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Maple Shade Dental of Peoria
11825 N. Knoxville Ave., Dunlap, IL 61525

General Dentists in Peoria

Taking great care of your teeth and gums is an important part of your overall health. To achieve your best smile, regular checkups and dental cleanings from a general dentist in Peoria are essential. These services can keep your teeth free of damaging decay.

A General Dentist vs. a Dental Specialist

A general dentist is in charge of a patient’s overall dental health. General dentists practice several different types of dentistry instead of specializing in one branch. At our practice, our experienced general dentists offer dental exams, cleanings, and routine procedures that keep your smile glowing. Call us today to make an appointment.

What Services Does a General Dentist Offer?

At our general family dentistry office, our goal is to ensure the long-term dental health of our patients. Our skilled general dentists provide comprehensive care, which includes exams, cleanings, restorative work, and more. You can also make an appointment at our dentist general practice if you’re experiencing a toothache or other symptoms.

General Dentistry Services

If you’re ready to achieve great dental health, we can help. Give our office a call to schedule any of the following general dentistry services:

  • Dental Reconstruction
  • Dental Sealants
  • Dentures and Dental Services
  • Gingivitis/Gum Disease Treatment
  • Laser Dentistry
  • Nitrous Oxide (N2O) Sedation Dentistry
  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Oral Hygiene and Bad Breath Cure
  • Restorative Dentistry and Tooth Fillings
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • TMJ Therapy
  • Tooth Crowns and Bridges

How Frequently Should I Go to the Dentist?

Your age and the condition of your dental health will determine how often you should receive dental checkups. Those with healthy teeth may only need to visit our office every six months, however, you may require more appointments if a dental health problem is detected.

How Much Does a Dentist Visit Cost?

You may be wondering, “How much will it cost to see a general dentist near me?” Typically, the cost of a dental visit depends on your insurance coverage and what treatments are required to care for your smile. Please call us if you have questions about pricing or payment.

Why Is Dental Health Care Necessary?

Neglecting your dental health can affect your entire body. Without regular dental checkups, you may experience oral pain, tooth loss, or exacerbate existing conditions like diabetes. Even if it’s been a long time since your last dental visit, our skilled dentists can help you achieve better dental health. Set up an appointment today by giving us a call.

How Long Does a Dental Cleaning Take?

Dental cleanings are an essential part of great oral health. Typically, healthy patients who are diligent about brushing and flossing will require a 30-minute cleaning. However, if your teeth and gums need extensive cleaning, your appointment may last longer.

How to Prepare for a Dental Visit

It’s common to feel anxious before visiting a general dental office. However, organizing the information you need in advance can help you feel more relaxed. Gather as much information about your insurance and health history as possible, and arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time.

What Happens When You Don’t Go to a Dentist?

When you don’t go to the dentist, tooth decay and gum disease can cause significant damage to your oral health. While most dental problems can be reversed when diagnosed early, they can be expensive and time-consuming to fix during the later stages. Visiting a dentist regularly can save you time and money on dental care. Call us today to make an appointment.

Dental Reconstruction

As part of a carefully planned combination of general, cosmetic and orthodontic dentistry, dental reconstruction is a comprehensive treatment approach for patients with mild to chronic pain from severe dental problems, such as tooth loss, facial muscle distortion, gum disease […]

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Dental Sealants

One of the most common health problems in people around the world is tooth decay. It affects children and adults of all ages and backgrounds, and if left untreated, it can lead to pain and eventual tooth loss. Fortunately, dental […]

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Dentures and Dental Services

When you have missing teeth, it can make participating in your favorite activities more difficult. You may find it more difficult to chew or speak, and your facial structure may change. Fortunately, our affordable quality dentures can help you regain […]

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Gingivitis/Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, involves the inflammation and infection of the gum line. When left untreated, gum disease in Peoria can lead to severe dental issues, like tooth shifting and loss. At our office, we can […]

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Nitrous Oxide (N2O) Sedation Dentistry

If visiting your dentist causes extreme anxiety, you may be hesitant to get the dental care you need. Many people suffer from a fear of going to the dentist, but N2O sedation dentistry can make it easier.

