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
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TMJ Treatment

Is jaw pain causing you to suffer chronic headaches, avoid hard foods, and is overall interfering with your daily life?

These uncomfortable symptoms may be due to a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Dr. Art Carpenter has helped Kenilworth, IL, patients find relief from painful temporomandibular disorder (TMD) symptoms since 1998.

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What Is a TMJ Disorder?

Temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are ball-and-socket joints that help your jaw open and close. 

Your TMJs can become strained through trauma, clenching and grinding your teeth, and other stressors. When the jaw muscles and ligaments become swollen around the TMJs and the cushioning inside the TMJs wears down, pain and temporomandibular disorders can develop.

Symptoms of a Temporomandibular Disorder

A TMD can cause symptoms that extend past the jaw joint. If you have any of the following symptoms, they may be relieved through TMJ treatment.

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Eye pain
  • Ear pain or tinnitus
  • Jaw pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Toothaches or tooth damage
  • Clicking noises when opening and closing the mouth
  • Trouble opening the mouth wide
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Swelling on one side of the face

Ready to Find Relief? Request a Consultation

If you are experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms, Dr. Carpenter can work with you to diagnose your exact cause and provide treatment. 

Dr. Carpenter strives to both relieve discomfort and provide preventative dental care techniques for his TMJ patients to help them sustain strong and healthy teeth for a lifetime. Addressing jaw pain can help you tackle your symptoms head-on before they cause more costly and extensive dental damage.

Call to request a temporomandibular joint consultation at our Kenilworth, IL, office:

(847) 251-5004

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Dr. Carpenter regularly takes continuing education classes to offer the best treatments to his Kenilworth patients.

"Dr. Carpenter is the best!" 5-Star Reviews From Kenilworth, IL, Patients

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2020

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Staff is amazing. Everyone is friendly. Dr. Carpenter is the best!

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2018

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The best place for your teeth on the North Shore!!

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What Causes a TMD?

The exact cause of TMD is unknown, but many potential reasons for the uncomfortable symptoms exist.

Injuries

Injuries to the joint, jaw, or head and neck muscles can lead to disorders of the temporomandibular joint. 

Arthritis

Arthritis in the joint can also cause pain, as can irregular movement of the disk that cushions the ball and socket of the joint. 

Bruxism

TMJ disorder patients who grind or clench their teeth at night put pressure on the TMJs and surrounding muscles, which may cause or exacerbate the condition.

Misaligned Bite

Patients who have not received restorative work for damaged teeth can suffer from a misaligned bite that leads to TMD.

Our Featured Treatment
A Non-Invasive Solution

Many TMJ patients find significant relief from symptoms with appliance therapy. Our office offers the custom-fit NTI-tss Plus™ dental appliance, which has helped alleviate TMD symptoms for many of our patients. Created to fit snugly to the contours of your teeth, the NTI-tss Plus suppresses muscle contraction and prevents teeth grinding.
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The night guard acts as a splint for your jaw. Made of a specialized material that is clear and odor-resistant, this night guard reduces joint strain, minimizes the load on the disk, and decreases facial muscle tension. Like a splint, the night guard securely holds your jaw in place during sleep.

Other Treatment Options

The NTI-tss Plus dental appliance is ideal for patients with bruxism. If improper bite alignment is indicated, we may recommend bite corrections or minor adjustments to the teeth to create a more harmonious jaw position.  

Minor Orthodontics

For patients with TMD caused by a misaligned bite, our dentist offers the Inman Aligner™ appliance. This minor orthodontics treatment is removable, discreet, affordable, and works in a short time frame. 

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Adjusting Tooth Shape

Crooked, jagged, or damaged teeth can affect your bite and flare up a TMD. The dentist may recommend adjusting your teeth with dental bonding. Dental bonding can help adjust the size of your teeth to fix any cracks or dental trauma affecting your teeth' alignment.

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Placing a Restoration

If missing teeth are causing your TMD to flare up, the dentist can place a traditional or implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture to fill in the gaps in your smile and align your bite. Dr. Carpenter has completed 500 hours of implant education to ensure his TMJ patients receive the best care possible. 

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Process of Temporomandibular Joint Treatment

Researchers have estimated that over 10 million Americans have a TMD.
Researchers have estimated that over 10 million Americans have a TMD.

Consultation

At your initial consultation, your doctor will take digital X-rays, observe your bite, and manually check for signs of issues in the joint.

Treatment 

Once Dr. Carpenter has determined if you have a TMD and what the cause may be, you will receive a treatment recommendation, which may include appliance therapy or occlusal adjustment.

Follow-up Appointments

Follow-up appointments at our Kenilworth, IL, office may be recommended so Dr. Carpenter can monitor your treatment. 

"Always a pleasant experience." More 5-Star Reviews From Kenilworth, IL, Patients

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2020

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10+ years and counting, won’t drive anywhere else. Always a pleasant experience.

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2021

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Best dentist ever!!! Would come here any day for checkups and wash

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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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"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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