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Associates For Oral Surgery - 2 Reviews - 4935 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL - Dentists Reviews - Phone (773) 736-3300

Associates For Oral Surgery

4935 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 736-3300
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As someone who has historically required special measures to keep from passing out after a simple Novocain shot, I do not do well with dental work. Dr. Zak, however, was very upbe...


I had a back molar causing me incredible pain so I went to a dentist . The pain radiated on my left side jaw, so the dentist couldnt tell if it was the top molar or the bottom. T...

Compassionate & Knowledgeable Long-Term Health Partner! 4/26/2011

As someone who has historically required special measures to keep from passing out after a simple Novocain shot, I do not do well with dental work. Dr. Zak, however, was very upbeat and made me entirely comfortable. This was all the more important since my 10-year-old also had to have two extractions. Although my son has definitely grasped the importance of brushing and flossing, it's great to know that he won't have to go through life afraid of the dentist.\r \r After a costly month of work to fix urgent issues I was concerned to find that the solution to a problem I've been having with clenching & grinding would be a $500 mouth guard. While I could clearly see in the x-rays what the clinching (in conjunction with Rheumatoid Arthritis and all of its pharmaceutical trimmings) was doing to my teeth and ligaments I simply could not afford any further expense. I am so grateful to Dr. Zak for suggesting a $20 alternative from which he would gain no benefit.\r \r I recognize that after a decade of Prednisone to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis with no end in sight I'm looking at a future of bone and joint problems -- much of which will directly impact my mouth and jaw. I am so glad to have found a compassionate and experienced health partner that I feel I can depend on going forward.\r \r Thank you, Dr. Zak!\r more


I had a back molar causing me incredible pain so I went to a dentist . The pain radiated on my left side jaw, so the dentist couldnt tell if it was the top molar or the bottom. The dentist took x-rays and referred me to Dr. Zak's office. The dentist got me in immediately for an emergency visit. It hurt so bad I couldn't even cry becasue it would make my jaw muscles move.The told me that the price to pull a molar starts at $185.00 to around $400 depending on the difficulty. I only had $80.00 on me, and I asked her to ask Dr. Zak if I could pay the rest on Friday. She sent me to the waiting room for about 10 min. then she called me back into the office side and said that she talked to him, and since I didn't have around $400 on me that he said ""NO"". She told me he said he would do a consultation. I didn't NEED a consultation!!! She brought me back to a room, Zak came in after about 5 minutes. I brought him my x-rays from the dentist but since Dr. Zak couldn't tell what tooth it was he numbed just the top back molar with Novicaine to see if the pain went away. The pain went away and he told me it looked like a very easy extraction.\r I asked him: ""Can you please just pull it...I always pay my bills and I can't go away like's even hard to see straight to drive home."" And he said: ""No, we've been down that road with other people who say the same thing and never pay."" I was SO desperate that I told him I could give him the whole $200 dollars I was carrying on me for my rent money, and he said: ""You keep asking me the same question and the answer I give you is going to be the same ""NO"". I could not believe this was happening! He said that it looked like an easy extraction from the x-ray so I'm figuring $185 and now he's refusing $200 bucks!!! He wanted me to have at least $400 bucks on me! I called a friend to come down and borrow me the money ""in case"" it exceeded $200. The receptionist went and told him my friend was on the way there to take care of it. Even though he knew my friend was on the way he still didn't pull it. My friend was there in about 15 minutes and when she walked in Dr. Zak told us that he saw his last patient for the day and they we're closing. And he said he had to go to a patient in the hospital who needed some dental work. HELLO... I'm a patient standing right in front of you in tears! Then the receptionist interrupts & says: ""Okay it's 50 bucks for the consult"". Dr. Zak began to say that he could squeeze me in, at 10am the next morning. Then he told my friend that she can leave a blank check and that he would fill in the amount!!! NOT!! Since I couldnt afford to go through the whole referral procedure again with another dentist, I showed up at 10 am. Guess who wasn't there...Dr. one of his co-workers pulled it. I counted how long it took to pull it. (i.e. the difficulty) It was 45 seconds AND came out in one peice. \r I went to the front desk. She said it was $225.00 PLUS $50.00 for the ""consult"" with Zak the day before!!! I can't believe what an insincere, heartless, money hungry dentist that Dr. Michael Zak is. He is a disgrace to the letters D.D.S. There are 3 other dentists in this office that are going to be losing patients, and not getting new patients because Dr. Zak is giving the practice a very bad name. I will post this story again everywhere I can in hopes that he doesn't get the chance to treat someone else like he treated me. And to the patients that go to Dr. Zak who DO always have all upfront money...just remember that he is smiling and being nice to you because ""money"" is all he wants. Dr. Zak might a well just have walked into the room and told me:\r ""I will not pull your tooth unless you have at least $400 dollars in your purse...and even though I told you it looks like an easy extraction, I have the intention of charging you more than $185.00 OR $200"". more
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Oral, maxillofacial, and implant professionals.

