Dentist in Plainfield, IL Thanks Community For Supporting “Dentistry from the Heart”

Ahoyt Family Dental thanks community for supporting charity event.

“To all our neighbors in Plainfield and surrounding communities, thank you for making our second annual Dentistry From The Heart charitable event an overwhelming success. With the support of our participants, volunteers, community members and sponsors, we’ve donated nearly $80,000 worth of vital dental care to 160 people in need. The past two years have been an incredibly inspiring experience. We couldn’t have done this without you. We can’t wait to see you next year!”

Ahoyt Family Dental
13717 South US 30, Unit 129
Plainfield, IL 60544

(815-436-3377)

Chicago Dental Consultants Provide Advice for Motivating Patient Decisions

TELLING YOUR PATIENT A QUESTION

Have you ever wondered why some people are more successful in motivating others to do what they want them to do, buy what they are selling or successfully move their listener in the direction that is favorable? It really isn’t as complicated as you would think. Much like everything that we do in life, there are a couple of key factors that are important to be successful.

1. Include the other person (patient in our case) in the decision making process. Very few people like to be told what to do; they would much prefer to be involved in the process and be part of the outcome.
2. Discuss the benefit of the matter that you are discussing with the patient.
3. Suggest the probable and favorable outcome if the patient was to make the decision that you are suggesting before they even have the opportunity to make a different decision.
4. Share with them the negative outcome if they should choose the opposite alternative to the suggested and desired results.
5. Make the negative outcome be more painful than they could even imagine if they were to choose the outcome that was not the suggested or desired result.
6. Allow the person to understand that there are other people in similar situations who are considering or have made the same decision that they are considering making.
7. Don’t ask a patient what their decision is. Lead them to the solution that you want them to come up with.
8. Congratulate your patient on making a good decision in accepting treatment.

So how does this look in the practical application of our dental office? How can we get patients to subscribe to treatment, appointment times that we have available, financial arrangements that are beneficial for the Dr. and team, reserve time for recare appointments and share our office with friends and family to increase the patient? Easy~

1. Rather than telling a patient, “You have to get this root canal done,” you may try a different method that includes the patient sharing their thoughts.

“I know that you are very concerned about this tooth being very painful now that you know there is infection involved. I understand that you want to get this taken care of immediately so that you don’t have to deal with pain in the evening or on the weekend when the Dr. is not available. I think your decision is very smart to begin treatment now or reserve time within the next two days.”

Let’s dissect this conversation:

“I know”—I really don’t know but I want you to think that I, as the dental professional
DO know and I want you to follow my lead.
“you are very concerned”—you did not tell me that you are very concerned but if I can
convince you that you are concerned, half of my battle is already won.
“very painful”—although root canals can be painful, there is no guarantee that it will be
painful.
“infection involved”—infection is a red flag no matter where it is in a person’s body but
many dental team members choose words that have less impact and the results
are less substantial than they could be.
“you want to get this taken care of immediately”—the patient never said that. You are essentially telling them how to feel.
“your decision is very smart”—a decision has not yet been rendered to go forward with
the procedure, but giving credit to the patient for making a good decision
validates the patient’s decision and gives then credibility

2. “Most of our patients are happy to get their fillings done as soon as possible. Dental conditions never get any better; the longer you wait, the more involved they become and the more expensive they may be. By getting several fillings done at the same visit we can save you several trips back to the office.”

“most of our patients”—we all like to be like other people. If the patient feels that
others are “doing it”, they feel it is the right or best thing to do.
“we can save you several trips to the office”—We would like to do quadrant dentistry
for all of our patients because we only have to do one confirmation, one set-up,
one clean-up, one

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Northfield Dentists Announce the Release of Their New Website

Dr. Brian Ross and Dr. Kimberly Chan, a husband and wife dental team in Northfield IL, are happy to announce the release of their new website. The new website includes more information to help patients get better acquainted with their dental practice, North Shore Artistic Dentistry. Patients will find procedural information, doctor biographies, a meet the team section, links to Facebook and Twitter, and much more.

As health care providers, Dr. Ross and Dr. Chan have made it their priority to create a relaxed setting in order to provide optimal dental care for their patients. In their practice, they emphasize patient communication and understanding, which is essential for building lifelong trust and quality professional relationships. When you visit North Shore Artistic Dentistry, you’ll find Doctors Ross and Chan go above and beyond to make patients feel comfortable and educate them on any and all concerns they might have regarding treatment, procedures, and their overall health.

