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How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity? Warning Signs to Look For

Cavities are the most common dental problem of everyone, regardless of ageUnderstanding how cavities develop so one can prevent it from happening is better than treating it. Fortunately, when detected early, cavities are easily repaired with no significant damage done to the tooth. However, when treatment is delayed, costly and painful procedures are needed. How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity

How Do I Know If I Have a Cavity?

Most of the times we only notice a cavity has formed when there is a hole in our tooth already. This means that the cavity has already progressed. There are symptoms that might alert you that a cavity is forming in your tooth:

  • Pain, especially when it is concentrated on a particular tooth, is a symptom that a cavity might be forming. You might experience pain while chewing or when consuming cold or hot foods. Eating sweets can make your tooth extra sensitive when a cavity has formed.
  • Development of chips or cracks on the tooth. When decay occurs, it destroys the underlying tooth foundation, which causes tooth to become brittle and break.
  • Appearance of dark areas on teeth or darkening of an entire tooth.
  • Occurrence of white spots or chalky areas on the tooth, which is an early warning sign that minerals are being lost.

How is a Cavity Treated?

Treating a cavity depends mainly on its progression. If the cavity is small and has not affected the structure of the tooth, a filling removes it and prevents additional damage. During a filling, a dentist removes the damaged portion of the tooth and fills it in with a dense filling material.

Molars or teeth situated at the back of our mouths are prone to cavities because these aren’t easily reached when you brush your teeth. Sealants may be recommended to help protect them.

Cavities that are left untreated continue to worsen over time. Severe cavities cause the inner pulp of the tooth to die and may cause abscess formation and infection to occur. Don’t let this happen! Have a dental checkup regularly.

We Value Preventive Dental Care

Preventive dental care includes health promotion and health education of eating choices, dental hygiene and oral care.

At Indianapolis Dentistry we care so much about preventative care that we have shaped our 5-year warranty program around keeping regular cleaning appointments. As long as you continue to keep your oral hygiene visits every 6-months you can be eligible for free replacement or repair of Dr. Reese’s dental work within the previous 5-years. And if you’ve already had dental treatment, existing patients can be grandfathered into this program.

Our office also offers preventative dental products that you can buy at our office on the south side of Indianapolis, just north of Greenwood on US 31! Call the office today to for a caries assessment evaluation – 317-882-0228!

Which Toothbrush is Better - Electric or Manual?

Whenever we talk about the importance of preventive dental care, we get asked these questions a lot: “What toothpaste should I use?” or “What is the best dental floss?” and even “Which toothbrush is better – electric or manual?” Our answers are all the same. It is not really what you use but how often you use and whether you use these devices properly. You could have the best toothbrush but if you don’t brush properly and consistently then you won’t clean your teeth well enough to prevent problems. Most people just don't brush long enough. Most of us brush less than a minute, but to effectively reach all areas and remove cavity-causing bacteria, it is recommended to brush for at least two minutes. Manual vs Electric Toothbrush

What makes a good toothbrush?

  • Its head should be small (1" by 1/2") for easy access to all areas of the mouth, teeth and gums.
  • It should have a long, wide handle for a firm grasp.
  • It should have soft nylon bristles with rounded ends so you won't hurt your gums.

Which toothbrush is better – electric or manual?

There are reasons why dentists like Dr. Reese recommend electronic brushes over traditional ones:

  • Electric toothbrushes can clean more effectively than regular brushes if you are physically handicapped or have a cognitive impairment. Electric toothbrushes move by themselves so there’s less physical work.
  • Electric toothbrushes have two heads that rotate in opposite directions making it a more effective cleaning instrument. Those using regular toothbrushes usually brush more on the opposite side of their dominant hand (the one that holds the toothbrush).
  • Electric toothbrushes have smaller head sizes making it easier for them to reach hard-to-brush areas.
  • Electric toothbrushes don’t have hard bristles and don’t brush your teeth too hard, scratching enamel or hurting your gums.

