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Topic: New Patients

When Was The Last Time You Saw The Dentist?

Dental Checkup IndianapolisCan’t remember the last time you saw a dentist? Don’t worry we are here to help no matter what your history is in seeing a dentist. If it’s been a while since your last exam, here’s what you can expect the next time you sit in the dentist’s chair. On your initial visit we will perform a comprehensive examination that will include examining your mouth, head a neck. We will also do a series of x-rays and discuss your medical history with you.

Southport Dental is proud to provide a talented, friendly staff to make your dental experience exceptional. Dr. Mills stays current with dental techniques and trends by frequently attending continuing education seminars and courses ensuring that his patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care. Our front office staff will find the answers to all your questions and make you feel at home. We provide skilled, gentle and knowledgeable dental hygienist and dental assistants. They will give you their undivided attention during your cleaning visits and dental procedures.

A dental checkup can keep you and your teeth healthy. Don’t delay when it comes to the health of your teeth. Any untreated problems can turn into even bigger ones, so it’s important to schedule a checkup soon. New patients are always welcome. We will not make you wait weeks to get the dental visits you want. Let us know what you want to accomplish at your first visit and we will make it happen! Your first dental visit promises to be a pleasant experience. Making sound decisions about your dental care and oral health is an easy thing to do with the right preparation beforehand:

  • Make a list of questions to ask our office, so you don’t forget anything on the day of your appointment. This includes any concerns you have, or oral problems you’ve been experiencing.
  • Fill out the New Patient Form at home and bring it with you or arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to complete this at our office.
  • If you have dental insurance, remember to bring your insurance card with you.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment give our team a call at 317-494-7366 or fill out an appointment and new patient form.

About Southport Dental PC

New patients are always welcome. We will not make you wait weeks to get the dental visits you want. Let us know what you want to accomplish at your first visit and we will make it happen! We take the time with our patients to explain their treatment options and inform them of additional preventive care.

Contact us today to learn more.

Southport Dental Indianapolis | Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

SouthportDentalPatientExamAre you having discomfort with your teeth and feel you might need a tooth extraction? There are a number of reasons why your teeth may need to be extracted. The most common reason for the removal of a tooth is severe decay or breakage of a tooth that cannot be saved. Other reasons for extractions may include gum disease, infection, orthodontic correction, fractured tooth or roots, crowded teeth and impacted teeth (mainly wisdom teeth).

Tooth extraction procedures are vastly less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful anesthetics and Dr. Mills’ advanced surgical techniques. Surgical extractions are performed under local anesthesia especially for wisdom teeth extractions. In many cases, patients experience little to no discomfort, and only minor bleeding.

It is extremely important that patients with extracted teeth do not smoke for 4-5 days after the procedure.  In addition, vigorous brushing and rinsing or drinking through a straw are discouraged because they hinder the healing and may cause the wound to open. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area can help reduce any swelling and promote faster healing.  Please see our Post Op Instructions for complete directions after surgery.

When considering treatment, patients are clearly presented with pros, cons, and all available options. Our friendly and professional staff is always available to answer questions about your dental health and about the dental services we recommend for your treatment. Southport Dental is located on Emerson Avenue between Southport Road and Stop 11. The office is just south of the I-65 bridge, on the East side of the road, in front of the Rosegate Senior Community. Call us at 317-494-7366 to schedule an appointment.

About Southport Dental PC

New patients are always welcome. We will not make you wait weeks to get the dental visits you want. Let us know what you want to accomplish at your first visit and we will make it happen! We take the time with our patients to explain their treatment options and inform them of additional preventive care.

Contact us today to learn more.

Southport Dental Indianapolis | Kicking the Tobacco Habit is Good For Your Teeth

SmokingBadforTeethKicking the tobacco habit is not just good for your body, but good for your teeth and gums. Smoking causes bad breath and stains the enamel on your teeth. In addition to having unsightly teeth, smoking can cause serious health conditions. Because of the carcinogens in cigarettes, smoking is associated with an increased risk of oral cancer, which can be deadly. Smoking and tobacco products can lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth.

As with any addiction, breaking your tobacco habit may take some time. If you are able to kick the habit, it will only lead to better oral health! Your teeth will be whiter and less likely to decay. Everyone wants white teeth, fresh breath, a healthy mouth and firm gums. With help from your dental office, you can achieve all of these. 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!.

Southport Dental 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 317-494-7366.

About Southport Dental PC

New patients are always welcome. We will not make you wait weeks to get the dental visits you want. Let us know what you want to accomplish at your first visit and we will make it happen! We take the time with our patients to explain their treatment options and inform them of additional preventive care.

Contact us today to learn more.

