Benjamin D. Ahlbrecht, DDS

    Changing Lives, One Smile At A Time



    Caring For Your Family Like Our Own

    Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht and the caring team of highly-trained professionals at North Meridian Dental Excellence are proud to serve the dental needs of Central Indiana. Our modern, state-of-the-art office has been carefully designed for your comfort, convenience, and care. From the moment you walk in the front door, you will notice that you are not in the typical dental office. Our décor is warm and soothing. Our staff has been carefully selected and trained for not only their professional skills, but for their friendliness and warmth. You will be pampered the entire time you are a guest in our office – from our coffee, tea, juice, and snack bar, to our heated massage chairs, and warm towel before you leave.
    In addition to offering you the finest dental care, Dr. Ahlbrecht, and our team are dedicated to your comfort. Our hygienists are trained to be very gentle, to make your routine cleanings a pleasant experience. We also use the new WAND/STA anesthesia technology to make the old dental “shot” a thing of the past! In addition, if you are one of the many who have fears from past dental experiences, sedation or “sleep dentistry” may be just right for you. If you haven’t experienced North Meridian Dental Excellence, you don’t know how pleasant good dental care can really be!

    Dr. Ahlbrecht

    I love meeting people and developing new long-term relationships

    Dr. Ahlbrecht received his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in 2005 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2010. A member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of

    Cosmetic Dentistry, the Indiana Dental Association, the Indiana District Dental Society, and a graduate of the Arrowhead Full Arch Esthetic program, he is experienced in providing quality dental care in every aspect of dentistry. He treats all types of dental needs with attention to detail, including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, endodontics (root canals), oral surgery (tooth extractions), crowns and bridges, dentures, and partial dentures. Dr. Ahlbrecht and his dental team welcome patients of any age to the state-of-the-art office at North Meridian Dental Excellence, and they are committed to providing the highest quality dental care in an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. Maintaining patient comfort at all times, Dr. Ahlbrecht is dedicated to helping patients attain and maintain their ideal smile for a lifetime.
    Dr. Ahlbrecht and his wife, Carly, met in dental school and were married in Indianapolis in 2009. After their graduation they moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Carly completed her orthodontic residency at the University of Michigan.

    When not in the office, Dr. Ahlbrecht and his wife enjoy walking with their yellow lab, Lacey. Additionally, Dr. Ahlbrecht enjoys spending time with his family in Wisconsin and Indianapolis, traveling, playing guitar, golfing, and donating his time providing dental care for those in need.


    Meet Our Team

    Meet Our Team

    A Team of Caring & Highly Trained Professionals

    Office Manager

    Aimee has been in the dental field for over 25 years, with both front office and chairside experience. She is a graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry’s Dental Assisting & Expanded Functions program. As our Office Manager, Aimee is diligent with front desk administration and genuinely enjoys establishing personal and professional relationships with our patients. She is a real people person. Outside of the office, Aimee stays busy making memories with her two teenagers. She loves spur-of-the-moment road trips, cooking, trying new restaurants, and enjoying nature.

    Hygiene Coordinator

    Jayme is our hygiene coordinator and has been in the dental field for 10 years, beginning as a dental assistant. She graduated from St. Petersburg College in Florida with her B.A.S. degree. Jayme is the first smiling face you will see upon entering our office, and she is constantly striving to make our patients feel comfortable. Jayme enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, volunteering with special needs kids, and being outdoors.


    Kathleen is one of our fantastic hygienists who loves getting to know each and every patient. She graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry Hygiene program in 2000. In her free time, Kathleen loves spending time with her 3 children and husband doing various kid’s activities.


    Autumn is one of our wonderful hygienists who truly enjoys spending time and building relationships with patients. She completed her pre-requisites from Indiana University and graduated from the University of Michigan Hygiene program in 2009. Autumn was recently married this summer! She and her husband enjoy attending concerts in the summer and Indiana sporting events year round.

    Dental Assistant

    Ashley is our talented expanded functions dental assistant. Ashley received her Expanded Functions Certification from the University of Louisville and has been an assistant for 7 years. Aside from dentistry, Ashley loves spending time with her fiancé whom she will be marrying in October 2014. She also likes coffee, old movies, and being with her kitty, Oliver.

    New Patients

    Our entire team is committed to enhancing our patients’ health and self-esteem through outstanding, state-of-the-art patient care. We will do this with integrity, empathy, and compassion, creating an environment of warmth and trust for all of our patients.

    Your first visit to North Meridian Dental Excellence establishes an important foundation for a long relationship with us. During the first visit, we will spend time getting to know you, and giving you the opportunity to get to know Dr. Ahlbrecht and our outstanding team.
    Please read through this page to familiarize yourself with our office, and with what to expect during your first visit with us. Included are a map and directions to our office, office hours, first visit procedures, and information about our amazing team. You can also save some time at your first visit by printing out and completing the patient forms in advance of your appointment.

    Your First Visit

    Your Visit

    Your first dental visit will consist of an examination and discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address your dental needs to determine the proper treatment and estimated fees.

    However, we feel that the most important goal of this visit is to begin to build our team relationship, dedicated toward excellent dental care. Our office is committed to developing a positive experience that will make treatment more enjoyable and hopefully make you feel like part of our family.


    It is our mission to provide you with affordable, high-quality treatment that fits your budget! We feel confident that we can accommodate your needs. Some options available are:

    • VISA, Mastercard, AmEx, and Flex Cards with automatic drafting for your convenience
    • CARE CREDIT: Apply via their website or we can walk you through the application at your visit.


    Our goal is to maximize your benefits which will reduce your out of pocket costs. Remember that insurance policies vary, and we will confirm your insurance to determine the benefits available. We accept most insurance plans and are preferred providers for Delta Dental Premier, Anthem 300, Aetna, and Assurant dental insurance.

