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Is Laser Dentistry Safe?

Just as the invention of laser revolutionized medical science, lasers have been used in the field of dentistry since 1990. A fairly new industry, most people still ask this often, “Is laser dentistry safe?”

Is Laser Dentistry Safe?

Lasers can be used as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures and are often used in conjunction with other dental instruments. Most people don’t even know that laser dentistry is being used even in dental cleanings!

Here are some of its uses:

  • reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
  • expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.
  • remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement.
  • manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures.
  • remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications.
  • perform biopsy procedures.
  • remove inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease.
  • remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.
  • help treat infections in root canals.
  • speed up tooth whitening procedures.

If the dental laser is used according to the accepted practices by a trained practitioner, then it is as safe as other dental instruments. The American Dental Association (ADA) has released guidelines on the safety guidelines in using laser in dentistry while the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has released their own guidelines.

How do I know my dentist is trained to practice Laser Dentistry?

Make sure that your dentist has participated in educational courses and received training by the manufacturer. Many dental schools, dental associations, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) offer dental laser education. The ALD is the profession's independent source for current dental laser education and credentials.

Laser Dentistry Offers Many Benefits

We have outlined a comprehensive list on the many advantages of laser dentistry and what type of equipment we use at Indianapolis Dentistry.

While lasers still remain a cutting-edge technology in the dental world, Dr. Reese feels completely comfortable using the tool and does so on a daily basis. If you are frightened by the use of needles and drills during your appointment, it would definitely help relax your experience with us if you switched to laser dentistry.

Schedule an appointment today via email or by calling 317-882-0228.

Lip Ties – Is it Curable?

Lip ties, very much like tongue ties, are curable. Medically known as ankyloglossia, lip and tongue ties can be cured by undergoing through a safe procedure called frenectomy or frenuloplasty. Dr. Reese has done this procedure many times in our Indianapolis Dentistry Clinic. It is perfectly safe!

How Lip Ties are Cured: What Goes on in a Frenectomy

Lip Tie Repair in IndianapolisAlthough there are very few doctors who offer treatments in their office, the procedure is actually quite simple and safe! Dr. Reese is able to perform a complete frenotomy, “the incision and relocation of the frenal attachment”, in one visit, either by modern laser techniques or traditional scalpel incision.

This simple surgery takes less than five minutes and causes little to no pain or complications thereafter. It is usually performed with a local anesthetic and can involve either clipping or the use of a special laser, which causes little or no bleeding because the laser seals the ends of the blood vessels in the area as it cuts. The laser also will seal nerve endings, reducing pain after the procedure. However, laser treatment does take longer than simply anesthetizing and clipping so patients will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure the best treatment.

Signs of a Lip Tie in a Baby*

Generally, mothers would often initially notice problems in breastfeeding their babies if they have lip or tongue ties. However, tongue and lip ties affect more than breastfeeding.  Even if a baby could breastfeed well and without causing mom to feel pain, restrictive frenulums can affect jaw and dental development, breathing, chewing, swallowing and digestion.  Tongue and/or lip ties are also associated with reflux, which can cause significant pain for baby and may result in the need for medication.

Signs in mom:

  • nipple pain and/or erosions
  • nipple looks pinched, creased, bruised, or abraded after feeds
  • white stripe at the end of the nipple
  • painful breasts/vasospasm
  • low milk supply
  • plugged ducts
  • mastitis
  • recurring thrush
  • frustration, disappointment, and discouragement with breastfeeding
  • weaning before mom is ready

Signs in baby:

