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Caring for your Family through General and Cosmetic Dentistry
Step into the office of Dr. Alan E. Chiles, and you will immediately sense the difference. From the family-friendly atmosphere provided by a dental team that calls you by name, to the advanced technology that gives you incredibly comfortable dentistry, you will know you’re somewhere special.
Dr. Chiles provides Litchfield, IL and the surrounding area with high-quality dental care. Whether you need general, cosmetic or restorative dentistry, or if you are just looking for a new dental home, this is the place for you and your family.
From friendly faces and caring treatments to dental knowledge and top technology, you will love all the benefits of Alan E. Chiles, DMD. Call today at (217) 324-6223 to schedule your new patient appointment, and maintain your beautiful, healthy smile for life!ts.
We get a lot of questions, here are some of our answers.
Q: What can I expect from my first appointment?
A: During your first appointment, your overall dental and oral health will be assessed with a comprehensive oral evaluation. Upon completion of your medical / dental health form, we will ask you to tell us your goals regarding your smile, teeth, and gums. Digital photos and X-Rays will be taken of your teeth to identify areas of decay, cracked teeth and malfunctioning restorations. Our goal is to preserve as much of your teeth as possible by catching decay in its earliest stages. We’ll also assess your gums and recommend the appropriate hygiene treatment for you.
Q: What type of toothbrush do you recommend?
A: We recommend a brush with a small head and soft bristles. The brand is not as important. Medium or large heads and/or harder brushes can irritate your gums and cause them to recede; smaller heads allow you to more thoroughly clean each tooth.
Q: What is periodontal disease?
A: Gums affected by periodontal disease become red and inflamed, often times bleeding during brushing or flossing. If treated in a timely manner, these conditions can be reversed, preventing periodontal disease from developing. Periodontitis is much more difficult to treat.
Periodontitis affects your gums, bone and teeth in a manner that cannot be reversed. To prevent tooth loss, you may require more extensive, specialized treatment from your general dentist or even a periodontist. If left untreated, periodontitis results in tooth loss – teeth either fall out on their own or must be extracted. If you don’t catch periodontitis in its early stages, you may require extensive surgery to save your teeth and may put yourself at risk for other serious health problems.
Q: What are my options to replace a missing tooth?
A: By replacing missing teeth either with a bridge or implant, you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and give your smile back its beautiful, full appearance. A bridge is one solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, your dentist places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile. A dental implant is also an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures.
Meet Dr. Chiles and Team
Dr. Chiles graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 1985. He started practicing in Litchfield, Illinois in August of 1985. Dr. Chiles strives to provide the best and most contemporary dental services to his patients.
We love our patients!
Here is what they are saying about us!
Wonderful and knowledgeable staff. Incredibly friendly and practical about what dental work needs to be done and what can wait. I highly recommend this office!
Thank you Dr. Chiles for hosting a Free Dental Day for our Veterans! I really appreciate your respect for the Veterans and the dental work you did for me.
Best dentist in town!!!