Dr. Reese Recommends Sonicare Toothbrushes

Dr. Reese has been selling Sonicare toothbrushes for years and he does so because he knows they work. You can read more about the different toothbrushes we carry in our dental office in this post.

All of our advanced scaling and root planing (SRP) patients will be given a Easy Clean Rechargeable Sonicare tooth brush with the option of upgrading to the Flexcare+ model.

Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

While you might not be able to brush your teeth often and properly enough to ensure that your teeth won’t get any cavities, getting your teeth cleaned professionally by a dentist twice a year would ensure that what you normally would miss cleaning gets cleaned. Dr. Reese values the importance of preventive dental care. His clinic has shaped a 5-year warranty program around keeping regular cleaning appointments. As long as you continue to keep your oral hygiene visits every 6-months you can be eligible for free replacement or repair of Dr. Reese’s dental work within the previous 5 years. And if you’ve already had dental treatment, existing patients can be grandfathered into this program.

Call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment and start caring for your teeth today.

How to Clean Your Teeth with Braces

So you are finally wearing braces. Now what?

Whether you are a child or an adult, getting braces will not only fix the alignment of your teeth or bite, it will improve your profile appearance and even prevent TMJ disorders later in life. Orthodontic treatment relies on two things: consistent follow-ups with your dentist for realignment of bands and checking for improvement and proper cleaning of your teeth with braces. After Dr. Reese puts on braces on your teeth, he will tell and show you how to clean your teeth with braces. We will outline the usual steps in this post.

How to Clean Your Teeth with Braces

How to Clean Your Teeth with Braces

  1. Prepare to brush. Take off elastics, and any other removable parts of your braces.
  2. Clean your braces. Use your brush at a 45-degree angle to clean around the wires and pins of your braces. Brush from the top of each wire and then from the bottom. (Take time to ensure that all plaque and debris are removed, and that you work all the way around upper and lower teeth.) Dr. Reese recommends the GUM® End Tuft Toothbrush for those that wear braces. The small round brush head comprises seven tufts of tightly packed soft nylon bristles, trimmed so the bristles in the center can reach deeper into small spaces.
  3. Brush where the gums and teeth meet. Use circular, vibrating motion around the gum lines, spending 10 seconds on each tooth.
  4. Use the same brushing action on all outer and inner tooth surfaces, tilting the brush as needed to better reach the insides of smaller front teeth.
  5. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth too.
  6. Floss once a day with "super floss", a type of floss for cleaning around appliances such as braces. A floss threader may be helpful.
  7. Rinse and check your teeth. Rinse thoroughly with water or mouth rinse, and examine your teeth and braces in the mirror.

When You Should Clean Your Braces

Whenever possible, you should brush your teeth after every time you eat. If you can’t, rinsing your mouth out with water can help. Swoosh it around your mouth really well and spit it out. Your dentist might recommend you carry a travel toothbrush with you all the time since it is extremely important that you clean your braces (and teeth) after eating.

Brushing twice a day is important. Floss at least once a day, usually before going to bed at night.

Braces and Plaque are a Bad Combination

Braces can straighten your teeth and fix your smile but it is up to you to ensure that your straightened teeth will last a lifetime. Dental care with braces requires extra effort but once the braces come off, you will realize that it is all worth it!

Braces are an Investment

We all know getting braces isn’t that affordable but the end result is more than worth it. The extra effort to take care of this investment should be a priority.

Customized care is a hallmark of everyone’s treatment at Indianapolis Dentistry. Dr. Reese offers orthodontics for children and adults and is happy to offer you an orthodontic evaluation to discuss your particular concerns and options. Drop us a call at 317-882-0228 or email today!

Why Proper Nutrition is Important for Good Dental Health

Dr. Reese’s advice on nutrition when it comes to promoting dental health goes beyond not eating sugar; one must have a balanced, nutritious diet. Our teeth say a lot about ourselves. This is why proper nutrition is important for good dental health. Eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. If your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your oral health.

Why Proper Nutrition is Important for Good Dental Health

The quality of the food that we eat, their nutritional value and the combinations in which they are eaten can affect oral health, including the likelihood of tooth decay.

