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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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What to Expect After Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental implants are very realistic and natural feeling and allow you to regain your jawbone strength and shape. If you are in Fishers, IN, and having problems with your teeth, whether you have broken a tooth or are having gum problems, dental implant surgery may be the perfect choice for you.

It is important to know that if your jawbone is not thick enough or if it is too soft, you may need to have bone grafting done before you will be able to proceed with the surgery. Specifically, how the surgery is performed and healing time depends on the type of implant that is used and how much grafting takes place. This will be determined this with your dentist beforehand.

 

After Dental Implant Surgery

It is important to be prepared for what happens after dental implant surgery, just as you would with any other type of procedure. After dental implant oral surgery, whether you have the surgery in one stage or multiple stages you may experience some discomfort.

After the surgery, you may notice that you have swelling of your gums and face. Beyond that, there will be bruising on your skin and gums, because of the pressure applied to your mouth. Another common occurrence after dental implant surgery is pain at the implant site. This is completely normal to experience and you should be able to take over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil.

On occasion, there may be other symptoms dealt with post-surgery. These include stiffness of the jaw muscles or an inability to fully open your mouth. These symptoms are rarer but are completely normal to experience.

If you are dealing with any symptoms that are painful, uncomfortable or believe that something may be wrong, seek dental attention from your doctor. You may be in need of stronger pain medication, and during this time, they will take a look at the implant site to check that everything is okay. The risk of infection from this procedure is very rare but could cause serious complications if left untreated so if you believe you are experiencing more pain than is normal you should definitely seek a medical professional’s opinion.

 

Schedule your appointment

Searching for the right dentist for your dental implant treatment may take time, but it’s an important step of the process. If you’re considering dental implants, we invite you to meet our experienced and friendly doctor, Dr. Jones, in our office in Fishers, IN! Schedule your first appointment with us today.

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Dental Implants Complete Your Smile Resolution

Starting off the new year with missing or loose teeth in Fishers, IN? The new year brings new resolutions, and possibly your resolution is to develop a much healthier, better smile in 2021. Loose or absent teeth might make this goal more difficult, yet it is not impossible. Dental implants can help you develop the smile you have always desired.

 

Causes of Missing Out On Teeth
Numerous oral health issues cause missing teeth. For some individuals, bad oral hygiene brings about periodontal condition, which after that causes teeth to become loose and eventually fall. For others, missing out on a tooth occurs as a result of a sports injury or another kind of crash. Despite the reason, the blemish in your smile may make you really feel self-conscious.

Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide lots of physical as well as mental wellness advantages. Our dental professional, Dr. Jones, makes use of implants to change a solitary tooth or multiple teeth, relying on your needs. Once replaced, your mouth will much more conveniently preserve its bone structure, which guarantees your face continues to be younger looking and effectively proportioned. The implants also enable you to delight in foods you once had problem eating due to missing teeth. You may observe an improvement in speech too. Ultimately, implants can improve your self-worth. When you have a full collection of teeth, you feel a lot more certain in your smile. That self-confidence shines through right into your individual as well as specialist lives.

Implant Procedure
Dental implants are available as a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a complete mouth of them. Initially, we surgically implant titanium posts where we will position teeth in your mouth. These posts serve as the root of the tooth and must fuse to your jaw. Next, we connect a joint to the end of each post. We after that put a dental crown on each abutment.

 

Have More Questions?
Schedule a consultation today to discuss your questions and get started with dental implants! We invite you to meet our experienced and friendly doctor, Dr. Jones, in our office in Fishers, IN!

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CEREC Crowns: A Quick Fix When You Need It Most

With the busiest time of year now upon us, the holiday season leaves little time for appointments. But what if you have a dental emergency because you’ve cracked or chipped a front tooth? You can’t wait for weeks to get a new restoration and smile. Thankfully, our dentist provides a quick fix with CEREC same-day dental crowns!

What Is CEREC?

CEREC is a treatment process that allows our dentist to design, mill, and cement a new dental crown in just one appointment at our office. That means, if you chip a tooth in the morning and we have emergency appointments available, you can once again have a complete smile by dinner.

Unlike the traditional dental crown process, CEREC treatment means you won’t have to wait weeks in an uncomfortable temporary while a dental lab creates your restoration. Instead, our in-house CEREC milling machine efficiently completes this entire process as you sit comfortably in the dentist’s chair!

Our CEREC Treatment Process

If you recently chipped a tooth or had an old crown pop off, you’re a great candidate for CEREC same-day restorations. At your appointment, we’ll first alter your tooth so that your new dental crown will fit without appearing unnatural and bulky. Then we’ll take digital impressions of this tooth that are uploaded into our design software.

Next, we’ll digitally design your new dental crown for a precise and aesthetic fit before sending this design to our in-house CEREC milling unit. This machine will custom fabricate your restoration from a block of porcelain in under 30 minutes. Then, we’ll color match the crown to your teeth and polish it, so it looks and feels natural. When your dental crown is cemented in place, your appointment is done!

Benefiting from CEREC Dental Crowns

  • A new dental crown in one visit
  • No uncomfortable temporaries
  • Eliminates messy goop impressions
  • Patient-fitted with digital technology
  • Milled from solid porcelain block
  • Long-lasting, functional, and aesthetic

Schedule Your Appointment

Have a damaged tooth? Don’t wait to schedule your one appointment with our office and receive your custom CEREC same-day dental crown!

