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By Scott Szatkowski D.D.S.
April 15, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Are you looking to improve the appearance of your front teeth? Dental veneers are widely used to improve the appearance of front teeth and are a much more conservative option than a full dental crown. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of staining, large gaps, large fillings, chipped teeth, or overall shape. Veneers are a thin covering over the front and biting end of the tooth used to restore the beauty of a smile. Over the years Dr. Scott Szatkowski in Elk Grove Village and Melrose Park, IL, has helped many patients who opted for veneers and now have the confidence to smile again. 

Dental veneers are made in a lab from long-lasting porcelain materials. The shade can be chosen to any desired color to whiten the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers are usually placed on the anterior, or front teeth, where the chewing forces are not as hard as the back teeth. The process of placing veneers is relatively easy, requiring only two dental appointments. In some cases, only one appointment is needed. It depends on the fabrication process. 

The first appointment is to “prep” the teeth and take an impression to be sent to a lab to fabricate the veneers. Veneers are fairly conservative in the preparation as it requires a small amount of space to be created on the face (front), bottom, and sides of each tooth to allow space for the veneer to be placed and look natural. You will leave the office with temporary veneers for the next week or two while the permanent veneers are being made. 

The second appointment is to place the veneers and make minor adjustments if needed. What a difference it makes in the appearance of the teeth! If you’re interested in learning more, give Dr. Scott Szatkowski in Elk Grove Village and Melrose Park, IL, a call. For our Elk Grove Village location, call 847-437-8366. For our Melrose Park office, call 708-450-4533.

By Scott Szatkowski D.D.S.
February 18, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Many of our patients at our Elk Grove Village and Melrose Park, IL, offices have been asking us about brightening their teeth lately, and today Dr. Scott Szatkowski thought we would discuss the options available to you to put the sparkle back in your smile!

Over-the-counter products – You’ve probably seen over-the-counter whiteners such as whitening strips on store shelves. While whitening strips may work for some, they do have certain restrictions. For example, they are not nearly as effective when crowns or fillings are involved. Teeth that are stained gray instead of brown or yellow typically don’t respond as well to these types of whiteners. Whitening strips typically save you money but take longer to work and also require discipline on your part to keep them in place for the right amount of time each day.

Whitening at our office – This type of whitening can be done right at our practice. A whitening agent is applied directly to teeth and a special light helps accelerate the whitening process. This may be accomplished in one session or take several appointments. You should expect to spend anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes at each session. If you have a mix of natural teeth and fillings or crowns, your dentist may recommend bonding or veneers on your natural teeth instead of regular bleaching. Teeth whitening at our office can be used to correct many tooth discolorations which may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating the beautiful smile you've always wanted.

At-home whitening – If you choose this option, the dentist will take a mold of your teeth and create a custom-fit whitening tray. The gel whitening solution is poured into the tray, and the tray is worn for a predetermined amount of time, generally from a couple of hours a day to every day during the night, until you’re back in our office for an evaluation.

Give us a call at our convenient Elk Grove Village and Melrose Park, IL, offices to schedule an appointment! Whiter teeth are just one visit away with Dr. Scott Szatkowski! Call our Elk Grove Village office at (847) 437-8366. For our Melrose Park, IL, office, please call (708) 450-4533.

By Scott Szatkowski D.D.S.
December 15, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Checkups   Dentist  

How regular dental visits to your dentist in Elk Grove Village, and Melrose Park, IL, can save your smile

Routine dental checkups can mean the difference between having a healthy smile or having chronic dental issues like tooth decay, and gum or periodontal disease. Dr. Scott Szatkowski offers comprehensive dental care, including routine checkups, x-rays, and professional dental cleanings to save your smile. He has two convenient office locations in Elk Grove Village, and Melrose Park, IL, to help you and your smile.

Dental problems can start out small, sometimes without any signs or symptoms. That’s one of the reasons why routine dental checkups and x-rays are so important. Routine checkups can identify dental problems early when they can be treated easily. Early diagnosis and treatment can give you and your smile the best outcome.

