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Implants vs. Dentures: Finding Your Best Tooth Replacement Option

Are you feeling self conscious about tooth loss? While we all hope to maintain a healthy and attractive smile throughout our lifetime, sometimes this is just not feasible.

Not only is tooth loss an aesthetical nightmare, but it can also expedite undesired dental and social problems. All your teeth are essential to chewing, speaking, and smiling. When any of your teeth are missing, these seemingly normal activities can be incredibly difficult and overwhelming.

Here are some tooth replacement options to consider in order to get your smile back in tip-top shape:

Implants

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Dr. Reese will “implant” a metal post beneath your gum and fuse it to your jaw bone. Then the replacement tooth will be mounted on the implant.

Indianapolis Dentistry makes implants a breeze with the following services:

  • Same day removal of nonrestorable 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 allow you to safely sleep through the surgical procedures.
  • Bone grafting to replace the missing jaw bone 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 jaw bone 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!

If you’ve been told you’re not a candidate for implants, contact our office for a second opinion. We’ve been able to help many patients, that were previously told they couldn’t be helped. We’d also be happy to offer you a second opinion and treatment plan to assist you in your decision making.

Bonded Bridges

This type of bridge or denture spans where one or more teeth have been lost. It is bonded or cemented into place. A bonded bridge will keep teeth from drifting into spaces created from a missing tooth and helps preserve normal functionality and bite for the jaw (TMJ) joint. It is usually anchored to the teeth on either sides of the space, which gives the bridge strong support. Brushing a bridge is no different than brushing natural teeth, but special flossing is required to keep the bridge and surrounding tissue healthy.

Custom Full or Partial Removable Dentures

Dr. Reese enjoys creating a deceptively natural and becoming smile that is unique to each of his many denture patients. Unlike many dentists or clinics that consider themselves ‘denture specialists’, Dr. Reese will personally create the smile and fit that is crucial to ensure the outcome is a success for the patient, and also meets his standard of care.

The benefit of removable dentures is that they can been taken out of your mouth for cleaning and are generally less expensive than the above options. However, both implants and partial bridges are likely to feel more stable and comfortable.

Don't forget - all dentures are not created equal. If you look for the lowest price, you’ll get what you pay for. Self-fitting dentures, which are sometimes offered for “discount” prices, will not fit as well, or be made with lasting materials, or personalized craftsmanship, and generally are harder to get use to the feel as they are bigger, and don’t work (chew!) as well as custom made dentures. Dr. Reese will make sure your dentures feature premium long-wearing, low-staining teeth and high impact acrylic denture base. He personally performs the critical alignment and positioning of your teeth to create the smile that is deceptively natural and beautiful.

No one has to know you’re wearing dentures. No one wants a denture that looks like a “denture.” Unlike old-fashioned dentures, which may look unnatural, today’s denture can be made just for you, allowing you to look and feel better without anyone knowing why. Dr. Reese has extensive experience and knowledge to select and arrange teeth in a manner that creates the warm, natural smile you seek. Dentures help you to lose that sunken look in your lower face, as well as the wrinkles around your mouth. You’ll likely look younger and smile more often.

REMEMBER, at Indianapolis Dentistry, we do it ALL in-office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier implant and denture treatment, in-house, at his dental surgery center just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

Call or visit our website for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!

Terrified of the Dentist? Try Indianapolis Dentistry's Innovative Solution!

DOES VISITING THE DENTIST LEAVE YOU TERRIFIED AND PANIC STRICKEN?

Everything from fillings, crowns, and root canals, to gum treatment, wisdom tooth removal, cosmetic dentistry, and even cleanings can be provided while you’re asleep! Intravenous (IV) sedation employs a combination of sedative and narcotic drug administration to safely and effective allow you to sleep through your appointment. Much more than “a pill and laughing gas” technique geared to “relax” you, Dr. Ted Reese has been licensed and providing a true intravenous sedation for over 20 years

Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable. Not only does IV sedation also eliminate anxiety and pain, but because you are completely relaxed, your dentist can accomplish high-quality dentistry in less time. You will be so relaxed that you"ll be unaware of the sights, smells, and sounds of the dental office. Patients remain stress-free and remember little-to-nothing of their appointment by the next day.

