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Dental Implants: Qualifications and Benefits

Dental Implants: Do I Qualify? Dental implants are considered the leading tooth restoration option, and this is mainly because they offer patients who are suffering from missing teeth a permanent solution. Also, they have a unique number of benefits and if they are taken care of properly then they can last a lifetime. Essentially, when you make an investment in dental implant you are investing in your future and improving your quality of life. Here at our office we utilize advanced technology to provide our patients with quality and customized dental implants, but the question of how do you know if you qualify still remains to learn about this read more below:

Do You Meet the Conditions For Dental Implants? In order for dental implants to remain affixed to your jaw, these ideal conditions must be present:

• Healthy gum tissue: Implants need to be maintained in the same manner as regular teeth. Diseased or unhealthy gum tissue can compromise the integrity of your implants much the same way they do with your normal teeth, such as loosening the connective tissue the secures the implant to the jawbone.

• Adequate jaw bone density: Because dental implants are rooted into your jaw bone, you need to have sufficient bone density for your dentist to work with. Once you have lost a tooth, the underlying jaw bone can deteriorate. Thus, it is important that you seek treatment soon after losing a tooth.

• The time to complete the process: The entire process of receiving your dental implant screws to having your permanent crowns placed can take up to six months. Therefore, you need to be committed to actively participating in the placement and recovery process in order for your procedure to be successful.

Schedule An Appointment In order to know for sure if you qualify for dental implants the best thing to do would be to make an appointment. Doing so will allow your dentist to examine your mouth and tell you whether or not you would be a good candidate for dental implants or what might need to be done to make you one. For example, if you need bone grafting to support your dental implants your dentist would inform you.
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Cosmetic Dentistry: Enhance Your Smile

Cosmetic Dentistry: Enhance Your Smile Advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made it so that anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have access to a cosmetic procedure that help to create a new whiter and brighter smile for them. If you are unhappy with your smile, then there is a cosmetic procedure available for you. Here are a few different cosmetic treatments that are available to you read below to learn more about your options.

Teeth Whitening Getting your teeth professionally whitened is the most efficient way to whiten your teeth effectively. This is because your dentist has the advanced technology as well as the skills to improve your smile. Also, professional whitening will offer you quick results and a whiter smile means a confidence boost.

Porcelain Veneers Porcelain Veneers are a great option if you have any minor dental flaws such as tooth discoloration, misaligned teeth or gaps in your teeth. The porcelain veneers are designed to fit directly over your natural teeth. Also, they’re used to help cover up imperfections and add a protective layer to your teeth.

Dental Implants Dental Implants are a permanent solution for patients who are suffering from missing teeth. They are a great tooth restoration option because they promote bone growth and are great for a patient’s jawbone health. Dental implants improve the aesthetic appeal of a patient’s smile and increase their confidence.

Schedule a Consultation If you are considering receiving a cosmetic procedure then it would be beneficial if you contacted our office to set up a consultation with our dentist. This will allow you to get all of your questions answered and to work with your dentist to explore your options as well as deciding what’s right for you.  
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Handle Your Gum Disease Comfortably

Handle Your Gum Disease Comfortably

If you’re suffering from gum disease, and you fear the pain associated with the surgery – fear no more. You no longer have to struggle with getting healthy gums back. Gum disease can be fixed with laser gum therapy. LANAP, is a minimally invasive gum surgery to bring back your oral health. Unfortunately, a lot of the population deals with gum disease. Gum disease, while experienced by many, is not understood to be as serious as it is. Gum disease, without being identified can result in periodontitis, which not only affects the soft tissue, but the bone as well. If you are experiencing symptoms of red and inflamed gums, bleeding gums, sensitivity to temperatures, you should seek dental assistance. When you see your dentist after experiencing these symptoms, they will walk you through the laser gum therapy procedure. LANAP, being minimally invasive, has a laser that will kill the bacteria causing the infection, which will make the healthy gums reemerge. There are other precautions you can take to avoid gum disease as much as possible. One way you can avoid gum disease is rinsing your mouth after meals. This will get rid of the bacteria in the mouth, halting the growth. Brushing and flossing your teeth is also essential to maintaining good oral and gum health. LANAP is the perfect procedure for those gum disease sufferers. As previously stated, the procedure destroys bacteria and dead tissue in the mouth. The laser thoroughly cleans any diseased areas, and prevents infections from forming. Also, another perk to this new treatment is the healing time. Because it is a laser procedure, healing time is cut down because it leaves minimal bleeding, and no stitches. Benefits to LANAP include: -reduced bleeding -less inflammation -little to no gum recession -and minimal discomfort Consult with your doctor at your earliest signs of gum disease. It is always better to catch poor oral conditions as early as possible, for a faster, better result treatment. If you believe you could be a candidate for gum disease, and have yet not displayed signs, speak to your doctor about other prevention tactics.
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Keeping Your Teeth Clean