A diet that promotes good oral health is not just about the foods you eat or avoid — when and how you eat them is equally important.

What to Eat

What to Eat to Keep Your Teeth

We already know that we need to cut the sugar, soda and sports drinks - as well as avoid certain types of foods to avoid staining our teeth and forming cavities. Now we list foods that you need to eat to keep your teeth:

  • Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, calcium-fortified tofu, leafy greens and almonds, are good for your teeth because of their high amounts of calcium.
  • Protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs are the best sources of phosphorus. Calcium and phosphorus play a critical role in dental health, by protecting and rebuilding tooth enamel.
  • Fruits and vegetables are high in water and fiber, which balance the sugars they contain and help to clean the teeth. These foods also help stimulate saliva production that helps neutralize acid, protecting teeth from decay. Plus, many contain vitamin C (important for healthy gums and quick healing of wounds) and vitamin A (another key nutrient in building tooth enamel).
  • Water is the most tooth-friendly beverage.

Preventive Dental Care

Nutritional counseling is becoming an increasingly important part in preventive dental care. Adequate nutrition, or the lack of it, plays a big part in the prevention and occurrence of disease. And it all starts in our mouths! This is why during dental checkups, Dr. Reese may often ask about your eating habits.

Proper and regular brushing of one’s teeth is just a part of your preventive dental care. You should visit your dentist twice a year to have your teeth cleaned as there are teeth that are more prone to cavities even if you brush your teeth regularly and watch what you eat.

Indianapolis Dentistry is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana, 5 minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. To make an appointment or to call for directions, please call 317-882-0228.

What Do Your Teeth Say About You

We wear our personalities with our smiles, the same way our teeth say a lot about us. Our teeth are the only things that carry the way we smile and one usually equates a sparkly, clean, white set of teeth with a happy person.

Your Teeth Reflect Your Age and Gender

Central incisors indicate one’s age while lateral incisors indicate one’s gender. Young people have rectangular-shaped incisors with rounded corners and as they become older, their incisors become square with squared corners, becoming short as well.  What Do Your Teeth Say About You

Women have more rounded lateral incisors that are slightly shorter that their central ones, often having a “gull wing” silhouette. Men have longer lateral incisors often as long as their central incisors.

Your Teeth Reflect Your Personality

Studies show that teeth grinders often exhibit an overly-aggressive personality with a competitive nature.

Teeth grinding also show deep-rooted frustration, anxiety or anger. 70% of teeth grinders suffer from anxiety or stress one way or another.

Your Teeth Reflect What You Eat

What you eat can stain your teeth. Coffee, wine, soda, candy and berries can stain your teeth but there are ways to manage this:

Your Teeth Reflect Your Status

Dental procedures can be costly, a root canal setting you back $1,000 per tooth. This is why big, white, sparkly teeth are often called Hollywood smiles and is often associated with wealth.

People also have the impression that white teeth can make one look younger, more attractive and even more employable.

While dental care can be costly if treatment procedures are done, no one can argue the worth of a perfect smile. This is why prevention is better than cure always. The more care you take of your teeth now, the less you will have to shell out for a stunning smile in the future.

**Information on this post is based on this infographic. You can view more infographics here.

Get Your Perfect Smile

The Indianapolis Dentistry lives by its motto: “Calming fears…creating smiles”. Dr. Reese is an Indianapolis Holistic Dentist specializing in IV sedation, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants – everything that can help you improve your smile or bring your smile back. You can browse through their Smile Gallery to see examples of finished smiles they’ve improved, but to view them “before and after”, please view their cosmeticorthodontic, or dental implant galleries. They are  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 an appointment now.

