General Dentistry

Dental Check Up and Cleaning

Most patients do not know why the dental profession recommends a visit every 6 months for a dental checkup and cleaning. The three most important reasons that strongly support the bi-yearly visitation schedule are:

  • So that your dentist can check for problems that you might not see or feel.
  • To allow your dentist to find early signs of decay.
  • Decay doesn’t become visible or cause pain until it reaches more advanced stages.
  • To screen and treat any other oral health problems found.
  • Generally, the earlier a problem is found, the more manageable it is.

Do you have a history of gum or bone disease?  Our experience at Indy Dental Health, as well as documented research, shows that coming up to 3 to 4 times a year is much more beneficial than twice.  It allows you (the patient) and us (the health care provider) to control the disease process.

Dental Sealants

What are dental sealants, who should get them, and how long do they last?

Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay.

The pits and grooves of your teeth are prime areas for decay. Even brushing regularly sometimes misses these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

The dental sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces and are designed to prevent the intrusion of bacteria and other debris into the deep crevices on the tops of teeth.

Sealants were developed around 50 years ago, but didn’t become commonly used until the 1970s. Today, sealants are becoming increasingly popular and effective; young children are great candidates for preventative measures like sealants (especially on molars) because in many cases, decay has not set in.

Sealants are applied by first cleaning the tooth surface. The procedure is followed by “etching” the tooth with a chemical substance, which allows the sealant to better adhere. After the dental sealant is applied, a warm light source is directed to the site to promote faster drying. Sealants usually need re-application every five to 10 years. Contact the office of Indy Dental Health to schedule an appointment.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Today, more patients ask their dentists about white fillings because they want their teeth to look natural when they laugh, talk, and smile. Tooth colored dental fillings can also be used to replace old metal looking or amalgam fillings.

The dentists at the office of Indy dental Heath offer tooth colored fillings. We offer tooth colored fillings as an alternative for creating more natural-looking smiles .

Tooth colored fillings usually requires only one visit, during which the tooth is prepared and restored. An advantage of tooth colored filings is that they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in place. This is due to the materials’ ability to bond to teeth adhesively.

The procedure for a tooth colored filling may take a little longer than those for the amalgam or silver looking fillings. The extra time occurs because after the decay is removed, the tooth must be kept totally isolated from saliva.

A tooth colored filing will be as hard as your own enamel and safe for chewing immediately after your appointment. Some people may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in the newly filled tooth for a few days or as long as a week. If the sensitivity continues beyond that time, please contact our office

Mouthguards 

Helmets, knee pads, shin guards, mouthguards, if you’re an avid athlete or the parent of one, you know the importance of proper protective gear. Did you know that up to 40% of all sports injuries involve the face? Protect your smile and your mouth with a comfortable, custom-molded mouthguard to dramatically reduce the risk of sports-related oral injury.

What is a Mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a piece of athletic gear that fits over your teeth and can help protect your smile as well as your lips, tongue, face, and jaw. New research indicates that mouthguards can even reduce the severity of concussions.

While hockey, boxing, and rugby players would obviously benefit from mouthguards, others, like bicyclists, weightlifters, and gymnasts, made the ADA’s (American Dental Association)  list of athletes who need mouthguards. This may sound excessive, but studies show that 13% to 39% of all dental injuries are sports related. Because the face is an important part of a person’s image, self confidence, and sometimes success, it’s better to be safe than, toothless!

Before facemasks and mouthguards were required in football, half of all players’ injuries occurred in the mouth. During the playing season, players had a one in ten chance of mouth injury. Once high schools and colleges began requiring facemasks and mouthguards, the number of reported injuries dropped by 200,000 per year. Naturally, dentists and the ADA recommend mouthguards for adults and children in any recreational activity that poses the risk of injury to your mouth.

Mouthguards can also be used to protect your teeth and jaw from night time teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

Emergency Exams and Dental Pain

The expertise of our doctors goes beyond toothaches. Our experts are the best at relieving dental pain, so don’t continue living a life full of pain. We will help diagnose the source of your pain. We’re knowledgeable on various treatments including everything from headaches to oral cancer.

If you are having displeasure and it is not going away, call us and schedule an appointment. Don’t be nervous, patients often call Indy Dental Health because they’re in pain.

Before the treatment begins, we offer a variety of sedation dentistry services. Our services aid the treatment process and begin the road to feeling better.