Dr. Paul J. Denemark
My first exposure to dentistry was as a four-year-old child in the Chicago public school system. I first thought about dentistry as a career at the age of five when I knocked off half of my lower front tooth playing football while attending elementary school. I had the fortune of a very compassionate dentist who tried a new material called “bonding.” I was truly amazed at how he was able to recreate my broken tooth with a tooth-colored filling. I was hooked and felt the need to help people the same way.
I attended Northrop High School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana for two years earning several honors before moving back to the Chicagoland area. I graduated from Carl Sandburg High School with honors and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Loyola University at Chicago where I also became a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
I began my career in dentistry almost 23 years ago at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry in Chicago and eventually became a part-time faculty member.
I practiced as a restorative dentist for several years and, along with a partner, created a successful general dental practice (which is still in existence) in a suburb south of Chicago.
A passion for my patients, the desire to provide comprehensive treatment, and an understanding of the connection between gum issues and total body health lead me to advance my education in periodontics.
I attended Indiana University School of Dentistry for my education in Periodontics and minored in Oral Pathology. There I earned a Master’s of Science degree in Dentistry and did research in inflammation and its relationship to gum disease and human parathyroid related peptide.