 

 

How to Brush Your Child’s Teeth

A lot of people ask, "How should I brush my child’s teeth?" Caring for your child’s teeth starts as soon as the first tooth erupts and begins with brushing the teeth and regular dental visits for a dental exam and cleaning . Dental care for babies is done differently from dental care for toddlers or preschoolers. However, one thing is the same: as parents, we need to encourage, educate and supervise how our children brush their teeth. Dentists suggest that children should have adult supervision when brushing their teeth until they are seven to eight years old. How to Brush Your Child’s Teeth

Brushing Your Baby’s Teeth

Did you know that proper dental care begins BEFORE a baby’s first tooth appears? Run a damp washcloth gently on your baby’s gums once a day. This will help clear away harmful bacteria. Once a baby’s tooth erupts, start with an infant toothbrush. Dental opinion on the use of toothpaste before two years old vary so it is best to consult with your dentist what would be best for your baby. If you will use a toothpaste, choose one that doesn't contain fluoride. Too much swallowing of fluoride can lead to discoloration in permanent teeth. For this reason, some parents use water to clean their baby’s mouth and teeth until they have two or more teeth.

Why start early?

Habits form during infancy. Once your baby gets used to the routine of cleaning their teeth at certain times during the day, it will not be as hard to inculcate the good habit of brushing one’s teeth as they get older. Teeth also need care as it takes years before permanent or adult teeth come out. Dental caries and tooth decay are problems that are very preventable during your child’s early years.

Brushing Your Child’s Teeth (Toddlers and Preschoolers)

At age 2, your child now knows how to spit. The introduction of toothpaste can begin. Avoid sugary or sweetened toothpaste brands as these do more harm than good.

Here are some tips on how to brush your child’s teeth:

  1. Choose a small, appropriate-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush. To encourage teeth brushing, let your child pick a toothbrush he likes. Before doing the routine, let the bristles soak in warm water for a few minutes to let it soften even more.
  2. Brush your children’ teeth twice a way – in the morning and before bedtime. Brushing their teeth should be the last thing they do before going to bed so it doesn’t give them time to sneak in desserts or eat a midnight snack (if they eat, brush their teeth again).
  3. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush.
  4.  Cradle your child’s head, allowing you to see his rear teeth and start brushing the molars first. This is an area where cavities usually first develop.
  5. Spend at least two minutes brushing your child’s teeth. This maybe a long time for your child. You can sing a song while brushing their teeth and explain to them that you will stop once the song is done.
  6. You can let your child brush his teeth by himself but make sure to brush it yourself after.
  7. Replace your child’s toothbrush every 3 or 4 months. Replace it as soon as it shows signs of wear.
  8. Flossing should be done as soon as two teeth touch each other. Floss sticks or picks instead of string floss are better for your children.

You can check an animated image on how to brush your child’s teeth properly or watch a video on how a dentist does it.

When Should I Let My Children Brush and Floss on Their Own?

Most children lack the coordination and patience to brush or floss properly until about the age of 7. Up until this age, the best way to teach and encourage your children to develop the habit of brushing their teeth properly and regularly is to lead by example.

Allowing your children to see and watch how you brush your teeth educates more than telling them how. It also teaches them the importance of good oral hygiene.

Have Regular Visits with a Pediatric Dentist

Along with regular and proper brushing of your child’s teeth, make sure to bring him to a pediatric dentist twice a year. Other than treatment, a pediatric dentist’s main goal is prevention and maintenance. Preventive care means your child’s dentist will be able to see potential problems and device a way to prevent it from happening. For example, if your child’s teeth have deeper ridges, they are more prone to decay even with regular and proper brushing. Sealants would solve a potential problem by protecting your child’s teeth from bacteria.

Dr. Ted Reese is an Indianapolis dentist who does pediatric cleanings to prevent cavitiesfrenectomies 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. His clinic has been painstakingly designed not to look like a dental clinic to help calm patients’, especially those of children, fears. His highly qualified and caring staff also go the extra mile to make children comfortable and at home before any dental procedure.

Feel free to call their office at 317-882-0228 to schedule your first “well-baby” dental check-up or your child’s fluoride-free teeth cleaning. They are located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Southport on US 31.

