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DentalWorks Golf Mill has proudly stood behind many of Niles’s healthiest smiles since 1984. Our dentists are seasoned pros, eager to meet you. Call us today to ask about our affordable services or schedule an appointment online. 

Ronald J. Picchetti, D.D.S. & Associates (Golf Mill), Ltd.

Jigna Thakkar
DDS - Dentist

Ronald J. Picchetti
DDS - Dentist

Kwang Chang
DDS - Orthodontist

Ejlal Alalawi
DMD - Oral Surgeon

DentalWorks Advantage Plan

Learn how to save 10%-60% on most dental procedures.

With the DentalWorks Advantage Discount Dental Plan, you will have access to discounts on a wide variety of dental care needs. Learn More.

Services We Offer

A full-service experience for the entire family.
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General Dentistry

By coming in for regularly scheduled dental care checkups and cleanings now, you can help prevent serious problems ranging from cavities to gum disease from occurring later. To help combat such issues, we offer:

  • Comprehensive dental care exams
  • Professional cleanings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Fillings
  • Sealants
  • Extractions
  • Dental crowns
  • Nitrous
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Root canals

More Info: General Dental Services.pdf


Emergency Care

A chipped tooth, a lost filling: some of the most pressing dental problems have a habit of happening when you least expect them. Fortunately, we offer emergency dental services. If you have a problem that requires immediate treatment, our dentists do their best to take care of you as quickly as possible.

More Info: Emergency Dental Care.pdf



Self-conscious about wearing dentures? Don’t be.

Custom dentures look and feel natural, so the only thing people will see is a winning smile. Custom-designed to match your appearance as well as your bite, they’re protected by exceptionally long warranties. With so many sensibly priced styles, shades, and materials from which to choose, you’re sure to find a solution that fits your budget as comfortably as your dentures will fit you.

More Info: Custom Dentures.pdf


Don’t let a few missing teeth ruin your day – or your smile.

Custom-crafted dental partials can easily fill in any gaps and get your smile back to looking its best.

  • Acrylic Partials
  • Cast Metal Partials
  • Flexible Partials

More Info: Custom Partials.pdf


Cosmetic Dentistry

Not satisfied with your smile? We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services to brighten, whiten, repair, and restore your teeth.

  • In-office and at-home tooth whitening
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Lumineers®
  • Veneers
  • Zoom!®

More Info: Cosmetic Dentistry.pdf



Orthodontic braces and dental services are available.

If your teeth are out of line, our orthodontists can help straighten them out. They can correct misalignments to give children and adults alike the smile they’ve always dreamed of.

  • Clear aligners
  • Traditional orthodontics

More Info: Orthodontics.pdf


Oral Surgery

If you are having problems with your mouth or jaw, you may want to consider oral surgery. Our surgeons are equipped to diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, and defects that may arise.

  • Tooth extraction
  • Dental implants
  • Facial injury treatment
  • Jaw alignment
  • Reconstructive treatment
  • Tumor and cyst removal

  • Endodontic therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected.
  • If you are suffering from a severe toothache, please schedule an appointment today and see how we can help restore your tooth.
    • Root Canals
    • Endodontic Therapy

Insurance & Payment Options

How do I pay? Do you take my insurance?

With more major insurance plans accepted and a variety of financing options, we strive to get each patient the care they need. Click below to look for your provider or learn about our payment options.

Dentists in the DentalWorks network accept most major insurance plans – significantly more than most area dentists. Below are just some of the plans that are accepted. Each affiliated practice is a little different, so contact the practice nearest you for a complete list.

  • Access Dental
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Access
  • AmeriPlan Discount
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant/Dental Health Alliance Discount
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Careington
  • Cigna
  • CIGNAaccess
  • CompDent
  • CompDent Advantage
  • Coventry First Health
  • DeCare
  • Delta Dental Preferred
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • DeltaCare
  • Dental Benefit Providers/United Healthcare
  • Dental Health Alliance
  • Dental Network of America
  • DentalWorks USA
  • Dentegra
  • DenteMax
  • GEHA Lincoln Dental Connect
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Maverest
  • MetLife
  • Traditional Insurance
  • UniCare
  • United Concordia
  • United Concordia National Fee For Service
  • WellPoint

Pay your way.
At DentalWorks, we accept about any form of payment you can think of (and probably a few you can't).

Cash, Credit, or Check:

Affiliated practices accept most major cards, including VISA®, MasterCard®, Discover®, and American Express®.

Sears® Card:

Select practices are conveniently located inside Sears® and accept your Sears card as payment for any dental treatment.*

*Sears cards are issued by Citibank, N.A.


The CareCredit credit card is an alternative to consumer credit cards, cash, or checks. With a CareCredit card you can make convenient monthly payments  instead of a lump sum prior to treatment. CareCredit helps makes it easier for cardholders to pay for the care they need. For more information visit


Genesis is a financing solution that provides a second chance to customers with less-than-perfect credit histories, enabling more patients to receive the treatment they deserve.

DentalWorks Advantage Discount Dental Plan:

With the DentalWorks Advantage Discount Dental Plan, you will have access to discounts on a wide variety of dental care needs.

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US Bank® Payment Portal:

DentalWorks affiliated practices offer a convenient online bill pay portal, powered by US Bank®.

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Meet Our Dentists

Jigna Thakkar, DDS

> Biography

Dr. Jigna Thakkar is an Illinois State Board-Certified General Dentist. Dr. Thakkar graduated with honors from New York University, College of Dentistry in 2000. Dr. Thakkar graduated in the top 10 of her class. She has been an associate doctor at DentalWorks in Golf Mill since September 2000. Dr. Thakkar practices a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry, with expertise ranging from porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and restorations of dental implants, crowns, and bridges to redesign your smile. Dr. Thakkar takes several continuing education classes yearly so she can deliver the most advanced and best possible treatment to her patients. In Dr. Thakkar’s leisure time, she enjoys listening to music and reading literature. She lives happily with her husband and two daughters.

Ronald J. Picchetti, DDS

> Biography

Dr. Ronald J. Picchetti is board-certified in General Dentistry in the State of Illinois. Dr. Picchetti earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at Loyola University at Maywood in 1988, and graduated with high honors and was a member of Delta Dental Fraternity, as Treasurer. Dr. Picchetti has his certification in basic life support. He began working with Sears Dental in March of 1989 as an associate doctor and worked himself up to partial owner in January 2004. Dr. Picchetti’s services include composite restorations, extractions, gold restorations, porcelain crowns, implant restoration, and endodontics as well as prosthodontics. He enjoys working with people and takes pride in performing cosmetic dentistry.

Kwang Chang, DDS

> Biography

Dr. Chang's bio coming soon.

Ejlal Alalawi, DMD

> Biography

Dr. Ejlal Alalawi is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. She graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and went on to dental school at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Alalawi did a one-year general practice residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and completed her oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Columbia University and Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. She provides oral surgical services in both office and hospital based settings. Outside of Dentistry, Dr. Alalawi loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling.