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Brittany Shares How She Helped a Patient Get New Crowns

Recently Brittany, one of our dental assistants, assisted Dr. Reese in a procedure where they were replacing all of the anterior teeth with crowns. This is her story:

The teeth were decayed due to lack of oral hygiene at home and getting his teeth professionally cleaned on a regular 6 month schedule. The patient was very impressed with how different his smile looked just with the temporaries.

We still need to deliver the permanent crowns which will look even better, but the patient was extremely happy with how healthy his teeth look now. The patient understands that with better home hygiene care and regular checkups, his smile will continue to look great!"

Regular checkups really are necessary to maintain your oral health, but in the event you do need new crowns, they can be done same-day in Indianapolis by calling Dr. Reese at 317-882-0228.

3D Printing Isn't New to Dentistry

The latest technology across all industries is 3D printing. In the field of dentistry and for most growing dental laboratory owners, digital dentistry is here to stay. 3D printing can make all sorts of manufacturing even cheaper and more efficient. In a dental setting, patients no longer need to go back (less visits-more care) to have crowns fitted as same-day crowns are available and are being offered because of 3D printing. While 3D printing might be a new technology for some, dentists have used it to make dental crowns for years.

What is 3D Printing and How Does it Work in Dentistry?

3D Printing takes digital designs to production.  It was common practice before that for crowns to get fitted and made a mold is first made and sent to the dental lab for shaping. Then a crown is formed and finished. This results in longer treatment period for patients. It is also more expensive. 3D Printing Isn't New to Dentistry

With 3D printing, instead of making a mold and sending it to a lab, dentists like Dr. Reese use a small camera to scan teeth directly. The digitized scan is then sent to a milling machine on-site that uses subtractive manufacturing. This machine carves the crown from a block of porcelain in about an hour. This is how same-day crowns are done. The patient doesn’t need to walk around for two weeks waiting for a crown to be finished, using a temporary filling.

Dentists are slowly phasing out the mold and middleman (labs), cutting down costs and length of time for treatment.

Indianapolis Dentistry Uses 3D Printing Technology

Dr. Reese uses computer-aided design (CAD) and subtractive manufacturing (CAM) milling technology to make CEREC crowns same-day, while you wait. There is no need to make two appointments or to come back to get your crown placed. Only one in ten dentists have this machine in-house. Dr. Reese makes sure he stays on top technology that helps him serve his patients better. Indianapolis Dentistry strives to make sure you will be provided thorough care in an efficient manner that minimizes your visits, time away from work or home, and minimal interruption to your schedule.

While this is the current technology, there may come a time when new dental technology can achieve the same result even faster. And what’s better is that this procedure is absolutely pain-free!

Dr. Reese’s Invitation to You

Do you have any dark or grey areas at the bottom of your existing crowns? If you answered “Yes”, you may want to discuss the various options available to enhance your smile through cosmetic dentistry. Experience the difference with a gentle, experienced doctor and staff who are concerned with your comfort and quality of care. Call (317) 882-0228 to make an appointment at our Indianapolis dental office, located just north of Greenwood, Indiana on US 31 in Southport.


When a Tooth Needs a Crown

If your first visit to our office was for emergency treatment you may be ready to complete the treatment for your fractured tooth. A tooth fracture can be quite extensive and a crown restoration may be necessary to protect the tooth if the tooth has lost most of its healthy structure and is unable to support a conventional restoration safely. If the bone and the surrounding gum tissue appear to be healthy, a new crown covering should keep your tooth healthy and attractive for many years to come.

If at your last appointment, we shaped the tooth in preparation for the crown and placed a temporary crown for protection and comfort, the crown just that - temporary - and needs replaced. Numerous problems may result from relying on the temporary crown to protect the tooth adequately for a long period of time. We urge you to complete the crown replacement in order to avoid further risk to your tooth.

Please call our office at 317-882-0228 and we will arrange the appointment needed to complete the crown treatment. If you are concerned about the financial obligations, our caring staff can work with you on a payment plan for the procedure, but do not let that prevent you from getting the dental care you need. If time is an issue, we have same-day CEREC crown technology that can get you in and out in one-visit.

Less Visits, More Care

You will be provided thorough care in an efficient manner that minimizes your visits, time away from work or home, and minimal interruption to your schedule. For many who have put off or intentionally avoided dental care, there can be extensive needs to restore their teeth and mouth to a pain-free, and trouble-free condition. Most dentists can provide the traditional needs of fillings, crowns, and even some routine root canal treatments, but when there are extensive needs, several missing teeth to replace, or the desire to have as much treatment accomplished in as few appointments as possible, Dr. Reese’s skill and experience can combine several different treatments in each appointment to save you time and prevent further suffering. One way to do this is through sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry

Whether you may or may not need and desire sedation, Dr. Reese often combines several needs into one appointment. Not just several fillings in one visit, but fillings, crowns, root canals, and some dental implants can be completed in one visit.

