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Periodontist Indianapolis, IN
Implant Dentistry & periodontics

At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a wide range of periodontal and dental implant services. Our caring and compassionate team has one collective priority and that is your smile.

Fishers Periodontist
Implant Dentistry & Periodontics

Implant Dentistry and Periodontics offers an expansive range of significant periodontal and dental implant services to assist all patients. Our conscientious staff focuses on providing you with quality service for your overall oral health. We will approach your dental procedures in a relaxing and stress-free environment, and we will address your unique dental care as an important partner on your health care team. If you have questions about your oral health, call our Fishers office at (317)-842-2273 to schedule your appointment today. We are located 9885 E. 116th St, Ste 300, Fishers, at 317-842-2273.

Fishers Location Reviews

Contact location

Address

9885 E 116th St #300
Fishers, IN 46037

Telephone

317-732-1095

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8 am – 5 am

Edwards Christman

Award Winning Periodontics
in Indianapolis and Fishers

Dedication to providing the best periodontal care to Indianapolis and Fishers isn't just something Drs. Edwards and Christman talk about. They are board certified periodontist, which means they have gone above and beyond what most periodontists do to master his field of work. They have sought out further education to bring the most promising new treatments to their patients.

All on 4 Dental Implants Indianapolis, IN

All-on-4 Dental Implants are unique, implant supported dentures which are designed to eliminate the common issues of the constant slipping and shifting related to traditional dentures. This restoration solution was specifically designed to assist you if have missing teeth and limited jawbone density. Because this treatment only requires four implants, the All-on-4 dental implant method provides a successful and an effective solution that reduces the total procedure time and cost involved.

Bar Retained Overdenture

Bar-retained dentures are a restoration type of implant-supported dentures called "overdentures". They are far more secure and provide a much better fit than traditional dentures which will constantly slip and eventually wear down your gums. This implant treatment involves the surgical placement of two to four implants and then the attachment of a customized bar.

Bruxism Treatment

Bruxism is the involuntary habit of grinding of your teeth. Bruxism is quite common sleep disorder that is distinguished by the grinding or clenching of your teeth, especially while you are sleeping. There are several treatment options available, which include mouth guards and simple splints, dental correction, anxiety, or stress management, and if necessary, even medication.

Cosmetic Periodontics

Cosmetic dentistry usually involves some form of the following dental treatment; the addition of a dental material to your teeth or gums such as porcelain veneers, bonding, crowns, or gum grafts. It also may include the removal of tooth structure or gums to improve the appearance of your smile. Cosmetic or plastic periodontal surgery is performed to provide you an improved smile by correcting possibly an uneven gum line, problems with missing teeth or other restorative procedures.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is an easy surgical dental procedure to remove excess gum tissue and sometimes bone. This process will expose more of your natural tooth structure, and the treatment may be carried out for several different reasons. The crown lengthening procedure might be necessary for a couple of different situations. You may simply have too much gum tissue covering your teeth. Or we may find it necessary to remove some of the bone as well as your gum tissue.

Scaling and Root Planing

A deep cleaning is a specific procedure performed to treat gum and periodontal disease. Often it is necessary because you may have missed your regular professional cleaning appointments every six months. Your mouth is constantly accumulating bacteria, or plaque. These bacteria, if left in your mouth for too long, can then mineralize and begin to develop into tartar. Plaque is removed daily with standard brushing and flossing, but when plaque becomes tartar, stronger measures are necessary to intervene to remove the advanced decay.

Dental Bone Graft

Dental bone grafting is an advanced, effective, and safe way to promote healing and bone growth in your jaw. Because your bone tissue has the natural ability to regenerate and to grow, strategic placement of bone grafts in your jawbone can encourage bone growth where needed. Once we place the bone graft, the jawbone will need four to nine months to heal before we can place the desired dental implants. With bone grafting, we now can not only replace bone, but also the ability to promote new bone growth in that location.

Dental Implant Restoration

Dental implants are one of the latest and best options in tooth replacement. Dental implant restoration is an outstanding solution if you have missing teeth or require tooth extraction because of decay or advanced disease. A dental implant is a small threaded titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jawbone to replace lost tooth roots. After the post has been placed and integrated to the bone you will receive your dental implant restoration.

