healing.

Although implant placement is an outpatient procedure, you may need a friend or family member to drive you home if you receive oral sedation. 

After Surgery

In the days after your procedure, patients will notice some swelling and discomfort. This can be managed effectively with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. In some cases, Dr. Carpenter may also prescribe an antibiotic and additional pain reliever.

Although these symptoms should fade within a week or so, it may take as long as two to six months for your jaw to heal completely. During this time, the implants will fuse with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. Once the implants are stable, Dr. Carpenter can attach your final restoration, whether it is a crown, bridge, or denture

Schedule a Consultation with Us Today

If you are exploring teeth replacement options and are interested in dental implants, Dr. Carpenter can help you determine a custom treatment plan that will effectively meet your needs. Contact us online or call our office at (847) 251-5004 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpenter.

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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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