Get An Oral Cancer Screening With Your Dental Exam

The best way to stay protected from oral cancer is to get annual oral cancer screenings. With over 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year, oral cancer has become the sixth deadliest cancer in the world. Screening for oral cancer is quick and easy, with no pain or discomfort involved.

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The rate of oral cancer is rapidly rising among young people, women and non-smokers. Early detection of oral cancer is vital. There are many different places in the oral cavity and maxillofacial region in which oral cancers commonly occur, including:

  • Lips
  • Mouth
  • Tongue
  • Salivary Glands
  • Oropharyngeal Region (throat)
  • Gums
  • Face

It’s recommended to have an oral cancer screening with every 6 month checkup. Most dentists perform an examination of your mouth during a routine dental visit to screen for oral cancer. Give our office a call to schedule your next checkup and screening for oral cancer.

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Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment. Call us today at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

Choosing The Right Toothpaste For Your Dental Needs

Choosing the right toothpaste for your oral health needs is important. In general, as long as the toothpaste you choose has the American Dental Association Seal of Approval it meets the standards for being safe and effective. A lot of factors can come into play when choosing your toothpaste such as; sensitivity, tartar control, abrasiveness, whitening, and dentures. The type of toothpaste which you should use entirely depends on your needs. Every dentist will recommend that their patients use a fluoride toothpaste to strengthen gums and fight tooth decay.

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When choosing a toothpaste look for these 3 ingredients:

  • Fluoride: Dentists recommend a fluoride toothpaste as it helps to remineralize your tooth enamel, reduces damage from acidic foods and drinks as well as fights cavities.
  • Tartar control: Toothpastes with tartar control help reduce plaque and tartar build up which are the main causes of cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Anti-bacterial agent: Recent medical studies suggest that toothpastes with an anti-bacterial agent, triclosan, help lower the incidence of plaque, germs and gum disease.

The ingredients above are what’s recommended in choosing a good toothpaste. If you have specific questions about toothpaste give us a call.  On your next visit we can discuss which type of toothpaste is recommended for your teeth. We will let you know whether or not your mouth needs extra fluoride protection for tooth enamel from bacteria or if you need whitening toothpaste to remove minor surfaces stains from your morning coffee.

Brushing your teeth regularly is very important for your oral health so choose a toothpaste that you’ll enjoy using every day. Following a healthy brushing and flossing regime is more important than the brand of toothpaste one uses.

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Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment. Call us today at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.

Have You Seen A Dentist Lately?

It’s recommended that you see your dentist twice a year. Dental checkups are important because they can help spot oral health problems. Your teeth are an important part of your body and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy.

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Everyone, at some point in their lives, will have a problem in their mouth. Some telltale signs that you need to have a check up can range from consistent bad breath to aches in your gums. Here are 6 signs you need to see your dentist. 

  1. Tooth Pain
  2. Bad Breath
  3. Swollen Gums
  4. Dry Mouth
  5. Headaches
  6. Tooth Sensitivity

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s time to make an appointment. Don’t put off your visit to the dentist, it will only make things worse. Our office facilitates communications and emergency calls and appointments are available and welcome, especially for new patients seeking help. There’s no need to be embarrassed if it has been awhile since seeing a dentist. The important thing is you have made the decision to better your oral health and give us a call. We are confident that you will feel right at home in our office as we welcome all patients as if they were family.

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Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment. Call us today at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.

D.E. Kelley, DDS | What is a Dental Implant?

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While most of us aren’t exactly thrilled to learn we need a dental implant (or any other surgery for that matter), it should be comforting to know there have been major advances in this field of dentistry and the end result will have you flashing that familiar smile with no noticeable differences.

Am I a good candidate for an implant?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.

Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in precisely these areas, they are ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals, they also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that you need to have teeth that look and feel just like your own. Your dentist and periodontist will work together to make your dreams come true.

What is the procedure like?

This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.

