Dr. Nikisha N. Jodhan is a board-certified periodontist who founded this premier practice in order to serve her community on Chicago's North Shore.
Dr. Jodhan prides herself in a high level of personalized care, which always begins with a comprehensive evaluation, in order to provide you with an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Jodhan is an expert clinician, whose surgical expertise complements her warmth, commitment and dedication in providing the best patient care possible.
We provide a wide range of periodontal services - both surgical and non-surgical. We have extensive experience in cosmetic procedures - dental implants and periodontal treatment.
We offer oral sedation for the comfort of our patients.
Please explore the selection of dental treatments we offer:
In order to diagnose periodontal disease, you must have a comprehensive examination performed. This is done by placing a periodontal probe within the space between the gum/gingiva and the surface of each tooth. Specific measurements are taken and we then compile the clinical observations with radiographic data to accurately diagnose your condition.
Usually the first line of treatment for periodontal disease is Initial Therapy. This procedure involves the removal of plaque and calculus, using specialized instruments, from below the gumline. Special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing. If the pockets do not heal after initial therapy, pocket reduction may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean.
If you’re bothered by a “gummy” smile or teeth that you feel are too small, you may want to consider crown lengthening. Also known as a gum lift, this cosmetic dentistry procedure can beautify your smile by exposing more of your teeth. This is a procedure which involves removing excess gum tissue, and possibly some bone, around the teeth to make them look longer. Crown lengthening may also be done for functional purposes. If there’s decay or fracture under the gum line, for example, crown lengthening can help expose more of the tooth’s crown in order to support a filling or porcelain crown.
For moderate-severe cases of periodontal disease, initial therapy is typically followed by pocket reduction treatment. It involves accessing the root surfaces by a simple reflection of gum tissue, in order to remove all putative periodontal bacteria. Not only are the roots cleaned thoroughly but the affected bone is also made smooth and reshaped, so that the area heals with shallow pockets.
A dental implant consists of two parts: a titanium post that serves as a prosthetic tooth root and a dental crown to replace the tooth above the gumline. When the biocompatible post is inserted into your jawbone, a process called osseointegration occurs, which means that your bone tissue grows tightly around the post to stabilize your custom-designed replacement teeth. This process is usually 3-4 months.
Implants are the only restorative dentistry solution that actually stops jawbone loss while retaining the healthy bone structure crucial for good oral health. And since teeth provide structure for your face and cheeks, implants in place of missing teeth can help you maintain a younger appearance. Moreover, dental implant treatment is the only tooth replacement option that provides the same level of function as natural teeth.
This is a fairly common option to improve your smile. It is also useful in addressing other dental conditions, such as toothbrush abrasion and tooth sensitivity. Dr Jodhan offers all current surgical options, namely connective tissue grafts, tissue bank allografts and free gingival grafts. In many gum grafting procedures, a small piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth and carefully placed at the site where the gums have receded. The tissue is then sutured into position, and allowed to integrate over time.
This is a procedure done at a time of tooth extraction. The purpose of this procedure is to minimize bone loss and preserve bone architecture in order to prepare the site for dental implant.
A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root which is attached to the jaw bone. Eventually, a replacement tooth or bridge will be firmly fixed to this root, restoring complete function to the tooth. The key to a successful and long-lasting implant is the quality and quantity of jawbone to which the implant will be attached. If bone has been lost due to injury or periodontal disease, a sinus augmentation can raise the sinus floor to allow for new bone formation.
Dr. Jodhan specializes in all facets of periodontal therapy. Her major goal is to provide quality care to her patients in a comfortable and friendly environment.
Dr. Jodhan is an experienced dentist whose qualifications were recognized by American Board of Periodontology.
She resides in Evanston with her husband and two children. Dr. Jodhan's hobbies include traveling, scuba-diving, playing piano and reading. She particularly enjoys meeting people of different cultures and backgrounds.
Dear new patient! Thank you for choosing us to take care of your dental health. We promise to deliver the highest standard of care using only the top quality materials.
We all know that filling out the paperwork can be a chore. But we need to get to know you better. Depending on your medical and dental history, we might have to coordinate our treatment with your physician or your general dentist.
Our new patient form in PDF format is available below. It has four pages. If you prefer, you can print it out and complete it in the comfort of your home.
There is a fundamental difference between how medical and dental insurance policies work, although they look outwardly similar: you pay a monthly premium for a coverage.
Most dental policies emphasize prevention and diagnostics, typically covering two annual exams and cleanings, plus X-rays and, for children and older adults, fluoride treatments etc.
Most medical policies (of the PPO type) also cover preventative annual physical examination, but really step up the coverage for those unlikely medical situations that exceed your annual deductible.
On the other hand, dental insurances commonly have what is described as “100-80-50” coverage, meaning it pays 100 percent of the cost of routine preventive and diagnostic care, such as checkups and cleanings; covers 80 percent for fillings, root canals and other basic procedures; and 50 percent for crowns, bridges, implants, surgeries and other major procedures. Most plans also limit the total of their coverage at about $1,000-$1,500 a year.
The more extensive dental treatment you need, the less of it will be covered.
The major procedures coverage can be quite restrictive based on the protocols of your insurance company. For example, your insurance company may refuse to cover the cost of a dental implant because it deems a bridge or a denture to be an acceptable alternative treatment.
So, while your dentist will work with your insurance to maximize your coverage, including submitting additional explanations and expert testimony, the dental insurance companies ultimately do limit their payouts.
A couple words about so-called CDT (Current Dental Terminology) codes. You probably think of your dental needs as one big procedure, but insurance companies require your dentist to submit very detailed itemization of all the diagnostics and work performed. Because of that, when you read your EOB (Explanation Of Benefits) or a treatment plan, it might have line items that you don't immediately recognize.
The benefits determination from your insurance company should not be the dominant factor in your decision about how to protect your own body. While most dental treatments are not life-or-death situations, having a healthy mouth will go a long way towards building a healthy body and a healthy spirit.
The HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) option restricts coverage to dental professionals within a limited network. Typically your in-network "general practicioner" dentist will determine the type of specialist care your policy covers.