Keeping Your Teeth Clean

Keeping your teeth clean and cared for is an essential part of life, that many tend to overlook. Although we are all taught from a young age that we need to maintain our oral hygiene by brushing our teeth, everyone has a different outlook on what that means. Some believe they only need to brush their teeth at night, or only in the morning. Others are chronic teeth brushers, brushing their teeth multiple times a day, throughout the day. With everyone’s differing opinions, what is the right way to maintain your oral health? The perfect way to maintain your oral health is by brushing and flossing. Seems simple enough, right? Well, it is necessary to brush twice a day, three times if you find it necessary after eating lunch. Brushing your teeth should consist of a toothpaste that benefits your specific oral health, and brushing for two minutes. From there, it is important to not brush too hard, gentle circular strokes is preferred. Picking a toothbrush is also important. Whether you choose to brush by hand or have an electric toothbrush, choosing a small head with soft bristles is recommended by many dentists. This allows for the toothbrush to reach in the hard to get places, such as the back molars, and the soft bristles do not tear up your soft tissue. It is important to remember to replace your brush every couple of months, or when the bristles start to show signs of wear and fray. If the bristles start to get worn down, they can tear away at your gums, leading to sensitivity. Along with brushing your teeth, flossing is equally important. Many tend to gloss over the fact they should be flossing, but flossing and brushing teeth are the perfect duo for great oral hygiene. Floss allows you to reach in between the teeth, where plaque tends to settle. Between the teeth is also where food can get caught, so with floss, you will be able to remove any unwanted debris. This also does not allow tartar to form, because the excess plaque is diminished. Contact your doctor for an appointment or if you have any questions on how you should be properly taking care of your teeth.
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Porcelain Veneers

An Easy Way to Get a Brand-New Smile

Your smile is an important feature – it communicates a great deal about you to the outside world. However, a few people shroud their smiles because they are ashamed of the state of their teeth. Regardless of how you have treated your teeth in the past, cosmetic dentistry can offer a solution to your current dental problems. Veneers are a particularly straightforward and beautiful way to get your teeth looking healthy and shine bright again.

Understanding Veneers

Veneers are an extremely thin shell of porcelain that is intended to fit on the surface of your teeth. Each veneer is custom made to only fit your teeth and is typically used as a permanent cosmetic dental solution. Applying the veneer to a tooth changes the tooth’s color allowing it to appear as if your teeth are naturally whiter. These are commonly used when different techniques are ineffective.

The Process

It may take a couple of appointments to finish applying the veneers. On your primary visit, the teeth receiving the veneers will be buffed to accommodate the thickness of the porcelain appliance so it can be applied evenly. A mold of your teeth will be taken by Dr. Jones to create a blueprint of how your veneers should be shaped.

At your following visit, Dr. Jones will check the size, fit and shade of each veneer. At which point you can then decide if you want to alter the color of your veneers. When you are satisfied with the color, the veneers are cleaned with a special cleaner and applied to the tooth using a special dental bonding agent that is hardened by a light beam.

Are Veneers Right for You?

To learn more about veneers or any other cosmetic dentistry treatment options that we offer, contact our office located in Fishers, Indiana. A member of our team will answer any questions you have and schedule an appointment for you to speak with Dr. Jeremy Jones.
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Dental Implants

A Permanent Tooth Replacement Solution

Are you looking for a permanent tooth replacement solution?  If so, you should take some time to learn about dental implants and how they are the best option for a tooth replacement. Prior to their creation patients, only tooth replacement options were dental bridges or dentures, now with the introduction of these innovative dental prosthetics, you can now look forward to another great replacement option. At Dentistry of Fishers our dentist Dr. Jones offers multiple dental implant treatments for different tooth replacement cases.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Since dental implants are created with the purpose of simulating natural-looking teeth, this option can boost a patient’s self-esteem since they will allow the person to show an unproblematic set of teeth that they can be proud of.