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Get your Smile back with Implant Supported Dentures

The holiday season is a wonderful time to celebrate family and friendships, not to mention a time for eating lots of delicious foods. But if you wear dentures, you may already be worried about how you’ll cope during the next few months. Without stable, strong teeth, it can be difficult to feel confident talking and laughing or worrisome to eat in front of others. Now is the perfect time to upgrade your dentures with dental implants!

What Are Implant Supported Dentures?

Implant supported dentures combine time-tested dentures with permanent dental implants to provide a fixed and stable solution. Unlike traditional removable dentures, this option relies on two or more dental implants instead of your gums to remain secure. Especially for a lower denture, the added stability from dental implants can make it easier to bite and chew foods.

How Implant Supported Dentures Work

Your current dentures rest over your gums and rely on natural suction or pastes and adhesives to remain in place. This often causes painful sores as your dentures slip and move. Over time, as your jaw shrinks, your dentures won’t fit anymore and will need relining or replacement. Implant supported dentures, alternatively, use two or more dental implants for support. These implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone and will provide natural stimulation just like tooth roots.

Your denture will snap onto these dental implants, where they’ll also receive the support and stability needed to function more like natural teeth. Secured and strong, implant supported dentures allow you to eat a wider variety of foods with ease, and you’ll no longer need to worry if your dentures will fall out when you least expect! Implant supported dentures provide the confidence boost you need to enjoy a happy and fulfilled holiday season with family and friends.

Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures

  • Secured in place for eating and chewing
  • No need for pastes or adhesives
  • Better comfort for talking and laughing
  • Boost your confidence and wellbeing
  • Improve oral and overall health

Schedule Your Consultation

You don’t need to live in discomfort or embarrassment this holiday season! Schedule your consultation with our office and learn how implant supported dentures can boost your comfort and confidence.

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Importance of Treating Gum Disease

Have you been noticing your gums bleed easily whenever you brush or floss? Or they are starting to pull away from your teeth? These are common signs of gum disease and should never be ignored. Whether you’ve recently started developing symptoms of gum disease or it has been affecting your health for some time, don’t wait to seek treatment. There are many important reasons why.

Gum disease won’t go away by itself
A progressive and dangerous condition, gum disease begins when bacteria from plaque and tartar infect the gums. If not treated right away, gum disease can progress until it causes irreversible damage to oral structures and increases the risk of tooth loss.

Gum disease affects overall health
Advanced stages of periodontal disease have been linked to complications with systemic health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, heart attack, and stroke. Bacteria that cause gum disease can enter the bloodstream, and the chronic inflammation and infection can take a toll on your body’s immune system.

Gum disease will lead to tooth loss
The number one cause of tooth loss is advanced gum disease. If you don’t get treatment for your bleeding gums and periodontal disease progresses enough, the damage it causes your gums and bone can lead to loose teeth. In worse cases, gum disease destroys so much of the oral structures that teeth are lost entirely.

Gum disease diminishes your confidence
The effects of gum disease are more than just physical. The changing look of your smile can make it difficult to feel confident. Swollen gums, tartar buildup, darkening between your teeth, and more leave your smile looking less than attractive. Treating your gum disease not only improves the health and aesthetics of your smile but your self-confidence, too.

Schedule Your Consultation
Do you have symptoms of gum disease? Don’t put off seeking treatment from our dentist. Your health and confidence depend on it! Schedule your gum disease treatment consultation today.
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Steps to Properly Care for Your Dental Implants

If you are ready to acquire dental implants, it is important to understand just how to effectively look after them when your treatment is concluded. Dental implants do not require special upkeep beyond your typical health routine, however there are extra actions dentists advise you can absorb your daily life. Knowing specifically just how to look after your dental implants and your smile can assist make sure the long life of your investment.

Brush and Floss Daily
Brushing and flossing your teeth every day is how you get rid of the bacterial plaque from your teeth. If dental health is neglected, plaque solidifies into tartar and releases dangerous toxins that lead to gum tissue disease. Specifically, when you have dental implants, not preserving great dental health can cause peri-implantitis, a problem like gum condition where microorganisms infect the periodontal cells and bone bordering a dental implant. Brush twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste and floss once daily to assist guarantee you don’t experience dental implant failure!

Eat a Nutritious Diet
Eating a healthy diet regimen assists offer your body and mouth with the nutrients to remain healthy, along with assisting boost your immune system. A healthy diet includes foods abundant in minerals and vitamins, proteins, fiber, and calcium, with minimal sugars, carbohydrates, and starches. Within your diet, it is advised that you additionally stay clear of tough and sticky foods so as not to hurt your dental implants. Though rare, there is always a danger your dental implant can become damaged when attacking and chewing these types of foods.

Minimize or Quit Smoking Cigarettes
Many scientific researches supply evidence for a link between cigarette smoking as well as a boosted danger for periodontal disease. Pure nicotine in cigarettes decreases blood circulation to the soft cells as well as deteriorates the immune system. This makes it harder for the body to heal after surgery and for the bone as well as implant to incorporate. Cigarette smoke can also burn tissues inside the mouth and block salivary glands, boosting the danger for dry mouth and the development of gum condition.

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If you have an interest in dental implants or are worried you might have peri-implantitis, get in touch with our office by scheduling your appointment.
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