Friendly, Gentle, Caring Dentist in Norwood Park, IL
Keep Healthy Gums & Teeth • Caring & Knowledgeable Dentist • Friendly Staff • Saturday Appointments Available • Convenient Location
Helping Patients Have Healthy Teeth and Gums for Life!
- We can help you live longer!
- Caring & Knowledgeable Dentist
- Friendly Staff
- Saturday Appointments Available
- Convenient Location
- Most Insurances Accepted
- Payment Plans Available
- Children of All Ages are Welcome
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Meet the Staff
We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at ease.
We aim to provide gentle loving service to each patient.
For 30 years, our practice has been providing gentle comprehensive family-friendly dental care to our community. Our warm and caring team always places your well being first and we use the latest technologies to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable at every visit. We invite you to meet our new owner Dr. Irene Gula and our skilled, kind, and caring team. You’ll experience a warm enthusiastic welcome, upgraded technologies, and a commitment to accommodate your family’s schedule.
Our staff is trained and skilled, and each member of our team has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars. Continuing our own education allows us to ensure that we can educate our patients – we believe this is essential in the development of trust between doctor and patient.
From Left to Right: Vanessa (Front Desk), Alejandra (Assistant), Dr. Gula (Cosmetic and Family Dentist), Dr. Nares (Periodontist), Jose (Hygienist), Gina (Front Desk)
Dr. Irene Gula DDS
Family and Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Gula believes that everybody deserves a beautiful smile. Dr. Gula earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Canada. She then attended Northwestern University in Chicago, where she was placed on a Dean’s list and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2000. Dr. Gula has extensive training in endodontics, extractions, and is certified in Invisalign and Lumineers. Dr. Gula enjoys skiing, traveling, hiking mountain climbing, camping, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Vi Quan, DMD
Family and Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Quan believes everyone deserves gentle dental care. Dr. Quan received her Bachelor of Science degree from GA Tech in Georgia. She then received a Doctor of Dental Medicine from The Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Dr. Quan has been practicing dentistry for 11 years. In her free time, Dr. Quan enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Nares, DDS, PhD
After earning his DDS, PhD, and Certificate of Specialty in Periodontology from the Baylor College of Dentistry at Texas A&M University in Dallas, Dr. Nares completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Oral Infection and Immunity Branch of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIDCR/NIH) at Bethesda, Md. Dr. Nares is the author of 26 scientific articles and 28 abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Nares also has been an invited moderator of the Astra Tech World Congress and session chair for the Astra Tech Platform for Exchange of Education and Research Symposium. He is also a diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology and a member of the American Dental Association and the International and American Associations for Dental Research, and is a reviewer of manuscripts for several dental journals.
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From the moment you enter our office…we’ll make your visit a positive experience.
Dental Services in Chicago
We welcome children as well as adults and try to make everyone’s experience with us fun and pleasant!
The best treatment for tooth and gum problems is to prevent them before they start. Good oral hygiene habits, twice-daily brushings and regular flossing – are necessary, but are not enough. Regular oral examinations and professional cleanings are an essential part of maintaining the health of your mouth and teeth. At City Edge Dental of Norwood Park You’ll receive the most thorough dental exam possible. With the use of state-of-the-art equipment such as the intraoral camera and the Diagnodent™, we can spot small problems before they grow.
Preventive care is easy with our gentle ultrasonic cleanings. Plus, we provide fluoride treatments and dental sealants as strong, invisible barriers against decay. As part of our general dentistry practice we emphasize comprehensive dental treatments, including fluoride treatments, professional breath control, and periodontal care. Parents are encouraged to schedule regular appointments for their children.
Dr. Irene Gula can help your teeth remain healthy, functional, and beautiful for the rest of your life. At City Edge Dental in Norwood Park, we help you and your entire family maintain the very best oral health. If you would like to schedule a comprehensive exam or cleaning, please contact City Edge Dental today.
There are no secrets to keeping your teeth healthy for life. Just a few simple preventive steps. You’ll receive the most thorough dental exam possible. With the use of state-of-the-art equipment such as the intraoral camera and the Diagnodent™, we can spot small problems before they grow. Preventive care is easy with our gentle ultrasonic cleanings. Plus, we provide fluoride treatments and dental sealants as strong, invisible barriers against decay.
