commonly asked questions


Having questions before you commit to a new dental office is natural. We want to provide you with all of the information you need to feel confident about your decision. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you do not see yours listed here, please contact us and we will be happy to help!

What are dental implants? Am I a candidate for implant surgery?

Dental implants are typically the best option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. However, there are important criteria that you must meet in order for the implant to have a high probability of success.

We are always happy to provide you with our professional opinion and create a customized plan for you. Using our 3-D cone beam x-rays, Dr. John Pasicznyk can provide an accurate and precise plan for your implant treatment.

Few offices offer this state-of-the-art technology, and it can really make a difference when it comes to successful implant placement and stable results.

Your bone and your dental implant will integrate naturally in the months following your dental implant surgery. In order to create the best results, we need to place your dental implant in a dense area of your bone that is free from biological landmarks such as sinus cavities and nerves.

By using 3-D cone beam technology, we can capture a high-resolution image that allows us to pinpoint the ideal location for dental implant placement. It also allows us to plan your surgery before we begin.

To learn more about whether dental implants will work for you, contact our office for a full evaluation. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you have always wanted.

What are same-day CEREC crowns? Return to FAQs

Before CEREC (chairside economical restorations in esthetic ceramics) technology, we needed to take impressions and send each restorative crown and bridge to a dental lab for creation.

Since the invention of CEREC, we are able to take a digital scan of your teeth and use computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) to create ceramic restorations right here in the comfort of our Indianapolis dental office.

Instead of using old-fashioned impression material, we take a digital scan of your tooth and feed it into our computer software, which generates an accurate design for your dental crown, bridge, veneer, implant crown, or onlay. Next, our software sends the design for your tooth to our ceramics milling machine, which creates your restoration out of a single piece of ceramic.

Dr. Pasicznyk adds the final touches, such as custom colors and shading, before he places your restoration permanently. This allows you to have your entire restorative treatment in a single office visit without the need for a follow-up appointment to place your restoration.

This process works for single restorative treatments as well as for full smile makeovers. Attractive CEREC restorations are long lasting and more affordable because we eliminate the middle man.

When would my child first see the dentist? Return to FAQs

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child’s first visit to the dentist by his or her first birthday, or when their first tooth arrives.

When we start your little one with these early first visits, it is with the intention of familiarizing them with the dental office, making their dental treatment fun and interactive, and discussing important topics with you, the parents. A first visit typically includes going for a chair ride, the choosing a toothbrush, and Dr. Pacisznyk discussing proper oral hygiene with the parents. We also like to go over what you can expect with your child’s development.

As your child grows, we will implement preventive treatment and diagnostics. We always go at your child’s pace and will never start treatment that they are not ready for.

From preventive treatments such as dental exams, professional dental cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments to restorative treatment such as fillings and crowns, we provide comprehensive dental care without the need to travel to another dental office. Dr. Pasicznyk and many of the team members in our office are parents themselves and always treat our young patients the way we would want our own kids to be treated.

Contact us to schedule an appointment for the entire family. We do our best to offer convenient scheduling for today’s busy families.

Why does my jaw pop and click?

If you have jaw pain along with clicking, popping, or even locking jaw joints, you may suffer from a serious condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ or TMJD), which affects millions of Americans.

Often the symptoms for TMJD come and go. Sometimes the cause of the condition can be traced back to an accident or some type of trauma to the face, but often times, symptoms appear gradually and seemingly out of nowhere.

The symptoms of TMJD can range from mild to debilitating and may include jaw pain as well as headaches, migraines, tinnitus (ringing ears), and muscle fatigue. The symptoms can become more severe with a clenching and grinding habit, called bruxism.

Bruxism most often occurs at night, but may happen during the day. Not only can this cause jaw pain, but it can also cause damage to your teeth in the form of wear and fractures.

At Northview Dental of Indianapolis, we treat TMJD and bruxism using a therapeutic splint that gently guides your jaw into a more comfortable position that allows your muscles to relax. Often, patients report improved symptoms within just a week or two of wear.

Your splint will also provide a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth that can keep you from inadvertently fracturing your teeth during sleep.

How do I overcome my fear of the dentist?

If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, you are not alone. Many of our patients felt the same way you did when they first came to us. We take pride in helping our patients feel completely comfortable and relaxed at each dental appointment so that they can have the treatment they need to stay healthy.

All great dental visits start with a caring and compassionate team. Because we are a small, private dental practice, you can look forward to seeing the same faces from one visit to the next. Dr. Pasicznyk will always be your doctor. This allows him to get to know you, your oral health conditions, and your goals for your smile so that he can give you better treatment overall.

We understand that sometimes patients need a little help in order to relax. That is why we offer in-office sedation dentistry for your dental procedures. Sedation comes in a different levels, from the mild effects of nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) to oral sedation that will leave you feeling completely calm, all the way to in-office IV sedation provided by a licensed anesthesiologist that we bring into our office for your appointment. We offer our patients the full spectrum of sedation dentistry.

How can I improve the appearance of my smile with cosmetic dentistry?

Even if your teeth are completely healthy, you might not like the way you look. If that is the case, Dr. Pasicznyk and our team can discuss cosmetic dentistry options that will give you the smile of your dreams.

We offer in-office same-day ceramic restorations to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. From dental bonding to veneers, we can make big and small changes for less money and in less time that you might think.

Dr. Pasicznyk uses CEREC technology to create high-quality, esthetic restorations while you wait. He can create a single crown to improve the appearance of one tooth or he can design a full smile makeover to give you a completely new look.

Our CEREC restorations are natural looking and long lasting.

If you have misaligned teeth and have been wanting to make a change without traditional brackets and wires (and years of treatment time), you have come to the right place! Dr. Pasicznyk is trained and certified in both ClearCorrect clear aligner systems as well as Six Month Braces. Both options are great for adults who want orthodontic alternatives that improve the appearance of their teeth.

If you want to change something about your smile, contact our Indianapolis dental office today to schedule a consultation.

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