Dr. Howard E. Shayne is a dentist in Springfield, Missouri. He provides advice on proper brushing, flossing, cleaning, healthy gums, and other dental care. It’s ideal to visit Dr. Shayne every 6 months or twice a year, absent additional tests that suggest a serious problem.

Dr. Howard E. Shayne at Fox Grape Family Dentistry know that the best type of dental problem is the one you never have. They also know that, regardless of age, few people like visiting the dentist, and so created an environment that turns reluctant, fearful patients into those who schedule their appointments with confidence.

For more than two decades, this dental power couple has served the needs of the Springfield area. The focus of their practice is prevention, from cavities and gum disease to sports-related trauma, oral cancer and more. By emphasizing prevention, Fox Grape Family Dentistry has helped people of all ages reclaim and protect their oral health. The practice also emphasizes cosmetic services designed to bolster patients’ confidence in their smiles.

More than anything, the Fox Grape team understands that every person—and every mouth—has different needs. They are committed to getting to know each of their patients on a personal level to determine which solutions and services make the most sense for them. Dental appointments need not be something to dread. The team at Fox Grape Family Dentistry challenges everyone to reconsider everything they think they know about the dentist.

Preventive Treatments

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings are performed by dentists who look for any signs of oral cancer before a patient shows symptoms. Screening can help identify oral cancer in its early stages, which can lead to easier treatments for eliminating the disease. To screen for oral cancer, we will check for red or white patches within your mouth, look for any mouth sores, and examine the tissues within your mouth to locate any possible lumps or abnormalities. Further testing is required if any symptoms are detected, but we complete this routine check every visit to ensure that oral cancer is found and eliminated early.

Mouth Guards

Mouth Guards are commonly used to protect your teeth during contact sports and recreational sports. Mouth guards are also used to aid many dental problems, including grinding your teeth while you sleep (known as bruxism), alignment, TMD, or to deliver topical medications or whitening treatments. Mouth Guards are custom-fitted from molds that we take of your mouth; this custom fit will provide more protection than generic mouth guards found in stores.


TMD is short for temporomandibular disorder, which is a condition that affects the joint that connects your jaw to your skull (also known as TMJ, or temporomandibular jaw disorder).  TMD can be caused by stress, jaw clenching, or teeth grinding (bruxism). Possible symptoms include pain when opening or closing the mouth, trouble chewing, headaches or ear pain, the jaw becoming stuck open or shut, jaw clicking, and teeth grinding.  Symptoms of TMD can also be associated with other health problems.  If you have TMD, we can help provide relief of your symptoms as well as behavioral treatments for a more permanent solution.

Cosmetic Treatments

Teeth Whitening

There are many different ways to whiten your teeth, but we recommend professional whitening offered through a dentist in order to protect your teeth and get the best results. We will complete a gel whitening treatment during a scheduled visit, and then provide a take-home whitening treatment and detailed instructions to give you the best whitening results possible. If you are unsure about whitening treatments because of tooth sensitivity, we have the capability of altering the treatment plan to still provide whitening results without causing added pain due to sensitivity.


Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that works by wearing custom, changeable retainers, and can be used instead of metal braces. You will change trays approximately every two weeks, which will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place based on exact movements planned out by us. Best of all, your retainers are made of a thin, smooth, virtually invisible plastic that is simply worn directly over your teeth.  Dr. H and Dr. ML are both certified Invisalign providers, and would be more than happy to talk with you about the Invisalign process and the lasting effects it will make on your smile.                 


Veneers are “caps” made from composite material or dental porcelain, which are placed over the front of your existing teeth to protect them from damage and/or improve the look of your smile. These composite caps, or shells, allow you to change the color, shape, size, or length of your existing teeth. After the veneers are created in our lab to match your exact color and size specifications, a thin layer of enamel is removed from your teeth to allow the veneers to fit correctly, and then they are bonded to your teeth. If you are considering veneers, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Veneers are not right for every smile, so we would love to discuss your options and help you decide if veneers are the best option for you.


