Dr. James K. Weiss loves taking care of smiles of all ages, and there isn’t much he can’t do to improve them!
After earning his Bachelor of Science in 1977 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Dentistry in 1979 from the University of Illinois in Chicago. This achievement was followed by a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1981.
- Dental Implant Restoration
- Ceramic Bridges and Inlays
- Cosmetic Veneers
- Esthetic Composite Fillings
- TMJ Management
- Removable Prosthodontics
Dr. Weiss is also an Invisalign certified dentist. Invisalign clear aligners are a comfortable alternative to traditional braces, and Dr. Weiss can provide expert advice on whether they’re right for you or your family members.
My two goals, since I was 12, to be either a dentist, or a professional baseball player, so ... Here I am, a dentist. Imagine that huh. I like the way I've always been very good with my hands. I like mechanics. I always liked science, so it seemed to be something that I would go to.
My father also advised me that ... I was trying to decide whether to become a dentist or a physician. He basically said, "Well, you have to decide, which side you wanna look at more. You wanna look down their throat, or up their other end?" I chose dentistry.
I went to University of Illinois, in Champagne, from 73 to 77, and then kept in the same genre. I went to the University of Illinois dental school, which was in Chicago at the time. Graduate in 1981. At that time there weren't a lot of residencies involved. It was basically, you go through your four years, and then you decided to, if you wanted to specialize or you went out into the real world.
I got married when I was a freshman in dental school, so my wife was very adamant about me going out into the real world, instead of specializing. I had an inkling that I wanted to go into orthodontics, but I became a general dentist instead.
I think at the time, especially in Chicago area, where you got more of your experience starting off, was worked a lot of public aide and got very good at doing things that medicaid pays for, which unfortunately is pretty much extractions. On kids, they did cover some roots canals and filling, so ... Mostly it was just more extraction mill. You get a lot of experience doing that.
As a baseball player for the University of Illinois, Dr. Weiss also understands the importance of safety for all athletes. Even if you aren’t on the mound, field, or ice, you should talk to Dr. Weiss about the importance of athletic mouthguards if you or your child engages in any physical activity.
When Dr. Weiss isn’t busy making sure your smile is at its best, he’s spending time with his wife and two kids. He knows how tough kids can be on their teeth, and he is ready to provide excellent pediatric care and advice when it comes to your young ones.