Important Information Regarding COVID-19

Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center is continuing to see patients according to ADA and CDC recommendations.

In recognition of ongoing news reports and the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, we realize our patients have questions. We want to ensure you that we are monitoring the situation daily and doing everything we can to ensure our offices are as sterile as possible. Fortunately, our standard sterilization and disinfection protocols for our operatories will eliminate the viruses that cause communicable diseases like COVID-19. We are also taking extra precautions to ensure the health of our patients and team members. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office. Prioritizing our patient’s safety and care will always be our number one priority. For more information on the coronavirus, visit the CDC website.

Symptoms of coronavirus are reported as flu-like, with varying degrees of severity. While we do not know everything about this virus to date, individuals who are elderly and/or immunocompromised appear to be the most at risk of a severe infection. To ensure your health and safety, and the health and safety of everyone at our practice, please reschedule your appointment if you or a member of your household has a cough, fever, and/or flu-like symptoms.In addition, please reschedule your appointment if you have traveled to any areas within the past 14 days that are at high risk for contracting the coronavirus.

We thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office, and one of our staff members will be more than happy to assist you.



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What Is The Best Time For Wisdom Teeth Removal?

What Is The Best Time For Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Having your wisdom teeth removed can give you freedom from pain and irritation, but it takes time to recover from the surgery. For this reason, it is a good idea to give careful consideration to the scheduling of your wisdom teeth removal surgery.

As with any dental procedure, it is a good idea to get comprehensive professional advice about the removal of your wisdom teeth. Indianapolis oral surgeons can advice you about the recovery period, as well as what to expect before, during and after the procedure. In addition to this professional advice, here are some general considerations you may want to take into account when scheduling wisdom teeth removal in Indianapolis.

What Age Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Wisdom teeth make their appearance between the ages of 17 and 25. Sometimes this happens without problems, although there can be pain as the tooth breaks through the gum. Occasionally, however, the tooth becomes impacted, which means that it is stuck in the gum with no space to break through. An impacted wisdom tooth often needs to be removed because there is a risk of infection. To assess whether it is necessary to remove your impacted wisdom teeth, Indianapolis dentists monitor the teeth to look for signs of infection, cysts, or damage to the nearby molars. Then, typically you will be referred to a highly qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon for the removal of your wisdom teeth.

Between the ages of 17 and 25, it is essential to attend regular check-ups to monitor the wisdom teeth. Indianapolis oral surgeons will advise you if the teeth need to be removed to prevent problems developing. It is easier to remove a wisdom tooth when the patient is young, around the age of 17 or 18, before the tooth becomes firmly rooted; therefore you may be advised to have the tooth removed even though it is not causing you any pain or other problems. If your dentist suggests extraction, it is a good idea to try to find a time when you can comfortably fit the surgery into your schedule.

Scheduling Removal of Wisdom Teeth Indianapolis, IN

Recovering from surgery to remove your wisdom teeth can take a few days. During the initial few hours, your mouth will still be numb from the anesthetic, making speaking or eating difficult, and the wound may still be bleeding. You may also have some pain and swelling for a day or so, which can be relieved by using an ice pack. For a few days you will have to follow a diet of soft foods while the extraction site heals. These factors can make it difficult to keep up with your usual work or study commitments.

For young people who are still attending school or college, the long summer break or the holiday break are the ideal times to have wisdom teeth removed without the recovery period interfering with their studies. Working people should try to find a period when they are less busy at work, as you will probably want to take a couple of days off to rest and recover. When you have your wisdom teeth removed, try to take it easy for a few days and follow the instructions of your dentist regarding which foods to eat and how to take care of yourself.

For the 2018 Holiday Season, Dr. Lawrence Falender is offering free wisdom teeth removal consultations*. Together we will:

  • Develop a custom plan to manage your wisdom teeth
  • Already visited a dentist? Get a qualified 2nd opinion to see if you need them removed
  • Possibly find out for sure that you don’t need them removed
  • *Available for Patients without Insurance

Contact Dr. Falender today to set up your free consultation* and develop your plan for managing your wisdom teeth. Click below to Request your free consultation*. (*Available for Patients without Insurance)

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office welcomes patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you will be having your wisdom teeth out in the near future, chances are you have questions about what you can expect as you recover from wisdom teeth removal. Indianapolis, IN patients often wonder

  • How they will feel after surgery?
  • How much pain they’ll be in?
  • And Just How long it will take to get back to normal after the procedure?

While there isn’t a standard answer to that question, since no two patients or procedures are exactly alike, we can offer a general idea of what the average patient can expect after wisdom teeth removal.

