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

Inlays and Onlays Provide Lasting Strength and Repair

When you suffer from decay and damage that is too extensive for a filling, but not severe enough to require a crown, you may be able to receive an inlay or onlay. These restorations are made of quality materials to blend with your smile and restore the chewing surfaces of molars. As a conservative and durable restoration, inlays and onlays fall between fillings and crowns, to provide a minimally invasive, yet strong restoration when a filling is not adequate. Dr. Art Carpenter offers high-quality, custom inlays and onlays at their Kenilworth, IL, practice to restore the form and function of patients' smiles.    

Illustration of an inlay and onlay
We make our inlays and onlays out of safe, tooth-colored material.

The Structure of Inlays and Onlays

Inlays are smaller restorations that are often used to repair teeth that have suffered from pit and fissure cavities. The inlay will fit between the cusps of the teeth. Onlays are more extensive, and can replace one or more cusps, as well as extend down the side of the tooth. Both inlays and onlays are indirect restorations. Like a crown, they are fabricated in a dental lab. In contrast, dental fillings are direct restorations, created directly on your tooth structure.

Because they are lab-made from a solid material, inlays and onlays provide more structural stability than fillings, so they work well to repair large areas damaged by tooth decay or to replace smaller, failed fillings. Traditionally, inlays and onlays were made from gold, but today, they are often made from ceramic, porcelain fused to metal (PFM), or zirconia to blend with natural tooth color. In addition, these restorations are highly durable and can last up to 20 years with proper care and oral hygiene.

Placement Procedure

You can expect to attend two dental appointments to complete this restorative procedure. During your first visit, we will remove all decay or damaged tissue and prepare your tooth. We will shape your tooth to properly support your restoration, preserving as much of your natural structure as possible. We will then take impressions, which we will send to our advanced partner lab to create your inlay or onlay. It usually takes about two weeks for your restoration to be completed, during which time, we will provide you with a temporary.

Inlays and onlays are highly durable and can last up to 20 years with proper care and oral hygiene.

At the lab, a ceramist or technician will fabricate your inlay or onlay, according to our high standards, and using excellent dental materials. Your restoration will be created to match your bite and the shade of your smile. When you return for the second visit, we will remove your temporary and permanently attach the lab-made inlay or onlay. One of our doctors will check your bite, to make sure that opposing teeth fit well against your new restoration. If necessary, we can make adjustments for a proper fit. 

Receive Vital Restorations

We provide early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of oral health issues, and promise to deliver quality, comprehensive dental care using innovative technology. Contact us today to schedule your initial exam. 

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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