At North Shore Artistic Dentistry, Dr. Ross, Dr. Chan and their team make it their number one goal to provide the best patient care and comfort at every visit. To optimize patient comfort, there is a meet the team and doctor biography section to help patients become more familiar with the office staff before their first appointment.

Patients can find information on a variety of different procedures offered at North Shore Artistic Dentistry, dental practice in Northfield, IL. The procedural information will give a brief overview on dental crowns, dental bridges, dental implants, veneers, teeth whitening and more. There is also descriptions of special services offered at the North Shore dental practice, including Under Armour Sportguards, Occlusal (Night) Guards, Invisalign and Pediatric Dentistry. For patients who would like to ensure long-term oral health, there is information on preventative treatments available at the North Shore Artistic Dentistry as well.

Dr. Ross and Dr. Chan value the time they have with their patients at every appointment. To learn more about Dr. Ross, Dr. Chan, their team and the procedures offered at North Shore Artistic Dentistry, visit www.northshoreartisticdentistry.com. Patients can also stay up to date with North Shore Artistic Dentistry in Northfield, IL on Facebook and Twitter that can be accessed from the new website.

Tinley Park, IL Dentist Offers Free Overdenture Consultation

Tinley Park, IL dentist offers free overdenture consultation.

Are your dentures loose, not fitting, or hurting? Do you need a lot of adhesive or denture glue to keep your dentures in place? Can you only eat certain foods? Is your denture limiting your quality of life? WE CAN HELP! In most cases for loose or ill-fitting dentures, implants can be a great solution. With the placement of implants and a new denture you can gain stability of your dentures. Implant overdentures will allow you to speak and eat more comfortably without the embarrassment of the dentures popping out or sore spots from eating the foods you enjoy.

Come into our office for a free consultation. Most people are candidates for great looking and well-fitting cosmetic dentures that will not come loose while talking or eating. Yes, no more adhesive, glue, or embarrassment of a loose denture. Cosmetic implant overdentures are an affordable option that also conserves bone and facial aesthetics. You have nothing to lose! Come in for your free consult, and take the first step towards a more enjoyable and confident social life.

Advanced Family Dental of Tinley Park

16345 South Harlem Avenue, Suite 160, Tinley Park, IL 60477

Phone: 708-781-9754

What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery diagnoses and treats complications of the neck, head, jaw, face, mouth, and teeth. In addition to obtaining a dental degree, oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo an additional 4-7 years of hospital training. Wisdom tooth extractions, oral pathology, dental implants, facial trauma management, corrective jaw surgery, apicoectomy (surgical extraction of the tooth root tip and surrounding infected tissue), and bone grafting are all commonly performed oral surgeries.

The Centre for Oral Surgery in Joliet staff vows to keep open communication with our patients regarding concerns and questions. We provide patients with treatment options and advise them on the best course of action to take. Our undivided attention will be given to every patient. Regular updates will be made to our office technology to ensure we meet and exceed the highest standards of care. You can expect a friendly, welcoming environment where you will feel relaxed and comfortable. Our staff stays up-to-the-minute on the latest surgical techniques by regularly attending oral and maxillofacial seminars and lectures.

For more information visit our website or call us!

3209 Fiday Road
Joliet, IL 60431

P: 815.254.1560

Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?

When we eat, bacteria mix with food and form a sticky film (plaque) on our teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will remove this film. However, just a couple of days can be enough for the plaque to harden into tartar. Removing tartar requires professional dental cleaning. Tartar also permits more bacteria to collect on the teeth causing gum tissue and bone to inflame from the irritation.

Untreated gum tissue inflammation can cause bone loss that allows pockets to develop between the gums and teeth. As these pockets become deeper, more bacteria will fit and build up inside them and eventually destroy the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth. If too much bone is destroyed the teeth will not be supported anymore and will fall out.

At our NW Indiana dental offices, we treat gum disease according to the severity of the disease and other underlying medical conditions you may have. We usually start with a deep cleaning in the office to remove bacteria from the teeth and under the gums. Dr. Ayangade, dentist in Michigan City IN, will discuss with you the best treatment options and look at your medical history to see if you might have other medical condition, such as diabetes, that may be contributing to your gum disease.

In some cases, nonsurgical approaches are not enough to prevent further damage and Dr. Ayangade may refer you to a periodontist for gum surgery.

If you have bad breath or your gums bleed when brushing, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Ayangade and ask to be evaluated for gum disease to prevent more serious conditions.

We have 4 convenient locations in Northwest Indiana, in Merrillville, Portage, Hammond, and in Michigan City. If you are concerned about gum disease, please call us at: 219-871-7171 to schedule a consultation.