Preventive Dentistry – Indianapolis, IN
Keepy Your Smile Healthy for Life
The key to a strong smile is preventive care. Regular dental visits and a consistent homecare regimen are crucial for a healthy mouth. As experienced general and family dentists, Drs. Farthing and Tepner examine smiles and offer suggestions for prevention or treatment of a variety of dental issues. At Indianapolis Family Dentistry, we provide general and preventive dental therapies for patients of all ages. Our dentists apply dental sealants and fluoride treatments to prevent decay in young smiles. They recommend that patients attend six-month checkups and hygiene visits to keep teeth and gums in optimal condition. If you grind your teeth or suffer TMJ-related discomfort, we conduct a thorough assessment to pinpoint the source and provide tailored treatments to address your unique situation. Your smile matters, and we’ll partner with you to keep it looking and feeling terrific. Learn more about general and preventive dentistry in Indianapolis, IN, and then call Indianapolis Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Farthing or Dr. Tepner. Our conveniently located dental office provides personalized service and one-on-one care to residents of Beech Grove and beyond.
Dental Checkups & Oral Hygiene Visits
The foundation of every dental care plan is the six-month dental checkup. During these biannual appointments, we collect diagnostic images to give us a complete understanding of your oral health. Then, we carefully examine each tooth looking for the subtle indicators of oral health concerns like tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ dysfunction, teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism), and oral cancer. Then, one of our skilled dental hygienists will thoroughly clean your smile. We will also review your oral hygiene and work with you to make changes to improve your at-home care.
Protective Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are a popular preventive treatment for children, but many adults can also benefit from this simple dentistry service. The process can be quickly completed as part of any dental checkup. We apply a coat of sealant material to the teeth, typically the back teeth that have deep pits and grooves. Then, the sealant material seeps into the small tooth crevices and is hardened into place over the teeth. Following a single application, the dental sealants can remain in place for years, creating a barrier between teeth and decay causing bacteria, plaque, and tartar.
TMJ Dysfunction Therapy
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the small, connective structures that attach the jaw to the skull bone. When they are functioning properly, they allow us to smile, chew, and speak without pain or impediment, but if the TMJ are damaged, the simplest daily task can suddenly be very painful. If you’re suffering from TMJ dysfunction, our team offers a variety of pain relieving therapies to restore the pain-free smile to your face.
Gum Disease Treatments
Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health concerns, and it’s the leading cause of tooth loss for patients over the age of 30. The early indicators of gum disease are often very subtle and go unnoticed. That’s why it’s so important to visit our team every six months, so we have the opportunity to begin treatment in the earliest stages. We offer a wide range of treatment options to help prevent gum disease and renew oral health for those suffering from this condition.
Sportsguards for Athletes of all Ages
The leading cause of tooth loss for patients under the age of 25 is sports-related injury. It’s essential that you wear a protective mouthguard during any athletic practice or competition where your mouth may come in contact with other players, hard surfaces, or sports equipment. Unfortunately, store bought sportsguards are not always very comfortable, and patients use them inconsistently. A custom crafted sportsguard from our dental office is made from higher quality materials and precisely molded to fit your smile for optimal comfort.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer often goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed until it reaches very advanced stages. Research from the Oral Cancer Foundation indicates that early diagnosis is the best way to decrease the number of oral cancer-related deaths each year. As the medical professionals who spend the most time learning about the proper function of oral and facial structures, it makes sense that patients would look to their dentists for help. Our team includes oral cancer screenings as part of every dental checkup. It’s a quick and painless process that you may not even notice, but it could just save your life.
Kids are always welcome in our dental office. We love having the opportunity to establish fond memories of dental appointments for kids. The majority of adults who fear visiting the dentist indicate a bad experience in childhood is the cause, and we want to help your little ones create positive associations with the dentist that will last a lifetime. We offer a wide range of kid friendly services to keep your children’s smiles whole and healthy.