Imagine it. You can come in with a badly hurting tooth ache, be sedated to allow you to comfortably sleep through having the painful nerve removed from the tooth, the damaged tooth restored with a post and core, than have the custom crown fabricated and cemented all in the same visit!

Same-Visit Crowns

With the new 3D imaging and milling technology of CEREC (CAD-CAM), Dr. Reese can custom fabricate and cement a porcelain crown in the same visit.

Same-Visit Dental Implants

If a tooth is non-restorable or missing and the jaw bone is able to support it, a dental implant can be placed with a temporary acrylic tooth in one-visit. Denture wearers can also have "mini dental implants" placed same-visit that work with existing dentures in order to better secure them in your mouth.

Our Invitation to You

We are proud of our service and focus on our patient's well being to provide beautiful, natural smiles with lasting tooth replacements and repairs. Experience the difference with a gentle, experienced doctor and staff who are concerned with your comfort and quality of care. Call (317) 882-0228 to make an appointment at our Indianapolis dental office, located just north of Greenwood, Indiana on US 31 in Southport.

Orthodontics Before or After Dental Implant?

Should I get Invisalign or braces before or after a dental implant? Typically, all permanent work including crowns, veneers, implants are done after orthodontic treatment. It's important to remember that dental implants are permanent and they don't move around once they are placed. It's recommended to get all orthodontics finished before doing an implant because once the implant is in, it can't be moved. Orthodontic treatment from braces or Invisalign by their very nature cause teeth to move so this process is best done before dental implants occur. Once your orthodontic treatment is finished, a dental implant can be placed.

If you're wondering which is better, Invisalign or braces, read our review of Invisalign vs. braces.

Dr. Reese will review the specific needs and concerns of each patient before recommending a specific course of action. At Indianapolis Dentistry, Dr. Reese has treated patients of all ages with braces or other modalities of orthodontic care such as Invisalign. Having treated orthodontic needs for over 25 years, Dr. Reese is experienced in all aspects of orthodontics and aims to bring about a beautiful smile that will be an asset for a lifetime. Dr. Reese believes orthodontic care is an investment in your future, not just an improvement in your current self esteem. The benefits of an attractive, welcoming smile are an asset that will be appreciated and enjoyed your whole life.

Read more about Dr. Reese or call our office for an initial appointment at 317-882-0228.

Missing Some Teeth?

Did you know that in addition to crowns and bridges, Dr. Reese does dental implants? Dr. Reese has been doing dental implants in Indianapolis for over 23 years and has been practicing dentistry for over 25 years. He's been a Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry since 1989. In 2011, Dr. Reese was a Diplomate awardee of American Board of Oral Implantology. That same year he was elected to serve on the examination councils of the Academy of General Dentistry.

Other Awards

In 2008, Dr. Reese was awarded the Life Long Service Recognition (LSSR) award from the Academy of General Dentistry. The Indiana Academy of General Dentistry recognized Dr. Reese for his outstanding service. In addition he was also named one of the Top Dentist in America, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who Among American Health Care Professionals, and Who’s Who in America.


After graduating with honors from Indiana University School of Dentistry, Dr. Reese went on to get his Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD), which requires 600 hours of continuing education in over 17 different subject areas of dentistry. He also received a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, which requires 400 hours of continuing education and the passing of an 8 hour comprehensive exam on dental therapy.


Dr. Reese is or has maintained memberships in the American Association of Functional Orthodontics, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Prosthetics, Midwest Implant Institute, Fellows Christian Medical Dental Society, International Congress of Oral Implantology, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, American Society of Dental Anesthesiology, and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.

Dental Implant Options

We can place implants and cover with temporary teeth the same day. Denture users may choose a mini-implant for denture retention. Bone grafting is available to replace missing jaw bone required for implant placement after years of tooth loss. Gum grafting may be needed to replace shrunken gum tissue negatively affecting smile results in front tooth replacement. Sinus bone grafting may be required to provide the required jaw bone for implant placement in the upper jaw. However, some implants can be placed without the need for incisions or sutures, which reduces any post surgical swelling or tenderness!

If you’ve been told you’re not a candidate for implants, contact our office for a second opinion. We may be able to help you even if you've been told in the past you couldn't be helped. We can offer you a second opinion and treatment plan to assist you in this important decision.


Same-Day Crowns in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Crowns
Indianapolis Crowns

You may notice a new face in the office, Carla. Here she is preparing the CEREC machine for a new porcelain crown made right in the office. Same day crowns, no return visit.

CEREC crowns are made using CAD-CAM technology in the office, same day, so that you don't have to miss another day of work to have them fitted.

What are Crowns?

A crown is a type of restoration dentistry which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns can be made from many materials, but we use a porcelain finish with a hard ceramic substrate.

The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth by a dentist to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth, which requires the crown to be tested at a second visit. However, Dr. Reese uses CAD/CAM technology and a CEREC machine, allowing the crown to be made on the same visit.