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Dr. Kyle Shank

Dentistry
Indianapolis, IN
14 years experience male

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Indianapolis, IN

Address

6904 S. East St, Suite #F, Indianapolis, IN
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Indianapolis, IN

About

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General dentist located in Indianapolis, IN with experience in sedation dentistry, oral surgery, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.

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Dentistry

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244 Answers
45 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Extraction: I assume you're asking about extraction versus spacers used in orthodontic treatment here. In that case, the extraction would most likely be more sore... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Antivirals & others: Antiviral medications are some of the most common (acyclovir & valacyclovir). There are also ways to eliminate the pain and reduce the healing time wi... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Nothing anymore: Once it's injected, nothing much more to do. The effects of an intravadcular injection are seen within minutes if not seconds. If you don't see those ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Heat may help : Heat may help, but really you need to see a dentist. Antibiotics and treatment of the infected tooth are the only things that are really going to do t... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Probably not: Keeping in mind that everybody's pain tolerance is difference, i would say this probably isn't normal. Could be a dry socket, or if you had a prosthe... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Good oral hygiene: Best thing i can tell you is good oral hygiene and avoiding things that stain (coffee, tea, cigarettes, red wine, etc). There are some types of staini... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Ask your PCP: Ultimately this is something that you are going to need to discuss with your pcp prior to the infusion. Some of the ultimate decision depends on your ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Shouldn't hurt: Dental treatment should never hurt. You may be a little sore afterwards, but the vast majority of the time you will be numb for your filling so that ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Bone grafting: Typically these procedures involve a lot of bone grafting, often enough that it has to be completed in multiple surgeries. Block grafts of bone are ty... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
It happens: It's not super common, but it does happen. Most of the time i see this, it's because they are going to sleep with a bottle/sippie cup or aren't brushi... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Probably not : More than likely it isn't a concern, but see your dentist to make sure. I would be more concerned as to the reason you have thrush in the first place.... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Yes: Tooth pain in the lower jaw can radiate up the side of the head and can even affect your balance. See a dentist asap. The tooth most likely needs to b... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Doubtful: The only thing i can think of here is if a large amalgam (silver) filling was placed in the tooth, it can stain the tooth over time. Teeth that have ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Depends: Depends on the type and the background of the patient. Certain types of oral cancer are more common than others. Some are more prevalent in certain ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
During or after?: Pain during the visit should be prevented with the use of local anesthetics. During cleanings, this often isn't possible, so good oral hygiene between... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Do it!: In a situation like this, the lesion is suspected to be pre-malignant. There is no way to know if it has become malignant without doing the biopsy. Th... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Well...: Meds alone won't fix the problem. I usually treat bruxism with an anterior bite plane worn 24x7 for 2 weeks which then goes to night-time wear only a... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Dentist: You need to see a dentist asap. An acute abscess is an aggressive infection that requires dental treatment. Antibiotics will help short-term, but with... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Many times yes: Depends on the severity of the malocclusion. Sometimes complete correction requires surgery, sometimes extractions, sometimes just moving the teeth. D... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Possible yet unlikel: Possible, but from your description an based on your age i would say it is more likely not cancerous. More likely a viral growth similar to a wart or ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Depends...: If it feels like your bite is off, contact your dentist immediately to have it adjusted. I it's just a little sensitive (ie. Hot and cold) give it a c... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Several Days: Soreness after a gingivectomy typically lasts several days. Exactly how long the soreness lasts will depend on how much tissue was removed & how it w... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Pretty much: Immunosuppressants are a nasty class of drugs. They're necessary in certain circumstances, but they are really hard on your mouth. Meticulous oral hyg... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Typically: Oral conscious sedation is an excellent option for many people. Just make sure your dentist has appropriate training. If you need to find a sedation... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
I would: The less extra stuff in your mouth for the doctor to work around the better. Also, an electrosurgical instrument is sometimes used to cauterize the a... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Sure: Local anesthetic? I would highly recommend it. Sedation? I've sedated many people for procedures as minor as this. Assuming your medical history doe... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
