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Dental Treatments
Valparaiso, IN


A different view of the operatory room at Michael Drone DentistryMichael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics in Valparaiso has provided dental care for thousands in the surrounding community. With our focus on high quality care using the latest in proven dental technologies, Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics is able to provide high quality dental care in a warm and caring environment. Please click on any procedure to your left to review information about the treatment, and we hope you feel welcome in calling us at (219) 250-1163 with any questions about your dental health.


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Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings & Exams - Valparaiso, IN


Benefits of Hygiene Appointments
Woman smiling after her dental cleaning
•  Prevent cavities and tooth loss: many conditions can be diagnosed and conservatively treated before they become unpleasant, time-consuming, expensive and potentially harmful to your overall health
•  Prevent tooth loss: research indicates that patients are more likely to have healthier gums, bones and keep their teeth significantly longer if seen routinely by their hygienist
•  Boost your overall health: good oral health can affect your ability to properly chew and digest your food, and prevent serious nutritional and systemic problems such as diabetes, stomach disorders and heart diseases
•  Brighten your smile: good oral health can affect your appearance, self-confidence and overall well-being
•  Freshen your breath: good oral health is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath caused by the bacteria underneath your gums
•  Oral hygiene instructions: our hygienist will provide every patient proper oral hygiene instructions and techniques

What does our hygienist do during your visit?
•  Review and evaluate your health history and dental history
•  Our hygienist is specially trained and licensed to administer local anesthetic if needed during your appointment
•  Screen for intra-oral and extra-oral cancer
•  Screen for your risk of developing dental decay with our state of the art screening methods and technology
•  Screen for dental decay using state of the art technology
•  Look for any dental problems, including: cavities, broken fillings, compromised fillings and teeth, gum inflammation, gum disease and any other issues that can be treated before they become more serious
•  Screen for mouth-body correlations such as diabetes, heart disease, vitamin deficiencies, acid-reflux and several others
•  Demonstrate and reinforce proper oral hygiene techniques
•  Educate you on evidence based hygiene rinses and hygiene products
•  Take digital x-rays
•  Remove any bacteria, plaque and tarter above and below your gum line with ultrasonic instrumentation
•  Polish your teeth
•  Apply cavity prevention medications
•  Apply medication, if indicated, below your gums to slow down the breakdown of bone and gum tissue associated with periodontal disease
•  Discuss the benefits of nutrition and good oral health
•  Counsel on the link between diet, nutrition and oral health
•  Develop a personalized oral health plan

At Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics, our dental hygienist has an essential role in our patients' oral health and well-being, and our patients agree!


To schedule an appointment please call (219) 250-1163


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Oral Hygiene Care


Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth enable you to look and feel good and to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.

A hygiene appointment is not just a cleaning; the best oral health investment you can make is a regular hygiene appointment with our highly skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated hygienist. Our hygienist is specially trained in preventive care, general dentistry and prosthodontics. She is here to help you achieve and maintain exceptional oral health. Our office will provide you with hygiene instructions, techniques, handouts, photographs and personalized videos to help you maintain your dentistry.

We are proud to say that our hygienist, Lucy, was recognized by her faculty members for demonstrating remarkable hygiene skills and talent in the classroom and in the clinics. She was the recipient of the "Golden Scaler Award." Our hygienist is dedicated to continuing education at the highest level, which includes: prevention of gum disease, treatment of advanced gum disease, screening for oral cancer and studying the mouth-body relationship. Your hygiene appointment will consist of a full hour to ensure the most comprehensive and thorough cleaning. In addition, Dr. Drone will perform a dental examination and cancer screening exam.


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Gum Disease - Valparaiso, IN


What is periodontal disease/gum disease?
Close up of patient with gum diseaseGum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

Gum disease, when untreated, can lead to a loss of your teeth. Because periodontal disease attacks the bone and tissues that support your teeth, eventually a patient who does not seek treatment early enough may be left with a lifetime of missing teeth. In the past, this also meant a life of wearing dentures. With today's dental technology and research around dental implants, missing one or more teeth no longer means giving up your favorite foods—but can mean a renewed sense of health and well-being with naturally functioning implant-supported dentures. Learn more about the All-on-4® treatment by tapping on the buttom below.by clicking here.


If you think you may need an exam for gum disease opease schedule an appointment immediately by calling (219) 250-1163
All-on 4®

Why choose dental implants?
Replacing One or More Teeth
Implant Dentures
All-On-4® Treatment Concept

Teeth-in-a-Day
Valparaiso, IN


Teeth-in-a-Day with the All-on-4® Treatment Concept

Attractive, natural-looking teeth help us look and feel our best. The loss or damage of even a single tooth can have a considerable negative impact on everyday life and self-esteem. People lose their teeth for many reasons: dental decay, trauma, systemic diseases and genetics. Missing teeth, damaged teeth and loose fitting dentures can cause the jawbone to shrink, shifting of teeth, unstable bite and damage to jaw joints, jaw muscles and other teeth. You may no longer be able to eat many of the foods you enjoyed or have become self-conscious about your appearance or smile. At Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics, we have several solutions, including the All-on-4® Treatment Concept dental solution.

The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is a revolutionary dental implant procedure that has been specifically designed for the following:
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•  Edentulous patients (not having any adult teeth)
•  Partially edentulous patients (few remaining adult teeth)
•  Patients with damaged teeth, patients with loose fitting dentures or unstable partial dentures
•  Patients informed by their dentist that they do not have enough bone for dental implants
•  Patients who have waited too long for dental care
•  Patients with periodontal (gum) disease

The All-on-4® Treatment Concept protocol involves the placement of four dental implants and securing a customized prosthetic dental bridge all in one day. The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is very safe with proven scientific results and success rates. This dental implant solution has changed the lives for many. Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics is recognized as a leader in implant dentistry and in this contemporary implant solution in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Most dental implant procedures are performed in the dental office using local anesthetic or other forms of sedation. Prosthodontists, oral surgeons and periodontists are the most specialized dental professionals in implant dentistry. Our team of specialists has provided you with a brief outline of the All-on-4® Treatment Concept protocol below.