The Day Of Your Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

Once your Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure is complete, you’ll be given a bit of time to recover from the effects of anesthesia, then sent home. If you’ll be having IV sedation during surgery, you’ll need someone to drive you home, since the affects of this form of anesthesia will take several hours to wear off completely.

Plan to Rest for the First 24 Hours After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Indianapolis oral surgeons advise that patients take it very easy during this time to keep

  • Bleeding,
  • Swelling and
  • Pain to a minimum.

Other things you can do to minimize swelling and pain after wisdom teeth removal include using ice packs on your face, applied for twenty minutes at a time, with twenty minute rest periods between applications, and keeping your head elevated on two or three pillows when you’re lying down.

  • Take your pain medications as prescribed by your oral surgeon,
  • As well as any anti-inflammatory medications or antibiotics you’ve been given.
  • Do not rinse your mouth vigorously,
  • Prod at your wounds with your tongue,
  • Smoke or drink through a straw,

as these actions can disturb the blood clot that forms in the sockets left by wisdom teeth removal. Those blood clots are very important to proper healing, and should they be dislodged, the result is a condition called Dry Socket – the most common complication of wisdom teeth removal. While dry socket is easily treated, it can be very painful and delay the healing process.

The Next 10 to 14 Days

Swelling and pain will gradually decrease after the first 24 to 48 hours. Typically, these effects are largely resolved within 3 to 5 days, and initial healing of the soft tissues is generally complete within 7 to 14 days, depending upon the complexity of your procedure and your personal rate of healing.

You’ll be able to return to most normal daily activities after that initial 24 hour rest period, but sports, intense exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided during the first week or two after wisdom teeth removal. Indianapolis patients should seek advice from their Oral Surgeon Dr. Falender about when it will be safe to resume such activities.

You’ll be advised to stick to a diet of soft foods as you recover from wisdom teeth removal. Indianapolis, IN patients who follow these restrictions can greatly reduce risk of complications, such as infection or dry socket, that can make recovery longer and more uncomfortable. Also, avoiding foods that can irritate your wounds is important as well, so stay away from spicy foods, acidic ones – like tomatoes – or foods that are grainy or have seeds.

Recovery is typically very straightforward after wisdom teeth removal. Indianapolis patients generally recover quite quickly and are completely back to normal within a week or two. Serious complications are rare, and even the most common minor complications – dry socket or infection are unusual, especially in patients who follow their oral surgeon’s after-care instructions carefully.

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office welcomes patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth & Types of Foods You Can Eat After You Have Had Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removed Indianapolis

95% of all adults grow a third set of molars between the ages of 17 and 25. If you’re over 18 and wondering where your wisdom teeth are, you might be one of the lucky five percent. Then again, you might be dealing with impacted wisdom teeth and not even know it.

It’s important to tend to impacted wisdom teeth before they present a serious problem. Left untreated, they can lead to infection, an abscess or even teeth erupting sideways through your gums.

If you notice any of the following warning signs, your wisdom teeth may be impacted. Make an appointment with your dentist for an X-ray and examination.

Gums Are Red or Swollen At The Back of Your Jaw

Red or swollen gums are a sign of inflammation. If the redness persists and the swelling doesn’t appear to go down after a week, there’s a chance something is wrong.

Tender Gums

Tender or sensitive gums behind your second row of molars may be an indication that new teeth are trying to erupt but are having trouble getting through.

Many patients’ mouths simply aren’t large enough for a third row of molars and so this final tooth can become wedged between the bone and the adjacent tooth.

Jaw Pain or Swelling

Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful. The pain may arise only when chewing or be present at all times. Look in the mirror to see if your jaw is visibly swollen from the outside.

Bad Breath or An Unpleasant Taste in Your Mouth

Bad breath that refuses to go away even after repeated brushing, flossing and gargling can be a sign of infection in your mouth. If the bad breath is coupled with an unpleasant taste, see a dental professional as soon as possible. An infection below the gum line is a potentially serious condition that needs to be treated right away.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Require Extraction

If your dentist confirms that you do have impacted wisdom teeth, they often will recommend they be extracted before they become problematic. If left to continue pushing into your mouth, impacted wisdom teeth may damage nearby teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth typically will be removed by an oral surgeon.

Four Types of Foods You Can Eat After You Have Had Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

About 90% of people need to get their wisdom teeth removed. If you are a part of that 90%, you might be wondering what the steps are post-surgery. Taking it easy and getting a lot of rest is a key step to a quick recovery. Another big step is knowing what you can and can’t eat.

