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Experienced Dentists You Can Trust For Quality Dental Care

Our dental office proudly serves Riverdale,
Blue Island, and Dolton, IL!

At Ivanhoe Dental, our experienced staff provides quality dental care services in a comfortable and convenient location. We take pride in the personalized touch offered to every patient that walks through the door.

What makes our Riverdale, IL dental office unique? Our dentists are not only trained in the latest dentistry treatments, but we use state-of-the-art technology to offer quality services for every patient. Our dentists are Dr. Patterson, Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Salem, Dr. Shah, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Herard-Exorphe. Together, they provide a full range of services that cover all of your dental needs. Call today if you are looking for quality dental treatments from a team you can trust.

Meet The Best Dentists in Riverdale

Our team works hard to stay current in the dental industry to ensure the quality of services provided to our patients. Each dentist is highly trained and offers experience and knowledge to provide top-notch dental care.

Dr. Kevin Patterson

General Dentistry

Dr. Kevin Patterson grew up in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. He then attended Northwestern University in Chicago where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Patterson is a fantastic dentist and an active member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, and Illinois State Dental Society. Dr. Patterson was also past President of the South Suburban Branch of the Chicago Dental Society. Dr. Patterson enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and snowboarding.

Dr. Christopher Nguyen

General Dentistry

Pianist, molecular biologist, engineer, and dentist are the words that can be used to describe Dr. Christopher Nguyen. Dr. Nguyen grew up in Fairfax, VA. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nanomedicine Engineering at the University of Virginia. Following his undergraduate education, he pursued a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree at Midwestern University where he conducted research involving potential cures for Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, Dr. Nguyen attended Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Dr. Nguyen is extremely proud to be a part of a group of individuals driven by the goal of helping the community achieve better oral health. When he’s not providing quality dental care, in his free time Dr. Nguyen enjoys watching The Office, skiing, and weightlifting.

Dr. Munther Salem

General Dentistry

Dr. Munther Salem grew up in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Benedictine University. He then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Salem is an active member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, and Illinois State Dental Society. Dr. Salem has also been on two medical mission trips to Jerusalem treating special needs children. Dr. Salem enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and daughter. Dr. Salem is happy to be back in the South Suburbs where he grew up to provide excellent patient care to the Ivanhoe Family.

Dr. Monil Shah

General Dentistry

Dr. Shah completed his dental education at Boston University School of Dental Medicine and has been practicing dentistry since 1999. 

In the years since, he has devoted himself to creating an environment in which patients know they are welcome as soon as they walk in the door. He is focused on providing excellent dental care and helping patients stay comfortable throughout their visits. Dr. Shah believes in giving patients the time to ask questions about their health and providing them with knowledgeable answers. 

Dr. Crystal Patel

General Dentistry

Dr. Crystal Patel grew up in Addison, Illinois. She has one younger brother and an older sister who is also a dentist. Dr. Patel earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Finance at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. She then attended the University of Illinois in Chicago, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. When she is not providing patients with excellent dental care, Dr. Patel enjoys running by the lake (when the weather is nice, of course), going to concerts, baking, and much more. Spending time with her family is very important. Her sister has twins that she absolutely loves to spoil! She recently caught the travel bug and has been trying to travel as much as possible. Her latest adventures have taken her to Spain, Portugal, France, Peru and India.

Dr. Natacha Herard-Exorphe

General Dentistry

Dr. Exorphe grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors in Nursing. During dental school, Dr. Exorphe mentored elementary students interested in a career in healthcare. Dr. Exorphe has a professional membership in the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society and Academy of General Dentistry. Outside the dental office, Dr. Exorphe enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

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Our experienced staff at Ivanhoe Dental makes it simple and easy to access the dental treatments that you need. We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions and patient information below. Don’t hesitate to call with any lingering questions. Our team is standing by!

We accept most major dental insurance plans, and our helpful staff can assist with filing your claim to maximize available insurance coverage. Most insurance plans cover preventive services, such as exams, cleanings, and early intervention treatments. It is also common for insurance providers to pay a portion of major dental treatments that might be required to protect dental health.

If you don’t have dental insurance coverage, you can choose from cash, check, or credit card payment options. Talk to us about possible discounts for payment in full at the time of service.

Financing is available through the CareCredit program: a national patient payment service. In most cases, 100% of the dental services can be financed with no upfront costs, money down, interest charges, or pre-payment fees. Talk to our staff for information about applying for the financing options available through CareCredit.