Initial Consultation

The first step is for you to meet with our highly specialized team for an oral examination of your mouth, a 3D CT scan to evaluate your jawbone health and provide options for your dental concerns. If you are a candidate for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept (most patients are), then we will make impressions of your upper and lower jaws to fabricate your customized dental bridge to secure to your implants at your next visit.

Day of Treatment

Our friendly staff will greet you and escort you to a private surgical suite, provide you with any pre-operative instructions and answer any questions. Our priority is for you to be very comfortable. Our surgical team will provide you with sedation medication to make you feel totally relaxed during the entire procedure.

All-on-4® Treatment Concept Protocol

Once you are sedated and anesthetized, the surgeon will remove any teeth, if needed, and place four dental implants. Two dental implants will be placed near the front of your jaw and the other two dental implants will be placed at a 45 degree angle in the back region of the jaw. These angled dental implants avoid damaging vital oral structures such as the nerve, sinus and weakened bone. Immediately after the implants are placed your customized dental bridge is attached to your dental implants.

Post-Operative Care

Detailed instructions will be provided on how to care for your new teeth over the next few days and months. You will be provided with pain medication, antibiotics and mouth rinses.

Healing Time

A soft diet program will need to be followed over the next several weeks while the bone heals and attaches to the implants, known as osseointegration. You will be required to have routine dental office visits to adjust your bite and evaluate the healing of your gums and jawbone. Implants usually have a healing time of 3–4 months. After a few months the bone will attach to the implant and a normal diet can resume.

Dental Bridge

The dental bridge you will receive on the day of surgery is very strong but made of plastic materials and can weaken over time. After the healing period, usually between 3 and 4 months, you will receive your newly fixed dental bridge made of titanium and highly durable and aesthetic materials.

If you are missing multiple teeth, have ill-fitting dentures or partial dentures, periodontal disease, severely damaged teeth or severe bone loss, the All-on-4® Treatment Concept protocol may be an option for your oral health. It is important to choose a highly qualified dentist with whom you feel comfortable for dental implants or any other type of dental treatment. Dr. Michael Drone is a prosthodontist with extensive knowledge and training in implants, aesthetics, and reconstructive dentistry. Dr. Drone has been involved in designing dental implant solutions and restoring dental implants for many years and has the experience of someone you can trust to take excellent care of you and your teeth. During a consultation with Dr. Drone you can learn more about whether you are a good candidate for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept dental implant solution or if there is another dental restorative option that can serve your unique dental needs. We invite you to schedule a complimentary dental implant consultation and CT scan at Michael Drone Dentistry and Prosthodontics today at (219) 250-1163.


» What is gum disease?

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What is gum disease?


The Early Stage of Gum Disease Is Called Gingivitis
If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

Advanced Gum Disease Is Called Periodontitis
Chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. If it does, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.

Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone, and may occur in localized areas or in the entire mouth. Periodontal disease cannot be cured, however, we have measures to help slow or stop the progression.

Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing. While a link is not conclusive, some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes or stroke.

Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. The treatment methods that our dentists diagnose will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential for helping to keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious.


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Root Canal Therapy
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Periodontal Health


Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

Warning signs that can signal a problem:
•  Gums that bleed easily
•  Red, swollen, tender gums
•  Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
•  Persistent bad breath or bad taste
•  Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
•  Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
•  Any change in the fit of partial dentures

There are many factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease, including: smoking, pregnancy and diabetes. It is important to visit Drone Prosthodontics if you suspect you have gum disease, because the sooner you treat it, the better.


» Full Mouth Rehabilitation

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What is gum disease?
Your Periodontal Health
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Root Canal Therapy
Bruxism

Full Mouth Rehabilitation


Renewing Your Bite and Appearance
Prosthodontists are dentists who specialize in restorations for patients who have worn teeth, challenging bites, trauma, or need aesthetic/cosmetic dentistry. The extensive training in clinical dentistry, laboratory techniques, dental materials, and literature knowledge sets us apart from other Northwest Indiana dental practices. Michael Drone, DDS offers exceptional service and uses the most advanced dental technology for those in need of full mouth rehabilitation.

We believe that the result of full mouth rehabilitation is a work of art and science. Drone Prosthodontics works with gifted and talented laboratory dental technicians who are masters in their field to provide you with an outstanding result. Your customized treatment plan will revitalize your health, beauty, and the function of your mouth in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. We invite you to learn more about how full mouth rehabilitation can enhance your self-confidence and quality of life. Please contact Drone Prosthodontics today at 219-462-2564.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation Consultation
If you are considering full mouth rehabilitation or think it may be the right choice to address your dental concerns, a consultation at Drone Prosthodontics is your first step. The comprehensive scope of the procedure requires a detailed team approach to successfully plan your treatment.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation Benefits and Procedure
Full mouth rehabilitation treatment requires extensive dental work over multiple appointments. The objective of a full mouth rehabilitation plan is to optimize your personal and oral health and is a highly individualized treatment. It may be necessary to replace or restore every tooth in your mouth using a combination of specialized dental services provided by Drone Prosthodontics. To learn more about each dental service in full mouth rehabilitation please visit the following:
•  Fillings
•  Bonding
•  Crowns & Bridges
•  Implant Restoration
•  Veneers
•  Whitening

Full Mouth Rehabilitation Candidates
Ideal candidates need to be in good general health but have multiple missing or compromised teeth. Over time our teeth are subjected to intense biting forces, and they can become worn, cracked, decayed or damaged. The outcomes of full mouth rehabilitation are a stable and functional bite with an enhanced appearance in your smile. We invite you to learn more about full mouth rehabilitation by contacting Drone Prosthodontics today at (219) 250-1163.

