No-Shot Dentistry

Dr. Bender is one of the only dentists in the Elgin area to offer air abrasion dentistry.

Did you know that you can have a cavity filled with no needles, no shots, no drilling, and no pain? Thanks to micro air abrasion dentistry, Dr. Bender can remove the decayed or damaged portion of a tooth without injections or the use of a dental drill.

Preventive Focus

Our focus at Bender Dental Care is not just to treat the problems you already have, but help you save time and money and keep you from future pain or discomfort.

Small steps today can prevent future problems, and help you have healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime!

Dentistry For All Ages

Our office welcomes children as young as 4. Our team works together to create a safe and comfortable atmosphere for every child. We approach treatments at your child’s pace and strive to make their dental experiences positive, while encouraging good dental habits. We’re also very happy to serve the seniors in our community.

General Services

The following are just some of the many dental services provided at Bender Dental Care. If you are interested in a specific procedure and you don’t see it here, or if you have questions about any treatment, call us at 847-888-4333 and one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

Cleanings and Exams

Regular cleanings and examinations are a vital part of keeping your teeth and mouth healthy for the long term. No matter how well you care for your teeth and gums at home, it is not possible to achieve the same level of cleanliness that a professional hygiene visit provides. Small particles of food debris and bacteria build up on your teeth over time, both above and below the gum line. When these harden, only a professional cleaning will remove them and keep things from getting worse. Part of your visit is also a polishing to remove stains and help restore the natural color of your teeth.

Regular checkup visits also allow a thorough examination by Dr. Bender to detect problems when they are small and require minimal treatment. This exam includes:

  • Gum disease evaluation.
  • Oral cancer screening.
  • Checking how well previous restorations are holding up.
  • Detection of tooth decay, which may include the use of Diagnodent – a special instrument for observing cavities in their earliest stages, to minimize necessary treatment.
  • Evaluation of x-rays for other possible non-optimum conditions.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are a safe, up-to-date option for providing images of the teeth, jawbone, and surrounding area, in order to detect disease and decay. They save time and give clearer photos than traditional x-rays, as well as exposing patients to less radiation.

We take a full mouth series of dental x-rays for patients new to our office. After that, Dr. Bender will usually require limited x-rays at checkup visits, once or twice a year in order to detect new dental problems.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Dr. Bender treats cavities and damaged teeth with tooth-colored fillings, called “composite fillings”. These fillings contain no mercury, and they blend into your teeth, giving you a natural looking and long-lasting result.


Sometimes cavities caused by dental decay are too severe to be treated with traditional fillings. Teeth that have been badly decayed or damaged may be at risk of breaking, or being lost, which can cause pain and require more advanced and expensive treatment. In such cases, Dr. Bender may prescribe a “cap” or a crown. Once decay has been removed, a crown covers and protects a tooth, much like a helmet, so as to retain as much of the natural tooth as possible. Crowns are typically made of porcelain. They are custom fitted to fit with your other teeth and your bite, and they are color-matched to look just like the rest of your own natural teeth. When properly cared for, crowns have been known to last many years.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. This is done by creating a tooth-colored porcelain crown to fill in the space for each tooth that is missing, and attaching this to crowns that are placed on both teeth on either side of the space. A bridge is a permanently fixed, long-term solution for a missing tooth or teeth. Tailored to each patient’s needs, dental bridges help restore the function of the teeth and create a uniform appearance.

Root Canals

Root canal treatment is used to healing and restore damaged or infected root pulp (the tissue of the inner chamber of the tooth). When dental decay reaches past the protective outer layers of the tooth, harmful bacteria can irritate or destroy the inside tissue, or pulp. When this becomes infected and inflamed, it can cause a severe toothache.

The purpose of a root canal to save the tooth. If the infection is allowed to go untreated, the root pulp, also known as the “nerves” of the tooth, may die and the tooth may need to be extracted. This can cause other unnecessary dental issues and require the extracted teeth to need replacing, which is much more involved and expensive treatment. Ideally, decay should be treated before a root canal is needed. But when a root canal is called for, it is best to treat it as early as possible, before pain or swelling occurs.

Dental Implants

Single-tooth implants (separate replacements for individual teeth) are often very advantageous compared to other tooth replacement options. They are the closest replacement option to one’s own natural teeth. Unlike a bridge, an implant does not require treating the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth. An implant also replaces the root of the tooth, which is healthier for the bone surrounding your teeth. Other tooth replacement options can cause the gums to recede and the jawbone to deteriorate, creating a “collapsed” look to one’s mouth and face, and making chewing and eating difficult. Implants help patients avoid those issues. Dentures and bridges also usually need to be replaced eventually, whereas implants are a more permanent solution, as well as easier to maintain.


Complete or partial dentures are often utilized to replace some or all of a patient’s missing teeth. This can be an affordable option for some patients. Unlike, implants, dentures do not maintain the health of the jawbone that supports the teeth. If you are missing teeth, your best course of action is to discuss your options with Dr. Bender to determine which one would be best for your situation.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most common cosmetic dental treatments available, teeth whitening is a cost-effective way to brighten and renew your smile. Many dental practices offer both in-house and take-home whitening treatments.

Professional teeth whitening typically uses a strong whitening gel that is placed over the outside surfaces of the teeth to remove stains and discolorations from the tooth enamel. This process can take upwards of 30 minutes to complete, but differs patient to patient, depending on their needs.

Transforming your smile is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Just three simple steps can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

We offer Invisalign, the number one clear aligner. We start with a custom scan for your teeth, mouth and smile goals, then create your set of aligners, and help you manage it every step of the way. The result? A smile you’ve always wanted without the braces or brackets.

The above are just some of the comprehensive services Bender Dental Care provides. Whatever your situation or circumstance, Dr. Bender can help you determine the best care to suit your needs. Give us a call today and schedule a visit to find out more. If you are new to our practice, take advantage of one of our New Patient Welcome Offers to help you get started on the path to healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime!

Here at Bender Dental Care, we understand that emergencies can happen, and we can usually schedule you for an emergency exam visit the same day you call (as long as it is during our normal hours). Dr. Bender provides New Patient Emergency Exams free of charge.