Initial Visit

We would love the opportunity to treat all of your dental needs at Naper Dental Center. If you would like to become a patient, please contact our office to make your initial appointment. This appointment allows us to find out about you and gather all pertinent information to better treat you. This information allows us to take the best possible care for you and your family. You can find our New Patient Forms right here. Downloading and printing this will allow you to fill out this information before you come in. This is not required, but many patients like to have this done before they come in to save a little time. These forms are important to us so that we know your complete medical and dental history and can treat you accordingly. They are similar to the forms you would fill out at other initial appointments with any medical professional.

Once the administrative work is done, one of our clinical team members will take over and we can get to the main reason you came to Naper Dental Center! The first step in your clinical visit is to obtain the appropriate digital dental radiographs. Digital radiographs are preferred because they give you a much lower dose of radiation and are much faster and more comfortable. Once these are obtained, it is time to document your dental history and the health of your gums. This information is held in our electronic dental software which is a secure, encrypted record.

About 90% of new patients in our office get their teeth cleaned at their initial visit. Sometimes a routine professional dental cleaning is not the correct treatment for you, so in those situations we will discuss your options and help you make the best decision.

Lastly, you will have a complete examination performed by one of the doctors at Naper Dental Center. The doctor will perform a comprehensive dental exam that includes examination of your teeth, gums, jaw bones, and soft tissue. In addition, an oral cancer screening will be performed. They will review all of their findings with you and answer any questions you may have about your oral health.

A new patient visit in our office usually takes 60 minutes or less and is very comfortable. We hope that this visit serves as the beginning of a long and caring relationship with you!

Professional Cleaning

At Naper Dental Center we work with you to preserve the health of your entire mouth. Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. We support your efforts at home, in the dental office, by performing regular professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) by one of our outstanding dental hygienists. Your dental cleaning will consist of:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for a length of time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. At Naper Dental Center, we use Ultrasonic Scaling to remove calculus quickly and painlessly.

  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, film that forms on the teeth. It contains living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produces acidic toxins that inflame the gums.

  • Polishing: Polishing will remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during everyday teeth brushing.

During your cleaning appointment your hygienist will also take the necessary digital radiographs (x-rays). They are an essential diagnostic tool that provide valuable information not visible to the naked eye, such as abscesses or cysts, bone loss, decay between the teeth, developmental abnormalities, tooth positions, etc. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected that can lead to pain, extensive treatment to correct a problem, and/or possible loss of teeth in the future. Digital X-rays allow the doctors to provide you with a complete and comprehensive treatment plan to give you the healthiest smile possible during their exam.

Dental Exam

At Naper Dental Center you will receive a comprehensive dental exam by one of our doctors, which will include the following:

  • Examination of digital x-rays: Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.

  • Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of gingivitis and/or periodontal disease.

  • Examination of tooth decay: All teeth will be evaluated for decay with special dental instruments, including the SOPROLIFE cavity detection tool.

  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc. for breakdown such as decay and fracture.

  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.