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    Changing Lives One Smile at a Time


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    As for Dr. Ahlbrecht, there's no real way I can thank him, except to confirm for him that his art does help his patients on more levels than perhaps even he might realize--and in the coin of gratitude for this good effect, enshrined in this testimonial.

    Mike T.

    Patient Forms


    Caring for your family like our own.

    Dr. Ahlbrecht


    From routine cleanings and fillings for adults and children to complete cosmetic makeovers, Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht is highly skilled to care for all your dental needs.

    To help you understand your options, below are descriptions of the services we offer:

    Dental Bridges
    Dental Crowns
    Natural & Partial Dentures
    Implant Dentistry
    Zoom Whitening
    Cosmetic Dentistry
    Crowns & bridges Cleanings
    Scaling & Root planning
    Family Dentistry
    Nitrous oxide
    Sedation (sleep) Dentistry
    Tooth Removal
    Root Canals
    Emergency Care

    Dental Bridges

    Close the Gap in Your Smile

    Dental bridges replace missing teeth and teeth that are too badly damaged for crowns or fillings. They help hold remaining teeth in proper alignment and keep natural teeth from bearing too much stress from biting and chewing. This is one of the most common dental procedures for filling a gap in a patient’s smile.
    Dental bridges are a commonly recommended treatment for replacing one or more missing teeth with realistic prosthetics. Although adult tooth loss in the U.S. is decreasing overall, a high percentage of people do lose one or more teeth to gum disease, cavities or fracture at some point. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults lose an average of one-to-two permanent teeth (not counting wisdom teeth) before the age of 50.

    Why Choose Dental Bridges?

    Having a gap in your smile can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. A missing tooth can do more than just impact your looks, though. Each tooth in your mouth plays an important role in keeping the rest of your teeth in line. When you lose a tooth, the teeth on either side can begin drifting out of alignment. So, even if you lose a back tooth that no one usually sees, you could end up with crooked front teeth, unless you have your smile repaired. This type of restoration allows you to bite and chew normally again. It can also help correct speech problems associated with missing teeth.

    Who is a Candidate for Dental Bridges?

    This treatment is designed for patients who have a badly damaged or missing tooth that can’t be restored with a crown or filling. Candidates with good dental hygiene habits are the best candidates. Poor brushing and flossing habits can lead to premature failure of these dental prosthetics due to gum disease and cavities in surrounding teeth. Bridges can be used to restore one, two or three missing teeth in a row. However, some patients with several missing teeth may be better candidates for a partial denture. Patients with a single missing tooth may opt for a dental implant instead of a bridge in some circumstances.

    Traditional Dental Bridge

    A traditional bridge requires the presence of a healthy tooth on either side of the gap to support the prosthesis. This bridge consists of three crowns that are all attached to each other. The crown in the middle is actually called a “pontic” and is the prosthetic that replaces the missing tooth. The two on either side are regular crowns that fit over existing teeth called the abutment teeth. Porcelain and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) are the most common materials used for these dental bridges.

    Treatment Overview for Traditional Dental Bridges

    Placement of a dental bridge is a two-stage process. After a consultation, examination and x-rays, the two abutment teeth are prepared to support the bridge. An impression (mold) will be made and a life-like acrylic temporary bridge will be placed, so the patient will look and feel great while the lab is fabricating the custom permanent bridge.

    The second visit involves an in-depth fitting of your permanent bridge. It is adjusted for maximum comfort and function. You may wear the bridge with a temporary adhesive for a while, to make sure it fits just right. Then it will be permanently cemented in with an extremely strong dental resin cement. During your fitting, you will receive detailed instructions for cleaning and flossing around the bridge to make sure bacteria and food don’t build up in any small gaps or crevices. A bridge can last for many years with proper care, keeping your smile even and attractive.

    More Information about Dental Bridges

    Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht performs several other types of dental bridges that may be more suitable for some patients. These include:

    Cantilever Dental Bridge

    This type of bridge is similar to a traditional bridge. However, it is used when there is no support tooth available on one side of the missing tooth (e.g., with a missing back molar). Instead, two crowns are placed directly next to each other and the pontic is on the end. Some cantilever bridges use only one crown plus the pontic.

    Resin Bonded Dental Bridge

    This type of bridge uses metal bands and dental bonding resin to attach a pontic to adjacent teeth. The metal bands are positioned on the backside of the support teeth to make them less noticeable. This approach does not require extensive preparation of the adjacent teeth, since they do not receive crowns. A resin bonded or “Maryland” bridge is sometimes used for restoring front teeth.

    Implant Supported Dental Bridges

    Patients with good jaw bone density are often candidates for smile restoration with implant-supported bridges that replace two or more teeth. One or more titanium implants are placed directly in the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone during healing. The implants are finished with porcelain crowns for a very natural appearance. This is the sturdiest type of crown since it most closely mimics the performance of a real tooth.

    Dental Crowns

    Restore Your Smile

    Dental crowns are long-lasting and durable tooth prosthetics. Indianapolis dental crown specialist, Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht, ensures that his patients are happy and comfortable with their crowns. Modern porcelain crowns are beautiful, life-like, blend in with the other teeth, and are nearly indestructible. Unlike cosmetic dental treatments, crowns are usually included in dental plan coverage. This makes them a budget-friendly option for tooth restoration.

    Dental crowns from our Indianapolis office are designed to strengthen and restore damaged and decayed teeth. Crowns are one of the most commonly used tooth restorations because they are affordable, easy to install, and covered by many dental insurance plans.

    Why Choose Dental Crowns?

    Crowns can be used for a wide variety of purposes. Indianapolis dentist, Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht, might recommend a dental crown for you if:

    You have a deeply cracked, worn or fractured tooth
    You have a tooth with a large cavity
    You are undergoing a root canal
    You have a tooth that is abnormally small, strangely shaped or very discolored

    Dental crowns are often used in conjunction with other restorative dentistry treatments. For example, crowns can anchor a bridge in place on either side of a missing tooth. With dental implants, a porcelain crown is the finishing touch to create a natural looking smile again.

    Dental Crowns Procedure Overview

    In our Indianapolis office, Dental crowns are fitted as part of a two-stage process. During your first visit to our Indianapolis office, your tooth is evaluated using x-rays to determine the amount of damage that needs to be repaired. You will discuss which type of dental crown you want for your restoration. If you choose a porcelain crown, you will go through a color matching process to pick the right shade to match your surrounding teeth. Then any decay or old filling material will be removed, and your tooth will be gently shaped to allow for proper bite and fitting of your crown. Your tooth will be prepared by removing a portion of the enamel all the way around and across the top. If the area of decay is significant, a filler material may be used to build up the damaged part of the tooth so it can support a crown.

    After this, a mold will be made of the treated tooth as well as the opposing and adjacent teeth. This mold is sent to a dental lab so a custom dental crown with the correct size, shape and biting surface can be fabricated. You will then be fitted with a custom acrylic temporary crown so that your tooth will look great and be comfortable while your permanent crown is being crafted in our lab. You will be fitted with a temporary acrylic crown to cover up the prepared tooth. When your customized dental crown arrives to our Indianapolis office, it will be bonded to your tooth using a strong dental cement. Any final shaping and polishing will be done at this stage. The goal is to ensure that your restored tooth looks good and is comfortable to use for biting and chewing. Occasionally, patients need a repeat visit to make minor adjustments to the crown.

    When your customized crown arrives, the bite will be fine-tuned, and it will be bonded to your tooth using an extremely strong dental resin cement.

    More Information about Dental Crowns

    Most crowns are made of porcelain to mimic the appearance of enamel. Others are metal alloys such as gold, nickel or chromium. Patients who want the benefits of a realistic tooth restoration with a strong metal base can choose a crown that is porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM).

    Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht offers the following dental crown options in his Indianapolis office:

    • Porcelain (ceramic) crowns are slightly translucent and carefully color-matched to look like real teeth. These beautiful restorations are now strong and durable enough to use for both front and back teeth.
    • Metal crowns, while now rarely necessary, are still used only in certain situations, or when desired by the patient.

    No matter which material you choose, with proper care your crown can last a long time. This includes regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits.

    Call us at 317-571-5000 to learn more about dental crowns in the Indianapolis area.

    People constantly comment on my smile.



    Patient Guide to Dentures

    Dentures provide patients with extensive tooth loss restored dental function and a normal looking smile. Today’s technology and materials makes dentures more comfortable and realistic than ever. For example, implant-supported prosthetics are held firmly in place with no slipping or shifting.

    Dentures offer patients with substantial or complete tooth loss a way to regain oral function and a natural looking smile again. According to the CDC, one out of every four Americans over the age of 65 has lost all of their teeth. If you are one of these patients, you may have learned to live without teeth. But you know what a toll this can take on your well-being and your social life. Missing teeth make it difficult to eat a healthy diet or speak clearly. You’ve probably learned to avoid smiling, and you may feel embarrassed about your appearance. Over time, extreme tooth loss may lead to the collapse of your facial features and wrinkling around the mouth.

    Benefits of Getting Dentures

    Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht will skillfully design and fit a set of partial or full dentures to greatly improve your quality of life. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy:

    • Restored ability to bite and chew a wide variety of foods. Imagine getting back to a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables again!
    • A more youthful appearance as your teeth, gums and jaw bone are restored to their original dimensions. These underlying structures keep your nose and chin from being too close together when you shut your mouth. Since you can chew normally, the muscles in your face get a good workout and remain strong and taut.
    • Better self-esteem. You can laugh and smile again without worrying what people think about your missing teeth.
    • Clearer speech. You can go back to speaking normally, making communication easier and less stressful. This can make you more outgoing and self-reliant if you’ve been avoiding social situations due to speech problems.

    Types of Dentures

    Dentures come in a few different varieties. The two basic types are full and partial. As the names suggest, a full denture replaces an entire set of missing teeth (upper or lower). Partial dentures generally fill in a gap of 3 or more teeth where a bridge won’t provide enough support. These prosthetics are typically made of acrylic but can be placed over a metal base for added strength. Newer versions may be made of flexible resin, which offers a more comfortable, precise fit for some patients.

    Traditional full dentures are held in place in the mouth by the pressure of the cheeks and tongue and by suction, sometimes supplemented by denture adhesive. They are removable. Partial dentures are often connected to remaining teeth with metal clasps to help prevent unwanted movement. These may be fixed or removable. Full and partial dentures are usually custom made after the removal of any remaining damaged or decayed teeth. It’s easiest to achieve the right fit after the gums have fully healed, but you may also request immediate dentures that can be worn during the healing period.

    Implant-supported dentures represent the latest development in denture technology. Full or partial dentures can be fitted to titanium posts that are implanted directly into the jaw bone. This approach has several benefits compared to traditional dentures:

    Dental Implants Procedure Overview

    Tooth implants rely on osseointegration to create a stable connection between a titanium implant and the jawbone. During osseointegration, the bone grows into direct contact with the implant, holding it firmly in place. Here’s a brief overview of the treatment process provided by Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht:

    • The implants hold dentures firmly in place so there is no rubbing or irritation
    • Dentures don’t slip during biting, chewing or speaking
    • Food shouldn’t be able to work its way under the dentures when you eat
    • Implants promote normal pressure on your bone tissue, reducing the rate of resorption (bone loss) in the jaw over time
    • Implants provide more stability for lower jaw dentures than traditional prosthetics
    • Only patients with good jawbone density are candidates for oral implants. In some cases, the necessary bone support can be created through grafting

    Getting Fitted For Dentures

    Denture fittings involve a full evaluation by Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht of your gums and jaw. You will have a mold of your jaws taken along with precise measurements showing the distance between your upper and lower jaw. These measurements and impressions are used to create “practice” models made of wax or plastic for you to try on. This allows your dentist to make adjustments prior to creating the real dentures. You will need to make choices about the “gum” and “tooth” colors used in the prosthetics as well as the size and shape of teeth and other aesthetic aspects of your dentures during this visit.
    Once the final dentures are custom fabricated based on the trial pattern, you will return for a fitting. It may take several visits to get just the right fit. Proper fit is essential to prevent irritation, slipping, poor function and discomfort such as gagging sensations. There is a learning period when you first get dentures. They may initially feel a little loose and you may find that you produce more saliva than usual. You may need to practice chewing and speaking to get used to how the dentures affect these everyday activities. However, if your dentures continue to cause problems, don’t ignore this! These prosthetics should be customized precisely to provide you with years of practical use without discomfort or frustration.