Here is a list of foods you can indulge in post-surgery.

Ice Cream:

After having a minor surgery, it’s okay to treat yourself with a little sweet. The coolness will not only feel good, but it will also help sooth inflamed tissue. Try to avoid eating cones and flavors of ice cream with large chunks in them like chocolate chips and nuts.


Soup is a great food to have on hand after your surgery. It provides protein and the broth is easy to eat. If you choose this brothy goodness, make sure you aren’t eating large pieces of vegetables and the temperature of the soup isn’t too hot.

Mashed Potatoes:

Not only are mashed potatoes delicious, but they are easy to make and they really are the perfect post-surgery food. You can smother them with gravy, butter or sour cream. Top the meal with whatever sounds good to you, but make sure there aren’t large potato chunks you’ll have to chew. Another route you could take is mashed sweet potato. Top it with butter and cinnamon to take this savory treat to sweet!

Smoothies (No Straws):

Smoothies are a great source to get all the nutrients your body will need. You can make different flavors with fruits and vegetables. Prepack your smoothie packs before you have your surgery so all you have to do is blend and enjoy. You could also add in different protein powders or vitamins to help your body. If you choose to make a smoothie, DO NOT USE A STRAW. Sucking on a straw could disrupt your healing process and create dry sockets.

These are just a few ideas of what you can eat post-surgery. There are a ton of other options. Get creative and indulge in the snacks you wouldn’t normally eat for your main course. If you have any hesitations or questions on what you can’t and can eat, call our office. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Indianapolis Office Phone Number 317-790-2555

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Top 5 Common Wisdom Teeth Removal Problems to Avoid

wisdom teeth removal problems indianapolis

If you’re planning wisdom teeth removal during the upcoming winter/holiday break from school, there are a few things you should know to ensure that your recovery doesn’t take longer than necessary. After all, you’ll want to be in good shape before all those holiday goodies are gone. In the interest of a speedy recovery, here are 5 common wisdom teeth removal problems and the best ways to avoid letting them ruin your entire school break:

Excessive Bleeding

While it is normal to have some light oozing of blood from extraction sites for 24 to 48 hours after wisdom teeth are removed, copious bleeding or clots of blood in your mouth are reasons for concern – and to call your oral surgeon. This complication can be avoided in most cases by spending the first 24 hours after your procedure resting and taking it very easy for the next few days. Activities that increase your heart rate and blood pressure during this time increase risk of bleeding.


Some swelling is to be expected after wisdom teeth removal, but you can keep it to a minimum with a little extra care. During the first few days after your procedure, keep your head elevated a bit when you’re lying down by using at least two pillows. Applying ice packs to your face during the first 24 to 48 hours can be a big help too.

Dry Socket

Dry socket is the most common complication of wisdom teeth removal, and can be quite painful. It happens when the blood clot that typically forms in the socket from which a tooth has been extracted does not form as well as it should or comes loose prematurely. You can minimize your risk of this painful problem by not using straws or those water bottles with pop-up tops during your recovery since any sort of sucking action can loosen those clots. Additionally, rinsing of the mouth should be done very gently, rolling your head around to rinse teeth rather than swishing. Be careful to avoid the extraction sites as you’re brushing your teeth and use a very soft-bristled toothbrush.


Infection is a problem that will definitely make your recovery from wisdom teeth removal longer and more uncomfortable than it should be. Avoiding infection at your surgical sites means following your surgeon’s after-care instructions carefully, especially the part about rinsing your mouth gently after you eat – every single time – to remove any bits of food debris. Applying ice packs to your face during the first 24 to 48 hours can be a big help too. Dr. Falender may recommend the use of an anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen.


Some pain is a given for a few days after your procedure, but you’ll want to avoid making things worse on yourself than necessary. While you’ll certainly be eager to get back to your normal diet and activities, pushing yourself too hard can mean a longer, more painful recovery. Stick with soft foods while your jaw is still sore, and avoid sticky or grainy foods that can irritate surgical sites. Take it easy for at least a week, avoiding heavy lifting, running, sports or long days on your feet at the mall, since being over-tired or raising your blood pressure with too much activity can increase pain levels. The fact is, wisdom teeth removal is a quick, routine procedure in most cases, and complications aren’t very likely for most young, healthy patients who take good care of themselves after surgery. So settle in for a few days with some new movies, a few good books and lots of drinks and soft foods, and you’ll be back to your life before you know it.

