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Dental Patient Embarrassed And Covering Her Missing Teeth In Her Smile

Don’t Let That Blank Space in Your Mouth Fool You

So, you had teeth extracted and/or are missing a few teeth? No big deal, right? Do not fool yourself! There are plenty of issues that come with missing teeth in Fishers, IN. You lose the confidence in your smile, you can’t chew the foods you use to enjoy, and so much more. Beyond these though, there are also adverse health effects to missing teeth.

 

What Happens When We Are Missing Teeth?

From gum disease to infection, there are several reasons why you should consider replacement of your missing teeth!

In many cases, the gums where the tooth used to be will get infected which will cause inflammation. This is known as gingivitis, commonly referred to as gum disease. Gingivitis can cause your gums to bleed when you floss, changes in your bite line, pain when chewing, pus to form between the gums and teeth, and other symptoms. This, of course, makes day-to-day life more difficult as the pain from chewing causes great amounts of anxiety about eating and can cause other teeth to loosen or fall out.

Another problem that may occur is weakness in your jaw and other teeth. Other teeth surrounding the missing one have to work harder to chew due to the lack of teeth and can cause jaw pain, weakness, and in some cases temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). Your TMJ attaches your lower jawbone to the rest of your skull and when it is being worked on one side more heavily, it can cause disorders to form which will result in pain when chewing and many other issues.

 

Fill Those Gaps

To avoid these diseases and others that are caused by the loss of teeth, consider calling us at (317) 565-4875. Contact our office in Fishers, IN to schedule an appointment with our doctor, Dr. Jeremy Jones, so we can give you our options to fill in that missing tooth! With years of experience in supporting those like you, we will work with you to find the best treatment option to fit your unique situation. We look forward to helping you!

 

References

Gum Disease (Gingivitis and Periodontitis), Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/health/gingivitis

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorders, Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/health/tmj-disorders

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Questioning Dental Patient Wondering About Dental Implants

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

If you are experiencing tooth loss or had a tooth extracted, you may be considering getting corrective dental procedures, such as dental implants, in Fishers, IN. Before doing so, however, a dentist will need to assess your mouth to ensure you are a candidate for your new smile. There are many factors that can influence this and are discussed below.

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Sufficient bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues with no signs of tooth decay or periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. If you are showing visible signs of gum disease, including swollen, red, tender, and bleeding gums, you may need to visit a dental specialist that focuses on treating gum disease, known as a periodontist. This is particularly important before potentially becoming a great candidate for dental implants.

As stated, good jawbone support is one of the main characteristics of being a candidate for dental implants. A strong jaw construction supports the implant once installed. The reasoning behind this is if the implant is not reinforced by a strong bone than it can become loose from chewing.

Candidates who are dedicated to oral hygiene are excellent applicants for implants. Flossing, brushing and using a good mouthwash several times in a day assist in removing plaque which in turn are protecting the applicant against infection during the implant procedure. Visits to a dentist twice per year for that routine checkup makes for a good candidate.

 

About the Procedure

A dentist in Fishers, IN will evaluate your oral health and assess your candidacy for dental implants. There are various types of implant options that a dentist will consider for your treatment plan. These can include:

  • Replacing a Single Tooth. If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it.
  • Implant-supported bridges. These can replace several teeth If they are missing or damaged.
  • Implant-supported full bridge or full denture. These can replace all of your teeth if they are missing or damaged.

 

Contact Us!

Schedule a consultation today by calling our new patient line at (317) 565-4875 to discuss your questions and get started with dental implants! We invite you to meet our experienced and friendly doctor, Dr. Jeremy Jones, in our office in Fishers, IN!

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Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt? Not With Affordable Dental Implants!

If you have one or more missing teeth and you’ve been researching options to replace them, you may have been turned off by the upfront cost of dental implants. While the initial investment may be higher, there are many reasons why implants are the most cost-effective solution over time. The cost of implants is different for every patient, and a single implant’s cost can increase with different types of necessary treatments! Before you decide, we encourage you to discuss your specific dental implant cost with a dentist local to you in Fishers, IN.  

Why Implants Are Worth It

Many people opt for dentures because they are the less expensive treatment, but the reality is that implants are the more effective, comfortable solution with durability and longevity. When implants are placed correctly by a dental professional and regularly flossed, brushed and examined, they can last a lifetime. Dentures may need to be replaced regularly and require expensive creams and adhesives to keep them in place. Implants are rooted in the gums and don’t move at all once they are secure.