    Maintenance Tips for Dentures

    You will need to keep your gums and your dentures clean to maintain good oral hygiene. Brush them daily as directed by your dentist. If you have removable dentures, you will need to place them in a denture cleaning solution or water overnight so they don’t dry out. The shape of your gums and jawbone will probably continue to change over the years. As a result, your dentures will need to be relined, or re-fit every 3-5 years, on average. Don’t rely on using more and more adhesive to keep dentures in place if you notice a difference in how they fit. If your dentures become uncomfortable or loose, this is a sign that you need a checkup for adjustment or replacement.

    It is important to maintain yearly dental visits when wearing dentures, so that your dentist can assure the continued fit of your dentures. More importantly, it is critical that your dentist screen for mouth cancers and other oral diseases that can, if not detected early, be life-threatening.

    Beautiful, restorations that blend with your natural teeth.


    Gone are the days when you have to be embarrassed by the ugly silver/black fillings in your teeth! Modern technology has allowed us to place natural, strong, long-lasting tooth-colored fillings that restore your tooth to it’s original beauty. Not only are tooth-colored fillings more attractive, but are mercury-free, and are much better for your teeth.

    An old-fashioned amalgam (silver) filling is made up of 50% mercury, and 50% silver and other metals. The mercury expands and contracts with hot and cold, causing many teeth to eventually crack and fracture. This can

    lead to pain, the potential need for root canals, and later extensive restorations or tooth loss. White fillings contain no mercury, so expand and contract minimally with temperature extremes. In addition, they are actually strongly bonded to your tooth, adding strength back to your tooth. The result is much less opportunity for cracking and fracture. Because Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht firmly believes black silver amalgam is a poor restorative material, we do not offer it as an option in our office, and have not placed an amalgam in many years.

    Filling Options

    Porcelain Fillings

    They’re also called inlays and onlays are the most state-of-the-art, strongest fillings available. The are precisely crafted in a dental lab to give you the most esthetic, strongest restoration available. Porcelain is especially preferable if your filling is large, due to it’s protective qualities.

    Composite Resin Fillings

    They’re also called white restorations. Unlike porcelain, they require no lab fabrication. The dentist fills the cavity with a resin paste, which is hardened and bonded to your tooth by exposure to a high intensity curing light. These are not as strong or durable as porcelain, and usually require more frequent replacement.

    Gold Fillings

    Gold fillings are an option for patients who prefer a metal filling. Gold is an excellent filling material, but has two drawbacks: they do not match the color of the tooth, and they can’t be bonded to teeth. They are very durable, but are often not as protective to the tooth.

    As with most dental restorations, good hygiene care is essential for long lasting results. Proper brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits are critical to maintaining excellent oral health.

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    The excellent dental work, kindness, customer service, and great people in your office have made me a satisfied customer! I can't wait for my next appointment.

    Greg W.

    Implant Dentistry

    The gold standard for smile makeovers and dental restoration

    If you are looking for dental implants in Indianapolis, call Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht at North Meridian Dental Excellence. Dental implants have been used successfully for smile restoration for the last 50 years and are the most conservative and longest-lasting treatment for replacing missing teeth. Implants are also useful for supporting dentures and bridges to correct more extensive tooth loss.

    Dental implants are prosthetic replacements for missing or severely damaged teeth. Dental implants placed by our Indianapolis office deliver an unprecedented level of patient satisfaction. Tooth implants provide a natural-looking appearance and long-lasting function. They are the gold standard for smile makeovers and dental restoration. If you are in the Indianapolis area and have lost one or more teeth to fractures, gum disease or tooth decay, Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht can help you regain your beautiful smile.

    Why Choose Dental Implants?

    • Implants can be used to fully restore teeth that are too badly damaged or decayed for repair with a porcelain inlay/onlay or a crown.
    • A dental implant restores normal chewing and biting ability. Most patients can resume a normal, healthy diet that includes a wide variety of foods after treatment is complete.
    • Tooth implants offer a conservative solution compared to a traditional bridge. Only the tooth that is being replaced is affected. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth do not need to be crowned to hold a conventional bridge.
    • Patients can opt to have one or several teeth replaced with implants. Dental implants can also support dentures. These implant-supported dentures are more stable and comfortable than those held in place with adhesive.
    • Replacing a missing tooth with an implant helps prevent other teeth from shifting out of alignment over time. Keeping teeth straight and even promotes better oral care. It makes proper brushing and flossing easier, which reduces the risk of cavities and gum disease.
    • Since the prosthetic tooth is load-bearing (you can bite and chew with it), an implant may also help limit further jaw bone loss in the treated area.
    • Long term success rates with implants range from 90-95%. Most patients enjoy their dental implants for life with no need for replacement or repair.

    Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

    If you have lost, or are congenitally missing one or more teeth, we recommend speaking with Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht about getting the dental implants from our Indianapolis office. There is no upper age limit for this treatment. The most important factor in success rates for implants is bone density. Patients who have very advanced periodontitis (gum disease) may not have enough bone left to hold an implant. They may need one or more bone grafting procedures before they can get tooth implants. Smokers have more complications during healing than non-smokers, so if you smoke, we recommend quitting before you undergo this dental treatment.

