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November 22, 2019

woman embarrassed by missing teeth covering her mouthFor most adults, the biggest downside of missing teeth is embarrassment. Missing one or more teeth makes your smile look incomplete, and you may feel compelled to cover your mouth when talking or laughing around other people.

However, the impact of missing teeth doesn't end with aesthetics. If you have lost one or more teeth, there are a variety of health and functionality reasons to replace them.

Issues Caused by Tooth...

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October 24, 2019

Woman with nice teeth after prosthodontic treatmentIf you needed heart surgery, would you go to your primary care physician, or to a cardiac surgeon who specializes in the procedure? The answer seems obvious. Your primary care physician diagnoses illnesses, writes prescriptions, and does a lot of work to help keep you healthy. However, some procedures require a specialist.

The dynamic is the same for general dentists and prosthodontists. General dentists handle your standard oral health...

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October 01, 2019

Woman with nice smile after prosthodontic treatmentWhen you trust a dentist to restore your smile, you want to be confident you're getting the best care possible. With the plethora of options available, that can be hard to do. How do you know you're in good hands?

If you see a prosthodontist such as Dr. John R. Phelps, you can be confident you're receiving the highest standard of dental care. As...

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September 14, 2019

Can My Teeth Be Fixed In One Dentist Visit?

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...

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August 29, 2019

Woman smiling at dentistIf your teeth are discolored or misshapen, your entire life may be affected. Hiding unsightly teeth causes you to smile less, which can have a, impact on how you're perceived in professional and social situations. This can have a real effect on your self-confidence.

Porcelain veneers can change that. They can be customized to match the color, size, and shape of your surrounding teeth to give you a smile that you want ...

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July 25, 2019

You’ve invested the time and money in a professional in-office teeth whitening treatment to brighten your smile. Don’t you want to maintain that dazzling, bright smile for as long as you can? Teeth whitening treatments are very effective, but they don’t last forever. Over time, your teeth will become stained again. By following these tips, you can prolong your whitening results as long as possible.

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June 04, 2019

You probably don’t think about your temporomandibular joint very often, if ever, but it’s the amazing joint that helps your jaw move up and down and side to side. This hinge-like joint is situated on both sides of your head, right in front of your ears. It connects your jaw to your skull and allows you to chew, speak, and yawn. 

Like any intricate machine, if a part of the system is strained or damaged, it can lead to far-reaching dysfunction. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), is commonly referred to as TMJ, and it can cause discomfort in many forms.

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April 15, 2019

Woman smilingOil 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, fresh breath, and whiter teeth.

Advocates of this practice claim is that gargling with coconut oil pulls out toxins, helping keep...

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March 29, 2019

Woman with nice teethDIY teeth whiteners are becoming increasingly popular as bloggers and influencers peddle them as "natural" alternatives to traditional teeth whitening. Two of the trendiest methods are brushing with activated charcoal and coconut oil pulling (gargling and swishing coconut oil in your mouth).

Whether these methods work is another matter. Studies have shown that...

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February 20, 2019

What Are The 3 Best Foods for Your Oral Health?

Bowl of broccoli, which has a high calcium content for better dental health.It's easy to know what not to eat if you want healthy teeth and gums -- candy, ice cream, cookies -- but what foods are actually good for your oral health? A lot, it turns out. Regardless of your palette or your dietary restrictions, there is something out there that can improve your dental...

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