How often should I visit the dentist?

You should visit the dentist at least twice a year. A dental exam can reveal early signs of decay and disease that you may not see or feel. Catching these conditions early can help control them before them get worse and harder to treat. Additionally, getting a teeth cleaning by a trained professional will remove plaque in areas you may have missed or cannot reach.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

You should brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before going to bed. You should floss once a day as well.

What is the proper way to brush my teeth?

Always use a soft tooth brush. Medium, hard or firm toothbrushes cause damage to your teeth and gums.

Always brush in big, gentle circles. Scrubbing sideways or up and down will cause damage to your teeth and gums.

Always brush and floss gently. Applying too much muscle pressure will cause damage to your teeth and gums.

Slow down!! Everyone in America is in a big hurry. Slow down and be thorough. Make sure you spend time on each side of each tooth. Slow down when you floss also. Snapping the floss between the teeth quickly does absolutely nothing for you. Slow down and rub the whole side of each tooth above and below the gums, gently.

What is the proper way to floss?

The following guidelines are important to flossing correctly.

1. Take 18″ of floss and wind it around the middle finger of each hand .You can use these fingers to take up floss as it becomes dirty. Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch the floss leaving 1-2 inches in between for cleaning.

2. Gently move the floss up and down the spaces of your teeth. Never snap the floss down onto your gums, as it can cause damage.

3. As you move the floss down into the space between two teeth, slide it up and down against the surface of one tooth. Gently clean at the gumline as well.

4. Repeat this process for all of your teeth.

What is plaque?

Plaque is a sticky, clear film which forms every day on teeth from food debris and bacteria. If plaque is not removed, it can lead to gum disease and cavities. Regular dental check ups, along with brushing and flossing every day, can help prevent plaque buildup on teeth. In addition, avoiding sugary snacks and eating a balanced diet can help control plaque.

What is periodontal (gum) disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place. Typically, periodontal disease, or periodontitis, occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth and hardens, often due to poor brushing habits. The gums can become swollen and red in the early stage of the disease, called gingivitis. As the disease advances, periodontal disease can lead to sore and bleeding gums, pain while chewing, as well as tooth loss.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

The following are signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and you should contact your dentist if you experience any of these:

  • Gums that bleed while brushing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

Gum disease can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene. This includes brushing, flossing, and visiting you dentist regularly. Also make sure to eat a healthy diet to get the required vitamins and minerals necessary for your teeth.

Why do our teeth turn yellow?

While our teeth start out pearly white, they can discolor through the years as our enamel wears down. The wearing down of enamel allows dentin, a yellow color substance that makes the core of our teeth, to show through. This is what gives our teeth a yellowish tint.

What are the different types of teeth whitening options?

Below are the three most popular teeth whitening options available today.

In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening works by producing a significant color change in your teeth in short amount of time, usually within an hour. The procedure is done at the dentist’s office applying a high-concentration peroxide gel on the teeth after they have been protected with a special shield.

Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Whitening Kits
These whitening kits are purchased from your doctor for use at home. The strength of the gel used in these kits is lower than that used for in-office bleaching, and thus the gel can be applied for longer periods of time. Usually the trays are worn a couple hours a day or overnight for a few days or weeks depending on the product.

Over the Counter Whitening
Over the counter teeth whitening kits are store-bought and use a lower concentration gel than both in-office bleaching and take-home kits purchased from your doctor. While they are less expensive, they typically are less effective than methods that can be performed by your dentist because of the low concentration gel. Additionally, over the counter trays are not custom fit for your teeth, which can result in irritation to your gums while wearing the trays.

How long does teeth whitening last?

Teeth whitening usually lasts from one to three years before darkening of the teeth is noticed. Additionally, once your teeth have been initially whitened, typically only “touch ups” are required to maintain the whiteness.

What can I do about bad breath?

Bad breath is caused by a variety of factors, including the types of food you ingest, periodontal disease, dry mouth, and other causes. Going to your dentist will help you determine the cause of your bad breath, so that you can take steps to eliminate it.

Regardless of the cause of your bad breath, good oral hygiene and regular checkups to the dentist will help reduce it. Brushing and flossing will eliminate particles of food stuck between your teeth which emit odors. It will also help prevent or treat periodontal (gum) disease, caused by plaque buildup on your teeth, which can lead to bad breath. Dentures should be properly cleaned and soaked overnight in antibacterial solution (unless otherwise advised by your dentist). Finally, make sure to brush your tongue regularly to eliminate any residue.