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Bonding


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Veneers


Whitening

Cosmetic Dentistry
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Dental Bonding
Teeth Whitening
Porcelain Veneers

Dental Bonding
Valparaiso, IN


Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling "bonds" with your teeth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth. Tooth bonding can also be used for teeth fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver amalgam fillings. Bonded fillings can be used on front and back teeth depending on the location and extent of tooth decay. Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and usually can be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell your doctor. The bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired in one visit.

Here's How it Works

Michael Drone, DDS prepares the tooth surface so that the bonding material will adhere. Once that's been applied, the dentist will shape it so that it has a natural appearance. Then the material is allowed to harden, usually with the help of a light. Finally, the composite is polished and buffed so that the surface is smooth.

This is not a process that is recommended if you are a smoker as smoke causes staining. Also, the material is not as durable as porcelain veneers and crowns so it chips more easily; eventually it may require replacing.

Bonding is a perfectly adequate and more affordable solution to certain dental problems. Dental bonding can take less time to accomplish and may not even require anesthesia. Depending upon the issue, insurance may cover it.

Please don't procrastinate if you have a dental problem but are worried about the time, cost or pain involved. Perhaps dental bonding can offer you a solution. Give us a call at (219) 250-1163 so we can discuss options with you.

Why choose dental implants?
Replacing One or More Teeth
Implant Dentures
All-On-4® Treatment Concept

Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
Valparaiso, IN


A dental implant replaces the missing root of a tooth and holds the artificial tooth in place. It is firmly anchored into the jaw bone and is well tolerated by our bodies. A dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth or all teeth, and to assist in holding loose or ill-fitting dentures and maxillofacial prostheses like an ear, eye or nose in place.

What are dental implants?


Dental Implants Consist of 3 Parts:

•  The implant: a prosthetic device that is inserted into the jaw bone
•  The abutment: a connection piece (coupler) that connects the missing tooth/teeth to the implant directly
•  The prosthetic tooth/teeth: this can be a crown(s), bridge(s), or denture


The Dental Implant Procedure



Most dental implant procedures are performed in the dental office using local anesthetic or another form of sedation. Oral Surgeons or periodontists are the most specialty trained dental professionals in implant placement. After the implant is ready to be restored then you will have the abutment and prosthetic tooth designed and connected to the dental implant at Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics.

The Examination and Treatment Plan


Before beginning the dental implant procedure Dr. Nicholas Dose, along with his trusted team of professionals, will customize a treatment plan that is right for you based on your oral health and history. Once your individual treatment plan has been developed and the process thoroughly reviewed with you, the procedure itself may then begin.

During the examination, we will look for certain indicators to make sure that your oral health meets the requirements for a dental implant. We will take a digital impression of your mouth that we will use to build your treatment plan and your dental restoration.

One of the key factors that we look for is found with the help of comprehensive X-rays of your mouth and jaw. We look for plenty of healthy bone in your jaw because the dental implants need good support to help you eat properly. If we find the appropriate levels of bone in your jaw, we can start the implant process fairly quickly. If we find that you have experienced significant bone loss in your jaw, we may need to schedule a bone graft to bring you bone levels to a place that will support implants.

Why You Might Need a Bone Graft


Tooth loss can result in a lot of unwanted oral health complications, one of which is bone loss. When any part of your body doesn’t receive the stimulus it ought to, it will begin to atrophy. When the bone in your jaw stops receiving feedback from teeth that have gone missing, it will often begin to recede. To prevent bone loss in your jaw, you should replace teeth with dental implants as they are lost. By replacing teeth as they are lost the likelihood of further tooth, and bone loss is greatly diminished.

Bone Graft Procedure


If we find that your jaw does not have adequate bone levels to support a dental implant we can usually perform a bone graft to give you a more healthy bone tissue to support your implants. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that involves making a small incision in the areas that you lack bone structure and placing a bone graft or bone tissue into the site. Once placed, we will suture the site closed and allow it to heal. The graft will encourage bone growth and can provide enough structural integrity to support a dental implant.

Dental Implant Post Placement


The next step in a dental implant procedure is to place the implant post. We will make an incision in your gums to expose the bone of your jaw where the implant will be placed. We will then prepare the bone to receive the dental implant with a special dental drill. Once the implant site is prepared, Dr. Dose will carefully insert the titanium dental implant post into the socket of the missing tooth where it will be sutured closed and left to heal. Over approximately a 6 to 12 week period, the titanium post will fuse together with the jawbone and gum tissue securing it into the jaw.

Dental Implant Abutment Placement


After the healing process is complete and the implant has successfully fused to the jawbone you will return for the remainder of the procedure. A small connector post – referred to as an abutment – will be attached to the implant itself, which will serve as a connector for the tooth replacement. The abutment is usually screwed into the top of the implant post once we expose the implant post and remove the healing cap. The abutment is fixed in place permanently with a dental adhesive.

Dental Implant Restoration Placement


A dental implant restoration will be custom fabricated to perfectly match your bite, to fit naturally between existing teeth and to blend in with natural teeth. We refer to it as a restoration because dental implants can support a wide variety of tooth replacement options – single tooth crowns, multiple tooth bridges, even full arch solutions that can replace every tooth on the top or bottom (or both) arch of your mouth.

Dental implant restorations are made to look and act just like your natural teeth. They allow you to chew whatever foods you would like and restore your facial structure to it’s former “filled out” aesthetic. Tooth loss often leads to a sunken appearance in the cheeks, but dental implant restorations prevent this.

