Yes, Your Dentist Could Find Oral Cancer

Oral cancer kills more people nationwide than either cervical or skin (melanoma) cancer, and only half of patients diagnosed will survive more than five years. One American dies every hour from oral cancer. The most common risk factors are tobacco use, frequent high quantity alcohol consumption, constant sunlight exposure, habitual cheek or lip biting, or poorly fitting dentures. Although most oral cancers are found in people who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively, 25 percent of oral cancers occur in people who have no risk factors at all.

Your dentist could very well be your number one soldier in the fight against oral cancer. Statistics show in about 10 percent of patients, dentists notice a problem area even before the patient notices. During a regular dental checkup, your dentist will examine your entire mouth, searching for a flat, painless, white or red spot or small sore. Other signs of oral cancer can include:

  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A color change of the oral tissues
  • A lump, thickening in, rought spot, cruse or small, eroded area
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips

Remember to schedule regular checkups for everyone in your family. Two visits per year are recommended for general care. If, between visits, you notice any unusual changes in your mouth, call your dentist immediately. Together you and your dentist can fight and win the battle against oral cancer. For more information about oral cancer, support groups, or treatments visit

Bonness Family Dentistry Provides Complete Dental Care for Your Whole Family

17 Dec 2018 Bonness

If you have a young family, finding a dentist’s office that can help you care for your whole family is important. At Bonness Family Dentistry, that’s exactly what we do. In addition to helping teens and adults achieve optimal oral health, we want to help even the youngest of patients have a strong, health smile.

If you have a child, we recommend bringing your little one in as soon as he or she gets their first tooth. Children, and young children especially, need all the help they can get when it comes to giving their smile the care it needs.

When your little one comes to our office for a checkup, Drs. Ann and Richard Bonness will check to make sure your child’s teeth are developing correctly, in addition to checking for signs of gum disease or cavities. And what’s more, using dental sealants and fluoride supplements, we can provide your child with extra protection for their young teeth, ensuring that their smiles get off to a great start.

But in addition to offering children’s dentistry, Bonness Family Dentistry is also dedicated to helping older patients achieve optimal oral health with regular checkups and cleanings, gum disease therapy, and TMJ therapy.

Call us today if you’d like to schedule an appointment for yourself or someone else in your family. We recommend all patients from Camby, Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and surrounding areas visit Bonness Family Dentistry twice a year, regardless of age.

Cosmetic Services from Bonness Family Dentistry

17 Dec 2018 Bonness

Do you worry about the message your smile might be sending?  What if there was a way to give your smile a dazzling makeover? At Bonness Family Dentistry there is. We offer four great cosmetic services to help you achieve the confident smile you’ve dreamed of.

  • Cosmetic Bonding
  • Porcelain and minimal-prep veneers
  • Teeth whitening

With each one of these services, Drs. Ann and Richard Bonness can bring you that much closer to that gorgeous smile you deserve.

But which service is right for you?

We can help you answer that all-important question during a single consultation at our Camby dental office. In addition to checking the health of your teeth and gums, we’ll also talk with you about how you want your smile to look. Then, once we have all the information we need, we can recommend the service that will be most right for you.

Are you ready to make your dream of a more attractive smile a reality? Click here to visit our cosmetic dentistry page, where you can find out more about any of our cosmetic dentistry services. You can also call our office to schedule your consultation. We serve patients from Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and surrounding areas.

Children’s Dentistry from Bonness Family Dental

17 Dec 2018 Bonness

If you have a young child, one of the primary questions on your mind might be where you can take him or her for their first dental visit?

The answer to that is easy—Bonness Family Dentistry helps patients of all ages, which includes practicing children’s dentistry.

Which might trigger a second question: when should I bring my child in?

As a general rule, we advise bringing your little one in as soon as he or she develops their first tooth. It may also help if you bring your little one in during one of your own visits. Early visits like these can help you child become accustomed to the sights, sounds, and friendly faces of our office, making first visits much more comfortable.

Why are first visits so important?

Because they give us a chance to check on how your little one’s smile is developing, and to treat any cases of gum disease or tooth decay that may have developed. We can also begin teaching your child the basics of brushing and flossing.

Want to learn more? Visit our children’s dentistry page. And if you’re ready to schedule your son or daughter’s first visit with us, call our Camby office today to set up an appointment with Dr. Ann Bonness or Dr. Richard Bonness. We serve patients from Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and surrounding areas.

Overcoming Fear

17 Dec 2018 Bonness

I thought I would add some of my thoughts on one of the biggest issues that come up in dentistry. That would be fear of dentistry. The stress and anxiety involved with a visit to the dentist is often enough to drive people to do things that small problems into big problems. Stress and anxiety do not have to control your mental well-being and overall health. What can someone do to make dentistry stress-free? The solution is different for everyone, because everyone is unique. There are a few good guidelines, though.

The problems are unique to the patient, but the solutions are not as hard to come by as one might think. First, try to pinpoint the problem. If there is a specific issue, such as when a patient does not like the sounds involved with dentistry, then there’s usually a simple fix. Just be open with your dental provider and almost all of us will take the time to address the issue and try to find a solution that will work for both of us. There is a compromise that can be achieved most of the time.

However, there’s not always a single, specific issue that is causing anxiety over a dental appointment. Some patients have issues with relinquishing control, fear of the unknown, or even self-consciousness over their current state of dental health. These issues are a little tougher to overcome, but the solution is the same as in the previous case. Talk to the dentist! We became dentists because we want to help people. If you take the time to let us know what is blocking you from being comfortable with us, we will try to remove those blocks.

Those of us who are very apprehensive about treatment may need some help that requires more than just slightly altering the way we do things. Getting over that apprehension may involve taking an anti-anxiety medication before treatment. This helps the majority of patients with severe anxiety. A select few of patients are either so nervous about treatment (or are physically unable to cooperate) that they may need to be fully sedated either with general anesthesia (a patient is completely asleep) or IV sedation (the patient is in a monitored facility where the medications used are dispensed via IV). But the answer is still just talking to the dentist. We need to find out what your needs are so that we can help you. If we cannot find a way to get the treatment you need then we will find a new method of getting things done.

One can easily see that the solution is always the same. Talk to the dentist. Here, we use special techniques to numb teeth without the usual pinch and have the options of either nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or a pre-appointment medication to help relieve stress. We have blankets to keep you warm and you are always welcome to bring an iPod to help with noises. But we need to know to use these tricks and the only way we’ll know is if you talk to us.

Restore Your Smile’s Natural Strength and Functionality with Dental Implants

17 Dec 2018 Bonness

Are you frustrated or embarrassed by missing teeth? Our restorative dentists want to help. With dental implants, you can enjoy a strong, restored smile that benefits your oral health, your overall health, and your confidence as a result.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants come in two parts: a crown and a root. It’s the latter of the two that makes them effective as a restorative option.

That’s because your smile needs every one of its tooth roots to stay strong. When one goes missing, that part of your jawbone will begin to weaken, eventually claiming other healthy teeth as more and more bone tissue atrophies. Dental implants combat this problem by providing the jaw with the stimulation it needs to produce new bone tissue.

As further good news for our Camby patients, dental implants can be used to restore anything from a single tooth on up to a full denture. You just have to be a candidate for the dental implant procedure to be qualified.

Want To Learn More?

Do you want to learn more about how you can restore your smile with dental implants? Our dentists at Bonness Family Dentistry are ready to answer your questions. Call our Camby office today to schedule a consultation appointment. We serve patients from Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and beyond.


Replacing Missing Teeth with Dentures and Partials

17 Dec 2018 Bonness

In our last post, we talked about one of the most effective restorative dentistry options currently available—dental implants. But as effective as they are, dental implants aren’t right for everyone. That’s why Bonness Family Dentistry also offers dentures and partials.

Parials vs. Dentures

Partials and dentures are both great options for replacing missing teeth, but each one is slightly different. A partial is designed to replace just a few teeth and is secured with a clip or bracket. In this sense, it’s similar to a bridge, another great restorative option, but unlike a bridge, a partial is removable.

Dentures, on the other hand, are designed to replace a complete row of missing teeth. Depending on whether you’re restoring your upper teeth or lower teeth, a traditional denture will be secured in different ways. But like a partial, the replacement teeth are mounted on a gum-colored base, creating a smile that mimics your natural teeth and gums.

One More Option to Consider

There’s one more denture/partial options for patients of Bonness Family Dentistry to consider though. If you need to replace more than one tooth and are a candidate for dental implants, consider getting the restorative care you need with a partial or denture supported by dental implants.

