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Cosmetic Dentistry for Business Professionals Before and After - A Case Study with Cynthia

Cosmetic Dentistry for Business Professionals

Before and After - A Case Study with Cynthia

Cynthia had a dilemma very common to many successful and busy professionals. Despite her many accomplishments in life, she always struggled with her fear of dental care. Cynthia wanted desperately to achieve a smile she could be proud of and one that would present herself well in the work setting.

Our dental offices’ ability to offer IV sedation along with multispecialty care allowed her to receive gum therapy, decay restoration, and cosmetic dentistry all within 3 visits accomplished huge changes in her smile, confidence, and healthiness of her mouth and body.





Original conditions had crowding, spacing, staining, unevenness and various shades/colors of teeth due to prior dental restorations and natural teeth misalignment.





Her final treatment reveals a seemingly natural and beautiful smile as if she’d had it all her life.

Indianapolis Dentistry can help you achieve the same or similar results. Financing options are available for when care that exceeds insurance benefits. The benefits can last a lifetime and provide years of pride.

So what is a Cavitation exactly?

Cavitations are becoming a popular topic and “buzzword” within the dental and functional medicine community.

 Cavitations are also a controversial topic since so few practitioners have a solid understanding of the causes, maladies and appropriate treatment for such a condition. There’s no doubt this entity will become more widely recognized by “modern medicine” in the near future, but at this point the full extent of the causes and treatment for cavitations is still being investigated.

So what is a cavitation exactly?

Simply put, a cavitation is a hole in the jawbone that is chronically inflamed, infected or necrotic(containing dead or nonviable bone).  They are often associated with areas where infected teeth have already been removed, existing infected teeth exists, or previously infected teeth treated with endodontic therapy exists. Older Wisdom tooth extraction sites are also a common location.  Cavitations are also seen in other bones of the body and are therefore not solely associated with dental conditions.  Another reason it is controversial is that many dental practitioners may be overlooking these lesions allowing them to progress and worsen the condition of the jaws all while continuing deleterious affects of  the overall health and wellbeing of the patient, and discomfort of the jaws.   Typically, 75% of jaw bone cavitations are found at sites of prior tooth extractions. (

 So why are we just now hearing about cavitations?

Despite the seemingly new awareness of cavitations, they have been cited in medical literature since the early 1900’s by G.V. Black(who is considered the father of modern dentistry).

 Why is it they are just now gaining prominence in modern medicine?

Cavitations have been hard to recognize and diagnose with standard x-rays. On a normal x-ray, the infected bone can still appear to be normal to the untrained eye. In some cases, a cavitation or other bone lesions and destruction can be impossible to see by x-ray until 30-50% of the jawbone is destroyed.( Today, with the newest technology known as a Cone Beam Scan, or CBCT, a 3-D image of the jaw makes it very easy to see what is actually going on within the bone. Additionally, cavitations may often have minimal impacts on one’s dental health while their systemic health issues are further compromised from this threat.  This is why they are commonly referred to as the “Silent Infection”.  Until recently, few clinicians were looking for them and even fewer were asking about them. A cavitation is not going to kill you outright, it’s not like being septic with a blood infection. It’s a low grade infection in the jawbone that grows over time. The anaerobic bacteria in the necrotic bone slowly release potent toxins that can cause a myriad of complications and effects.( Some of the most common effects of cavitations are neuralgia, sinus infections, tooth pain, jaw pain,  headaches, and migraines. Oral bacteria is also recognized and documented  for causing heart, liver, kidney, and immune system dysfunction. ( Basically, cavitations keep your immune system on alert and ‘running’ all the time.  The full extent of their effects are still being debated and understood, but it is plausible to say that a cavitation is taking precious resources from your immune system that could be used to fight battles elsewhere.

 How a cavitation is best treated varies with the situation.

 Surgical interventions are generally reserved for extensive and symptomatic lesions with apparent health complications resulting from the cavitation. Surgical intervention is not always a necessary first course of action, but possibly so depending on the size and extent. There are non-invasive therapies using ozone, therapeutic lasers, and Platelet Rich Plasma or Fibrin protocols that may be a better solution for milder or less symptomatic situations.  If surgical intervention is necessary, the procedure is akin to having your wisdom teeth removed with an often less traumatic recovery. The doctor will go to the site of the infection and remove the overlying jaw bone to access the area that is necrotic and remove the unhealthy tissue, cleanse the area with ozone, fill the area with Platelet-Rich plasma “PRP”  and “PRF” (platelet rich products from the patients own blood to help start healing and ward off additional infection), and then suture the gums back over the operated site. It can be a fairly uncomplicated procedure but the area of involvement dictates the extensiveness required to debride and can be done with IV sedation or just local anesthesia depending upon the patients level of apprehension and number of sites to be treated.

