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21. Hammond Family Dentistry

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BBB Rating: A+

7141 Indianapolis BlvdHammond, IN 46324

(219) 852-8457

I just recently had my first visit at Hammond Family Dentistry. I had a dental emergency and they were extremely accommodating to get me in right a…

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Compton Dental Center

22. Compton Dental Center

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BBB Rating: A+

901 Fran Lin PkwyMunster, IN 46321

(219) 836-0460

The staff were very courteous and very kind...my hygienist and dentist were very gentle and thorough and gave great advice in keeping my teeth and g…

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Apple Dentistry

23. Apple Dentistry

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2457 Ridge RdLansing, IL 60438

(708) 895-0724

The dentist there performed a crown procedure on my tooth. Later, the tooth became infected. This dentist wanted to charge me again for taking a loo…

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24. Pramuk Dental Center

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931 Ridge Rd Ste CMunster, IN 46321

(219) 836-2226

Amazing staff and facility! You will not find a better Dentist, he is the best in Munster, Indiana. He takes time to listen to your concerns and goe…

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25. Becker Dental

3243 Ridge RdLansing, IL 60438

(708) 895-9322
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26. Jim Hamblin DDS

8730 Indianapolis BlvdHighland, IN 46322

(219) 972-3309
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27. White Oak Ctr For Dentures

1630 45th Ave Ste 105Munster, IN 46321

(219) 924-8710
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28. Patrick Honsa DDS

3330 181st Pl Ste 201Lansing, IL 60438

(708) 895-3460
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29. Loren Lesner, DDS

3232 Ridge Rd Ste 6Lansing, IL 60438

(708) 895-1200
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30. Maria Osan-Topala DDS

2457 Ridge RdLansing, IL 60438

(708) 231-4811
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Helpful Reviews 
Miller, Jamila D, DDS
M S. rated

Dr. Miller is one of the most compassionate professionals that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing for my care.

Munster Distinctive Dentistry
Christopher C. rated

Easily the most professional yet friendly dental office I've found! And they offer not only same day treatments, but have all the specialty's like braces, oral surgery, children's dentistry and dentures and implants in one office! And this office is HUGE, which mean you never have to wait. The best prices I've found too! They will match any price and beat it by 10%!

Peterson Family Dental- Dr. Doreen M. Peterson & Dr. Rachel A. Peterson
Stephanie M. rated

Not a good office if you have to bring kids. I have an 8 yr old, a 5 yr old, a 1 yr old, and am currently pregnant. I got to my appointment 30 minutes early because I had to fill out paperwork as this was my first visit. After sitting there for over 40 minutes, I was told I would have to reschedule my appointment for a day I either didn't have the kids with me or when I could bring another adult with me. Why I wasn't told at the beginning of my visit I have no idea. Needless to say I was very upset for them wasting my time and will not be going back. I have been bringing all the kids to all my pregnancy related appointments and ultrasounds with not one issue. Not impressed with this place at all.

Peterson Family Dental- Dr. Doreen M. Peterson & Dr. Rachel A. Peterson
Rose E. rated

Don't go here. I saw Dr. Peterson for pain I was having in 2 teeth, I thought I needed a root canal. She insisted I did not and replaced the existing cavity in the tooth along with some other minor dental work. A few months later I still have the Same Exact pain, and that's after my $800 bill from her. I called her to let her know I was still in the same pain and she wanted to charge me full price just to see me again!! So unfair. After I threatened to leave bad reviews she agreed to see me at a discounted rate (which I feel should have been 100% free). When I went back to see her, she proceeded to be COMPLETELY RUDE and unprofessional to me. If a customer/client spends 800$ at a dentist you certainly should not be treated poorly. Furthermore, she seems rushed and doesn't want to take the time to explain or answer questions. She only seems frustrated & irritated when asked a question. I'd like to know and be explained as to what's going on in my mouth, espeicially when I am paying these outlandish costs!!! After all this, I ended up going to my normal, childhood dentist, who yes is more expensive and a much further drive, but was completely worth it. I do in fact need a root canal, as I thought. So basically my money was wasted at Dr. Peterson's dental practice. And now I am in more pain as my treatment has been delayed due to her initial misdiagnosis.The only good thing I have to say is the dental hygienist assistant was nice.

