Dr. Phelps Indianapolis Dentistry Blog

Indianapolis Dentist Serving Carmel, Noblesville & nearby areas in Indiana

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...

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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
November 22, 2017

Can Coconut Oil Whiten Teeth | Indianapolis Teeth WhiteningOil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that is accomplished by swishing a tablespoon of oil – typically coconut oil – around the teeth and gums for 15 to 30 minutes a day. Proponents of oil pulling tout benefits including a reduced risk of cavities and gum disease, a freshening of the breath, and whiter teeth.

Theoretically, gargling with coconut oil pulls out toxins, helping keep both...

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Tags: Teeth Whitening, Oil Pulling
October 23, 2017

CEREC allows Indianapolis prosthodontist Dr. John R. Phelps to restore teeth to their strongest and most beautiful in a single office visit. The SlideShare below covers some basics about CEREC, including the process, the types of restorations available, and the care needed to help ensure your same day restorations last for years.

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October 16, 2017

CEREC Dentist IndianapolisIn September, Dr. Phelps attended both the CEREC Mentor Meeting and the Sirona World Conference in Las Vegas. Joining Dr. Phelps on this trip was Ann Marie Phelps, office manager at our Indianapolis location and wife of Dr. Phelps. A successful trip, Dr. Phelps returned from these conferences with information on products and techniques that will...

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Tags: Continuing Education
September 14, 2017

There are many restorative dentistry services that require more than one visit to complete. Because they are manufactured offsite by a third-party dental lab, bridges, inlays/onlays, and dental crowns can all necessitate multiple visits. While this is necessary for certain types of cosmetic restorations, functional restorations like dental crowns don’t have to be manufactured by a third-party. With CEREC dental restorations offered at our Indianapolis office, Dr. Phelps can protect and enhance your smile over the course of a single visit, saving you time and money, and protecting your smile against further damage in the shortest time...

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Tags: CEREC Dentistry, Same Day Dental Crowns, One Day Cosmetic Dentistry Restorations