  • poor latch and suck
  • unusually strong suck due to baby using excess vacuum to remove milk
  • clicking sound while nursing (poor suction)
  • ineffective milk transfer
  • infrequent swallowing after initial let-down
  • inadequate weight gain or weight loss
  • irritability or colic
  • gas and reflux
  • fussiness and frequent arching away from the breast
  • fatigue within one to two minutes of beginning to nurse
  • difficulty establishing suction to maintain a deep grasp on the breast
  • breast tissue sliding in and out of baby’s mouth while feeding
  • gradual sliding off the breast
  • chewing or biting on the nipple
  • falling asleep at the breast without taking in a full feed
  • coughing, choking, gulping, or squeaking when feeding
  • spilling milk during feeds
  • jaw quivering after or between feeds

Assessing baby for tongue-tie: (baby may not have every sign)

  • Does baby’s tongue rise less than half-way to the palate when crying?
  • Do the sides of the tongue lift but not the center?
  • Can you see a dip in the tongue in the center of the mouth?
  • Does tongue have a heart shaped tip?
  • Does baby have a high, narrow or bubble palate?
  • Can you see or feel a tight frenulum?

To feel for a restrictive frenulum, you can use the “Murphy Maneuver,” developed by San-Diego pediatrician Dr. James Murphy. Put your little finger at the base of baby’s tongue and draw across the floor of the mouth. If you feel a resistance in the center of baby’s mouth, that is the frenulum. If you cannot get past this frenulum without going around it, then it may be restrictive enough to affect baby’s ability to breastfeed.

*Signs are from Feed the Baby LLC.

Dr. Reese Performs Frenectomies in Our Clinic

Whether you child is breastfed or not, it is essential that you start bringing them to a dentist as early as possible. This is for a routine dental check-up, allowing your dentist to get a baseline on your baby’s primary teeth, whether they are growing correctly and even to check for tongue ties. Dr. Ted Reese is an Indianapolis dentist who does pediatric cleanings (kids get a toy and a special bag with their own toothbrush and toothpaste) to prevent cavities, frenectomies for children with tongue or lip ties, and traditional or ceramic braces for teens and pre-teens. He practices minimally-invasive dentistry to make it as pain-free as possible (there are also various sedation modalities that can be used) for your child. You can schedule an appointment by calling 317-882-0228.

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)

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Recently, the Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry has implemented laser dentistry into it's repertoire of procedures. Laser dentistry is able to provide our patients with a painless dental experience. There are several benefits to using this sort of work as opposed to other procedures such as drill and needle dentistry. Not only does it typically prevent the patient from feeling any actual pain during the course of the work, but it also makes the actual experience more pleasant for both dentist and patient. Laser dentistry also has several medical advantages. Certain procedures can be done without the later need for sutures/stitches. Also, several surgeries can be completed without the use of a local anesthesia. The laser operates through a high-energy light beam which can encourage coagulation and sterilize the specific area being localized. Aside from this, wounds are often able to heal faster and the surrounding tissue can regenerate after a laser treatment. While lasers still remain a cutting-edge technology in the dental world, Dr. Reese feels completely comfortable using the tool and does so on a daily basis. If you are frightened by the use of needles and drills during your appointment, it would definitely help relax your experience with us if you switched to laser dentistry. If you have any questions, you can learn more about the actual procedure and laser by clicking on the Laser Dentistry tab under the Phobic Dentistry section on the left side of the website. Any further question may be referred to the office or the Contact Us link on the website.

Tongue Tied Infants--Is an in-office procedure safe?

Below is an example of a tongue tied baby before and after the procedure. Refer to the doctor and your lactation consultant for post-op care.

Infant with Ankyloglossia - After

In the past decade, breastfeeding has become a more popular feeding method in the everyday care of an infant. However, this also causes a renewed interest in the commonly quoted "tongue tied" difficulty experienced among newborns. Professionally noted as ankyloglossia, a child with shortened connections between the tongue and floor of the mouth will most likely experience several difficulties in breastfeeding. This can range from poor latch to sore nipples to continual feeding cycles. Several studies (1,2,3,4,5) have been conducted and proved to show an improvement in breastfeeding once the procedure was performed on the infant. However, it has become incredibly difficult to find a doctor or nurse who is willing to operate this simple surgery on a baby.

