Our approach to dentistry at North Aurora Smiles has been defined by continuing education on the latest and greatest dental techniques and technologies with exceptional service, warm care, and inviting surroundings! Our talented doctors and staff are privileged to provide highly sought-after services to support the oral health of diverse patients across Chicagoland and greater northern Illinois.
When teeth cannot be “saved” with changes to oral care or treatments like root canal therapy, we provide many durable and cosmetic dentistry options to replace the tooth – even from the “root” upwards! One implant may be used to support a single prosthetic tooth (or crown). Or, few implants can be used to anchor a dental bridge or to provide a strong foundation for an implant-retained denture. The possibilities are seemingly limitless with our skill and use of tissue-friendly, high-quality biocompatible materials.
A “standard,” straightforward implant process might involve positioning a cylindrical-shaped piece of medical-grade titanium in the jawbone, where a tooth root used to be before the tooth was lost due to decay, fractures, or other forms of trauma. The implant is designed to replace the lost tooth root. So, it functions naturally to stabilize and keep the new tooth rooted in the jaw.
Other forms of tooth replacement do not replicate this vital component of natural teeth. In turn, there may be challenges associated with traditional dental bridges, partials, and complete dentures. For instance, conventional full dentures do not keep the jawbone strong. The denture is sealed to natural tissues but not “rooted” in the bone. Accordingly, the bony tissue does not get the stimulation necessary from tooth functions to retain its strength and density. Over time, the denture may not fit well because the bone is lost or reabsorbed in the jaw. Periodically, these dentures must be adjusted, relined, rebased, repaired, or even replaced.
Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures are designed to last a lifetime. After the implant has been precisely placed in the jaw by one of our skilled dentists, it naturally integrates into the bone. Once the implant is connected to the bone, it can optimally hold the overlying prosthetic tooth in place. The energy produced by the prostheses during chewing is transferred to the implant and bone. When tissues continue to be used, they do not deteriorate. So, implants are effective at preventing or halting destructive bone loss!
Of course, at North Aurora Smiles our philosophy is to save all natural teeth, and we can do so with professional preventive services. However, should molar replacement be necessary, an implant-retained crown or bridge can be an ideal, conservative, and strong alternative.
North Aurora Smiles is a patient-centered practice offering gentle, comprehensive dental care services for the whole family. Our top priority is to ensure the optimal health and wellness of our patients, and helping them to achieve healthy beautiful smiles for life. The doctors pride themselves on being whole-health focused with an overall philosophy of being minimally invasive in their dental treatment.
Dr. Hammad Aziz is a skilled and experienced professional, having graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Cum Laude with departmental honors and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry. He is certified in Invisalign, Dental Implants, Six Month Smiles (invisible, clear braces), Sleep Apnea/Snoring with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Institute for Cranio-Facial Sleep Medicine. Dr. Aziz is also certified in Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Therapy, and is a BLS (CPR) Healthcare Provider / ACLS Certified. He is an active member of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, and a Member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Founding Member and President Elect of the CM Dental Society, and Past President and Member of the Aurora Dental Society.
Dr. Stephanie Janes earned her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine. While there, she also earned a Master’s degree in Health Service Administration and a Humanitarian Award on behalf of the International College of Dentists. Later, she completed a General Practice Residency through the University of Chicago at NorthShore University HealthSystem – Evanston Hospital. She gained hospital dentistry experience with a focus on medically-compromised patients and emergency dentistry. This program enabled her to enhance her comprehensive dental skills, especially in endodontics and cosmetic dentistry. She is also certified in therapeutic botox and dermal filler treatments to relieve bruxism (clenching and grinding) and TMJ pains, which she is passionate about.