General Dentistry

General Dental Care


Family Smiling at Their General Dentist Office

What is General Dentistry?

General dentistry is a branch of dentistry that encompasses the overall health of your teeth, gums, and oral cavity. Both preventative dental services (such as examinations, x-rays, cleanings, etc.) as well as restorative dental services (such as fillings, crowns & bridges, partials & dentures, etc.) fall under the general dentistry umbrella.

Most of us were gifted with a full set of teeth. However, many people do not realize the importance of our teeth until it’s too late. Poor oral hygiene and scarce visits to the dentist can contribute to lackluster oral health, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss.

Decayed or traumatized teeth, as well as red, inflamed gum tissue, can cause pain and discomfort, be unsightly, and somewhat inhibit you from living life to the fullest. Lucky for you, many of these issues can be reversed with regular visits to the dentist.

To be completely healthy, you must be able to eat your food properly. This proper chewing function aids in food digestion and the intake of proteins, vitamins, and minerals which fuel your body. Decayed teeth, as well as infected teeth and gums, can be a major cause of pain and misery, and inhibit you from truly enjoying your meals.

Judgment-Free, Compassionate General Dental Care for the Entire Family

You are the one to decide whether or not to be proactive about your oral health. If you truly want to prevent dental problems from occurring, you will need to take some precautionary steps. The dental experts at Clarity Dentistry are there to provide you with world-class, professional help. Together we can create a dazzling smile for you that lasts a lifetime!

We aim to be the last dentist you’ll ever need, for the rest of your life. If you or someone you know is looking for a compassionate, caring general dentist, please give us a call at (317) 300-0205! We love meeting new patients!

At our dental office, our dentists strive to make every patient feel comfortable and at ease. We understand that visiting an Indianapolis dentist can be daunting for some, so we have created a welcoming and friendly dental practice for everyone. Our staff is highly trained and dedicated to providing exceptional care.

Our dentists understand that dental consultations can be expensive, and we strive to provide affordable and comprehensive dental services. We work with various insurance providers and offer flexible payment options to help make dental care and oral health practices accessible to everyone. Our commitment to affordable dental care is especially important for our pediatric patients, as we believe every child deserves access to quality dental care.

Don't let dental problems disrupt your life any longer

Ever had a toothache? We've all been there before. At Clarity Dentistry, it's our top priority to get you out of pain! Starting with an oral health and teeth examination with the doctor, we will then go over any treatment options to get you out of pain and enjoy life again once you leave our dental office.

We understand that dental problems can be a major inconvenience and cause significant pain and discomfort. Our goal is to provide modern dentistry solutions to address all of your dental needs, including surgery, missing teeth, broken teeth, and tooth decay.

Our team of experienced dentists is equipped to provide a wide range of dental services, from routine cleanings and fillings to more complex procedures such as partial dentures and surgery. We pride ourselves on staying up-to-date with the latest dental technologies and techniques to ensure our patients receive the highest quality care. We also prioritize continuing education, staying up-to-date on the latest techniques, advanced technology, and advancements in dentistry.

Your beautiful smile is our top priority

At Clarity Dentistry, we offer cosmetic dentistry services such as dental implants, clear aligners, veneers, and more to help you achieve the smile you've always wanted.

In addition to our general dentistry services, we also offer emergency dental care. We understand that dental emergencies can happen anytime, and we are here to provide services anytime. Whether you have a dental emergency during business hours or after, our emergency dentist can provide prompt and effective care.

If you're experiencing a dental emergency, such as a toothache or other dental issues, we offer same-day

treatment options to relieve pain as quickly as possible. Our knowledgeable staff will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and concerns.

Gum disease is one of the most common dental health issues we treat at Clarity Dentistry. Gum disease is a serious condition that can cause significant damage to your teeth and gums if left untreated. Our dental team of dentists is trained to identify and treat gum-related diseases at all stages to prevent further damage and help restore your dental health.

Whether you're a new dentist patient or have been visiting our office for years, we welcome you to schedule an appointment today. We offer walk-ins and appointments for both adults and families, and we will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs.

If your child is experiencing severe tooth pain or gum problems, don't suffer in silence. Schedule a tooth extraction appointment with a qualified pediatric dentist today and take the first step towards a healthier, pain-free smile.

