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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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piece of paper with question mark on itChoosing a dentist for your family is a big decision. It's natural to have questions about the type of care you will receive, your insurance benefits, your treatment options, and the services we offer. Here are some of the most common questions we receive. If you do not see yours listed here, just give us a call or contact us via email. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Pregnant Dental Patient | Ruggless Dental Springfield ILIt is an exciting time in life when you become pregnant, and your dental care becomes more important than ever!  The combination of nausea, hormones, increased snacking, and lack of focus on your oral health during this time can create issues for your gums, your teeth, and even your baby.  Studies have linked periodontal disease with increased risk of preeclampsia, lower than normal birth weights, and even premature birth.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant we recommend seeing a dentist for a cleaning and exam to assess your oral health condition and come up with a plan for the duration of your pregnancy.  

Our team will always be available to help answer any questions that you may have about your dental needs during your pregnancy. The best way to ensure that no serious problems occur is to make sure you are keeping up withy your regular dental visits and at home-care. Be sure to floss and brush regularly, and get in for those professional cleanings. This allows your dentist to identify any problems and treat them before they become more serious. 

Contact Ruggless Dental if you have any questions or concerns, and we'll be happy to help!

Dentist Springfield IL Going to the dentist can seem overwhelming, especially if you are experiencing pain or are in need of a specific treatment. Being prepared with the right questions to ask is a great way to feel more comfortable and ready for your visit. Here are some great questions to ask if you are going in for a regular cleaning appointment: 

  • What can I do to improve my oral health? We all know we should be brushing and flossing regularly, but in some cases, there may be more steps to take to improve your oral health. Your dentist can help you care for your teeth, and ensure that serious issues are avoided whenever possible. 
  • Is there anything I should tell my doctor about? Oral health has been linked to many serious health conditions, including heart concerns, respiratory diseases, and more. Asking your dentist if there is anything you may want to talk to your general care doctor can help prevent or find and treat issues that the rest of your body may be experiencing. 
  • Should I make any changes in my normal care? Depending on changes to your oral health, or just your unique needs, your dentist may recommend that you make changes in your professional maintenance schedule and regularity. For example, if you have early signs of gum disease, your dentist may want you to have professional cleanings more often. 

If you're visiting the dentist for a specific concern or procedure, you may want to ask some more unique questions: 

  • Will costs be discussed before any procedure? The last thing you want is for a treatment to be completed, and the cost to be something you are not comfortable with. Make sure that the staff will go over your costs and coverage before anything is completed. 
  • What can I expect during the procedure? With each unique dental treatment comes a different process for the procedure. Have your dentist fully explain and answer any questions that you have about what you can expect during the treatment- this can help you prepare and feel most comfortable when you begin the process, no matter what the treatment is!
  •  What can I expect or the recovery? If you are having a more extensive treatment done, recovery processes can be extensive. Make sure that you are prepared ahead of time for what you'll need during your recovery, such as specific foods or care items. Your dentist should be able to walk you through this completely!

If you have any questions, or if you'd like to schedule a visit to our office, give us a call today for more information!

Cosmetic Dentistry

Many of our Springfield, IL dental patients elect to have cosmetic dentistry procedures done to restore and improve the health of their smile. 

For example, correcting the alignment of your teeth or filling in gaps can remove places where harmful bacteria often hide, which reduces your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. 

Even minor cosmetic treatments like professional teeth whitening are only performed after a dental exam and cleaning, to make sure your smile is in top shape. You wouldn't apply fresh paint to a damaged foundation! 

Cosmetic dental treatments help our patients achieve their smile goals, and it also allows Dr. Ruggless to thoroughly examine your mouth, which kills two birds with one stone. 

Examples of Cosmetic Dentistry

At Ruggless Dental in Springfield, we offer a comprehensive variety of modern cosmetic dental procedures, including in-office and custom take-home teeth whitening. 

We also offer dental implants, dental veneers, crowns, and dental bonding, as well as dental bridges. 

Whether you are missing a tooth, or have minor smile flaws that are visible anytime you talk, we provide attractive solutions. 

How Can I Get Started on a New Smile?

The first step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ruggless. He will be able to examine your oral health, teeth, and gums to see if any underlying dental issues need to be addressed first. Together we can go over the most appropriate procedures that are available to you. 

