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Dental Implants

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.

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.

How to Floss Dental Implants

There are many types of floss on the market, so how do you know what is the best floss for dental implants?

Generally it is highly recommended to use unwaxed tape or implant-specific floss in order to protect the tissue surrounding the implant. Alternatively for a bar-retained prostheses, full fixed retained prostheses, or wider interproximal spaces, a floss threader or a specialized floss that has a built-in threader is necessary.

How to Floss a Dental Implant?

To floss the implant, use dental tape, which is a wide thread similar to dental floss composed of fine, short, silk or synthetic fibers. It's used just like floss to clean interproximal spaces and between contact areas of the teeth.

Insert the floss in contacts on both sides of the implant. Wrap in a circle and crisscross in front, switch hands, and move in a back-and-forth motion in-between the dental implant and gumline, which is highly susceptible to disease due to plaque.

Is Mouth Rinse Recommended?

Antimicrobial mouth rinses may be recommended, especially if inflammation is present or if you have dexterity problems and hard-to-reach areas. If you are prone to inflammation, the use of an antimicrobial rinse, in conjunction with a rubber tip stimulator, may be recommended to prevent bacteria build-up.

What Other Recommendations do you have for Dental Implant Oral Health?

It is highly recommended for patients to use oral irrigators and Waterpik flossers for the reduction of plaque/biofilm, inflammation, and hard-to-reach emergence profiles around implants. Let's cover oral irrigation first:

Using oral irrigators with implants for oral hygiene reveal that Waterpik Water Flosser is the only oral irrigator to date to be proven safe and effective with dental implants. A study was conducted to compare rinsing with 0.12% CHX to using a Waterpik oral irrigator with 0.06% CHX. The irrigation group using the soft rubber tip at lower pressure was 87% more effective in reducing bleeding and three times more effective in reducing gingivitis than the rinsing group.

Another study of oral irrigation and floss revealed that the Waterpik Water Flosser with the standard tip with three bristle filaments used at medium pressure around implants was 81% more effective in bleeding reduction compared to 33% using floss.16 These specialized tips are very effective for implants and to deliver anti-microbial rinse around difficult-to-reach prostheses (All-on-4, full-fixed prosthesis, for example) in a prevention of peri-implant disease.

Waterpik flossers like the Ultra Water Flosser, Waterpik PikPocket Tip, and Waterpik Traveler Water Flosser use water irrigation in conjunction with diluted non-antimicrobial rinse has proven to be extremely helpful for full-fixed and removable prostheses to remove daily biofilm and prevent inflammation if used on a daily basis. Waterpik makes a compact Traveler Water Flosser unit, which is my personal favorite to recommend ensuring patients continue their home-care routine at home and while on vacation.

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost in Indianapolis?

The cost of dental implants varies based on what type of dental implant is being placed and the individual needs of the patient. Implants typically cost more than other treatment options and since surgery is required, it is not for everyone. Patients should be in good health. They should either have adequate jawbone to support an implant or be qualified to have surgery to build the area for implant. Patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes and leukemia, are not good candidates. Smoking will also delay healing. In-office, intravenous (IV) sedation in our own surgery suites to avoid hospital costs, yet allow you to safely sleep through the surgical procedures. When considering the cost of dental implants, consider the total lifetime cost of your oral health. When teeth are not replaced, the teeth next to them can move and the bone and gums below can begin to degrade. Bridges cause wear on the good teeth around them and require more maintenance to maintain. Dental implants are permanent teeth replacements that act just like your original teeth. They require no different maintenance than your normal teeth and help support adjacent teeth and gums rather than to subtract from them.

What is the cost of implants?

While cost and length of procedure may be huge factors in choosing a treatment option to replace missing teeth, it is important that you also think of a long-term solution to your needs so that you can eat, smile, laugh, talk and play normally. Dental implants give you that sense of normalcy back without much of maintenance.

Since dental implants are more involved than traditional bridgework, they are typically more expensive, but often more affordable over the long run. Actual costs vary with the needs and conditions. Dr. Reese will examine and determine the appropriate treatment and cost with a x-ray to determine actual cost for your specific needs.

What are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium (or other material used), creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth, partials or dentures. These dental implants then help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that can occur when teeth are missing.