Dental implant restorations are permanently fixed in your mouth to the abutments using a special dental adhesive. Some patients may choose to have a special attachment secured to make for use with a removable denture or bridge.

Am I a candidate for a dental implant?


If you are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth or have ill-fitting dentures, a comprehensive implant dental examination will be necessary. We believe in interdisciplinary treatment for precision dentistry and you will meet with Dr. Drone and an oral surgeon or periodontist at the appointment. Together we can discuss if an implant is the correct treatment option for you.


How Dental Implants Work


Dental implant posts are surgically inserted into the jaw and are made of titanium because of its unique ability to be accepted by the human biology. Titanium is a biocompatible material, which means that the body will not reject it and grow around it, forming a strong mechanical bond through a process known as osseointegration.

Dental implants are unique and valuable when compared with other tooth replacement options like full or partial dentures because they perform all the same functions that your natural teeth would. When you chew food using dental implants, the implant posts stimulate the bone in your jaw, which encourages the bone to stay happy and healthy.


Preparing for Dental Implant Surgery


A certain degree of preparation is required before any surgery to ensure that the procedure goes well. Depending on the level of sedation that you will be receiving we may ask that you refrain from eating or drinking several hours before your scheduled surgery. General anesthesia is sometimes followed by dizziness or a feeling of nausea, so we like take precautions to ensure your continued comfort before and after the surgery. Be sure to make plans with a friend or family member to drive you home following your procedure as it can take a few hours for the effects of sedation to wear off. It would be wise to make plans with them to accompany you for a few hours following the surgery so that they can help make you feel comfortable.

We always provide pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions to all patients before and after the appointment that are specific to the surgery you will be undergoing.

Post-Surgical Care Instructions


It’s very important that you take good care of yourself and your mouth following the placement of dental implants to ensure their success. When you wake from sedation, take it easy and listen to the signals that your body sends you. It’s fairly common to experience dizziness and nausea following sedation. If you feel dizzy or nauseous, let us know, and we will do our best to make you comfortable. It may take some time for these sensations to subside and we are happy to give you all the time you need. Hydration is important following sedation of any kind as sedation often causes dehydration.

Before you leave our office following your dental implant surgery, we will give you care instructions as well as a prescription for pain medication. It is common for patients to deal with minor pain or discomfort with over the counter pain medications like Advil or Tylenol. If you find that you need relief from significant discomfort, feel free to take the prescription pain medication according to its instructions. With any medication always follow warning labels and dosing instructions. If you are unsure of anything regarding medications we prescribe you, please feel free to give us a call at (219) 250-1163.

It is important that you take it easy following your dental implant placement surgery. Over-exertion can result in a rise in blood pressure that can adversely impact the healing process and cause bleeding at the implant site. You will go home with some gauze placed over the surgery area and some extra gauze to change it out. There is a good chance that you will need to stick to a soft food diet following surgery. Foods like gelatin, pudding, soup, and applesauce can help you to keep your strength up while staying hydrated in a day or two following surgery.


Maintaining your Dental Implant


Proper care around your implant is critical to long-term success. A cavity cannot form around an implant, but inflammation around the implant and gum tissue can occur without proper oral hygiene and routine exams at Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics. Our office will demonstrate and provide you with techniques for maintaining your implant.


Benefits of Dental Implants


Dental implants can be used to replace just one or many missing teeth successfully. Dental implants are preferred by most patients over removable dentures because they provide a structured prosthesis that functions similar to natural teeth.

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Therefore, they improve speech, appearance, self-esteem and functionality for the patient. Additionally, they are much more comfortable, durable and convenient when compared to dentures or bridges. Implants can add tremendous value in the form of health benefits. By replacing missing teeth with dental implants, you get to:
•  Eat whatever you want whenever you want
•  Avoid denture adhesives and upkeep
•  Promote bone growth in the jaw
•  Enjoy the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile

At Drone Prosthodontics, we are committed to giving you a smile you’ve always wanted and helping you to keep it healthy for years to come. Remember to come in to see us at least twice a year for your annual examinations and professional cleanings so that we can help you to keep your mouth healthy.

Dental implants are not an option for everyone. They require adequate bone and tissue health. If you have one or missing teeth and are considering dental implants call us today at (219) 250-1163 to schedule your exam where Dr. Dose will determine if you are a good candidate for implants.



Cosmetic Dentistry
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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers


Porcelain Veneers: Creating Dazzling Smiles!
A healthy, attractive smile radiates confidence! If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile or would like to improve your self-esteem, porcelain veneers are a cosmetic option. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that cover the front surface of the teeth and conceal chips, cracks, misaligned teeth and discoloration. Veneers are indistinguishable from the natural teeth since they are made of multi-layered translucent porcelain and custom-designed for each individual. It is important to choose a highly qualified dentist with whom you feel comfortable for porcelain veneers or any other type of dental treatment. Dr. Drone is a prosthodontist with extensive knowledge and training in implants, aesthetics, and reconstructive dentistry. Michael Drone, DDS has been involved in designing porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental solutions for many years and has the experience of someone you can trust to take excellent care of you and your teeth. Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics is recognized as a leader in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry and would like to help you rejuvenate your youthful and healthy looking smile with a cosmetic dental solution.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
•  Virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth
•  Resist staining unlike bonding or fillings
•  Preserve your natural teeth with only a minimal amount of tooth structure being altered
•  Can make the darkest teeth bright white when teeth are resistant to teeth whitening
•  May create a more youthful looking appearance and smile by making your teeth whiter, brighter, straighter and more symmetrical
•  Safe and are designed from biocompatible materials
•  Can last 15–20 years or longer with proper care
•  Can Improve the function and strength of your teeth
•  Can ultimately help you look and feel healthier, live better, and increase your self-confidence

Porcelain Veneers Procedure
At your first appointment your teeth will be slightly contoured to allow room for the porcelain veneers. A digital impression of your teeth will be made which will be used to design and fabricate your porcelain veneers. Provisional plastic veneers are provided to cover the teeth while the veneers are being fabricated. The dental laboratory porcelain veneer specialists along with Michael Drone, DDS will custom design your veneers to blend flawlessly with your surrounding teeth. This will take 2 to 3 weeks. All of the veneers are hand crafted in the USA in our selected elite laboratories. We pride ourselves on working with these dental labs to ensure superior results with all our dental prosthetics. At your second appointment we will evaluate the color, contour, shape, fit and your bite before the veneer is secured to the teeth with dental cement.

