General Dentistry

DENTIST IN HOMEWOOD, IL

Our team is committed to focusing on you and your family’s needs and dental goals. Dr. James Kreuz and Dr. Gregory Duffner’s expertise in general dentistry will present you with outstanding dental results to keep your smile beautiful for years to come. We take pride in providing comfortable and gentle family dental care.

Our general dentistry services include:

  • Oral Hygiene
  • Dental Cleanings
  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Scalings and Root Planing
  • Extractions
  • Intraoral Camera

Oral Hygiene

Our top priority is to provide you with the highest level of service and quality dental work. In order for you to maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend to your personal oral hygiene routine.

It is recommended to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily to prevent the buildup of plaque and tooth decay. Use products containing fluoride to help strengthen teeth.

We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan, please contact our Homewood dental team.

Dental Cleanings

We can help clean surfaces of your teeth that you may have missed during brushings. During your appointment, we will also screen you for tooth decay and remove any tarter buildup or plaque. Regular professional dental cleanings are essential for attaining a healthy mouth. Our talented team can provide gentle and thorough dental cleanings to help you maintain beautiful and healthy teeth, gums and smile.

You should visit our dental office at least twice a year to get a professional cleaning and to make sure your smile is looking its best.

Oral Cancer Screenings

We emphasize the importance of providing oral cancer screenings to our patients. Dr. Kreuz and Dr. Duffner routinely screen all patients for oral cancer.

Oral cancer is where cancerous cells are found on the lips, tongue, gums, inner lining of the mouth, jaw or upper throat area. There are a number of symptoms of oral cancer that start to appear early on, including abnormal sores or color changes in tissues of your mouth, lips and tongue that haven’t gone away after 2-3 weeks. Also, if you detect any lumps and swellings in or around your month, contact our dentists for a consultation.

Treatment of oral cancer depends on what size, type and stage the cancer is found in. In most cases, small cancerous tumors are removed along with a small ring of healthy tissue that surrounded it and radiation or chemotherapy is then delivered to kill off any remaining cancerous cells.

We can provide comprehensive, high quality dental care for families including oral cancer screenings. We make sure to understand your concerns and answer your questions fully, as well as take the time to fully diagnose any oral health problems.

Scaling and Root Planing

Despite the best of efforts at home with all the tooth cleaning products available, plaque and tartar can buildup on the roots of teeth. This requires a deep professional cleaning. Our dentist may administer a local anesthetic to eliminate discomfort during the procedure. Scaling and root planing is done by removing the bacteria containing plaque and tarter that has attached to your teeth and their roots under the gum.

Extractions

The removal of a tooth or teeth is based on a combination of the condition of the tooth, dentist recommendations and your needs. There are several indications for removal of teeth, including severe tooth decay or gum disease, abscessed tooth, tooth fracture or to relieve crowded teeth.

Intraoral Camera

An Intraoral camera can view different angles in the mouth. This allows us to view the entire mouth on a monitor, giving us a closer look at any potential issues or problems that may arise.

Contact our dental office in Homewood for more information on our general dentistry services.