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
Before and after gum contouring

Gum Contouring

A disproportionate amount of gum tissue can visibly affect the symmetry and balance of your smile, making it look "gummy" or small.

Dr. Art Carpenter offers gum contouring, a simple procedure that can create an even gum line and reveal a bigger smile.

What makes gum contouring a great option for so many patients?

Before and after gum contouring

This Simple Treatment Can Improve the Look of Your Entire Smile

Relatively Fast Procedure

In most cases, Dr. Carpenter can complete gum contouring in a single office visit. Additionally, most patients are fully recovered a few days after the procedure. 

Conservative Approach

This procedure allows Dr. Carpenter to achieve dramatic improvements in your smile with only minor modification to your gum tissue. 

Minimal Discomfort 

Gum contouring typically involves very little discomfort. In addition to local anesthesia, you can also choose oral sedation to help you feel at ease during treatment. 

Take a closer look at the gum contouring procedure...

The Importance  of a Well-Balanced Smile 

Smile survey infographic

*According to a Kelton Global survey conducted for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Because your smile is one of your most memorable, impressionable features, maintaining its symmetry and balance is very important. By improving the balance between your gum tissue and teeth, gum contouring can help you feel more confident in both professional and social interactions

How do I know if I am a candidate for gum contouring?

Factors to Consider Before Treatment:

Unhappy with a Gummy Smile

This treatment is recommended if you have a notably gummy smile that causes you to feel self-conscious and interferes with your happiness. 

Good Oral Health 

Before undergoing cosmetic treatment, you should be free of any restorative issues and gum disease

Realistic Expectations

It is important that you understand the capabilities of the procedure and communicate clearly with your doctor about your goals.

Why should I trust Dr. Carpenter with my smile?

Decades in Practice & Dedication to Outstanding Care 

Dr. Carpenter has been treating patients in Kenilworth and surrounding areas for over 20 years. He is dedicated to providing his community with exceptional results. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry as well as other prestigious dental organizations. In addition to using detailed techniques he has refined through continued education, Dr. Carpenter schedules his appointments to give adequate time for each treatment. Your satisfaction is his priority.

How does reshaping the gumline change my smile?

Illustration of before and after gum contouring

More Reasons to Consider Gum Contouring

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your gums, a gum contouring procedure can enhance your smile. Low, uneven, or asymmetrical gums can make your teeth look small or crooked, even if they are perfectly straight and healthy. A cosmetic gum contouring treatment from Dr. Art Carpenter at our Kenilworth, IL, office, can refine the appearance of your gums to create a beautiful, symmetrical frame for your smile. Gum contouring is a flexible procedure that can be performed as a stand-alone treatment or as part of a full smile makeover plan.

before and after gum contouring
Gum contouring can improve the appearance of a gummy smile.

What Is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is a simple and straightforward cosmetic procedure that can benefit patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their gum line. During treatment, Dr. Carpenter will gently remove excess gum tissue and carefully sculpt your gum line. Gum contouring can address a variety concerns, such as:

  • Excess gum tissue
  • An uneven gum line
  • A “gummy” smile
  • Teeth that appear short or crooked

In order to qualify for gum contouring, you must have healthy teeth and gums. As with all cosmetic procedures, we recommend that you address any underlying oral health concerns before undergoing an elective treatment.

Planning Your Treatment

During your initial consultation, you can discuss your concerns and goals with Dr. Carpenter. At our office, we focus on finding the most conservative option possible to achieve the results you desire. Dr. Carpenter schedules his appointments so he can focus on each patient individually. He can explain your cosmetic options to you and recommend the procedure most suited for your goals. 

What to Expect during Gum Contouring

Dr. Carpenter can typically complete a cosmetic gum contouring treatment in a single visit. Generally, the procedure is performed under local anesthetic. However, you can discuss other sedation options with Dr. Carpenter if you are particularly nervous about treatment.

On the day of your procedure, we will first apply the local anesthetic to the treatment area. Dr. Carpenter will then slowly remove excess tissue and reshape the gum line. His goal is to remove the least amount of tissue possible to achieve your desired results. 

Caring for Your Gums after Treatment

During the first few days following your gum contouring procedure, your gums will likely feel sore and swollen. We recommend resting the day of your procedure to allow your body to focus on healing. Most patients are able to manage any discomfort using over-the-counter pain medication.

An even, smooth, symmetrical gum line provides a beautiful frame for healthy teeth.

For the first week, you should avoid eating hard or spicy food which can irritate your gums during healing. Cool, soft foods are more gentle on your gums. It is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine after a gum contouring procedure. However, until your gum tissue has healed, you should be gentle while brushing or flossing the treated areas. Using a saline rinse is a good way to remove food debris from your gums and keep them healthy while you heal.

Enhance Your Smile

An even, smooth, symmetrical gum line provides a beautiful frame for healthy teeth. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, we offer a range of cosmetic treatment options at our office. Contact our office online or call us at (847) 251-5004 today to find out if gum contouring is the right procedure for you. 

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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