  • Replacing a Single Tooth   If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it.
  • Replacing Several Teeth   If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them.
  • Replacing All of Your Teeth   If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.
  • Sinus Augmentation   A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.
  • Ridge Modification   Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.

What Happens After the Implant?

As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!

Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering us for your dental implant services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress-free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment.


 

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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The human body is an amazing machine with perfect parts for getting us thru this thing called life. Why is it, then, we usually need to have our wisdom teeth pulled at some point in our lives? It doesn’t seem to make sense, does it?

Let’s take a look at wisdom teeth and why they are removed. Wisdom teeth are the third and final molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are also the final teeth to break thru usually appearing in your late teens or early twenties.

Wisdom teeth that only partially emerge (or come in crooked) can lead to painful crowding and gum disease. Because teeth removed before age 20 have less-developed roots and fewer complications, the American Dental Association recommends that people between 16 and 19 have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed.

The pain, swelling and discomfort that follows wisdom tooth extraction is a normal part of the healing process. How long is wisdom teeth recovery time? When will you be back to chewing crunchy carrots and apples with ease?

Tooth extraction is a form of out-patient oral surgery. General anesthesia or local anesthesia options are used to make wisdom teeth removal a more comfortable procedure, but pain and discomfort are a part of the process, especially after the anesthesia wears off. After your teeth are pulled, wisdom teeth recovery time begins.

Taking Care of Yourself After Surgery

After getting your wisdom teeth pulled, you are likely to experience pain and swelling. There may even be some bleeding. While your mouth heals, you have to be careful not to dislodge the blood clot or harm your healing gums. You should not consume solid foods, alcohol, coffee, soda or hot beverages in the first few days following your procedure. You shouldn’t even brush your teeth for the first day of recovery. According to most oral surgeons, typical wisdom teeth recovery time is three to four days, although it can be as long as one week. The length of recovery depends a lot on how badly the wisdom teeth were impacted and how they were erupting.

The recovery period can take several days and in some cases there may still be swelling and discomfort for a week or more. Use ice packs, enjoy soft foods and keep your mouth clean with simple salt water. If you notice any unusual symptoms like pus discharge, severe pain or a fever, call your oral surgeon right away. While complications such as an infection are rare, they are possible.


 

Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment.

D.E. Kelley, DDS | Affordable Dental Care?

dental-insuranceMost folks today have to watch their finances pretty closely and are always on the look out for great deals, even when it comes to exceptional dental care. We understand this and work diligently to make sure our patients get top-notch dental attention at a price they can afford. In fact, we are proud to offer several financial incentives to make your dental treatment ultimately affordable.

  • We accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • 5% discount for military personnel on active duty.
  • 10% discount for senior citizens (65+ years).
  • 5% discount when total treatment plan balance of $500 or more is paid in full at first visit with cash or check.
  • We offer CareCredit financing. This plan offers convenient no initial payment and low monthly payment plans for dental treatment of $500 and up.

We also accept most dental insurance plans used by employees in this area. We are preferred providers of Delta Dental PPO, Dentemax, Anthem 200 and 300, Guardian PPO and Aetna PPO. We constantly strive to maximize your insurance benefits and minimize your portion.


Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment.

 

D.E. Kelley, DDS | What is a Root Canal?

Blausen_0774_RootCanalSimply hearing your dentist utter the words “root canal” terrifies many people, young and old alike. But it really shouldn’t. In fact, many dental professionals wonder how the procedure ever got such a bad reputation in the first place. Let’s take a look at what a root canal is all about and why it shouldn’t be a feared part of your overall dental plan.

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, your dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in treating the insides of teeth) removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.

Causes of an infected pulp could include:

  • a deep cavity
  • repeated dental procedures
  • a cracked or broken tooth
  • injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)

If you continue to care for your teeth and gums, your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.


Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment.

We accept most insurance coverage and, for your convenience, will accept payment from the insurance company.  We also accept cash, Discover, American Express, MasterCard and Visa. If you have any questions about payment, please check with our front office prior to your appointment.


