When a filling is not a viable solution to correcting the damage sustained by a tooth, crowns can provide a long-term solution to restoring the function of your teeth and enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Many parents are surprised to find out that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children visit a pediatric dentist by the time they are one year of age. This is because tooth decay is the most common early childhood chronic disease.
Dental sealants are commonly placed on a child’s adult molars, as soon as they erupt, in order to help prevent cavities. Sealants are a resin-based material that is applied to the chewing surface of a tooth.
Between the ages of two and four, most children will naturally stop sucking their fingers, thumbs, or other objects. When children continue these habits for a longer period of time, their teeth may be affected, resulting in the need for early orthodontic treatment.
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes or loosens a band of tissue (frenum) that is connected to the lip, cheek or tongue. With innovative technology, most patients are back to complete normal function within a few days
Early Childhood Caries is the most common chronic childhood disease. It is defined as the presence of 1 or more decayed, missing or filled tooth surfaces in any primary (baby) tooth in a child under the age of 6 years old.
Our focus has always been on being able to provide a safe and comfortable dental experience for you and your family. During this current challenge, we remain steadfast in this commitment and have established new protocols that meet the guidelines of the CDC, American Dental Association, as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Prior to your first visit, we ask that you familiarize yourself with our changes.
To make in-person visits safe:
Team screening. All of our team members will be wearing masks along with being screened for symptoms, including a no touch temperature check on a daily basis.
Cleaning and disinfecting. Our team has dedicated members disinfecting the treatment and office spaces between patients.
Text check in. We will be asking that you text upon your arrival so that we can initiate the check-in process.
Check-in process. There will be a pre-appointment screening process completed over the phone, as well as another on the day of your appointment. This second screening will include a questionnaire, as well as a no touch temperature check. This process will be completed at your vehicle, weather permitting.
Reception room distancing. We will be taking steps to avoid any patients in the reception room by asking that all patients remain in their vehicles until they are contacted via text or phone call. We ask that all patients refrain from bringing any companions. Parents will be asked to remain in their cars during any child's appointment as well, unless instructed otherwise. Under specific circumstances we may allow for a parent or guardian in the reception area.
Face coverings. All patients are required to wear a face covering or mask when entering the building and while moving through the office.
Hand washing and tooth brushing. Patients will be asked to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands for 20 seconds upon entering the office. All patients will also be asked to brush prior to their appointments, as we will not allow in office brushing.
Capacity adjustments. Our office will be taking steps to reduce the number of patients and team in the office to 50% of previous numbers.
Limiting in person contact. We will be making all appointments, financial arrangements, and consultations either over the phone or virtually.
Dental team PPE. Please know that our clinical team may be dressed much differently from what you are used to. Masks, gowns, and face shields, for many procedures, will be a normal part of the dental experience for some time to come.
As we begin to care for our family of patients next week, please be aware that we will be focusing our initial phase on the many individuals who have URGENT NEEDS. The next phase of care will include LOWER RISK PROCEDURES. Our business team will be making treatment appointments in the days ahead. We will also welcome your calls so that we can accommodate any concerns you may have at this time. In the end we ask that you be patient with the AFD team as we begin this new process. We look forward to seeing you soon.
“I was beyond impressed by Ahoyt Dental. I called today to schedule a new patient appointment and was able to get in the same day. The front desk staff was very friendly, the hygienist Raquel was thorough in her exam and took time to explain everything in detail.”
— Katie A.
“My experience with this dental office was off the charts!!! I was visiting family in the area,and one of my molars broke in half. My daughter in law called and they had me come in right then. Within 24hours I had 2 visits,an exam and a repair.”
— Angela H.
“By far the most pleasant staff from the front desk. My appointment for a crown was painless and I was very comfortable. Knowledgable, quick, painless, efficient, friendly, clean. Truly a top notch dental office with a focus on customer satisfaction.”
— Rachelle M.
“I can't say enough great things about this dental office! I'm having some extensive crown work done and I have never met a more caring and devoted dentist than Dr. Amy Feller. Truly outstanding in her work! Also, Sue in the office area has been so helpful with the financial and insurance end of things.”
— John G.
Monthly Payments & In-house Savings Plan
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