Everyone deserves to have a smile they love, and we can help get you there. Our kind and friendly dental staff are always available to answer any questions, from dental emergencies to financing options. Give us a call at any time; we can't wait to see you!

Crowns and Bridges

Cosmetic Dentistry | Springfield IL Dentist The first and most conservative step we recommend at Ruggless Dental is for a patient to whiten their teeth using Zoom whitening.  If spacing or misaligned teeth are the issues then we recommend a consultation to see if the patient is a candidate for Invisalign.  Dental crowns and veneers are another option to help shape and brighten a patient's smile, see our Smile Gallery for before and after photos of some porcelain crown cases.  Missing teeth can also be fixed with a bridge or dental implants.  

All of these options are available at Ruggless Dental, contact us today to schedule a consultation and see what Dr. Ruggless can do to improve your smile!

Losing a tooth due to trauma, deep cavities, or periodontal disease leads into the conversation of what the options are to replace the tooth once it’s gone. The options involve removable appliances or something that is fixed in the mouth. If you are considering a fixed solution, it will come down to two options: bridge vs. an implant.

Dental Implant

An implant is a threaded titanium post that is placed into the jaw where the bone will integrate around it. Once the implant is healed an abutment and crown can be attached to the implant. This implant crown will look and function like the rest of the teeth in your mouth. The biggest positive in choosing an implant versus a bridge is that we do not have to drill on the adjacent tooth to accomplish our goal of tooth replacement. However, in most cases, the implant process will cost slightly more than a bridge, and will take longer to complete versus doing a dental bridge.

Dental Bridge

Before dental implants, dental bridges had been the go-to procedure for tooth replacement and can provide excellent results. The procedure involves shaping down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. This then allows a dental crown to go on the two shaped teeth with a third dental crown anchored in the middle. It essentially is three crowns connected together that fill the space of the missing tooth. A bridge over an implant makes sense when there isn’t adequate bone for an implant to be placed, health concerns with placing an implant, or if the adjacent teeth already require major work.

Which option should you choose?

Each patient and scenario is unique when deciding your options on tooth replacement. If you are missing a tooth and/or teeth, or know you will be losing a tooth soon, contacting a dentist to discuss options is the best place to start. If you are seeking a dental office who has experience in both dental bridges and dental implants, call us today at Ruggless Dental, your Springfield IL dental office.

Dental Implant Restoration

Dental implants are a safe, permanent tooth replacement procedure. In fact, tooth implants have a very high success rate. If you are at high risk for surgery, your Springfield IL dentist will go through any potential complications. Any allergies to metals like copper, zinc, lead, iron, or nickel will not be an eligible candidate for dental implants. Good candidates for tooth implants have healthy gums and enough bone density to support the dental implant. Patients with gum disease or decay must first be treated before going through with dental implants. 

Dental implants are considered a great alternative to dentures or bridgework since they don't slip or cause bone damage. As with any invasive surgery, dental implant surgery can have some health risks. Although rare, these risks can be easily treated if they do occur.  Risks include:

  • Infection around the implant
  • Injury or damage to surrounding teeth
  • Nerve damage to your teeth, gums, lips or chin
  • Sinus issues

The entire process can take up to six months, most of that time is dedicated to healing and allowing the implant to anchor to the jawbone. Pain medication or antibiotics might be necessary after the dental implant procedure. Any pain or swelling that does not go away should be looked at by your oral surgeon. 

Risks are always inherent in any medical procedure, but with tooth implant surgery, the risks are low. Any signs of pain, swelling, or infection can be treated immediately by our Springfield IL dental team. At Ruggless Dental, we prioritize safety and promote excellent oral health of all our patients. 

 

When planning for dental implant restorations in our Springfield, IL dental office, we work closely with some of the area’s finest oral surgeons, who will place your dental implant in the ideal location for outstanding results.

With a success rate of more than 95 percent, dental implants are one of the most reliable and long-term ways to replace a missing tooth in the wake of extraction or accident that causes the loss of your natural tooth.

To create your dental implant crown with the proper size and shape, we will need to take impressions of your tooth and bite. We will use this information to create a dental implant crown out of porcelain or ceramic that fits perfectly with your teeth and bite.