Dental Implants Fishers

Dental implants serve as titanium replacements of your natural tooth's anchoring roots. Dental implants are successful replacing missing teeth by mimicking nature. Dental implants are designed to provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. If you have lost teeth you regain the ability to eat and enjoy virtually anything you wish and you can smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth look natural and that your facial contours will be preserved.

Frenectomy

Your frenum, also called frenulum, is the little piece of tissue that connects your lips, cheeks, and tongue, to your gum area. You have several frenum’s in your body. However, the ones that usually require a frenectomy are found inside your mouth. A frenectomy is a common procedure that is performed to correct problems related to the frenulum. These issues are most often diagnosed in children but can be found in adults. The frenectomy is a simple procedure that requires your frenulum to be removed.

Full Mouth Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium. It is placed in the jawbone and a crown, dental bridge or a denture made of acrylic or ceramic is attached. With this artificial root your options for your restoration expands dramatically. You have the options of individual implants replacing each tooth, implant-supported bridges for multiple teeth and implant-supported overdentures for an entire arch. Traditional dentures are often inconvenient, uncomfortable, and unstable.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

A full mouth reconstruction is a broad term used to describe the process of rehabilitating your entire set of teeth, while carefully considering your speech, bite, smile facial support, and jaw joints. It is also known as full mouth restoration or a full mouth rehabilitation. The objective is that the entire system of your mouth and oral structures will be considered, taking into account all everyday functions such as your speech, smiling, chewing, joint health, and the life expectancy of the result.

Gingivectomy, Gum Lift

A gingivectomy or gum lift is the surgical removal of gingiva, i.e., gum tissue.  A gingivectomy is necessary when your gums have pulled away from your teeth creating deeper pockets around those teeth. These pockets become difficult to clean away accumulating plaque and calculus.  A gingivectomy or gum lift is done before gum disease has begun to damage the bone supporting the teeth. The procedure involves both the removing and reshaping of loose, diseased gum tissue to get rid of those pockets between the teeth and gums.

Guided Tissue Regeneration

Guided Tissue Regeneration is a technique using a combination of bone grafting and membrane placement to guide and direct bone formation. This procedure uses the bone-grafting material to create space for your future bone growth and then a covering membrane to control the fast-growing soft tissue. Right after being grafted, the bone begins to form, which will then regenerate itself filling in the bone defect with healthy bone. Guided Tissue Regeneration is an operation often performed on those who have been affected by periodontitis.

Gum Disease

Periodontal or gum disease will harm the bone and surrounding tissues of your teeth. Gingivitis is the first level of gum disease. If treated at this first stage, gum disease can be prevented and even reversed. If not treated, it will quickly lead to periodontitis, which will damage your gums, bones and other structures that support your teeth, resulting in tooth loss.

Gum Grafting

A gum graft, also known as a gingival graft or periodontal plastic surgery, is an umbrella name for several surgical periodontal procedures which intent is to cover an exposed tooth root surface with grafted oral tissue. A gum graft is a variety of surgical procedures which when performed thicken your gums, and possibly cover an exposed tooth root surface to prevent further gum recession. There are several potential causes for exposed roots but the most common of which is gum disease. It may also be the result of overly aggressive tooth brushing.

Gum Recession

Gum recession will expose the roots of your teeth, making your teeth appear longer than they normally should. Not only will you look older with receded gums, but your teeth will also become sensitive to heat and cold. They will be subjected to increased damage since the root surfaces are softer than tooth enamel and not as protected. Gum recession is a quite common issue and has many causes. Gum recession can develop because of pockets forming around your teeth due to gum infections, genetics, and previous orthodontic therapy.

Gum Surgery

Sometimes, gum surgery may be needed to treat certain gum diseases and conditions, such as gingivitis or periodontitis. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to see us, will help keep your teeth healthy and strong. But good oral hygiene is not just for your teeth, it will also keep your gums healthy. Regular oral exams give us the chance to detect gum disease early and treat it before it progresses.

