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Dr. Stephen Gordon

Dentistry
Chicago, IL
44 years experience male

Locations

Office

Chicago, IL

Address

8 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00am
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Dentistry at Millennium Park

Chicago, IL

About

Bio

Types of dental treatment: Aesthetic, holistic, minimally-invasive, high-technology, ozone dentistry, FastBraces, Invisalign, laser, Snap-on-smile, implants, All-on-4, mercury-free& mercury-safe. I treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea with easily worn specialized mouth guards. I was formerly an Assistant Professor (19 years) at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. Currently I have a very High-Tech general dental practice in downtown Chicago. I also lecture nationally to dentists on a variety of topics: Perio Protect (non-surgical periodontal treatment), Laser Dentistry, High Technology Integration in the Dental Practice and Ozone Dentistry. www.datmp.com I am also a Certified Health Coach and have successfully treated many people to quickly and safely lose significant amounts of weight. www.thin.tsfl.com 

Specialties
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Dentistry

Doctor Q&A

882 Answers
124 Agrees
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Time: Aesthetics takes time, a dentist cannot rush through and achieve a cosmetic result. It is part science, part art, knowing dental materials, having ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Ideally: Ideally, Any new dental restoration (crown or filling) should not feel like anything unusual. It should become "unnoticeable" usually within the firs... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Antibiotics only?: Depending on the cause and severity of the abscess, antibiotics may be of little value, unless the cause of your infection is definitively treated. U... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Only if predisposed: You could possibly have TMJ or facial muscle pain (of short duration) after a long dental appointment (from keeping your mouth open a long time). But ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
No, bad idea: If they are wired headphones, you could choke yourself. No matter wired or wireless, they will interfere with your ability to have good sound sleep w... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
One day: Never apply directly to your skin as you could cause frostbite, place a cloth between ice pack and your skin. See your dentist for actual treatment a... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
See your dentist: Never place anything in your mouth (like your sewing needle) if your hand should slip you could cause very serious damage. Only use dentist recomme... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
When?: In this forum it is difficult to determine precisely as to why you have single tooth pain. Keep notes as to what causes the pain, which tooth it is ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Sure: It will probably dissolve overnight or you may swallow it. But if you have a major sharp spot that you are trying to cover with wax, try to see your... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Wait?: Your profile says 43 years old yet you are referring to a pediatrician (children's doctor). Besides that, if you are an adult, then by all means fin... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
See oral surgeon: A dentist or oral surgeon needs to actually see then evaluate your problem to determine the best type of treatment. Small bumps and whitish patch des... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Often: Dentists routinely look at the entire oral structures (besides teeth) and may find oral cancer. If suspicious areas are discovered, the dentist may ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Possibly: See your dentist for a complete evaluation and if necessary, a treatment plan for your problem.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Various treatments: For mild discoloration, or for someone who wants minor color change, try crest whitestrips or cao sheerwhite!. But i think you want a moderate or m... Read More
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A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Healing takes long: Healing can take a long time & depends on various factors including: your age, your overall physical health, size of the lesion, area of the lesio... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Possible crack: If you do not have a deep wear area (where the outer surface enamel is worn off down to the inner layer of dentin) then you could have a hairline crac... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
30 yr old: You have not seen a dentist since you were 24 or younger. No home care can prevent the years of tartar, plaque and bacteria - which cause gum disease... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Depends: It depends on what is causing your bruxism. If it is a subconscious release of significant daily stress that has reduced, then it indeed may stop. I... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
PerioProtect Method: You cannot reduce those numbers with brushing & floss. Gum disease is a bacterial infection. Perio protect system of easy to wear trays that signif... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Diagnostic work: Most dentist can do a diagnostic wax up (impressions are taken, models of your teeth are made and white wax is placed onto the model teeth contoured t... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Probably no: When i remove amalgam fillings I use the mercury-safe protocols latex-free rubber dam protection, specialized high speed suction and have an amalgam s... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Try: Non steroidal anti inflammatory meds (if you can tolerate them) ie. Aspirin, aleve, (naproxen) advil. Sometimes oil of clove placed on a deeply decay... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Trauma or Infection: You may have traumatized your tongue (muscle tenderness) or have developed an infection or canker sore that is causing this problem. You need to se... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Possibly an abscess: A dental abscess (infection) of a tooth or gum may cause a pus filled bump to occur. See your dentist for a thorough examination and an appropriate... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Replace w/ something: Any dds in practice for a few years knows that amalgam fillings cause tooth breakage due to differential coefficient of expansion and contraction from... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Absolutely yes: Retainer wires collect food particles and if not cleaned well, you will develop a lot of hardened deposits (tartar). Buy floss threaders, which are... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Possible yeast : You may have a yeast infection, if it is like the photo. See your dentist to have them determine your exact problem and work out the appropriate tr... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Usually: If they occur frequently then most likely canker sores. If you have swelling and the sore is adjacent to a tooth that is sensitive or painful, it ma... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
