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

Preserve Your Health with Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy can eliminate the pain and discomfort that comes with an infected tooth. This procedure is often the only way to salvage an infected tooth and prevent the need for extraction. Without root canal therapy, the infection could lead to tooth loss and could spread to other areas of the body, causing more serious complications. Dr. Art Carpenter performs root canal treatments at our office in Kenilworth, IL, with the latest dental technologies to ensure your comfort. Dr. Carpenter can eliminate any infection and restore function and comfort to your tooth and smile. 

Root canal therapy protects your tooth from additional damage caused by decay. This procedure also prevents total loss of the tooth because of infection.

What is a Root Canal?

The root canals house your dental pulp, or the nerves, tissues, and blood vessels inside your tooth. If a deep cavity reaches the inside of your tooth, or if an injury damages the root, bacteria can reach the vulnerable soft tissue, leading to infection and sever discomfort. Root canal therapy can remove the inflamed and infected tissues, eliminating any pain while saving the tooth from extraction.

When to Undergo Treatment

In some cases, if you have an infection, you may suffer from symptoms such as:

  • Pain in the tooth and jaw
  • Discolored and swollen gums
  • Sores and abscesses in the gums
  • Pain when placing any pressure on the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

Unfortunately, you may not always realize that damage has reached the inside of your tooth until you experience significant damage and severe discomfort. Because of this, it is critical to attend your regularly scheduled dental exams. If you suffered any oral trauma recently, you should also get an exam. 

Root Canal Treatment

Dr. Carpenter makes every effort to make your root canal treatment as painless as possible. After he has taken x-rays to view the extent of the infection, he will inject a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and gums. For some patients, he may also provide an oral sedative to help them relax.

Once you are comfortable, he carefully alter the tooth to access the damaged tissue inside. Dr. Carpenter will use very conservative methods to preserve as much of your tooth as possible. He will also use very gentle techniques to remove the infected tissues from the pulp chamber. After using an instrument to slightly widen the root canal, he will disinfect the entire tooth.

He will then use a rubber-like substance to fill the now-empty root canals. This material is known as gutta-percha, and can help strengthen your tooth. To finish your procedure, Dr. Carpenter will take impressions to provide a customized dental crown. It takes about two weeks to get custom dental crowns made, so we can provide a temporary crown to protect your tooth while you wait.

Illustration of stages in root canal therapy
Root canal therapy can remove infected tissue and restore your tooth and oral health.

Importance of Effective Treatment

Root canal therapy protects your tooth from additional damage caused by decay. This procedure also prevents total loss of the tooth because of infection. Even more serious, if the infection is not eliminated, it can enter the jawbone or blood stream, leading to far-reaching health conditions. Root canal therapy can not only save your tooth, but can also prevents the need for more costly dental and medical treatments.

Preserve Your Oral Health

If you are experiencing any signs of an infection, contact us online or call us right away at (847) 251-5004 to schedule an appointment. We can provide the vital care you need to save a damaged tooth and protect your overall health.

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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