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  • Our practice has a long history on the north side of Chicago and the Northwest Suburbs. Dr. Viggo Sorensen founded the practice after serving in WWII. He initially began as an associate with Drs. Ben and John Svoboda at their Chicago office located at six corners (Irving Park Road, Cicero Avenue, and Milwaukee Avenue). In 1948, Dr. Sorensen purchased the practice and began building the foundation of our current practice, The Associates for Oral, Maxillofacial and Implant Surgery.

    In the early 1960?s the practice began to expand with the addition of Dr. John Giannini in 1960, and Dr. John Sachs in 1961. Both Dr. Giannini and Sachs completed their residencies at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Together they opened an office in Mt. Prospect; this was the first oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. This office also served the surrounding suburbs including Arlington Heights and Des Plaines.

    The two offices continued to grow and in 1970 another Cook County Hospital resident, Dr. Gerald Spinazze joined the practice. In 1973, Dr. Steven Verona completed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital and became a member of practice. Sadly, Dr. Viggo Sorensen passed away in 1974.

    The 1980?s were a period of growth and change. In 1982 Dr. Dennis Spinazze (Dr. Gerald Spinazzes? brother) joined the practice. Dr. Dennis Spinazze completed his residency at Detroit Macomb Hospital Association and the Children?s Hospital of Michigan. In 1985 our third office was opened in the western suburb of Bartlett. Dr. John Sachs retired in 1988.
    The 1990?s saw the addition of three new surgeons to the practice. Dr. Michael Zak became a member of the practice in 1992 after completing his residency at Duke University and a fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. In 1997, Dr. Russell Spinazze (Dr. Gerald Spinazzes? son and Dr. Dennis Spinazzes? nephew) joined the group after completion of his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1999, Dr. Anthony Spina joined the practice after a two-year academic position at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Dr. Spina completed his residency at the University of Buffalo in New York and a cosmetic facial surgery fellowship in Gainesville Florida. Two surgeons retired from the practice in the 1990?s, Dr. Steven Verona retired in 1995 and Dr. John Giannini retired in 1999.

    The new millennium brought growth and change to our practice. In 2001, Dr. Gerald Spinazze retired. The year 2003 was marked by an expansion of the practice with the opening of the Elk Grove Village Office at Alexian Brothers Medical Center. In 2004, the practice welcomed Dr. William Perkinson who completed his residency at John Stroger/Cook County Hospital.

    Services: oral & maxillofacial implant surgery, wisdom teeth, facial trauma, dental implants, bone grafting, oral rathology, TMJ disorders, face lift, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, rhinoplasty, brow lifts, eyelid surgery, Botox, faci.

    • Bone Grafting

    • Dental Implants

    • Extractions

    • Jaw Surgery

    • Oral Pathology

    • Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Additional information

  • Hours:

    mon 9:00am-5:00pm;tue 9:00am-5:00pm;fri 7:00am-2:00pm;sat 9:00am-12:00pm;
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Portage Park, Northwest Side