 As with all healthcare concerns “prevention is the best medicine”.   Avoiding cavitations when possible is the best option.  This is done by having the residual sockets addressed when unhealthy teeth are necessary to be removed This often involves finding using a dentist that recognizes and utilizes the newest methods of oral surgery and dentistry. Obviously, for many struggling from dental work done decades ago, that is not an option, but a list of skilled and informed biologic dentists you can turn to can be found on (International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicity)

 Dr. Ted Reese is the current chairman of the IAOMT, Jaw Bone Pathology committee.



Lower Denture Solution

Loose the slip, get the GRIP”

This solution is the most cost effective long term solution to the lower denture that is continually moving, slipping, ulcerating gums, and generally making life and eating difficult.

Two implants are placed in the lower chin area near where the original cuspid/canine teeth were once located. The bone is firm and dense and retains these implants very predictably. Once healed (usually 2-3 months) the denture retentive devices (called locator attachments) are simply ‘screwed tight’ into the implants and the nylon ‘keepers’ are then attached to the lower denture (new or existing if in good condition) which allows the denture to ‘snap’ into place. The nylon keepers come in a variety of strengths or ‘grip’ to allow easy removal to simply clean and rinse around the implants and then securely ‘snapped’ back into place for comfortable and confident chewing.

This procedure is done in the office with either local numbing or intravenous sedation is also available. No one goes without the ability to wear their lower denture immediately after the surgical placement or during the healing phase.

All on Four Implant Dentures

A message from Dr. Ted Reese: It has happened too many times now to disregard and overlook so I find myself compelled to write and address the issue of ‘All on Four’ implant dentures.

This technique and procedure is a marketing endeavor of an implant manufacturing company that has it’s place and provides a wonderful service, but….. like many otherwise good things has been over prescribed and abused in inappropriate situations. The ‘All on Four’ was originally utilized to secure loose and troublesome lower dentures by which four implants were placed into the ‘chin’ area of the lower jaw (as this is often where the only substantial amount of bone is available) and then either a bridge, denture, or ‘hybrid’ implant denture is fabricated to support and retain the lower teeth. When provided to chew against an upper conventional denture this can be a very satisfactory and effective means to restore proper and comfortable chewing.

My discouragement has come from seeing too many patients who’ve been recommended this treatment as a panacea for their dental or denture problems. It is often used as a ‘cookie cutter’ solution and then recommended to remove teeth unnecessarily, remove jaw bone unnecessarily, and promise results and longevity that isn’t being delivered. Much of this care is coming from ‘clinics’ set up to mass produce this type of ‘solution’ and it becomes inappropriate treatment or oversimplification of what is really needed to meet the patient's ‘expected’ outcome.

For instance, four implants in the upper arch to provide the chewing support for an entire ‘arch’ of teeth is often insufficient to withstand the rigorous chewing forces that lower natural teeth or a lower implant denture provides. In relatively minimal time I’ve seen this ‘solution’ result in loosening of implants or fracture of the implant bridge/denture. Not a problem many patients want to experience from expensive implant therapy that is intended to be more maintenance and trouble free.

The bottom line: Ask lots of questions, do your research, seek out options, and understand the limitations and reasonable expectations of what is being recommended before you agree to have teeth removed and implants placed. Implant therapy is a wonderful solution when performed and diagnosed properly. If not, it can be an expensive regret.

Dr. Reese is board certified from the American Board of Oral Implantology and has been placing and restoring dental implants for over 30 yrs. He has thousands of successful cases through the years and understands the benefits and limitations of different conditions and implant offerings. Call him today for an implant consultation.

New Procedure Gives Patients Dental Implants Same Day

Getting rid of dentures for good can take months to complete, but a revolutionary procedure allows patients to get a complete set of dental implants in just one day. Normally, once someone has lost their teeth, they don't have enough bone remaining in their jaw for implants. However, using the latest 3D imaging technology—the "all on four" technique—it takes as little as four hours to put a bridge on just four implants, which are angled to utilize the bone that is available.