    Dental Implants Procedure Overview

    Tooth implants rely on osseointegration to create a stable connection between a titanium implant and the jawbone. During osseointegration, the bone grows into direct contact with the implant, holding it firmly in place. Here’s a brief overview of the treatment process provided by Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht:

    1. Consultation – This includes a full oral exam, medical history, x-rays and a CT scan. This information is used to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, as well as what size and shape of implant to use.
    2. Preparation – If you have a tooth root in place, this is removed. The gum is opened slightly to expose the jawbone.
    3. Placement – A tiny hole is drilled in your jawbone and the titanium implant is screwed or fitted in place.
    4. Healing – This phase lasts around 2 months. During this time, your jawbone heals around the implant.
    5. Abutment – A small metal post is attached to the implant and your gum is allowed to heal again (this recovery period is much shorter).
    6. Restoration – A custom fabricated porcelain crown that looks like your natural teeth is fitted to the abutment.

    More Information about Dental Implants in Our Indianapolis Office

    This dental treatment generally has a higher up-front cost than traditional crowns and bridges. The restoration process also takes much longer. However, the investment in time and money can more than pay for itself with a reduction in dental interventions over your lifetime. Just be sure to practice excellent dental hygiene so you don’t lose more teeth!

    Call our office today if you are interested in learning more about dental implants in our Indianapolis office!

    Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht is passionate about the work he does for his patients in the Indianapolis area and is determined that they get the smiles of their dreams.


    Porcelain Veneers Can Give You a Five Star Smile

    Porcelain dental veneers in our Indianapolis office offer patients an opportunity to enjoy their ideal smile. Porcelain veneers are custom fabricated to match each patient’s aesthetic preferences. They are bonded in place with strong dental cement for a long-lasting smile makeover.

    Porcelain veneers are popular cosmetic treatments that give patients a more attractive smile. This procedure is suitable for improving a single tooth or for a total smile makeover. Veneers have long been popular among movie stars and beauty pageant contestants. Today, they are available and affordable for patients from all walks of life who want to take their smile from dull to dazzling.

    Why Choose Porcelain Veneer?

    Porcelain veneers offer you a chance to get the smile you wish you were born with. Veneers are designed to look like real teeth – pearly white and slightly translucent. Unlike real teeth, they don’t yellow over time. Indianapolis dental veneer specialist, Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht, can help you get the smile you have always dreamed of. He uses dental veneers to cover up many flaws including:

    • Crooked or crowded teeth
    • Gaps or spaces between the teeth
    • Chips and fractures
    • Stains or discoloration that doesn’t respond to tooth whitening
  • Misshapen, worn or short teeth
  • Teeth visible, miscolored fillings
  • White, yellow or brown spots
  • Porcelain Veneers Procedure Overview

    Smile Design

    Traditionally, the veneer procedure has involved two visits – preparation and fitting. Because Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht is adamant that their patients get the smile that they desire, and that blends perfectly with their facial features, lip position, etc., they have developed the Smile Design appointment for dental veneer patients in the Indianapolis area. During this visit, they spends a lot of time helping patients identify exactly what they desire in their ideal smile in terms of tooth shape, size, amount of tooth “show”, color, etc. Then detailed molds and records are taken and sent to our esthetic lab along with the parameters identified with the patient, and a “wax mock-up” of the proposed smile is done by the lab. This allows the patient and Dr. Ahlbrecht to preview the patient’s new smile before any work is done. Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht feels it is critical that the patient’s smile be designed by them and the patient, not the lab. A great smile is not just attractive teeth, but attractive teeth that are in total harmony with the patient’s face.

    Tooth Preparation

    The second dental veneer visit in Indianapolis involves preparing the teeth for the dental veneers. Depending on the original position of the teeth, some minor enamel re-shaping may be necessary, although in many cases none is needed. Then impressions are taken, along with several other records to assist in the esthetic lab in crafting perfect veneers for the patient. Finally, the wax mock-up from the Smile Design is used as a template to make provisional (temporary) veneers. Once they are on, they are reshaped as needed until the patient and Dr. Ahlbrecht is totally pleased with the patient’s temporary smile. Another impression is made of the patient-approved temporaries, and sent to the dental veneer lab in Indianapolis, allowing the artist at the lab to see exactly how the new smile should be crafted.

    Gum Disease Intervention

    Treatments for moderate gingivitis and early stages of periodontitis involve scaling teeth. This just means scraping off tartar below the gum line, where it builds up and causes gum irritation. It may also involve root planning (smoothing the tooth root so bacteria and plaque can’t build up as easily).

    Veneer Fitting

    At this third dental veneer visit in Indianapolis, the temporaries are first removed and the permanent veneers are tried onto the teeth. After Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht verifies the proper fit and esthetics, the patient previews and inspects the appearance of the veneers, and of their new smile. If there is anything the patient is not completely pleased with, the veneers will be returned to the lab for correction or re-making. Assuming the patient and the doctors are satisfied, the veneers are then permanently bonded to the teeth with a powerful dental bonding agent. They are then polished to a brilliant finish.

    Dental veneer specialists Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht is passionate about the work he does for his patients in the Indianapolis area and is determined that they get the smiles of their dreams. These procedures eliminate the risk of a “one style fits all” smile that is designed by a lab, rather than the patient and doctor, and is not in harmony with the patient’s face. If you are looking for dental veneers in Indianapolis, call Dr. Ahlbrecht today!

    Zoom Whitening

    Teeth whitening is a very effective and non-invasive way to roll back the years. Whiter teeth make your smile look more youthful, healthy, and attractive. Treatment is simple and can be done in the dentist’s office or at home.

    Teeth whitening at our Indianapolis office is an affordable and simple procedure for creating a brighter and more vibrant smile. It’s no surprise that this is currently the most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry procedure in the U.S., and Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht has established himself as a teeth whitening expert to help his patients in the Indianapolis area get the smile of their dreams.

    Why Choose Teeth Whitening?

