Dentist in Downers Grove
We adhere and often exceed every standard of infection control set by the center for disease control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We address indoor pollution with room air cleaners and the staff does not wear perfumes. In fact, we are proud that we utilized gloves and masks years before they were mandatory, sterilized pieces several years before that standard was in place, as well as utilized thyroid covering lead collars since 1983.
Examinations and Hygiene Care
At your initial appointment there is a comprehensive interview about your dental history. Jan and Jackie, our hygienists, have a collective experience of over 60 years. An oral cancer/oropharyngeal cancer screening is performed at every hygiene care appointment for patients of any age.
Your hygiene visit with our hygienists is much more than hygiene demonstration and a “cleaning”. They will assess your risk for future problems by discussing diet and daily habits as well as address any dry mouth issues.
Our office can help you achieve your smile goals. Cosmetic dentistry is an art and a science working seamlessly together to offer smile enhancement, restoration, and maintenance for your optimal health. A beautiful and natural smile is a healthy smile. Bleaching, bonding, crowns or veneers are the variety of options we have to achieve the look you want.
Implants are a more permanent option to replace missing teeth. Implants can be used to restore an individual tooth, several teeth, or to help hold in a denture. Implants are like an artificial root that looks and functions like your own tooth. We partner with a specialist who places the implant that we restore.
Dentistry for Children
There are a number of adults in our practice that were seen by us in childhood and now bring their children to us for care. Seeing this continuation of trust is very fulfilling for us.
Performing the Risk Assessment for caries for a child (be it for the “baby” teeth or the permanent teeth) involves an individually tailored plan. For those children at moderate to high risk for decay, recommended preventative measures may include xylitol products that reduces the levels of caries causing bacteria or MI paste that utilizes calcium and phosphate to strengthen the teeth. For a select few older children, at home treatment with topical fluoride may be necessary. (We have never supported fluoride supplements or fluoride in the water system nor have we administered fluoride treatments in the office.)
Most children benefit from a non-invasive procedure called sealants. This composite like material is flowed into the tooth crevices that are difficult if not impossible to clean with a toothbrush.
the capability of dental procedures coexisting with living tissues organisms without causing harm
Dr. Marcia Basciano has been practicing biocompatible dentistry since 1983. Whenever possible, she carefully chooses dental materials and procedures to enhance her patients’ general health. In the last 32 years, she has enjoyed teaching other dentists the techniques needed to have such a practice.
Biocompatible dentistry promotes health and wellness instead of the treatment of disease. We firmly believe that the mouth is the window to the body. We have not placed a mercury silver filling since 1983 and follow extensive protocols to protect the patient and staff during any mercury removal. Dr. Basciano is certified in SMART – Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. Learn more about SMART by clicking here. Patients with chemical sensitivities can test different materials to find the best for their restoration.
In addition to using dental materials that are less overtly toxic, we recognize the fact that individuals vary in their biochemical and immunological responses. This service becomes more important for those patients who suffer from allergies, environmental sensitivity, or autoimmune diseases, as we can help determine the least reactive materials to use.
In addition, Dr. Basciano believes dental procedures should not harm the community. The dental industry is the number one source of mercury toxins in our freshwater system. Equipment that attaches to the dental office sewer system is a simple cure for this problem and has been available since 1992. However, in Illinois, this equipment is not mandated. Therefore, only 5% of dental offices have voluntarily installed this equipment.
Dr. Basciano worked with a company to help develop this system and has lectured to industrial wasted water engineers as well as environmentalists. Our system was installed in 1991.
In the old days, when the only restorative materials were amalgam or gold, and the only esthetic material was denture teeth, our profession was hard put to fulfill its mission and be biologically discriminating at the same time. Today, we can do better dentistry, in a less toxic, more individualized, more environmentally friendly way than ever. When we choose to put biocompatibility first, we can look forward to practicing effective dentistry while knowing that we are providing you with the safest experience for their overall health.