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June 22, 2016

Does TMJ Cause Neck and Shoulder Pain? | Indianapolis, IN | Dr. John R. PhelpsSome patients who come to Dr. Phelps’s Indianapolis dental practice complaining of TMJ symptoms tend to focus on pain or feelings of resistance in their jaw and face. However, if you have TMJ, the pain and symptoms you experience can extend beyond your jaw and the surrounding areas. You may have pain in your back and neck that is caused indirectly by...

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April 26, 2016

Porcelain veneers are exceptionally popular with Indianapolis-area patients who are looking to repair damaged teeth that mar an otherwise beautiful smile. And understandably so- porcelain veneers are beautiful, inconspicuous and durable, meaning you can enjoy the benefits of them for years to come.

Still, porcelain veneers are not for everyone. A huge part of our job is ensuring you only undergo a procedure that is right for you and your needs.

The first step is determining if you have a condition that porcelain veneers can address. These include:

  • Chipped teeth
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April 19, 2016

When you get porcelain veneers, you want them to last. They're beautiful pieces of dental work, and it's natural that you want to enjoy them for as long as possible.

Fortunately, veneers do a lot of their own maintenance work. They're strong and durable, and they are firmly bonded to your teeth. As such, they can be expected to last for at least a decade.

Of course, veneers aren't completely self-maintaining. You have to take care of them as well. The good news is that maintaining your porcelain veneers is really quite simple.

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April 13, 2016

We know that when you have to get a dental restoration, you want the process to be as quick and painless as possible. You don't want to come back for multiple visits, wait for weeks and wear uncomfortable temporary restorations during that time.

Fortunately, one of the many advantages to CEREC dentistry is speed. When you come in for a restoration that will be made by our CEREC machine, your needs will be filled that first time. A CEREC restoration is a one-visit...

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April 06, 2016

There's no such thing as a piece of dental work that lasts forever. Even the strongest and most durable dental work, such as implants, will eventually need to be replaced. Sometimes this is because the equipment is failing, sometimes it's because changes in your teeth and gums make the restoration look less than ideal and sometimes it's because the march of technology renders the restoration obsolete.

Fortunately, Dr. Phelps can r...

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March 30, 2016

You want bright, white, photogenic teeth. You want healthy gums. These are the goals for many of our Indianapolis patients, and if achieved, they can produce a beautiful smile.

However, there's one issue that prevent you from enjoying the full beauty of your smile, even if you do everything right: crooked teeth. This issue isn't caused by poor hygiene or any other mistake on your end. Often, it's an issue that should have been addressed by orthodontic solutions in your youth but, for whatever reason, was not.

Fortunately, you don't have to just live with crooked teeth. Dr. Phelps has solutions, chief among being...

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March 29, 2016

On occasion, an individual's gums will become overly prominent, masking their teeth and creating the appearance of a smile dominated by the gums. This so-called gummy smile is one of the most common cosmetic problems.

Many of our Indianapolis-area patients suffer from a gummy smile and wish to eliminate the problem permanently. Fortunately, Dr. John Phelps can do exactly this.

Once Dr...

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March 21, 2016

Everyone wants to have a bright, beautiful smile. For many types of complications like cracked teeth, large gaps, discolored teeth, and chipped teeth porcelain veneers are a great solution that result in years with a magnificent smile. That is why it is one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

Like your natural teeth, porcelain veneers are affected by the way you take care of them and by aging. If you take good care of your porcelain veneers, they will last for between 7 and 20 years.

Some of the factors which affect the lifespan of...

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March 16, 2016

We talk often about the importance of replacing missing teeth, and it's crucial- if you fail to replace a missing tooth, you're at risk for a wide range of oral health issues you badly want to avoid.

If you're missing a tooth, we'll discuss your options and help you find the procedure that's appropriate for your needs. The best procedure for you might turn out to be a dental bridge.

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February 29, 2016

Your teeth are quite visible, and that means it's easy to notice their flaws and imperfections. As such, it's natural to conceive of dental health in terms of our teeth- how they look, how they feel, how well they work. And your teeth are certainly vital.

Equally important, however, are your gums. You can think of your gums as the dental equivalent to the foundation of your home- if the foundation is rotten, nothing else matters. And if your gums aren't healthy, your teeth won't be either....

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