2418 West Indian Trail Suite E
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 907-2180

Common Procedures

Regular Exams and Cleanings | Bonding | Bridges | Crowns | Dentures | Digital X-Rays | Extractions
Fillings | Implant Restoration | Intraoral Camera | Fluoride | Laser Dentistry | Mouthguards | Root Canals
Sealants | Veneers | Wisdom Teeth


exams and cleanings

Regular Exams and Cleanings

Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining your oral health. We encourage these visits for individuals age three and up. During your regular exam, we will:

  • Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
  • Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
  • Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
  • Provide a thorough teeth cleaning
  • Inspect and verify the integrity of all existing dental work
  • Provide an oral cancer screening

The visit will take about one hour for adults, and about 30-45 minutes for children. Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, and polishing of the teeth by a licensed Dental Hygienist, and an oral exam by Dr. Guzzardi. During the oral exam, he will check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue, and will check your existing fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.

Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and we ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you need to change an appointment, please provide us with at least 24 hours notice.

Without a doubt, maintaining regular checkups on a consistent and ongoing basis is one of the keys to long term oral health.

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Bonding

bondingBonding is a conservative way to repair chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling "bonds" with your tooth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.

Tooth bonding also can be used for tooth fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.

Bonding is less expensive than most other cosmetic treatments and usually can be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers or crowns. If it does break or chip it can usually be patched or repaired in one visit.

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Bridges

bridgesA bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite.

A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, zirconia, or a combination of these materials and is cemented or bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.

Your bridge is created by a Certified Dental Laboratory Technician from your precise tooth impression, which allows for consideration to all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your bridge is then sculpted so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once it is placed.

Dr. Guzzardi never uses offshore dental laboratories. All of his lab fabricated restorations come from local, accountable laboratories that strictly adhere to all government regulations for the industry.

The success of any bridge depends on its foundation — the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.

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Crowns

crownsCrowns are a cosmetic restoration used to restore or improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay.

A crown is a "cap" cemented onto an existing tooth that usually covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, zirconia, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain or zirconia crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency and beauty of natural teeth and are very strong.

Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated in a commercial dental laboratory. Your crown is created by a Certified Dental Laboratory Technician from your precise tooth impression, which allows for consideration to all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.

Dr. Guzzardi never uses offshore dental laboratories. All of his lab fabricated restorations come from local, accountable laboratories that strictly adhere to all government regulations for the industry.

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Dentures

denturesDentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they’re not in use, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well.

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Digital X-Rays

x-rayUsing the most advanced dental technology possible is just as important as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.

Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options that are designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than with traditional X-ray technology.

We are sensitive to the concerns of patients regarding radiation exposure, and always use lead shields and digital sensors that allow for minimal radiation. The dosage of X-ray radiation received by a dental patient is small (around 0.150 mSv for a full mouth series, according to the American Dental Association website), equivalent to a few days' worth of background environmental radiation exposure, or similar to the dose received during a cross-country airplane flight.

Our practice is focused on making your dental experience as comfortable as possible. At your next appointment, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Extractions

extractionsThere are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so Dr. Guzzardi may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.

When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, we may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request a separate visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a "tooth socket," and your tooth is held in that socket by ligaments. In order to extract a tooth, we expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is often very quick, it is important to share with us any concerns or preferences for sedation.

Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, we may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.

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Fillings

fillingsTraditional dental restoratives, or fillings, may include gold, porcelain, silver amalgam and composite resin. Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, can be used anywhere in the mouth where a natural appearance is important. There are two different kinds of fillings: direct and indirect. Direct fillings are fillings placed directly into a prepared cavity in a single visit. Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. Indirest fillings include inlays, onlays, crowns, and veneers fabricated with ceramics or composites.

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Implant Restoration

implantsIf you have missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift, jaw bone may be lost, and may even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth, and if properly maintained, can last a lifetime!

Dental implant treatment is composed of two main parts: One part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing tooth root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. With this type of treatment, you can smile confidently knowing no one will suspect you have a false tooth.

In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so you have a more natural-looking smile.

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Intraoral Camera

intra-oral camera at the dentistYou know the importance of prevention when it comes to your dental health, and we’re always looking for new, improved ways to help you achieve a healthy smile for life. While X-rays provide valuable information, they don’t give a complete view of everything that is going on inside your mouth. With the use of an intraoral camera, we can see every aspect of your teeth and mouth with incredible detail, uncovering cracked teeth, plaque deposits, cavities next to fillings, and excessive wear. When we can discover oral problems early on, your treatment is much less extensive and expensive.

Our intraoral camera is small – about the size of the mirror we normally use during your appointments. You probably wouldn’t even notice we’re using it, except that with the intraoral camera, you have the opportunity to see everything we see on a monitor. This is a great tool to help you become more informed about your dental health, as it gives you a clear understanding of your teeth’s condition, and it allows you to make a more informed decision regarding your treatment options.

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Fluoride

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. A fluoride treatment in our office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your age and oral health, we may recommend that you have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months.

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Laser Dentistry

Laser therapy in dentistry provides patients with a more comfortable dental treatment experience. Using laser dentistry, we are able to deliver a precise treatment that is more comfortable, quicker, and provides more stunning results. There are two different types of laser dentistry: hard tissue and soft tissue. Dr. Guzzardi uses soft tissue laser in a multitude of periodontal (gum) treatments, and to remove growths and lesions from the soft tissues of the mouth.Some soft tissue treatments include gum reshaping, gum surgery, and improving muscle attachment.

There are several benefits to receiving a laser therapy dental treatment.

  • The recovery time is much quicker than with traditional treatment methods.
  • Treatments are more comfortable.
  • There is less of a chance of bacterial infection because laser treatments are so precise.

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Mouthguards

mouthguardWhether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. If you participate in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouthguard. Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the "boil-and-bite" fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from a dental office. When you chose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly. 

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Root Canals

root canalsIn the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, your tooth can be saved. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but is detrimental to your overall health.

Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, Dr. Guzzardi, or an  endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) removes the affected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleansed and shaped. Finally, the tooth is filled with a special rubber material. Root canal treated teeth should almost always be protected by placement of a crown to prevent breakdown or fracture of the tooth. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

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Sealants

sealantsSometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get into the small crevices and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.

Dental sealants are a plastic resin that bonds and hardens in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth, and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.

Sealants are usually applied during childhood after the permanent teeth have erupted as a way to prevent tooth decay. However, adults also can receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal "permanent" teeth rather than "baby" teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and we recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.

Sealants last from three to five years, although it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants break down, they should be reapplied.

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Veneers

veneersYou no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshaped teeth. With veneers, you can correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance, and they are a good alternative for patients wanting to make adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain) designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, Dr. Guzzardi will obtain a precise model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental laboratory technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, we may need to conservatively prepare your tooth to achieve the desired aesthetic result.

When placed, you’ll be pleased to see that veneers look like natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are quite stain resistant and so they are a good choice for smokers and red wine drinkers. Of course maintaining a faithful schedule of regular checkups where the veneers are polished and inspected is vitally important.

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Wisdom Teeth

wisdom teethWisdom teeth are molars found in the very back of your mouth. These teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, a cyst, tumor,or severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.

Wisdom teeth are usually removed in the late teens or early twenties because there is a greater chance that the teeth's roots have not fully formed and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. These two factors can make early extraction easier, as well as making the recovery time much shorter.

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