Naperville takes care of teeth on many different levels. It has practitioners that take care of routine cleanings and fillings. It has specialists who handle cosmetic dentistry, implants, dentures and orthodontics and it is home to a major dental insurance provider.
Naperville Dental Specialists
Dr. Anthony LaVacca and his wife, Dr. Manal Ibrahim, have been caring for the teeth of Naperville residents and those of the surrounding suburbs for the past 12 years at Naperville Dental Specialists.
Both are highly trained prosthodontists (specialists who do dental implants and full-mouth rehabilitation) and Dr. Ibrahim is also a board-certified orthodontist. In fact, that is how she now spends her time because her highly-specialized training allows her to treat patients presenting many degrees of complexity. She is even in the top 10 percent of invisalign providers in the country.
Before opening Naperville Dental Specialists, Dr. LaVacca practiced restorative dentistry, implant prosthetic rehabilitation dentistry and advanced restorative dentistry at practices in both New York and Chicago. He also served as director of the general practice residency program and interim director of the postgraduate program in prosthodontics at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he served as an assistant professor and later served as dentist to the Chicago Blackhawks for several years.
“We chose Naperville because we wanted to make it our hometown. We developed the ultimate dental destination for treating all your dental needs in one convenient location.
We have 19 practitioners practicing full-time and part-time.” La Vacca said.
“We even have a relaxing spa side of the practice where adults can have a quieter experience and the treatment rooms are named after (and decorated for) cities of the world like London, Paris, Rome, New York and Moscow,” he added.
Naperville Dental Specialists is all about improving the patient’s experience while improving their mouth. They are given a warm neck wrap, offered Bose noise canceling headphones and use many high-tech, less-pain instruments. The practice also boasts a movie theater and game room for those waiting.
Riverwalk Family Dental
Drs. Jill Pasinski and Angelica Van Dyke are determined to give their dental patients of all ages the highest degree of personal attention in their recently-relocated boutique dental office in downtown Naperville. The two University of Illinois at Chicago Dental School classmates bought the established practice in 2012 and have been providing caring, yet cutting edge, dental care ever since.
Riverwalk Family Dental offers the general dentistry services of Drs. Pasinski and Van Dyke, as well as the specialized skills of an endodontist and a prosthodontist who offer periodic office hours.
“Our patients are like family to us. We want to offer our patients complete comfort,” Pasinski said. “So, we try to make sure that our appointments are not rushed so that we can offer comprehensive care, get to know our patients, have time to educate them and answer their questions, and also have the time to understand their dental needs and goals.”
Riverwalk Family Dental has state-of-the-art equipment including digital x-rays, a digital panoramic x-ray system, a tool to diagnose oral cancers and electronic hand instruments which minimize the noise that a patient hears during procedures.
Delta Dental of Illinois
Delta Dental of Illinois, the largest dental insurance provider in Illinois, calls Naperville its home. It provides both individual and group dental insurance policies, and through the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation seeks to improve the oral health care of the communities it serves. In fact, all Delta of Illinois claims are processed in Naperville.
“We provide dental insurance to the employees (and their families) of small to large Illinois businesses, including more than one-third of the Fortune 1000 companies in Illinois, as well as numerous school districts, municipalities and colleges and universities,” said Karyn Glogowski, vice president of sales and services. “In addition, we have several dental insurance options for individuals and families who can enroll on our website. We also feature ACA compliant individual plans through the ‘Get Covered Illinois’ program.”
Meanwhile, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation provides grants to worthy Illinois organizations that wish to improve dental health every year. For instance, in 2016 they gave a $100,000 grant to Crusader Community Health of Rockford so that they could hire an additional dentist and purchase a new digital x-ray system. They do dental exams, cleanings and education for children in the Rock River Valley area, Glogowski said.
Through its Land of Smiles program, the Foundation also presents a free educational program to elementary schools throughout the state each year, reaching more than 35,000 students. Characters named “Plaqueman” and “Tooth Wizard” present the 30-minute “Land of Smiles” show, which promotes good dental habits. Glogowski estimated that over 300,000 students around the state have seen the show over the past nine years and each has also received a complimentary oral health kit.
Delta Dental of Illinois is one of 39 member companies of the Delta Dental Plans Association, which was formed over 50 years ago. Delta Dental member companies together provide dental benefit plans in every state and Puerto Rico, and cover more than one-third of Americans with dental insurance. In fact, nearly 80 percent of licensed dentists in the country participate in a Delta Dental network, making it the largest dental network in the country. Delta Dental of Illinois covers 2 millions members across the country.