What types of dental implants are available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Dentures provide a more affordable, low-cost solution so patients with missing teeth would often think of it as their first and best solution. However, in the long run, dental implants offer more benefits and would be worth your while (and money). For the Indianapolis Center for Implant and Costmetic Dentistry, Dr. Reese will be able to give you a treatment plan, schedule and base your cost from how many implants and how much work your teeth would need to give you the best natural smile back.

Alternatives to traditional dental implants

All-on-4 dental implant technique utilizes only four implants per arch compared to traditional implants using anywhere from six to eight implants, or more, in each arch. The All-on-4 implants are also placed at an angle, which allows for increased contact by using the natural support of your bone. The procedure also requires no bone grafting for most patients, which is common in traditional implant procedures because the jawbone would need substantial strength to be able to support the number of implants needed. The treatment for All-on-4 dental implants is typically much shorter though the procedure is almost done the same way as traditional implants are done. Most patients are able to have the dental restorations placed on the same day as the implant surgery.

All-on-4 dental implants have:

  • Lower overall cost
  • Significantly reduces healing time
  • Allow for brand new replacement teeth in as little as one day
  • Significant successful outcomes

How much do you value your teeth?

Dr. Reese has placed over 1000 dental implants over the last 30 years. He takes the needs of his patients with a mission to give them their lifetime assets: their beautiful smiles. You can browse his work on dental implants in this gallery. If you want to discuss missing tooth replacement options or have been told that you are not a candidate for implants, you can email Indianapolis Dentistry for a second opinion or call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment.

How to Avoid Infection of Dental Implants?

What causes dental implant infections and how can they be prevented? Bacteria Introduced in Oral Surgery

Most dental implant infections occur due to the introduction of bacteria into the mouth during or immediately after implant surgery. Be sure that:

  • your implants are being placed in a safe, hygienic, accredited surgical facility by a skilled dentist
  • your dentist is using dental implants of only the finest quality

Follow pre and post-operative instructions

  • Pre-emptive prescription of antibiotics for some days prior to surgery can help reduce the risk of implant infection. After surgery, most implant dentists will prescribe antibiotics and recommend the use of an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Daily cleaning of all the surfaces above and below the gumline is critical to preventing peri-implant disease.

 

Dental Implant Dentist in Indianapolis

Dr. Reese has placed over 1,000 dental implants in his entire career. He uses the highest quality biocompatible materials. Everything is done in Indianapolis Dentistry Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry – an actual oral surgery center! You can contact his office or call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment.

Indianapolis Dental Implants by Dr. Reese

Dental implants are the next best thing to normal, healthy teeth and no one has to know! Dental implants will not only give you a great smile, they will give you confidence to:

  • eat all of your favorite foods
  • to meet new people
  • to reconnect with those you love

A great smile is a powerful way to connect with those around you.

Why get dental implants?

Implants not only replace missing teeth, but they:

  • replace the comfort that was once lost from chewing with previously secure teeth
  • offer security and confidence to speak and chew in social settings
  • when placed, positioned, and restored by a trained and experienced clinician can restore the natural smile once thought to be lost.

Are you afraid of the dentist?

Some put off getting the great smile they deserve because they are nervous, anxious, or downright afraid of the dentist. Don't be! Dr Reese knows how to put you at ease. From using the most advanced IV sedation techniques to his comforting bedside manner, he can let you relax. Now is the time for you to be proud of your smile!

Fear no more! Trade out your fear for the confidence of an amazing smile! Dr. Reese is specially trained on how to help people like you who are fearful and panic-stricken. Using a combination of a calm, soothing environment and various sedation modalities, Dr. Reese can help you feel at-ease about visiting the dentist and getting dental implants.

Who is Dr. Ted Reese?

After 3 yrs. of undergraduate studies in a pre-dental curriculum at Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana, Dr. Reese was accepted at Indiana University School of Dentistry. By the end of dental school, he had decided to become a general family dentist while still continuing to learn about all aspects of modern dentistry.

Dr. Reese has invested considerable time, effort, and expense into continuing education efforts since graduating with honors and that has provided a convenient 'one stop shop' for people like you. Dr. Reese wants nothing more than to help you to restore and/or beautify your smile.

No one can match the nationally-recognized expertise of Dr. Reese. In fact, he teaches other dentists his methods and serves as a trustee on the National Board of the Academy of General Dentistry that certifies dental implant methods. Get the best in the business. Get Dr. Reese.

How do I get an appointment at Indianapolis Dentistry?

