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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Family & Preventive Dentistry

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We want patients to feel confident about their choices when it comes to their dental care. Below, we've answered some of the questions we hear most frequently in hopes of helping to educate and inform patients on their dental decisions. If you have a question you don't see here, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're happy to help you get the answers you seek!

Family & Preventive Dentistry

happy Multigenerational family Yes! We are always happy to add new faces to our growing dental family, and we are currently accepting new patients of all ages. If you are looking for a dentist who cares about your family's comfort and dental health and a warm and inviting atmosphere, you've come to the right place.

Convenient Hours

Gallery Park Dental offers convenient hours and flexible scheduling, and our Glenview dentists have advanced training in several dental techniques, including IV sedation, implants, endodontics, and oral surgery. We strive to offer both new and established patients a comprehensive dental experience all under one roof.

Children's Dentistry in Glenview

We love working with children, and we understand the unique concerns and needs of young, developing teeth. We will work with you and your child to create positive experiences at the dentist while educating our young patients about the important role they play in keeping their teeth strong and healthy.

Sedation Dentistry Options in 60026

If you have anxiety about dental visits, we offer multiple sedation options to put you at ease. From mild, short-term sedation using nitrous oxide gas to a more moderate conscious sedation using oral medications or IV sedation, we can accommodate even the most dental-phobic patients. Contact us today to find out how we can put you at ease during your dental treatment.

dental xray | Dentist Glenview ILCurrent, up-to-date x-rays are a vital part of our diagnosis and treatment process. X-rays allow our Glenview dentists to detect potential dental problems early and treat them while they are still small and treatable through conservative dentistry. Our patients' health and safety is our top priority at all times. We recommend specific frequencies of x-rays for each individual patient depending on their risk of developing dental disease. 

Digital X-Ray Process

Our office uses digital x-rays, which transmit up to 90% lower levels of radiation than traditional x-rays. We also use lead aprons and thyroid collars for our patients' safety. We follow the ALARA principles (As Low as Reasonably Achievable) when recommending new x-rays for patients.

Benefits of Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays are not only safer for our patients, but they also offer many benefits to both us and our patients. Digital x-rays can be displayed immediately on the monitor, giving us a tool to educate patients about the state of their teeth and recommended treatment options. They also make transmission to insurance companies or other dental offices much faster and easier than traditional x-ray films.

If you have questions or concerns about a procedure recommended by another dentist, we will be happy to perform an examination and offer a second opinion. We want to help patients make the best choice for their oral health and their individual needs and desires. Our Glenview dentists put service first, and we will go the extra mile to make sure every patient feels safe and secure in their dental treatment choices.

Conservative Dental Care

Choosing the right dental treatment is an important and sometimes difficult task, but we want to work with our patients to make it as easy as possible. Every mouth is different, and what may work well for one patient would not work as well for another. We will never recommend a treatment option that we don't feel is in the best interest of the patient or advise a patient to undergo unnecessary treatment.

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Whether you choose to have treatment at Gallery Park Dental or with another dentist, we will give you our recommendations on the best treatment options available to you, as well as explaining the relative benefits and risks of each option. We are happy to answer questions and provide estimates for different treatments in order to help each patient make an informed and confident choice.

Our office places a high priority on cavity prevention. Routine check-ups at least once every six months, updated x-rays to detect problems early, and professional cleanings with a dental hygienist are the best tools we can offer for prevention and early detection. We also recommend fluoride treatments for children and adults that are susceptible to tooth decay.

The Frequency of Dental Exams

We may advise patients who are particularly susceptible to decay or tartar to get more frequent exams and cleanings in an effort to catch problems early. Every mouth is different, and we customize prevention and treatment plans to match each patient's needs and circumstances.

Importance of Preventive Dentistry

In addition to preventive dentistry, we work with patients to ensure home oral care routines and diets are optimized to help prevent decay and tartar build-up. We will demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques for patients during cleanings and are always happy to answer any questions about decay-causing foods to avoid and how to keep your mouth healthy and happy.

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If you have specific concerns or a medical condition that may impact your oral health, please let us know so we can work with you to ensure your specific needs are being met by our team. We may be able to offer additional techniques or products to improve your oral health.

woman smiling while sitting in dental chair | Dentist Glenview ILTypically, we recommend a professional dental cleaning and exam every 6 months. However, patients with periodontal disease or other complicating factors may be scheduled more frequently for cleanings. Regular dental exams and cleanings also allow Dr. Rogers, Dr. Gripentrog and the rest of our team to identify and treat issues early when they are less costly to fix. 

Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings

Regular cleanings are not just a good idea but they are essential for a lifetime of good dental health. Being conscientious about regular dental appointments for cleanings can make the difference between healthy teeth and gums or dental problems that seem to last forever.

Experienced Dental Care in 60026

Some people may wonder why a professional cleaning is necessary but no matter how well you brush and floss some plaque will always be left behind. Our experienced hygienists can use special instruments to get into those hard to reach places leaving your teeth the cleanest they will ever be! Regular, thorough dental cleanings and exams are the best defense against cavities and gum disease. Please call our Glenview dental office today to schedule your next dental cleaning appointment!

