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

Effectively Manage Periodontal Disease with Scaling and Root Planing

Dr. Art Carpenter continues his education and training in advanced scaling and root planing techniques to effectively treat patients suffering from gum disease. This procedure is a conservative, non-surgical periodontal treatment to eliminate tartar below the gum line for mild to moderate periodontal disease. Our advanced techniques ensure patients experience minimal discomfort both during and after treatment and help prevent the disease from worsening. If you have noticed signs of gum disease, such as bad breath or swollen or bleeding gums, it is important to seek treatment right away. 

Photo of a patient receiving scaling and root planing
Scaling and root planing can treat and reverse early signs of gum disease.

When is Scaling and Root Planing Needed?

Scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, is a recommended periodontal treatment for patients with early signs of gum disease. As gum disease progresses, the pockets between the teeth and gums deepen, and plaque and tartar deposits collect in those areas below the gum line. Scaling and root planing can remove that plaque and tartar to better manage the disease.

Unfortunately, once periodontal disease becomes more advanced, a deep cleaning is often not enough to get it under control. When this is the case, our doctors may recommend more extensive procedures.

What are the Benefits of Deep Cleanings?

A deep cleaning offers numerous benefits, but most importantly, it allows for better management of periodontal disease, which is not curable. When left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, and the condition has been linked with serious health conditions, including diabetes, dementia, and heart disease. Scaling and root planing can help keep gum disease from advancing and affecting your overall health.

In addition, this procedure will improve your periodontal and oral health overall. The bacteria that causes gum disease also contributes to halitosis, or bad breath. Eliminating this bacteria through a deep cleaning can improve your breath and protect your smile.

We can provide the conservative scaling and root planing treatments you need to prevent gum disease from advancing and significantly damaging your oral health.

During and after the Deep Cleaning Process

After Dr. Carpenter determines a deep cleaning is needed, he may administer a local anesthetic to numb your gums. This will ensure you experience little to no discomfort throughout the treatment. Sedation options are also available for patients with severe anxiety.

Once the gums are numb, a member of our team will begin by scaling the teeth. This process involves using a dental instrument to remove the plaque and tartar deposits. We will gently remove these deposits from both the exposed parts of your teeth and those that are concealed beneath the gum line. Then, we will begin carefully planing, or smoothing, your tooth roots. This step can help prevent future bacteria buildups and encourage healthy tissue reattachment to protect your tooth roots.

After a deep cleaning, you may notice some sensitivity or discomfort in your gums and teeth. This is normal and should subside within a few days. Most discomfort is mild and can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. It is important to continue being diligent in your at-home oral care after your deep cleaning. Brush twice per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss at least once per day. Our doctors may also recommend more frequent dental exams and cleanings to effectively manage your periodontal disease.

Preserve Your Periodontal Health

We can provide the conservative scaling and root planing treatments you need to prevent gum disease from advancing and significantly damaging your oral health. If you have noticed changes in your gums, like swelling, redness, or bleeding when you brush or floss, contact us online or call our office at (847) 251-5004 to schedule an 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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