Peterson Family Dental- Dr. Doreen M. Peterson & Dr. Rachel A. Peterson
User A. rated
Still shocked

Everything everyone is saying in the reviews is correct. Except I went in for a cleaning and ended up with a bill close to $400. They told me my cleaning was included in my insurance. All I scheduled was a basic cleaning and kristy did all kinds of extra things. Now they say it's my fault for not stopping her from doing all of these extra services. I just don't get it. Such a great dentist why would they do something like that. Instead of helping me resolve the issue they simply said if I don't pay I will be sent to collections. I'm shocked and hurt it really was a friendly and funny atmosphere and did a great job. Just wondering why they had to resort to this. Please don't go there and if you do make sure they explain what they are doing to you because they will add extras. Not an honest dentist and or staff and beware of kristy.

Orthodontic Affiliates - Munster
N B. rated

I was VERY unsatisfied with the professionalism of the front office staff at OA. We arrived early for our 2:30 appt only to be told our appt was for 2:00. I informed the front desk receptionist, Mary Lou who set the appt, that our appt card clearly stated 2:30. She and another staff member whispered at another in front of me, reaffirmed we were to be there at 2:00 and advised us that because we were late the doctor would not see my son. We were rescheduled and set on our way. When I arrived home, I looked at the appt card and confirmed the 2:30 time. I immediately called OA, spoke to Mary Lou and told her how displeased we were with the front office services. I missed a half day of work, and now will miss another for the rescheduled visit. No apology ... no "sorry for the inconvenience". She only repeated herself in saying the rescheduled time was now the only time the doctor could see us. The front office staff is incompetent of handling the most plebeian of tasks. Rude and unprofessional.Dr. Surber and your Orthodontic Associates, this negative feedback is in no way directed to you, but your front office staff' and how they handle unsatisfied patients is reflective on your practice.

Pramuk Dental Center
Kaitlyn C. rated

Amazing staff and facility! You will not find a better Dentist, he is the best in Munster, Indiana. He takes time to listen to your concerns and goes way above and beyond to make sure his patients are not only comfortable but also given the highest quality care. He cares so much more for his patients than really any of his patients know. He is the biggest teddy bear and is also much more than a doctor.

Compton Dental Center
vernonrobbins229 rated

The staff were very courteous and very kind...my hygienist and dentist were very gentle and thorough and gave great advice in keeping my teeth and gums healthy

Compton Dental Center
ericmoran241 rated

I had a great experience! The staff here are very attentive and extremely nice people. I am very happy with the service I have received.

Did You Know?

Types of Dentists

The human mouth is a complex biological system, and no two individuals have the same oral care needs. Here are some of the more common dentists people seek out to improve their oral health:

General Dentist
These dentists generally serve as the primary provider of dental care. If you need your teeth cleaned, crowns and bridges placed or any number of cosmetic procedures, book an appointment with a general dentist. Though not as common, these dentists will also provide more specialized services, including some forms of oral surgery - chief among them root canals and restorative care - fitting patients with a mouthguard and counseling people on how to stop smoking and what constitutes proper nutrition.

Endodontist
To become an endodontist means undergoing an additional two years of training beyond dental school. As a result, these specialized dentists perform more specific procedures beyond general teeth cleaning and repair work. While a dentist may perform a handful of root canal treatments in a week, an endodontist may end up working on 20 or more in the same timespan. Your average endodontist also repairs teeth damaged by trauma and performs endodontic retreatments, which is repeat root canal procedure. Their added training also means that the endodontist is much more adept at utilizing complex dental equipment - especially ultrasonic instruments or microscopes. Most of that equipment is used to improve the health of teeth that are affected by disease and even congenital deformities.