Living with dentures doesn't have to be the only solution. Are you a candidate for All-on-4?

Most likely! Most patients with or without teeth are candidates for the All-on-4 procedure! We utilize cutting-edge 3D imaging techniques to evaluate bone quality, volume & quantity and expertly assess which treatment option(s) will be right for you. We also perform virtual surgery before you are in the chair - meaning you will be able to see your results before the surgery, and each pre-planned step will be executed with the utmost precision.

How are All-on-4 dental implants different from normal dentures?

As opposed to dentures, All-On-Four dental implants are a permanent set of teeth that look and feel natural. They are permanent teeth that look and feel like natural teeth. All-On-Four dental implants are stable, allowing you to bite with increased force. This allows you to eat all of your favorite foods once again!

No more discomfort! Taste and experience your food, as before!

There are even more benefits. The presence of the implants in the jaw stimulates the bone, thus preventing further bone deterioration. And there is no more nightly removal and cleaning and no more messy, sticky adhesives!

How do All-On-Four Dental Implants compare to traditional dental implants?

The All-On-4 procedure uses less implants and requires less bone. It does this by utilizing only 4 implants to replace all teeth on an upper arch, instead of 5 to 8 per arch in traditional implants. The angled placement of the posterior implants of the All-On-4 procedure allow for increased support by using the natural support of your bone. Also, traditional implants often require bone grafting, a process that can take 6 months or more. The All-On-4 Dental protocol requires no bone grafting for most patients, with a success rate that is equal to or better than traditional implants.

How do I know if I'm a candidate for All-on-4 dental implants?

We utilize cutting-edge 3D imaging techniques to expertly assess which treatment option(s) will be right for you. Using the 3D image of your jaw, we evaluate bone quality, volume & quantity. Most patients with or without teeth are candidates for the All-on-4 procedure. We also perform virtual surgery before you are in the chair - meaning you will be able to see your results before the surgery, and each pre-planned step will be executed with the utmost precision.

How is the All-on-4 procedure different than normal oral surgery?

We use computer guided planning & perform computer guided surgery, all before your procedure, which allows the highest level of precision, saves you time in the chair, and allows for your teeth to be pre-manufactured. This means there will be no need for a Lab. & no wait after your procedure; You will leave with your new teeth on that very same visit. This technique can be used for both patients with some remaining teeth or patients with all teeth missing. What's more, with our prefabrication method, we are able to include a hidden metal framework in your bridge, making your new teeth much stronger and long-lasting. If we find it is necessary (due to lack of bone quality or quantity), we also will use 6 implants instead of 4 if necessary, to ensure the strength and longevity of your new teeth.

Will people be able to see the line between the fixed bridge and the jaw bone?

Our method eliminates this ‘line’ in most patients. As part of your initial examination we evaluate your smile to determine where the junction of the fixed bridge and the jaw bone will be. During the All-on-4 procedure, we make adjustments to ensure that your new smile is not too "gummy" and that the edge of your bridge is completely hidden.

Why don’t all dentists use the All-on-4 Procedure?

The All-on-4 technique is fairly new, and not all dentists are comfortable performing this procedure. At Indianapolis Dentistry we are All-on-4 specialists, and have been performing the procedure since it became available. Other more traditional treatments can sometimes be a viable option as well. In some cases, All-on-4 is a better treatment option. When you come in for a consultation, we evaluate your condition and make a custom diagnosis to see what option/method is the best treatment for you.

Does the All-on-4 oral surgery procedure hurt?

The All-on-4 surgery is virtually painless. After the numbness wears off, you will experience a little swelling and soreness that will last a few days. Many patients return to their normal routine 1-2 days after their surgery, and this time is needed not usually because of pain, but because they need to adjust to the presence of their new teeth, as it may affect their speech slightly.

What can I eat after the All-on-4 Procedure?

Because of the hidden metal framework we are able to include in our prefabrication process, your new teeth will be strong and stable. You will be able to eat most foods right away (except for hard, brittle or chewy foods), and you will be able to return to a regular diet within 6-10 weeks.

How long does an All-on-4 Procedure take?

After your initial consultation and diagnostic procedures, your implants and new teeth will be placed all in one appointment, even if you need extractions. With All-on-4, you arrive at our office with bad (or no) teeth, and leave the very same day with a beautiful set of fixed, functional teeth.

