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Do You Need a Crown or Bridge?

Dental Crowns and Implants | Springfield IL Dentist

Finding the proper dental restoration for your smile will require a trip to the dentist to get the most accurate information possible. Each dental restoration serves a specific purpose, and the one that will work best for you depends on your dental conditions. 

Here are some guidelines that can help you determine if you need a crown or a bridge:

The Purpose of a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are for protection and stabilization of a damaged tooth. Opting to place a dental crown on a damaged tooth can prolong the life of your tooth and reduce pain and sensitivity.

At Ruggless Dental, we use crowns to correct:

  • Decay
  • Fractures
  • Wear
  • Cracks

When choosing a material for your dental ...

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5 Self-Care Tips Following a Root Canal

Root Canals | Springfield IL Dentist

Having a root canal can save a tooth from requiring an extraction by removing bacteria and infection from inside your tooth. We offer comfortable root canals here in our Springfield dental office. Opting for a root canal instead of an extraction can dramatically extend the life of your tooth.

The proper care is essential to keeping your root canal tooth healthy. Here are s self-care tips to help you take care of yourself.

Take the Proper Pain Medication

Root canal treatment relieves pain, but you may still have some discomfort immediately following treatment as your body takes over the healing process. In most cases, over-the-counter pain medication will be enough to keep ...

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3 Potential Dental Emergencies That You Shouldn't Ignore

Emergency Dentistry Springfield | Ruggless Dental

You know your body better than anyone, and when you encounter a change in your oral health, you might wonder whether you could let it go for a little longer or if you should have it treated right away by scheduling an emergency dental exam.

When in doubt, you are always welcome to contact Ruggless Dental. Our team can help determine if an emergency dental exam is necessary and get you the answers you want.

3 Dental Emergencies You Should Never Ignore

#1 – Tooth Pain

If dental pain occurs, it is always time to give us a call. Prompt action may mean the difference between being able to save your tooth ...

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Are You a Candidate for Dental Bonding?

Dental Bonding Springfield | Dr. Shane Ruggless

Dental bonding is a quick and non-invasive way to improve the appearance of your smile. Dental bonding uses composite resin, the same material we use for fillings, to add to your existing tooth structure, changing the shape of your tooth or repairing it after a chip.

Composite resin comes in a wide variety of shades so we can match it precisely to your natural teeth. Composite is incredibly durable and will last for many years, barring secondary decay or teeth grinding.

Are You a Good Candidate for Bonding?

Do you want to make small improvements to your teeth?

If you have a narrow gap or small chips, you might benefit from dental bonding. ...

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National Nutrition Month and Your Oral Health

National Nutrition Month | Ruggless Dental

How Nutrition Affects Your Oral Health

March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to discuss all the ways that your diet can affect the health of your teeth. You have probably grown up hearing that calcium and vitamin D are the keys to success when relating the foods we eat to the health of your teeth.

The truth is that dental nutrition goes much further than that!

Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables!

As with your overall health, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can promote good teeth by providing proper nutrition to fuel the rest of your body. Because eating raw fruits and vegetables stimulates the production of saliva, you get ...

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The Beginnings of Gum Disease

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Gum Disease

Gum disease can sneak up on anyone.

Even if you have great home care and twice-yearly dental appointments, a change in your medical health, hormone fluctuations, and even stress can all affect the health of your gums. If you have systemic conditions, such as diabetes, you may suddenly find yourself battling gum disease when you have never suffered from it before.

The beginning stages of gum disease can have subtle symptoms that include tenderness in the gums, which can occur in one area or multiple areas. You may experience bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. If something is lodged in your gums, the bleeding should resolve with extra attention ...

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Finding a Great Dentist in Springfield

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You are looking for a dentist, and a quick search shows an overwhelming amount of options of dentists near you. How do you know which one to choose? Here are some tips to filter through the many choices to find the best fit for you!

Tips for Finding a Local Dentist

  • Be Specific: are you looking for teeth whitening? Try looking specifically for a dentist that specializes in this service. Are you looking for a dentist for your child? Try looking for a pediatric dentist. It will be easy to find a dentist close to you that offers the service you need, at a location near you.
  • Choose a Specific Area: The world ...

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