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What to Do When You're Too Old for the Tooth Fairy

Tooth Pain | Emergency Dentist Springfield

As a kid, it was normal for deciduous (baby) teeth to fall out and the excitement of putting the tooth under your pillow was enough motivation to actually wiggle those teeth holding on by a thread right out. After all, pillow cash delivered by a fairy is magical.

As an adult, a troubled tooth causes anxiety and a number of questions about the future of your smile. If you are having tooth pain and require an emergency dentist in Springfield, we welcome you to get in touch. Ruggless Dental welcomes both existing and brand new patients for emergency dental visits.

How to Know if You Have a Dental Emergency

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No More Pain: When It's Time for a Root Canal

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Don’t let the rumors fool you when it comes to root canals and their association with pain. Root canals relieve rather than cause pain and can help save your tooth when treated promptly. We welcome dental emergencies and provide comfortable root canals in our Springfield dental office.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

The only way to know for sure if you need root canal treatment is with a dental exam, which will require an x-ray and diagnosis from Dr. Shane Ruggless. Dr. Ruggless understands that meeting for the first time during a toothache is not ideal and will put you at ease immediately with his experience, skill, and kind nature.

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5 Tips for Fast Healing after Your Extraction

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We recommend dental extractions in our Springfield dental office only when all other treatment options will not work because keeping your own teeth is often the simplest solution to protect your smile. When you do have an extraction, however, we will give you the support you need to heal comfortably and quickly.

Here are some tips that will help you heal without complications.

Tip #1 Don’t Smoke

The suction required from to smoke could dislodge your healing tissue and cause painful dry socket. Smoking also increases the time it takes to heal.

Tip #2 Don’t Drink through a Straw

As with smoking, drinking through a straw causes suction and can disrupt healing. If you want ...

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Keeping Your Retainer Clean (Hint: It's Really Easy!)

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Regular retainer use after your Invisalign treatment in Springfield, IL will prevent your teeth from moving back toward their original location. This is an essential part of the treatment process. Don’t worry; you will soon be able to graduate to retainer use at night only.

An easy way to keep your retainer clean is to brush it with a soft-bristled brush every time you brush your teeth – morning and night.

As with your natural teeth, your retainer can collect tartar, bacteria, and unpleasant odors. Keeping it clean will give you a clean mouth and fresher breath. Keeping it away from pets is essential too, as they can destroy a retainer in ...

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Do You Have a Dead Tooth?

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A dead tooth sounds like a big problem, and it can be, but if you want a dentist in Springfield, IL to find a solution, Dr. Shane Ruggless can help. A dead tooth does not necessarily mean a dental extraction; in fact, that is the last resort.

Teeth consist of three parts: enamel, dentin, and pulp. The pulp is composed of nerves and blood vessels. A dead tooth means it no longer receives the blood supply to keep it vital. This can result in two main symptoms:

Tooth discoloration – The lack of blood supply may cause the tooth to become gray or dark in color.

Pain and inflammation – Bacteria that reach ...

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Fast Tips for Keeping Whitened Teeth Looking Beautiful

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Whitening your teeth requires both a financial and time commitment. When you finally reach your ideal shade, keeping it that way is important. How quickly your teeth need a touch-up depends mostly on your habits and lifestyle.

We offer both speedy in-office teeth whitening and convenient custom take-home teeth whitening in our Springfield, IL dental office.

Here are some easy ways to keep your brightest smile.

Rinse after You Drink Coffee

If you enjoy a morning cup o’ joe, rinsing your mouth immediately after finishing your coffee will reduce the stains that settle into the microscopic pores of your enamel. It’s a good idea to avoid brushing your teeth immediately after you drink acidic ...

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How Dental Fillings Treat Cavities

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Cavities are one of the most common preventable conditions in both adults and children. We take care of fillings in our Springfield, IL dental office using natural-looking tooth-colored composite. 

While a significant reduction in the instances of tooth decay in recent years has helped patients keep their smiles healthy, it is still a common occurrence due to the amount of sugar added to everyday foods.

How Sugar Impacts Oral Health

Bacteria collect on teeth and gums where it is warm and moist. They need fuel to reproduce and the most readily fuel is sugar. The highest quantity of sugar comes from refined sources like candy, soda, ketchup, barbecue sauce, bagels, and breakfast cereals. ...

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