Pediatric Dentist
Proper oral care starts when you're young, and that's why pediatric dentists are so important. These dentists treat people under the age of 13, though there are exceptions based on a child's unique dental background. Pediatric dentists face unique challenges, because they must treat newly teething babies and children losing their primary teeth.

Though cleanings are an integral part of their job, pediatric dentists are mostly concerned with planning ahead. That means working to ensure the child has straight teeth and correcting an improper bite. However, they also help address more child-specific conditions of thumb sucking and an over-reliance on pacifiers. As a result, pediatric dentists usually require an additional two-year residency working with infants and children.

Oral Pathologist
Pathology refers to the study of disease, specifically as it presents in tissue. Oral pathologists, then, are responsible for studying the diseases that affect the tissue of the mouth and other surrounding muscle groups. These experts are considered to be true specialists, having focused their work on very niche areas of both dentistry and pathology. Though oral pathology is rather specialized, it's a vital component of the oral health industry. By analyzing tissue taken from biopsies, oral pathologists can help diagnose and eventually treat a number of oral diseases, including leukoplakia, cementoma and squamous cell carcinoma, among others.

Periodontist
Similar to the endodontist, periodontists receive several additional years of training beyond dental school. However, whereas endodontists study advanced treatments, periodontists generally have a very specific field of interest. Your average periodontist focuses less on cleanings and more on diagnosing and treating gingivitis, periodontitis, which is an untreated form of the aforementioned ailment, and other periodontal diseases. Periodontists treat patients with more complicated oral care backgrounds, those people who require root planing - where dentists clean any infected surfaces - and root debridement, or the removal of dead tissue. Periodontists are especially concerned with proper gum health, including painful recession and teeth alignment.

Cosmetic Dentist
Most of the aforementioned dentists are concerned with the health and well-being of a patient's teeth. While that is important to cosmetic dentists, they specialize in a number of different treatments meant to enhance the look or aesthetic of your teeth. To begin the average appointment, cosmetic dentists will examine your teeth for any imperfections or irregularities, and then suggest ways to make your teeth more white or properly aligned. The most popular such treatments are bleaching - where special chemicals are used to whiten your teeth - placing veneers or caps to alter the appearance of teeth, and bonding, where dentists fill unappealing gaps with structural replacement material.

Orthodontist
Orthodontists are responsible for treating most dental irregularities, which includes everything from misaligned jaws - like an under or overbite - to overcrowding teeth and even certain cosmetic issues. Following dental school, the would-be orthodontist then has another three years of schooling, most of which is clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. To properly diagnose and treat most dentofacial issues, the orthodontist relies on a collection of corrective gear. That includes braces, retainers and various facemask configurations. Though orthodontists work with people of all ages, the bulk of patients are young children and teens.

Prosthodontist
Similar to the field of orthodontics, the average prosthodontist receives an additional three years of training following dental school. And though prosthodontics is something of a cosmetic field like orthodontics, it's primarily concerned with replacing missing teeth. Prosthodontists have a number of teeth-replacing procedures to implement, including filling veneers, onlays and inlays, bridges, crowns and complete or partial dentures. Beyond their work in implant dentistry, these experts treat a number of other mouth-related ailments, namely snoring, post-cancer jaw reconstruction, traumatic injuries and pain related to lock jaw and other temporomandibular joint disorders.

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist
Similar to endodontists, these specialists - one of nine such unique fields recognized by the American Dental Association - utilize machinery to treat and diagnose patients. Specifically, these dentists make use of radiographic imaging to treat those diseases and ailments that impact the teeth, mouth and the maxillofacial region, which consists of the face and jaw. While X-rays are a popular option, OMRs also rely on plain and computed tomography, MRIs, ultrasounds and other forms of digital imaging. OMRs are among the first adaptors of new technology, using innovations in the field of imaging to find increasingly effective ways at understanding the impact of oral disease and what that means to patients.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Your primary dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if you experience facial pain, or if he or she suspects you have some variety of oral cancer. OMSs are also your primary source when planning most oral surgeries, like tooth extractions, cyst repairs and removals, and dental implants. However, an OMS can also treat a number of other ailments and diseases related to the maxillofacial region. For instance, malformations in your facial bones can cause sleep apnea, and an OMS can perform corrective surgery that removes or shapes bone. Many of these experts are also involved with more cosmetic procedures, performing or assisting with facial implants and rhinoplasty, in which the nose bone is modified.

