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

A Sinus Lift Prepares the Upper Jaw for Dental Implants

Replacing teeth in the upper posterior jaw with dental implants can be difficult, because of their close proximity to the sinuses. If there is not enough space between the sinus floor and the jaw, a sinus lift procedure can restore candidacy for implant placement. During treatment, the sinus membrane is lifted and bone tissue is added to the upper jaw, creating a strong foundation for implant posts. Dr. Art Carpenter and his team in Kenilworth, IL, can perform sinus lifts as well as other preparatory procedures to improve implant candidacy.

illustration of sinus lift
We can lift the sinus membrane and place grafted material to provide support for a dental implant.

When is a Sinus Lift Necessary?

When there is not sufficient bone height in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jawbone, there is an increased risk that an implant will interfere with the soft tissues of the sinus membrane. There are several reasons Dr. Carpenter may recommend a sinus lift procedure. The most common concern is insufficient bone tissue in the implant area. The back of the upper jaw has less bone than the lower jaw, so even without bone loss, it is a difficult area in which to place implants. Both tooth loss and gum disease can cause jawbone tissue to deteriorate, especially if missing teeth were left untreated for a long period of time. This can add to the complexity of implantation.

Once your dental implants are in place, they can prevent further bone atrophy and provide a lifetime of benefits.

Another issue that may warrant treatment is maxillary sinus crowding. The shape and size of the maxillary sinus varies from person to person, and can become larger as you age. It may also expand when tooth loss causes bone deterioration, growing to fill the space in the jaw. In each of these scenarios, a sinus lift procedure can restore dental implant candidacy.

Preparing for the Procedure

Before your sinus lift, you may need x-rays so Dr. Carpenter can analyze the anatomy of your jaw and sinuses. We may also request a computed tomography (CT) scan to measure the height and width of your existing bone and evaluate the health of your sinus. Using this technology, Dr. Carpenter can precisely plan your treatment to ensure the best possible outcome.

What to Expect 

Dr. Carpenter can make an incision in the gum tissue in the upper back jaw to expose the bone. He can then create a small, oval-shaped window in the bone and gently push the sinus membrane up and away from your jaw. Dr. Carpenter can pack the space with bone grafting material, after which he can close the incisions with sutures. It typically takes four to nine months for the grafted material to fuse sufficiently with your bone before implants can be placed. This will extend your overall treatment timeline. However, once your implants are in place, they can prevent further bone atrophy and provide a lifetime of benefits.

A Stable Foundation

When bone loss or sinus crowding threatens the success of your dental implants treatment, preparatory procedures like sinus lifts and bone grafts can restore your candidacy. Contact our office online or call (847) 251-5004 to schedule a consultation and learn more about the benefits of implant treatment with Dr. Carpenter.

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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