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Welcome to 21st Century Dental

Here at 21st Century Dental, you will find an experienced team of dental professionals ready to provide you with the highest quality of care for your oral health needs. If it has been a while since your last check-up or you are simply looking for a new home for dental care, you are probably wondering, "Is there a dentist near me who can provide excellent service at an affordable price?" Fortunately, you have found the answer here at 21st Century Dental. Our highest priority is your satisfaction and comfort for everything from cosmetic teeth whitening to root canal therapy.

Here at 21st Century Dental, we focus on the connection between dental care and your body's overall health.  We are dedicated to the idea that your oral health directly affects your overall health, so even a minor toothache or simple tooth filling requires serious attention and individualized care. Dr. Ashley Meyers will work with you to develop an effective regimen for dental hygiene, preventative maintenance, and regularly scheduled exams. In order to provide the best possible service, our entire dental team pursues continuing education and professional training in the latest diagnostic techniques, treatment, and technology.  In addition to caring for the physical integrity of your teeth and restorative structures such as fillings and crowns, we also monitor any changes that could indicate diseases or disorders that might require the specialized service of an orthodontist, endodontist, periodontist or prosthodontist.

Take the first step towards enjoying the beautiful smile you deserve by calling us at 217-698-9500 to schedule an appointment today!

Comfort Dentistry

It is quite normal to feel anxious about visiting the dentist, but you can relax as the gentle dental professionals here at 21st Century Dental assess your particular needs and take the time to discuss your best dental care options. You can count on our experience and expertise to provide care that is as pain-free as possible even if you have particularly sensitive teeth.

Restorative Dentistry

Are you experiencing a toothache? Have you chipped or broken a tooth? Do you need a professional dental examination to find the cause of your pain? At 21st Century Dental we offer a variety of restorative procedures from a traditional crown or root canal to a complete Smile Makeover. These services do more than just improve the appearance of your smile. Our goal is to provide pain relief, restore function, and ensure future oral health.

Cosmetic Dentistry

At 21st Century Dental, we want your smile to look as good as it feels. Our dental team can help you smile with pride by effectively treating problems that range from discoloration to misalignment.

Laser Teeth Whitening and Take Home Trays

Even the most carefully treated white teeth can fade over time or become discolored as the result of diet, personal habits, or aging.  Now, you can achieve a dazzling smile with a customized teeth-whitening kit that utilizes personalized trays and a powerful gel that you apply yourself in the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Laser whitening is extremely effective and an excellent choice for patients who want dramatic results quickly. In our office, your teeth are treated with a hydrogen peroxide bleaching agent available in a wide range of concentrations and tailored to your personal needs. The laser actives the hydrogen peroxide in the gel and the heat speeds up the whitening process to rapidly restore your brilliant smile.

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen 

21st Century Dental is proud to be your Invisalign provider in Springfield, Illinois. Invisalign is an innovative alternative to traditional metal braces for correcting dental misalignment or spacing problems.  Your teeth are gradually shifted into their optimal position by a series of custom-made clear aligners that are virtually invisible, comfortable to wear, and easily removed to accommodate activities such as eating or sports. Working adults are able to maintain a professional appearance and enjoy the dramatic improvement of properly aligned teeth without feeling self-conscious. Invisalign Teen is specially designed to complement your adolescent patient's lifestyle, which also encourages their enthusiastic participation in a way that traditional metal braces simply can't match.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth in order to change their color, shape, size or length. Porcelain veneers are stronger, more durable, and resist stains better than resin veneers. These veneers are a popular option because they mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.  Dental veneers can also provide relief from the tooth pain associated with worn enamel.

Crowns

At 21st Century Dental, we apply a custom, natural-looking crown (or "cap") in cases where decay or trauma has done too much damage to completely restore the original tooth. A crown is an excellent alternative to extraction that offers long-term durability, protection from decay or cracking, and an improved, natural appearance.

A crown may be right for you if...

  • you have chipped or broken teeth that are immediately visible as soon as the dental array is revealed. This situation could require tooth removal and cause a gap in your teeth that requires a surface replacement.
  • you have undergone a root canal that requires a significant portion of the tooth to be removed to make way for the support structure and the cleaning process.
  • you have weak and damage-prone teeth.
  • you have a tooth that is severely discolored.

Complete Oral Care

Cold Sore Treatment

Although there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) that causes them, cold sore breakouts can be managed and avoided. Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, appear around the lips and mouth and are often associated with red, swollen and irritated skin around the breakout areas.

Symptoms of Cold Sores:

  • Pain around the mouth
  • Fever and sore throat
  • Swollen neck glands

Causes of Cold Sore Outbreaks:

  • Stress
  • Chapped Lips
  • Extreme sunlight exposure
  • Physical exhaustion or illness

Even though no cure exists for the cold sore virus, 21st Century Dental can provide you with antiviral medication to control the outbreaks and relieve any pain or irritation you are experiencing.

Oral Cancer Screening

Your 21st Century Dental dental team is dedicated to the idea that early detection of oral problems results in the most effective treatment. The goal of oral cancer screening is to detect mouth cancer or precancerous lesions that may lead to mouth cancer at an early stage — when cancer or lesions are easiest to remove and most likely to be cured. When found at the early stages of development, oral cancers have an 80-90% survival rate. Early detection is imperative!

Oral Surgery

If you need a surgical tooth extraction, we can save you the time and money of making an extra trip to see an oral surgeon. This procedure requires only local anesthesia and can be performed here at our dental clinic.

Emergency Dental Care in Springfield, Illinois

A severe tooth cavity, physical trauma, and other oral health problems can be incredibly uncomfortable, and we are here to treat dental issues that just can't wait for your regular check-up. Whether you're suffering from a painful cavity, cracked tooth, or a loose filling, please don't hesitate to give 21st Century Dental a call! Research shows periodontal problems can potentially elevate the risk for other health issues, including diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Your health and comfort are our first priority. If you are in the Springfield, Illinois area and experiencing serious oral pain, call us directly at 217-698-9500 and one of our team members will schedule a consultation with you during our regular business hours.

State-of-the-Art Technology

Here at 21st Century Dental, we utilize the most advanced, up-to-date technology in order to diagnose and treat dental problems with the highest level of accuracy and effectiveness. You no longer have to deal with time-consuming, uncomfortable traditional dental x-rays. Instead, at 21st Century Dental we use non-invasive, painless equipment to instantly produce high-resolution digital images and x-rays that allow our dentist to identify problems such as tooth decay, worn enamel, periodontal disease, or micro-fractures that would normally remain undetectable and untreated.

Make an Appointment

Our dental team is ready to help you achieve and maintain the smile you've always dreamed of having. We are happy to answer any questions about the dental insurance we accept or the available options if you have no dental insurance. Call us today at 217-698-9500 to schedule an appointment for your comprehensive dental care.