Dentistry at Millennium Park is a family-owned and -operated dental practice located on South Michigan Avenue at the corner of Madison Street. We are directly across the street from Millennium Park.
This dental practice was founded in 1941 by Dr. Wilbert Gordon, the uncle of Dr. Stephen Gordon. Dr. Theodore Gordon, Dr. Stephen Gordon's father, expanded and developed the Dental Practice for 50 years. The original office was in the Garland Building and at that time was considered state-of-the-art and was the template for many future dental office designs. It was the first dental office west of New York City to have reclining dental chairs and high-speed air-driven handpieces (dental drills), which prior to the high-speed handpiece were belt-driven slow speed models. Dr. Wilbert Gordon worked on the early development of the Air-dent Machine (dental air abrasion - dental treatment without a drill!), which we use today in an improved technique with 21st century equipment. He also used "white noise" to block out the sound of the dental drills. Today our electric handpieces (drills) are significantly quieter than the air-driven drills of the past. Dr. Theodore Gordon worked on the early development of the dental high-speed air-driven handpiece and was an innovator and originator in the development of Full Mouth Telescopic Reconstruction (which today is known as an Aesthetic Dental Makeover or Smile Makeover). Dr. Theodore Gordon was the first dentist to also become a Certified Laboratory Technician - his knowledge of dental materials was second-to-none. They were both innovators as well as dental educators and national and international lecturers.
Dr. Stephen J. Gordon has been in dental practice since 1978. He computerized the dental office back in 1981, one of the first dental offices in the country to utilize this technology, at a very early stage. He expanded the use of Technology in the Dental Office with the early usage of Intraoral Dental Cameras which allowed the patient to finally see their dental problems at high magnification on a Television Monitor. Dr. Gordon designed and built the new dental office across Michigan Avenue from Millennium Park, which we moved to in November 2006. Today, we have a considerable amount of Technology. This includes: a CMU3 Dental Ozone Device, 2 Dental Lasers, a New Design Intraoral camera that is Computer Based, Digital Intraoral Radiography (x-rays without film, which has a much lower exposure to the patient), Digital Panoramic Radiography (a comfortable, patient-friendly, outside the mouth, full mouth x-ray and Bite-Wing [checkup x-rays]), Diagnodent (Painless Laser Decay "finder"), Velscope (Soft Tissue Examination), Kavo Electric Handpieces, Dr. Quicklook (Small, intraoral camera system), Computer Based record system (no paper records, HIPAA compliant), the ability to computer-generate dental insurance claims and, through the internet on secure connections, immediately deliver them to the Insurance Carrier for faster review and payment.
Madeline, one of our part-time Dental Hygienists, has been with us for several years and trained closely under our previous hygienist Kyle. She has developed a computerized dental recall system, which accurately tracks patient teeth cleaning appointments.
Carla, another of our talented part-time Dental Hygienists, utilizes the most up-to-date techniques and technology for dental cleanings. She is certified in administering anesthetic and provides thorough cleanings to her patients, along with excellent instructions for home care and home care products.
Vanessa has many years of experience dental assisting, with extensive experience in dental office sterilization and monitoring and disinfection of the dental treatment room. She has unparalleled bedside manner and a passion for the field, and is up-to-date on all functions of the office.
Olivia is currently in Dental School to become a practicing dentist! In the meantime, she is extremely adept in caring for patients and in sterilization and disinfection processes. She is well-versed in new, innovative dental techniques, and she brings a fresh perspective to our Dental Practice!
Natasha brings knowledge from fields outside of dentistry to expand functions of the office. With a background in diverse working environments and an education to facilitate effective communication, she interfaces with patients to provide warm and efficient customer service and directs staff to ensure a cohesive flow in the dental office. When necessary she acts as a liaison between patients and their dental insurance companies, facilitates financial aid for those in need, and establishes administrative excellence. She has finished the task of entirely digitizing the office, to allow for a completely paperless setting.