Lumineers are ultra-thin porcelain veneers that are placed over your natural teeth without any excessive drilling, sensitivity problems, or shots. Lumineers are also completely reversible, are proven to last for twenty years, and give you a permanently white smile. Lumineers are easily placed within two visits. We will take precision molds during your first visit and have the lumineers created in our dental lab. On your second visit, the lumineers are placed, checked for fit and shade, and then attached to your original teeth.

Restorative Treatments


Fillings are used to prevent a cavity from spreading and to restore the function and integrity of a tooth structure. We make our fillings from composite resin, which is a white filling that matches the natural color of your teeth. We will numb the specified area in your mouth, clean out the tooth decay within your cavity, and then clear the space of debris to prep for the filling. Once we have placed the composite resin within your tooth, we will have you complete biting tests on carbon paper to ensure the filling allows you to bite down properly.


A crown is designed to protect and prevent further damage to a tooth that is decayed, weakened, or cracked.  Crowns can be crafted to blend perfectly with your natural teeth. In order to place a crown, we will reshape your damaged tooth so the crown will fit it, and then a mold will be made of the area.  After we create a custom crown in our dental lab, we will secure it in place, helping restore and protect your smile.


A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. The bridge not only improves the appearance of your smile, but it also helps protect against structural changes to your mouth and jaw caused by missing teeth. The process is simply done by re-contouring your existing teeth to provide a base for the bridge and taking a mold of the area where the bridge will go. The bridge is created in our dental lab, and then we place the properly-fitted bridge to look and feel as natural as the rest of your teeth.


CEREC is an abbreviation for “Chairside Economical Restoration and Esthetic Ceramics,” and is also sometimes known as ceramic reconstruction. CEREC procedures allow us to restore patients’ teeth in a single sitting (instead of multiple visits) with assisted technologies like 3D photography and design programs specifically created for dentistry. These programs allow us to quickly create fitted crowns, veneers, onlays, or inlays that can be placed in a patient’s mouth the very same day molds and x-rays are taken.


Tooth extraction involves removing a single tooth or multiple teeth from the gums due to problems like being impacted, angular growth, or infection. Wisdom teeth are commonly extracted due to various problems with sizing, growth, and infection. When removing a single tooth or multiple teeth from your mouth, we will provide an anesthetic to ease the process and make your procedure as painless as possible. We will also close the extraction site (if necessary). Please see the information under “bridges” or “full & partial dentures” for further information on replacing extracted teeth.

Root Canal

A root canal is an endodontic procedure that is necessary for a decayed tooth with deterioration affecting the nerve and pulp within the tooth. A successful root canal is performed by cleaning out the nerve and pulp from the decayed tooth to remove any bacteria that has formed, and then a sealant is used to fill the space within the tooth. Many dentists will split the root canal procedure into two separate appointments, and provide you with a temporary filling to protect the inside of your tooth between procedures. However, we have the ability to complete the entire root canal procedure in one sitting, saving you the time and hassle of having to come back for an additional appointment.

Periodontal Treatment & Therapy

Periodontitis is a set of inflammatory diseases that affect the tissues and gums surrounding your teeth, and can lead to the loosening and loss of teeth if left untreated. The goal of periodontal treatment is to clean out the bacteria that cause a disease and prevent it from recurring.  Depending upon the severity of your symptoms, various treatments can be implemented to reverse the effects. The best way to stop the harmful bacteria from growing and maintain good oral health is to make an appointment so we can fully assess your tissues and gums.

Full & Partial Dentures

Dentures are prosthetic devices that can be removed from your mouth and are designed to replace missing teeth. Full dentures are created when all of your natural teeth have been removed.  Partial dentures can be used if some of your natural teeth remain intact (similar to a bridge, but partial dentures are removable). We can extract all teeth necessary to improve the dental health of your mouth and prep you for the use of full or partial dentures. We will take molds of your mouth, create a custom set of dentures based on your molds and aesthetic preferences, and work with you to make sure the dentures fit perfectly for everyday use.

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