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All-on-4 Dental Implants: A Modern-day and Good-looking Alternative to Conventional Dentures


Despite Marion County residents’ best efforts, there are times where a majority of teeth in one part of the jaw have a hopeless prognosis and must be removed. When the upper or lower teeth are completely missing, a combination of dentures and dental implants can provide you with the stability and comfort that are essential for maintaining your health and your appearance. While conventional dentures alone may offer the appearance of a full smile, by adding a system of four dental implants we can significantly increase the permanence and strength of your smile.

This system, known as All-on-4 Implants, utilizes the functional and esthetic benefits of dental implants to permanently secure a complete denture in the upper or the lower jaw. The surgical component is typically being completed in one day, and the patient can leave the office with a full complement of temporary teeth. In as few as three months later the process of converting the temporaries to a permanent prosthesis is completed. This system is quite significant because it quickly resolves a number of the problems associated with missing teeth.

What Are the Consequences of Tooth Loss?

  • Decreased volume and distorted shape in the jaw bone
  • Discomfort or inability to tolerate conventional dentures
  • Compromised or sunken appearance (cheeks, lips, jaws)

There Are Immediate and Long-Term Benefits for The All-On-4 Implants Procedure:

  • Implants will replace the missing tooth roots.
  • Implants can bring stability to the shape and density of the jawbone.
  • Dentures will be firm and secure during speaking and eating.
  • Implants will provide adequate positioning and support for both the dentures and the jaw.
  • Implants will not shift or become loose as they age, thus eliminating the use of denture pastes or adhesives.

All-On-4 Dental Implants—More than Just Replacement Teeth

Above the gums, these custom dentures will give you the confidence of an attractive and full smile, but the adjoining dental implants serve a critical physiologic function. The implant posts will actively stimulate the jaw bone as you chew, greatly reducing the rate of bone loss and shrinkage that would normally occur with tooth loss.

With All-on-Four Dental Implants, you’ll walk away with more than just a basic set of replacement teeth; you’ll be walking away with a strong and secure smile that will work hard for you every day! Take the first step today by calling us at (317) 900-2555 or Schedule Your Personal Consultation with Indianapolis’ Best Oral Surgeon Dr. Falender.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Your All-On-4 Implant Dentist

Though well worth it, dental implants are a significant financial investment. This is especially true for the revolutionary All-on-4 dental implant procedure. As with all big decisions in life, you may have some questions before you make a commitment. But where do you start? Many patients don’t know what to ask. So I am writing down most important 10 things you can ask for all-on-4 implant dentist.

Here Are Top 10 Questions to Ask an Implant or All-On-4 Implant Dentist:

Q1. How Do Dental Implants and All-On-4 Implants Differ from Other Missing Tooth Solutions?

A. Try to really understand the advantages of dental implants and how they compare to the pros and cons of other solutions like dentures and bridges. Your dentist should talk about bone loss, convenience, function, etc.

Q2. What Is Your Experience in Placing Dental Implants or All-On-4 Implants?

A. Any general dentist is legally allowed to place an implant, so make sure your dentist has the proper training, experience and success placing implants or All-on-4.

Q3. Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants or All-on-4 Implants?

A. More and more people are candidates for dental implants and All-on-4, but you need a health mouth and enough bone to support them. Some patients who aren’t candidates for implants are candidates for All-on-4, so keep that in mind as well.

Q4. How Are You Going to Plan the All-On-4 Implants Procedure?

A. Will the dentist use 3D imaging? Surgical guides? Digital photography? Planning is one of the most important parts of the dental implant or All-on-4 procedure success.

Q5. What Kind of Materials Are You Going to Use for All-On-4 Implants Treatment?

A. You want to make sure the materials used will: 1, be sturdy enough to last as a permanent solution; and 2, be compatible with your body.

Q6. What Steps Are Involved in the All-On-4 Implants Procedure?

A. Have the dentist break down all parts of the dental implant process so you have a good idea of what to expect.

Q7. Will It Be Painful?

A. You should experience minimal or no pain during the procedure, especially with anesthetics. Many patients and dentist also prefer using sedation during dental implant and All-on-4 Implants procedures.

Q8. How Long Will the Entire Process Take?

A. From planning to procedure and healing time, try to get a good idea of how long the procedure will take and if you need to take any time off work.

Q9. Is There Anything I Should do to Ensure My Implants Are Successful?

A. If you’re a smoker or use certain drugs, you may be at a higher risk of dental implant integration failure.

Q10. What is The Total Cost for The Procedure?

A. Try to get an exact quote for everything involved in the process to ensure it fits your budget and there are no surprises down the road.

By answering these questions, it should give you peace of mind about making the right decision for your unique situation.

