General Dentistry

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Dental Crowns and Onlays

Structurally damaged teeth are restored with dental crowns or onlays. Crowns and onlays are made from strong ceramic materials. They restore teeth that have fractured off cusps or have very big fillings. Large amalgam fillings can be replaced with ceramic onlays, making the tooth stronger and more resistant to breaking. Not only are the teeth stronger, they can also look better. The strong ceramics have optical and wear qualities very similar to natural enamel.

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How we can help

You should expect two visits with your dentist for a full crown procedure. At the first appointment, the dentist will prepare the damaged tooth, take a digital scan or impression, and place a temporary crown. Our dental lab will then fabricate a custom crown according to the impression and your doctor’s instructions. At your follow-up visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown secured. In some cases, we may have the availability to fabricate crowns, inlays, and onlays in one visit.

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Dental Fillings

A small cavity left untreated, can grow to destroy an entire tooth. Unlike our skin, teeth don’t heal naturally. Only professional dental care can correct your cavities and return you to optimal oral health. A dental filling, made from white composite resin or porcelain inlay, can fill a prepared cavity and reinforce a tooth’s structure.

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How we can help

To place a filling, your dentist will first prepare your tooth by removing decay and bacteria. Surface cavities often don’t require anesthesia, but your dentist will make sure you’re comfortable during treatment. After the tooth is prepared, your dentist will insert a small bit of tinted, liquid composite resin into the cleaned cavity and, once the material hardens, will sculpt and polish the filling. Porcelain inlays or fillings may be fabricated in a lab or in the office and are more durable than a composite filling.

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Extractions

In some cases, extracting a tooth is the best treatment option to reduce crowding, prepare for dentures, or eliminate a dead or dying tooth.

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How we can help

Extraction is a common procedure. Your dentist will administer analgesic or sedation to keep you comfortable throughout your procedure and will then carefully remove all parts of the tooth or teeth scheduled for extraction. Many times, a bone filling material will need to be placed in the extraction site to promote proper healing. Afterward, be sure to follow postoperative instructions closely so that your gums will heal promptly. If you have questions or concerns following an extraction, don’t hesitate to contact our office immediately.

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Root Canals

In some situations, you can avoid tooth extraction by undergoing a root canal. An internally infected or inflamed tooth may be treatable. Inside every tooth, canals house the pulp (nerve) that sustains the tooth’s life. A deep cavity or crack can compromise the pulp and cause infection or inflammation. As infection and inflammation build, the tooth begins to ache from internal pressure. At this point, your dentist will recommend extraction or a root canal.

Our endodontist, Dr. Mary Roman, will be glad to see you.

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How we can help

During root canal therapy, infection or inflammation is removed from the canals of a tooth. Your dentist will insert man-made material into the emptied canal and then crown or restore the tooth. A root canal is a common procedure that can often be completed in one visit. Rest assured, your comfort will be maintained throughout treatment.

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Periodontal Therapy

‘Periodontal’ refers to gums, the soft pink skin that supports teeth and covers bones in the mouth. About 80 percent of American adults have gum disease, a bacterial infection that breaks down the bond between gums and teeth.

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Gum disease

Gum disease has serious overall health implications in that it is associated with increased potential for:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes complications
  • Heart attack/heart disease
  • Low-weight births
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory problems
  • Stroke
  • Tooth loss
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How we can help

Depending on your level of gum disease, your hygienist and dentist will recommend the appropriate therapy. If you have mild gingivitis, changing your oral home care routine could solve the problem. However, a deep cleaning is often recommended for mild to moderate gum disease. This procedure involves scaling to remove hardened plaque (tartar or calculus) from below the gum line and root planing to reduce rough areas on your teeth’s roots where bacteria tend to gather and flourish.

We may use laser therapies for early, moderate and advanced cases. Advanced gum disease cases may be referred to our periodontist, Dr Rauf Yousef. In some cases, surgery may be required.

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Dr. Mary Roman

Dr. Mary Roman, Endodontist, was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. She received her Bachelor in Dental Surgery degree from the University of Alexandria in 2008. In 2013, she completed the two-year advanced standing program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She also completed her advanced specialty training in microsurgical endodontics at UIC where she additionally received a Master of Science in oral sciences. During her specialty training, Dr. Roman’s area of research was tooth-related maxillary sinus manifestations. Dr. Roman diagnoses and treats endodontic disease by employing the latest evidence-based procedures and technology. She focuses on patient education so that her patients can make informed decisions regarding their treatment. Dr. Roman teaches in the pre-doctoral clinic at UIC. Her professional affiliations include membership in the American Association of Endodontists, Edgar Coolidge study club, the American Dental Association, and the Chicago Dental Society. Besides English, Dr. Roman is fluent in Arabic and German and speaks limited French.

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About Us

Since 1984, University Dental Professionals has been providing exceptional dental care here in Chicago. Located in Hyde Park, directly across from the Museum of Science and Industry, our location has made it convenient for our patients from throughout Chicagoland and Northern Indiana. Focused on our mission to provide the best dental services possible, our doctors utilize the most advanced state-of-the-art technologies to customize their approach, one patient at a time. As a team, we are committed to collaborating with each other to ensure the best treatment options.

Our very own in office UDP dental plan reflects our philosophical approach to prevention and oral health. With more and more studies showing the systemic effects of poor oral health, our dental plan is 100% based on prevention and maintaining your oral health. The core of our plan is our hygiene recall system and our ongoing educational pursuits keep our hygiene team at the forefront of oral health. Each and every provider participates in our UDP plan, to offer our patients the best in services and reasonable fees without any limitations.

Our experienced doctors are leaders and innovators in dentistry. They are educators, authors and well-respected clinicians highly skilled in Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, All on 4 ProceduresBotox, Dental Sleep Appliances, Invisalign, and far more. Implementing digital and laser dentistry allows our patients the latest in comfortable and high-quality dentistry.

Value and Trust based…. come see what sets our team apart.