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9460 W Main St, Belleville, IL 62223
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Preventive Denistry

Preventive Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

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Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

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Testimonials

  • He is very very nice and very very gentle! we moved to Waterloo and still go there! 123456addison - yp.com
  • When I left my appointment, my mouth felt cleaner than it's ever felt. They did such a fantastic job. I'm very confident that my health is their top priority, and I know they would never recommend an y sort of dental procedure that I didn't need. I trust them completely. They always go above and beyond to help me with anything I need. They never complain about anything, and I know I can always count on them. I've never seen anyone who is more respected by their staff. The entire staff only had great things to say about working there, and it made me want to return all the more. They've never rushed my teeth cleaning. They always go above and beyond to make sure my teeth look and feel fantastic. Julie - Wellness.com
  • My family and I have been going to this dentist since I was young. When I moved to other cities I've tried to find a new dentist, but they just couldn't compare to Dr. Gehrs. So whenever I'm home in Belleville visiting my parents I make an appt. at his office. The staff is very nice, and everything is very clean. Emily R. - Yelp.com
  • I have never had a "tooth pulling" experience at Dr. Gehrs office. Each time I have visited I have walked out with a improved smile and relaxed visit. The Doctor is down to earth and the staff is friendly. I have never had complaints nor think I ever will. I have gone here for years and will continue to go here for years to come! Best Doc Around! H.Smith - Vitals.com

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9460 W Main St, Belleville, IL 62223