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

Protect Your Child's Smile with Dental Sealants

For many patients, normal brushing and flossing may not be enough to prevent cavities from forming in their teeth. Children, in particular, are especially prone to decay. Dental sealants serve as an additional, protective layer over the teeth to minimize the risk of cavities.

Dr. Art Carpenter and our team provide sealants for both children and adults as part of our comprehensive preventive dentistry services. Sealants are a quick, easy, and effective treatment which can help you avoid the cost of fillings or other treatments for decay. 

Dental assistant applying sealants to a child's teeth
Our team can place dental sealants in a short, completely painless procedure. 

Understanding Dental Sealants

A sealant is a thin, plastic coating which covers the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Most often used on the back molars, sealants bond with the grooves in the teeth to prevent tooth decay. By sealing out plaque and food particles, these coatings supplement brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

Who Needs Sealants?

Most often, Dr. Carpenter will recommend sealants for children and teenagers, as they are most vulnerable to decay. However, adults who are prone to decay can also benefit from this preventive treatment. While sealants can be placed over areas affected by early stages of decay, they cannot be applied over existing fillings

We prefer to place sealants as soon as permanent molars and premolars erupt. That way, the teeth are protected, even when they are most likely to develop cavities. If your child has baby teeth with particularly deep grooves, we may recommend sealants on these, as well. 

At the Appointment

Placing dental sealants is a simple, painless process which only takes a few minutes for each tooth. During the visit, one of our hygienists will first make sure that the teeth are thoroughly clean and dry. Then Dr. Carpenter will:

  • Roughen the surfaces of the teeth to help the sealant bond
  • Rinse and dry the teeth
  • Paint the sealant material onto the enamel
  • Use a special curing light to bond and harden the sealant

There is no recovery time needed for a dental sealant. Once the plastic material has fully hardened, you can chew on the tooth like normal. If the sealant causes issues with your bite, Dr. Carpenter can make adjustments to ensure your smile is comfortable and healthy. 

Placing dental sealants is a simple, painless process which only takes a few minutes to complete for each tooth. 

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy with a Sealant

A properly placed sealant can last 10 years or more. We will continue to check your sealant for chips or wear during your biannual exams. Dr. Carpenter can replace the plastic coating as necessary to keep the treated tooth healthy long-term. 

Paying for Preventive Treatments

Since dental sealants are a preventive treatment, most insurance plans will cover the procedure. However, even without insurance, a sealant is an affordable option which can prevent more expensive treatment in the future. If you are unsure about paying for your dental sealant, you can discuss financing options with our friendly staff. 

Prevent Decay and Keep Your Smile Healthy

For children and adults alike, tooth decay is a serious issue which can lead to a variety of other oral health problems. Our doctors offer sealants as part of our comprehensive preventive dentistry treatments. For more information about protecting your smile, 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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"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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