What is the success rate of the All-on-4 Procedure?

Published studies show a 98.2% success rate when using the All-on-4 technique in the lower jaw. Other studies show a 97 to 98% success in the upper jaw for the same procedure. Occasionally, an implant will fail. Knowing this, we carefully evaluate bone quality and quantity prior to your procedure, and will place six implants if we feel it is a necessary precaution.

What is Integrative Dentistry?

Integrative Dentistry, like Integrative Medicine, seeks to meld the best practices of traditional/allopathic knowledge and medicine with the more recently recognized alternative practices to traditional care.  The results of integrative/holistic care is desired to be less invasive, less reliant on pharmaceutical therapy, involves less radiation and seeks to identify root causes of disease rather than to mask or only treat the symptoms.  Integrative Dentistry considers the material that is used to restore teeth and mouths, the occlusion involved in such restorations and how it affects the TM joints, and musculature of the face and head.  We not only want to identify ‘toxic’ materials and avoid or minimize exposure, but also identify materials that may be poorly tolerated by certain individuals who are immunocompromised or ‘high reactors’  to material that may not bother another. A truly integrative dental experience assesses not only the health of teeth and gums, and what lies within the mouth but considers the overall health of the individual and how it can be affected by conditions of health or the lack of health as it may exist in the mouth.  This means that the function of the TMJ’s (temporomandibular joint) are considered, the ability to adequately chew an appropriate diet with the existing teeth and/or dentures, assessment of how a malocclusion (poor bite and jaw position) could affect breathing, neck posture, sleep patterns (apnea) in an adult, and poor oxygenation in children that affects growth, metabolism, and cognition.  Head, neck, and TMJ pain are also important considerations and a common occurrence in patients suffering from poor health that is often easily remedied and addressed by an experienced holistic practitioner.

As a certified NMD, naturopathic medical doctor, Dr. Reese also relies heavily on nutraceuticals, homeopathics, and nontraditional  therapies such as ozone applications for tooth, gum, and bone infections.  Other nontraditional therapies include laser therapy for cavity removal, disinfection of cavities and root canals, and muscle and joint pain relief.

Many people are confused about the buzz words of mercury safe, and mercury free dental care.  We are a ‘mercury safe’ practice that uses a specific protocol to protect yourself (and ourselves) from the mercury vapors created when removing old mercury fillings.  A mercury free environment would only exist if we didn’t allow anyone with an existing amalgam filling to enter our practice which we obviously don’t want to exclude!

Dentures, a last resort or a new beginning?

If you’ve been told that you’re a candidate for dentures it may seem like a last resort, but it can be a new beginning! Despite what you may have experienced, dentures can be deceptively natural and there are many options.

Never go without your smile!

Immediate dentures are custom-made prior to removing your teeth and delivered the same day your teeth are removed.

Still have good teeth? Combination dentures are useful when it’s beneficial to keep and restore some teeth.

Fixed bridges use a series of anchors to secure dentures without the need for unsightly and bothersome metal ‘clasps’.

No more dentures that slip and slide! Get secured dentures with “All-on-4” implants that utilize implants to secure the denture.

Why Choose Implant Dentures?

Implant dentures like All-on-4, locator bar, and mini-implants have been a blessing for those who have struggled with conventional dentures.

Dentures are secured in place, which has a dramatic improvement on chewing, your laugh, and your smile. Call Indianapolis Dentistry today!

Why Choose Indianapolis Dentistry?

Unlike ‘denture specialists’, we will personally create the smile and fit that is crucial to ensure a successful for outcome for the you, the patient.

Indianapolis Dentistry, is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Indianapolis, five minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37.

Hate Going to the Dentist?

Do you look forward to going to the dentist? Up to 80% of all adults have a fear of going to the dentist. Some may even say they hate going to do the dentist and 50% of people don’t even go. How to overcome your fear of the dentist?

The easiest way to be more comfortable at the dentist is to find a dentist who ‘caters to cowards’ and tell them that you’re scared and ask for some form of sedation.

What are the different types of sedation?

There are 3 types of sedation that vary in how they can help you relax while at the dentist:

  • Pill Sedation
  • Gas Sedation
  • IV Sedation

Pill Sedation

Pill sedation is where you take a pill to relieve the stress of being at the dentist and to help you forget your visit. At Indianapolis Dentistry we dispense the medicine directly so there is no pharmacy to visit.