Southport Dental Indianapolis | Implant Supported Dentures

ImplantSupportedDenturesWhat is an implant-supported denture? Implant supported dentures are over-dentures fixed to the gums by mini implants. Implant-supported full or partial dentures can counteract the cons of denture wearing and help you achieve better form and function.

For patients with uncomfortable or loose-fitting dentures, stabilizing it with mini implants can be a more comfortable and functional solution. People who opt for implant-supported dentures are more confident when they talk, laugh, and eat in public. Implant supported dentures typically make it easier to chew food and reduce the problems often associated with traditional dentures and bridges. Plus, they look and function more like natural teeth, which can restore confidence in your smile.

Not everyone is a candidate for implant supported dentures. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. The procedure can take multiple visits over several months. During the first visit, an anchor is placed into the jawbone and the site is allowed to heal for several weeks or months. This gives your tissue time to grow around the anchor to more firmly hold it in place.

When considering treatment, patients are clearly presented with pros, cons, and all available options.

If you would like to learn more about implant supported dentures or other dental implant options, give our dental team a call.

About Southport Dental PC

New patients are always welcome. We will not make you wait weeks to get the dental visits you want. Let us know what you want to accomplish at your first visit and we will make it happen! We take the time with our patients to explain their treatment options and inform them of additional preventive care.

Contact us today to learn more.

Southport Dental | Enhancing Your Wedding Day Smile

teethwhiteningindianapolisYour big wedding day is almost here and you want it to be perfect! Your smile will probably never be on show as much as on your wedding day.

Having a dental treatment in preparation for your big day will ensure you look great in your photographs, as well as giving you the confidence to show off your beautiful new smile. Nothing is more beautiful than a gorgeous bride in a stunning gown with a beautiful smile.

We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments that will fit your budget and time. The most popular treatments for brides include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and crowns. Let us know what you want to accomplish on your visit and we will make it happen!

No matter how close you are to the wedding day, we can help you achieve a radiant, beautiful smile on your big day. If you are interested in improving your smile for your upcoming wedding day give us a call at 317-494-7366. We are always available to answer questions about your dental health and about the services we provide for your treatment.

About Southport Dental PC

New patients are always welcome. We will not make you wait weeks to get the dental visits you want. Let us know what you want to accomplish at your first visit and we will make it happen! We take the time with our patients to explain their treatment options and inform them of additional preventive care.

Contact us today to learn more.

Southport Dental | Write Us a Review

happydentalpatientPatients are most likely to use online reviews as a first step in their online search. Online reviews influence their decision on who to choose when looking at their options.

Studies show that 70% of potential patients searching for a dentist online trust the reviews. We need your help! We value the opinions of our patients and want to hear from you and your experiences with our office.

We are very proud of the dental services we provide and our excellent staff. Help us spread the word and let others know what you think about Southport Dental.

If you are not sure what to write, here are some items we would love to hear about:

– Delivery of our dental procedures

– Explanation of options and treatments

– Friendliness of our staff

– Appointment scheduling

– Office environment

These are just a few suggestions. Write your review now by clicking here:

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We love our patients and hope to hear from you! We are dedicated to providing you and your family with the highest quality dental care.

We are accepting new patients! Give us a call today at 317-494-7366.

About Southport Dental PC

New patients are always welcome. We will not make you wait weeks to get the dental visits you want. Let us know what you want to accomplish at your first visit and we will make it happen! We take the time with our patients to explain their treatment options and inform them of additional preventive care.

Contact us today to learn more.

Southport Dental | About Us Video

At Southport Dental we appreciate our patients and new patients are always welcome! We offer a wide range of dental services for the entire family.

Our emphasis is on oral care education and the prevention of dental problems.

Check out our video to learn more about our practice: 

 

Our friendly and professional staff is always available to answer questions about your dental health and about the dental services we recommend for your treatment.

Southport Dental is located on Emerson Avenue between Southport Road and Stop 11. The office is just south of the I-65 bridge, on the East side of the road, in front of the Rosegate Senior Community. Call us at 317-494-7366 to schedule an appointment.

About Southport Dental PC

New patients are always welcome. We will not make you wait weeks to get the dental visits you want. Let us know what you want to accomplish at your first visit and we will make it happen! We take the time with our patients to explain their treatment options and inform them of additional preventive care.

Contact us today to learn more.

 

Southport Dental | Overcoming Dental Fear!

Overcoming Dental Fears IndianapolisAre you afraid to see the dentist? As humans, we are often scared of the unknown. Dental phobia can be one of those unknowns and is incredibly common with estimates that it affects betwen 13% to 24% of people around the world. Being afraid of the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it’s the thought that the treatment will hurt. It could be 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. The dentist understands your fears. On your first visit to the dentist, the goal is to calm your fears, perform an exam, and make you feel as comfortable as possible. The dentist 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 Southport Dental 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 317-494-7366.