Gummy Smile and Gum Contouring

When you smile, do you think the appearance of your upper teeth is out of balance with too much gum tissue? Do you think that your upper teeth seem too short as compared to the amount of gingival tissue evident when you smile? You may have a condition that is commonly called a gummy smile, or excessive gingival display. A gummy smile can have a negative effect on the appearance of your smile. But a gummy smile can be easily corrected with several different treatment options, one being gum contouring.

Implant Overdenture

Implant overdentures are a set of dentures which are supported by dental implants. Overdenture implants are sometimes called implant dentures, implant-retained dentures, or just implants. Overdenture implants can either be a fixed denture or a removable denture. Both types of implant overdentures are much better than traditional dentures with respect to convenience, comfort, and your overall health. Once you have implant overdentures placed, you need to take care of them, just like your natural teeth.

Implant Problems

Even though dental implants have a success rate approaching 98%, you might still encounter implant problems. An implant problem could be the result of the initial healing period and an infection, or your daily use and the implant becoming loose, or implant problems with the structural components.  There are two parts to a dental implant. First, there is the implant, which is a titanium post that is surgically placed in your jawbone. Second, there is the restoration that is attached to implant, which is usually a dental crown, a bridge or denture.

Implant Retained Dentures

Implant retained dentures are a great alternative to conventional dentures if you require replacement of many teeth. Implant retained dentures do not require a lot of dental implants. Two to six implants can restore an entire arch of teeth to function like your natural teeth. By requiring less implants the implant retained dentures are more affordable and less invasive than implant supported dentures. This restoration makes it easier to talk and eat without discomfort, but the dentures will still need to be removed at night for cleaning.

Implant Supported Bridges

With a traditional dental bridge, the replacement teeth are fused to two dental crowns, one on both sides of the required false teeth, and then these crowns are glued to the adjoining healthy teeth to hold the bridge in place. An implant supported bridge does not need the support of the two neighboring teeth. The artificial crowns are instead mounted to a dental implant. The implant is positioned in the jaw alongside the gap in your smile.

Implant Supported Dentures

Unlike conventional dentures, which rest on your gums and are held in place with dental adhesive, implanted supported dentures are anchored in place with titanium implant posts that allow the denture to snap into place for stability. Implant supported dentures are designed for you if you are have become frustrated with the common issues associated with traditional dentures, such as the slipping and shifting, restricted diets, and regular discomfort.

Laser Periodontal Therapy or LANAP

LANAP® is another new advancement in dental technology offering a gum disease treatment that uses laser technology to eliminate diseased tissue and infection caused by periodontal disease. It is a far less invasive, far more comfortable experience for you than traditional surgery. The Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP, Protocol is a method we now use to regenerate bone tissue around your teeth. This system uses an FDA-cleared laser tool called the PerioLase® MVP-7™.

Mini Dental Implants

Mini Dental Implants is a system that uses small titanium implants to replace what would otherwise have been the root of your natural tooth. Using mini dental implants will enable your dentures to be permanently secured into your mouth, just like your natural teeth. The holding fixture on the mini dental implants fits into a socket on the backside of the denture containing a rubber “O” shaped ring. The fixture then snaps the mini dental implant into place and stays securely in place better than a traditional denture every would.

Occlusal or Bite Adjustment

Occlusion is a dental term that means how the teeth in your upper and lower jaw match up, or your bite. When you close your mouth, the entire arch of your bottom and top teeth should make contact at the same time. When several of your teeth touch before others do, this is called a malocclusion. If this is left uncorrected, the malocclusion will result in additional pressure being placed on some of your teeth, which will result in oral health issues. If you indeed have a malocclusion you may be a candidate for an occlusal adjustment.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer can develop in several different parts of your mouth, including your gums, the tongue, your lips, the roof and floor of your mouth, your throat, and the inner lining of the cheeks. Oral cancer kills about one person an hour, 24 hours a day, in the United States. It is the sixth leading cancer with men and one of the few diseases that is still on the increase among young adults. Like many cancers, early detection of oral cancer is the absolute key to increasing your likelihood of survival.

