Munster Dental Care is open Monday from 12:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., Thursday from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., and Saturday from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Munster Dental Care is available by appointment only on Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday.
We are also available for dental emergencies.
For your convenience, we offer the following methods to schedule your appointments:
- Online scheduling: To request appointment availability, please click here to fill out the form. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.
- Call our office at (219) 836-9999.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date or day of the week and time range, and our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.
The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly exams and cleanings. Some people may need more frequent check-ups based on their dental needs. After your first exam, we’ll be able to determine the best frequency for your dental health.
- Completed new patient forms
- Insurance card/information
- List of your current medications and medical conditions
- Any x-rays taken in the last 6 months (if available)
Please call our office at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment. We’ll work with you to help you find another date that fits your schedule.
We understand that unforeseen situations arise requiring cancellation and re-scheduling of your reserved appointment time. Should any re-scheduling changes be necessary, we require 24 hours advance notice to avoid a $25 fee. As a courtesy, we make every effort to remind patients via their preferred contact method of their appointment time. When time is lost due to last-minute changes, other patients in need of treatment cannot be seen and your care is delayed.
If you have pain or an emergency situation, page Dr. Kaszuba at 219.222.0741 by leaving your name and phone number including the area code.
Munster Dental Care provides a wide variety of general, cosmetic, restorative, and advanced dental services. Please click on our "Services" tab for a complete list.
During your first visit, we will conduct a thorough examination to determine the best course of action to achieve your optimum dental health and goals. We will:
- Review your current medical and dental history including current medications
- Take full-mouth digital x-rays to identify any current problems and to use as a baseline on future visits to detect early signs of problems
- Assess gum condition and health
- Examine teeth for cavities and condition of old dental restorations
- Perform a head and neck exam, including salivary glands and lymph nodes, for swelling or other abnormalities
- Screen for oral cancer and TMJ (issues with the jaw joint)
- Strategize a patient-centered, evidence-based treatment plan
The mouth can be an indicator of a number of health conditions as well as your oral health, so your medical information is very important in diagnosing issues with your teeth, gums, and mouth.
Many medications, prescribed by your physician and obtained over-the-counter, can affect your oral health. One of the most common side effects of many medications is dry mouth. Natural saliva helps keep food from collecting around your teeth and neutralizes acids given off by bacterial plaque, which is continuously growing on the surface of the teeth. These acids damage the hard surfaces of your teeth which greatly increases your risk for tooth decay. The bacteria also forms plaque that can stick to soft tissues, leading to an increased risk of gingivitis and progressive gum disease.
Dr. Kaszuba is not only interested in your current medications, but also medications you have taken in the past because many can affect your current dental treatments. We may want to speak with your physician when planning dental treatment in complex cases. Although rare, some serious jaw problems can occur in people who’ve received bone-strengthening medications to treat cancer or osteoporosis.
Certain health conditions including joint replacement require antibiotic pre-medication prior to certain dental treatment.
These are only a few examples of how medications can affect your oral health. Tell your dentist about any recent changes in your use of medications or in your overall general health. Providing a current and accurate health history, including both prescriptions and over-the-counter products, is the best way to insure that your complete body health is maintained in the best and safest way possible.
Fillings can last for many years but over time they wear down, discolor, crack and sometimes fall out. Early detection of problems with fillings can help you avoid getting cavities under the filling and causing more serious decay. Let us know if you’re experiencing any pain. We’ll check your fillings at every visit to determine if any need to be replaced.
Composite fillings are widely preferred to amalgam today to fill new cavities and replace old fillings needing repair. However, there are some instances when amalgam is still recommended based on your individual health profile. In addition, some insurance providers will not approve composite fillings in posterior teeth which would increase your out-of-pocket expenses.
Absolutely. Dental x-rays are essential preventative and diagnostic tools. Many oral conditions occur between teeth or under the gums or bones, undetectable by the human eye, and many have no early signs or symptoms. Early detection with x-rays can make treatment quicker, less painful, and less expensive. The American Dental Association recommends getting a full radiographic evaluation every 3-5 years and yearly bitewing radiographs.
Munster Dental Care offers several payment options for your convenience:
- Cash, check or credit card at time of service
- Payment plans – For major treatments, we will work with you to develop a payment plan.
- Insurance – For your convenience, we will submit your insurance claims.
If you have insurance through one of our approved providers, only your estimated portion of the fees will be required at the time of service.
If you do not have insurance, we will require payment at the time of service or as specified in your payment plan.
Yes, we accept most major insurance plans. Our office is proud to be a Delta Dental Premier Provider. Please call our office to verify your insurance coverage. Remember, your dental insurance policy is a contract between you, your employer, and your insurance company. Please become familiar with your coverage and get to know it well. If you don't have an updated copy of your agreement, contact your HR person at your place of employment and ask for one. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can.
We are pleased to accept CareCredit, a medical credit card that can be used for dental health expenses. For more information, please ask our staff or visit the website at www.CareCredit.com.
Yes, we offer both short-term, interest-free financing and longer term financing with low monthly payments. We will be happy to work with you to find the best payment option for you!
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should begin cleaning your child’s gums with a soft cloth soon after birth. As soon as the first tooth appears, start brushing twice daily with a soft infant toothbrush and just a smear of toothpaste. When you come in for your child’s first visit, we’ll show you how to brush properly.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends visiting the dentist as soon as the first tooth appears, or by the child’s first birthday. We can look for potential problems and help your child get to know us as their friend. These early visits can make your child’s experience with a dentist a positive one.
Please note that patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all visits. We want to meet with both of you to discuss findings and treatments, and to address your questions and concerns.
Most dental procedures can be completed under local anesthesia. However, to help more anxious patients relax, or for more complex procedures, Nitrous Oxide inhalation sedation is available.
Novocaine is rarely used in today's dental practices. Local anesthetics such as Lidocaine and Mepivicaine, which belong to a different chemical class of drugs, work by blocking the nerve that supplies sensation to the teeth in a specific area. You feel no pain during the procedure and are totally alert, aware, and able to function normally. The effect wears off fairly quickly with no side effects.
According to drugs.com, the most common side effects are numbness, tingling, and some minor pain around the injection site. These side effects are usually not severe and often subside within a few hours of the injection.
Dr. Kaszuba will determine the optimum dosage of one of many available local anesthetics to use for you. It is very important to tell your dentist about any medications that you are taking, both over the counter and prescriptions, as well as any health conditions that you have.
Known as nitrous oxide or “laughing gas,” you’ll experience a feeling of euphoria after just 2-3 minutes of breathing in the gas. You’ll be aware of your surroundings and able to respond to questions. Inhalation sedation has very few side effects and is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the gas supply is stopped.