    As you age, it’s normal for your tooth enamel to accumulate stains. You may not even notice it happening at first, but the effects become obvious over time. This discoloration tends to occur more rapidly for patients who regularly consume products like:

    Coffee or tea
    Red wine
    Dark colored fruit juices and sodas
    Cigarettes or smokeless tobacco

    Yellow and brown stains can make your teeth appear dirty – even when you brush and floss faithfully. Most “whitening toothpastes” contain no real whitening agent. They simply remove surface stain – the same stain that is removed by a dental cleaning. Most of tooth darkening comes from inside the teeth, and the only way to significantly change the color of your teeth is by using a “bleaching” agent that penetrates under the surface. This teeth whitening procedure will give you the confidence of a dazzling smile that Dr. Ahlbrecht is determined to provide to his Indianapolis patients.

    Teeth Whitening Procedure Overview

    Both professional whitening procedures, in office and at home, use the same whitening agent – usually some form of concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel. The peroxide penetrates the tooth enamel, and oxidizes as it breaks down, whitening the teeth.

    In-Office Teeth Whitening

    Patients who want brilliant white teeth in a very short time often choose in-office teeth whitening at our Indianapolis location for same day results. The procedure takes about an hour. During this time, you can simply sit back and relax. This treatment uses a special laser lamp to speed up the activity of peroxide gel and make it much more effective. Many patients see a six-to-eight shade improvement after this procedure. Your gums and lips are protected from the gel during treatment to reduce discomfort and irritation. This smile whitening treatment is a great option if you have a special event coming up, or don’t want to wait weeks for your teeth to whiten.

    Indianapolis dentist Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht specializes in performing in-office teeth whitening.

    At-Home Teeth Whitening

    This whitening procedure works well as a follow-up to keep your teeth at their whitest after in-office treatment. You receive a custom fitted mold of your teeth and a supply of professional-strength peroxide gel. Simply coat the upper and lower trays with gel each day and wear them for the recommended period of time. These convenient at-home whitening regimens usually take a few weeks to show maximum results. You can repeat the treatment as needed to maintain or improve your teeth whitening over time. Custom trays are comfortable to wear and ensure that the gel actually stays in contact with your enamel during treatment.

    More Information about Teeth Whitening

    Smile whitening is designed for adults with good oral hygiene who want a more youthful looking smile. It works best for patients who have stained enamel, as opposed to discoloration from worn enamel that is allowing the darker dentin layer beneath to show through. It will not whiten porcelain or resin tooth restorations. So, this procedure may not be suitable for patients who have visible veneers, crowns or tooth colored fillings in their front teeth. Some patients tend to experience tooth sensitivity for a while after tooth whitening. This is usually mild and resolves soon after treatment. If you have experienced tooth sensitivity after a smile whitening procedure in the past, be sure to ask us about ways to reduce this side effect.

    You guys are the best! Going to Doctor Ben Ahlbrecht's office is like
    a trip to a fancy spa. I feel so special and pampered!
    Thanks so much for your service.

    Connie L.

    Cosmetic Dentistry

    A Picture-Perfect Smile

    Cosmetic dentistry covers a very wide variety of procedures. Some of the most common are tooth whitening, composite dental bonding and porcelain veneers. You can pick and choose which treatments will give you the ideal smile.

    Cosmetic dentistry is designed to provide patients with teeth that are evenly spaced, attractively shaped, white and healthy. Treatment typically focuses on tooth flaws that show when you talk, smile, eat or laugh. Procedures can involve just one tooth or all visible teeth.

    Why Choose Cosmetic Dentistry?

    Psychologists tell us that your smile and your eyes are the first two features people notice when they meet you. Some people naturally have great looking teeth, but most of us need a little help to get a smile that makes us look our best. It’s not unusual for patients with flawed teeth to feel embarrassed or self-conscious about their smile. Cosmetic dentistry is designed to help you feel more confident about your appearance. Most treatments are minimally invasive and not too time-consuming.

    Some of the Problems Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht Can Correct:

    • Chips and fractures along the edges of the teeth
    • Surface cracks that make the enamel look broken
    • Gaps between teeth
    • Stained enamel or dark dentin (the layer underneath the enamel)
    • Teeth that look too short or stubby
  • Teeth that are irregularly shaped
  • Metal amalgam fillings that show when you smile
  • Gum tissue that is uneven or that covers up too much of your teeth
  • Missing teeth (cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry overlap)
  • Who is a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?

    Cosmetic dental treatment works best for patients who have good oral health. The goal of treatment is primarily to improve the appearance of teeth and gums that are already functioning well with little or no decay, disease or damage. Some cosmetic dentistry procedures are not suitable for patients who have extensive dental prosthetics. For example, tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel. If you have a porcelain crown on a front tooth and whiten the rest of your teeth, your crown may no longer match the color of the surrounding enamel.

    Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Overview

    Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht offers many treatments to address a range of dental flaws. Here are some of the most common procedures for making teeth look more attractive:

    Tooth Whitening

    Professional tooth whitening can make teeth six-to-ten shades lighter for a dramatically younger, brighter smile. At-home treatment uses a custom-molded plastic tray and a concentrated peroxide gel. In-office “laser” whitening treatment activates the peroxide gel with a special lamp to make the treatment work faster.

    Dental Veneers

    Porcelain veneers cover up a wide variety of tooth imperfections. They can be used to close gaps and conceal crooked, misshapen, discolored, or chipped teeth. Veneers are cemented in place for a long-lasting smile improvement.

    Invisalign® Braces

    These clear plastic aligner trays gently move teeth into better alignment over a period of several months. Unlike metal braces, they are practically invisible. Plus, you can remove them during meals and tooth brushing and flossing. Cosmetic dentists often use Invisalign® to give patients a more even, symmetrical smile with no unsightly gaps or crowded teeth.

    Cosmetic Bonding

    Tooth-colored resin is a popular option for same-day correction of teeth that are chipped or misshapen. Dental composite can also be used for filling small cavities in front teeth.