Are you a candidate for porcelain veneers?
A consultation with Michael Drone, DDS will help to determine whether porcelain veneers are a suitable option to address your cosmetic concerns. Ideal candidates need to be in good general and oral health, and have strong teeth with minimal restorative dental work. Candidates with weakened teeth that have large fillings or decay may require a dental crown instead of a veneer. Dental crowns have a similar cosmetic appearance and are one of the most effective and cosmetic restorative dental options. Dental crowns completely cap or encircle the entire tooth from the biting surface down to the gums and protect against future damage to the tooth. We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation regarding porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental options today at Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics at (219) 250-1163.

Cosmetic Dentistry
Ceramic Inlays & Onlays
Dental Bonding
Teeth Whitening
Porcelain Veneers

Teeth Whitening in Valparaiso


Why whiten teeth?
•  99% of adults believe the smile is an important social characteristic
•  96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes an individual more appealing
•  75% of adults feel an unattractive smile may decrease an individual's chance for career success
•  The most common response to the question: "What would you like to improve most about your smile?" The answer was: Whiter and brighter teeth!

**Source: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Benefits of Teeth Whitening
•  Will make your teeth whiter, brighter and appear natural
•  Works on everybody
•  Will make your smile sparkle
•  Works on all stained teeth
•  Very safe and scientifically proven
•  Not painful
•  Does not require additional dentistry to be performed to make your smile illuminate
•  Improves your appearance
•  Cost effective
•  Will boost your self-confidence

Teeth Whitening Options
ZOOM! In-Office Teeth Whitening
ZOOM! In-Office Whitening system is a revolutionary teeth whitening technology. It is safe, effective, fast and scientifically proven. ZOOM! Is the #1 patient-requested professional whitening brand in the U.S. It is ideal for anyone looking for immediate teeth whitening results. Customized whitening trays may need to be fabricated for minor "touch-ups" for the most effective whitening program.

•  The Procedure: Your lips and gums are isolated, and the ZOOM! Whitening gel is brushed onto the teeth. The whitening gel is activated by the specially designed light that allows hydrogen peroxide to penetrate the teeth to remove deep stains and discoloration. The results are a whiter and brighter smile! Custom trays are made for each patient to "touch-up" your smile when needed.

KOR: At-Home Custom Teeth Whitening
Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics also offers a custom teeth whitening kit for brightening your teeth that fits into your lifestyle. Our customized whitening procedure allows patients the freedom to whiten their teeth in the privacy of their own homes at their convenience. This protocol even whitens tetracycline-stained teeth. With easy home maintenance, staining foods like coffee, tea and wine will have no effect on the brilliant color of your teeth.

•  The Procedure: Custom molds of your teeth are recorded so we can make your own unique whitening trays. These trays are ultra-comfortable, thin and form-fitting. Your trays fit over your teeth and, depending on the whitening gel concentration, the tray can be worn for 30 minutes to several hours a day for a period of one to three weeks. These trays seal the whitening gel inside the tray. After treatment is complete, the whitening results are consistent with our in-office teeth whitening procedure. An additional "deep whitening procedure" is recommended to complete our unique at-home whitening program.

Are you a candidate for teeth whitening?
A consultation with Michael Drone, DDS will help to determine whether teeth whitening is a suitable option for your cosmetic concerns. Ideal candidates need to be in good general and oral health. We invite you to schedule a consultation regarding teeth whitening options today at Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics at (219) 250-1163.


» Sleep Apnea

Treatments for Your Health
Importance of Cleanings
Oral Hygiene Care
About Gum Disease
What is gum disease?
Your Periodontal Health
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Sleep Apnea
Fillings
Crowns & Bridges
Dentures
Extractions
Root Canal Therapy
Bruxism

Sleep Apnea
Valparaiso, IN


Couple losing sleep due to sleep apnea - Prosthodontist Valpairaso, INSleep apnea is a condition that affects how you breathe when sleeping. During sleep, normal breathing can be interrupted for 10 seconds or more hundreds of times during a single night. Untreated sleep apnea prevents you from getting enough deep, restorative sleep. Without enough deep sleep you may be sleepy, lack mental sharpness and be less productive. Long term health effects can be serious, including weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

•  Loud, chronic snoring
•  Insomnia
•  Breathing pauses for long periods
•  Waking up often at night
•  Forgetfulness, irritability, depression

Home Treatments for Light Sleep Apnea

•  Avoid sleeping on your back, because your tongue is more likely to block your airway
•  Elevate your head using extra pillows or a body wedge
•  Open your nasal passage via breathing strips, saline nasal flush, or a nasal dilator
•  Lose weight
•  Exercise

Treatments for Moderate to Severe Sleep Apnea

•  Talk to a doctor trained in sleep apnea
•  Use supplemental oxygen while sleeping
•  Use a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure) machine
•  Use an oral appliance made by Michael Drone, DDS's office to help keep your airway open

If you think you may have sleep apnea, please give us a call. We can help identify and diagnose the severity of the sleep apnea and discuss the best treatment options for your unique situation.