Gas Sedation

Gas sedation uses nitrous oxide to help you relax during dental treatment and sometimes is used in conjunction with IV sedation when needed. It’s common name is laughing gas.

IV Sedation

IV sedation allows the dentist to precisely control the level of sedation so that you can answer questions when needed or to even sleep through your next dental visit or oral surgery.

How do I make an appointment?

Call 317-882-0228 or use the “Request an Appointment” button on this page to request an appointment and be sure to ask about our insurance and financing options!

How Can I Improve My Smile?

There are many ways to improve your smile from whitening your teeth to a full smile makeover. A lot of the time it depends on your reason for wanting to improve your smile. Why improve your smile?

Some people choose cosmetic dentistry in order to fix a tooth that was damaged as a child or to change the color of a tooth or to straighten some crooked teeth.

Many times people find that cosmetic dentistry helps them to have more confidence and experience more positive self esteem. How would it make you feel?

What are some of the things I can do to improve my smile?

One of the most common ways to get a complete smile makeover is veneers, which are like a facelift for your existing teeth. Snap-On Smiles is a similar option, but they literally just snap on.

Clear, ceramic braces and clear aligners like Invisalign are two great ways for adults to adjust their teeth to look more straight over time. This is a great option if you have crooked teeth.

Sometimes adding or replacing tooth material using bonding or exposing or reducing teeth through gum contouring can make a huge difference to your smile and can be done same-day.

Do you provide financing?

Yes, we have partnered with companies to provide two different types of financing options. You can click to apply using the buttons on the right side of this website.

Do you file dental insurance?

We are insurance friendly and will file all dental insurance claims with your insurance company, but we are not an in-network provider. This allows us to provide the best service possible for you.

How do I get started?

Call 317-882-0228 or use the “Request an Appointment” button on this page to request an appointment and be sure to ask about our insurance and financing options!

How Can I Avoid Dentures and Bridges?

While dentures and bridges are a fine and acceptable form of dental treatment, alternatives to dentures and bridges may be a better long-term solution for your dental health. Why avoid dentures and bridges?

Traditional, unsecured dentures allow your lower jaw to recede over time and bridges require removing material from nearby healthy teeth in order to be secured properly.

What are the best alternatives to dentures and bridges?

Depending on your body’s needs and your financial investment, there are several options starting from secured dentures all the way up to a full-mouth restoration with dental implants.

Will I ever have to go without teeth?

No! Teeth can be replaced the same day through a variety of ways. Some replacements are temporary, but you will never have to go without your smile. No one has to know!

What if I already have dentures or a bridge?

It’s never too late to improve your oral health. We’ve worked with many people who have been told they aren’t a candidate for dental implants. Let us give you a second opinion.

Do you provide financing?

Yes, we have partnered with companies to provide two different types of financing options. You can click to apply using the buttons on the right side of this website.

Do you file dental insurance?

We are insurance friendly and will file all dental insurance claims with your insurance company, but we are not an in-network provider. This allows us to provide the best service possible for you.

How do I get started?

Call 317-882-0228 or use the “Request an Appointment” button on this page to request an appointment and be sure to ask about our insurance and financing options!

Indiana Governor Names Reese to State Board of Dentistry


An Indiana State press release on new appointments was released on October 27, 2015 by Matt Lloyd, Deputy Chief of Staff-Communications and Strategy for Governor Mike Pence. The press release titled, "Governor Pence Names Appointments to Various Boards and Commissions", states that Dr. Ted Reese was appointed to the State Board of Dentistry.

This is truly an honor and a privilege. I look forward to serving the dentistry field and the state of Indiana in this capacity for the next 3 years." -Dr. Ted Reese

Dr. Reese was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Indiana State Board of Dentistry through October 31, 2018. The state board is a Indiana Professional Licensing Agency responsible for overseeing the practice of dentistry in Indiana. This includes dental anesthesia as well as hygiene.

The Benefits of Guided Implant Surgery Using 3D Cone Beam X-rays

Cone-beam guided implant surgery allows your procedure to be planned virtually on a computer in advance of your surgery. In the planning stages of implant treatment, a cone-beam x-ray is taken in our office. We then utilize advanced computer programs to review placing your implants using a 3D representation of your mouth. These implant positions can be shared in advance with your general dentist so that treatment plan is ideal.

The goal is dental implant planning that supports predictable results, enhanced precision while improving your overall experience.


