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

Prevent Further Damage with Tooth Extractions

Dr. Art Carpenter performs tooth extractions in order to help alleviate issues such as crowding or advanced decay. With substantial experience in oral surgery, he uses precise techniques and sedation to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. He is equipped to handle even the most complex extraction cases at our Kenilworth, IL, office, avoiding the need to refer patients to a specialist. When needed, Dr. Carpenter offers a variety of restorative options to replace the extracted tooth or teeth, rebuilding your smile with lasting solutions.

When is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

A tooth extraction will remove the entire tooth, root to tip, from your jaw. Sometimes surgical extraction is required for partially or fully impacted teeth. Some of the most common reasons people have a tooth extracted include:

Illustration of a tooth growing into another tooth
Tooth extractions can prevent damage to surrounding teeth.

What is the Procedure Like?

To make the extraction process as painless and as comfortable as possible, Dr. Carpenter may use a combination of sedation and local anesthetics. After ensuring the site is fully numb, he will carefully extract the tooth. If the tooth has fully erupted, he may gently rock the tooth to loosen it, and use specialized instruments to carefully remove it from the jaw.

For impacted teeth, Dr. Carpenter will create incisions in the gums to access the tooth stuck beneath the surface. To cause the least impact on the surrounding tissue, he may divide the tooth into multiple pieces for easier extraction. Once the tooth has been fully removed, he will suture any incisions and place gauze over the site to stop any bleeding. Bone grafting may accompany an extraction in some cases to help prevent the bone loss that occurs after a tooth is removed.

Side Effects and After Care

Due to the anesthetic, your mouth will feel numb for a few hours after the procedure. You may experience some pain and swelling. Take any pain medications as prescribed and use ice to control swelling. Once the numbness subsides, you can eat and drink again. Avoid foods that are overly hot or that require a lot of chewing.

For the first 24 hours, you should avoid drinking through a straw, which can disturb any clots that form and cause dry socket. You should also avoid any alcoholic beverages as well as any mouth rinses that contain alcohol. Any discomfort and swelling you experience should fade within a day or two of your procedure.

Our team always strives to provide effective treatment that prevents the need for extraction. If extraction has become necessary, we can provide the gentle, comfortable care you need.

Restoring Extracted Teeth

Unless you had a wisdom tooth removed or teeth extracted for orthodontic treatment, you should replace the tooth. Leaving an empty gap in your smile not only impacts the appearance of your smile, but it can also cause more complications. Your other teeth may shift out of alignment and you will begin to suffer bone loss in that area.

To combat these issues, Dr. Carpenter may recommend one or more dental implants. These titanium posts replace lost tooth roots to prevent bone loss and can support a number of restorations for a fully functional smile. Dental bridges and partial and full dentures are also an option, depending on the number of teeth removed.

Protect Your Smile

Our team always strives to provide effective treatment that prevents the need for extraction. If extraction has become necessary, we can provide the gentle, comfortable care you need. Contact our office online or call us at (847) 251-5004 today 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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