What Affects the Cost?

Every manufacturer is different, and it depends widely on the one your dentist chooses to use. Other factors that may involve the cost of the implant are:
  • The location, amount, and quality of bone: You may need a bone graft if there isn’t adequate bone to hold the implant in place.
  • The number of teeth that require replacement: Implants can replace one tooth or an entire mouth!
  • The type of artificial teeth: Fixed bridges, implant supported dentures, snap on bridges, or screw retained crowns are just a few options.
  • The number of implants: How may screws are needed to repair your teeth?
 

Contact Us!

These are all factors that our doctor, Dr. Jones, will consider when determining the cost of your implants. If you are interested in learning more about implants and what the cost would be, contact our office in Fishers, IN, and schedule a consultation today!
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5 Reasons You Need to Replace Missing Teeth

If you are one of the 40 million Americans that has at least one missing tooth, it’s important that you know that it’s not just aesthetic challenges you face. Most dislike the way the mouth looks with missing teeth, but there may be other, larger health risks that come with not replacing your teeth.  

1. Shifting Teeth

Each tooth works as a placeholder to keep the other teeth around it in place. Once a tooth is missing, the others can shift over time and misalign your bite. If you once had a straight smile, you may quickly notice that your teeth are out of alignment. When you lose teeth, it’s important to replace them quickly so the others don’t shift.

2. Oral Health Care

Caring for your gums and teeth are so important to your overall health. Once the teeth shift and move out of alignment, it can be harder to reach certain areas to floss or brush. If bacteria and plaque are left on the teeth, you may quickly develop periodontal disease. This can lead to more lost teeth over time.

3. TMJ

If the upper and lower jaw don’t meet when you bite down, you may deal with problems with the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. As teeth shift out of alignment over a period, you may notice jaw pain, headaches, clicking noises and the inability to open your jaw all the way.

4. Bone Loss

The tooth’s root is secured in the jawbone and stimulates it to grow and regenerate bone. When the root is gone, the bone can crumble and die. Fortunately, dental implants are placed directly in the jaw, so bone loss is minimal when teeth are replaced quickly.

5. Confidence

If you have missing teeth, it’s easy to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable in both your personal and professional life.  

Contact Us

If you are interested in receiving dental implants, contact our office in Fishers, IN to schedule an appointment with our doctor, Dr. Jones, by calling our new patient line at (317) 565-4875. We can work together to determine whether you are a good candidate for implants!
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Dental Implants 101: All the Basics You Need To Know

You’re missing teeth. Are you considering dental implants to fill the gaps in your mouth? It’s no wonder why; implants are an increasingly popular solution for missing teeth! However, make sure you have access to the most accurate dental implant information! The best way to do this is to consult with a qualified dental professional near you. We listed some of the basics that any candidate considering dental implants in Fishers, IN should know about receiving implants here!

 

Ensuring That You Are A Good Candidate

Implants are amazing for replacing your missing teeth, and they tend to last for decades or even longer if cared for properly! However, make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure. You need to have sufficient bone density in the jaw and you need be willing to go through the surgeries required for the placement of dental implants. A doctor can help determine if this treatment is right for you, or give you any alternatives that you may be able to take.

Evaluating Your Jawbone

The key to a successful dental implant procedure is osseointegration. This is when the dental implant post fuses with your jawbone. If you have been missing teeth for a while, it is possible your jawbone has started to degrade. If you suffer from bone-related conditions such as osteoporosis, this could also affect the success of your implants. A doctor can examine your jaw to see if it is dense enough to support an implant, and if it isn’t, consider the possibility of giving you a bone graft to make it so.

Dental Professional Experience Matters!

It is vital that a qualified dental professional is the one to place your implant! Although some businesses may try to lure patients in with low costs and cheaper materials, your best chance at a successful procedure is with a doctor properly trained in dental implant placement, using all the newest, modern technology available!

 

Contact Us To Schedule an Appointment

These are the very basics, but there is a lot of other information available for dental implants. When you are ready to learn more, contact our dental implant specialists, Dr. Jones, in our office in Fishers, IN to schedule an appointment today!

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The Top 3 Reasons Dental Implant Failures Are Rising!