Guided dental implant surgery is typically performed in much less time than previous methods of traditional dental implant surgery. Less incisions and sutures are usually needed and therefore post-operative swelling / discomfort is decreased. This state-of-the-art procedure can be used for patients requiring 1 implant to patients in need of full mouth smile makeover. The bottom line is that cone beam imaging gives us the most accurate and safest way to place dental implants.

How does Guided Implant Surgery work?

Guided Implant Surgery Using 3D Cone Beam
Guided Implant Surgery Using 3D Cone Beam

A 3D cone beam image is used to very precisely measure the area where we want to place the dental implant. Then we make a computer-manufactured plastic template to very accurately guide the actual placement of the implant during surgery. This takes all the guess work out of placing dental implants. It is giant leap forward in providing safer, more predictable, and more comfortable replacement of missing teeth.

Guided dental implant surgery using 3D cone beam is quickly replacing the older methods of unguided 2D surgery in leading implant teaching institutions. One popular advantage of computer guided implant surgery is the immediate loading of the implants at the time of placement. In this case, a surgical guide is then created for the procedure that will only allow implant to be placed in the predetermined locations.

Why use Guided Implant Surgery?

The incorporation of virtual engineering into dentistry and the digitization of information are providing new perspectives and innovative alternatives for dental treatment modalities. The use of digital surface scanners with surgical planning software allows for complete digital treatment planning. Guided dental implant surgery can now performed based on a complete digital surgical plan combining the information from a 3D cone beam computed tomography scan and a virtual simulation.

Essential Oils and Your Dental Health

Are there hidden essential oils in your dental products? Essential oils are actually nothing new in the dental world. In fact, the common household favorite, Listerine has four essential oils for antimicrobial purposes. While Listerine has its following, we here at Indianapolis Dentistry feel that we can take health and prevention of oral and systemic diseases a step further. Ingredients such as alcohol, sodium fluoride, sodium saccharin, benzoic acid, gluten, and dyes can be found in various over the counter and professional dental products. Here at Indianapolis Dentistry we chose to eliminate these and other harmful carcinogens and unnecessary preservatives for the comfort and safety of our patients. Our preference instead, is to use a safe and highly effective alternative line of products made by The Dental Herb Company. These products, including the Under the Gums Irrigant which is used to irrigate the gingival tissues, contain pure essential oils and extracts of organically grown herbs.

For each of our patients here at Indianapolis Dentistry we take a more natural and holistic approach. One of the great services we provided is called Subgingival Irrigation, or irrigation of the gums. This process of irrigating the gingival tissues has broad benefits. Removal of debris, plaque, and harmful bacteria leads to not only a healthier mouth, decrease in bad breath, and less periodontal pocketing, but it can also lead to a healthier body. This is due to the fact that infectious bacteria located in the mouth has been known to travel systemically through the bloodstream and cause infection in other areas of the body. Removal of the infectious debris from the gingival tissues is a simple preventative step that you can take to maintain your dental and overall health.

The process of gum irrigation at our office is performed by our Licensed Dental Hygienist or our Dentist. We use a soft and pliable tip to reach below the gum line with our natural products. We then flush out the debris that is around each tooth and dental implant leaving you feeling fresh and notably healthier. If you would like to have this process preformed preventatively for yourself and your family members, or if you would like to learn if you are a candidate for the Dental Herb Company products that we carry, you are welcome to make an appointment with us by calling (317) 882-0228.

New 3D X-Ray Uses Ultra-Low Dose of Radiation

Indianapolis Low-Radiation X-Rays
Indianapolis Low-Radiation X-Rays

Indianapolis Dentistry has recently installed a new 3D x-ray machine that not only takes incredible 3D images, but does it with an ultra-low dose of radiation. Digital X-Rays Just Got Better

Radiation safety in the dental office has always been important to Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD, an Indianapolis holistic dentist. Dr. Reese already had low-radiation x-rays, but now they use even less radiation.

X-Rays for Geriatric patients and Children

In addition to lower radiation, the new x-ray machine also has benefits for people who sometimes gag on 'bitewing' x-rays by using a new kind of bitewing x-ray that happens outside your mouth for more comfort.

Why does Dr. Reese take X-Rays?

Dr. Reese takes x-rays to determine the best treatment plan so that patients don't have to go somewhere else for those all-important scans. But beyond that, Dr. Reese and his team use the scans as an educational tool.