To schedule a visit, call us at 317-882-0228. Our office is mere moments from I-465 at 7218 US 31 South in Indianapolis. We are under 30 minutes away from nearly any point in the Indianapolis Metro Area. Don't wait another day for the smile you deserve!

All-on-4 Restoration

Here at Indianapolis Dentistry, providing healthy smiles that patients are proud to show off is our goal. That’s why for patients in need of dental restoration, we offer All-on-4 dental implant restoration. An effective way to restore lost teeth, dental implants can provide a durable, permanent option for oral reconstruction. With the All-on-4 process, patients who are in danger of losing all or most of their upper and/or lower teeth will enjoy durable, permanent replacements that function and feel like normal teeth. Best of all, these patients can avoid the need for loose, restrictive dentures.

What is the advantage of All-on-4 dentures?

Dental implants with the All-on-4 process offer a wide range of benefits:

  • Teeth will look and feel natural, providing a confident smile.
  • Fantastic results with a shorter treatment time.
  • Elimination of discomfort or soreness some experience with ordinary dentures or bridges.
  • No slipping, allowing normal speaking and eating.
  • Typically only one surgery required.
  • Non-removable.

What are the risks of not getting All-on-4 dentures?

Letting lost teeth go untreated can cause a number of problems:

  • Missing teeth can affect what foods or drinks can be consumed, which can lead to poor nutrition and overall health.
  • Your bite can also be affected, causing teeth to line up improperly which can lead to possible jaw joint or other bite problems.
  • Self-esteem can be reduced as well, if you feel self-conscious and worry about people noticing missing teeth

If you're ready for a positive change in your life and you're in the Indianapolis area, call Dr. Reese at 317-882-0228. He has over 30 years of experience helping people just like you with dentures and dental implants to restore their oral health.

Dental Implants from Dr. Reese at Indianapolis Dentistry

“I’ve been very blessed in my career in implant dentistry, in dentistry in particular. It’s a passion I’ve had since a young child, actually, to go into dentistry. I’ve been very fulfilled and blessed to be able to help a lot of people through it.

We care for our patients greatly. I enjoy my profession, being able to teach other doctors as well, but my passion lies with being able to help my patients. We put that at the foremost of all our care. That’s the most important thing we do is take care of you.”

Does it hurt to have a dental implant put in?

“Many people are surprised to find out how uneventful their recovery is afterwards from having a dental implant put in. We always hear ‘it wasn’t near as bad as I thought it was going to be’ or ‘it wasn’t bad at all’ are the two most common responses, which is gratifying for us because we want to take good care of our patients and make it a trouble-free experience.

Don’t let the fear of discomfort or the pain keep you from getting the treatment you need and want done.”

Why choose Indianapolis Dentistry?

“Implant Dentistry has been a passion of mine for over 30 years. I’ve put a lot of time and effort into my education and training. It’s very enjoyable for me to be able to teach other practitioners and dentists now to learn implant dentistry as well, too, but my passion really lies with being able to serve and help our patients.

I’ve got a great staff that works with me and shares that passion as well, too. Both Brandon and Stephanie and Brittany are just excellent help for me. They share that enthusiasm that I have in being able to ‘turn the corner’ in these people lives and help them with their smile, help them with their function, being able to chew confidently, and just getting rid of holes that have been either in their smile or in their ability to chew.

It’s really gratifying for us to be able to help you.” -Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD

Read more testimonials and online reviews.

Why we use Titanium Dental Implants

Dental implants are typically composed of three parts: 1) a fixture which acts as a replacement root for the missing tooth, 2) an internal attachment to this fixture, called the “abutment”, which forms the connection to the new replacement tooth, and 3) the replacement tooth or crown. The screw and abutment are historically made of titanium, but why?

Titanium

Titanium is one of only two known biocompatible materials that can fuse with human bone. During healing, the titanium surface of the dental implant fuses with the surrounding bone, in a process known as osseointegration. This process takes from 3-6 months depending upon the bone quality.

Titanium is widely considered to be the most biocompatible of all metals due to it’s ability to remain inert within the oral cavity and it’s strength and durability under the stress and fatigue of chewing that is placed under in the mouth. The materials ability to be resistant under stress and fatigue is due to a protective oxide film that forms naturally in the presence of oxygen. The oxide film is highly adherent, insoluble, and chemically non-transportable, which prevents any adverse reactions to body tissues.

