This summer I celebrate 25 years with Wilmette Dental. Boy has the time gone quickly!
I began just a few years out of dental school — eager to take the helm of a terrific practice. Since my very first day at 4th and Linden, Wilmette Dental has been something truly special. My family of patients and this beautiful community are outstanding, and have made these past 25 years both extremely rewarding for me — and a whole lot of fun.
I have had the pleasure of caring for some exceptional people: artists, authors, musicians — and folks who simply value good dental health. I have gotten to watch children grow up, from hanging their crayon dental “artwork” in my office to wishing them “congratulations” on their college graduation. I’ve welcomed new families to the area, and said good-bye to others as they moved on to new chapters in their lives.
When I began practicing dentistry, I could not have imagined the incredible breakthroughs that would be made in just 25 years. And, I’m proud to say that many of those advancements are now being used at Wilmette Dental.
Dental x-rays have come a long way in a short time. Today, Wilmette Dental uses digital X-rays. This technology allows us to get a precise picture with absolutely minimal patient exposure. And, unlike films of past years, digital x-rays can be filtered, enhanced and quickly shared with other treating doctors.
Dental anesthesia has sometimes been a dreaded part of treatment. Now, Wilmette Dental uses Single Tooth Anesthesia, which allows us to numb only the tooth being treated. This eliminates the hours long drooping mouth associated with most dental procedures. And, the needle is tiny and begins numbing upon contact, making the procedure virtually painless.
In other areas, composites, ceramics and bonding materials are stronger than ever before, and are made to blend in completely with natural teeth. Noticeable fillings are almost a thing of the past.
Cavity-prone patients can be treated with a simple in-office fluoride varnish that dramatically protects against decay.
Evidence based dentistry uses current clinical research to favor treatments with the best outcomes. (see below)
Dentistry is an exciting area of healthcare, and it will certainly be interesting to see what the next 25 years bring.
Over the past 25 years, medicine has zeroed in on the links between good oral health and good overall health.
Here are just a few examples of the high cost of NOT having good oral health (from MayoClinic.org):
In addition, there is mounting evidence that gum disease may be linked to a higher risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Liver Disease complications, and even the skin condition Psoriasis.
Evidence Based Dentistry has become a cornerstone of Dr. Neuhaus’ practice philosophy.
The idea of “Evidence Based” medicine was introduced in 1992. This concept helps healthcare providers make smart, practical decisions on an individual patient’s care.
Evidence Based Medicine integrates 3 basic principles:
1. What does the best, most current scientific evidence (research) say about how well a particular treatment works?
2. What does the doctor's experience and clinical judgment suggest about whether a treatment is appropriate for that individual patient?
3. What are the individual patient's preferences and priorities?
The incorporation of evidence based dentistry into Dr. Neuhaus’ practice philosophy dictates the utilization of the most up-to-date scientific knowledge to determine the best course of treatment, or - in some instances - not to treat at all.
My little girl, Elise, 21 is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will graduate in May with a psychology degree. She is easy to talk with, warm and has always been interested in how people “tick,” so Anne and I are excited about the path she has chosen. Elise has fallen in love with Madison and its lakes, and comes home only occasionally. While we’re glad she is happy, we miss her chatter and singing.
Christopher, 19, is a sophomore at Marquette University. He is currently on a premed track (which we know may change), but is doing well so far. Chris thoroughly enjoys Marquette (and Milwaukee), and during the school year, we took the fact that we hardly heard from him as a sign that he was just fine. Chris put his Boy Scout skills to good use this summer as a park district camp counselor .
A lot has happened in 25 years. Here’s a fun look back:
1990: Dr. Neuhaus joins the staff of Wilmette Dental; Antilock brake systems begin appearing on cars
1991: The World Wide Web goes live around the world; Dr. Neuhaus and Anne say “I Do!”
1994: The “Chunnel” connecting England and France opens for business; Ericsson introduces Bluetooth.
1996: Commercial GPS devices become available.
1997: Portable defibrillators are introduced.
1999: TiVo DVR machines are
2004: FaceBook is founded by college student Mark Zuckerberg.
2005: Google Maps becomes
2007: Steve Jobs introduces the
2010: Dr. Neuhaus turns 50!
2015: Dr. Neuhaus celebrates 25 years with Wilmette Dental
2020: Dr. Robert Madrigal, DDS joins the Wilmette Dental Family!
A great dental practice isn’t just equipment and a dentist: it’s a team of dedicated professionals who make every aspect of a patient’s visit comfortable, safe — and even enjoyable.
Thank you, Megan, for 14 years of accommodating tough schedule requests, wrangling with insurance companies and making patients feel at home. And an even bigger thank you for your amazing truffles!
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344 Linden Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Monday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday: 1:30PM - 7:30PM
Saturday: 8:00AM - 2:00PM (alternating)
Outside our regular business hours, please note our emergency care information.