Other than it’s aesthetic advantages, dental implants offer better speech functionality. Unlike traditional dentures that sit on top of the gumline and can cause speech impediments, dental implants a surgically inserted into your jawbone allowing the titanium screw to act as the tooth’s root allowing for a more structurally sound product. Making your speech and word pronunciation sound a lot more natural.

Another great advantage of dental implants is they allow you to live the life that you are using too. Even though you should always opt to live a healthier lifestyle, dental implants do not force you to limit the types of foods you can and cannot eat. They also do not need to be removed during certain times of and the day or during certain events like standard dentures. This allows you to feel as if your implants are your natural teeth and make your everyday life with them as seamless as possible.

Things to keep in mind

Although dental implants are durable and made to last a long time, you should still care for them as if they are investments. This means that you should have a good dental hygiene regimen that you perform on your implants once or twice a day. This should consist of brushing and flossing after every meal and scheduling annual dental visits to confirm your implants are in good shape.

For more information on the different dental implant treatments that we off at Dentistry of Fishers, contact our offices conveniently located in Fishers, Indiana to schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Jones.
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how to diagnose tmj disorder

How to Diagnose TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joints, also commonly referred to as TMJ are some of the joint muscles in the face. They are located near the ear, at the point where your jawbone meets your skull. The TMJ is the joint used to open and shut your mouth, heavily moved while eating or speaking. So when this joint begins to severely ache and cause massive pain, it is a serious problem.  

If you are experiencing pain in your TMJ often, you should seek dental attention, as soon as you possibly can – you may be experiencing the discomfort from a TMJ disorder. There are many reasons you could be experiencing the pain. Most common, TMJ causes come from arthritis, dislocation, or grinding of the teeth from stress.  

When you go to a doctor for medical attention, they will run a series of tests on you to ensure they treat the correct thing. There also are tests you can perform on yourself before seeing your doctor, to make sure you are describing the proper symptoms. The tests you as well as your doctor will perform are basic, but they do the trick. When you or they are making sure it is in fact the TMJ you are feeling the pain from, they will touch the side of your jaw for any swelling or tenderness. Another test you may go through is seeing if the jaw is making any noise when it is moved. After a few rounds of different checks, your doctor may diagnose you with TMJ disorder.  

If you are experiencing these symptoms, and have been diagnosed, treatments you may be advised to follow include:
  • Exercising the jaw muscles
  • A night guard to stop grinding your teeth
  • Or even muscle relaxers
  If these treatments do not work in your situation, your dentist then may need to do a jaw adjustment or reshape your teeth for the proper bite. See your dental medical professional if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. It is important to take care of your overall health, so schedule a consultation.
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why you should floss

Why You Should Floss

When growing up, we were always taught to brush our teeth – and you should. But along with brushing your teeth daily, you should be flossing on a regular basis. Flossing will remove plaque and debris in areas your toothbrush cannot reach. Without flossing, your teeth may experience a buildup of plaque, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If you floss along with brushing your teeth, you will notice your gums and teeth will be much healthier.

When you are deciding which dental floss to use, you will come across two different types: nylon and single filament. You can get nylon floss either waxed or un-waxed, and it comes in flavors. Nylon floss is made up of several strands of nylon material, meaning it can shred or snag between teeth. Single filament floss, even in the tightest of areas between your teeth, is impossible to shred or tear. As long as you are flossing regularly, it does not matter what type of floss you choose. Flossing is recommended by dentists, as it can reach hard places, where food tends to settle.

The main problem many people have with flossing is the fact that it can result in bleeding of the gums. Anytime you floss and get between your teeth and around your gums, the floss will rub against your gums, resulting in the occasional bleeding. Many people take this the wrong way, and immediately stop flossing, usually for good. Bleeding is very common and should not deter you from flossing. If the bleeding seems out of the normal for you, consult with your dentist.

