Dr. Phelps Indianapolis Dentistry Blog

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June 14, 2018

Treating Gum Disease in IndianapolisGum disease is one of the most common oral health issues. While easily avoidable, it is estimated that nearly all American adults will, at some point, experience one form of the disease, most often gingivitis. Fortunately, the symptoms of gingivitis are easy to spot - red and swollen gums that bleed easily when brushed - and nearly as easy to treat. In fact, many cases of gingivitis can be eliminated through a deep...

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May 10, 2018

CEREC crowns are milled on-site, enabling us to protect and perfect your smile in a single office visit. ...

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April 27, 2018

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile? Indianapolis cosmetic dentist, Dr. John Phelps, can help. Take our short quiz to learn about which treatments may be best for your needs, then call our office at 317-793-6133 to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Phelps. During this consultation, your concerns will be listed to and every option will be discussed to help you fully understand how your smile can be enhanced and improved.

Located in Indianapolis, Dr. Phelps is pleased to offer personalized cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services to men and women...

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Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry Quiz
April 17, 2018

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer | Indianapolis, INThe most common signs and symptoms of oral cancer are:

  • An open sore or ulcer in the mouth
  • Red or white patches in the oral cavity
  • A lump or thickening of the skin on the inside of the cheek

When these symptoms persist for a period of two or more weeks, it is essential to bring them to the attention of a trusted healthcare provider. Oral cancer kills 43% of those diagnosed...

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Tags: Oral Cancer, Oral Health
March 08, 2018

Foods That Harm Teeth | Indianapolis DentistYou probably already know that foods high in sugar, acids, artificial colors, and starch can easily damage the teeth. These foods are particular favorites of bacteria already present in the mouth – and the waste produced when these bacteria attack those foods can rapidly erode enamel, increasing risks for dental caries, tooth infection, and bacterial infection...

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Tags: Oral Health and Nutrition
February 16, 2018
Symptoms of Tooth Infection | Indianapolis Dental Crowns

A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp chamber of a tooth is infected. Signs that you may need a root canal include:

  • Pain when biting and chewing
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Dull, radiating pain in the jaw and neck
  • A darkening of tooth enamel

When infection forms a pocket around the root of the...

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Tags: Root Canal, Dental Crowns, Dental Implants
February 08, 2018

Dental crowns are placed over teeth that have been impacted by trauma or severe decay and act to protect these vulnerable teeth from further damage. Often used to prevent tooth extraction, dental crowns can also be placed following extraction or tooth loss, and are commonly used to restore dental implants and dental bridges.

Many of the dental crowns offered at our Indianapolis office are crafted on site, enabling us to place them during a single office visit. Using CEREC technology, Dr. Phelps is able...

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January 25, 2018

If you suffer from dental phobia or become nervous when thinking about visiting the dentist, you probably don’t have any desire to make multiple trips over the course of a few weeks. If you need a restoration, however, there haven’t been many alternatives in the past.

Traditional placement of dental crowns requires a visit for modeling, a visit for preparation, and a visit for placement. Assuming all goes well, only one appointment will be...

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Tags: CEREC Dental Crowns, Dental Phobia, Sedation Dentistry
December 13, 2017

Charcoal Tooth Whitening Safety Concerns | Indianapolis Activated charcoal is known to bind to poison and prevent its entrance into the gastrointestinal tract. This can be incredibly useful in instances where a chemical or toxin is ingested, and it has been the primary use of activated charcoal for many years.

Recently, a number of homeopathic websites and beauty bloggers have begun to tout the benefits of activated charcoal as a “toxin remover,” recommending it be used in face...

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Tags: Charcoal Tooth Whitening