Book an Appointment today for your teeth cleaning and dental check-up!
We are happy to offer periodontics to our patients by means of Dr. Nares. He is a diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology and a member of the American Dental Association and the International and American Associations for Dental Research. Some of the periodontal services her provides include:
- Dental Crown Lengthening: This is a common surgical procedure. The surgeon removes gum tissue, bone or both to expose more of a tooth. Crown lengthening is done when a tooth needs to be fixed. Sometimes, not enough of the tooth sticks out above the gum to support a filling or crown. This procedure is performed by our periodontist, and can provide a foundation for us to restore your healthy smile!
- Implant Placement: After your dentist and a periodontist have determined that an implant is recommended, Dental Implant procedures are usually completed in 3 steps.
- First, the root replacement (a titanium post) is surgically placed into the jaw bone. The implant will gradually fuse with your jawbone, forming a strong base for the replacement tooth.
- After the post and the jawbone have had time to grow together, the abutment attachment will be connected to the post. This attachment is what allows for placement of the dental crown.
- Third, after the bone and gum tissue have healed from the abutment placement, the tooth replacement can be attached. This may be a crown, a bridge, or a full denture.
- Bone Grafting: This is used for Ridge Preservation, Ridge Augmentation and Sinus Grafting.
- Ridge Preservation applies when you need to have a tooth extracted, bone grafting will be used to maintain as much of the jaw bone as possible after the extraction.
- Bone Grafting in Ridge Augmentation is used to prepare your jaw bone for dental implants.
- Sinus Grafting helps to restore bone above the roots of the upper molars and premolars that was lost due to periodontal disease or tooth loss. Sinus Grafting may be necessary to place implants.
- Osseous Gum Surgery: This is a pocket-reduction surgery that can provide relief from periodontal disease symptoms (e.g. swollen gums). The surgery consists of removal of plaque, tarter, and bacteria from the roots of the teeth, smoothing the bone, and trimming the gums.
No one needs to know you’re straightening your teeth. Invisalign® invisible braces are the clear alternative to metal braces. It is the modern approach to straightening teeth. Using impressions of your mouth, a series of custom-made aligners or trays are fabricated to be worn over your teeth. There are no metal brackets or metal wires to be adjusted. The aligners are smooth, comfortable plastic and virtually invisible. They are easy to clean, and can be removed for eating and drinking. The aligners are worn and changed approximately every two weeks until your treatment is complete and you have achieved the new, healthy smile that you’ve always wanted.
The key benefit of dental implants over other tooth replacement systems is that an implant connects directly to the jaw bone. When a tooth is lost, bone loss will eventually occur in that region because the root is no longer stimulating and stabilizing
the bone. By using titanium–which biochemically joins to bone–to replace the root, you get a bond that more accurately replicates the one found in nature.
When you lose a tooth, especially a back tooth, you may feel you don’t need to replace it, since no one can see that it’s missing and you have plenty of other teeth. However, there is more bone loss going on under the surface once a tooth is lost. Surrounding each tooth is an alveolar bone that supports the tooth and when the tooth is lost, that bone basically melts away. This is why people who have lost most of their teeth and are not wearing dentures appear to have a caved-in appearance to their mouths.
Besides causing damage to the immediate area, tooth loss affects remaining teeth as well. Teeth create a structure for the face and their loss can shift the surrounding teeth, creating esthetic issues and bite problems. A lost tooth can also affect facial structures such as the jaw, muscles, jaw joints, and even the skin. If several teeth are lost, it’s not uncommon to suffer from social consequences and poor nutrition.
Replacing a tooth with an implant and a crown is not a one-day procedure. The implant needs time to properly adhere to the bone and create a healthy fusion before the crown can be attached and full bite force can be applied. In most cases, it will take a few months to complete the process.
White, composite fillings can cosmetically blend with the adjacent tooth much better than old metal fillings, and they also offer a number of health-related benefits. As opposed to metal fillings, tooth colored fillings are bonded to healthy tooth structure. Additionally, composite fillings are not as temperature-sensitive as metal, so they do not expand as much with heat helping avoid cracking of the tooth over time.