Due to other doctor's own insecurities in accurately performing this easy, yet uncommon procedure, mothers are often denied their request. While doctor's are often willing to make anterior ties, they usually refuse to do posterior and or lip ties. This simple surgery takes less than five minutes and causes little to no pain or complications thereafter, mothers are often left traveling great distances in order to find a doctor willing to simply make a small incision of the labial frenulum. However, the Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry offers this safe and virtually painless surgery among its own repertoire. With Dr. Reese's skill and precision, Indianapolis Dentistry can help your tongue tied baby in no time and prevent the hassle of searching for and traveling to another doctor out of state.

The procedure is usually performed with a local anesthetic and can involve either clipping or the use of a special laser, which causes little or no bleeding because the laser seals the ends of the blood vessels in the area as it cuts. The laser also will seal nerve endings, reducing pain after the procedure. However, laser treatment does take longer than simply anesthetizing and clipping so patients will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with the mother to ensure the best treatment for the child. There is also a private waiting room in the back of our office for you and your family to wait and nurse in private if you prefer to do that before or after the procedure. For more information, contact the office at 317-882-0228.

Integrative Dentist in Indianapolis, IN

If you're looking for an integrative dentist in Indianapolis, IN, consider a biological dentist with 28 years of experience and hygienists trained to make you feel as comfortable as possible through gentle cleanings, laser treatments, and a spa-like environment.

What is Integrative Dentistry?

Integrated Dentistry takes a more holistic approach and considers all the factors that contribute to your oral health and the longevity of your teeth and smile."

How is Indianapolis Dentistry Different?

The waiting room is stocked with coffee and beverages, you can get on the Internet, or let your kids play in the play room. Our front office staff will greet you with a smile.

As you can see in the above video, once you come for one of our gentle cleanings, you'll have your choice of:

  • Hand Treatment
  • Neck Pillow
  • Cool Eye Mask
  • Headphones
  • Chair Massager
  • Blanket
  • TV
  • Headphones
  • Movie Glasses
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Bottled Water
  • Juice
Enjoy the best modern dentistry has to offer from our state-of-the-art dental spa and surgery center, located just south of 465 on US 31 in Indianapolis:
  • Minimally Invasive Dentistry
  • Air Abrasion Technology
  • Waterlase Technology
  • Sedation Dentistry
  • A Pain-Free Commitment
  • Spa-Like Amenities
  • Massage Chairs
  • Hand Treatments
  • Flat Screen TV's, iPods, & Movies
  • Beverage and Business Centers

What Exactly is Holistic or Whole Body Dentistry?

Holistic, biological, or whole body dentistry is a form of integrative dentistry. Here are some of the descriptions of what integrative medicine is:

  • An appreciation and understanding of how oral health affects your whole body health whether it be the spread of bacteria present in gum disease to the heart valves which creates or aggravates heart disease, or the recognition of oral conditions, filling materials, and inadequate dental conditions that affect the well being of the jaw, TM joint, or facial muscles.
  • An ever increasing awareness of how our bodies are ‘fearfully and wonderfully’ made.
  • Openness to utilize holistic supplements along with allopathic or traditional medicines.
  • TMJ/Craniofacial pain remedies thru nonsurgical methods.
  • Dental dam isolation in removing mercury fillings.
  • Options to dental dams also available. Ie. isolite, Clear Vac device, Hepa filters in the operatory for removal of aerosols containing mercury during removal.
  • Latex free, nitrile gloves for a low allergenic environment Fluoride free preventative care.
  • Utilization of digital xrays for early cavity detection.
  • Laser cavity detection device for early detection of cavities before they become threatening.
  • Utilization of laser for cavity removal and gum disease treatment.
  • Treatment for Sleep apnea (with and without CPAP) to improve whole body strength and vitality, and allow the needed period of healing required for optimum living and health.