How do I know it's less radiation?

A new case study performed by J.B. Ludlow and J. Koivisto has found that dentists can reduce the amount of patient radiation without losing the diagnostic quality of images. This research is published in the April issue of Journal of the International Association of Dental Research.

The study found that using the Ultra-Low Dose (ULD) protocol resulted in an average of 77% reduction in radiation exposure when compared with standard imaging protocols while no “statistical reduction in image quality between ULD and standard protocols" was found.

“In my opinion, the ULD images acquired by the Planmeca ProMax in this study meet the standards of the ALARA radiation safety principle as well as the Image Gently campaign,” comments Dr. Jack Fisher, professor of dentistry and orthodontics at Vanderbilt University School of Dentistry. “Why would anyone take a 2D image with this amount of exposure when they can get a 3D image with excellent diagnostic quality at an ultra-low dose of radiation?”

Ceramic Dental Implants in Indianapolis

Dr. Reese Takes Dental Implants to a New Level with Ceramic Dental Implants

Respected dental implantologist, Dr. Reese has begun offering patients Z-Systems Zirkolith Ceramic Dental Implants, providing even better, more advanced care for patients around Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Ceramic Dental Implants
Indianapolis Ceramic Dental Implants

Dr. Reese has announced an offering to our most discerning patients: Z-Systems Ceramic Dental Implants.

In an effort to provide an even greater level of care for all patients, Dr. Reese has become one of a select group of doctors to offer Z-Systems ceramic dental implants (also called zirconia implants and zirconium implants, zirconium oxide implants, and metal-free dental implants).

By offering metal-free implants, Dr. Reese has shown an even greater level of commitment to providing the best possible care to all current and future patients. Through continuing education and advanced research, Dr. Reese has positioned Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at the forefront of dental care in Indianapolis, Indiana.

To learn more about Z-Systems Zirkolith ceramic dental implants and how they are helping people all across the world enhance their health and their smile, please contact Dr. Reese at 317-882-0228.

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Teeth, Oral Care, and Dentistry

Sometimes we take for granted something as common as the teeth in our mouth or the oral care from dentistry we've achieved after centuries of improvements to dental care. Here's 10 mind-blowing facts about dentistry to make you think more about it. Mind Blowing Dentistry

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Teeth, Oral Care, and Dentistry

  1. Dentists like Dr. Reese are now able to 3D print dental implants specifically designed to fit your mouth.
  2. If you didn't eat any refined sugar you would be unlikely to get decay even if you never brushed!
  3. Tooth decay-causing bacteria can be passed along via kissing! This is how babies and children get bacteria from adults.
  4. Chemicals in red wine called proanthocyanidins have strong antioxidant properties that work to prevent bacteria from sticking to saliva and teeth.
  5. Americans buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste every year.
  6. Certain cheeses, including aged cheddar, Swiss, and Monterey Jack have been found to protect teeth from decay.
  7. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue (relative to its size).
  8. Tooth enamel is the hardest and most highly mineralized substance in the body.
  9. Flossing once a day can increase your life expectancy by 6 years.
  10. People who eat apples are 3x more likely to have dentine problems.

Why Does Eating Apples Hurt My Gums?

My bottom gums hurt after I tried eating an apple. I think they even bled a little bit. It really hurts for me to take a bite into an apple. Why does eating apples hurt my gums?

This is a common question we get a lot and as it turns out, there are 2 main reasons why eating an apple can hurt your gums:

  1. The apple peel on the outside of the apple is pressing up against your gums, causing pressure and pain.
  2. You may be allergic to apples (or a chemical sprayed onto the apple).

Let's tackle each one individually to see how to prevent gum pain when eating an apple. We'll focus on the pain that comes from the apple peel pressing up against your gums because there is little that can be done if you're allergic to an apple.

How to Prevent Gum Pain from Eating an Apple

  • Cut the apple up into small pieces - instead of biting directly into the apple, cut it up first so that your gums don't have to push as hard into the side of the apple into the peel.
  • Consider mushing or blending the apple first - essentially this removes any hardness from the apple and is defacto making your own applesauce.
  • Wash the apple with soap and water before eating - you may be allergic to a chemical that has found it's way onto the apple rather than the apple itself.
  • Visit your local dentist to review your gums - it could be that you have sensitive gums, Gingivitis, or some form of periodontal disease that makes your gums swollen, sore, or sensitive.