Dental implants crowns sit on top of an attachment, called an abutment, that screws into the top of your dental implant. Abutments determine the angle at which your crown will sit in relation to your other teeth. This helps ensure that your bite and smile are properly aligned.

Of course, Dr. Shane Ruggless will also ensure that the shade and coloring of your dental crown blend in perfectly with your natural teeth. No one will see your dental implant, just your smile, which is why so many of our patients opt for dental implant restoration in our Springfield, IL dental office!

Cosmetic Dentistry | Springfield IL Dentist The first and most conservative step we recommend at Ruggless Dental is for a patient to whiten their teeth using Zoom whitening.  If spacing or misaligned teeth are the issues then we recommend a consultation to see if the patient is a candidate for Invisalign.  Dental crowns and veneers are another option to help shape and brighten a patient's smile, see our Smile Gallery for before and after photos of some porcelain crown cases.  Missing teeth can also be fixed with a bridge or dental implants.  

All of these options are available at Ruggless Dental, contact us today to schedule a consultation and see what Dr. Ruggless can do to improve your smile!

Losing a tooth due to trauma, deep cavities, or periodontal disease leads into the conversation of what the options are to replace the tooth once it’s gone. The options involve removable appliances or something that is fixed in the mouth. If you are considering a fixed solution, it will come down to two options: bridge vs. an implant.

Dental Implant

An implant is a threaded titanium post that is placed into the jaw where the bone will integrate around it. Once the implant is healed an abutment and crown can be attached to the implant. This implant crown will look and function like the rest of the teeth in your mouth. The biggest positive in choosing an implant versus a bridge is that we do not have to drill on the adjacent tooth to accomplish our goal of tooth replacement. However, in most cases, the implant process will cost slightly more than a bridge, and will take longer to complete versus doing a dental bridge.

Dental Bridge

Before dental implants, dental bridges had been the go-to procedure for tooth replacement and can provide excellent results. The procedure involves shaping down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. This then allows a dental crown to go on the two shaped teeth with a third dental crown anchored in the middle. It essentially is three crowns connected together that fill the space of the missing tooth. A bridge over an implant makes sense when there isn’t adequate bone for an implant to be placed, health concerns with placing an implant, or if the adjacent teeth already require major work.

Which option should you choose?

Each patient and scenario is unique when deciding your options on tooth replacement. If you are missing a tooth and/or teeth, or know you will be losing a tooth soon, contacting a dentist to discuss options is the best place to start. If you are seeking a dental office who has experience in both dental bridges and dental implants, call us today at Ruggless Dental, your Springfield IL dental office.

Dental Veneers

Cosmetic Dentistry | Springfield IL Dentist The first and most conservative step we recommend at Ruggless Dental is for a patient to whiten their teeth using Zoom whitening.  If spacing or misaligned teeth are the issues then we recommend a consultation to see if the patient is a candidate for Invisalign.  Dental crowns and veneers are another option to help shape and brighten a patient's smile, see our Smile Gallery for before and after photos of some porcelain crown cases.  Missing teeth can also be fixed with a bridge or dental implants.  

All of these options are available at Ruggless Dental, contact us today to schedule a consultation and see what Dr. Ruggless can do to improve your smile!

Dentures

Denture fit can be a tricky situation, especially as your body changes. Weight loss or gain, bone loss, and other changes can make your dDentures Springfield | Ruggless Dentalentures fit differently. When your dentures do not fit well, you may experience denture sores, slipping dentures, and even dentures that fall out. It always seems like that happens at the worst times!

No denture will fit perfectly forever. We can reline dentures occasionally to improve the fit and comfort, but when that fails, it’s time for a new denture. Many patients find that simply replacing their dentures after 5-7 years is the best solution for them. That way, you can still eat the foods you love and avoid the painful consequences of ill-fitting dentures.

If you have significant challenges with the fit of your dentures, we can place 4-6 dental implants to firmly secure your denture in place. This will lock it in and only release your denture when it’s time to clean them or for maintenance.

To learn more about the possibilities of modern dentures, contact our Springfield dental office. Our knowledgeable staff is here to help and we look forward to helping you gain a smile you love. 

Fillings

At Ruggless Dental, we recommend any toothpaste that contains fluoride to prevent cavities. Many kinds of toothpaste on the market claim to do many different things – reduce plaque, whiten, or everything as an all in one! The best way to take care of your teeth, however, is with consistently thorough home care.

