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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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Bone Grafting: A Scary Name but a Simple Process

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When planning dental implant treatment, we perform a careful evaluation to ensure enough healthy bone structure exists to support the dental implant post and the load caused by chewing that will exert force on the dental implant and bone.We use our 3-D cone beam technology to gain accurate information regarding your bone structure, sinuses, and other biological landmarks that might impact the success of your surgery.If insufficient bone exists, we may recommend bone grafting in our Indianapolis dental office as a solution to make dental implant surgery possible.Why Bone Grafting becomes NecessaryLosing a tooth can lead to bone loss because the lost tooth is no longer present to stimulate healthy ...

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3 Situations We Treat with Oral Surgery at Shank Dentistry

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When patients need oral surgery in Indianapolis, it’s tempting to search for a local oral surgeon to complete a necessary procedure. At Shank Dentistry, we provide a number of advanced services without the need for a trip to a specialist.An evaluation with Dr. Kyle Shank will determine if we can help you right here without the need for a visit to a new dental office. For many of our surgical procedures, we use 3-D cone beam technology for more precise, accurate, and informed procedures that are free of complications.Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental ImplantsBefore the prevalence of dental implants, replacing missing teeth involved an artificial tooth or teeth that got ...

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Snoring and Gasping: Do You Know These Signs of Sleep Apnea?

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Breathing is natural and for many people, it happens without stress or strain. For others, however, nighttime breathing can be a genuine struggle for one of the very necessities of life – air.Your snoring partner may make you want to run from the room for quiet refuge on the couch. First, be sure to look for the signs of sleep apnea. Your observations could save your partner’s life.Loud snoring with intermittent pausesGasping or catching the breath during sleepMood changes – increases in depression or irritabilityDaytime sleepinessFatigue after eight hours of sleepThe only way to find out if you or your partner suffers from sleep apnea is to seek a referral ...

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What to Do When Anxiety Hurts Your Health

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If you have anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist and it keeps you from getting the dentistry you need to stay healthy, Shank Dentistry provides gentle, compassionate care and a solution for fearful patients. We offer sedation dentistry in our Indianapolis dental office.It’s easy to avoid unpleasant situations that create unnecessary stress. At Shank Dentistry, we are here to help you discover why your smile is so important, and how you can care for it without the fear you have felt for so long.What Happens When Anxiety Keeps You from the DentistIt might start by missing just a few of your routine appointments, or you could have avoided ...

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How Your Oral Health Changes As You Get Older

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As your Perry Township, IN dentist, we care for people at every stage of life and design personalized treatment plans to keep you healthy whether you are a teen, expecting mother, or a senior.Dental Cleanings and Exams Are More Important Than EverTeeth collect more tartar as you age, and your enamel thins as well. Maintaining oral hygiene is important as you age because oral health and your overall health are intimately related. Healthy gums and a decay-free smile will improve your diet and your self-confidence. Older adults are staying active and social longer than ever.Even if you have dentures, your regular dental visits are still important. We offer oral cancer ...

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Feeling Pain in Your Jaw? 3 Possible Sources

A man brings his hands up to his jaw | Indianapolis IN TMJ Treatment
Pain in the jaw can make it difficult to chew and yawn comfortably and can indicate the need to see your dentist in Indianapolis for TMJ treatment. TMJ (temporomandibular joints) can become sore and may even click, pop, or lock if they are not functioning properly.Pain in your jaw does not mean serious jaw issues, though it is common. Here are some other things that might be irritating your jaws and facial muscles.Problematic Wisdom TeethIn the late teens and early twenties, the wisdom teeth (third molars) begin to emerge. In some cases, they come through without any issues. In other cases, they can push against other teeth or fail to ...

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Teeth Whitening in Two Steps

A closeup of a smile | Indianapolis IN teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is our most popular cosmetic treatment because it is a fast and affordable way to revitalize a dull-looking smile. At Shank Dentistry, we offer a two-step whitening process to help achieve a whiter smile and maintain it for many years to come.By combining both our in-office whitening system with our custom take-home whitening system, the results you see will be yours for as long as you maintain it. Don’t forget that a dental cleaning before you begin will be the best way to whiten your teeth. Your hygienist will polish away surface stains and tartar that can interfere with the whitening process.In-Office WhiteningChoosing to kick-start the whitening process ...

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