Dental Public Health Clinics
These clinics are available in most cities across the U.S., and they're meant to offer affordable health care to many low-income families and individuals. Though it differs depending on the specific clinic, the average clinic offers only the most essential oral care services, including X-rays, teeth cleaning, basic root canals and repairs, and tooth extractions. The fees an individual pays depend on a number of different factors, and most clinics have a sliding-fee that is determined equally by income and family size.

Most Common Oral Care Issues

There are several different kinds of dentists, each one with his or her own specialty. However, there are a core group of ailments all dentists treat. Conditions include:

Tooth Decay: When your teeth fall out or begin to disintegrate in your mouth, improper brushing is often to blame. Certain infections also cause tooth loss or decay. One of the most affective ways to prevent tooth decay is with regular brushing and flossing right at home.

Bad Breath: As your teeth fall out or you don't brush properly, your gums and teeth begin to break down and cause foul odors. Other causes of bad breath include gum disease and oral infections. As with tooth decay, brushing and flossing are vital, as is regular tongue scraping and the use of mouthwash.

Teeth Sensitivity: Some people are born with teeth that are naturally sensitive to cold. A lack of brushing can also comprise your teeth's natural protection. The best method to help protect otherwise sensitive teeth is to use specialized toothpaste geared toward people with worn or damaged teeth.

Dry Mouth: Certain medications will cause your salivary glands to stop producing spit. This in turn can harm the structure of your teeth and gums. There are several at-home measures you can take to combat dry mouth. These include regular hydration, chewing sugar-free gum, which also hydrates your mouth, and avoiding mouthwash with alcohol in it, which dries out your entire mouth.

Teeth Grinding: For many people, grinding their teeth - also known as bruxism - is a subconscious behavior, usually the result of stress. It can eventually damage your teeth. The only way to treat your grinding habit is to meet with an endodontist, who will fit you with with a bite plate to mitigate the damage to your teeth.

Mouth Sores: Also called canker sores, these painful bumps are the result of irritation to the soft tissue of your mouth. These sores can make brushing almost impossible. There are a number of different causes for sores, including anemia or a vitamin B-12 deficiency. As a result, your primary physician will have to examine the bump, find its root cause and then help develop a specific treatment plan, including the use of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation or antimicrobial mouthwash.

Discoloration: Yellow teeth are the result of a number of bad habits, mainly smoking, drinking too much coffee and improper nutrition. Proper brushing can usually prevent discolored teeth before they happen. However, if your teeth become worse, many dentists will treat with a whitening procedure.

A Guide for Dental Care Basics

Proper oral care begins at home. The following are a few preventative measures you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy. They just may reduce your time spent in your dentist's chair.

Remember Your Angles
When brushing your teeth, always place the brush at a 45-degree angle. That way, you're able to hit every surface of each tooth.

Don't Forget the Tongue
Within your mouth, your tongue is the largest source of bacteria. Be sure to brush it front to back and don't forget the sides.

Floss Everyday
Brushing alone isn't enough to keep your mouth healthy, and that's why flossing is so important. Each time you floss, be sure to have at least 18 inches of floss available, which is what you should go through if you use proper technique. For optimal control, hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.

Watch What You Eat
Sugar, alcohol and coffee all contain phosphorus. While some can prove beneficial, too much of this chemical can eat away at your teeth and gums.

Keep in Mind the Mouthwash
Though not a requirement, mouthwash can be helpful if used to supplement proper brushing and flossing. Most mouthwash brands contain chlorine dioxide, a chemical that targets the majority of oral bacterial strains. However, don't overuse mouthwash, as it can cause a number of ailments.

