Dental Institute - IL

The Dental Institute in Downers Grove provides comprehensive, compassionate care for dental services including general care, restorations, orthodontics, and oral surgery.

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Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Phone: 630-743-4500
Fax: 630-743-4545
Address: 3450 Lacey Road Downers Grove, IL 60515 | Directions

The Dental Institute provides excellent care, while teaching the dentists of tomorrow, at significantly reduced fees. Under the supervision and direction of licensed dental faculty, students provide comprehensive, compassionate care while building trusting relationships with their clients.

Services Offered

  • Preventive Dentistry, Dental Hygiene
  • Diagnostic procedures including digital radiography, and Cone Beam CT imaging
  • Dental restorations (e.g. fillings, CAD/CAM esthetic restorations)
  • Replacement of missing teeth (e.g. crowns, bridges, dentures, implants)
  • Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry
  • Oral surgery

Comprehensive Care

At the Dental Institute patients will receive comprehensive oral health care which starts with a thorough, examination.  The Student Dentist and faculty member discuss the results of the exam and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.

As part of your treatment we can provide a wide variety of services, including but not limited to: dental cleanings,  tooth restorations, custom bridges to fill in gaps created by missing teeth, dental implants, removable appliances such as partial and full dentures, minor oral surgery procedures and esthetic procedures such as veneers and tooth whitening.

Urgent Care

During business hours the Dental Institute will also see patients with urgent oral health care needs.  People experiencing discomfort, irritation or unpleasant conditions that may include, but are not necessarily limited to: swelling, mild fever,  broken dental restorations or appliances should contact the Dental Institute to make an appointment for urgent care.

In case of emergencies after normal hours of operation, involving severe pain and/or swelling, please call 630-743-4500. If you are not a patient of record at the Dental Institute, please call your nearest hospital or urgent care center.

If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency center.

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The first step in becoming a patient is to schedule a screening appointment. The screening appointment is a short visit where a student dentist, in consultation with a faculty member, will provide a brief dental examination, possibly make some dental x-rays and will discuss your goals and expectations. Due to the nature of an academic dental clinic, not everyone is selected as a patient. If you are selected you will be matched with a student dentist who will become your primary dental health provider while you are undergoing oral healthcare at the Dental Institute.

Please bring to your first appointment a valid driver’s license or State Identification, a form of payment, and your dental insurance card, if applicable. We accept cash, personal checks, American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Please also bring a list of your current medications and any recent dental x-rays.

To ensure the safety of children, anyone under 14 years of age, who are accompanying a Dental Institute patient, must have another responsible adult to supervise them in the waiting area during the dental visit. Children are not permitted to accompany the patient to the dental treatment area. If your children are left unattended, your appointment will be cancelled and rescheduled. Therefore, please make prior arrangements for appropriate childcare.

The length of time to complete your treatment depends on the individual needs of each patient. As a teaching facility, care will require longer appointments than you may be accustomed to in a private dental office.

Appointments should be cancelled only when it is absolutely necessary. Your student dentist will give you his/her clinic phone number to call direct. We require 48 hours notice for an appointment cancellation. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice of your scheduled appointment, it will be considered a “no show” appointment. Patients who fail to show up for three scheduled appointments will be dismissed as a patient from the Dental Institute. Please remember that your care will be delayed if you miss scheduled appointments.

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