Trusted Family Dentistry in Summit

african american family relaxing in backyardHaving a dentist who can provide essential dental care to you and your loved ones can be beneficial in many ways. Since 1990, John F. Kozal, DDS, and his team have provided compassionate and personalized family dentistry across Summit, Bridgeview, Justice, and Willow Springs.

We deliver reliable and age-appropriate care in English and Spanish for families of all sizes. Having very skilled dental hygienists allows us to offer flexible after school and weekend hours for many services. Visit the dental office of John F. Kozal, DDS today to experience exceptional dentistry! You can find our office at the corner of 74th Avenue and W Archer Avenue. The cross streets being Harlem and Archer, near the tire shop past Fresenius Medical Care.


Comprehensive Dentistry Tailored to Your Family

At John F. Kozal, DDS, we serve patients from 1 to 101. As a family-focused dental practice, we are proud to provide tried-and-true treatments you can rely on. All our services can easily be tailored to meet the needs of your children, spouse, parents, and grandparents.

Our available services include, but are not limited to:

Benefits of Visiting a Family Dentist

young girl getting a dental inspectionAs part of a busy family, chances are you have a lot on your plate. Between work, school, and other activities, finding the time to make multiple dental appointments can be a real chore. Having a team that is familiar with the dental and medical history of your loved ones makes for convenient and more comprehensive treatment.

As a family dentist, Dr. Kozal has the experience and skill to treat the unique needs of everyone in one location.

How Dental Needs Change with Age

Just as your overall health needs change throughout life, the dental needs of your family also change. During appointments, we educate you on the importance of good oral health and how to care for your smile properly.

We make sure to provide valuable information that takes your specific age and circumstances into consideration. With his vast experience, Dr. Kozal can do everything from teaching your toddler how to brush correctly to advising a grandparent on how to care for their new dentures.

What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Visit

little girl learning how to brush teeth in dental officeFirst visits for children are crucial for helping promote a lifetime of good oral health and dental confidence. Your child’s first dental visit begins with a tour of our office, introducing them to our dentist and staff in a friendly and respectful way. This visit is typically short and involves very little treatment. During their initial appointment, we can perform the following:

  • Check each tooth for signs of decay
  • Monitor development
  • Look for potential issues with gums 
  • Determine the need for fluoride or sealants

We recommend children begin seeing our dentist as soon as their first tooth emerges, no later than their first birthday. Introducing kids to dental care allows us to detect oral health issues early. It also lets our team eliminate anxiety or fear before they can interfere with essential care.

Understanding How Oral Health Can Affect Overall Health

happy young woman looking upwards daydreamingBecause there is a connection between oral and overall health, protecting the smiles of your loved ones is essential for their well-being. When proper oral hygiene is neglected, oral bacteria can easily multiply. This often leads to plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and above and below the gum line. Bacteria and plaque begin to irritate the gums, causing inflammation and infection.

When left to progress further, oral health issues like gum disease can lead to complications with diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and pregnancy.

Protecting Adult Smiles

young man checking out his smile with a mirror in dental officeWhile some adults have less risk of developing cavities, they still require routine  care to maintain strong oral health and prevent tooth loss. Dr. Kozal provides preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services tailored to your needs.

Our preventive dentistry treatments provide a proactive approach to your care. We help protect the long-term health of your teeth and gums. Your dental visits include regular care, honest communication, and education regarding proper oral health habits. The key to keeping your smile healthy is to discover dental issues and gum disease early before they develop into serious concerns. Our preventive care includes:

Dental cleanings & exams - We recommend that adults receive dental exams and professional cleanings every six months. This gives Dr. Kozal and our team the chance to detect signs of decay, gum disease, or other problems that could jeopardize your oral health. Routine appointments also include taking a series of x rays.

Gum disease treatment – We provide tooth scaling and root planing to treat gum disease. Our dentist offers a minimally invasive approach to eliminate infection. We also suggest maintenance cleanings more often to keep your gums free of disease.

Restorations for Adults & Seniors

When we discover damage or tooth decay, Dr. Kozal takes time to discuss your options for restoration. The goal is to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. We strive to help you prevent further damage that can lead to gum disease or tooth loss. Our restoration services include:

  • Fillingsare a quick and reliable way to restore enamel and stop the progression of decay.
  • More intricate treatment may be necessary when deep decay or infection jeopardizes dental health. We provide root canal therapy to save teeth whenever possible. During a root canal, we remove the infected pulp from inside the tooth, helping preserve its natural structure.
  • Extractions may be necessary if a tooth is too damaged to save. Dr. Kozal performs gentle extractions to help protect your long-term dental health.
  • Crowns are tooth-shaped caps cover a severely worn or damaged tooth. These restorations look, feel, and function as a natural tooth. Crowns are versatile and can be used alone or in combination with other treatments, like dental implants.
  • We often use a dental bridge to replace several missing teeth in a row. Traditional bridges close the gap by anchoring a prosthetic tooth between two existing teeth. A bridge supported by implants uses two posts as anchors instead of natural teeth.

Comprehensive Dental Care for Senior Smiles

senior woman sitting in dental chair while smilingConsistent home hygiene and professional dental care are essential as you get older. Regular preventive treatments, such as cleanings, x rays, and exams are services that can help you keep your natural teeth as long as possible.

Our quality restorative care lets you maintain dental function and a youthful appearance for a lifetime. With our skilled and consistent attention, your senior smile will shine for many years to come!

Helping Your Family Smile in Summit

At John F. Kozal, DDS, you can rest assured knowing that your family receives the essential dental care they need and deserve. We’re passionate about serving individuals of all ages, and we’re continually looking for new and better ways to help you feel confident about your smile. Call our Summit dental office to get trusted family dentistry! Call today to schedule your visit.


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