When you visit your dentist regularly, it can help protect you from:

  • Needless dental pain
  • Needless trauma to your teeth
  • Unnecessary dental expense

During your regular checkup, your dentist performs important services like these:

  • A comprehensive examination of your teeth
  • Checking your x-rays and other imaging
  • A comprehensive examination of your soft tissue
  • A thorough oral cancer screening to check for abnormal tissue

Your dentist will also discuss any necessary or recommended dental treatment with you, to keep your smile healthy. Some of these dental treatments include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Dental crowns
  • Tooth replacement options
  • Root canal treatment
  • Gum and periodontal therapy

Your routine checkup appointment is also an excellent opportunity for you to discover cosmetic dentistry services, to give you your most beautiful smile. You can find out more about:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Cosmetic dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers

You should plan on having a routine checkup and x-rays at least once each year. Professional dental cleanings should be completed every 6 to 12 months, or every 3 to 4 months if you have periodontal disease.

To find out more about why regular dental checkups are important, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Scott Szatkowski in Elk Grove Village, IL, at (847) 437-8366, or in Melrose Park, IL, at (708) 450-4533. Call today!

By Scott Szatkowski D.D.S.
December 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Do you have gaps in your smile? If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants could complete your smile. Dr. Scott Szatkowski provides cosmetic and restorative treatments, including dental implants in Elk Grove Village, and Melrose Park, IL.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options. A small screw-shaped post is permanently implanted in the jaw bone during minor surgery. As the area heals, the bone will fuse with the post, so it will never shift out of place like dentures. After several weeks of healing, your dentist will add a custom-made crown to the implant that looks exactly like your natural teeth. Your new implant will blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have many benefits, including:

  • Dental implant crowns are made of light-reflective materials that perfectly match your tooth enamel and blend in with the rest of your smile
  • Taking care of your implant is easy because all you have to do is brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. No specialized care is required
  • The Dental implant will not be susceptible to decay and could last a lifetime with the proper care

Are Dental Implants A Good Option in Elk Grove Village, and Melrose Park, IL?

The failure rate of implants is extremely low because dental implants are the most successful type of surgical implant.

To ensure that you are a good candidate for dental implants:

  • Gums and teeth should be in good health
  • A dental implant needs good bone dentistry to offer support
  • Good oral hygiene habits are a must
  • Smoking is not allowed because it affects the healing process

To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, visit Dr. Szatkowski in Elk Grove Village, and Melrose Park, IL. Call (847) 437-8366 or (708) 450-4533 to schedule an appointment today.

By Scott Szatkowski D.D.S.
October 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Many people experience embarrassment or dissatisfaction with the way they look due to the yellowing or discoloration on their teeth. Staining can be due to smoke, coffee, tea, wine, soda, acidic juices or foods, or even certain medications. While common, this unwanted yellowing or staining on the surface of your teeth may affect your confidence and interactions with others. Using a tray-based system, teeth whitening in Elk Grove Village, and Melrose Park, IL, offers the patients of Dr. Scott Szatkowski a brighter, whiter smile.

How Does A Tray-Based System Work?

A tray-based whitening system is custom-fitted to your top and bottom rows of teeth by your dentist so that you can achieve the maximum benefits of whitening your teeth. First, molds of your mouth will be made, which will then be used to fabricate the whitening trays. Then, the trays will be used to apply the whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The tray-based system can be taken home to apply for a few sessions on a schedule that works best for you. You will be able to achieve a brighter, whiter smile in just a few weeks!


Having your teeth professionally whitened through the tray-based system can offer a variety of benefits that are not available with over-the-counter whitening kits, including safer, faster, and longer-lasting results. Because your dentist will be creating your custom trays, you can be sure that they are the best fit for your mouth and safe to use on your teeth. Your dentist will also be able to monitor the effects of the whitening procedure to be sure it is working best for you and providing supervision and assistance if necessary.

Tray-based teeth whitening in Elk Grove Village, and Melrose Park, IL, is fast and effective, offering you better results in less time with more concentrated gel and the expertise of your dentist. With whiter teeth, you may also experience an increase in confidence, improved social interactions, and overall greater satisfaction in the way you look.

Finding The Right Dentist

If you are interested in trying a tray-based system for teeth whitening in Elk Grove Village, or Melrose Park, IL, visit Dr. Szatkowski. Call the Elk Grove Village office at (847) 437-8366 or the Melrose Park office at (708) 450-4533 to get started today!

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