Dr. Phelps Indianapolis Dentistry Blog

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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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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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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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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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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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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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August 30, 2017

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of the smile. However, this does not mean that cosmetic treatments cannot have functional benefits – nor does it mean that functional restorations cannot be cosmetically appealing. Indianapolis dentist Dr. John Phelps understands this.

Drawing on years of experience and extensive training in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and prosthodontics, Dr. Phelps works to personalize each treatment for optimal form and function, allowing him to protect and perfect your smile no matter what issues are impacting it.

Want to learn more? Call our...

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July 28, 2017

If you are unhappy with your smile but fear cosmetic dentistry is just too expensive, it may be time to revisit your options. Indianapolis cosmetic dentist Dr. John R. Phelps offers a comprehensive range of aesthetic and restorative services – some of which are covered by insurance – that can help produce a straight, strong, bright, and attractive smile without breaking the bank. We also accept cosmetic dentistry financing through CareCredit®, a trusted and...

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