Oral Pathology and Biopsy

Oral pathology is the dental specialty that works with the causes and effects of diseases that affect the mouth and the surrounding structures. These diseases include the teeth, your supporting bones, the temporomandibular joints, as well as the gums, your tongue, and your other soft tissues such as your salivary glands. Tooth decay and gum disease are the most common oral issues, there are several other conditions that affect the health of your mouth.

Osseous Surgery

Osseous surgery is performed after periodontitis is not corrected with regular treatments, such as deep scaling and root planing. Osseous surgery involves recontouring or removing of damaged bone around a tooth or teeth to reduce the sagging pockets, eliminate bacteria, and to smooth the bone that has been damaged. By performing osseous surgery, it allows the healthy gum tissue to reattach to the bone, which will prevent additional damage from occurring and stop the decaying process.

Periodontal Exam

The goal of a periodontal exam is to check the health of your gum tissue. We will measure your pockets that surround your teeth using a periodontal ruler that is inserted between the tooth and the gum. This periodontal ruler is a small tool calibrated with lines marked in millimeter increments. We will measure the perimeter of each tooth and then check the depth of each pocket around it. Depths of 1-3 millimeters, with no bleeding, indicates that your gums are considered healthy. If the pockets are deeper than 3 millimeters it can indicate a problem.

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is a treatment for gum disease that involves a series of regularly scheduled teeth cleanings. These deep cleanings might be performed every three months, but the specific frequency of your cleanings depends on your situation. Your appointments will always begin with an extensive exam. We check the condition of your teeth, measure the depth of the periodontal pockets, and take x-rays. These x-rays allow us to identify the condition of your teeth and jaw below the gum line. We then proceed to your cleaning.

Pinhole Surgical Technique

The Pinhole Surgical Technique, PST™, is a procedure in which specialized dental instruments are used to create a small hole in your gum tissue that is receding and to then insert a collagen material to stabilize the area of gum recession. This new procedure is simple, suture-free, and minimally invasive. Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, are a quite common problem, especially in older adults. A recent study found that 88% of people over 65 have gum recession in at least one tooth.

Platelet Rich Fibrin

Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is an autologous platelet concentrate prepared from your own blood at our clinic just before the dental procedure in which it will assist. Platelet rich fibrin is a by-product of your blood that is exceptionally rich in platelets. PRF has been used in hospitals to accelerate the natural healing process, and now it being used oral surgery procedures. Your blood platelets perform several essential functions in your body, including blood clotting formation and the release of growth factors that help to heal wounds.

Pocket Reduction

Pocket reduction surgery, also known as gingivectomy, flap surgery and osseous surgery, is a common term for a number of several different surgeries directed at gaining access to the root of the teeth to remove bacteria and tartar, or calculus. Our mouths contain hundreds of different bacteria at any given time.  The damaging bacteria found in plaque, the clear sticky substance on your teeth, produce acids that lead directly to the demineralization of the tooth surface, and eventually are the source for periodontal disease.

Ridge Augmentation

A ridge augmentation is the placing of a bone graft directly into the empty socket where a tooth's roots used to be, to help re-create the natural shape of both the gums and the jaw that has been lost following a tooth extraction. Ridge augmentation is used to reestablish your jaw’s natural contour. After a tooth is extracted, the jawbone will start to weaken and deteriorate to the point of recession. The empty socket, once supported by the extracted tooth, now shrinks in height and width. An indentation in the gums or jawbone will develop.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help you relax during a dental procedure. It is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, even though this is not entirely accurate. You will usually be awake except general anesthesia. The different levels of sedation dentistry include:

  • Minimal sedation -- you are awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation -- you might slur your words when speaking and not remember much of your procedure.
  • Deep sedation -- you are right on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
  • General anesthesia -- you are totally unconscious.

Sinus Lift

A sinus augmentation is a dental surgical procedure. When a tooth is lost, the empty tooth socket collapses as it recovers, leaving a toothless area. This collapse results in a loss in both width and height of the surrounding bone, which makes dental implantation impossible. A sinus lift corrects the area of your upper jaw in between your molars and premolars. It addresses the area on both sides of your nose, between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses. The sinus membrane will be lifted to create space for the bone.

