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

Restore Function and Appearance with Customized Dentures

Tooth loss remains a widespread problem. In fact, over a quarter of Americans between the ages 65 and 75 have lost all their teeth. If you are looking for an effective way to restore missing or damaged teeth, dentures offer a time-honored approach. At his Kenilworth, IL, practice, Dr. Art Carpenter can discuss the wide array of denture types that are available and assist you in finding the restoration that best meets your needs. Schedule an appointment today to learn more.

Close up of denture
We use high-quality materials to create natural-looking dentures.

Denture Basics

Traditional removable dentures are held in place using a combination of natural suction and dental adhesives. This allows patients to remove their dentures at night for cleaning. With proper care, traditional dentures can last between five and ten years.

For patients looking for more stability, our practice also offer implant-supported dentures. Dental implants are tiny posts placed in the jaw. Because these posts fuse with the surrounding bone, implant-supported dentures remain securely in place and will never shift or slip. Implant-supported restorations guard against the bone atrophy that results from long-term tooth loss. This can also preserve your oral health by preventing remaining teeth from shifting, loosening, and falling out. Although your implant-supported denture may need to be replaced over time, it will maintain a precise and comfortable fit.

Types of Dentures

Several types of dentures and restorative materials are available. The type that Dr. Carpenter recommends will depend on your needs, budget, and treatment goals.

Full

Full dentures are intended for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth in the lower jaw, upper jaw, or both. Traditional dentures are custom-fabricated for a snug, comfortable fit. Missing teeth can cause the jaw to shrink over time, so patients with full dentures will need to visit their dentist regularly so their restoration can be relined and refitted.

Partial

Partial dentures are designed for patients who are missing several teeth. Traditional partials are held fast by a connective plastic or metal structure placed around adjacent natural teeth. Dr. Carpenter offers customizable Cu-Sil® partial dentures, which provide a more precise fit and greater stability than traditional partial dentures.

Materials

Dentures can be constructed from a number of materials. Patients who are interested in a more affordable restoration often choose dentures with prosthetic teeth made of acrylic. Those interested in a more natural-looking and durable alternative often choose porcelain teeth fitted on a plastic base.

Benefits of Dentures

For patients struggling with tooth loss, dentures offer a number of benefits:

  • Improved nutrition and ability to enjoy your favorite foods again
  • Restored speech and clearer enunciation
  • Dentures support your facial structure for a stronger jawline and well-defined cheeks, resulting in a more youthful appearance
  • Traditional dentures are considered the most affordable restorative option and require less extensive treatment than bridges or implants

Dentures can also help boost your self-esteem. Some people experience embarrassment or concern over gaps or teeth in poor condition and may even try to avoid smiling or laughing. By replacing missing teeth, dentures can help restore patients' confidence in their smile. 

Implant-Supported Dentures Improve Appearance, Health, and Quality of Life

Dr. Carpenter is able to both place and restore dental implants at his Kenilworth, IL, office so you can experience the entire implant-supported dentures treatment under one roof. Once the process is complete, you can expect to enjoy your favorite foods again, speak with improved clarity, and live with enhanced confidence and quality of life.

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

An implant-supported denture is simply a denture that is supported by dental implants instead of the gums. Traditional dentures are designed to rest on top of the gums and can be removed for cleaning and preservation. Unfortunately, traditional dentures commonly slip out of place and may not offer a very lifelike appearance. When dentures are supported by implants, they are secure and do not slip or shift when speaking or eating. 

Illustration of lower implant-supported denture
Implant-supported dentures are directly affixed to the jaw using titanium posts.

You can receive implant dentures either on your upper or lower jaw. Typically, the lower jaw provides more support, but our dentists can also provide both bone grafts and sinus lifts to strengthen and make room in the upper jaw. If you need to undergo a graft, the material will be placed in spaces where the bone is weakened. Over time, the grafting material fuses with your natural bone to provide a foundation capable of integrating an implant.

Implant-Supported Dentures Process

Achieving a fully restored smile begins with an in-depth consultation with Dr. Carpenter. During this initial exam, your dentist will evaluate your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine whether you are a candidate for traditional or implant-supported dentures, or a different restorative dentistry option. We will also use advanced digital imaging technology to determine the best area to place the implants.

When dentures are supported by implants, they are secure and do not slip or shift when speaking or eating.

During a minor surgery, Dr. Carpenter will insert four or more implants into your jaw. The procedure is simple and straightforward, and the doctor will administer local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. We can also provide dental sedation to help anxious patients achieve optimal relaxation. A temporary denture is typically attached immediately following placement of the posts. After a healing period of four to six months, you will return to our office and your permanent restoration will be attached.

Weighing Your Treatment Options

While traditional dentures are best for some patients, such as those with autoimmune disorders or financial constraints, implant-supported restorations offer unique advantages. During a process called osseointegrationbone fuses around the implant posts to permanently lock them in place. Further, the implants continuously stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone atrophy, which can prevent the need for more extensive restorative procedures in the future.

Choose a Superior Restorative Option

If you are ready to consider restoring your smile with implant-supported dentures, reach out today. Contact our practice online or call (847) 251-5004 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpenter and learn more.

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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