IV sedation also gives your dentist optimum control of the amount of medication administered and allows the dentist to readily increase or decrease your level of sedation as needed, quickly and comfortably. An additional benefit of IV sedation includes faster onset of the sedation medications, meaning you'll be able to feel the effects of the medication quickly.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

What Will My Actual Treatment Be Like? We require that a patient does not eat or drink eight hours prior to an IV sedation appointment, and a companion is required to take you to and from the dental office. Patients are also encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can easily be removed to ensure total relaxation. Upon lying down in the dental chair, an assistant will bring blankets to wrap around you so you feel comfortable and warm. Finally, you will never be left alone. Either Dr. Reese or one of our trained assistants will be with you at all times to ensure absolute safety and comfort.

What Will I Feel Like After the Appointment? Most patients remember waking up on the couch at home. The after effects are few. You will not be allowed to drive a car for 24 hrs. and typically have no memory of the visit to the office at all.

Will My Dental Insurance Cover the Procedure? Patients have different insurance plans, so there is no single answer. Generally speaking, most dental insurance plans do cover part or sometimes even all of the cost of IV sedation. It's best to check with your insurance provider prior to your appointment to confirm your plan's benefits. Feel free to call or refer to our website if you have any further questions.

DON'T DELAY! Our prices, services, and hours are competitive with, if not better than, all other reputable Indianapolis dental practices. So visit our website or call to make an appointment at Indianapolis Dentistry today!

(Serving Indianapolis, Greenwood, Franklin, Whiteland, Trafalgar, Mooresville, Martinsville, and Southport)

 

Indianapolis Dentistry Vs. Chain Dental Practices

Wondering about how Indianapolis Dentistry stacks up against the competition? Here's a quick comparison of our family-owned and operated dental practice against other "chain" dental practices:

INDIANAPOLIS DENTISTRY

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Open Monday: 8am - 5pm; Tuesday: 7am - 5pm; Wednesday: 8am - 5pm; Thursday: 12pm - 7pm; Friday: 9am - 5pm Open 7 days a week from 9 - 9pm
Emergencies Accepted! No Appointment Necessary
We file ALL Insurances and Care Credit is Available!   File “most” forms of insurance
1 hour Visit w/ Appointment; Usually NO second visit necessary Potential for Extensive Wait TimesLikely Necessitates Specialist Attention and an Appointment Elsewhere
IV Sedation Therapy Eases Stress and Allows You to Sleep Through Your Appointment with NO Downtime  
Spa-Like Office Amenities; Serving Keurig Coffee

Not only does Indianapolis Dentistry offer Emergency Dental Treatment and an identical service list, but at Indianapolis Dentistry we also offer:

- Laser Dentistry

- Oral Surgery

- IV Sedation Dentistry 

- Veneers

- TJM Care

- BruxGuards (made in-house)

- Invisilign and Braces

- Dental Implants for ALL Ages

- Relaxing Dental Spa Environment

- Free Keurig Coffee, TV, Internet, and Magazines/Newspaper So You Can Relax or Stay Up-to-Date  

Indianapolis Dentistry is unequivocally your ONE STOP dental office for everything from a pampered routine cleaning to more advanced surgical procedures.

Why spend the time visiting two or more dental offices when you can simply call Indianapolis Dentistry?

Indianapolis Dentistry’s prices are competitive with, if not lower than, impersonal, chain dental facilities, and by supporting ID you are supporting family run small businesses everywhere.

Come checkout a thriving dental practice owned and run by Dr. Ted ReeseIndiana’s most prominent and decorated dentists.

We look forward to meeting you!

(Serving Indianapolis, Greenwood, Franklin, Whiteland, Trafalgar, Mooresville, Martinsville, and Southport)

The Advantages of Orthodontics

Did you know that your smile is the first thing most people notice and remember about you? At Indianapolis Center of Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Reese successfully utilizes orthodontics – namely braces and INVISALIGN – to straighten and perfect your pearly whites. Below are dramatic before and after photographs of one of Dr. Reese’s customized orthodontic treatments resulting in this patient’s flawless, healthy smile.

