Dr. Anthony LaVacca opened Naperville Dental Specialists in order to offer the highest quality, comprehensive care to patients. His dedication to excellence, continuing education and making innovative contributions to his field, has not only played an integral part in his practice, but has also helped him carve out a place as a leader in implant dentistry.
After doing his undergraduate studies in accounting at Rutgers University, Dr. LaVacca attended Temple University, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. He then completed a general practice residency at East Orange Veterans Hospital and extensive post-graduate prosthodontics training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Before starting Naperville Dental Specialists, Dr. LaVacca practiced restorative dentistry with University Associates in Dentistry, implant prosthetic rehabilitation dentistry at the Chicago Center for Advanced Dentistry and advanced restorative dentistry at LaSota & Lee Rockefeller Center Plaza in New York. He was also the director of the general practice residency program and interim director of the postgraduate program in prosthodontics at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he taught as an assistant professor as well.
Dr. LaVacca has received honorary recognitions for his contributions to the field. As a board-certified prosthodontist and a fellow of both the American College of Prosthodontics and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. LaVacca has given lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of topics and has presented table clinics for the Temple University Alumni Association, the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American College of Prosthodontists and the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. He has also participated in a study focused on bond strengths for veneers.
He maintains memberships with the American College of Prosthodontists, American Dental Association, Academy of Osseointegration and the International Association of Dental Research. Dr. LaVacca even proudly supported the Chicago Blackhawks by providing the team with dental care from 2005-2010 and was affiliated with the team for the Stanley Cup! Go Blackhawks!
Dr. LaVacca’s wife, Dr. Manal Ibrahim, is a board-certified orthodontist and founder of Innovative Orthodontic Centers. Together, the pair also founded Innovative Pediatric Dentistry and an in-house digital lab, Impact Dental. All of the practices fall under their Innovative Dental Partners umbrella, which has allowed them to build a place for patients to move through the timeline of their smile needs. With connected offices, a happy, energetic, family atmosphere and coordination between practices, they’ve created a truly unique dental destination that gives patients a lifetime oral health solution.