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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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February 27, 2016

If you look around this site, you'll find various mentions of CEREC dentistry. It's a crucial part of our practice. But you might very well be wondering- what on Earth is “CEREC?”

It's a perfectly legitimate question, and one we get all the time. CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.” Put simply, it's a system that creates high-quality ceramic dental work in a single visit.

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February 25, 2016

Are porcelain veneers right for you? Many patients in and around Indianapolis have walked away from their time at our practice absolutely thrilled with the results of their veneer application procedure, but it's still important to determine if veneers are right for you and your specific needs.

The good news is that most patients are good candidates for veneers- if you have sound, healthy gums and no active infections you can probably have veneers applied with...

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February 23, 2016

Replacing missing teeth is absolutely essential if you want to avoid the many oral health issues associated with a lost tooth. And you have a lot of options for tooth replacement. But we often recommend dental implants to Indianapolis-area patients like you who need a replacement tooth.

Why? Well, the simple reality is that dental implants offer significant benefits that other options lack. These advantages include:

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January 27, 2016

One of the reasons TMJ is often undiagnosed in Indianapolis and throughout the country is that its symptoms are easily attributed to other, less serious conditions. As such, many people don't consider seking diagnosis and treatment, which means they're left in needless pain and discomfort.

You should avoid this, and you can avoid this. We urge you to arrange a consultation with Dr. Phelps as soon as possible if you're experiencing:

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