 

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

If you've been told by a dentist that there are areas deep in the teeth that cannot be reached by brushing or flossing, and that deep cleanings are necessary every 6 months to keep them clean - it's true - but learning how to brush your teeth properly or correctly can go a long way. It may seem trite to discuss how to brush your teeth, but if you haven't been taught since elementary school, consider this a refresher course that could just help you save your teeth and gums as you get older.

How Do I Brush My Teeth Properly?

What is the right way to brush my teeth? The proper way to brush one’s teeth involves these 4 factors:

  • the length of time your brush your teeth  How to Brush Your Teeth Properly
  • the toothbrush
  • the toothpaste
  • the technique.

Proper Tooth Brushing Technique

Proper brushing of one’s teeth takes at least two minutes. That’s one common mistake we all do – not brushing long enough. To be able to make sure you brush you teeth for 120 seconds, you can try to use a stopwatch for the first two weeks so you can have an estimate how long it usually takes – a song, a riddle or just counting in your head.

  • Tilt the toothbrush at a 45o angle against your gumline and sweep your toothbrush away from it. Do this type of stroke on all areas of your teeth.
  • Use gentle short strokes when brushing. Pay extra attention to the gumline, your molars or hard-to-reach teeth and those areas where you have had crowns or fillings.
  • Brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of each tooth using short back and forth strokes.
    • Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth. Do the same on your lower teeth.
    • Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth. Repeat on your lower teeth.
    • Clean the chewing surfaces, brushing along outside the mouth.
  • Don’t forget your tongue! Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria.

You can watch a video on how to brush your teeth on the steps outlined above.

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?

Dentists agree that soft-bristled toothbrushes are best for removing bacteria from your teeth. Those with smaller heads can reach all areas of your mouth, especially the back teeth. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Replace it as soon as the bristles wear out.

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Oral hygiene is more than just about having clean teeth. Proper and regular brushing of one’s teeth is just a part of your preventive dental care. You should visit your dentist twice a year to have your teeth cleaned as there are teeth that are more prone to cavities even if you brush your teeth regularly and watch what you eat.  There are preventive dental products like Carifree that can help protect your teeth but a professional dental consult is still necessary. At your dental appointment, Dr. Reese will review the integrity of your teeth and gums in order to help prevent or treat gingivitisperiodontal disease, or oral cancer. After a gentle cleaning, Dr. Reese will make sure you are aware of your oral health position and what options you have.

Indianapolis Dentistry is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana, 5 minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. To make an appointment or to call for directions, please call 317-882-0228.

 

How Often Should I Be Brushing My Teeth?

A lot of people ask, "How many times a day should I brush my teeth?" A general rule of thumb is to brush your teeth twice a day, but when is the best time to brush your teeth during the day? A lot of people brush their teeth after breakfast and before they go to bed, but could brushing right after a meal be bad for your teeth? You might be surprised to hear that brushing right after eating might actually be harmful to your teethHow Often Should I Be Brushing My Teeth? When you eat, certain sugars on foods react with bacteria present in your mouth to produce acids. When you brush you teeth when the pH environment in the mouth is still acidic, it poses a problem. Imagine your teeth as glass. Eating is like pouring acid all over it. Brushing it is like etching on glass – you can scratch your teeth’s enamel.

We have already stated how acid is the worst enemy of the teeth. Acid corrodes the protective covering our teeth, the enamel, making our teeth prone to plaque, caries and cavities. This is why there are people who are more prone to cavities than others. The ideal pH for mouth is seven and when you eat something acidic, the pH in your mouth drops. It takes a while for the mouth to return to its normal pH level. Even sports drinks are very acidic and can be as harmful as soda.

Brush 30 minutes after a meal or before taking meals

The American Dental Association recommends that one wait at least 30 minutes after a meal before brushing one's teeth. This will allow saliva to neutralize the acids in the mouth.

What can I do if I can’t brush my teeth 30 minutes after?