To maintain your oral health, be sure to brush twice a day using the proper techniques:

  • Brush gently.Toothpaste Recommendation | Springfield Dentist
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush like Nimbus.
  • Angle the bristles toward your gum line.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Brush for at least two minutes – 30 seconds for each quadrant.
  • Make sure to reach all surfaces of your teeth.
  • Don’t forget the chewing surfaces of your teeth!
  • Floss daily.
  • Maintain regular dental exams and professional cleanings.

If you have questions or would like a demonstration of the best home care techniques, we are happy to help! Dentistry is constantly changing and having a “brush-up” on tooth brushing can be helpful. Even adults can develop sloppy brushing habits over time, and being aware of the proper techniques can protect your oral health and help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

To schedule your next preventive dental appointment, contact our Springfield, IL dental office. We look forward to hearing from you!

How Often to Floss | Springfield IL DentistFlossing might not be your favorite way to spend time, however, there is no better way to protect your gums and avoid periodontal disease. We recommend flossing at least once a day. Of course, if you eat something like corn on the cob or steak, you might want to floss more often, and that’s great!

Sometimes a food particle gets lodged in your gums and causes bleeding or pain. You might feel compelled to avoid the area because it is sore. Flossing the area is important, however, because you can dislodge the food particle and give your gums a chance to heal. Within a day or two, the bleeding should subside and the pain should be gone. If it persists, call us and we can help!

The kind of dental floss that will work best for you depends on a number of factors such the alignment of your teeth. For teeth with larger spaces in between, a braided floss might work best. For teeth that are close together, a ribbon floss might be easier to use and slide in between your teeth more comfortably. For patients with braces or a dental bridge, floss threaders can make your job much easier!

If you have questions about products that can help keep your smile healthy and beautiful, ask us

Toothbrush Recommendation | Springfield IL Dentist Many of our patients feel overwhelmed when they stand in the toothbrush aisle at the store. So many choices are available and all of them promise to make your teeth and gums healthier. At Ruggless Dental, we recommend that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Light pressure is enough to remove plaque and bacteria because it is actually the tips of the toothbrush bristles that do the most cleaning. Extra pressure does not mean cleaner teeth!

When you come in for your hygiene appointment, we will give you our favorite toothbrush – the Nimbus. This extra-soft bristled toothbrush cleans great, but still protects your delicate gum tissue and enamel from damage. Many of our patients ask to buy extra Nimbus toothbrushes since they are not available in most of our local stores. 

The type of toothbrush you use does make a difference. Follow these simple guidelines for the best results:

  • Soft-bristled brushes only
  • Brush gently, angling the bristles toward your gum line
  • Use the correct size – if your toothbrush is too large, it can’t reach behind your teeth

If you have questions about specific brushes or techniques, let us know! Our hygiene team will share their ideas and expertise with you so that you get the most out of your home care. Give us a call today

General and Family Dentistry

You know that feeling you get after a dental cleaning? Your teeth feel delightful and yummy; there's a squeaky cleanness to them that makes running your tongue over your teeth difficult to resist. That fresh smoothness from polished teeth is a treat.

But are your teeth whiter after a dental cleaning? 

When you come in for your regular professional dental cleaning, Dr. Shane Ruggless or your Springfield dental hygienist will get rid of any hard buildup of plaque and tartar from all surfaces of your teeth. The plaque and tartar can have a yellowish hue that can dull your smile. 

Once this step is done, we apply a paste that polishes the surface of your teeth and further removes any stains that have accumulated (we're looking at you, coffee). So, yes, in fact—your teeth are whiter after a dental cleaning. 

Why Everyone Should Stay on Top of Their Dental Cleanings

White, polished, smooth smiles are just one benefit of a teeth cleaning. You'll notice how fresh your breath is. Plus, you can go about your day knowing that you've done your due diligence in the war against cavities, periodontal disease, and more. 

Dental cleanings protect your teeth and remove bacteria that can cause infection and disease—both of which can result in tooth loss. 

Regular teeth cleanings every six months benefit your oral health as well as your general well-being. 

If you have insurance, you should take advantage of your teeth cleaning since most insurance policies pay the full cost of preventive dental care.