That's a new one...: I have to admit...I've not been asked this yet. It may be more psychological, as i can think of no medical reason why this would occur.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Typically: Assuming no allergies, amoxyl (amoxicillin) should be safe.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Uncle Tom's?: The closest i've seen is uncle tom's. I'm not sure if it's vegan or not, but that would be the closest thing that i'm aware of.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
No: Unlike medical insurance, you do not need a pre-determination for dental insurance. You can request a pre-treatment estimate, but it important to unde... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
No: Listerime does not cause cancer. Now having said that, people who smoke should not use a mouthrinse containing alcohol. The alcohol can dry the tissue... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Dentist: Start with your dentist. Most small bone fragments are easy to remove. If it is anything more significant that your dentist cannot take care of, see a... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Differs: This really differs from person to person. The real issue comes down to resolving the bruxism, typically with an appliance and then treating the sensi... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Depends: Wisdom teeth can come in any time in a wide age range, and keeping in mind that everyone develops at a different rate, this probably isn't a major wor... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Suggestions...: Practicing placing a spoon on the back of the tongue can help some people to overcome the gag reflex. In the office, laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Well...: I would be very cautious about about jumping into surgery. Bite splint would be the first therapy i would try. I usually do an anterior bite plate f... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Depends: Depends on the exact location. There is a small structure that may look similar on each cheek by the maxillary first molar called the parotid papilla.... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
May make it worse...: Sometimes people who clench and grind their teeth at night can actually make the problem worse with an otc nightguard. Many of these appliances are s... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
See a dentist: In trauma cases, one thing to be concerned about is tooth fragments impaled in the tissue (lip, cheek, tongue, etc) if there are tooth fragments caug... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Yes and good luck...: Both of these medications can cause dry-mouth. To the best of my knowledge (i'm a dentist), there are no good alternatives for carb/levo (aka sinimet... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Local anesthetic: Citanest is a local anesthetic, aka prilocaine. For dental use it comes as a 4% solution with or without a vasoconstrictor.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Fix the tooth...: Fixing the tooth as was previously mentioned is really the only way to permanently fix the problem. Antibiotics are only a temporary fix. Certain an... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
What DOESN'T?: There are all sorts of things that can cause dry mouth, especially medications. Dry mouth is the number one side effect experienced among all prescrip... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Hmmm...: I saw a case like yours just a few days ago. The test looks for antibodies to the virus, so if there is a problem with your immune system not producin... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Orthodontist: Dealing with excessive overbite/overjet is a complex issue that can have multiple treatment options depending on your particular case. Some cases can... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Relax!: Canker sores, unlike fever blisters, are more triggered by stress than anything else. That can be systemic stress (new job, spouse, child, major life ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Stress: Stress levels increasing often can precipate outbreaks of herpetic lesions. If these outbreaks started around the same time as some new stress in you... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
10% bleach: Most people just rinse them off with a little soap and water. If you truly want to sterilize the tooth though, let it soak in a 10% bleach solution fo... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Sorta: Anythig acidic like citrus can trigger an outbreak. I say 'sorta' because it is triggering an outbreak of a virus that is already there. Trauma like b... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Check which one...: It is important to check which form of Hydroxyzine you are using as well. Hydroxyzine pam (pamoate) will help with anxiety. Hydroxyzine hcl (hydrochlo... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Sep 21, 2013
Very knowledgeable and dedicated Dentist with excellent, comprehensive and to the point answers and advice. I highly recommend!
Mar 23, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
HealthTap member
Sep 5, 2012
Working on scheduling an appt. for early next week! Thank you so much for your kindness and willingness to help. You're one in a million!
HealthTap member
Thanks for letting me know. I'm just worried because the teeth that were bracketed are so sensitive that they start to hurt even from a
HealthTap member
Ok for more than 6 months now. We have been brushing her teeth twice a day without fail and yes we do it in a very meticulous manner.
HealthTap member
Temperature sensitivity is gone and the bite is fine. If I bite on something hard on it it is a little tender. Been 2 weeks

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana University School of Medicine, IN
Graduated 2008MD

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, Indiana - Winter
2013
Top Dentist, Third Place, Indiana - Winter
2013
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