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Our office utilizes the latest in technological advancements and materials to provide our patients the best possible treatment and to maximize their comfort.
Intra oral camera at Smilin Dentall

Intra oral camera

This wonderful technology allows you to observe close up pictures of the inside of your mouth.

Not only does this make it simple to see and understand what the doctor is telling you, but it also makes it simple for us to keep accurate records, from one visit to the next.

Headphones and music at Smilin Dental

Headphones and music

We provide our patients with the option of listening to an music during their appointment via headphones and iPod.

We have thousands of songs/artists to choose from. Music helps calm your anxiety and provides a calming escape from the dental work being performed.

Patient safety at Smilin Dental

Sterilization and patient safety

Our office uses state of the art sterilization to ensure patient safety. Sterilization and disinfection are the basic steps in instrument processing and surface asepsis.

Sterilization refers to the use of a physical or chemical procedure to destroy all forms of microorganisms, including the highly resistant spores.

We use Steam Autoclave which reaches a temperature of 273º F at a very high pressure (35psi) in order to render everything inside completely sterile.

The instruments are first cleaned of any debris to prepare them for the sterilization process. Next the instruments are transferred to an ultrasonic cleaner for 15 minutes. Then the instruments are rinsed, dried, placed in self sealing sterilization pouches and sterilized in the autoclave. Instruments which can not be heat sterilized, are immersed in 3.4% glutaraldehyde solution for 10 hours to render them sterile.

Steriliization at Smilin Dental

Sterilization process

We use Biological, Chemical and Mechanical indicators to monitor our sterilization process. Using bacterial spores to monitor the sterilization process is referred to as biologic monitoring (or spore-testing).

The bacterial spores used for monitoring the sterilization process are referred to as biologic indicators. Of the three methods, biologic monitoring is regarded as the most valid for monitoring the sterilization process, for it uses live, highly resistant bacterial spores.

- We biologically monitor our sterilizer once a week to ensure complete sterilization using spore strips and keep accurate records for our monitoring. These strips are enclosed in a glassine envelope and processed through the sterilizer. We then test the strips to assure our sterilization process is effective.

- Mechanical monitoring involves observing the physical aspects (e.g., temperature, pressure and time) of the cycle when the sterilizer is being operated. Our Sterilizer is serviced regularly to ensure proper functioning.

Zoom Tooth whitening Smilin Dental

In-office tooth whitening

The ZOOM! chairside whitening system is a scientifically advanced, safe and effective, tooth whitening procedure.

Your teeth will become dramatically whiter in just over an hour! It is an ideal procedure for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of ZOOM! in comparison to days of wearing trays or strips makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.


The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. The dentist then applies the ZOOM! whitening gel, which is designed to be used with a specially designed light. The ZOOM! light and gel work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discoloration.

The complete procedure takes just over an hour. Following the preparation period, there are three cycles of 15 minutes each, for a total of 45 minutes, to complete the procedure.

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Simplant Smilin Dental wilmette


Simplant is a 3D imaging program that is often used for the planning of an implant. For an implant to be successfully placed, it is important to know the anatomy of your mouth.

Simplant provides 3D information including the location of nerves, the location of the roots of your adjacent teeth and the amount of bone present where the implant will be placed. Simplant also allows your surgeon and restorative dentist to assess the bone density in the location where the implant will be placed. A CT scan is taken and simplant converts the information so that implants can be virtually placed. This allows your dentist to determine the perfect location for your implant.

What to expect as a new patient

At your initial examination we take a comprehensive medical and dental history, conduct an evaluation of the mouth tissues and how your teeth function together, take necessary x-rays and appropriate digital photos, and discuss any cosmetic concerns. We then create a treatment plan through thoughtful analysis and collaboration.

Ranked top 40 dentist

Dr. Bacalar and Dr. Milin are proud to receive yearly recognition of their hard work and dedication to exceptional dentistry and patient care. They have been nominated and voted by their industry peers and patients, as well as recognized by local magazines, newspapers and consumer’s checkbook.

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