Don't let tooth loss or other dental issues impact your overall health and quality of life. Contact Clarity Dentistry today to learn more about our dental services and how we can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

Improve Your Oral Health with Top-Quality Dental Services in Indianapolis

Maintaining good oral health is essential for our overall well-being. A healthy mouth helps us speak and eat comfortably and prevents the risk of gum disease and other health issues. Therefore, it's crucial to visit a dental office regularly and receive top-quality dental services from experienced professionals. You're in luck if you're looking for a reliable Indianapolis dentist who can cater to all your dental needs!

General Dentistry

General dentistry at Clarity Dentistry includes the health of your teeth and your gums! This can include your regularly scheduled x-rays, cleanings, and exams with the doctor but also services such as tooth-colored fillings, extractions, and more.

Hygiene & Preventative Dentistry

At Clarity Dentistry, we stress preventative care to prevent the need for more invasive and expensive dental services. To do so, we recommend 6-month dental cleanings, exams, and yearly x-rays. Preventative dentistry also includes getting a small filling done before it turns into a larger filling, a crown, or a root canal.

Crowns and Bridges

With dental crowns and bridges, our cosmetic dentist at Clarity Dentistry offers dental patients ways to replace broken and damaged teeth or teeth that are missing altogether through high-quality dental crowns and bridges. This would allow patients to continue to use their teeth as normal.

Extractions & Oral Surgery

Nobody wants to have a tooth removed, but sometimes it is necessary. Extraction is often the best course of action when an infected or broken tooth occurs. Those needing an extraction shouldn't worry and make an appointment with us immediately! At Clarity Dentistry, we make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure.

Full Dentures & Partial Dentures

Whether you are missing 1 tooth, or all 32, Clarity Dentistry has the replacement for you! Dentures and partials are removable devices to replace your missing teeth. These dentures add a cosmetic difference and improve your dental function and overall health.

Root Canals & Endodontics

If a tooth becomes infected, it can be quite painful and may require a root canal in order to be saved. At Clarity Dentistry, we have a dentist highly trained in endodontics who can remove the infected tissue and restore the tooth to its near-natural form and function.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Whether you are missing 1 tooth, or all 32, Clarity Dentistry has the replacement for you! Dentures and partials are removable devices to replace your missing teeth. These dentures add a cosmetic difference and improve your dental function and overall health.

Invisalign Clear Braces

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that has revolutionized the field of teeth straightening. This cutting-edge solution is ideal for individuals who are looking for an effective yet discreet way to align their teeth. Whether your teeth are misaligned due to genetics, injury, or natural wear and tear, our clear aligners can help you achieve a beautiful, head-turning smile.

Why Dental Care is Essential for a Healthy Smile

Dental care is essential for maintaining a healthy smile and promoting overall health and well-being. The health of your teeth and gums can significantly impact your quality of life, from your ability to eat and speak comfortably to your self-confidence and social interactions.

Clarity Dentistry is committed to helping you achieve a confident and healthy smile. Our dental practice in Indianapolis is staffed by a team of experienced dental professionals who are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients.

At Clarity Dentistry, we offer a wide range of dental services to meet your needs at our practice from routine checkups and cleanings to more complex procedures like dental implants and orthodontics. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that you receive the best possible care, and we take the time to listen to your concerns and answer your questions so that you can make informed decisions about your dental health.

General Dental FAQs


What Are Dental Exams, X-Rays, and Intraoral Photos?

Our dentist is well-equipped with the latest digital x-ray and intraoral camera technology, which aids in a more efficient and accurate diagnosis. We strive to provide you with dental care in an environment where you can enjoy uncompromised quality and comfort.

A picture speaks a thousand words, and with the help of dental imaging tools, we can co-diagnose dental problems with our patients. When our patients witness firsthand dental problems inside their own mouth on a large monitor, it’s easier for them to see and understand why our dentist has recommended the necessary dental treatment.

Many times problems with teeth aren’t visible to the naked eye, and therefore an x-ray is necessary to properly view the underlying problem. We use a digital x-ray system that emits a minimal amount of radiation to take a picture of your tooth. This is also digital in nature and is connected to the computer screen which you and the doctor can view together.

In conjunction with the dental imaging information, our dentist will inspect each tooth individually. Much of the time, decay is easily visible to the dentist. However, decay can form in-between the teeth or below the gumline, in which an x-ray or photo can only reveal.

What Is a Basic Cleaning vs a Deep Cleaning?