 
Before Braces

Before Braces

After Braces

After Braces

 

However, orthodontic treatment means more than simply beautiful teeth. There are numerous added benefits to braces and Invisalign:

  • Teeth are easier to brush and floss resulting in less prone to decay and disease such as gingivitis, recession, and gum disease
  • Properly aligned teeth and jaws may alleviate or prevent physical health problems
  • Misaligned teeth may produce uncharacteristic wear on tooth surfaces and chronic headaches resulting in face, neck, or jaw pain
  • Improved TMJ health
  • Protrusion of the teeth will leave the front teeth unprotected and make them more susceptible to chipping, breaking and possibly avulsion (knocking your teeth out) with mouth trauma
  • Increased self-esteem - You’re never too young to improve your life, teeth, and smile!
  • Lowers overall dental care costs for a lifetime

Even though orthodontic treatment is considered to be an elective procedure, the up front cost is minimal in comparison to the future physical, mental, social and economic benefits of the procedure! Few expenditures (new clothes, vacations, vehicles, etc.) offer such a sizable and longstanding return on your initial investment.

Bottom-line: Consider orthodontics as an indispensable part of your dental health!

How Sedation Dentistry Works

Most commonly, there are three different options of sleep dentistry. These include: inhalation sedation, oral sedation, or IV sedation. Typically at Indianapolis Dentistry, IV sedation method is the preferred as it allows for a deeper, safer, and more consistent response to the sedation drugs utilized. During sedation dentistry, the patient receive sedative agents that cause them to fall into a state of deep relaxation often the same agents used in bronchoscopy or colonoscopy procedures in the hospital . While it is commonly advertised as "sleep dentistry," the patient is never "put to sleep" during sedation, but into a controlled state of amnesia and relaxation.

Inhalation sedation, or "laughing gas," is nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen that the patient inhales.  This is a preferred option for moderate to mild anxiety of dental procedures.   The big advantage of nitrous oxide is the ability of the patient or recipient to drive themselves to the office, experience an uneventful, relaxing dental appointment, then return to fully alert state and drive themselves home.

Oral sedation is the process of sedating a person through the use of a pill. If the patient chooses this method, they must insure they have a ride to and from the appointment. Oral sedation is typically combined with the use of Nitrous Oxide to deepen the level of sedation from the pill alone.

IV sedation requires a small needle to be inserted. Typically, a patient does not even feel the needle. From that point on, sedatives slowly enter the bloodstream. After a patient is under, Dr. Reese will begin whatever surgery or procedure is scheduled and then revive the patient once completed. Over the past years, sedation dentistry has become an exceedingly popular method among phobic patients, those with extreme gagging problems,  and for the potentially pain-inducing surgeries. If you think sedation dentistry is a good option for you but have some questions and concerns, feel free to contact the office or speak with Dr. Reese at your next appointment.  Dr. Reese has been thoroughly trained in all aspects of sedation dentistry, and has been providing IV sedation since 1985.  He was one of the first non specialized, non limited comprehensive dentists to provide this service  when licensure first became mandatory in Indiana.

He also has staff  hospital privileges at the St. Francis hospital network for those needing true general anesthesia for complicated health reasons. If you're thinking about having oral surgery and like the idea of IV sedation, call our staff at 317-882-0228 to talk about setting up an initial consultation appointment.

Sedation Dentistry (Part 1)

If you're looking for a sedation dentist in Greenwood, Indiana, we know just the office!  Dr. Reese offers IV or pill sedation dentistry, otherwise known as "sleep dentistry",  for patients who range from minimal to extreme phobics. The drugs administered during an IV sedation create either partial or full memory loss (i.e. amnesia) during the dental procedure and render you in a controlled, completely monitored, and safe sleep.   Sleep dentistry provides a much easier and comfortable experience for both patient and the doctor. If you're feeling you're best and most relaxed, we know we will be able to perform our best for you!