If you're in the Indianapolis area and you suffer from sensitive gums, consider Dr. Reese at Indianapolis Dentistry. He's a holistic, sedation dentist who treats people who are afraid of the dentist. Call 317-882-0228 to setup an appointment so you can get back to eating apples like nature intended.

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Teeth Bonding in Indianapolis

Our Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry team is committed to offering each patient the latest technologies and convenience coupled with superior service. One of the ways to give your smile a makeover is by using teeth bonding.

What is Teeth Bonding?

Also known as bonded restoration or enamel shaping, teeth bonding is a painless way to make minor repairs to teeth. Bonding uses tooth-colored, biocompatible material, called composite resin. Composite resin is put on the tooth and then shaped and hardened with light.

When is Teeth Bonded Used?

When you want to fill in a small gap between two teeth, repair decayed teeth by filling a cavity with tooth-colored resin, change the shape of a tooth, repair cracks in teeth, cover up discoloration, or to protect the root of a tooth after it’s been exposed by receding gums, teeth bonding can make a tooth look larger than it is or fill cavities.

What are the Advantages of Teeth Bonding?

The procedure is quick and the changes are dramatic. The procedure can be completed in one visit and is relatively low-cost compared to veneers. In some cases, an onlay may be more appropriate.

How Long do Teeth Bondings Last?

Once the resin has been bonded to the tooth, it is basically permanent. This means that it is very unlikely to fall off or break away but you might need to have it retouched or replaced.

Is Teeth Bonding Right for Me?

If you have very small imperfections on your teeth, bonding could be the answer. Call the helpful and friendly staff at Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at 317-882-0228 to schedule your appointment.

Porcelain Veneers in Indianapolis

If you want a whiter, straighter, more perfectly shaped smile, porcelain veneers are an attractive option for a beautiful smile. As a cosmetic dentist in Indianapolis, Dr. Ted Reese design custom porcelain veneers according to each patient’s unique skin tone, face shape, existing dentition, and personal preferences.

A naturally beautiful smile can be restored with all the strength of the original teeth with porcelain veneers." Read more

How does the process work?

At your initial consultation, Dr. Reese will review your unique situation and create a treatment plan. Once accepted, you'll return to our office for the first clinical visit. We offer Care Credit and file most insurances.

What other options do I have?

Some patients prefer Snap-on Smiles, which are an ultrathin style of veneer that requires no tooth preparation. Snap-on Smiles look natural and beautiful if used in the correct case. However, they aren’t the best option for every patient. As your trusted cosmetic dentist, Dr. Reese will provide professional advice so that you can make a wise decision about your porcelain veneers or Snap-on Smiles.

Why choose Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry?

Porcelain veneers can give you a natural look and beautiful new smile. At Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, our cosmetic dentist and staff use dental veneers as a foundation for dramatic smile makeovers.

Dr. Reese did an excellent job on my veneers. The entire process was simple and efficient. I'm very proud of my smile now, and I would recommend Dr. Reese to anyone." -G. King, May 2015

View our cosmetic smile gallery and then contact our office to schedule an appointment. If you've been waiting for a reason to do it, now's the time. Dr. Reese has helped hundreds of people like you.

Dental Onlays in Indianapolis

Dental onlays are a form of tooth restoration on the outside of a tooth using tooth-colored fillings. Unlike cavity fillings that are placed using a tooth-colored resin, onlays are more like dental crowns, and are made in-office using advanced 3D technology.

Why would a person need to get a dental onlay versus a traditional filling or crown?

When a tooth suffers damage from decay or by accident that is too extensive to be treated with a simple filling, but not extensive enough to need a crown, onlays are ideal. However, for cracks in the teeth, porcelain veneers may also help.

How is a dental only placed at Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry?

Getting an onlay is very similar to having a crown placed, but with much less of your natural tooth structure having to be removed. Our goal is to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Onlays are a more conservative way a tooth can be restored.

Why choose Dr. Reese for your dental onlay treatment in Indianapolis?

Dr. Reese takes advantage of the advanced ceramics and adhesives developed by modern dental engineering. These new dental technologies allow the use of smaller onlays that work more like your own teeth, preventing decay and further damage.

Dr. Reese is a biological dentist that uses biocompatible materials and practices biomimetic (minimally invasive) dentistry. Contact our office for an appointment today.