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

Office Visits

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Your First Visit

Your first visit to our office usually includes a series of x-rays (radiographs) that allows us to view the structures of the jaw, the position of the teeth, unerupted or impacted teeth, malformed roots, tooth decay, abscesses, cysts or even tumors. 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.

The initial visit includes a review of your medical history. When you share your medical history, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform our office if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill. Also tell us the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking — whether prescription or over-the-counter products — and the name of your physician. Inform us of any changes in your health or medications. This information will help us select the safest and most effective method of treatment for you. All of this information is archived and privacy is ensured by strict adherence to HIPPA rules.

Regular Checkups

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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