Although dental implants tend to have a high success rate – over 95 percent – it comes with a risk of failure, like any other procedure. Even though dental implants are mostly placed by experienced dental implant professionals, why does it look like dental implant failure is on the rise in Fishers, IN? Here are three of the most common reasons that we have identified:

 

1. Failure to Maintain Their Smile

Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth, but just because you now have artificial teeth, it does not mean you can stop brushing and flossing every day! Your mouth is still susceptible to plaque, which wreaks havoc on your gums. Patients with implants who do not take care of their teeth and fail to schedule regular dental checkups have a much higher risk of implant failure.

2. Cheaping Out On The Implant Material

The standard modern material for implant posts is titanium, but there are other, cheaper materials that are also available. Most successful implant procedures involve the use of titanium posts in all cases but ones that patients have titanium hypersensitivities. Although other materials may be cheaper at first glance, patients could be paying a lot more in the long run if the implant ends up failing.

3. Going To Inexperienced Doctors For Implants

In another effort to save money, patients who desire dental implants tend to go to doctors who lack the proper training and qualifications to place implants. It is very important to carefully research your dental professionals before undergoing such an extensive procedure like dental implants. If you are unsure that your chosen dental professional has the appropriate experience and training, then be sure to ask!

 

Get A Consultation Today!

Considering dental implants? Our doctor, Dr. Jones, is available to answer your questions and help you feel more at ease about the treatment you receive at our office in Fishers, IN. To schedule your consultation and learn more about dental implants, contact us today!

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a dental patient with TMJ disorder

What Could be Causing Your Head and Neck Pain?

Have you ever experienced pain or swelling in your face, head, or neck area? Do you have trouble chewing or feel discomfort in your jaw area when eating? While head and neck pain may be caused by a number of different reasons, there may be a specific underlying cause of these symptoms. These are just a few symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which affects your temporomandibular joints (TMJ). This disorder is most common among people between the ages of 20 and 40. While the direct cause of TMD is unknown, some reasons may include jaw injury, teeth grinding or clinching, or joint arthritis. Additional symptoms of TMD can include: jaw popping and stiffness, migraines or frequent head and neckaches, misaligned teeth, eye pain, and ear aches.

Experiencing any of these symptoms? Here’s what to do!

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to visit a dental specialist that focuses on diagnosing and treating TMD-related symptoms. Proper diagnosis of TMD from a dental specialist can set you on the right track to freedom from head, neck or jaw pain and swelling, or, if you do not have TMD, your dental specialist can refer you to alternative care. Your dentist can evaluate your symptoms and create a customized treatment plan specifically for you. We specialize in treating TMD and offer a few great options to minimize your symptoms and prevent your TMD from becoming more severe. These include:

  • Relaxing your face: keep this rule in mind- “lips together, teeth apart”
  • Avoid teeth grinding
  • Avoid constant gum chewing
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Practice good posture: keep your head up, back straight and shoulders squared

While head and neck pain along with other discomforts can be quite disruptive, visiting a dental specialist can help you discover and treat the cause.

Ready to Get Started?

Contact our office and get started on a path to freedom from head and neck today!

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Invisalign®: The Most Discreet Way to Straighten Teeth

Your smile is a direct source of confidence, a memorable part of who you are, and how you demonstrate your feelings. Don’t let embarrassment from crooked teeth keep you from living openly and confidently in your smile! If you want to straighten your teeth, but don’t want cumbersome metal braces, our office has a solution. Invisalign® is the most discreet way to straighten teeth and can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic trays instead of metal braces to straighten teeth. These trays are custom-fitted to how your teeth are positioned at the beginning of your treatment and are precision-fabricated to have slight adjustments in their shape. Over the length of your treatment, they’ll gently push your teeth into a straighter position.

How Is Invisalign Better?

Aesthetically, when compared to bracket-and-wire braces, Invisalign® is virtually invisible while being worn. For adults and teens, this is a significant advantage as it does not affect your appearance during treatment. The plastic trays are made for your mouth and have no sharp edges, so they’re more comfortable than conventional braces. Invisalign clear aligners are also removable, so you can maintain your normal eating habits and oral hygiene routine.

Our Invisalign Process

The Invisalign treatment process first begins with digital impressions taken of your mouth. These impressions are incredibly precise and are used to custom design your series of clear aligners. You’ll wear these aligners for 20-22 hours each day, removing them only when you eat, drink, brush, and floss. Over the next several months, your teeth will predictably move into position, while you enjoy the benefits of invisible orthodontics!

