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

Gentle Periodontal Care Can Restore Your Gums and Preserve Your Overall Health

Dr. Art Carpenter provides effective, gentle periodontal care at their Kenilworth, IL, practice to help patients maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. Proper periodontal care is essential to maintain healthy gums and prevent periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a serious concern that can become severe and contributes to increased risk for several overall health conditions. If your gums bleed, are swollen or tender, have receded, or you suffer from chronic bad breath, you may be suffering from gum disease. 

Illustration of stages of periodontal disease

About Gum Disease

Bacteria naturally accumulates on tooth surfaces. When this bacteria builds, it can lead to plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar tend to build at the gum line and the base of teeth. There, the bacteria in these naturally occurring substances eat away the connective tissues between teeth and gums. Deep gaps form between the teeth and gums, gaps that we call periodontal pockets. In these dark, and difficult to reach areas, bacteria thrive, and gum disease develops. In the US, periodontal disease afflicts nearly half of the adult population over 30

Mild gum disease can have limited symptoms and only lead to minimal discomfort. However, mild cases can progress, causing serious, lasting damage. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and systemic health conditions, including heart disease, respiratory problems, increased risk of stroke, dementia, low-weight births, and diabetes complications.

Detection and Diagnosis

During an exam will look for symptoms of gum disease. Signs that you are suffering from the condition can include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Bleeding
  • Sensitivity
  • Receding Gums

Our hygienists will also measure the depth of your periodontal pockets. Pockets that are 3mm in depth or more need to be treated to rid the area of bacteria so that connective tissues can re-bond with teeth. Left untreated, infection in periodontal pockets will grow, the pockets will deepen, and the infection will work down the roots of teeth, loosening all connective tissues, and increasing your risk of tooth loss.

Gentle, Effective Treatments

For mild gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease, a deep cleaning will usually prove effective. This general dentistry treatment involves two specific techniques. The first, scaling, removes plaque and tartar below the gum line. After scaling, the hygienist polishes the tooth roots, smoothing rough areas where plaque and tartar accumulate. This part of the treatment is called root planing. In some cases, we will combine scaling and root planing with topical antibiotic to destroy remaining bacteria.

We are dedicated to providing gentle, conservative treatment to restore your oral health.

If your condition has progressed to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease, scaling, planing, and antibiotics may not be sufficient for effective treatment. Advanced cases of gum disease may require surgery and grafting to repair your gum tissue levels. If we are unable to provide proper treatment, we may refer you to a trusted periodontist for more specialized care.

Ongoing Care

Though treatments can re-establish good periodontal and oral health, patients are prone to recurring issues with gum disease. For this reason, you may be instructed to attend checkups and cleanings more often than the standard six-month intervals. Should you notice any symptoms between visits, it is important to schedule an appointment immediately.

Preserve Your Health Today

Gum disease can worsen and lead to serious health concerns, if left untreated. We are dedicated to providing gentle, conservative treatment to restore your oral health. Reach out to us today to schedule your appointment.

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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