How to Choose The Right Dentist

Proper oral care is an integral component of your greater well-being, which highlights why having the right dentist is of the utmost importance. Consider the following as you make an effort to find a dentist who will fit your unique medical history:

Find a Recommendation
It's important to use a dentist whom you feel comfortable with. Because that's difficult to achieve by simply choosing names out of a phone book, you should always seek out a recommendation. Whether it's a friend, family member or co-worker, this individual can offer intimate details about a dentist's demeanor, operating style and approach to patient care. Be sure to always ask plenty of questions.

Vet Your Dentist
Once you get a recommendation from a friend, don't simply book your first cleaning right away. Instead, meet with any prospective dentists to conduct a series of pretreatment interview. During this session, you can ask them about what treatments they perform most often, procedures they're not as familiar with, what accreditation they have or any organizations they belong to and how their offices handles insurance and payments. Just be aware that booking this time can be difficult based on a dentist's schedule.

Consider Accessibility and Other Factors
Perhaps you've met a dentist with whom you feel comfortable. Not only that, but this dentist's payment options are suitable for your finances. However, don't be so quick to make a final decision, as other factors may influence your choice. Is the dentist's office nearby, or do you have to drive out of your way? Is the office open at a time that will fit the rest of your schedule? How much flexibility will the dentist's staff offer in booking appointments? Though seemingly trivial, these factors are nonetheless important.

Check With Your State Board
One of the last things you should do before coming to a decision is to check with your state's dental board. Dentists must abide by different rules and regulations depending on where they practice, and the state board can outline what requirements your candidate must meet. These organizations can also offer information about any discrepancies in the dentist's background and if he or she has faced any disciplinary actions.

Picking the Right Dental Insurance

As with other forms of health care, insurance is a great way to both reduce associated costs and ensure you and your dependents receive the best care possible. However, you don't want to simply buy the first such plan you see. Here are some factors to consider when shopping for dental insurance:

Pick Your Plan
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all dental insurance plan. Instead, most people purchase three main varieties, usually through their employers. An indemnity or fee-for-service plan is just as it sounds and means you'll have to pay for annual deductibles and co-insurance payments out of pocket. A preferred provider organization is less costly, and you choose from a network of dentists. However, PPOs have some limitations and accompanying deductibles. Similarly, a dental health maintenance organization plan limits you to just a few choices of dentists, and one doctor handles all of your oral care needs. However, these HMO are usually much less costly.

Examine the Networks
As noted, PPO plans and dental HMOs work with only a select number of doctors. While that usually means fewer costs compared to other insurance plans or payment options, it also means you don't have quite as much say in the dentist who can treat you. That doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, especially if you know who is in the network. Before purchasing the plan, you'll receive a list of dentists in each network. Do research on each doctor - just as you would when picking a dentist otherwise. From there, you can then pick a plan with doctors who meet your standards and requirements.

Consider Your Coverage
Sometimes, it's not just the doctor that you want to consider. For many people, even the plans with the best doctors are deemed a bad choice. The reason? The coverage is less-than-stellar. When picking a plan, you need to look at just how much you'll pay for each and every service. For instance, some plans won't cover your fillings or X-rays, while others may charge more or less for a crown or tooth extraction. Knowing just what you'll be responsible for is important, as you don't want to be caught off-guard by unforeseen charges. Depending on your employer, a human resources specialist can walk you through specific coverage options.

Make Your Plan Work for You
It's a sad fact that the dentist you want most might not be covered by the plan you've purchased. However, that doesn't mean that you have to look for dental services elsewhere. If you're truly comfortable with a dentist and you feel he or she can be an ally in your ongoing oral care regimen, then consider signing a plan to just keep that dentist available. That means potentially deal with costs and other insurance-related factors that you might have wanted to. If need be, you might be able to work with the dentist's office to address some of the plan-specific concerns.

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