Call to Schedule Your Dental Cleaning

Call Ruggless Dental today to keep your mouth happy and healthy. 

Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the most popular choices today to fix alignment issues, especially in adults. It's no wonder since Invisalign provides great results without the aesthetic issues presented with traditional braces. However, not everyone is a candidate for this treatment option. Here are some ways you can get a good idea of whether or not you'll be a candidate. Keep in mind, however, that visiting an Invisalign dentist is the only way to know for sure!

  • How severe are your alignment issues? Invisalign is only effective for patients whose alignment issues are not too severe. If you have intense alignment problems, a dentist will be able to examine your teeth and help you choose an option that will give you the results you are looking for, and it may not be Invisalign. However, less severe issues can be easily corrected with this procedure. Invisalign can treat gaps or overcrowding, underbite and overbite issues, as well as crossbite concerns that you may have.
  • Your age: Invisalign is typically better for older teens and adults, whose teeth are no longer growing. Invisalign also requires a strong commitment to keeping your aligners on as much as possible, which is another reason that adults and older teens are typically a better fit for this treatment. It's also more common for teens and adults to have concerns about the aesthetics of traditional braces. 
  • Dedication: As mentioned previously, keeping your aligners in place is vital towards seeing improvement with Invisalign. The best patients for this treatment are those who are dedicated to getting the smile they want, and therefore are willing to stay committed to keeping those aligners in place as much as possible. Since they are removable, it's easy to leave them off if you aren't dedicated to the process. 

Invisalign Dentist in Springfield IL

If you have any questions about whether or not Invisalign is a good option for you, visiting a dentist is the best way to get your questions asked. Don't hesitate to contact our office today for more information, and to schedule a consultation. 

Sealants

Dental Sealants | Boy Dental Patient Springfield ILA dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that fills into any pits and grooves on the chewing portion of teeth.  The sealant material can be manufactured in various ways from a glass ionomer to a composite resin.   Dental sealants have been shown to drastically reduce the chances of getting a cavity on the chewing portion of the teeth.  A majority of sealants are placed on children and teenagers as their permanent molars and premolars erupt into the mouth.  At this stage, the enamel is more susceptible to cavities, and children's ability to brush appropriately and avoid unhealthy foods makes them a higher risk for cavity formation.  We also recommend sealants on adult patients when they have had a history of cavities. 


The placement of dental sealants is quick, painless, and greatly reduces cavities on pits and fissures.  If you are in need of a family dentist that can evaluate both parents and children's teeth for the need of dental sealants, call Ruggless Dental today your Springfield, IL dentist!

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening | Springfield IL DentistMany of our patients like to brighten their smiles with professional teeth whitening. We offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening systems to meet your needs. Most patients can whiten their teeth with few or no side effects. Sometimes, however, patients do report sensitivity or gum irritation after whitening their teeth. Here is what you can do about it:

  • Teeth sensitivity – Often, when patients have sensitive teeth after whitening, it is due to a few factors. If you leave your whitening gel on your teeth for too long or if you whiten your teeth too frequently, you might experience sensitivity. This is especially true for patients who have gum recession. This problem is easily solved by whitening for less time and taking a few days off in between treatment. A fluoride treatment can also reduce sensitivity.
  • Gum irritation – If your gums are sore, white, or bleeding after whitening, you are probably using too much whitening gel for each tooth. You only need a small dot to get the job done. When you use excessive amounts of whitening gel, you aren't just wasting money – the excess gel oozes out onto your delicate gum tissue and makes the process uncomfortable. Try using less!

If you still have problems, call our office. We have products and recommendations that will allow you to whiten comfortably and effectively!

Cosmetic Dentistry | Springfield IL Dentist The first and most conservative step we recommend at Ruggless Dental is for a patient to whiten their teeth using Zoom whitening.  If spacing or misaligned teeth are the issues then we recommend a consultation to see if the patient is a candidate for Invisalign.  Dental crowns and veneers are another option to help shape and brighten a patient's smile, see our Smile Gallery for before and after photos of some porcelain crown cases.  Missing teeth can also be fixed with a bridge or dental implants.  

All of these options are available at Ruggless Dental, contact us today to schedule a consultation and see what Dr. Ruggless can do to improve your smile!

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