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

Wisdom Tooth Removal as Early Prevention

If a wisdom tooth erupts at an odd angle or is impacted, it can cause excruciating pain and lead to gum disease or severe dental health problems. Dr. Art Carpenter cares about your comfort and provides oral conscious sedation at our Kenilworth, IL, practice to make your wisdom tooth removal as quick and comfortable as possible. Dr. Carpenter is committed to providing high-quality dental care with a conservative approach.

Graphic illustrating how an impacted tooth can damage surrounding molars
Overcrowding can sometimes force a wisdom tooth to erupt at an angle, towards a neighboring tooth.

The Importance of Wisdom Tooth Removal

Located at the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt. Some patients function fine with their wisdom teeth while others never develop them at all. However, the vast majority of people will need to have their wisdom teeth extracted at some point. 

Sometimes, when a wisdom tooth can only partially break through the gum line, bacteria build up in the opening in the gums and cause an infection. Even if the tooth does fully erupt, it may come in at an angle and throw your bite out of alignment. Furthermore, the longer a wisdom tooth is left alone, the deeper the tooth root can grow and the more difficult it is to remove. Consequently, it is often much easier to simply remove wisdom teeth as a preventive measure, whether they are causing pain or not. 

How Do I Know if My Wisdom Teeth Should be Removed?

Although many problematic wisdom teeth are completely asymptomatic, some of the most common signs of an infection are pain or tenderness around the wisdom teeth. You may also notice redness, irritation, or swelling as well. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should schedule a dental consultation right away to prevent further issues from developing.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Process

Removing a wisdom tooth is often no different than a regular tooth extraction. The procedure usually falls into one of two categories: simple and surgical. For both methods, Dr. Carpenter will administer local anesthesia so that the tooth and surrounding gum tissue remain numb through your visit. If you have decided to receive oral sedation, he can administer this before beginning the procedure.

  • Simple Extraction: This type of extraction is performed when the crown of the tooth is fully erupted. Using special dental instruments, Dr. Carpenter will gently loosen the tissue around the tooth and carefully rock the tooth back and forth to lift it from the socket.
  • Surgical Extraction: If a tooth is impacted, Dr. Carpenter will perform a surgical extraction. To access the wisdom tooth, Dr. Carpenter will make a tiny opening in the gums and carefully remove any bone that is covering the tooth before extracting the tooth.

In most cases, patients can return home immediately after their appointment. 

A Safe Recovery

Before you leave the office, Dr. Carpenter will provide you with a detailed list of post-operative instructions to ensure a swift recovery. During the first 24 hours after surgery, cold compresses can help alleviate pain and reduce swelling. Over-the-counter medications can also minimize any discomfort you experience in the days after your appointment. 

Learn More about Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you are experiencing pain, tenderness, or swelling behind your molars, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Carpenter. Contact us online or call our office at (847) 251-5004.

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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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