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At Shank Dentistry, we provide comprehensive dental care at every life stage, but we know that is only part of what makes our relationships with our patients great. We treat our patients with highly personalized care and value the long-term relationships that we develop. We want you to feel important while you are with us because you are!

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Need an Extraction? Why You Shouldn't Put Off Care

Dental Extractions in Indianapolis IN
Dr. Shank only recommends an extraction when all other treatment is impossible. This might be because the tooth is too diseased or damaged or because your remaining natural teeth are at risk.Losing natural teeth has some pretty serious repercussions to your oral health and appearance.Problems caused by tooth loss include:Bone loss due to resorptionShifting and bite misalignmentExposed roots and sensitivityPeriodontal diseaseGaps in the smileWhen necessary, we will recommend tooth-replacement treatment that will address many of these problems.What Happens When You Put Off a Dental Extraction?Typically, if you need a dental extraction, your damaged tooth is an immediate concern. If you avoid treatment, you can literally put your oral health and ...

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3D Printing in Dentistry

3D Printed Oral Appliance | General Dentist Indianapolis IN
Hey everybody, Dr. Shank here. It’s a Wednesday, and since we don’t typically schedule patients on Wednesdays, I’m in the office getting a little bit of work done. Wanted to share a couple of things with you that are a little different that most of you may not be aware of. Nobody likes getting impression taken of their mouth, right? You know what I’m talking about…the mouth full of ‘goopy’ putty that takes several minutes to set up, doesn’t taste real great, people tend to gag on, and just in general it’s not a pleasant experience. Now instead of taking those big long goopy impressions, we’ve got another way where ...

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Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Sedation Dentistry | Shank Dentistry
Do you have dental anxiety? You are not alone!Many of the patients who initially contact our dental office express similar concerns about treatment. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is pain-free and comfortable, taking the fear out of dental care.For some patients, getting to know our experienced and compassionate team is enough. For others, however, their fear is more severe and they need a little help relaxing. For those patients, we offer sedation dentistry in our Indianapolis dental office.To determine if sedation dentistry is right for you, it is best to contact our office and set up a consultation. We will gather some information regarding your medical history ...

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Do You Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom Teeth Removal | Shank Dentistry
If you have a teenager, you are probably surprised at how quickly they have grown!By the time your child reaches their teenage years, they will likely have all of their permanent teeth, and it is time for a wisdom teeth evaluation to determine whether preemptively removing wisdom teeth is needed before they become symptomatic.We perform most dental extraction procedures here in our Indianapolis dental office without the need for a referral to an oral surgeon. Our patients appreciate being able to have treatment in an office with a team they know and trust!When Wisdom Teeth Become a ProblemNot all wisdom teeth require an extraction. We will take an x-ray of ...

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3 Common Oral Surgery Procedures

3 Common Oral Surgery Procedures | Shank Center for Dentistry
We offer oral surgery in our Indianapolis dental office because chances are good that many patients will need it at some point during their lives. Dr. Shank has additional training and experience in oral surgery, especially in three common ones that our patients need most often – wisdom teeth (and regular) extractions, dental implant placement, and bone grafting.Wisdom Teeth RemovalIt seems that most teenagers or college students end up going through wisdom tooth removal, except for the few lucky kids who either do not have wisdom teeth or who can keep them without them becoming symptomatic.At Shank Dentistry, we have a secret weapon in our arsenal to make wisdom teeth ...

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Can You Benefit from Teeth Whitening Treatment?

Benefit from Teeth Whitening Treatment | Shank Center for Dentistry
Choosing to whiten your teeth is a highly personal decision based on your goals for your smile. While teeth whitening doesn't necessarily result in an improvement to your health, most people feel much better about their appearance with attractive white teeth.Motivation to Take Care of Your TeethWhen patients complete teeth whitening, they often have a renewed dedication to taking great care of their teeth. When your smile looks great, chances are that you'll want to keep it that way! Many patients brush and floss more regularly to keep their gleaming white smiles looking fresh. Some patients use teeth whitening as a reward when they stop smoking.Professional dental cleanings help keep ...

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5 Cosmetic Issues Best Fixed with Veneers

Cosmetic Issues Fixed with Veneers | Shank Center for Dentistry
A quick fix isn’t always possible, and beautiful dentistry takes a fair amount of planning. That being said, one treatment can address a number of cosmetic dental issues at once.Porcelain veneers provide our patients with beautiful smiles using cosmetic dentistry in our Indianapolis, IN dental office.Here are some of the cosmetic issues we can address using custom porcelain veneers:Deep or stubborn stains – Some stains will not yield to traditional teeth whitening methods, and as your other teeth become brighter, the stains may even stand out more. Porcelain veneers correct this problem with a simple solution – they cover stains completely.Misalignment – While porcelain veneers do not correct misalignment of ...

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