Crowns are long lasting restorations that are used to restore teeth that have been weakened or damaged due to decay, fracture, cracks, large fillings, root canal therapy or trauma. Crowns are popularly known as “caps”.
Veneers are a cost-effective type of cosmetic dentistry that can improve discolored, worn, chipped, or crooked teeth in your smile. Veneers are also a valuable way to protect the teeth from future problems associated with staining agents in your diet or habits. These restorations can be used to create a beautiful rejuvenated new smile! To learn more about our quality porcelain dental veneers, click here!
Like most people, you may want a whiter, brighter smile. After all, a smile affects your relationships, and has a lasting impression on your self-image. When your smile is bright and beautiful, you are more likely to use it. For many patients, creating a smile that makes you feel more confident, is simply a matter of getting their teeth whitened!
Take Home Whitening System is the most popular approach for the reason that it is more affordable and allows you to whiten your teeth at your convenience—in a safe, effective, and personalized way. This utilizes a custom-made tray and prescription strength whitening gels that you will use every day. Some patients notice results in less than 2 weeks.
In-Office Power Whitening System gives you brighter smile in just one visit. This system utilizes a higher strength whitening gel and the use of a powerful Activation light to enhance the gel’s effects. Results are visible in 60 minutes or less. To prevent sensitivity issues, the system also features a desensitizing enhancer with fluoride. Click here to learn about our teeth whitening services.
Endodontic treatment or famously known as root canal treatment is one of the most feared procedures in the dental field. A root canal therapy is required to remove a painful or infected dental nerve. The procedure involves removal of the nerves from the canals within the root of the tooth. Then the root canals are thorough cleaned, shaped and disinfected to receive the specialized root canal filling material and medicated cement to seal the root canal. Thanks to today’s technology, there are many advances in dentistry that allow you to undergo a comfortable experience even when having a root canal treatment!
While we will try to do as much as we can to save your teeth, it is not always possible. Extractions are sometimes the only treatment that can be done for a tooth that has a deep stress fracture, a substantial amount of decay, or is severely broken.
Early detection oral cancer screening means early treatment and better outcomes. The test is painless, and takes less than 3 minutes. Call or contact us online today to find out more or schedule your appointment. You can also learn more by visiting www.identafi.net or looking over Identafi’s Patient Education Pamphlet.
Hear what our patients have to say about us, and you’ll want to come in for a visit yourself!
“Dr. Gula is the first dentist I felt comfortable and safe in her hands! Thanks for being gentle and patient doc!”
“After years of going through dentists I either didn’t feel comfortable with, or didn’t take my insurance, I’m glad I’m able to settle down on one. Dr. Gula and her staff have been nothing but the best to me, and my crazy aversions to dental procedures. Obviously a dentist’s office isn’t a place I want to keep going back to, but when I do, I’m glad its them.”
“My husband went here last weekend and said “you have got to write a review.” 🙂 He said this is the best dentist he has every been to. Quick, professional, well priced and friendly.”
“I was referred to Dr. Gula by a friend. Her staff was very nice and she was a dream. As a child I feared the dentist. She put my fears at ease.”
“Great dentist who listens to what you need and works with you and what ever concerns you may have. Great customer service!”
“A great experience on the first visit and the work done was professional, careful and memorable. Who would have thought a dental visit would be “fun”? It was! So much so, that I had my Mom and Dad setup an appointment before I left. Thank You!”
“They were awesome with the care for me and my son. My 4 year old had a blast at the dentist. Thank you!!!”
“All staff is very nice and professional. I like the new technology and refreshed look of the office.”
“I had an AMAZING experience at this office! The staff were top notch, and they really cared about getting me out of pain and helping me. I felt like a part of the family! The office manager Vanessa helped me with my financing and Dr. Gula was so compassionate and informative! Definitely going back and taking the whole family.”
“One of the best dental places in Chicagoland area. They have a friendly staff, incredibly knowledgeable dentists, flexible hours. Everyone working here was very helpful and gave me all the help I needed for my first visit. I Loved my dentist. Dr. Gula was much more attentive that the places I have been before.”
