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By Office of Jack Nicewander DDS
June 11, 2015
Category: Snoring Appliance
Tags: Oral Appliances  

Your dentist has the skills and technology to help treat your obstructive sleep apnea. Here's how:

You may have recently found out that your snoring isn't just keeping you or your partner awake - you actually have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep ApneaThis common condition, which affects one in five adults, restricts normal breathing during sleep. The airflow is cut off when the muscles in the back of the throat collapse involuntarily, which signals the brain to awaken you so you can begin breathing again. These apneas can happen repeatedly throughout the night, sometimes hundreds of times and most often without your awareness. Sleep apnea typically presents with loud snoring, gasping, and excessive daytime sleepiness, but the lack of oxygen to the brain can be life-threatening if it goes untreated.

With his extensive knowledge of the mouth and throat, Dr. Jack Nicewander, your northeast Indianapolis, Indiana dentist, can help treat this disorder.

Oral appliances

These custom-made appliances look similar to orthodontic retainers or the mouth guards worn during sports activities. Dr. Jack Nicewander uses state-of-the-art technology to take impressions of your mouth so that your appliance will be made to your specifications. They work by supporting the muscle tissue that go slack and obstruct the airway during sleep. Some hold your tongue in a forward position; others reposition the lower jaw. Your northeast Indianapolis dentist will be able to determine which device will work best for you.

Most of Dr. Nicewander's Indianapolis patients have no problem sleeping while wearing these appliances, although it may take a few days to become accustomed to them. And while CPAP oxygen masks are often noisy, disturbing your sleep and the sleep of your partner, oral appliances are discreet, both in appearance and function.

Other treatments

In conjunction with wearing an oral appliance during sleep, your Indianapolis dentist Dr. Nicewander will likely suggest maintaining a good diet and regular exercise. Being overweight has shown to be a factor in obstructive sleep apnea. For those who do not respond to oral appliance therapy, surgery to remove tissue from your soft palate and tongue may also be helpful. Most health professionals, however, usually attempt non-invasive treatments first.

It's estimated that sleep apnea goes undiagnosed in 80 to 90 percent of its sufferers. If you think your snoring might be due to sleep apnea, work with your physician and your northeast Indianapolis dentist Dr. Nicewander to evaluate your options.

By Office of Jack Nicewander DDS
April 16, 2015
Category: Cosmetic Procedure
Tags: Invisalign  

InvisalignCountless patients visit the dentist every year to fix crooked, gapped or crowded teeth. The best solution is one that allows you to carry on with your daily tasks and duties without feeling self-conscious about your smile. Invisalign has been that solution for millions of Americans—Dr. Robin Freeman offers this popular invisible braces treatment at her Northeast Indianapolis dentist office.

What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic dental treatment that moves your teeth into a straighter position using “invisible” plastic aligning trays. As you proceed with your treatment, new custom trays are prescribed until your teeth have been adjusted to the best possible position. Since Invisalign trays are removable, you can take them off to eat, brush your teeth or have a quick conversation. But it’s important that you keep them on as much as prescribed by your Northeast Indianapolis dentist for fast and effective results.

Your Little Secret...
When you get metal braces, everyone knows. In fact, it’s usually one of the first things that people notice when you meet. Most people can’t even tell that you have braces on with Invisalign. The trays are so clear, light and well-formed to your teeth that they have a “barely there” appearance. Your orthodontic treatment can be “your little secret”—it’s particularly helpful for business professionals and people who have to stay in the public eye often.

The Length of Treatment
Another notable benefit of Invisalign braces is that it has a relatively short treatment period. While standard braces can take up to three years to fix the position of your teeth, Invisalign does the work in about six months to a year. So if you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile but don’t have the time to wait for traditional metal braces, this may be the best option for you.

Schedule an Invisalign Consultation
If your interest has been piqued and you think Invisalign could help you get the smile you’ve always desired, contact Dr. Robin Freeman today at (317) 842-1903. You can also click the “Appointment Request” button to suggest a time for an initial orthodontic consultation at her conveniently located Northeast Indianapolis dentist office.

February 20, 2015
Category: Cosmetic Procedure
Tags: DIAGNOdent  

Now your Northeast Indianapolis dentist can offer a fast and accurate way to detect cavities.

Did you know that an incredible 92 percent of adults between the ages of 20 to 64 have dental cavities? Furthermore, about 26 percent of adults have untreated decay. When decay forms on the tooth it begins to eat away at the tooth’s enamel. If left untreated the decay can continue to grow and weaken the tooth. To prevent serious, irreparable damage, the sooner we can detect cavities the easier treatment will be. That’s why your Northeast Indianapolis dentist is happy to offer a fast and accurate way to detect even the smallest cavities.

What Is DIAGNOdent?

