By Robert L. Holloway, DDS
August 29, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

When you think of losing teeth, you usually associate it with aging. However, it is possible to have all of your teeth for a lifetime with gum diseasepreventative dental care. One of the best ways to achieve this is to avoid developing gum disease. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that attacks the tissue that surrounds the teeth. Many individuals don’t even realize they have gum disease as the signs and symptoms aren’t always clear. Your Noblesville, Indiana, dentist Dr. Robert Holloway is well versed in treating periodontal gum disease.

More about Gum Disease

If you do not follow a regular oral hygiene routine, you will develop gingivitis. If this left untreated, this infection can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis can lead to bone loss around the teeth. After the bone tissue is lost, the gum tissue will detach from the teeth and form pockets that give the bacteria a place to live. This is a place where brushing and flossing can’t reach either.

As periodontal gum disease advances, it can lead to more bone loss and most importantly, tooth loss. The good news is that your Noblesville dentist can control your periodontal disease, even at advanced stages.

Some of the most common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Swelling/redness of the gums
  • Abscess
  • Loose teeth

Treating periodontal disease involves removing plaque and calcium deposits on the root surface of the teeth. This is done through scaling or root planing. Antibiotics are also administrated often to treat the infection. Surgical procedures may be deemed necessary in order to remove the deep pockets that form too. Ultimately, the type of treatment will depend on the patient’s specific oral health situation and stage of the disease.

To learn more about treating periodontal disease with your Noblesville, Indiana, dentist Holloway, call 317-773-0278 today to schedule an appointment.

By Robert L. Holloway, DDS
July 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to find out why you should consider implants to replace your missing teeth?dental implants

You know you need to replace your missing teeth but perhaps you aren’t too sure about your options. This is where our Noblesville, IN, dentist, Dr. Robert Holloway, can come in to make sure that you understand the different treatments at your disposal. We want you to be informed when it comes to your oral health so that you can make decisions that will give you the smile you want for the future. For those looking for a long-term solution to replace their missing teeth we have you covered with dental implants.

Implants and Other Replacement Options

Besides the unsightly gap left over by your missing tooth there are a host of other complications that can befall you if you don’t replace your missing tooth. To protect your oral and jawbone health, you need to treat your tooth loss as soon as possible.

While there are restorative options like dentures and bridges, a dental implant is the only restoration that works and acts just like a real tooth. It will make chewing and speaking easier and you won’t even have to worry about it shifting around in your mouth like you would with dentures.

Implants and Your Jaw Health

Implants are also the only restoration to stimulate the jawbone to protect it from deterioration. The jawbone needs constant stimulation from all of your tooth roots. When a tooth falls out there is one less set of tooth roots to keep the jawbone healthy.

As a result, the bone loses density and changes shape. This in turn affects the shape of your face, causing sagging, sunken cheeks and premature wrinkles (Yikes!). By getting a dental implant from our Noblesville, IN, general dentist, we can prevent jawbone deterioration. No other restoration can offer this.

Do dental implants sound like the restoration you’ve been looking for? If so, then it’s time you scheduled an appointment with our Noblesville, IN, restorative dentist. We would be happy to sit down with you and find out if your smile could benefit from implants.

By Robert L. Holloway, DDS
May 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you concerned that a new pain in your tooth might be a sign of trouble? Noblesville, IN, dentist Dr. Robert Holloway explains a few root canalthings you may notice if you need a root canal.

Pain that doesn't go away

Tooth pain isn't always an indication of a serious dental issues. Sinus infections and cutting your gums with vigorous flossing can cause pain in and around your teeth. If your pain doesn't go away, it may be a sign that you have a cavity or need a root canal. Root canal pain can be constant or may come or go. As the problem gets worse, pain may become more constant.

Sensitivity to heat and cold

If your teeth are in good shape, you shouldn't notice any pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods. If you do, it may be a sign that the tooth pulp is inflamed or a nerve is dying. The sensitivity won't necessarily end the moment you stop eating or drinking but may continue for a half-hour or longer.

Swollen gums

If your tooth hurts, take a look in the mirror. When you need a root canal, you may notice that the gum around the tooth is red and swollen.

