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Smilin Dental stands above the rest

We are a dental team strongly committed to our patients.

At our practice you will find genuine, comprehensive care with a conservative approach and a focus on educating our patients. We take great pride in the quality and value of services that we provide. Many patients are life-long patients and refer their family and friends, which is the affirmation of our practice’s standard of treatment and care.

Our mission is to serve you, the patient, with exceptional service and provide the highest quality dental care possible.

As a result of our core beliefs and how we practice, our team pledges the following to you: 

  • To listen to and explore your individual needs, wants and desires 

  • To help you understand your options (including the option of no treatment) and their likely outcomes, then you can let us know how we can help you. 

  • To work together to develop a personalized oral healthcare plan that fits your needs, wants and desires 

  • To enhance your quality of life by providing exceptional dental care 

  • To work with dental specialists and other experts to provide you the best care possible 

  • To utilize evolving and proven technology to improve your treatment options and results 

  • To always be honest and forthright 

  • To respect your time 

- Steve Bacalar, Ken Milin, and staff

Accolades and recognition

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Dr. Milin and Dr. Bacalar are proud to receive yearly recognition of their hard work and dedication to exceptional dentistry and patient care. The reviews of patients and recognition of dental peers is an honor and an affirmation of how Smilin Dental approaches dentistry.

Drs. Milin and Bacalar have been named in Chicago Magazine’s “40 Top Rated Dentists” in the Chicagoland area for many years. They have been nominated and voted by their industry peers and patients, as well as recognized by local magazines, newspapers and consumer’s checkbook.

Please share your comments and suggestions with us as we continue to pursue our mission. We appreciate referrals of your family, friends, and co-workers, and promise to welcome them with the same caliber of service. 

Hear from our patients

Dr. Steve Bacalar is wonderful! I went to him after having a bad experience at a dental practice in the city. He was so kind, patient, and walked me through everything he did while filling my cavity. I felt very relaxed with him, and I would recommend him to anyone who gets nervous in the dental chair. He also very clearly showed me where my cavities were. I appreciated his conservatism, assuring me that we could "watch" a couple teeth rather than fill them.

Alexi V.

I began seeing Dr. Milin after poor experiences with other dental groups. He has changed my opinion of going to the dentist, and I have been incredibly happy with his work, referrals, and compassion! I recently saw Dr. Steve Bacalar, who shares the same high standards of quality work and patient care. As a patient with many pre-existing dental issues and a great deal of anxiety towards the dentist's chair, it's great to know I can see either doctor and get the same caliber of treatment.

Mike A.

Dr. Steve Bacalar and Karin are a wonderful team. My 5 year old needed his first (and hopefully last!) filling and both of us were rather apprehensive about the procedure. I needn’t have worried – the forethought they put into the appointment and their calm, caring attitudes put us both at ease and ensured a quick and pain-free appointment. I thoroughly recommend them and feel grateful that we’ve found our new local family dentist.

Chantal P.


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If you are looking for a new dental professional to grow with your family, are experiencing a dental problem, or want to improve the appearance of your smile, then we would love to help you.
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