While cavities can sometimes be detected just by examining your tooth or by running X-rays, the most reliable, sensitive and accurate way to detect cavities in your smile is with DIAGNOdent. This handheld laser can painlessly pick up even the smallest dental caries that other traditional methods can’t.

How Does DIAGNOdent Work?

This device uses specific wavelengths to detect the presence of bacteria or changes within the structure of the tooth. When a tooth is healthy no fluorescence will appear, which will produce a very low reading on the monitor; however, issues like decay emit a fluorescence that the DIAGNOdent machine can pick up with a higher reading. The DIAGNOdent also emits an auditory signal that changes when cavities are detected.

What Are the Advantages of Getting DIAGNOdent?

First and foremost, this is a non-invasive way to detect the presence of decay. It only takes a couple of minutes and can be performed by your Northeast Indianapolis dentist during your next routine exam.

Furthermore, it is extremely accurate, offering 90 percent accuracy when it comes to detecting dental decay. For patients who don’t like to imaging tests, this is a great way to check the health of your teeth without needing to expose them to X-rays.

Dental cavities can happen to anyone, but luckily we are able to detect them right away when you schedule a routine visit. If it’s time for your next six-month dental visit, then call Dr. Jack Nicewander.

By Jack Nicewander DDS
January 27, 2015
Category: Cosmetic Procedure
Tags: itero   intra-oral cameras  

There is some exciting new technology at your dentist office! Jack Nicewander, D.D.S. in Northeast Indianapolis wants to share with you some of the things you may be seeing in his office.

iTero

iTero is a small hand-held wand that is used to scan your teeth. The wand precisely captures the individual nooks and crannies of each tooth. It creates a 3D virtual model of your teeth. The most exciting part is that iTero is used in place of taking traditional impressions. Why is this exciting?

  • iTero is much more comfortable than traditional impressions. iTero eliminates the gagging and the goopy mess involved with taking impressions that can cause anxiety and discomfort.
  • iTero scanning takes much less time than impressions so you can get on with the rest of your day.
  • iTero provides a more accurate model of your teeth. This provides for a better fit for your comfort and no need for re do's.
  • iTero's images are immediately available for review between you and your dentist so you can make the best decisions possible.
  • iTero makes it possible for you to complete crowns, veneers, and fillings in one office visit.
Intra-Oral Cameras
 
Intra-oral cameras have a small camera on the end of a dental wand and the images can be seen on a video screen. Why is this exciting?
  • It enables you to see what the dentist is seeing and gives you a greater understanding of what work may need to be done.
  • It can also help you to understand why and where you may need to practice better oral hygiene.
  • The camera magnifies the image so you have a good quality image on the screen. Because of the magnification, it can also catch potential problems sooner.
  • The image can be captured so that a condition can be monitored over time for changes.
  • The wand is small so there is no discomfort for you.
 
Are you ready to take part in the latest dental technology and have a more comfortable dental experience? Then don't hesitate to contact Dr. Nicewander at his Northeast Indianapolis office today! Call (317) 842-1903 to make an appointment.
By Dr. Nicewander
December 16, 2014
Category: Cosmetic Procedure
Smile ImageThe American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reported that close to 50 percent of people believe that a smile is the most memorable feature, and about 45 percent believe that a smile is one of the most attractive features a person can have. This alone proves that a healthy smile certainly goes a long way. If you’re thinking about giving yourself a smile makeover, here are some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options we offer in northeast Indiana:
 

Teeth Whitening

 
If commercial products just aren’t cutting it, it might be time to consider professional teeth whitening. This procedure is particularly effective against yellowing teeth. Plus, when you come into the office for this treatment, we can properly protect your gums from bleaching agents (something that’s more challenging when you’re doing this at home). The bleaching gel is placed on the teeth for about 15 minutes at a time, and then a special laser is directed at your teeth to activate the bleaching gel. In about an hour we can get teeth up to 10 shades brighter. With the proper care, teeth whitening can last a year or even several.
 

Dental Veneers

 
If you have minor gaps or overcrowding, chips, cracks or other dental flaws, you may be looking for a way to hide these little problem areas. Now you can with dental veneers. These small porcelain shells adhere to the front of your teeth to give you a pristine smile. First we will shave down a tiny bit of your natural tooth’s enamel to make room for the veneers. Then we will match the veneers to the rest of your smile and affix them to the front of your teeth using a special resin. Then a laser beam hardens the resin material to give you a permanently renewed smile.
 
Just remember that because we do have to shave down some enamel, this process isn’t considered reversible.
 

Cosmetic Bonding

 
This is the most economic and non-invasive way to change your smile. Cosmetic bonding uses the same tooth-colored resin that is used to fill cavities. By shaping and molding this resin, we can easily cover chips and minor cracks, and even close small gaps between teeth. While bonding doesn’t fix more major dental problems, it can be a wonderful option for someone looking to improve their smile.
 
These are only some of the cosmetic treatments we offer. To find out more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us today.




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