General and Family Dentistry

General dentistry provides the bulk of dental services that families need to maintain good oral health. Dr. Shane Ruggless and our entire Springfield, IL team have experience treating patients of all ages—from toddlers to kids, teens, adults, and seniors.

Your oral health needs change throughout your lifetime. Having a general dental team that customizes your treatment based on your changing needs can keep every smile in your family healthy, comfortable, and beautiful.

Comprehensive Family Dentistry

We know that families today are busier than ever. By offering the care that all of you need right here at your Springfield, IL top dentist, we support good oral health for everyone you love.

We offer all of the preventive, restorative, tooth-replacement, and cosmetic dentistry that your family needs to stay healthy and we do so with outstanding patient care as our number one priority.

Children’s Dentistry in Springfield, IL

Helping your child develop good oral habits can have lifelong benefits. At Ruggless Dental, we welcome your children to our family dental practice and offer the type of proactive, gentle dentistry that makes kids smile. Kids actually look forward to their visits because we help them learn and make it fun! We speak to kids and explain treatment in a way that they can understand, without creating any anxiety around their dental care.

When we treat kids, we do it at their pace and make sure to maintain excellent communication with parents so that you are always informed about your child’s dental health and development.

Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

When you start your child off with early visits to the dentist, you are setting him or her up for a lifetime of good oral health. By incorporating your child’s dental care into their healthcare routine, you can ensure that they are comfortable at the dentist and learn the skills they need to take care of their teeth from a young age.

We begin seeing children around the age of two, when they have some of their baby teeth. We will meet your child where they are and start with a “happy visit.” We will take your little one for a ride in the chair, look at their teeth, and help them grow accustomed to the sights and sounds in our dental office. We offer a special prize for each child's dental visit!

Our hygienists, along with Dr. Ruggless, are great with kids. Many of our Springfield, IL dental team members, including our dentist, have children of their own. They are important members of your family, and we will treat them the way we would want our own children to be treated.

As your child grows, we will incorporate dental exams, digital dental x-rays, and professional dental cleanings to their preventive routine. If your child has a cavity in the future, we will make sure they are comfortable during treatment and give them high-quality restorations to protect their health and their smiles.

Contact our Springfield, IL office if you have any questions, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment.

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry in Springfield, IL provides one of the best ways that you can protect your smile and avoid dental emergencies.

  • Dental exams
  • Diagnostic x-rays
  • Professional dental cleanings

By making your scheduled preventive dental appointments, you give our team the opportunity to detect and treat common dental problems before they result in pain or tooth loss.

Dental Restorations to Protect Your Smile

When you do have a cavity or a damaged tooth, the proper dental restoration can protect your tooth and give it a longer, more comfortable life.

Dental fillings seal your tooth after Dr. Ruggless removes all signs of decay. We can match your filling to the color of your tooth so that it does not negatively impact the appearance of your smile. No one will even notice it!

A dental crown in Springfield, IL protects a damaged tooth after a fracture or large cavity. It gives your tooth stability and reduces sensitivity and discomfort. Dental crowns also protect teeth after having a root canal.

When a tooth needs to be removed to protect your oral health, we also offer:

  • Dental bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Partial denture.
  • Full dentures

At our Springfield, IL dental office, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services for those patients wishing to improve the appearance of their smiles.

Dental Emergencies

If you are experiencing a dental emergency in Springfield, IL and do not yet have an emergency dentist to take care of you, the Ruggless Dental team invites you to contact us. We treat all varieties of dental emergencies, often on the same day. Of course, the faster you let us know that something with your oral health has changed, the faster we can get you back on track to good health.

Dental emergencies that require an immediate appointment include any condition that involves pain and any situation where you have a knocked-out tooth. Painful conditions could mean an infection or fracture, or that decay has advanced to the nerve, which is an advanced form of the condition.

A knocked-out (avulsed) tooth can sometimes be saved with prompt treatment. Keep the tooth from drying out and avoid handling it by the root, and Dr. Ruggless may be able to replace it and stabilize it long enough for it to heal properly.

Broken crowns, fillings, or lost restorations can sometimes be a dental emergency. Call our Springfield, IL dental office to get the answers you need. Our helpful team will guide you through the process necessary to have you feeling like yourself again in no time.

Payment Options

We know that most families work on a budget these days. We are committed to helping you fit the dental care you need into your budget. From estimating insurance to offering patient financing, we do our best to make it easy for you to get great dentistry at Ruggless Dental.

If you are getting a particular dental treatment and would like to pay for it over time, we offer CareCredit financing to make it easier on your budget. CareCredit is a third-party financing company that specializes in health care, dental, veterinary care, and vision financing. They offer both six- and twelve-month interest-free financing options so that you do not accrue interest during that time.

It is easy to find out if you qualify for CareCredit. You can apply online at carecredit.com and get an answer right away. Be sure you enter our office as your preferred dental office so that it links to us, making payment easier.

If you need additional help or have questions about insurance coverage, benefits, the cost of your treatment, payment options, or anything else, you can visit our financial page or simply give our Springfield, IL dental office a call. We are always happy to help and look forward to giving you great dental care!

Call Us When It’s Time for Your Next Dental Exam

Contact our Springfield, IL dental office to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment. We look forward to providing you and your family with comfortable, customized dentistry to promote healthy smiles.