 

D. E. Kelley, DDS | Why Online Reviews are Important

QuickOnlineReviewsStatsSavvy consumers these days routinely search for online reviews to help find trustworthy and reliable service providers. The same holds true when dental patients begin looking for a new dentist. Online reviews (especially those posted on Google) are critical in helping prospective new patients learn more about a dental practice, the staff and the dentist.

A recent study indicates 70% of potential patients searching for a dentist online trust the reviews. Our office is very proud is very proud of the relationship we have with our patients and the things they say about us online. Simply stated, we value their opinions.

You can check out our reviews on the following sites:

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Help us spread the word and let others know what you think about us. All reviews are important, however Google reviews are connected to Local SEO which benefits a practice more in the search rankings. We thank you in advance and look forward to seeing you on your next visit. If you are currently looking for a new dental home, we are currently accepting new patients.

Call us at 317-897-3500 to schedule an appointment.


Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment.

We accept most insurance coverage and, for your convenience, will accept payment from the insurance company.  We also accept cash, Discover, American Express, MasterCard and Visa. If you have any questions about payment, please check with our front office prior to your appointment.

 

D.E. Kelley, DDS | Is 2016 The Year You Quit Smoking?

shutterstock_967206671Did you or a loved one make a New Year’s Resolution to quit smoking in 2016? If so, that’s a great idea for many reasons.

Kicking the tobacco habit is not just good for your body, but good for your oral health as well. Smoking is responsible for bad breath and stains the enamel on your teeth. Besides the smell and less than pearly white smile, smoking can cause other serious health conditions as well. The carcinogens found in cigarettes are associated with an increased risk of oral cancer, which can be deadly. Smoking and tobacco products can also lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth.

As with any addiction, breaking a tobacco habit may take some time. If you are able to kick the habit, it will quickly lead to better overall oral health. Your teeth will become whiter and less likely to decay. Most everyone desires whiter teeth, fresher breath, a healthier mouth with firmer gums. With help from your dental office, you can achieve all of these. No matter how many times you’ve tried in the past, it’s never too late to quit using tobacco. Ask us how to help kick the habit and reasons why it needs to be done soon.

Dr. Kelley is proud to employ a talented, friendly staff to make your dental experience exceptional. Our front office staff will find the answers to all your questions and make you feel at home. Give us a call today at 317-897-3500.


Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment.

We accept most insurance coverage and, for your convenience, will accept payment from the insurance company.  We also accept cash, Discover, American Express, MasterCard and Visa. If you have any questions about payment, please check with our front office prior to your appointment.

Dental Phobia Keeping You From Dental Health?

blog-dental-fear21Are you afraid to see the dentist? Many people are afraid of the unknown. Dental phobia can be one of those unknowns and is incredibly common with estimates that it affects between 13% to 24% of people around the world. Fear of visiting the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it’s the thought that the treatment will be painful. It might be simply that you haven’t seen a dentist in years and are embarrassed by your teeth. Whatever the reason, dental health is crucial to your overall health. Many Americans are at risk of gum disease and early tooth loss – conditions that can affect your physical, social, and mental health.

If it has been a while since you have seen a dentist, make it a point to schedule an appointment soon. Dr. Kelley understands your fears. On your first visit, the goal is to calm your fears, perform an exam, and make you feel as comfortable as possible. We will then discuss with you the results of the exam and the recommended dental services. When considering treatment, patients are clearly presented with pros, cons, and all available options.

Our staff at Dennis E. Kelley, DDS is happy to offer dental services to you and your entire family. Only necessary procedures are recommended. In other words, no one is pressured with “up selling” like many chain dental practices.

When our patients require dental care, we offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of every member of the family. We are always available to answer questions about your dental health and about the services we provide for your treatment.

We are accepting new patients! Give us a call today at 317-897-3500.

About Dennis E. Kelley, DDS

Dr. Kelley has been in practice for nearly 30 years on the East Side of Indianapolis. We are located at 1260 N Post Rd. Please call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment or ask any dental questions.