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Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer is a potentially fatal disease that is often only detected at a later stage when treatment is less effective. Fortunately, your dentist can find it in its earliest stages and increase your chances of recovery.

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Oral Hygiene and Bad Breath Cure

Keeping your teeth and gums clean is a vital part of your dental health. Practicing good dental hygiene can help prevent a host of oral problems, including tooth decay and bad breath. At our practice, we provide treatment for oral […]

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Restorative Dentistry and Tooth Fillings

Most people experience a need for restorative dentistry throughout their lives. Whether it’s receiving a tooth filling or getting a dental implant, restorative dentistry in Peoria can help you maintain your natural teeth. Read on to learn more about our […]

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Root Canal Therapy

The soft pulp inside your tooth can become infected, injured or exposed by extensive decay. When this occurs, you may experience pain and loss of tooth function. Fortunately, many such teeth can be saved through root canal surgery, which involves […]

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TMJ Therapy

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), some studies indicate that more than 10 million Americans suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders. Often referred to as TMJ syndrome or TMJ disorder, […]

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Tooth Crowns and Bridges

Missing or damaged teeth can affect your health and self-confidence. Fortunately, tooth crowns and bridges in Peoria are an effective treatment for those suffering from these issues. At our practice, we create durable and affordable tooth crowns and bridge devices […]

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Patient Reviews
Very friendly, kind, and professional
Casey C.
I really love the staff and I was in and out quickly. The dentists themselves are friendly and informative.
Leeann D.
Excellent. Dr Ruffner is very experienced and thoughtful.
Sandhya P.
Dr. Ruffner and his assistant are both great,
Kevin S.
Jessica was great with my 11 year old; she was patient and kind! Great job!
Lincoln D.
Wonderful set of people that work there. Very friendly and out going.
Michaele T.
Maple Shade is a very warm and caring group of professionals.
Kosta D.
Minimal wait times and friendly staff.
Shellie Z.
Dr Ruffner is a great dentist who cares about his patients
Lynn G.
Dr. Willy is awesome! My 12 year old broke the bottom half of his front teeth a couple years ago on his scooter and we had them fixed. They never looked completely natural or even. Dr. Willy took off […]
Alex Z.
Friendly. No wait – well organized office. Excellent care. Trustworthy.
Allie D.
Wendy is a very good dental hygienist
Eric S.
I always receive wonderful care at Maple Shade Dental Group. Karen is a fantastic hygienist and Drs. Shanahan and Ruffner are both excellent dentists.
Janet M.
Always excellent service from the entire staff!
John M.
I am very happy with all aspects of my visits there…..from the first person I speak to when I arrive to the last one I am in contact with when I leave….except for the fact that I have to pay this […]
Diane F.
Doctor Ruffner is amazing! He really cares about his patients and about the work he does. He knows I have terrible anxiety but he still wipes the tears away when I’m having a hard time. I can’t […]
Sara L.
Theo is 3. This was his first dental exam. He was not scared. Karen showed him her tools and practiced on his fingers to make sure he had an idea of what was to come. She seemed to put him at ease. […]
Theodore T.
Very friendly staff, very quick and efficient check in and out. But most of all I really felt comfortable with Dr. Ruffen and he did amazing work on me. Super impressed with the whole office start to […]
Jennifer E.
Dr. Rufner is EXCELLENT!! Indeed, all of the staff that i encountered were so friendly and helpful.
Theodore S.
Staff seemed to work hard to make my visit as pleasant as possible.
Samuel S.
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Mon. – 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue. – 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed. – 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu. – 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri. – 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sat. – Closed
Sun. – Closed
Phone: (309) 740-3901
Fax: (309) 243-9061
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  • Monday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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