    Gum Recontouring

    This treatment is designed for patients who have an uneven gumline or a “gummy” smile. Removing excess gum tissue can restore attractive proportions to teeth that look stubby.

    Dental Restorations

    Patients who have cosmetic and structural problems with their teeth may need treatment that is both aesthetic and restorative. This might include porcelain inlays/onlays, crowns or dental implants.

    More Information about Cosmetic Dentistry

    As you plan your treatment, you should know that the majority of cosmetic procedures are not covered by dental insurance. However, you should be able to set up an affordable payment plan that lets you start enjoying a brighter smile right away. Most cosmetic dentistry treatments require some maintenance over the years. You should plan ahead for the long term costs of keeping your smile in mint condition. You may be able to significantly prolong the lifespan of your cosmetic restorations by practicing good dental hygiene. Regular dental exams and cleanings are critical to protect your cosmetic investment.

    Family Dentistry

    Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht, Family Dentist in Indianapolis, Keep Everyone Smiling

    Family dentistry offers patients the chance to get most of their dental care needs met in one location. If you are in the Indianapolis area, we make scheduling oral care easier to help increase the chance of catching dental problems early. That’s an important factor in getting the most cost-effective treatment over time.

    Family dentistry offers comprehensive diagnoses, preventive care and treatment of common dental problems for patients of all ages. Since it’s never too early or too late to start taking better care of your teeth, picking a dentist who can take care of your whole family is always a smart choice. Remember that good dental hygiene practices are learned at home and at the dentist’s office. It’s very beneficial to have a professional in your corner to provide advice on the most effective ways to promote oral health at every stage of life.

    What Does Family Dentistry Involve?

    Some of the most common services, treatments and procedures that Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht performs as a family dentist in Indianapolis include:

    Oral Health Examination

    This involves a visual examination of the teeth, gums and jaw to check for signs of decay, disease, bite misalignment, crooked or poorly spaced teeth, and other abnormalities. X-rays, TMJ and oral cancer screenings fall into this category.

    Prophylactic Cleaning

    This is a basic preventive treatment that includes removing minor plaque and tartar buildup to reduce the risk of gingivitis and cavities. It leaves teeth feeling fresh and clean. Getting a preventive cleaning every six months is ideal for most children and adults.

    Gum Disease Intervention

    Treatments for moderate gingivitis and early stages of periodontitis involve scaling teeth. This just means scraping off tartar below the gum line, where it builds up and causes gum irritation. It may also involve root planning (smoothing the tooth root so bacteria and plaque can’t build up as easily).

    Fluoride Treatment & Dental Sealant

    These preventive treatments are usually recommended for children to limit tooth decay. However, adults can also request these procedures. Fluoride gel is applied topically a couple of times per year. Dental sealant is brushed onto the chewing surfaces of molars where tiny grooves in the enamel can’t be adequately cleaned by toothbrush bristles. Sealant generally lasts several years.

    Root Canals

    An infection in the pulp of a tooth is the most common cause of toothache. Family dentistry includes root canal procedures to relieve pain and stop the spread of bacterial infection. This treatment involves removing infected tooth pulp and restoring the tooth with a filling or crown. A less extensive treatment called a pulpotomy is used for baby teeth.

    Simple Extractions

    Extractions range from pulling baby molars that have splintered, to removing decayed or damaged adult teeth. A family dentist can also perform simple wisdom tooth extractions. This procedure is easiest to do before children reach their late teens.

    Fillings & Crowns

    These basic tooth restoration procedures are designed to fill in areas of tooth decay or damage. You can get metal amalgam and composite fillings, as well as metal and ceramic crowns from a family dentist. Fillings are appropriate for patients of all ages. Ceramic crowns are most often recommended to restore adult teeth. A baby tooth can be treated with a less expensive, but very durable stainless steel crown to restore function until the tooth comes out naturally.

    Tooth Whitening

    This cosmetic procedure is intended for adult patients with a buildup of staining on their teeth from food and beverage consumption, smoking and other lifestyle habits. Discoloration in children’s teeth is sometimes caused by issues that surface whitening doesn’t address. So, kids may need different cosmetic treatment than adults to achieve whiter teeth.


    Teeth Whitening Takes Years Off of Your Smile

    Invisalign® braces have only been on the market since 1998. However, they are rapidly becoming the treatment of choice for teens and adults who want a straighter smile without the discomfort and unpleasant appearance of traditional braces. These clear plastic aligner trays can be used for mild to moderate orthodontic correction.

    Invisalign® braces are clear plastic aligner trays that provide orthodontic patients with straight teeth and an even, healthy smile. These trays are custom-fabricated to apply precise pressure and gradually move teeth into better alignment. This non-invasive approach to correcting tooth and bite alignment problems is an alternative to metal and tooth-colored braces. It is especially beneficial for patients who feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces. These “invisible” braces can correct:

    Crooked teeth
    Unevenly spaced teeth
    Overcrowded teeth
    Mild to moderate bite problems
    Why Choose Invisalign?

    This tooth alignment system offers three main benefits compared to traditional braces. First, the trays are clear plastic. Unlike other “invisible” braces that still feature metal wires, there is no metal at all in the Invisalign® trays. This makes them even less noticeable than both tooth-colored ceramic braces and lingual braces (the kind attached to the tongue-side surface of the teeth). Once you get used to talking normally with the trays in your mouth, other people may not even be able to tell you are wearing braces.

    Second, there are no brackets or ties. This means there are no protruding components that can irritate the tongue, gums and other sensitive oral tissues. You do not need to coat Invisalign® braces with dental wax to stay comfortable.

    Third, these trays are removable. You can (and should) remove the trays for each meal and during tooth brushing and flossing. You can eat a normal, healthy diet without restricting foods that might get stuck in or damage metal braces. Since the trays do not interfere with normal hygiene by making flossing more challenging, you may be less likely to experience tooth decay and gingivitis as a side effect of orthodontic treatment.