Titanium dental implants were first used over fifty years ago. Over this period of time there has been enough research to show that they work extremely effectively and reliably. Titanium is also used in hip and knee implants due to its biocompatibility. Titanium has no ill effect on the human body and bonds readily with the new bone which allows it to chemically adhere to the titanium surface.

Titanium has been regarded as the first option for dental implants due to its high success rates and long standing history in a variety of different medical applications, but if you are allergic to titanium or have a known sensitivity to it, zirconium dental implants are another option to consider. Like Titanium, Zirconium is inert and resistant to corrosion. Zirconia has the unique feature of being electrochemically inert since it is not technically a metal but a ceramic(glass). Zirconium is a white ceramic that also integrates to bone and gum showing excellent soft tissue adaptability but generally require longer healing times before the custom tooth is fabricated and the implant is ready to put into function. Zirconium implants are more limited in their application because of their one piece design, but proving to be very predictable and esthetic material to use for tooth replacement.

Dental implants are one of your best tooth replacement options and Dr. Reese has been placing them in the Indianapolis area for over 30 years (view his dental implants gallery to see his work). Having ‘options’ in your implant selection is important for you to receive customized care that best meets your needs. Whether it be the material or the design of the implant, Dr. Reese has several options that are utilized to fit individual needs, vs. forcing your needs into one manufacturer’s design.

Dental implants aren’t just for tooth replacements, they can also be be used for denture replacement or retention of loose dentures. Call 317-882-0228 today to schedule a consultation and see what custom options are available from one of the state’s most accomplished and experienced implant dentists.

Dental Implant Care and Maintenance: Home Care is Important

You may already know how to prevent dental implant infections, but do you know how to ensure that your implants last for a long time? Dental implant care and maintenance rely on two things: regular check-ups with Dr. Reese and a consistent, meticulous home-care routine. Home-care begins immediately after surgery to help maintain cleanliness around the surgical site and to initiate healing. Dental Implants in Indianapolis

How you take care of your implants is essential for the long-term success of implants.

What kind of maintenance do dental implants require?

Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants require much less maintenance. In fact, they should be taken care of the same way you take care of any of your other, original teeth. Good oral hygiene must take place before, during, and after placement of dental implants to ensure the health of the implant.

Do they brush and floss their implants like regular teeth?

Taking care of dental implants is similar to taking care of natural teeth. Regular brushing of teeth, flossing and using a great holistic toothpaste along with dental products recommended by your dentist is enough to keep your implants clean and free from possible infection.

What toothpaste products should I use?

The toothpaste needs to be low-abrasive to not scratch the surface of any exposed surfaces of the implant (exposed threads, for example). Avoid baking soda and stain removers. Interested in a holistic toothpaste? Click for the review of the best holistic toothpaste.

What toothbrushes are best to use with implants?

There is no significant difference between sonic, electric, or manual toothbrushes when it comes to dental implant maintenance. Continue to brush twice daily to remove bacterial plaque with a low-abrasive toothpaste and a soft toothbrush (manual brush, electric, or sonic).

Should I still use floss? What kind should I use?

It is recommended to use unwaxed tape or implant-specific floss in order to protect the tissue surrounding the implant. Read more on the best dental floss. The key is to use a floss that doesn't stick to your teeth or irritate your gums.

Are mouthwashes safe?

Antimicrobial mouth rinses may be recommended, especially if inflammation is present or if the patient has dexterity problems, and difficult-to-reach areas. Consider The Herb Company's Tooth and Gum Tonic, ozonated olive oil, or coconut oil for oil pulling.

Establish a Consistent Home Care Routine

Whatever dental care products you would use is nothing compared to whether or not you are actually using them. Dental care is important and so is a healthy diet to provide good nutrition not only to your gums and teeth but also to your body. Home care is what keeps your dental implants in healthy condition - dental checkups are for checking the technical side of your dental implants. You need to ensure that your gums where your dental implants are places remain at the their healthiest (pink and firm) to prevent infection.

