Dr. Jonathan Y. Yahav

Dentist (DDS PC)

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Website: chicagosmilecenter.com External Link
Med. School:Northwestern
Grad. Year: 1988

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Online Appt. Scheduling: Unknown
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Rating: 4.0 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 31 reviews. Dr. Jonathan Y. Yahav has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Dentist-related: cavities, gum disease, teeth cleaning, dental care, gingivitis
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RID: 5340146
10/04/14 1 1 1 1 Went to Yahav early in his practice for a simple replacement of a molar filling. I was more than dumb. I trusted him. He told me he could see a line in the tooth and that it would crack. I never felt any dentist working on my teeth press so hard with the drill. Sure enough tooth broke and then he replaced the broken tooth with a crown -- more expensive than a new filling. I should’ve sued him, but just never went back to him. In short, he‘s. dishonest and deliberately broke my tooth. The only explanation is that he got more  Respond
RID: 5195812
19/02/14 5 5 5 5 Chicago Smile Center has truly been a blessing to me. I recently moved to Chicago and I was experiencing really bad toothaches and I had no insurance. Dr. Yahav took great care of me and the prices were affordable and he is really flexible and understanding. His assistance Connie was very pleasant and kind. I would recommend everyone in Chicago to go here. Thanks Chicago Smile Center.  Respond
RID: 5185950
16/02/14 5 5 5 5 I have had extensive work – veneers, fillings and have been joyed to have Dr. Yahav as my dentist. Connie has also been so helpful and the two make a great team. So happy with all the results.  Respond
16/02/14 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
20/10/13 SYSTEM: First Name changed from "Jonathan" to "Jonathan Y." 
RID: 2769592
14/08/13 5 5 5 5 I used to absolutely hate going to the dentist, they would barely speak to me let alone give advice, and so the condition of my teeth never seemed to improve. I started going to see Dr. Yahav a couple years ago and now I actually look forward to going to the dentist! Everyone is always so nice, they recognize me the second I walk in the door and make me feel right at home (also I have never had to wait longer than 5 minutes to get in!). Dr. Yahav has done several necessary procedures to strengthen my teeth at his John Hancock Center location, the most recent being veneers, which I have been wanting to get since I was really young. He (and his extremely talented assisstant Connie) made my smile look amazing and with minimal discomfort! I am so happy with the results, my teeth are stronger and I have a more confident smile. I highly recommend Dr. Yahav to anyone looking for a dentist!  Respond
RID: 2375631
17/07/12 5 4 5 5 After hearing that I'd be needing some extensive dental work I proceeded to do some research & consult several other professionals. It wasn't until I found Dr. Yahav that I felt comfortable & informed. Both he & his staff are very friendly & professional in what can be a very nerve racking experience. My procedure went smoothly & I was also impressed with the follow up care i received. Dr. Yahav was available in the days following my procedure to answer my phone calls, additional questions, & provide support as he checked in on me. I have recommended him to others & will continue to see him for future dental needs whether extensive dental procedures or regular check ups. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Paid (or co-pay): $2700
RID: 2296850
27/06/12 5 5 5 5 Dr Yahav did a wonderful job replacing my front tooth. I had been working with another dentist who after seven attempts to match a crown to my other front tooth could not get a good match. Dr Yahav was able to get me match on the first try and did a wonderful job over all. I sent him all of my family members as patients because he is that good. 
Paid (or co-pay): $5000
RID: 2233978
11/06/12 5 4 5 5 Very friendly, helpful dentist and staff who are willing to stay late to get the job done!  Respond
RID: 2214171
07/06/12 5 5 5 5 I went to the Dr. Yahav's office during a three-hour long layover in Chicago because I needed an urgent treatment for a cavity. I was kindly welcomed by Natalie, the front desk. Connie, a professional assistant, saw me right away. The situation was unusual because though I needed treatment, I couldn't schedule a follow-up appointment as I live in Boston. After a free consultation (including X-rays) Dr. Yahav decided to apply a temporary product to prevent cavity from becoming worse. It cost a reasonable price. The dentist and his staff were very professional. They understood my needs and acted accordingly. After a month, the temporary composite is still doing its job and I will forward the dentist's notes to my primary care physician here in Boston.  Respond
RID: 2138660
13/05/12 5 5 5 5 Dr. Yahav was very responsive to what my concerns were. I left his office feeling good about my visit, and I'm definitely going back! 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 2084436
27/04/12 5 5 5 5 I am in my early 40's. I never needed braces as a kid, but as I have grown older I have gotten some crowding of my teeth in the front. I kept asking myself if I should do something about it. I kept putting it off because I just didn't like the idea of wearing braces as an adult. I finally went in and found that Invisalign was a fit for me. Between the Invisalign technology and the guidance from Dr. Yahav it turned out to be a phenomenal investment. I am thrilled with the results. I have never met anyone who could even tell that I have the Invisalign braces in. A great experience. I highly recommend both Invisalign and Dr. Yahav.  Respond
RID: 2081450
25/04/12 5 4 5 5 I have been going to Dr. Yahav for years. He bonded my teeth, filled my cavities, and straightened my teeth with invisalign. I most recently went to him for teeth whitening. He is attentive, caring and very good about informing patients about what is actually a "necessity" in terms of dental work. He was also flexible with me when I was a grad student, working out an easy payment arrangement. I like that his office and staff use the highest quality equipment as well. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 2039001
17/04/12 5 4 5 5 Hygienist Omni was great. One of the only ones in the past 8 years who has listened to me and not caused my back molar to zing during the cleaning. Dr. Yahav himself was very nice and professional. 
