Dr. Patrick J. Bannon grew up in the south western Chicago suburb of Lockport. He attended Northern Illinois University prior to receiving admission to Loyola University School of Dentistry, graduating with a D.D.S degree in 1972. After receiving his D.D.S. he completed the dental specialty program of Pediatric Dentistry.

While growing up as a young child Dr. Bannon was not fond of “going to see the dentist”. It was this dislike that set his ambition to becoming a dentist who would provide comfortable care dentistry. He sat up practice as a general dentist in 1978 in Downer Grove and remains in the very same location today.

Dr. Bannon has a passion for dentistry and learning as well as educating. He maintains membership in the following professional organizations: American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society , Academy of General Dentistry , Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology & International Association for Orthodontics.

This involvement allows him to continue to strive for excellence in a variety of dental areas. He frequently spends weekends traveling to enhance his knowledge and skill base so that he can serve his patients at the highest level. His hours of continuing education range between 150 to 250 hours.

His practice has been largely influenced by his own experience and his desire to share those insights with his patients and their family. He believes “the little things can make the big difference”. He plans to continue serving his patients as long as God permits.

In his spare time he enjoys his children, his dental team, and his many loyal patients. Occasionally a little skiing, cooking, yoga, Pilates, fishing, music, and even a little dancing sneaking into the picture.

Dental Implants

In addition to being a Downers Grove general dentist, we also offer dental implants to those who are good candidates and who want an alternative to dentures. By replacing missing teeth, you protect neighboring teeth from shifting as well as ensure that you don’t suffer bone loss in the jaw. Dental implants are the closest alternative to your natural teeth and whether you need a single tooth replaced or are considering replacing multiple teeth with dental implants, Dr. Bannon would be happy to help you review dental implants or dentures as well as bridges to help you bridge that gap.

White Fillings & Mercury Free Dentistry in Downers Grove, IL
In addition to beautiful white fillings, Dr. Patrick J. Bannon offers safe amalgam filling removal. Not only do white fillings look nicer and make your smile more seamless but amalgam fillings contain mercury, one of the most toxic substances o the planet. Mercury in dental fillings has been shown to have significant health risks as well as environmental concerns. The team at our dental office offer save amalgam filling removal dental services that protect the patient, our staff, and the environment. We are an IAOMT.org certified, IL dental office.

Q Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. Speak to us in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth.

Q What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?

Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis. By keeping to a daily routine you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

Q What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended. During your visit, our Hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and Oral Hygiene protocol for Home Care will prevent the Periodontal Disease.

Q What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms. It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’. The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Noticeable symptoms now appear. They include:
1. Bad Breath
2. Gum Recession
3. Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
4. Abscesses
5. Tooth Pain
6. Tooth Loss

Q How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of Periodontal Cleanings, Root Planing & Scaling, Laser Therapy and Local Antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal Surgery is only necessary for severe cases.

Q How Can I Improve My Smile?

There are several ways in today’s Dental World to enhance your smile. Certain procedures include:
1. Tooth Whitening
2. Bonding
3. Porcelain Veneers
4. Porcelain Crowns
We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For an exact consultation, please contact our office so that we may provide you with a customized treatment plan.

Q What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth Whitening is a cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile. Over the years, flouride is has been added to the whitening product. This reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity.
Tooth Whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.

The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly. Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine will reduce the lasting effect. Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!

Q What is Bonding?

Bonding is a cost effective procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth and to change a tooth’s color. The immediate results are amazing. Within a few hours, you will have a great smile! Bonding like Tooth Whitening may change color over time due to coffee, tea, cola and wine.

Q What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth. . This entire procedure can take as few as two visits. Veneers change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth. This procedure is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile. Many times, patients ask for Porcelain Veneers to simply feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile!

Q What are Crowns?

Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers the entire tooth. It will change the size, shape and color of the teeth in as few as 2 visits.

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