Dr. Reese has been doing dental implant procedures for years. You can browse his work on dental implants in this gallery. He assures you of his continuing care long after he has done implantation. If you want to discuss missing tooth replacement options or have been told that you are not a candidate for implants, you can contact his office for a second opinion or call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment in the Indianapolis area, just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

How to Prevent Dental Implant Infections

At Indianapolis Dentistry, dental implants have helped many of our patients restore health, beauty, and function to their mouths after the loss of one or more of their natural teeth. But like most oral surgeries, dental implant procedures also come with risks. Indianapolis Dental Implants

Dental Implant Risks

One of the most common risks associated with dental implants is post-procedural infection. Fortunately, this is also one of the easiest risks to avoid, assuming that patients follow the instructions provided on how to prevent dental implant infections. The risk of infection is also minimized when patients entrust their oral health to Dr. Reese, as experience can make all the difference in the success of dental implants

What are the Signs of Dental Implant Infections?

While dental implants are not prone to decay like natural teeth, they are still prone to bacteria build-up on the base of the implant, below the gum line. Over time, these bacteria irritate the gum tissue, causing inflammation. If not caught early, the result can be damage to the tissue and the bone structure below (peri-implant disease). Signs of peri-implant disease are similar to gum disease. This includes bleeding gums, receding gums, and red or tender gums around the implant.

How to Prevent Dental Implant Infections

Here are some ways on how to prevent dental implant infections:

Trust only an experienced dentist

This is the most important tip we can give. Most dental implant infections occur due to the introduction of bacteria into the mouth during or immediately after implant surgery. Be sure that your implants are being placed in a safe, hygienic, accredited surgical facility by a skilled dentist like Dr. Reese. Make sure that your dentist is using dental implants of only the finest quality.

Dr. Reese has placed over 1,000 dental implants in his entire career. He uses biocompatible materials and everything is done in Indianapolis Dentistry Clinic – an actual oral surgery center!

Follow post-operative instructions

  • Pre-emptive prescription of antibiotics for some days prior to surgery can help reduce the risk of implant infection. After surgery, most implant dentists will prescribe antibiotics and recommend the use of an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Daily cleaning of all the surfaces above and below the gumline is critical to preventing peri-implant disease.

Learn more about possible risks

To prevent dental implant infections, one should know about certain additional risk  factors that can contribute to peri-implant disease and infection. These include previous gum disease, smoking, and diabetes.

Monitor your gum health, make sure that your diabetes is controlled and perhaps  most importantly, if you are a smoker, quit. In fact, quitting smoking - permanently - is the best thing you can do to ensure the long-term success of your dental implants. Smoking is a leading cause of infections in the mouth and can lead not only to the  failure of your implants, but also the loss of your remaining natural teeth.

Learn How to Prevent Dental Implant Infections

Dr. Reese has been doing dental implant procedures for years. You can browse his work on dental implants in this gallery. He assures you of his continuing care long after he has done implantation. If you want learn more about dental implants and how you can avoid post-operative dental implant infection, you can contact his office or call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment.

Diabetes and Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Diabetes affects over 8% of the entire US population. If you or someone you know is one of them, please know that there are additional risks diabetics face when they undergo medical and dental procedures. While oral surgeries such as dental implants pose little risk on their own, some diabetic patients may face an additional possibility of implant failure or complication, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that diabetes and dental implants are an impossible combination.

Does Diabetes Pose an Additional Risk for Dental Implant Patients?

Besides blood sugar problems, diabetes can lead to infection, pain and other complications in the gums, jaw and teeth. These can lead to gum disease which in turn make diabetes harder to control.

Additionally, diabetes impairs the body’s natural healing processes. While this does not disqualify patients in getting dental implants, it is certainly worth considering before undergoing treatment.

Can Those with Diabetes Be Candidates for Dental Implants?

It has been reported that there is a slightly higher failure rate for dental implants in patients with diabetes compared with populations without diabetes [Diabetes & Metabolism 2012 Jan; 38 (1):1 4-9]. However, a study from the Journal of Dental Implants [2012 Oct; 2 (2): 83-87] have some very revealing information on a study regarding the influence of diabetes on surgically placed dental implants.

This study reports on the results of placing implants in 34 patients with diabetes who were treated with 127 implants. These patients were individuals whose diabetes was considered medically to be under control.  The results culminated in a success rate of 94.3 percent.  These results indicate that a high success rate when dental implants are placed in diabetic patients whose disease is under control is achievable.

If you have diabetes and have considered getting dental implants, don’t let diabetes keep you from getting the help that you need.  Together with your medical doctor, your dentist will help manage the outcome of your dental implant procedure.

Learn More About Diabetes and Dental Implants: Schedule a Consultation

Diabetes does not have to ruin your opportunity to have a beautiful smile.