» Composite Fillings

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Importance of Cleanings
Oral Hygiene Care
About Gum Disease
What is gum disease?
Your Periodontal Health
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Sleep Apnea
Fillings
Crowns & Bridges
Dentures
Extractions
Root Canal Therapy
Bruxism

Dental Fillings
Valparaiso, IN


Untreated cavities can cause serious damage to your oral health. That’s we here at Drone Prosthodontics, are happen to provide some information about dental fillings to help you better understand how we treat cavities.

A filling helps restore the area of your tooth that has been damaged by decay. They are several types of fillings, spanning from gold to porcelain, but we prefer to use composite resin materials fillings or amalgam (silver) fillings. The process is fairly simple. We will remove the decayed material, clean the area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with the specialized material.

Composite Dental Fillings


Composite fillings are typically used to restore small or medium-sized cavities, as well as chipped anterior (front) teeth. Because they are made of plastic and glass materials, composite resin fillings can be matched to the color of your teeth. This is ideal for cases where aesthetics are a concern. Following preparation, we will apply the composite in layers. Between each layer, we will use a specialized light to help harden the material. After this process is complete, we will shape the filling to fit your tooth, and apply polish to prevent staining and reduce initial wear.

Composite fillings will stain over time, and they can only withstand moderate chewing pressure. So, it is important to note that the lifespan of your filling largely depends on the area in which it is situated. Because composites need to be “bonded” to the tooth, less tooth enamel needs to be removed, making them a slightly more conservative option to amalgam fillings. You may find some increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods. This is normal and should diminish over time. Dental Insurance companies typically cover the cost up to what an amalgam filling would cost. The rest is paid out of pocket, although some insurance companies do cover the full cost if the teeth are visible.

Amalgam Dental Fillings


If aesthetics are not an issue or a composite filling is not possible, then the best choice is an amalgam filling. Amalgam fillings have been used for the past 150 years and have proven to be a reliable solution. They consist of a combination of metals (tin, mercury, copper, and silver), making them extremely resistant to wear. They are usually less expensive than composite fillings, but due to their dark color, we do not recommend them for the treatment of anterior teeth. These fillings are often the best choice for larger cavities. We typically use amalgam dental fillings for your posterior teeth (molars and premolars), because they can withstand extreme forces as a result of chewing. They are by nature, self-sealing, making them useful in areas that cannot be kept dry easily, unlike composite resins. The majority of dental insurance companies will cover the cost of an amalgam filling.

Contact Us Today about Dental Fillings


Of course, the best form of dentistry is always preventative. Make sure to brush and floss twice daily to avoid cavities. If you would like to learn more or have any questions, then please contact us at (219) 250-1163, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment.




» Crowns & Bridges

Treatments for Your Health
Importance of Cleanings
Oral Hygiene Care
About Gum Disease
What is gum disease?
Your Periodontal Health
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Sleep Apnea
Fillings
Crowns & Bridges
Dentures
Extractions
Root Canal Therapy
Bruxism

Crowns & Bridges
Valparaiso, IN


What is a dental crown?

Dental Crowns Valparaiso, INOne of the most effective and aesthetic restorative dental options is a dental crown. If one or more of your teeth have become worn, chipped, been affected by decay or trauma, or have an unattractive appearance, a dental crown may be an option for your oral health. A dental crown completely caps or encircles the entire tooth, from the biting surface down to the gums, and protects against future damage to the tooth. Our crowns are custom designed from the finest materials and laboratories to ensure longevity, function and aesthetic outcomes. A crown can be made of gold, metal, porcelain fused to gold, and all ceramic. A crown can greatly alter and improve your mouth's cosmetic appearance and function. Prosthodontists are experts in the design and aesthetics of dental crowns and Michael Drone, DDS's extensive knowledge allows him to carefully select the best material for each tooth. Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics is recognized as a leader in restorative dentistry and provides many dental solutions for your oral health and to improve the appearance of your teeth.

Benefits of a Dental Crown:

•  Can protect weakened, cracked, decayed or worn teeth
•  Can greatly alter and improve your cosmetic appearance when the existing tooth is severely discolored
•  Is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth
•  Resists staining, unlike bonding or fillings
•  Can be used to close gaps, or to change the contour of misaligned teeth
•  Is an excellent dental solution to restore an unstable bite
•  Can provide a long lasting outcome with proper oral hygiene care
•  Is safe and is designed from biocompatible materials
•  Improves the function and strength of your teeth
•  Can ultimately help you look and feel healthier, live better, and increase your self-confidence

Dental Crown Procedure

At your first appointment your tooth will be slightly contoured to allow room for the dental crown. A digital impression of your tooth is made which we will use to design and fabricate your crown. A provisional plastic crown is provided to cover the tooth while the crown is being fabricated. The dental laboratory crown specialists along with Michael Drone, DDS will custom design your crown to blend flawlessly with your surrounding teeth. This will take 2 to 3 weeks. All of the dental crowns are hand crafted in the USA in our selected elite laboratories. We pride ourselves on working with these dental labs to ensure superior results with all our dental prosthetics. We will evaluate the color, contour, shape, fit and your bite before the crown is secured to the tooth with dental cement.

Are you a candidate for a dental crown?

Dental crowns are one of several restorative options for treating a variety of dental concerns. Dental crowns function to preserve and protect your teeth and to improve your confidence in your smile. Candidates for a dental crown need to be in good general and oral health. It is important to choose a highly qualified dentist with whom you feel comfortable for any type of dental treatment. Dr. Drone is a prosthodontist with extensive knowledge and training in implants, aesthetics, and reconstructive dentistry. Michael Drone, DDS has been involved in designing dental solutions and dental crowns for many years and has the experience of someone you can trust to take excellent care of you and your teeth. During a consultation with Michael Drone, DDS you can learn more about whether you are a good candidate for a crown or if there is another dental restorative option that can serve your unique dental needs. We invite you to contact Dr. Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics today at (219) 250-1163.