 

There can be many different reasons why teeth are sensitive.  Some common causes for sensitivity include gum recession (which causes exposure of your root surface), cavities, cracked teeth, an infected pulp (the nerve containing portion of the tooth) or, on occasion, recent fillings and crowns or teeth whitening.

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Sensitivity should be examined so your dentist can rule out disease or damage to your teeth. If you are having tooth sensitivity, please call us right away so we can examine your teeth and help relieve your discomfort.

woman sitting in dental chair smiling At Gallery Park Dental, we want to make every patient feel comfortable and at ease from the moment they enter our practice. We offer a streamlined new patient process to save time and frustration. 

Your First Dental Visit in Glenview

During your first visit, we will conduct a thorough oral examination, including digital x-rays (if necessary), charting of all existing dental work, a periodontal screening for active gum disease, orthodontic evaluation, screening for TMJ disorders and oral cancer. We utilize intra-oral cameras during the evaluation to show patients their specific dental conditions and help explain recommended treatment options. We then create and present a patient-specific, comprehensive treatment plan for all known oral health issues.  It may or may not be possible to do a dental cleaning since we need to know more about the current condition of your oral health. However, we know you’re busy, so we’ll do our best to get your cleaning done during the first visit.

What to Expect As a New Patient

Here's a list of some other things new patients can expect at their first visit to our Glenview dental office:

  • Online Forms including new patient registration, health history, and insurance forms can be filled out in advance through our website or completed in-office on one of our tablet computers.
  • We offer a complimentary beverage station with free bottled water and coffee for our patients comfort before and after their appointments.
  • Comfortable treatment rooms complete with beautiful views of Gallery Park as well as televisions and earbuds for patients to enjoy during their procedure. We offer complimentary pillows and blankets in each room to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable.
  • Before leaving your first appointment, new patients receive a gift bag in appreciation for choosing Gallery Park Dental.
  • Our front office staff will provide a complimentary benefits check and financial consultation to patients, including estimated insurance coverage and options of third-party and in-office payment plans to cover any proposed treatment.

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Throughout your first visit, we will ask you to share your concerns and goals for a healthy smile. We know you’ll see we are a friendly team of professionals who have your best interest in mind. Please contact us today to make your first appointment at Gallery Park Dental. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

 

woman holding clockMany people find standard dental hours inconvenient, requiring time off of work and school and juggling of schedules in order to visit the dentist. That's why Gallery Park Dental offers a more flexible schedule for our patients' convenience. We know our patients lead busy lives and they can't just stop everything for a dental visit.

Early Morning and Evening Dental Appointments

We have a variety of early morning and after-hours evening appointments available each week as well as weekend appointments on Saturdays. We want to work with patients to make visiting the dentist as convenient as possible, so please let us know what we can do to better accommodate your busy schedule.

Same-Day Emergency Appointments in 60026

We also offer same-day appointments for emergency dental treatment, and will attempt to accommodate emergency patients after-hours on the same day. For patients with a dental emergency, please make sure to notify the office staff when you call so we can fit you in as soon as possible. 

If you need a specific appointment or a block of appointments to bring your entire family in a single visit, let us know. We will work with you to accommodate your schedule whenever we can.

The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) recommends a child see a dentist by the time their first tooth erupts but no later than age one. It is very important to establish a dental home as early as possible so we can increase our chances of helping your child enjoy a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.

Your Child's First Visit in 60026

The first couple of visits will help acclimate your child to the dental office and the new surroundings. The main purpose for these visits is to help them feel completely safe and comfortable in the dental office while identifying any early issues and providing hygiene and nutrition counseling for parents. 

Gentle Dentistry for Kids

Both of our doctors really enjoy working with kids of all ages. We will take things nice and slow, introducing your child to all the sights and sounds of the dental office.  It is understandable that you may feel a little overwhelmed about your child's first visit. You can take comfort in knowing that our team is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to treating your child with the friendly care and attention they deserve. Once we know your child is familiar and comfortable with our office, we will start to perform any necessary treatments like exams and cleanings.

We would love to help start your child off on the right foot when it comes to their dental care. Please contact our Glenview dental office today to schedule your child's first visit!

While we love to hear that our patients are following recommended home care practices, brushing and flossing just aren't enough. Regular professional cleanings allow us to reach the areas of the mouth that just aren't accessible to a toothbrush or dental floss. Professional cleanings also help control the build-up of tarter, something that brushing at home can't do.

Routine Dental Exams in 60026

Visiting Gallery Park Dental for routine dental exams and cleanings are also an important step in maintaining oral health. Periodic exams at least once every six months (or more frequently depending on individual patient needs) allow us to carefully examine a patient's teeth and gums. These regular examinations are vital for early detection and prevention of gum disease, as well as providing an opportunity to catch issues like cavities early and treat them as conservatively as possible.

Transparent Dentistry

We view achieving optimal oral health as a team effort. We do our part by keeping patients informed and educated about how to care for their teeth and gums, by keeping teeth clean and free of tartar and decay, and by creating customized treatment plans that practice conservative dentistry whenever possible. Making and keeping appointments for routine preventive care such as exams and cleanings is an important part of helping us do our part.

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