Symptoms of an infection

A root canal is the standard treatment for an abscessed tooth. If your tooth is infected you'll notice one or more of these symptoms:

  • Severe Pain: Pain can be so severe that it's impossible to sleep at night. If over-the-counter medications don't decrease the pain, prescription pain medication can be helpful until it's time for your root canal appointment.
  • A Pimple: A small, pus-filled bump that looks like a pimple may develop on the gum next to your tooth if you have an abscess.
  • Swelling: Facial swelling and swollen lymph nodes are common signs that may indicate that your tooth is infected.
  • Fever: Are your symptoms accompanied by a fever? You'll need to take an antibiotic to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body. If you notice any signs of an abscess, call Dr. Holloway's Noblesville office as soon as possible.

Root canals can end your pain and save your tooth. Call Noblesville, IN, dentist Dr. Robert Holloway at (317) 773-0278 to make an appointment to discuss your symptoms.

By Robert L. Holloway, DDS
March 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in Noblesville, Indiana, wants you to knowteeth whitening

If you want a whiter smile, it’s easy and painless if you choose professional teeth whitening. These professional treatments have a long history of safety and effectiveness, giving you a dramatically whiter smile in a short amount of time, with no painful side effects. Dr. Robert Holloway in Noblesville, Indiana, wants to share the facts about why getting a whiter smile doesn’t have to be a pain.

Many over-the-counter whitening treatments contain harmful chemicals and abrasive agents that can cause tooth sensitivity and irritate your gums and soft tissue. Beware of untrained personnel in shopping malls touting the latest and greatest tooth whitening gel. The only way to be assured of safe, effective, painless treatment is to choose professional teeth whitening from dentists like Dr. Holloway.

In addition to safety, there are other benefits to professional teeth whitening. Thanks to modern materials and techniques, it is possible to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter.

Dr. Holloway offers two effective professional whitening treatments. Consider:

  • An in-office teeth whitening treatment if you want a dramatically whiter smile in a short period of time; in-office treatments take about an hour, making them the perfect choice for your busy schedule. They are also an excellent choice if you have a special event coming up, like a reunion or wedding.
  • A take-home whitening kit if you want to whiten your teeth in the privacy of your home when the time is convenient for you; take-home kits contain custom-made whitening trays and a supply of professional strength whitening gel.

No matter which option you choose, Dr. Holloway will be there to help you get the whiter smile you deserve. Don’t take chances when it comes to your teeth and your comfort. Call Dr. Robert Holloway in Noblesville, Indiana, to find out more about professional teeth whitening. Call today and find out why teeth whitening doesn’t have to be a pain!

By Robert L. Holloway, DDS
January 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implantation surgery is one of the most popular dental restoration treatments available for patients who need tooth replacements. dental implantsIt is a preferred alternative to dentures because implants are non-removable and help preserve the health of your bone tissue. Dr. Robert Holloway offers this treatment at his Noblesville, IN dentistry. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions that Dr. Holloway's patients have regarding dental implants.

How Long Does It Take to Get Implants?
You should expect the entire process of getting dental implants to take at least a few months. That's because the device needs time to heal and become secure enough to support a crown. The first appointment will be an initial examination to ensure that you have enough bone tissue for the implant, the next is when your dentist will surgically place the implant and the final appointment is set to install your permanent crown.

What Are Implants Made Of?
The part of the implant that goes into your jaw is made of titanium metal. The crown (the part of the tooth that shows above the gumline) is commonly made of porcelain. Both are very tough, durable and resilient—you can expect the crown to last up to 20 years before needing replacement and the implant can last for life.

Is it Possible to Use Implants with Dentures?
There are a number of ways that your Noblesville dentist can use implants, including in denture devices. An implant-supported denture can be anchored to your gumline with about four to six implants. It's better than a standard denture because you don't have to worry about it slipping and it helps keep your bone tissue healthy. Implants can also be used to create a bridge when there are a few adjacent teeth missing.

Find Out More at Dr. Holloway's Office
The sooner you go to Dr. Holloway's office in Noblesville, IN to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants, the better. Call (317) 773-0278 today to ask more questions and set up a consultation appointment for the near future.





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