Bridges: A Solution for Cosmetics and Function

What is a dental bridge?

Dental Bridge Valparaiso, INOne of the most effective and aesthetic restorative dental options in replacing a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth is a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a non-removable prosthesis attached to remaining natural teeth. The false tooth or teeth literally bridge the gap between natural teeth. Our dental bridges are custom designed from the finest materials to ensure longevity, function and aesthetic outcomes. A bridge can be made of gold, metal, porcelain fused to gold and all ceramic. A dental bridge can greatly alter and improve your cosmetic appearance when replacing a single missing tooth or multiple teeth. Prosthodontists are experts in the design and aesthetics of dental bridges and Michael Drone, DDS's extensive knowledge allows him to carefully select the best material for each tooth. Dr. Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics is proud to be one of the leaders in offering a variety of dental solutions to replace missing teeth and to improve the appearance of your teeth.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge:

•  Can bring back your beautiful smile if you are missing teeth
•  Will prevent your teeth from drifting out of position
•  Is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth
•  Will help you speak properly during speech because missing teeth can affect the way you talk
•  Resists staining, unlike bonding or fillings
•  Can provide a long lasting outcome with proper oral hygiene care
•  Is safe and is designed from biocompatible materials
•  Can help maintain the shape of your face
•  Can distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
•  Can ultimately help you look and feel healthier, live better, and increase your self-confidence

Dental Bridge Procedure

At your first appointment your teeth will be slightly contoured to allow room for the dental bridge. A digital impression of your teeth is made which we will use to design and fabricate your bridge. A provisional plastic bridge is provided to cover the teeth while the bridge is being fabricated. The dental laboratory bridge specialists along with Michael Drone, DDS will custom design your bridge to blend flawlessly with your surrounding teeth. This will take 2 to 3 weeks. All of the dental bridges are hand crafted in the USA in our selected elite laboratories. We pride ourselves on working with these dental labs to ensure superior results with all our dental prosthetics. We will evaluate the color, contour, shape, fit and your bite before the dental bridge is secured to the teeth with dental cement.

Who is a candidate for a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is one of several options for treating a variety of dental concerns for a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Dental bridges function to preserve and protect your teeth and to improve your confidence in your smile. Candidates for a dental bridge need to be in good general and oral health. It is important to choose a highly qualified dentist with whom you feel comfortable for any type of dental treatment. Dr. Drone is a prosthodontist with extensive knowledge and training in implants, aesthetics, and reconstructive dentistry. Michael Drone, DDS has been involved in designing dental solutions and dental bridges for many years and has the experience of someone you can trust to take excellent care of you and your teeth. During a consultation with Michael Drone, DDS you can learn more about whether you are a good candidate for a bridge or if there is another dental restorative option, such as a dental implant or removable partial denture, that can serve your unique dental needs. We invite you to contact Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics today at (219) 250-1163.


» Dentures

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Importance of Cleanings
Oral Hygiene Care
About Gum Disease
What is gum disease?
Your Periodontal Health
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
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Fillings
Crowns & Bridges
Dentures
Extractions
Root Canal Therapy
Bruxism

Complete Dentures
Valparaiso, IN


What are aesthetic dentures?
•  Drone Prosthodontics customizes aesthetic dentures that are indistinguishable in appearance from natural teeth and gum tissue.
•  The customized denture is made of custom aesthetic plastic/porcelain teeth and custom tints that make the pink acrylic of dentures look like your normal gum tissue.

Aesthetic Denture Procedure
•  Patients help select the smile style, tooth shape, and tooth color along with the expertise of Michael Drone, DDS
•  Michael Drone, DDS will create your smile with you by placing each tooth at your appointment. This unique experience is imperative for the best aesthetic outcome
•  After all teeth have been set and gum tissues contoured, every patient is allowed to evaluate the aesthetics by taking them home and allowing significant others to evaluate their new smile
•  After the lab completes your denture, Michael Drone, DDS will place a specialized material that will provide a superior fit to your gums tissues

Benefits of Aesthetic Dentures
•  Customized smile design by the patient
•  Life-like customized teeth and tinted gum tissue
•  Superior to any traditional denture in fit, chewing and speaking capabilities
•  Youthful appearance
•  Special technique that allows us to preserve your dentures
•  Additional pair of denture(s) for emergency needs

Am I a candidate for dentures?
If you are missing multiple teeth or have the following conditions we recommend a consultation to individually discuss the proper treatment:
•  Ill-fitting dentures
•  Worn or discolored dentures
•  Periodontal disease
•  Hopeless teeth

Maintaining Your Denture(s)
Proper care of your denture is critical to long-term success. Dentures may need to be relined and have new teeth placed. Our annual prosthodontic routine exam will allow us to closely evaluate the aesthetics and function of your dentures. Drone Prosthodontics will demonstrate and provide you with intricate techniques for maintaining your dentures.

For more information, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (219) 250-1163.


» Extractions

Treatments for Your Health
Importance of Cleanings
Oral Hygiene Care
About Gum Disease
What is gum disease?
Your Periodontal Health
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Sleep Apnea
Fillings
Crowns & Bridges
Dentures
Extractions
Root Canal Therapy
Bruxism

Tooth Extractions


At Drone Prosthodontics, we are always looking for ways to keep your mouth happy and healthy. Sometimes oral health means knowing when to remove a tooth that is too damaged to repair. Many times we can save teeth that have extensive decay or have experienced significant trauma with root canal therapy and crown placement. When Michael Drone, DDS determines that a tooth is too damaged to repair, we will often opt to remove it with a tooth extraction procedure. Tooth extraction describes the process whereby we remove your tooth from your mouth.

