The reason I became a dentist is that it just was a great way to incorporate some science and some craftsmanship into something that I could turn into a career. My dad was a dentist. Even though he didn't really push me into being a dentist, I was able to see what he did and what he was able to do. It's just, a great way to make a living.
Most rewarding part of being a dentist is when you take someone that, maybe, is scared and hasn't been into an office for years, and they just need a major amount of work. You can go ahead and transform that into something that is just beautiful and life changing. Maybe it's replacing missing teeth, or getting them out of a pain that they've grown used to, or just making 'em happy, and just seeing how that changes from the beginning, when they're scared to when we're finally done, and saying, “Oh, that wasn't so bad.”
Dr. Michael Krischke grew up one of 10 children on the northwest side of Chicago. He decided to become a dentist because he loves both science and craft. After graduating from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, he earned his DDS from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.
He started a practice in northern Illinois, where he lived for 17 years before meeting his wife and relocating to Indiana in 2007. He joined our practice in 2009. He enjoys performing a wide range of dental procedures at Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC, including placing and restoring dental implants, extracting teeth, beautifying smiles with orthodontics, providing facial rejuvenation treatments such as Juvéderm®, and restoring smiles with dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.
Dentistry allows Dr. Krischke the opportunity to help people maintain and obtain life-changing smiles.“I feel as though I get along with my patients because I truly care. I listen. I put myself in their position, and with understanding and compassion, I work with them to achieve their dental goals. I think by listening and by showing concern, I can make the experience as comfortable as possible. I think this approach works with both adults and children. I enjoy taking a broken-down mouth and transforming it into something both the patient and myself can be proud of.”
Dr. Krischke lives in Crown Point, where he enjoys cheering on the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Blackhawks. He also enjoys traveling, going out for a nice meal, and spending time with his loved ones.