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'Four Doctors in One' Indianapolis Dentist

"A few years ago I was having problems with a tooth and it had been an intermittent off-and-on problem. I had talked to my family dentist about it. He had x-rayed and hadn’t really found a problem with the tooth.

Over time it just seemed to get aggravated and finally he sent me to an oral surgeon and had the oral surgeon look at the tooth thinking maybe there was a problem with it that the oral surgeon could deal with.

The oral surgeon didn’t really find anything, but then he thought it was probably more an issue with the nerves of the tooth and recommended that I see an endodontist.

So I went from the oral surgeon to the endodontist thinking I needed a root canal on the tooth and the endodontist looked at the tooth, checked the tooth and said, ‘No, the tooth was in really good shape. He didn’t think there was a problem with the nerves. However he thought there might be a periodontal issue, something more in the gum tissue.

And so then he sent me to a periodontist. After seeing the periodontist, she explained to me that the problem wasn’t a gum tissue problem at all, it was actually a fractured root in the tooth and unfortunately it wasn’t anything she could treat either. She was going to have to have me sent to an oral surgeon to have the tooth extracted.

So after four visits to four different places I ended up back at the oral surgeon’s office and had to have the tooth taken out. The whole issue with this it would have been so nice at the time to have been able to go to just one doctor; to be able to have the diagnosis - the problem solved - whether it was a periodontic issue, an extraction issue, or an endodontic root canal issue.

It would have been great to have a doctor like Dr. Reese who could have done any of those services all in one office. I think in the future, I can say that I am really glad I have found Dr. Reese and I can have any of those services done here by one doctor." -Cindy

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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.

 

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!

About the Dental Implant Process

How long does it take to get a dental implant? Many patients ask us how long a dental implant process will take. While it varies by each patient, there are some time ranges you can keep in mind. While the actual implant placement typically takes less than one half hour, more time is needed if a ‘provisional’ crown must be custom made to replace the missing tooth, or if more implants or grafting is needed. For example, when a bone graft is needed, an additional 2 to 6 months may be necessary to allow the bone to heal completely before the implant can be placed. However, some dental implants can be placed without the need for incisions or sutures, which reduces any post surgical swelling or tenderness.

Dental implant procedures that can be done in one visit in our dental surgery center:

  • Removal of non-restorable tooth/teeth and the surgical placement of the implant(s) and ‘temporization’ of an acrylic tooth to eliminate temporary gaps in your smile
  • Same-day mini implant placement and denture retention to secure your existing dentures
  • In-office, intravenous (IV) sedation so you can safely sleep through your procedure

Dental implant procedures that add to the total length of the dental implant process:

  • 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

About Dr. Reese

Dr. Reese has been providing the surgical and restorative phases of Implant Dentistry for over 25 years. He is an accredited Fellow American Academy of Implant Dentistry, which required extensive training and testing of his expertise in a field that is contuing to provide new and improved techniques to the benefit of patients seeking alternatives to dentures via permanent tooth replacement.

Example Dental Implant Procedure Before and After

Dental Implants - Before Dental Implants - After

Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry

Why We Call Ourselves the Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry While we offer everything from oral hygiene to orthodontics, our oral surgery center allows us to specialize in dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. All of these dental services are provided in one place by Dr. Ted Reese. So although most of the time we go by "Indianapolis Dentistry" for short, sometimes it's worth noting the "Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry" part because we're proud of our work and our testimonials show that our patients are happy with us too.

A Fresh New Look

Never one to rest on our accomplishments, we continue to look for new ways to improve and serve the patients better. That's why we've invested in a fresh new look around the office. If you haven't been to our dental center in Indianapolis, just north of Greenwood, Indiana, we invite you to come check our our fresh new look. Our staff will work hard to make sure you feel comfortable in our spa-like environment. We are insurance friendly, which means we file all insurances.

The Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is the dental center for everything from a pampered, routine cleaning to more advanced surgical procedures. We do all of this out-of-network, which means we can file any insurance claim. By choosing our office over an in-network provider, you’re choosing your dental needs based on the skill and care of a doctor who’s one of the top dentists in the Midwest. Learn more about the differences in pricing of our office compared to an in-network provider. You might be surprised at how little a difference there is in price, but how much of a difference there is in quality and value.

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)

Greenwood Indiana Dentist Does IV Sedation

While dentists who offer sedation may be more common, those who offer IV sedation are more rare and Dr. Ted Reese is one of those dentists. Located just north of Greenwood, Indiana, Indianapolis Dentistry has been offering IV sedation dentistry for over 25 years. Dr. Reese takes the same skills and techniques he uses in his hospital dentistry for use in his own oral surgery center. While this dental office can also offer pill and gas sedation techniques, the control and thoroughness of IV sedation makes it ideal for dental patients and it's one of the things that helps set Dr. Reese and Indianapolis Dentistry apart from other dentists in the Greenwood area.

Benefits to IV Sedation

Greenwood Indiana IV Sedation
Greenwood Indiana IV Sedation

IV (intravenous) sedation allows the sedative medication to go directly into the bloodstream, which allows it to work faster than pills or gas sedation can. This also means that if the medication needs to be adjusted during an oral surgery it can be adjusted faster too. This real-time response makes IV sedation a great resource during oral surgery and ultimately the patient getting dental treatment.

Another great benefit of IV sedation is that more dental work can be performed during a single visit, which prevents patients from having to come back to the office and take more time off work or away from school or their children.

Oral Surgery by Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD

With over 25 years experience with IV sedation in the Greenwood, Indiana area, Dr. Ted Reese continues to be one of the top dentists able to perform oral surgeries in the Midwest. He has become a Diplomat to the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID), making Dr. Reese one of the nation’s leading experts in implant care. He is a DDS and MAGD (Master of the Academy of General Dentistry) who also serves on a regional board of directors of dentists. He not only helps his own patients during the week, but trains other dentists on how to do complex oral surgeries and dental implants on the weekends. Dr. Reese is one of the most sought-after dentists for his oral surgery skills in the Midwest.

Schedule an Appointment

If you're thinking about getting your wisdom teeth taken out, are considering dental implants, or just want a second opinion, call our office at 317-882-0228 and one of our friendly staff members will help you find an appointment that's convenient for you. We are open a variety of hours to help you find the time that's most appropriate for you so don't be afraid of having to miss out on work or taking care of your kids. We're flexible and we'd love to see you in our office!

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.

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.