What is a tooth extraction?


A tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that can be classified as a simple procedure or a surgical procedure depending upon how complex it is. Simple tooth extractions are typically done when a significant portion of the crown is exposed. Examples of situations where we would perform simple tooth extractions are:
•  A tooth that has experienced significant decay
•  A tooth that has been impacted by traumatic injury

A surgical tooth extraction is required when we must make an incision to reach and remove the tooth from your jaw. Examples of situations where surgical extractions are required include:
•  Teeth that are impacted or risk becoming impacted upon eruption
•  Teeth that have experienced traumatic injury and have broken off below the gumline


The Tooth Extraction Procedure


The procedure for extracting a tooth is different depending on whether it is a simple extraction or a surgical extraction.

Simple Tooth Extractions


The first step in any procedure here at Drone Prosthodontics is to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. We will give you a local anesthetic to make certain that the area of your mouth with the tooth that needs extracting will be completely numb. Once we are sure that you can’t feel a thing we will begin the process of removing your tooth.

Simple extractions are, as you may have guessed, fairly straight forward. We use a tool called an elevator to grip the crown of your tooth and then we will begin rocking it back and forth, side to side. This slow, gentle motion will loosen the tooth in its socket and eventually it will come out with a slight pull.

Surgical Tooth Extractions


Surgical extractions are only slightly more complicated than simple ones, the main distinction between the two is that we will make an incision in your gums to remove a tooth surgically. The most common variety of surgical extractions are impacted teeth, usually wisdom teeth or canines. We have to remove impacted teeth before they have a chance to erupt fully because they can do a good deal of damage to other structures in your mouth

After Tooth Extraction


It’s important to follow a few guidelines following tooth extraction to make sure that the site heals properly and does not become infected. Do not use straws or create suction with your mouth as this has the potential to dislodge the blood clot that forms in the extraction site. Refrain from tobacco use while the site heals. Rinse frequently with warm salt water and avoid the site while brushing and flossing.


Call us today at (219) 250-1163 to schedule an appointment.






» Root Canal Therapy

Treatments for Your Health
Importance of Cleanings
Oral Hygiene Care
About Gum Disease
What is gum disease?
Your Periodontal Health
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Sleep Apnea
Fillings
Crowns & Bridges
Dentures
Extractions
Root Canal Therapy
Bruxism

Root Canal Therapy


Diagram of an infected tooth in need of a root canal - Prosthodontist Valparaiso, INA root canal, also referred to as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure that is performed to remove infection from a tooth that would otherwise require extraction. Root canal therapy will be Michael Drone, DDS’s last attempt to save a tooth that has become infected. There are many reasons why a tooth might become infected, including trauma, decay, cracks, fractures or where there previously may have been a large cavity filling.

Michael Drone, DDS will recommend root canal therapy if the pulp of a tooth has become infected. Because the pulp of the tooth contains many nerve endings, an infection in this area can be rather painful. When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected Michael Drone, DDS will perform a root canal to remove all of the infected tissue. The tooth is cleared of all infected matter, cleansed and filled. After filling it will likely be recommended that a crown is placed to further protect the tooth; which can become brittle following the procedure.

When is a root canal necessary?

A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp (or living) part of a tooth becomes infected. It is a common misconception amongst patients that simply removing a problematic tooth is the most effective and economical way to treat a tooth infection. This is not correct, for once a tooth is removed it must be replaced or further oral health concerns will arise.

A tooth that is removed and not replaced can lead to a wide array of problems of the mouth. For instance, shifting of the adjacent teeth can occur if a tooth is removed and not replaced within an adequate amount of time. Not only that, but without constant stimulation to the jaw bone loss becomes a reality, which may lead to structural shifting of the face.

Some reasons that Michael Drone, DDS might recommend root canal therapy for you include:

•  Excessive wear due to bruxism (grinding of the teeth)
•  If a trauma or injury has occurred, leaving the tooth cracked or fractured
•  If the living part of the tooth, the pulp, has become infected
•  If there is an abscess within the tooth

It is important to understand that though root canal therapy is typically successful, it is not 100 percent guaranteed. To increase the odds for success, a dental crown should be placed over the treated tooth within 30 days of a root canal to fully restore the tooth’s function and appearance, along with protecting the tooth from further damage.

Root Canal Procedure

The procedure typically does not take more than an hour, but can take longer depending on the amount of damage. During your root canal procedure the area to be treated will be numbed with local anesthetic. Once numbed, Michael Drone, DDS will open the top of the tooth and proceed to remove all infected tissue. Once he is confident that the infection and debris have been removed he will then cleanse the area with a medicated wash and fill the tooth with a material called gutta percha. This filling acts as a protective agent preventing the affected tooth from becoming further infected.

Once the filling material has hardened completely and the tooth healed, it will be recommended that a crown is placed. Since our dental crowns are custom created it can therefore take 2 to 4 weeks to have the crown fabricated and permanently placed. One placed, the crown helps to restore the natural function and appearance to the smile.

Though most root canal treatments can be performed in the office, occasionally a serious infection is present or the root structure of the affected tooth is so complex that it requires a specialist, known as an endodontist. If your treatment requires a referral to an endodontist, you can rest assured that our office staff will work closely with the specialist to formulate the best treatment plan, transfer medical records and help you understand your patient financial responsibility.

We will help to coordinate appointments and once the procedure is complete and the tooth healed you will return to Michael Drone, DDS to have a permanent crown placed.









Michael Drone Dentistry
& Prosthodontics

809 Wall Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 250-1163

 

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