No toothbrush is designed to get every area of your mouth. With the areas missed by the toothbrush, the debris and plaque will continue to build up until they eventually result in a cavity or decay. To get this debris and plaque before it builds up into something more serious, you’ll need to floss. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you’ll to brush and floss your teeth. Regular checkups with your dentist will help as well, although it is up to you to continue your regular maintenance at home with flossing and brushing. If you floss on a daily basis – you’ll quickly realize just how clean your teeth and gums will be.

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types of foods that pose a threat to your oral health

Types of Foods That Pose a Threat to Your Oral Health

Following a practical diet plan can be challenging for some individuals. Which is completely reasonable since food is something that people indulge in for different reasons. Alas, the old saying of “you are what you eat “holds real weight to your oral wellbeing. I think we can all agree that nobody wants a worn down and plaque infested set of teeth. To better assist you in determining how to navigate a healthy diet that profits not only your oral health and your overall wellness all at once we’ve created a small guide that clarifies what food types to stay away from and why.

Extremely Acidic and Overly Sugary Foods

Research studies have shown that microorganisms in our mouths feed on the different substances that make up sugar. For example, if you binge yourself with sweet foods all that sugar begins to coat your teeth slow transforming them into sugary mound of plaque. Think of your favorite box of candy as a trojan horse and your mouth as the city of Troy. Your pretty much secretly inviting sugar to be stored in your mouth and that’ll end up becoming plaque and tartar build up resulting in toothaches and other oral problems

On the flipside of that conversation, excessively acidic foods also pose a huge threat to your teeth. These kinds of foods are already acidic in nature so the acid in these foods will begin to wear down and slowly start to deteriorate your teeth. This usually results in tooth decay and causes bad breath or even the overall loss of your teeth.

Food Isn’t Simply for Fun

At the end of the day food is supposed to provide us with energy making us feel significantly healthy and balanced in all aspects of our lives. It’s not expected that you drop all your preferred sugary foods after reading this, but we at least want you to be mindful and comprehend the damages these foods can cause to your dental healthcare if kept unchecked. If you are still uncertain regarding picking the appropriate foods and want more information, contact our office today to arrange an appoint to talk with Dr. Jeremy Jones. Also feel free to talk with any of our experienced personnel at Dentistry of Fishers we can help with any of your dental related concerns. We are currently located in the Fishers, Indiana area. We look forward to helping you reach you dental healthcare goals.

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Oral Healthcare Tips

Oral Healthcare Tips

At a very early age, we’ve all been taught that oral healthcare is something that should not be taken lightly. Unfortunately, a lot of us in our adult lives have a tendency to spend less than a minute when brushing our teeth. This isn’t an adequate amount of time to properly clean your teeth. The appropriate amount of time to clean your teeth takes about 2 minutes. You might want to think about utilizing a stopwatch the next time you brush to make certain you’re getting the right amount of time to take care of your teeth.

Brushing Method
When brushing your teeth, use brief, gentle circular motions and try to stay clear of using unnecessary pressure so you don’t damage your gums. Concentrating on hard to get to places like the areas in between your teeth should be a big focal point. Likewise, ensure you hit all your teeth’s surface areas like the outside and inside of your upper and lower arches.

Toothbrush Selection
You’ll need to have a great toothbrush to get the most out of cleaning your teeth. You should choose brushes that have soft bristles, soft bristles aren’t as harsh on your gums and will help get rid of debris from your teeth. Brushes with a little head are also favored, as it can reach more areas in the mouth.
Keep in mind to change your brush every few months. You’ll recognize when it’s time to update your toothbrush when it starts to show indications of wear and tear. Once the bristles begin to wear down, they can tear away at your gum tissue.

Contact Us
If you look after your teeth correctly by following these methods, you will keep them away from infections and prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar. Bear in mind that you still need to go to your dentist for regular examinations. For even more oral health tips, contact our office today to set up an assessment with Dr. Jones. Our well-informed team at Dentistry of Fishers is here to answer any kind of concerns you might have about all points dental related. We are currently situated in the Fishers area in Indiana to better aid you with all your oral healthcare needs.
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