To learn more about the relationship between dental implants and diabetes, please contact Indianapolis Dentistry today. Dr. Reese has done over 1,000 dental implants and will work with your medical doctor to help you gain the best control possible of your diabetes and schedule the procedure at the proper time to ensure its success. Our office is located on US 31 in Southport just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Indianapolis.

Under the care of Dr. Reese and his qualified dental staff, diabetics will be carefully monitored throughout their treatment to ensure the greatest possibility of success. Since we also practice holistic dentistry, we will help you understand what you can do to further promote and ensure the success of your procedure and make your dental implants last. These include lifestyle changes that will help you manage your disease better.

3 Indications that You Might Need a Dental Implant

While Indianapolis Dentistry offers many tooth replacement options, the truth is dental implants are the best permanent solution to replacing lost or broken teeth. Research and dental experience show that dental implants are a safe and convenient way to replace lost teeth with natural-looking and lasting results. We have listed many of its benefits before and in this article we list three indications that you might need a dental implant.

3 Indications that You Might Need a Dental Implant

  1. You have many missing teeth - Dental implants are the ideal solution especially if there are gaps between your teeth and the offending gap is visible. But even if it isn’t, a missing tooth can cause other underlying problems if not dealt with. It always the best option to have missing teeth replaced, no matter how few they are.
  2. You have been wearing dentures for a long time - Jawbone resorption and shrinkage is the biggest disadvantage when you have been wearing dentures for a long time. A dental implant is placed directly into the jawbone and takes the place of the natural tooth root, preventing further bone resorption and actually stimulating bone growth too.
  3. You experience trouble eating and chewing - If you’re experiencing trouble eating and chewing food, then you might opt for a dental implant. An implant is also constructed to withstand the pressure from everyday chewing and eating. This means that you’ll have the freedom to eat what you want when you want. As we have said, dental implants are the ones closes to natural teeth!

Dr. Reese Does Dental Implants

If you fit any of the indications we described above, contact us at 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment so you can know your options. Dr. Reese has been performing dental implant procedures for over 30 years, you can see of his work in the smile gallery.

Implants aren’t possible for every patient, but bone grafting may adequately prepare your jaw if your bone mass is wanting. Indianapolis dentist, Dr. Reese encourages you to schedule a dental implant consultation to determine the best way to restore your dental health or if you have been previously rejected as a candidate for dental implants.

All-on-4 Implants vs. Traditional Implants

Dental implants are considered to be the best tooth replacement option, being able to preserve jawbone integrity and retain facial skeletal structure among other reasons. Traditional implants have also been further improved, mainly on how long a patient gets his treatment completed. Most dental clinics now offer same-day implants and removable denture implant alternatives. In this article, we will tackle another form of dental implants, the All-in-4 implant and how it compares with the traditional implants.

All-on-4 Implants vs. Traditional Implants

The All-on-4 dental implant technique utilizes only four implants per arch compared to traditional implants using anywhere from six to eight implants, or more, in each arch. The All-on-4 implants are also placed at an angle, which allows for increased contact by using the natural support of your bone. The procedure also requires no bone grafting for most patients, which is common in traditional implant procedures because the jawbone would need substantial strength to be able to support the number of implants needed. The treatment for All-on-4 dental implants is typically much shorter though the procedure is almost done the same way as traditional implants are done. Most patients are able to have the dental restorations placed on the same day as the implant surgery. This allows for faster healing. All-on-4 dental implants save time, money, and discomfort. Traditional dental implants usually require:

  • Multiple visits to the dentist
  • Six to eight, or even more implants per arch
  • Bone grafting and/or sinus augmentation
  • Extended healing time and treatment. Treatment cannot begin until bone grafting is fully healed.

All-on-4 dental implants have:

  • Lower overall cost
  • Significantly reduces healing time
  • Allow for brand new replacement teeth in as little as one day
  • Significant successful outcomes

Who is recommended to avail of the All-on-4 dental implant procedure?

It is recommended for people with failing teeth, no teeth, those currently wearing dentures, and those in need of full upper and/or lower restorations. You usually can accomplish everything in one dental visit – doesn’t it give you a whole lot to smile about?