If you’d like to know more about dental implants or All-on-4 Implants, schedule a consultation today with one of the leading All On 4 Implant Dentist Dr. Falender!

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Top 5 Signs of Wisdom Tooth Pain

Top 5 Signs of Wisdom Tooth Pain

Wisdom teeth, the third molar at the back of the mouth, have evolved as a kind of “spare teeth” to help fill in gaps from teeth that might have been lost before adulthood. These extra teeth are not needed anymore, with today’s dentistry, and they can often cause pain and other problems when they erupt. About 5 million people in the United States must have their wisdom teeth extracted each year in the United States. Common symptoms include:

#1 Pain From Wisdom Teeth

Individuals have four wisdom teeth, two on the top and two on the bottom, which erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, and sometimes cause pain in the mouth or jaw. The discomfort can come on gradually or suddenly. The pain can be dull and lingering or sharp. When looking in the mouth, you may notice the gum is red and inflamed. We at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implants Center can get to the source of the problem, along with other services, such as Dental Implants, TMJ.

#2 Swelling of the Jaw

Jaw discomfort from erupting wisdom teeth is a common problem, which can be resolved with professional care from your Oral Surgeon. The dentist will take x-rays of the area to determine if impaction of the teeth or infection has occurred.

#3 Swollen or Bleeding Gums

You may also experience swelling of the gums or bleeding of the gums at the back of the mouth. This is generally accompanied by gum sensitivity. Your oral surgeon can help.

#4 Bad Breath or Unpleasant Taste in the Mouth

You may also notice other unusual symptoms that indicate all is not well with your dental health. You may suddenly notice an unpleasant taste in the mouth, or someone may mention you need a breath mint. These are signs that your teeth should be examined by an experienced dentist at the Indianapolis.

#5 Problems Opening the Mouth Normally

The erupting wisdom teeth can also cause difficulty opening the mouth normally, because of the pressure of the teeth, as well as swelling in the gums and supporting tissue. This effect can be a disturbing one that your oral surgeon in Indianapolis can relieve.

Problems with wisdom teeth are a common problem that your dentist can resolve with professional, effective techniques. If you are experiencing symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, make an appointment today with the Indianapolis for experienced dental care and provider of oral surgery, who can help you get back to comfort and oral health.

If you would like some advice on tooth extractions or replacing missing teeth then please contact Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to book your consultation with our dentist. You can contact us on (317) 790-2555, or through our website fill out a form.

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219 patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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Top 5 Ways to Treat TMJ Disorder in Older Adults

Top 5 Ways to Treat TMJ Disorder in Older Adults

The pain and discomfort that comes with a TMJ disorder can be overwhelming.

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When All You Want for Christmas is Your Two Front Teeth

When All You Want for Christmas is Your Two Front Teeth

The holiday season is here, bringing for most people a time of family, friends and food. If you have missing teeth, it can be a challenging time of year. Eating some foods is uncomfortable and smiling at those close to you exposes gaps you’d rather keep hidden.

If all you want for Christmas is a healthy smile, here’s what you need to know.

#1 Missing Teeth Aren’t Just Cosmetic

You probably already know what a missing tooth can do to your self-esteem, but you may not be aware of the other dangers involved. When you have an open space in your gums, it provides a place for bacteria to breed.

The surrounding teeth can keep you from properly cleaning the area, and the gap might hold food particles. Stuck food and bacteria cause you to have bad breath, which doesn’t do anything for your confidence. Nearby teeth can develop cavities, and you’re more susceptible to gum disease.

When you’re missing teeth, you alter the way you chew to work around that open space. The adjustment can lead to TMJ disorder, causing pain in your jaw, headaches, and difficulty completely opening your mouth. As other teeth shift into the space, your risk of TMJ increases.

#2 How Dental Implants Help

Dental implants give you back a tooth permanently. While dentures and other replacement methods still require you to avoid eating certain foods, implants are made from titanium and fused with your own jaw tissue through osseointegration.

During the procedure, a titanium implant is placed where your tooth used to be. An abutment and the dental prosthetic (crown) attach to the implant. The process creates a solid, durable structure within your jawbone.

#3 Recovery Expectations

How long it takes for you to recover depends on how extensive the procedure. Once the osseointegration is complete, your oral surgeon will attach the abutment.

The recovery process solidifies implant security and provides a tooth. Dental implants look and feel like the rest of your natural teeth, restoring the smile and chewing ability you once had.

If a new tooth is at the top of your Christmas list, Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center can help. Let us restore your confidence and smile this holiday season. Request your appointment online today.

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219 patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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