Ready to Get Started with Invisalign?

Metal braces aren’t your only option, and most patients are good candidates for Invisalign. If you want a discreet solution, schedule an appointment with our dental office. We will provide personalized treatment, so you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life!

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Fall in Love with Your Smile Again with Teeth Whitening!

Are you tired of discolored teeth and feeling embarrassed to smile? If you’ve tried over-the-counter products or at-home remedies with no luck, it’s time to visit a cosmetic dentist in Fishers, IN! Professional teeth whitening may be just what you need to restore confidence in your smile. In many cases, your smile can be brightened up to four shades lighter in just one session!

 

Why Basic Products Don’t Work

Over-the-counter teeth whitening products may provide baseline results, but they won’t deliver the kind of natural white you desire for your smile. That’s because drugstore brands have only a minimal amount of peroxide gel and include other fillers to extend their shelf life. They won’t produce the results you want because they can’t! Overuse of these products can also harm your teeth as abrasive home remedies can. If you’re not seeing a difference in your smile with these options, don’t keep trying. Instead, schedule an appointment at our dental office in Fishers, IN.

 

The Power of Professional Whitening

Professional-grade teeth whitening provides faster and more reliable treatment, with significantly less tooth and gum sensitivity. In-office whitening generally consists of applying a thick coat of peroxide gel to the surface of the teeth. Then, a special light stimulates these whitening agents to target stains and discoloration deep within your tooth enamel.

We’ll supervise your whitening treatment to ensure your new smile is naturally white and complements your facial features and skin tone. In under an hour, your smile will be multiple shades brighter! You can also choose take-home options that produce similar results over several weeks.

 

Affording Your Teeth Whitening

Some of our patients are concerned about how much more professional whitening costs than over-the-counter products. While whitening in our office is more costly, know that you’re receiving more predictable and effective treatment, with beautiful results that last significantly longer. You can finance your treatment through companies like CareCredit®. This healthcare credit card helps you pay for dental expenses not covered by insurance. Monthly payments are based on your budget, so you won’t have to worry about how to afford cosmetic dentistry services again!

 

Tired of Living with Discolored Teeth?

Get the smile of your dreams fast with professional teeth whitening from our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jones! Schedule your consultation at our office in Fishers, IN today. It often only takes one appointment for us to achieve the smile each of our patient’s desire!

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How Stain Resistant are Porcelain Veneers?

There are many ways to obtain a beautiful smile through cosmetic dental procedures in Fishers, IN. They can include getting veneers – dental tooth coverings – over your existing teeth.

 

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers may be used to correct teeth discoloration, chipped teeth, tooth gaps, or crooked teeth. Dental veneers can be made from thin porcelain or composite resin materials and can look very natural when properly placed. Porcelain veneers are often stronger and more stain resistant than their resin counterparts, offering the ability to eat and drink foods that you normally would without having to be concerned with how your teeth may be affected. Typically, porcelain veneers are covered with resin, which helps them resist stains. However, while porcelain veneers offer a great tooth correction option for daily usage, they are not fully resistant to stains or completely unbreakable.

 

Maintain Your Veneers

Your veneers can offer a lifetime of support for your new beautiful smile. Remembering a few easy tips will help extend the life of your veneers and your smile.

  • Be sure to maintain proper oral hygiene. Regularly visiting your dentist will help keep your teeth healthy and increase the longevity of your veneers. Since your teeth are the foundation, it’s very important to keep them healthy and clean.
  • Change up your toothpaste. Some toothpastes are highly acidic and can increase the chances of your veneers breaking down over time. Be sure to choose an effective, yet gentle toothpaste that will keep your teeth clean.
  • Maintain healthy habits. Making sure you eat healthy and maintain healthy daily habits will not only ensure your veneers stay in their best shape, but will also help your overall health and wellness.
  • Avoid harmful foods. Avoiding harmful foods that are darker colored, hard, acidic, tough, or sticky foods and beverages can help maintain the integrity and quality of your veneers and your new smile. This may include wine, ketchup, hard fruits and vegetables, ice, tough meats or breads, and sticky foods. These items do not need to be fully removed from your daily life, but they should be consumed carefully to keep your veneers strong.

 


Interested in Learning More?

Porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile. Ready to get started? Visit our doctor, Dr. Jones, in our office in Fishers, IN to schedule a consultation to find out more!

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