Though we may find it hard to realize, a clean and healthy mouth does have a great positive impact on our general health. Cavity-free teeth are essential for good oral health, but healthy gums are equally important. For the gums to remain healthy, the teeth should be clean and free from plaque and tartar deposits.
Plaque is a thin biofilm that coats all the teeth surfaces and the gums and is formed by oral bacteria and food remnants. It is soft in nature and can be easily removed. When it is not removed in a timely manner however, it calcifies to form tartar that can be removed only from a dental professional such as a dentist or hygienist.
If there is no periodontal disease present, most dentists recommend a basic cleaning every six months. That is subject to your particular needs, and the frequency is determined by your dentist. Visiting the dentist regularly aids in removing plaque through ultrasonic and hand scaling, after which your teeth are thoroughly polished. Once you get a professional dental cleaning done, you will be able to appreciate the freshness and cleanliness of your teeth and gums.
At your initial dental visit, it is common for the dentist or hygienist to probe the gum tissue to check its condition. This includes recording measurements of any pocketing, or detachment of the gum tissue to the teeth. If the detachment is prevalent, you will likely need a more advanced dental treatment as opposed to the “basic cleaning”.
Scaling and root planing is more commonly called a “deep cleaning.” This service is recommended if there is periodontal disease present after thorough examination. Once you complete scaling and root planing, it is generally recommended you come in quarterly for a periodontal maintenance visit to ensure that the disease is being reversed and properly treated.

What Is a Tooth Colored Filling?

As bacteria in our mouth breaks down sugars in foods, acids are created that destroy tooth enamel. This decay that develops over time has to be removed by a dentist to avoid further damage because it will not go away on its own. The tooth that had decay is no longer anatomically correct, so tooth-colored filling material is bonded to it in order to restore it’s natural shape, form, and function.

What Are Dental Crowns & Bridges?

If a tooth is severely decayed or broken, and there isn’t enough enamel remaining to support a filling, a dental crown is the recommended treatment. It is basically a synthetic tooth made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold that is cemented to a reduced or prepared tooth.

During this procedure, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing excess enamel, shaping it to be a proper base for the new crown. After impressions are taken or the area is scanned, the crown is fabricated in a dental lab. The patient then returns for the delivery appointment in which the crown is cemented and the bite is adjusted.

A dental bridge is an outstanding solution for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Like a crown, it’s a string of 2 or more crowns that are attached to one another. They are cemented on the adjacent teeth that anchor the bridge into place, replacing any missing teeth. The preparation and delivery appointments are similar to those of a dental crown.

What Are Partial Dentures & Full Dentures?

If you are missing 1 or more teeth, a partial denture prosthetic appliance can be custom made to sit comfortably in the oral cavity and replace the tooth or teeth. Partials are worn so that you have either your own or artificial teeth in place, and dramatically aid in proper chewing and aesthetics.

If you are missing all of your teeth on either arch (or both arches), full dentures are a great option to replace those missing teeth. They are an appliance that rests on the ridge of the mouth, where the teeth used to be, and have an artificial set of teeth attached to a base. You can even get dentures that can be anchored by implants for added stability and function.

What Is a Night Guard or Sports Guard?

If you wake up with sore jaws or grind your teeth at night, a custom night guard can be made to protect your teeth and jaw. In addition, our dentists and hygienists will often notice certain wear patterns on the teeth that are indicative of grinding at night. Wearing a night guard while sleeping will inhibit your teeth from coming into contact with each other and can even relieve some of the tension on the jaw muscles.

When playing contact sports such as football, basketball, hockey, rugby, wrestling, etc., it’s critically important to protect your teeth from potential trauma. A custom sports mouth guard should be worn to greatly shield the teeth from hard or incidental tooth-damaging contact.


Patient Testimonials


Dr. Bowen was very thorough in explaining what why I was having the pain I was having in my mouth. April was also very helpful as well! I really like how professional they were. Even though I found out I need to have some work done everything they said as to why made sense. I would definitely recommend going there!
Patient Reviewer for Clarity Dentistry Danielle Storm
Danielle Storm

I am always very well taken care of at Clarity Dentistry. Everyone is always very friendly, listens to my concerns with empathy, and actually treats me like a human being rather than someone to get money out of. I can honestly say this is the most clean, professional, and best dental experience in my life.
Patient Reviewer for Clarity Dentistry David Morris
David Morris

My four year old has been to two pediatric dentists that have him a huge fear of the dentist. Dr. Bowen and the hygienist that worked with my son were gentle and did everything possible to make him comfortable. If you or your kiddo are anxious about the dentist you should absolutely check out Clarity.
Patient Reviewer for Clarity Dentistry Samantha Apollo
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