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What is Waterlase Technology?

If you suffer from dental phobia, have no fear! There are a lot of painless biological dentistry options nowadays and one of them is Waterlase technology!

What is Waterlase Technology?

Waterlase technology is a safe, gentle and painless alternative to traditional dental tools. Using laser and water spray, Waterlase can perform many procedures without an anesthetic or a drill.

In a traditional drilling procedure a dentist uses the friction of a drill to treat affected areas of a tooth. The Waterlase system instead allows a dentist to use a water-energizing laser in combination with air and water to treat the targeted tooth, bone, or tissue.

Why use Waterlase technology?

  • Virtually Painless
  • Natural Water-Powered Dentistry
  • Safe and Precise - It removes very precise amounts of tooth, without damaging or cracking the rest of the tooth.
  • More Convenient - multiple procedures in a single visit! This saves you and the dentist time and money!

Indianapolis Dentistry Uses Waterlase Technology

Dr. Reese use Waterlase technology in some dental procedures. For initial cavity preparation, it is often the preferred method to remove decay, disinfect the residual tooth surface of contaminants, and provide a surface to allow bonding or fusion with a resin or glass (porcelain) restorative material.

Procedures where Waterlase Technology is Used

  • Periodontal (Gum) disease treatment
  • Gum lifting
  • Gum Recession treatment
  • Abscess removal
  • Herpetic lesion removal
  • Biopsy
  • Crown Lengthening

Have a pain-free dental experience from Indianapolis Dentistry

If you’ve been avoiding the dentist for fear of the needle and drill, or just want a dental solution that is faster and more comfortable, stop delaying your dental treatment and ask for pain-free laser dentistry or inquire about our many sedation modalities we have available from pills and gas to relax you to full IV sedation.

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.

Air Abrasion Technology

For those of you who are afraid of the dentist or can't stand the sound of a dental drill, we've got a great alternative! Our dental practice offers an alternative method to remove tooth decay called air abrasion. We'd love to tell you more about it on your next visit to see if it would work for you. Air abrasion uses a process that "sandblasts" the tooth to rapidly remove surface tooth decay and enamel. A pressurized stream of microscopic, non-toxic abrasive powder removes the decay. Many patients prefer air abrasion because it is quiet. The only noise is a sound similar to a vacuum cleaner and it doesn't produce the vibration or the heat that a drill does.

For many patients, the procedure requires little or no anesthesia. Air abrasion is especially useful for small cavities, children, phobic patients, people who dislike the drill or its noise, and those who cannot have local anesthesia.

If you'd like to learn more about whether air abrasion is an alternative for you or interested in other forms of pain-free dentistry like laser or sedation dentistry, call our office today at 317-882-0228 to set up an appointment. Again, thank you for choosing us as your Indianapolis dental provider!

Dental Phobia?

Are you afraid of the dentist? You're not alone! It is estimated that nearly 35 million adults are anxious about visiting and dentist and consequently, postpone their appointment. Don't let anxiety get in the way of a healthy smile! Read our testimonials from our patients. One patient was "terrified of dental work", but said we "were comforting and never once made me feel bad." Another patient who was self-described as "a severe dental phobic" said, "Dr. Reese and his staff were very understanding, supportive and genuinely concerned about my dental experiences and health." We want all of our patients to feel that way so we compiled a list of some tips to make your dental experience more comfortable and minimize nervousness: 

1. Don't be uncomfortable telling Dr. Reese or our staff that you are nervous or anxious! It may also be a good idea to arrange a signal with the dental staff (such as raising your hand) to indicate when you are uncomfortable or need them to stop. That way you are in control of your visit!

2. Try to schedule your appointment during a time when you're not in a rush or under mental/physical strain.

3. Get a good night's sleep the day before you appointment.

4. Wear loose and comfortable clothes. - Tight clothes will restrict your movement and make you uncomfortable and agitated.

5. Ask for one of Indianapolis Dentistry's pre-programmed iPods to help you relax!

6. Call our office ahead of time and ask about our multiple sedation options. Sedation Dentistry will allow you to sleep/relax through your appointment and wake up refreshed with little to no memory of your appointment.

7. Ask about Laser Dentistry! Unlike needle and drill dentistry, our Waterlase MD™ laser can perform many traditional dental procedures with fewer shots, less anesthesia, and in many cases, without pain. Waterlase uses a unique combination of laser energy and water to provide gentler, more precise treatment that conserves healthy tooth structure, and minimizes pain and discomfort. In addition, procedures that once took several appointments to complete, such as multiple fillings, can now be finished in just one visit.

At Indianapolis Dentistry in Greenwood, IN (near downtown Indianapolis), our number one goal is to provide you with stress-free, quality dental care.

REMEMBER... There are major consequences to skipping dental visits! Avoiding dental visits means you are missing a chance to identify and treat dental problems well before they become major health issues. Diagnostic testing, oral cancer screening, x-rays, cleanings can all go a long way to ensuring your dental health through preventative care.

Stop postponing your health! Call Indianapolis Dentistry today at 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment!

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)

 

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.

A Perfect Smile

A patient describes how it felt to get ceramic braces at Indianapolis Dentistry: When my dad told me that I was going to have to get braces, I whined and begged and pleaded with him not to put that mechanism of torture into my mouth! Expecting the worst, I imagined painful cuts from the wires, awful headaches, soreness, and food cravings for candy and other sweets that can't be satisfied! Considering I have what has to be the biggest sweet tooth in the world, it's fortunate for me that my dad is none other than Ted Reese! Anyways after months of my finding excuses to keep me from getting braces, my dad was finally able to drag me into the office. I expected the procedure to take hours and hours, but to my surprise it only took about 45 minutes! And a painless 45 minutes at that.

After the procedure I begin to dread looking into the mirror thinking that I will open my mouth and see that a robot has attacked my teeth. After a few long seconds, I slowly smile. My dad has been generous enough to install the new ceramic braces. So instead of having metal, clanky brackets, the ones I have are clear. The only part of the braces that are visible from a short distance is the wire! "Alright, this won't be so bad." I think to myself. One year later, I'm back in the office to get these braces off. However, I'm a little worried. There has to be a catch. If the first procedure went so well, the second one cannot be as perfect. It just doesn't work that way, right? Wrong! Dr. Reese had two of the brackets off before I even knew he had started! As I head off to college in the fall, I know I will have one of the best smiles on campus. Thanks, Dr. Reese!

Read more about orthodontic services at Indianapolis Dentistry.

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.