Dr. Megan Crisham

Dr. Meghan Crisham, a Dixon, Illinois native and University of Illinois School of Dentistry graduate, brings a rich background in leadership, sports, and academic achievements to her role at Exceptional Dentistry, inspired by the art and science of dentistry observed in her family dentist's office.


Dr. Meghan Crisham was born and raised in Dixon, Illinois. She attended Newman Central Catholic High School where she was the president of her senior class as well as captain of the tennis and basketball teams. Dr. Meghan Crisham graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Arts & Letters Pre-Professional & History. Dr. Meghan Crisham was involved in various activities at Notre Dame including the Sophomore Literary Festival & Appalachia Service project. Dr. Crisham studied abroad in London for a semester during her junior year. Sports have always been a source of enjoyment for Dr. Crisham as she participated in Notre Dame’s Women’s Boxing Club and Notre Dame’s legendary Bookstore Basketball Tournament.

Dr. Crisham is a 2005 graduate of the University of Illinois School of Dentistry. While in dental school, Dr. Meghan Crisham was a four-year class elected representative to the Chicago Dental Society. During her fourth year, she was awarded the Stanley Tylman Award for providing dental care of the highest caliber to her patients.

In 2006, Dr. Crisham was awarded and completed a one-year post-graduate residency program in Boston, Massachusetts with Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Crisham then relocated to practice dentistry in New York City. Dr. Crisham is married to Dr. Patrick King who is currently a post-graduate Endodontic resident at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry.

Dr. Hey was her family dentist, and it was in his office as a patient that Dr. Crisham was able to experience first-hand how multi-faceted dentistry can be. By observing Dr. Hey complete complex restorative and cosmetic cases, Dr. Crisham noted the artistic aspect of dentistry that must go hand in hand with the science.

Dr. Crisham is pleased to be a part of the Exceptional Dentistry Team and looks forward to helping the practice continue to grow. Dr. Crisham is impressed by the focus of Dr. Hey and his staff to stay current and knowledgeable about the constant and exciting changes and advances in dentistry.


Experienced Doctors

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Modernized Dental Care

Our Dixon dentists continuously use advanced and proven dental methods to ensure you receive the highest quality care.


Family-Oriented Practice

Dental care isn't just for adults; it's for kids too! Our dentists in Dixon, IL are happy to treat younger patients.


Emergency Dental Care

Emergencies won't wait for you; you shouldn't have to wait either. Our dentists in 61021 offer same-day treatments for dental emergencies!

The Benefits of Dental Bonding

There are a variety of benefits of having dental bonding applied to your teeth. It will produce immediate results in improving the look of your teeth and smile. This will be appreciated if you have struggled with cracked or chipped teeth and are anxious to get them corrected. Another benefit is that the dental bonding will actually strengthen the tooth. When you have a cracked tooth, it is more susceptible to bacteria, infection, and progressive damage.

Restoring the shape of a chipped or cracked tooth means that some natural strength will also be restored. Another benefit is that it is so quick and immediate. Dental bonding treatments can be easily completed at one appointment with Exceptional Dentistry, which means you will enjoy your restored smile immediately. You can also have any dental bonding touched up at future dental visits if the dental bonding shows wear, or if it even needs to be replaced.

The Dental Bonding Procedure

First, your trained team at Exceptional Dentistry will use a shade guide to select the proper shade of resin that will match the natural color of the tooth. Before applying the bonding material, the actual area of the tooth to be treated is roughened and then lightly coated with a special conditioning liquid so the bonding material will adhere to the enamel surface. When the tooth is ready, our creative team will then apply the putty-like resin to your tooth and sculpt, shape, and mold it to the desired shape. Next the completed material is hardened with ultraviolet light. When the resin is set, we will finish any perfecting touches, such as additional shaping and the final polishing of the newly bonded tooth.

It usually takes only around 30 minutes to an hour to successfully complete the dental bonding treatment. If you need several teeth treated, it may take more than one visit to complete. Since most tooth bonding procedures never require any local anesthesia, you can return to your normal daily activities immediately.

The Life Expectancy of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is not always a permanent restoration, but it certainly can last quite some time. If you care for the restoration properly, and if you visit Exceptional Dentistry on a regular and consistent basis for dental exams and touch-ups, dental bonding can last for decades.

Taking proper care of your teeth will extend the life of your bonded tooth. Common suggestions include:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily, using proper technique for both.
  • Avoiding biting ice, hard candy, and food.
  • Do not bite your fingernails.
  • Avoid coffee, tea, tobacco, and dark fruits for the first few days after your treatment to avoid stains.
  • Schedule your regular exams and dental cleanings every six months.

Call us if you accidentally chip or break the bonding material, or if you feel any rough or sharp edges of the bonded tooth. If your teeth are severely damaged, your dental bonding might need to be replaced with another more permanent restoration at a later date.

Dental Bonding versus Veneers

Dental bonding is perfect for simple cosmetic improvements that do not have a significant impact on the function of your teeth or gums. Chips, cracks, or gaps are the most frequent and common cosmetic issues that dental bonding will correct. Bonding differs from veneers because veneers are fabricated and created in a dental lab and fabricated of layered glass ceramics. The veneer is designed to both look and feel like your natural tooth, and it adheres to your tooth with dental cement.

Your Satisfaction Make Our Services Exceptional

The entire staff at Exceptional Dentistry pays deliberate attention to all details when it comes to providing you with superior dental care. We will review your oral health history, capture digital images to document continued history, and always discuss any diagnosis, treatment options, and financing and insurance benefits. We want you to make educated and informed decisions about your dental care. If a dental bonding treatment is a possible solution for your oral health care and improving your smile, give our office a call at 815-288-4731. We are also easy to find at 724 N. Brinton Ave, Dixon, Il, 61021. We treat all patients as family with exceptional treatment.