“I had a great experience and she handle my daughter with such gentleness, I would recommend this dentist office to adults as well as children.”
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New Patients – We Make It Easy
Going to the dentist can be overwhelming, especially first-time visits.
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What to Expect
Our goal is to make the patient experience comfortable. The dentist will perform a complete oral examination and discuss any treatment you may need. The examination can identify conditions such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, and even oral cancer. Teeth cleaning may be performed during your first visit, or might be scheduled for a follow-up visit depending on the condition of your teeth and gums. Your first appointment will take between 1–1½ hours. Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
What to Bring
To make your visit as pleasant and brief as possible, there are a few things you should bring with you. If you’ve had dental x-rays in the last six months, please bring them to your first appointment. If you don’t have them, plan on biting down on that little cardboard thingy. New x-rays will be taken. With just a few simple forms, we’ll ask for relevant medical history, any medications you might be taking, your dental history, and any dental insurance coverage you may have.
We encourage regular checkups for individuals age two and up. Most people find that it is valuable to have a checkup at least every six months so your Dentist can:
Check for problems that you might not see or feel
Find early signs of decay and gum disease
Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, your Dentist checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, your Dentist will check old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
Regular checkup appointments typically take 30 to 60 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.
Insurance & Payment Information
All dental insurance plans are different, we are here to help you understand your coverage.
City Edge Dental accepts patients with or without dental insurance. We accept a variety of payment options to ensure that your dental treatment and cosmetic procedures are affordable. If you have any questions regarding our fees or how payment works, please call our office at (773) 631-6802 or contact us online.
We are happy to accept almost all dental insurances. Below is a list of just a few options for dental insurances and other payment options:
CareCredit Is a 3rd party payment program specifically designed for dental patients. They offer 0% financing! They can be used for co-payments, deductibles, treatment and procedures not covered by insurance. Visit www.carecredit.com/apply to apply today!
Lending Club offers payment plans to ensure that you are able to schedule treatment when needed, rather than delaying because of financing. Visit www.lendingclub.com/patientsolutions/patients to apply today!
We can help you understand your Dental Insurance coverage, bring your card into our City Edge Dental Office in Norwood Park or call our Staff. We tell you what your insurance will cover and file your claim for you.
All Dental insurance plans are different. Some policies cover only a small percentage of fees, while others cover 50 percent or greater. The more you or your employer pays for premiums, the better the coverage, in most cases.
For the most part, dental insurance covers preventive procedures, including annual X-rays, two cleanings and checkups per year, and fluoride treatments at 100 percent. Restorative care, such as fillings, crowns, replacement teeth, orthodontics, etc. are partially covered.
Cosmetic treatment is not covered. To help with this problem, we work with patients to figure out the best financing options and we offer CareCredit and Chase Health Advance financing.
Most dental insurances also carry a “missing tooth clause.” The clause states that your insurance will not pay for replacement of a tooth or teeth that were missing before your policy began.
Your benefits are probably based on “usual, customary, and reasonable fees.” These fees may not accurately reflect the cost of our services. We are not a clinic, and we offer many luxuries and technologies to make your dental care experience comfortable. We invest time with each of our patients. To us, you are a person, not a number or a chart. Our dentists and our team invest in more continuing education than is required so that To help with this problem, we work with patients to figure out the best financing options and we offer CareCredit and Chase Health Advance financing.
Your “yearly maximum” is the amount your insurance company will pay in a calendar year. Usually, the amount is $1000-1500. If you do not use all of your yearly maximum before December 31st, you lose it. Each new calendar year, your maximum will fund again.
If you have dental insurance, we will tell you your estimated portion before we treat you. Don’t worry about surprises! Please be prepared to pay your portion at your visit unless prior payment arrangements have been agreed upon.
If your insurance provider does not pay their estimated portion, we will bill you for the balance. However, our insurance specialist will provide all paperwork, charts, X-rays, and photos necessary to optimize your benefits.
Location and Contact Information
We are located at the intersections of Devon Ave, Milwaukee Ave and Nagle Ave, next to Shop’n’Save and Walgreens. There is plenty of parking!
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