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How Dental Fillings Have Changed Throughout History

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Dental fillings close cavities in teeth, following the removal of decayed tooth material. The new filling, then, stops bacteria from entering the tooth, eases pain, and helps prevent further decay.

Dental fillings have been a major part of dentistry for a very long time. Let’s look at how dental fillings have evolved through history. 

Fillings In the Ancient World

In Trieste, Italy, scientists discovered a 6,000-year-old male skeleton with beeswax fillings in his teeth. This is one of the earliest known examples of dental fillings.

Texts, dating a few hundred years later, describe silver paste as a dental resin used to fill cavities.

Fillings During the Renaissance 

The first known dental book, published in 1530, offers ...

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What Is the Most Affordable Way to Conceal Worn Down and Discolored Teeth? Dental Veneers!

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Grinding, chewing, and possibly genetics can cause your teeth to wear down over time. Age along with certain foods and drinks can contribute to tooth discoloration and erosion. 

There are many solutions available to correct or camouflage these cosmetic issues, but the most affordable, versatile, and noninvasive choice is porcelain veneers. With porcelain veneers, you are choosing one option to correct or hide many cosmetic issues in one step, which is far more affordable and less time consuming than choosing several different options to achieve a great smile. 

Porcelain veneers camouflage the following:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Teeth unequal in height
  • Worn teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Damaged Teeth

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, shell-like covers permanently ...

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Dental Implants Help You Look and Feel Great!

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Replacing missing teeth with dental implants in our Springfield dental office not only makes it far easier to eat and speak naturally and without worry, but dental implants also improve your quality of life by making you look younger and have more confidence.

How Dental Implants Make You Look Younger

Tooth loss leads to the deterioration of bone in the jaw. Without the stimulation from the force of chewing, the bone is no longer needed and will melt away in a process called resorption.

If you have multiple missing teeth, especially, the facial structure can begin to look sunken and aged. Dental implants preserve natural bone by replacing the root of the tooth, ...

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Which Option Looks and Feels the Most Like Natural Teeth? Dental Implants!

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Few dental conditions are more distressing than tooth loss. The good news is that more options exist to restore your smile than ever before. Dental implants are one of the most popular choices in our Springfield dental office because they are most like your real teeth.

Why Dental Implants Are So Like Natural Teeth

You can never have your tooth back once it is extracted, but you can almost have it back with a dental implant.

The appearance of implants – Dental implant crowns look like natural teeth. Custom color and shading will create a seamless result.

The function of implants – You can eat all of your favorite foods with dental implants. Just ...

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The Many Benefits of Dental Implants

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If you have missing teeth, you have likely heard the buzz about dental implants. Busy patients find sifting through lengthy medical articles tedious and time-consuming. Since we offer dental implants in our Springfield, IL dental office, we wanted to break down the main benefits of this innovative tooth-replacement option.

Over 95 Percent Success Rates

When performed by an experienced dentist, dental implants are hugely successful. Planning and placement are vital components to successful dental implant treatment. Dr. Ruggless will take x-rays and plan for ideal placement of your dental implant in coordination with a trusted oral surgeon.

Allowing time for your implant to integrate before it is exposed to chewing loads will also ...

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How Fillings Can Fix Cracked or Damaged Teeth

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While dental crowns are the gold standard for repairing broken and damaged teeth, fillings can sometimes make a necessary repair and provide a less costly and less invasive option. Dr. Shane Ruggless offers durable tooth-colored fillings here in our Springfield, IL dental practice.

Tooth-colored fillings, also called composite, consist of plastic and glass particles, which look natural and protect teeth.

Minor Chips and Small Fractures

For anterior (front) teeth, minor chips and small fractures might not compromise the integrity of the tooth. Rather than preparing the tooth for fitting a crown, tooth-colored fillings add to the existing tooth structure, leaving more of your natural tooth structure intact.

Since composite comes in a wide range ...

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Why Partial Dentures Are Still a Reliable Choice

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For some patients, dental implant surgery is not possible because of health challenges or medications that could complicate the procedure or integration process. For this reason, partial dentures remain a popular choice in our Springfield, IL dental office.

What Are Partial Dentures?

There are two types of partial dentures – fixed and removable. 

Many people do not realize that dental bridges are also called fixed partial dentures. They do not move because the artificial tooth or teeth are anchored by crowns to two healthy teeth. 

Removable partials are the ones that people think of when they have multiple missing teeth throughout the mouth. A removable partial denture includes a base made of cobalt, pink ...

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