See your dentist: By accurately brushing and flossing, you will reduce surface stain build up, thereby, keeping your teeth their original color. You need to see a de... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Not enough info.: Simple tooth extraction or surgical removal? Intact teeth or broken/ fractured teeth? Single rooted teeth or multi-rooted teeth? Erupted (fully vis... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Contact Dentist: Were you in pain when you originally saw the dentist who set this appointment? If not, have you contacted them to let them know of your current condi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
What's infected?....: That you need to be on antibiotics? Talk to the doctor who prescribed these for you to determine what the cause is and if the treatment regimen ne... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Implants-worth cost!: If teeth #11 (upper left canine) and 14(upper left first molar) do not currently have crowns on them, why trim away good, sound tooth structure for a ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
See your dentist: If the pain is greater now than initially after the teeth were removed (and the anesthetic worn off), then you may have a dry socket. This is a pai... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
See your dentist: Your dentist will need to take radiographs(x-rays) and perform a thorough examination. Then a correct treatment plan can be determined.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Hard to tell: Did a dentist diagnose the abscess? If it is truly an abscessed tooth due to a dying nerve and need for root canal treatment (if the tooth is saveabl... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Excellent home care: If the cavities are deep enough, they will need to be restored (filled). If they are very early in their development, an ozone dentist can treat the e... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Saliva, no: Saliva does not cause dark spots to occur. Spots or pigmentation can occur due to a variety of reasons which can only be done if seen by a doctor. S... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Spontaneous Pain?: Does the pain spontaneously occur without cause? May be cracked tooth. If it is only sensitive to sweet, then you most likely have a cavity. If it ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Call dentist ASAP: They will want you to either place it in your mouth (under your tongue) but careful not to swallow it. ---or---- place it in milk or a specific tooth... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Yes: I have been in practice long enough to see the problems caused by silver mercury fillings. It has been proven the mercury still gives off vapor when ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
See a physician: Coughing blood is something that needs to be treated asap. She has an infection, which may be secondary to her flu and should be evaluated to determi... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Wait! Think about ..: Please be aware - some antibiotics may reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills. Talk to your gynecologist.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Often stress: Stress, injury/ trauma (scratching the are with coarse or sharp food or utensil) lack of sleep can all bring on canker sores. If infrequent, try col... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Hard to tell: Typically implant restoration does not cause pain. If you have a single implant/crown restoration, it was unscrewed & removed to clean the area, pain... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Do: Do I have enough room in my mouth for my wisdom teeth?
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Try netti pot: Or saline nasal rinses. Rinsing your sinus daily may reduce sinusitis and reduce your intake of antibiotics. Talk to your doctor.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Recent bonding?: If it was recently done, then you need to see your dentist to adjust your bite so that your teeth touch evenly. If your bite changed due to a positio... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Cutting : Tongue splitting is a procedure done to people who want a snake-like tongue. Not a recommended procedure as loss of feeling, severe bleeding, infecti... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Depends: Depends on the cause, but no infection will diminish until you see your dentist to actually treat the cause of your infection.
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Testimonials
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6
Recommendations
507
Thank you notes
May 27, 2013
Great, thorough, kind, and extremely knowledgeable clinician. I now first hand from working with him and from mutual patients. Highly recommend for dental care in the Chicagoland area.
Jun 26, 2013
Knowledgeable, Dedicated, Caring, Thorough, Experienced, Sensible. He's got everything. What more would you want in a dentist?
Mar 25, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Hmm. Trays look similar to my nightguard that cost $350 out of pocket. I also have custom upper/lower whitening trays. Maybe all that is needed is peroxide.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanx, tis normal for us to wait on dentistry, I'm just gettin advice here. Trust my dentist, known me since a baby, but thanku for your ans
HealthTap member
This saved my life. Thank You! It's the bonded wire, but thanks so much! And here I was thinking all my teeth would fall out at once when I grew old! Thanks Doc!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Dentistry
Graduated 1978MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Chicago, IL - Winter
2013
Top Dentist, First Place, Illinois - Winter
2013
Top Doctor, Third Place, Chicago Region, IL - Summer
2013
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