We are very fortunate to have a father and son practicing General Dentistry together. This allows extended hours along with experienced knowledge and the best of the newest techniques in dental care.
Dr. Gary Nail was born in Springfield, and grew up primarily in the St. Louis area. He graduated from MU Columbia in 1970 and UMKC School of Dentistry in 1974. He practiced General Dentistry for several years in suburban St. Louis before moving his family to Springfield in 1988. After teaching Biology and Chemistry at Catholic High School, Dr. Gary served in Community Public Health with the Springfield Children’s Clinic. Dr. Gary is a member of the American Dental Association, the Missouri Dental Association, the Greater Springfield Dental Society, and has served as a member of the Springfield Dental Board. He has been involved in many educational and sports activities for area youth. In 2007 Dr. Gary was honored with the Rinehart Medallion from the UMKC School of Dentistry.
Dr. Jim Nail was born in the St. Louis area and spent most of his youth in Springfield. He graduated from Glendale High School in 1999, MU Columbia in 2003, and UMKC School of Dentistry in 2007. During Dental School, he completed the Senior Departmental Advanced Studies Program in Honors Endodontics, was President of the Psi Omega Dental Service Fraternity, and received the Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Periodontics and the Academy of Operative Dentistry Award. Dr. Jim works in Public Health at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center in the Urgent Care Clinic one day a week. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Missouri Dental Association, the Greater Springfield Dental Society, and the Advisory Board for the Vatterott Dental Assistant Program.
Our initial focus is on prevention through regular cleanings and exams, sealants, and fluoride treatments. Periodic dental visits are imperative to maintain gum, tooth, and bone health as well as detect the early stages of cavities and oral cancer.
Defects in teeth can be caused by cavities, malformations, discolorations, or fractures. We offer three types of materials to repair these defects: Composite (tooth-colored), Amalgam (silver), or Gold.
When a tooth is lost, an implant is a wonderful screw-like replacement similar to a real tooth. We provide for the restoration of implants placed by oral surgeons or periodontists with implant supported crowns, bridges or dentures. Implants are especially important for patients who are missing posterior teeth or have mobile dentures.
Crowns, onlays, veneers, and bridges are used to repair teeth with major structural or esthetic defects. Teeth are prepared in the office and impressions are taken and sent to a laboratory. After a short fabrication time while the patient wears a temporary restoration, the final product is ready for placement. We offer several materials for crowns and bridges which are selected on an individual basis.
When an abscess forms or a tooth suffers from a deep cavity or trauma, endodontic therapy often becomes necessary. The nerve of the tooth is removed and medicaments are placed inside the tooth before it is filled and sealed.
A removable appliance can be fabricated when patients are missing some or all of their teeth and cannot have a bridge, implant, or other fixed appliance. We create highly customized complete dentures for the edentulous patient and partial dentures for the patient missing one or more teeth.
We will do everything possible to treat emergencies promptly and minimize discomfort. If an emergency occurs after regular office hours, staff can be reached by calling the office and following the recorded instructions.
We are in the tooth saving business, not the tooth losing business. Sometimes due to periodontal disease, deep fractures, large cavities, or financial constraints a tooth must be extracted.
Subtle changes to the teeth can make a big difference in a smile and in a person’s self confidence. Discolored, chipped, or misshapen teeth or even irregular spacing can often be remedied with cosmetic dental improvements. Modern materials and the newest technologies allow many options for smile enhancement.
When periodontal disease has progressed to the point were bone loss is present around teeth, advanced cleaning techniques, including scaling and root planning, are necessary to halt the progression of disease. Following periodontal treatment, patients require a more thorough check-up process known as periodontal maintenance to prevent progression of periodontal disease.
Symptoms of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are varied and can include muscle soreness, pain, headaches, ringing in the ears, clenching or grinding of teeth, or clicking and popping of the jaw. The treatment for TMD often depends on the cause and ranges from simple bite repositioning appliances to advanced surgical procedures performed by specialists.
A disruption in breathing while sleeping can cause a bad night’s sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, is often caused by a constricted airway, obesity, or incorrect muscle positioning. Obstructive sleep apnea may be treated with a jaw repositioning device made by a dentist. In complicated cases of sleep apnea, treatment often requires a team approach involving a sleep specialist, a physician, and the dentist.
A variety of sports and youth activities put teeth at risk for traumatic injury. A custom mouth guard made by a dentist offers superior protection and comfort compared to an over the counter mouth piece. An impression is taken and a mouth guard is customized for the teeth.
Early dental education helps children develop good dental habits that will last a lifetime. It is our goal for each child to have a comfortable and positive experience from the very beginning of their first visit to the dental office. Regular cleanings, checkups, and fluoride treatments for children are very important. With periodic visits that start between ages one and two, we hope to prevent most dental problems. Parents need to be in the office during a child’s dental appointment and are welcome in the operatory, with the child, if desired.
Older patients require special care due to changes the body undergoes with aging and because they are often taking multiple medications which affect their oral health. An updated list of medications is necessary for treatment. Special considerations are allowed for appointment time, patient positioning, family consultation, and medical or physical needs.
General dentists do not have the extra training necessary to be Licensed as Specialists in the areas of endodontics (root canals), oral surgery, periodontics (gum disease), prosthodontics (dentures and removable or fixed appliances), pediatric dentistry (for children) , orthodontics (braces), or pathology. However, general dentists are trained extensively in these areas of dentistry and are qualified to provide many services in the areas listed. Cosmetic, Family, and Implant dentistry are non-specialty interest areas that do not require specific educational training to advertise.