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Struggling with Sleep Apnea? How Your Dentist Can Help

sleep apnea indianapolis

Sleep apnea is more common than you might originally think and negatively impacts millions of Americans. Sleep apnea causes disruption in normal breathing function during sleep as the muscles at the back of the mouth and throat relax. 

Typical treatment begins with a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine, which delivers a constant flow of air through a facemask, opening the airway during sleep. Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to sleep wearing this mask, especially if they typically sleep on their sides or stomachs. This can lead to pulling the mask off at night and leaving you unprotected.

Since sleep apnea is so dangerous and can negatively impact nearly every system ...

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It's Wedding Season! Is It Time for Whiter Teeth?

Teeth Whitening in Indianapolis, IN

The prospect of a special occasion and photographs that will document the special day forever often launches people into action when it comes to their smiles. Perhaps you are in a wedding party or maybe you're just seeing friends and family you have not had the opportunity to socialize with in quite a while.

Whatever you reasons may be, wedding season is the perfect time to explore your teeth whitening options. If you have tried over-the-counter teeth whitening in the past with disappointing results, you are not alone. We provide professional teeth whitening for many patients who have spent too much on unpredictable toothpastes, strips, and rinses.

At Shank Dentistry, we have ...

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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 resorption
  • Shifting and bite misalignment
  • Exposed roots and sensitivity
  • Periodontal disease
  • Gaps in the smile

When 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. 

The Alternative to Messy Dental Impressions

Nobody likes getting an 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 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 ...

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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 Problem

Not 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 Removal

It 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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