Get Your Smile Back

When you choose to work with Dr. Reese, you are guaranteed that he will recommend the best tooth replacement option for you. If implants are going to be your best option, he will advise you on what will work for your condition, make sure to do excellent work and guide you on how to take care of your implants afterwards. With all-on-4 dental implants being a minimally invasive procedure that will give you fully functional, real-looking replacement teeth the same day, it is not a surprise that most patients would want to go with this option. Dr. Reese has been doing restorative and surgical dental work for over 30 years. He regularly trains dentists and studies new and improved techniques, being an accredited Fellow of American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Reese is uniquely qualified to not only place the implants, but to meet your needs to plan your treatment to fit into your budget and expectations! You not only get permanent teeth afterwards, you get your permanent smile back! His clinic, the Indianapolis Dentistry, is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Southport, just five minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. Call 317-882-0228 for directions or use this map.

Tooth Today, Teeth Tomorrow: Same Day Implants

The process of placing dental implants has undergone revolutionary change over the years. Whereas before a patient needed to wait for months for his dental implants to get finished, being “toothless” during the waiting period, now one doesn’t have to wait several months to get an implant finished. Same day implants have completely changed the face of the implantation process - allowing more patients to consider dental implants as their tooth replacement option. Tooth Today, Teeth Tomorrow

Same Day Implants

Same day implants function like same-day dentures or same-day crowns. Its biggest advantage is it helps a person to return to normal life more quickly and it is the fastest way to regain the complete look after losing original teeth via accident or extraction.

Dental implants provide effective solutions for missing teeth problems; however, not everyone is comfortable with the idea of spending a few months without teeth while waiting for the implants to be fully healed – and before the teeth restorations can be placed.

Dr. Reese understands the need for a temporary solution to be able to let a patient function as normally as possible while waiting for healing and the dental implantation to get finishes. He provides same-day dentures to cover ongoing dental work.

Dr. Reese Does Same Day Implants

Unlike other dental clinics where you would need to go to several places to get all requirements for dental implants done, you have a one-stop option at our clinic! The Indianapolis Dentistry Clinic is an oral surgery center and we come fully equipped with everything necessary to cover all the things needed before, during and after the course of your treatment.

Here are some of your treatment options:

  • Same-day removal of non-restorable teeth, with surgical placement of the implant and ‘temporization’ of an acrylic tooth to eliminate gaps in your smile.
  • Same day mini implant placement and denture retention to secure your existing dentures.
  • In-office, intravenous (IV) sedation in our own surgery suites to avoid hospital costs, yet allows you to safely sleep through the surgical procedures.
  • Bone grafting to replace the missing jawbone required for implant placement after years of tooth loss.
  • Gum grafting to replace the shrunken gum tissue negatively affecting smile results in front tooth replacement.
  • Sinus bone grafting to provide the required jawbone for implant placement in the upper jaw.
  • Some implants can be placed without the need for incisions or sutures, which reduces any post surgical swelling or tenderness!

Dr. Reese has been doing dental implant procedures for years. He takes the needs of his patients with a mission to give them their lifetime assets: their beautiful smiles. You can browse his work on dental implants in this gallery. If you want to discuss missing tooth replacement options or have been told that you are not a candidate for implants, you can contact his office for a second opinion or call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment.

How do I get Dental Implants?

Once you have decided to get dental implants to replace missing teeth, you might have more questions about it and its process. We will try to get more coverage about frequently asked questions in this post.

How do I know if I am qualified to get dental implants?

If you are in good state of health then dental implants will almost certainly work for you.

Habits such as heavy drinking or smoking can increase the number of problems associated with initial healing so it may negatively influence the long-term health of gum and bone surrounding each implant. Some dentists will decline to place implants if smoking cannot be reduced or given up altogether.

If you’re healthy and Dr. Reese has determined that you're a good candidate for implants, he will schedule the procedure to take place in our clinic or in a hospital he is affiliated with depending on your particular dental health needs and the amount of surgery that is required. This would most particularly depend on the type of sedation technique he will use during the procedure.

How much time will implant placement take?

There are several factors that will determine the length of time needed for an implant procedure.

  • Your dental health
  • The number of teeth involved
  • Which teeth are replaced
  • If there will be a tooth extracted prior to implant placement

Keep in mind that the surgery to place dental implants takes several hours, and more than one procedure may be needed. At our oral surgery center, there are some dental implant procedures that can be done in one visit.

How do I get Dental Implants?

Contact our staff at Indianapolis Dentistry Clinic to set up an appointment. During your dental examination, Dr. Reese will ask about your health history and other necessary information. He will be inspecting if you are an eligible candidate for a dental implant and will also ask you if you would like to be sedated during the procedure.