There are several options:

  • Drink water. It cleans your teeth from food particles and washes away disease-causing germs.
  • Rinse and gargle with an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Chew on sugarless gum. Chewing increases saliva production and saliva neutralizes the mouth’s pH level. Xylitol is recommended.
  • Eat cheese! Dentist Jeffrey M. Cole, former president of the Academy of General Dentistry, a dental advocacy group, told the Wall Street Journal, explains that chewy things encourage salivation and proteins in your saliva will buffer acids; as well, naturally occurring chemicals in cheese "encourage the tooth to remineralize."
  • If you know you're going to eat or drink something acidic, brush your teeth beforehand.

Is there such a thing as “overbrushing” one’s teeth?

While brushing your teeth two to three times a day is ideal, more may not be, says Michael Sesemann, DDS, president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

“Excessive brushing could expose the root of the tooth to irritation, and that could in turn irritate the gums. Brushing vigorously can also erode tooth enamel. The trick is to brush very gently for two to three minutes.”

Not Just A Cleaning

While overbrushing and brushing immediately after eating can be harmful for your teeth, getting your teeth cleaned professionally by a dentist twice a year isn’t. Dr. Reese values the importance of preventive dental care. His clinic has shaped a 5-year warranty program around keeping regular cleaning appointments. As long as you continue to keep your oral hygiene visits every 6-months you can be eligible for free replacement or repair of Dr. Reese’s dental work within the previous 5 years. And if you’ve already had dental treatment, existing patients can be grandfathered into this program.

Call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment and start caring for your teeth today.

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!

Kids and Orthodontics

Did you know that utilizing orthodontic treatment (braces and invisalign) while your child is still growing may produce the most efficient results? We've found that seven years old is optimal for an orthodontic evaluation. At seven, children have the prime mix of adult and baby teeth allowing Indianapolis Dentistry's Dr. Ted Reese to easily spot any potential problems with your child's emerging teeth and jaw growth.

Why should you consider braces or invisalign for you child? 

There are numerous physical and emotional benefits to correcting your child's teeth at a young age. Crooked and crowded teeth are difficult to maintain and clean, which may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Emotionally, a child's teeth can greatly affect his or her self esteem. By correcting their smile, you will give them the boost of confidence they need during an already difficult adolescent period. Furthermore, when utilized at a younger age, the social impacts of braces and invisalign on your child will be minimized!

Today's braces can be as discrete, or overt, as your child desires! We offer both traditional, metal braces and non-metal, ceramic braces. Both accomplish the same goal of improving your smile through controlled alignment over time, but the ceramic braces are tooth colored and (other than the wire) contain no metal. We also offer a multitude of colored bands to choose from and for children (or kids at heart) we offer Wild Smiles Brackets to make the braces experience a little more fun!

Invisalign is also a great, cost effective option for children anxious about the aesthetic and social implications of traditional braces.

No need to make multiple, inefficient trips visiting your family dentist, getting a referral, AND finding an orthodontist. At Indianapolis Dentistry, we do it ALL in office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier orthodontic treatment, in-office, 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!

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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)

 

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!

Traditional Braces Vs. Invisalign

Do you need some sort of orthodontic procedure? Are you unsure of whether to get traditional braces or Invisalign? Braces featured on the left-hand side figure with Invisalign shown on the right-hand side.

At the Indianapolis Center of Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Reese advises most of his patients to get braces. While Invisalign certainly has it's appealing assets, braces will get the job done better.

Braces are portrayed as having several inconveniences when it comes to eating. However, Invisalign has just as many. After a meal, a person with braces will only have to brush their teeth like they normally would in the morning or evening to remove any trapped food particles and typically, people can usually get by without brushing their teeth and braces after a meal. However, in most scenarios, a person with Invisalign has to remove their trays to eat or drink anything except water. Because of this, patients can end up in misplacing or even losing the trays. With braces, the wearer does not have to worry about that.

The most important component of the question however is which method will provide a better outcome. Dr. Reese has been noted saying that traditional braces produce a straighter and better smile than Invisalign. While invisalign is able to straighten teeth out, they can only do so in minor situations. For a serious case as well as minor ones, braces will provide the best looking teeth. Please contact our office located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Southport if you have further questions concerning your decision between braces or Invisalign.