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Dental ImplantsDental implants are the most sophisticated replacement for missing teeth, but have historically proven to be time-consuming to place. Kodak/Carestream scans vastly reduce the time it takes to implant teeth. It is thought that in the near future, implants will be placed in a single visit because of this unique type of imaging.
CrownsThe teeth are held firmly in place by strong roots that extend into the jawbone. Molars and premolars tend to have several roots, whereas the front incisors only have a single root. The end or tip of each root is termed the apex. The apex is where the nerves and blood vessels enter the tooth, and aids in the delivery of blood to the crown (the part of the tooth you can see in your mouth).
ApicoectomyA root canal treatment refers to the cleaning of the canals and the removal of infected and inflamed tissue within the root. When the inflammation or infection persists after the root canal treatment, an apicoectomy may be required. An apicoectomy is essentially the removal of the apex (or root tip), followed by a filling procedure to seal the root from further infection. When left untreated, infected roots can damage other teeth, spread infection, and cause regression of the jawbone.
Root Canal TreatmentDr. Benjamin H. Adams grew up in Zionsville, Indiana and completed his undergraduate degree in biology at Ball State University in 1998. Dr. Adams received his D.D.S. from Indiana University in 2002, and his certificate in Endodontics and M.S. from Indiana University in 2005. He is currently teaching at IUSD as a part-time faculty member, and joined Indianapolis Endodontics as an partner in July of 2007. Dr. Adams is married with two children and enjoys spending quality time with his family, playing golf, and hunting.
DenturesDental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
General DentistryDr. William Adams graduated cum laude in 1969 from The Ohio State University School of Dentistry. He completed a U.S. Air Force General Dentistry Residency Program at San Antonio, Texas and served as a Flight Dentist/Oral Surgeon for a 13-chair clinic in North Carolina from 1970-72. He then completed his Endodontic Specialty training at Indiana University School of Dentistry as a resident at the VA Hospital in Indianapolis. He was a full-time faculty member at Indiana University for 5 years and has continued part-time for the last 27 years. He co-founded Indianapolis Endodontics with Dr. Spolnik in 1978. He is a principal author of the first textbook on endodontic surgery, Surgical Endodontics, published in 1982. He has since published many clinical articles and lectured nationally and internationally. He is a resident of scenic Brown County and swears it is worth the drive.
Fluoride TreatmentPrevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth.
Oral Cancer ScreeningAn oral cancer screening is usually performed during a comprehensive or recall (check-up) exam. Screening is painless and only takes a few minutes. The dentist or hygienist will use a laser light to assess the soft tissue for cell changes that might be indicative of oral cancer. If such cell changes are present, a small biopsy will be taken and sent to a laboratory for review. If the biopsy indicates that oral cancer is present, an excision (removal) will generally be performed.
Dental ExaminationAn oral exam is routinely performed by the dentist during the course of an initial comprehensive exam and regular check-ups. An oral cancer exam refers to the identification and management of diseases pertaining to the maxillofacial and oral regions.
X-raysMore recently however, dentists have begun to rely on 3D imaging techniques and Kodak/Carestream scans to provide them with a detailed view of the mouth and skull. The advantage that 3D imaging holds over regular dental x-rays is that the bone structure, bone density, tissues and nerves can be viewed clearly.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral SurgeryOral Surgery – If the patient has cysts or abnormal non-cancerous growths, the dentist may decide to completely remove them. This can improve comfort levels, alleviate breathing problems, and make speech substantially easier depending on the location of the cyst.
Tooth ExtractionsTooth Extraction – Studies have shown that patients who have experienced a tooth extraction subsequently lose 40-60% of the bone surrounding the extraction site during the following three years. Loss of bone results in what is called a “bone defect”.
Ridge AugmentationBone Grafting For Implants – This includes closure of a cleft lip and cleft palate deformities, sinus lifts, ridge augmentation, and both inlay and onlay grafts.
Bone GraftingBone grafting is a highly successful procedure in most cases. It is also a preferable alternative to having missing teeth, diseased teeth, or tooth deformities. Bone grafting can increase the height or width of the jawbone and fill in voids and defects in the bone.
Periodontal SurgeryOblique subgingival cracks – These cracks extend beyond the gum line, and often beyond where the jawbone begins. When a piece breaks off, it will usually remain attached until the dentist removes it. Oblique subgingival cracks are painful and may require a combination of periodontal surgery (to expose the crown), and endodontic treatment to place a crown or other restorative device.
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