Start Your Restoration Today

If you’re ready to start working on your restoration, give Bonness Family Dentistry a call today. With just one appointment with one of our doctors, we can explain all your options and begin working on a personalized treatment plan that will work for you.

Call us today. We serve patients from Camby, Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and more.


Save Your Smile with a Root Canal from Bonness Family Dentistry

17 Dec 2018 Bonness

A severe toothache isn’t something to ignore, and can, in fact, be a sign of a serious problem. That problem might only require a filling to fix it, but it’s also possible you could need a root canal.

What Causes a Root Canal?

There isn’t one single reason for why a root canal might be necessary. In some cases, it may be that an injury has affected the pulp or nerve inside your tooth. In other cases, it could be that decay or a large filling is the problem. But regardless of what causes it, treatment should not be avoided. By delaying treatment, you put yourself at risk of a serious infection or abscess.

How Does Treatment with a Root Canal Help?

The goal of a root canal is to save the affected tooth. Your doctor at Bonness Family Dentistry will do that by removing the damaged pulp or nerve from you tooth before filling it with an inert substance. Besides putting a stop to your pain, a root canal will also prevent an infection from developing and will preserve your tooth’s functionality.

Bonness Family Dentistry Is Your Camby-Area Root Canal Headquarters

Over the years, root canals have gained a reputation for being unpleasant, but with today’s advanced technology and analgesics, the experience can be more comfortable than you thought. If you have questions about how Bonness Family Dentistry can help you with a root canal, call our Camby office today. Dr. Ann Bonness and Dr. Richard Bonness gladly serve patients from Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and beyond.


Stress-Free Dentistry from Bonness Family Dentistry: Nitrous Oxide Sedation

17 Dec 2018 Bonness

In our last post, we talked about oral conscious sedation, one of the stress-free dentistry options you’ll find when you come to Bonness Family Dentistry in Camby. For today’s post, we’d like to focus on the second option Dr. Ann Bonness and Dr. Richard Bonness offer—nitrous oxide sedation.

Most patients will know nitrous oxide by its other name, laughing gas. Unlike oral conscious sedation, which uses a trusted medication to create feelings of relaxation, nitrous oxide is an odorless, colorless gas. The gas is breathed in through a mask you’ll wear for the entirety of your appointment and goes to work in just a few minutes. Because we can control how much nitrous oxide you receive during your appointment, our Camby team can provide comfortable levels of relaxation for patients with varying degrees of anxiety.

The effects of nitrous oxide begin within minutes of taking your first breath, and their effects wear off just as quickly. That means that, unlike with oral conscious sedation, you won’t need anyone with you to drive you home afterwards. Instead, you can get back to your normal schedule immediately, without missing a beat.

Do You Still Have Questions About Stress-Free Dentistry?

If you still have questions about stress-free dentistry from Dr. Ann Bonness and Dr. Richard Bonness, please visit our stress-free dentistry page or call our Camby office. Our friendly team is always ready to help.

Oral Cancer Screenings for Patients from Camby and Beyond

17 Dec 2018 Bonness

During a regular checkup at Bonness Family Dentistry, you can expect Dr. Ann Bonness or Dr. Richard Bonness to look for a wide variety of common oral health conditions, including oral cancer.

Why do we do that?

Because oral cancer is a very serious disease. It’s been estimated that one American dies from oral cancer every hour, and that it claims more lives nationwide than cervical or skin cancer.

But, you might be thinking, how can I be at risk for oral cancer when I don’t smoke or use any tobacco products at all?

It’s true that tobacco use is the biggest risk factor. Excessive alcohol consumption is another. But more and more, doctors are seeing cases of oral cancer in patients with none of these primary risk factors. That’s because these new cases, in both women and men, are caused by HPV.

Which is why Drs. Ann and Richard Bonness don’t want to take any chances. During a regular checkup, all of our patients are screened for signs of oral cancer, because the sooner it can be diagnosed, the more effective treatment can be.

We’re looking for a number of things. One is a flat, painless, white or red spot, or a small sore. Other symptoms include:

  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal.
  • A color change of the oral tissues.
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust, or small, eroded area.
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.

It takes time for these symptoms to develop, though, which means that you could have oral cancer without knowing it, making regular checkups that much more important.

Do you need to schedule a checkup with Dr. Ann or Richard Bonness? Call our Camby dental office today to schedule an appointment with us. We serve patients from Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and beyond.

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