What Sets Us Apart
What primarily sets us apart from other dental offices is our doctor. Dr. Curtin has extensive training and experience in restorative dentistry and continues his training with continuing education classes. Dr. Curtin is passionate about providing the best in digital dentistry, focusing on improving the clinical accuracy of procedures as well as maximizing his patients’ experiences in the chair.
Secondly, we have a tremendous staff. Our five hygienists are all great clinicians and great people. They have each been with us for at least 20 years and have developed lasting relationships with their patients. Our assistants and front desk staff are equally great and will do everything possible to make your visits flow comfortably and smoothly. We use digital X-rays and digital scanners (instead of impressions) for greater accuracy and patient comfort.
Lastly, our office has been serving the Winnetka area for over 70 years. We take great pride in the fact that we often see three and four generations of our patient families. We love that our patients trust us with their children’s and grandchildren’s dental health.
“Dr. Skowron is very pleasant and gentle, he explains to you all the options and helps you understand your dentistry needs. He makes the dentist experience something that you look forward to. I can’t wait for my next check up!”
Meet Kevin J. Curtin, DDS
Dr. Curtin is a Chicago native and a graduate of the Marquette Pre-Dental Scholar Program and the Marquette University Dental School. He has been practicing dentistry since 2013 and his focus is on restorative and digital dentistry.
Meet John J. Skowron, Jr., DDS, MS – Retired
Dr. Skowron graduated from Northwestern University Dental School and continued there to receive his Masters degree in Prosthodontics. He served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Fixed Prosthodontics at Northwestern University Dental School. He is retired after practicing dentistry in Winnetka for the past 30 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will insurance cover cosmetic services?
Insurance may cover a portion of cosmetic services if they’re also classified as restorative. We recommend checking with your insurance company to learn more about your specific coverage. If there are any questions we can answer, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (847) 446-0970 and we’ll be happy to assist you.
If I’m not having any dental pain, do I still need to go to the dentist?
Yes–biannual appointments are necessary so that we can perform professional cleanings and checkups. We’ll examine your oral health and take x-rays of your mouth to ensure you’re free of tooth decay and infection. X-rays can show cavities years before symptoms will arise and it’s good to be aware of underlying issues so we can treat them before they become problematic.
During these appointments, we’ll also complete an oral cancer screening. If caught early on, the chances of a successful oral cancer treatment are much higher. During the professional cleaning, we’ll use special tools to scale off any plaque and tartar that have built up over time and we’ll also let you know about ways that you can improve your oral care routine at home.
We’ll always provide you with detailed information on the status of your oral health and answer any questions you may have.
How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?
In addition to any recommendations given by our knowledgeable staff, there are a few ways you can ensure your smile is in the best of health, including:
- Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and rinse between meals
- Use products that contain fluoride
- Refrain from frequent snacking
- Avoid sugary and acidic foods
- Avoid tobacco
If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health in between your biannual visits, feel free to contact our office by calling (847) 446-0970 and we’ll help you get to the bottom of it.
What is a cavity?
A cavity, also known as tooth decay, is a small hole in your tooth. It’s caused by a buildup of bacteria that creates plaque. If plaque isn’t brushed away, it can lead to tartar, which is much more challenging to remove on your own. Tartar attracts even more bacteria, which leads to decay. In addition to seeing a small hole on your tooth, there are other signs that may indicate that you have a cavity, including:
- Brown, black or white staining on the surface of your tooth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth pain
- Pain while chewing
- Sharp pain when your tooth comes into contact with something sweet
Cavities can be prevented by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals. However, once you have a cavity, you’ll need to see a dentist to get a dental filling and prevent further issues.