Paid (or co-pay): $90
RID: 1670973
28/12/11 5 5 5 5 Dr Yahav is very knowledgeable in what he does. His office staff was polite. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Paid (or co-pay): $500
RID: 1571818
26/10/11 5 5 5 5 All in all my experience here was quality. I had a cleaning and impressions done for a retainer. I was in and out in under a half hour. The doctor is very personable and easy to talk to. I felt very comfortable. You can tell he is experienced and has been in the practice a long time. The dental assistant was very kind and helpful. She took her time and made sure everything was perfect. In my opinion it does not get better than this. I will definitely come back here to have my wisdom teeth removed next month.  Respond
RID: 1568422
23/10/11 5 5 5 5 My first-hand personal experience: Dr. Yahav is “the dentist” for dental needs and wants, ranging from the small and routine to the large and complicated. He has proven to be a superb dentist for my dental needs and wants; as well as apparently a superb dentist for many others who I have observed first-hand at his office and with others that I have spoken to. He knows his stuff,” so-to-speak, as a professional with strong technical skills and artistic-esthetic sensitivities concerning “function” (so that our teeth perform proper pain-free chewing needs that all us dental patients require) and “form” (so that our teeth also look proper and, ideally, with the looks or appearance that many of us dental patients want). Accordingly, I have found Dr. Yahav willing, able, and competent, to deal superbly with these many dimensions as requested and appropriate for each individual patient, which includes tailoring the treatment plan to the individual patient. Gordon Patzer Chicago, IL  Respond
RID: 1558583
11/10/11 4 4 5 5 Had an extraction done. It was quick and painless. The staff was very friendly and helpful.  Respond
25/05/11 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1374301
28/02/11 5 5 5 5 Extremely skilled and experienced doctor. Suffered a fear of dentists before first visit but felt comfortable by the whole operation at the office. Was able to have several veneers and inlays as well as an implant performed over last 8 years. Very glad I made the decision for Dr. Yahav and his staff to do all the work. 
Insurance: Delta Dental
03/07/09 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 877025
03/05/09 3 2 1 2 my simple advice is.. this doctor is too focused on making money out of you.. i had done invisalign treatment.. he never explained anything to me at any time, was too much in a rush always, and always talked about money only. he had quote me an all inclusive price but then charged me extra towards the end! he is too money focused and not competent..the results of my treatment were far from satisfactory and nothing close to what he had promised! i would stay away from him.  Respond
RID: 863152
16/04/09 3 3 2 2 am unhappy. Had three implants--one chipped and he never fixed it. I told him several times and he said he'd get to it--never did. On the other two he never told me they would be attached until he put them in. Also they are very short--and when I smile it looks as if they're not there. On my two front teeth he put porcelains on them and one is shorter than the other. They should have the same shape and they do not. One side of my mouth looks pretty good and the other side has mostly too short teeth and a very long eye tooth. Had a second opinion and on the xray the dentist said the tooth should be done over and its not because of cosmetics but of the way its pushed into the roof of my mouth. He said it needs to be taken care of soon. I spent all this money because I was told my mouth would be beautiful. Now I need work to be done over. Thank goodness I didn't have the rest of the porcelains that were suggested on good teeth that really are straighter than the bad side. 
Insurance: United Healthcare
RID: 823810
10/03/09 5 4 5 5 I had major work done by Dr. Yahav in 2007. I went to him on the recommendation of the first oral surgeon I consulted because of the office location given that the work I was having done would take several months. Dr. Yahav confirmed virtually everything the first oral surgeon had said, but the cost was significantly lower than the first quote I received. I had been warned by both surgeons that the work I was having done might result in the need for root canals, but that proved not to be the case. As part of the plan I was referred to another doctor for the extraction of all four wisdom teeth. That doctor commented that I must be very pleased with the work that Dr. Yahav had done--which I was. Dr. Yahav gave me realistic information about the procedures, which were extensive and very unpleasant at times, and always considered my welfare. The end result has been aesthetically wonderful. More important, however, is the improvement in the health of my teeth and gums. 
Insurance: Delta Dental
RID: 805929
03/03/09 5 5 2 2 I too would NEVER refer anyone to Dr. Yahav. I too got suckered into the inlay scam. After paying nearly $400 for the inlay, my tooth still hurt really badly. He took it out and put in the regular filling which is normally FREE with my insurance! The filling feels better but has already chipped and its been about a month. While it is convienent that you can get an appointment quickly, it is because he works on so many people at once. He is not a personable dentist at all. I immediately switched primary dentists when my tooth was finally "fixed".  Respond
RID: 803940
02/03/09 5 5 5 5 I have been a patient of Dr. Yahav for 3 years. I really hate going to the dentist - who doesn't?? he is an excellent dentist and does very good work. Do not be put off by the "high end" location. Dr.Yahav is willing to work within your insurance's price guide lines and will always be willing to discuss the pricing and possible alternatives. In all my visits to his office I have never ever experienced, heard or seen anything like some of the previous comments and I beleive that they were written from other dental practises trying to "bad mouth" their competition. I am willing to be contacted and back up what I have written here 
Insurance: Unicare
RID: 734270
01/12/08 4 3 2 3 Wow -- I thought it was just me! I've been going to Dr. Yahav for a few years now, and I have been FLEECED! Went through the same porcelain inlay scam others have described -- when I sat down and asked him about it, he said "I hate talking about fees." Yeah but he loves collecting them! I agree that he doesn't explain things, just charges ahead (last week as I was trying to explain a complicated insurance situation before deciding what to do, he told me to be quiet, he was doing the procedure, we could discuss money afterward!) HE makes your appointments for you, HE decides what you "need" (and what he will charge) -- heard him argue with a patient today, rejecting what she wanted -- very disturbing. I don't have complaints about the quality of his work (no problems so far), but I'm not sure it was all necessary and I'm quite sure that I overpaid. Every time I see him it's a stress test. You have to push back as aggressively as he does, and it's just not worth it. I'm done.  Respond
RID: 685776
16/09/08 5 5 5 5 I feel that Dr. Yahav's dentistry is superior. I have gone to him for Invisalign, laser whitening, and oral surgery all with excellent results. I highly recommend him and his assistants, especially Connie.  Respond
RID: 662809
12/08/08 5 5 5 5 DR. jONATHAN YAHAV is a very good specialist.He has done a wonderful job for me. I appreciate him for.  Respond
RID: 647500
25/07/08 5 5 5 5 "I have been a patient of Dr. Yahav's for many years and have received nothing but the best care. Whether it has been for a cleaning or cosmetic repair, his knowledge, care, professionalism and most of all, patient/doctor communication and concern have been of the highest quality. I have recommended himi to many friends and they have always reported back to me the same feelings of satistaction and admiration  Respond
RID: 603414
02/06/08 1 2 1 2 I went to see dr. yahav because i needed dentures. when i got to his office, after the xrays, dr. yahav told me about implants to secure my dentures and told me that ineeded to get the proceedures done asap. when i asked if my insurance company would be contacted to see what they will pay, he waved his hand in the air as if to say a waste of time. I knew something was wrong with this practice, i felt so rushed to make a decision, he didn't want me to leave, i was there for my initial consultation which was to be free and i ended up staying for four hours. He quoted me a price of 13,500.00 for the work and told me to return the following wednesday with 7,000.00, when i began to feel strange because of all of the pressure, like something out of an 8:00 movie, i called to reschedule my appointment to give myself some time to check him out, his receptionist began to pressure me to come in later that day and then put him on the phone. I would never go back i wish i had found this board firs 
Paid (or co-pay): $250
RID: 601799
29/05/08 2 1 1 1 After my filling fell out, Dr. Yahav wanted (was the only choice he told me about in the 5 minutes that he spent with me) me to get a porcelain inlay which would have cost me $400 out of pocket. After seeking a second opinion and getting a call from my insurance company he changed his story and said he would fill it with a silver filling. To little TO LATE! I would NEVER go back to him and would not recommend him to anyone. He also had about 8 people in the waiting room while I was there and seemed to be running back and forth between 3 different rooms with patients the entire time (it is only him and a dental technician in the back). For them to x-ray my teeth, look at my tooth and fill with a temporary filling, I was there for 2 hours and shuttled between the back rooms and the front waiting room multiple times. 
Insurance: Aetna
RID: 550706
27/03/08 1 1 1 1 I feel so bad having gone to this doctor. I went to his office for a cleaning. I feel that I have good teeth. After looking at my mouth he insisted that I needed a crown. Without an x ray he conviced me that if I didnt do the work I will have to get a root canal in two weeks. He got me all scared and within 20 minutes after I agree to get the serice he started to drill my teeth. THE WORSE DENTIST I EVEN BEEN TOO!! 
Paid (or co-pay): $1000
RID: 483136
13/01/08 4 2 2 1 bad. He insists porcelain inlays are better than amalgam when the clinical research says NO. Convienently the former earns him a lot more money. Cleanings don't make my teeth feel much better. Had a filling and it hurt for a few weeks (that doesn't normally happen with me). 
Insurance: Aetna
RID: 448847
23/11/07 4 3 3 4 Believe the other reviews. This guy is shady. I don't go to him anymore. Every time I went in for a checkup he wanted to do at least $2000 of work. Then when he starts the work he always finds something else wrong. I had him do an implant and I had such an infection I begged him to see me, finally I just showed up to the office since I was in so much pain. Please find another dentist, he will try to milk you for every penny you have.  Respond
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