Dental implants are typically completed in a three-step process. Take note that this varies depending on several factors and whether or not you would need bone grafting for your jawbone.

1. Placement of the Implant into Jawbone

This is a painless procedure because the jawbone has no nerves. This maintains the integrity of your bone unlike dentures that will make your jawbone deteriorate or undergo resorption after time.

2.  Small Posts are Placed to Attach Artificial Teeth 

After the posts are bonded to the jawbone, small posts are inserted into the implant to which the new tooth will be attached.

3.  Attachment of Crown

Your missing teeth are replaced by a prosthesis or dental crown.

The benefits of dental implants are more than a purely cosmetic improvement; they are an improvement to your oral health.

Dental Implants Indianapolis

Appreciated that congeniality of the staff and Dr. Reese throughout the process. That is rare to experience. I felt comfortable with Dr. Reese and the information/counsel he provided. It is odd that I would say this, but I look forward to the implants and the resulting benefits." -Aarond, Brownsburg, Indiana

Have Your Dental Implants Placed by Dr. Reese

Dr. Reese has been placing dental implant procedures for over 25 years. You can browse his work on dental implants in this gallery. If you want to discuss missing tooth replacement options or have been told that you are not a candidate for implants, you can contact his office for a second opinion or call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment.

 

Are Dental Implants Necessary for Oral Health?

Missing teeth is not only an aesthetic problem, it can breed short and long-term complications when it comes to your oral health. It can lead to jaw bone loss and deterioration, changes in facial structure, and even digestive problems. You may already know how a healthy mouth leads to a healthy life, based on a holistic view on oral hygiene, but today we'll be talking about how dental implants can be part of oral health. Dental Implants for Oral HealthFortunately, with today’s advancements in dental technology and continuing specialized training programs for dentists, missing teeth can be replaced through a lot of options. If you're missing one or more of your teeth and would prefer not to have a bridge or full or partial dentures, you might consider asking your dentist whether you’d be a good candidate for dental implants.

Dental implants provide a more natural tooth replacement than dentures because they’re artificial teeth that are attached directly to the jawbone. Dental implants can improve oral health because they help preserve the teeth, bone, and gums you still have.

Why are dental implants necessary for oral health?

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent. It is the most natural or closest to natural teeth among tooth replacement options.

  • Dental implants help restore natural biting and chewing ability, leading to improved digestion.
  • Dental implants reduce stress on remaining teeth by offering independent support structure for the implant.
  • Dental implants preserve bone and reduce bone resorption and deterioration.
  • Dental implants preserve the integrity of facial structures (since it prevents bone deterioration).

Of course, we cannot discount its cosmetic benefits. Since replacement teeth look more like natural teeth, your smile is improved. This is particularly important in the front of your mouth, where preventing a visible bone defect is critical for natural appearance.

Dr. Reese is an Indianapolis Dentist with Dental Implant Experience

Dr. Reese has been doing dental implant procedures for over 25 years. You can browse his work on dental implants in this gallery. If you want to discuss missing tooth replacement options or have been told that you are not a candidate for implants, you can contact his office for a second opinion or call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment.

What I've Learned from Placing Over 1000 Dental Implants

The Turning Point in Dental Implants
The Turning Point in Dental Implants

I've had the opportunity to help hundreds of people by placing and restoring well over a 1000 dental implants since I began my dental career in 1984. The time has "flown by" as those of us with the benefit of hindsight often say. What has become crystal clear throughout all this experience though is that this treatment isn't about tooth, or teeth, or even necessarily oral health as much as it is about changing lifestyles and reversing regrettable decisions or incidents. The conversion of going from conventional dentures to having teeth that are comfortable, secure, 'effective' is a turning point for many. Many of my former denture wearing patients comment that they had lost the confidence to smile, laugh, and eat in public. Even though dental implant therapy is a dental/oral procedure it is a new lease, a new start for many who have often commented, "If I could do anything over again in my life, it would have been to keep my natural teeth."

For some, this may have never been an option. For others, it was a regrettable choice or event. The important thing to realize is that it doesn't have to remain a regrettable occurrence and burden to carry with you. We have many options that can fit a variety of budgets and desires. Give us a call at 317-882-0228 for a consultation in our Indianapolis dental implant office to give you a better appreciation of the options available that could prove to be the turning point in your lifestyle and outlook to life.