Teeth Cleaning

A dental prophylaxis is a professional teeth cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping any progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease, or gum disease. Periodontal disease and gingivitis occur when damaging bacteria from plaque colonize on your gingival (gum) tissue, either above or below the gum line.  These bacteria colonies will cause serious inflammation and irritation which will then produce a chronic inflammatory response in your body.

Teeth-in-a-Day

Teeth in a day are restoration teeth that utilize just four dental implants. Teeth in a Day are a new set of permanent teeth that can become your new healthy smile in a one-day procedure. The dental implants in the procedure are placed at an angle, which allows for increased contact by utilizing the natural support of your jawbone. Teeth-in-a-Day is a safe and precise approach to dental implants that will provide you with fully functioning dental implants in just one single procedure.

TMJ Treatment

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is your jaw joint.  Everyone has two of these joints: both left and right.  TMJ syndrome or TMD, temporomandibular disorder, is a medical issue related to the function of this jaw joint.  The symptoms are usually a clicking, popping, or rustling in your jaw joint and can be accompanied by jaw joint or muscle pain, a jaw that locks in position or is difficult to open, headaches, ringing in the ears, and even numbness in your face and fingertips.

Tooth Exposure Uncovery

Tooth exposure uncovery is a procedure where we expose a permanent tooth that has not erupted. To free the tooth from being stuck underneath the bone or impacted by the gum, we will make an exceedingly small incision through which your tooth will erupt through. The most common need for a tooth exposure occurs when a wisdom tooth fails to erupt because of being at an angle, overlapping with molars, or crowding. It is also common for a child to have permanent teeth that may fail to erupt and require the need for a tooth exposure uncovery.

Tooth Extractions

If you have a tooth that has been severely damaged due to accident, injury, or decay, it may need to be extracted. Some teeth that are decayed or damaged may be treated effectively with a filling, but teeth that are too damaged to be repaired should be removed. Tooth extraction is often referred to as the pulling of a tooth and is the procedure where a tooth is removed entirely. While we make every effort to conserve and preserve your natural teeth, there are just some cases in which a tooth or teeth must be extracted.

Wilckodontics

If you have a tooth that has been severely damaged due to accident, injury, or decay, it may need to be extracted. Some teeth that are decayed or damaged may be treated effectively with a filling, but teeth that are too damaged to be repaired should be removed. Tooth extraction is often referred to as the pulling of a tooth and is the procedure where a tooth is removed entirely. While we make every effort to conserve and preserve your natural teeth, there are just some cases in which a tooth or teeth must be extracted.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth. They are a third set of molars that usually grow in during your late teens and early twenties. If wisdom teeth erupt properly and grow in straight, they often do not need to be removed. Wisdom teeth can often be the cause of serious oral problems, including infections, tooth decay, misalignment, pain, and even jaw and nerve damage. Studies today estimate that close to 85% of all wisdom teeth will eventually need to be removed.

Earning your Trust with High Quality Periodontal Care

When you schedule your appointment with our thorough staff at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, you will be impressed with our degree of professionalism and that we are also proud of the advanced dental technology at our disposal in our clinic. We are quite thoughtful because we understand how different and unique each of us really are. We are very conscientious in creating your personalized treatments, to ensure success that works for your desires and budget. The entire team focuses on the reclaiming of an undervalued personal asset, your healthy smile, so every procedure we perform is with your best interests and oral health in mind.

At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, our clinic has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, and we want you to be confident with our abilities and services. Scheduling an appointment for an evaluation is an important first step towards being proactive in your oral health and regaining your healthy smile. To schedule an appointment, call our Fishers office, 9885 E. 116th St, Ste 300, Fishers, at 317-842-2273.

Some More Fun Information about Fishers, IN

We cherish the opportunity to help the residents of Fishers. We also love these fun facts about our wonderful community. As a suburb of Indianapolis, Fishers has been rated as the third best city to reside in all the United States. We are the home of three historic, natural, attractions as well as a maintained historic downtown. Fishers is a quiet and very safe city for all our residents.

Implant Dentistry and Periodontics appreciates the engagement with the many Fishers residents we get to call patients, and family. We enjoy celebrating our four Midwest seasons with all our patients. Whether it is hot or cold, you will always find our clinic warm and inviting.