    Who is a Candidate for Invisalign®?

    The Invisalign® system has been used in the US since 1998. At first, only adult patients were treated using these trays. Today, teen patients whose molars have fully emerged are also candidates for this procedure. There is no upper age limit on treatment for patients without major dental health issues. You must be willing and able to wear the trays as instructed for best results. Invisalign® is most commonly used to correct mild to moderate tooth crookedness and spacing issues. Patients with severe bite problems are usually treated with traditional braces instead because they can be augmented with additional orthodontic appliances like bands or headgear. If you have fixed dental restorations such as bridges or dental implants, you may not be a good candidate for Invisalign® treatment.

    Invisalign® Procedure Overview

    The treatment process starts with a visual dental exam and a consultation. Photos, x-rays and computer imaging are used to create a precise treatment plan that will deliver the results you want. This digital technology lets you see what your final smile will look like before you even start using Invisalign®. Molds of your upper and lower teeth are sent to the Invisalign® laboratory so your aligner trays can be custom made. All of the trays used during your treatment are created at the same time.

    Once your trays arrive, installation is as simple as placing them over your teeth. You must wear these trays at least 22 hours per day. Every two-to-three weeks, you will move on to the next set of trays in your treatment series. This way, you keep constant, gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position. You will need a quick checkup visit every six weeks or so to ensure treatment is progressing as planned. Invisalign® trays don’t require any special care. You can simply brush them gently and rinse them with warm water whenever you take them out.

    Because Invisalign® braces are typically used for less severe bite misalignment, treatment may last six-to-18 months. However, some patients need more time to achieve their desired results. After you are finished with your aligner trays, you will be fitted with a retainer. You must wear this retainer as directed to keep your teeth from drifting back to their old position.

    More Information about Invisalign®

    While Invisalign braces are very comfortable compared to metal braces, they may cause initial soreness by placing pressure on your teeth. You may experience a recurrence of soreness each time you switch to a new set of trays. Over the counter pain relievers may help with this symptom.

    These clear plastic aligner trays generally cost about as much as traditional braces. Some dental insurance plans cover a portion of treatment costs. Other affordable payment options are available for patients without insurance.

    Tooth Removal

    If a tooth is badly decayed, in an abnormal position, and not savable, tooth removal may be the only option. Dr. Ahlbrecht and his highly trained staff will ensure you are comfortable at all times during this procedure. We have many options to replace a tooth once it is removed. Your comfort will be maintained at all times and you will be offered Nitrous Oxide (gas) or conscious sedation (relaxing drugs) to help you through the procedure.

    Now instead of dreading "the dentist", I look forward to regular cleanings--not only because I am so proud of my new smile but also because I get to see all of you wonderful people.
    Thank you for always going the extra mile.

    Suzanne R.

    Root Canals

    An infection in the pulp (nerve) of a tooth is the most common cause of toothache. Dr. Ahlbrecht and his caring staff perform root canal procedures to relieve pain and stop the spread of bacterial infection. This treatment involves removing infected tooth pulp and restoring the tooth with a filler in the nerve canal and protecting the tooth with a crown. Your comfort will be maintained at all times and you will be offered Nitrous Oxide (gas) or conscious sedation (relaxing drugs) to help you through the procedure.

    • I can't thank you enough. People constantly comment on my smile.

      Glenna R.
    • As my father and I talked about the events of the day prior to bedtime...
      He shared that, "At long last we have discovered a 'dental family'."
      It has taken 84+ years for this to happen for father!

      Brenda S.
    • May you be strengthened and encouraged to continue making a
      positive and lasting impact in the lives of your patients.
      You are an absolutely wonderful doctor and your staff is the best!

      Virginia H.

    Emergency Care

    While dental emergencies are upsetting, most can be handled simply by you at home until you can get an appointment to see an emergency dentist in Indianapolis. If you are in the Indianapolis area and are having dental problems, emergency dentist, Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht, has suggested you take the following actions:

    Gum Disease Intervention

    Treatments for moderate gingivitis and early stages of periodontitis involve removing tartar and bacteria below the gum line, where it builds up and causes gum irritation. It may also involve root planning (smoothing the tooth root so bacteria and plaque can’t build up as easily).

    Flouride Treatment and Dental Sealants

    These preventive treatments are usually recommended for children to limit tooth decay. However, these procedures are recommended for adults as well. Fluoride gel is applied topically a couple of times per year. Dental sealants are brushed onto the chewing surfaces of molars where tiny grooves in the enamel can’t be adequately cleaned by toothbrush bristles.


    Most toothaches can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers until you can get in to see your dentist. Ibuprofen (800mg every four to six hours) usually works best, for adults who are not allergic to it. Children should take Tylenol. If that doesn’t control your pain, or if you have swelling, call your dentist.

    Fractured Tooth

    If the tooth isn’t painful, avoid chewing on that side, and call the office. If it has a sharp edge that is irritating your cheeks or tongue, you can get some soft “toothache wax” at the drugstore and cover the sharp area.

    Tooth Knocked Out

    Call your dentist immediately, since the tooth must be replaced as soon as possible. You can try to put it back into the tooth socket yourself if necessary. Try NOT to touch the root of the tooth, holding it by the crown, and push it into the socket. If your dentist is going to put it back in, put the tooth in saline solution, milk, or the patient’s saliva and take it with you to the office. Remember, after two hours the success of re-implanting a tooth goes down drastically.

    Teeth Knocked Out of Position

    Again, call your dentist immediately. We will want to see you immediately to determine if the tooth can be repositioned.


    The mouth is very vascular, so even minor lacerations can bleed profusely. Apply pressure to the area with a clean cloth. If the bleeding cannot be stopped, please call our office immediately or go to the Emergency Room.

    Call us at 317-571-5000 to learn more about how to handle dental emergencies in the Indianapolis area.

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    We encourage you to contact us whenever you have an interest or concern about dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental implants, and tooth whitening in Indianapolis.

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