About Southport Dental PC

New patients are always welcome. We will not make you wait weeks to get the dental visits you want. Let us know what you want to accomplish at your first visit and we will make it happen! We take the time with our patients to explain their treatment options and inform them of additional preventive care.

Contact us today to learn more.

Southport Dental | Are your Teeth Sensitive?

Sensitive Teeth IndianapolisTooth sensitivity is something that affects a number of people. According to the Academy of General Dentistry nearly 45 million Americans experience tooth sensitivity.

It is often caused by eating or drinking something hot, cold, sweet or acidic. Under normal conditions, the underlying dentin of the tooth (the layer that immediately surrounds the nerve) is covered by the enamel in the tooth crown, and the gums that surround the tooth. Naturally, over time the enamel on your teeth wears down leaving the more sensitive and porous inner layer exposed. Factors other than age, often factors that are controllable, can cause enamel to wear down more quickly and result in sensitive teeth.

Here are some reasons why you could be experiencing this mouth malady — and what steps you should take to ease the pain:

  1. You may be brushing with too much force! Sometimes tooth sensitivity comes from brushing with too much force or with too hard-bristled a toothbrush. The simplest solution is to switch to a toothbrush with softer bristles and to be gentler when brushing.
  1. You grind your teeth. Grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel, even though it’s the strongest substance in your body. Grinding your teeth, or bruxism affects millions of adults and children.
  1. You may have gum disease.Receding gums, which are increasingly common with age (especially if you haven’t kept up with your dental health), can cause tooth sensitivity. More than three-quarters of American adults over age 35 get periodontal (gum) disease.  If gum disease or gingivitis is the problem, your dentist may suggest a procedure to seal your teeth along with treating the gum disease itself.

Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask our staff at Southport Dental if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

We are accepting new patients! Give us a call today at 317-494-7366.

About Southport Dental PC

New patients are always welcome. We will not make you wait weeks to get the dental visits you want. Let us know what you want to accomplish at your first visit and we will make it happen! We take the time with our patients to explain their treatment options and inform them of additional preventive care.

Contact us today to learn more.

Southport Dental | 10 Facts You Should Know About Tooth Decay

stages of tooth decay IndianapolisTooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. To repair a cavity, the decay must be removed and replaced with a manmade substance.

There are different types of materials used to fill cavities, including gold and metal alloys.

If you have ever had tooth decay, you should know:

  1. Tooth decay is one of the most common of all diseases, second only to the common cold.
  2. Tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children ages 2 to 5, half of those ages 12 to 15, and more than 90 percent of U.S. adults over age 40.
  3. Tooth decay causes pain, suffering and disability for millions of Americans each year — even more disturbing, tooth decay is preventable.
  4. If it is not treated, in extreme and rare cases tooth decay can be deadly. Infection in an upper back tooth can spread to the sinus behind the eye, from which it can enter the brain and cause death.
  5. Tooth decay is an infectious process caused by acid-producing bacteria. Your risk for decay can be assessed in our office with a simple test for specific bacterial activity.
  6. Three factors are necessary for tooth decay to occur: susceptible teeth, acid-producing bacteria and a diet rich in sugars and refined carbohydrates.
  7. Babies are not born with decay-causing bacteria in their mouths; the bacteria are transmitted through saliva from mothers, caregivers, or family members.
  8. Fluoride incorporated into the tooth structure protects teeth against decay by making the enamel more resistant to acid attack.
  9. Sealants, which close up the nooks and crannies in newly erupted teeth, stop bacterial collection where a toothbrush can’t reach. Teeth with sealants have been shown to remain 99 percent cavity-free over six years.
  10. Restricting sugar intake is important in preventing tooth decay. Your total sugar intake should be less than 50 grams a day (about ten teaspoons) including sugars in other foods. A can of soda may have six teaspoons of sugar — or more!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and discuss possible tooth decay issues. We are accepting new patients!

You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Decay – The World’s Oldest and Most Widespread Disease.”

About Southport Dental PC

New patients are always welcome. We will not make you wait weeks to get the dental visits you want. Let us know what you want to accomplish at your first visit and we will make it happen! We take the time with our patients to explain their treatment options and inform them of additional preventive care.

Contact us today to learn more.

 

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I have been a patient at this office for 6 years and I absolutely LOVE everyone here. I also got the chance to do some of my internship here and couldn't of had a better experience. If you love perfection, great people, and a very detailed staff this is the office for you.

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