Dr. Kyle Shank

Dentistry
Indianapolis, IN
15 years experience male

Locations

Office

Indianapolis, IN

Address

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

About

Bio

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

Specialties
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Dentistry

Doctor Q&A

244 Answers
45 Agrees
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Sedation!: Find a dentist experienced in conscious sedation (check out www.Sedationcare.Com). When you call to make an appointment, make sure to let the office ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Surgeries...again...: Fixing a cleft palate typically requires a number of surgeries as the patient grows. These are usually bone grafting surgeries combined with a prosth... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Antivirals: Just to add to the discussion, when using antivirals, i usually start with acyclovir. It's reasonably successful and pretty cheap. If that doesn't d... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
You betcha: Teething is slightly painful. The teeth are cutting up through the gum tissue, and this is a new sensation for your baby. As i'm sure you can imagin... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Some do...: Some people do. Patients with artificial heart valves, previous history of infective endocarditis, joint replacements in the last 5 years do require ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Not usually: It is important to let your dentist know, but most procedures don't have a major impact for sickle cell. Procedures that involve more bleeding would ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Not the best: A dental dam may help since it is a barrier, but it's really not made for this. Get the disease taken care of in the case of curable ones or stay awa... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Yes w/ a caveat: You can get teeth pulled while pregnant, but there are a few important things to keep in mind. We prefer to take care of things like this in the 2nd t... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Uncommon: Real problems with the upper wisdom teeth a month out is relatively uncommon. If you're tasting blood, it's likely just a small fragment of bone work... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Depends: Nucynta (tapentadol) is a newer drug for people with a true narcotic allergy which is relatively rare. It's a schedule 2, so similar to percocet/oxyco... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Crown lengthening: In addition to crowns and veneers, sometimes crown lengthening can be a viable option as well. It essentiall involves trimming a bit of gum tissue awa... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Varies: This is a huge topic. Cost varies greatly based on the amount of coverage desired, your geographic area, and whether your employer sponsors the plan.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Yes: I have seen vertigo show up from a dental infection before, but very rarely and typically only in severe cases.
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A member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
That's a new one...: I've never heard of garlic powder helping with a toothache. If it does, i'd be somewhat surprised. I have heard of people using cloves or clove oil,... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Yes and no: Depends on the severity. Sometimes slight mobility can be corrected with periodontal treatment, splinting, bone grafting, etc. Unfortunately, if the... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Good cleft team: As was mentioned, a hospital with a good cleft team is what you need. Riley hospital in indianapolis has a great team as well, but that may be a bit f... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Rarely: Canker sores may occasionally turn a bit dark while healing, but not usually black. See your dentist to have it evaluated.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Probably, but...: Your baby will probably be okay, but i cannt make any promises. If there is something wrong when your baby is born though, do keep in mind that it may... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Fungiform Papilla: Fungiform papilla toward the back of the tongue can get inflammed and occasionally infected. This is typically benigh. There are a few more ominous ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Occlusal splint: For an adult, i typically start with a hard occlusal splint that covers the front 6 teeth. If the patient is having no TMJ pain, I have them wear it ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Different Kind?: Perhaps a different kind of mouth guard would be better for you. Rather than one that is made to give you something different to grind on, perhaps one... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Tell the doc...: If you are having a biopsy, it likely needs to be done. Tell the doctor ahead of time though. Most people who have had dvt's and pe's are on blood thi... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
See your dentist: I'm a little unclear as to exactly what your question is asking. What exactly is painful? It could be a sore spot the denture is rubbing which your d... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Nutrition shakes: There a several brands of nutrition shakes such as boost that are available at your local grocery store. These are great for the few days after the s... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Possibly: Possibly, but be careful. Because Accutane does make the skin more sensitive to irritants such as sunlight and laser treatments, i would be a little c... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
It's an option: Removin teeth is a viable option to correct am excessive overjet. It's not the only option, since growth appliances can sometimes work as well. An ort... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Very good: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is very effective for cold sores, although i typically prefer zovirax just because it's cheaper.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Treat the denture...: Sounds like you need to treat the denture, not your mouth. It's very common for a new denture to rub sore spots which many patients can mistake for a... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Pyogenic granuloma: Pregnancy tumor is a common name for a gingival overgrowth called a pyogenic granuloma. It is a benign localized growth that while usually seen in pr... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Stay on the meds: Antibiotics really take about 48hrs to do you some serious good, so stay on the mess to make sure they are working. Sounds like either an ear infectio... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Remember the MOA: As an aside, it's important to remember how these meds work. Your allergies are caused by histamine release in the body. Antihistamines block the rel... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Does it matter?: I wouldn't worry about it. There are hundreds of reasons a tetracyclineay have been prescribed. It also may have been prescribed to you, not mom. Most... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
I would do Ortho: I know first-hand the training that a dentist gets in ortho compared to an orthodontist (i'm a dentist, my wife is an orthodontist). There's a lot of... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Procaine?: Oraverse as previously mentioned will cut the time to return to normal sensation roughly in half. I'm not sure if it would work with procaine or not.... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Unlikely: Palatal expanders work well on children, but i see that you are an adult. Once the palatal bones have fused, a palatal expander can only be used in co... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Yes: I have seen this a few times. Typically it is temporary and the symptoms can be resolved with steroids or even occasionally over-the-counter nsaid's ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Possibly: He really needs to have a discussion with an oral surgeon about his complete medical history. Smoking alone does not automatically preclude someone fr... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Depends on diet: Much of baby bottle decay is dependent on diet. Sending the child to bed with a bottle full of juice or milk (anything other than water) or not brushi... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Additional notes: Just a few things to add to dr. Sandroff's note. There are some other general factors that make you more or less prone to a dry socket. Sites on the u... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Not necessarily : There are a lot of things tha can show up as dark spots in the mouth, most of which are rather benign. It definitely requires follow-up however, in th... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Gum disease: Blood in saliva can be an indication of gum disease. Smokers tend to bleed less, so your recent smoking cessation (which is admirable) may have allow... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Unlikely: Most likely its from biting your lip/cheek while you were numb. There are other things that could be a possibility as well such as trauma as stated i... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Check the gums...: A periodontist is a gum specialists. As a dentist, one reason i would send a patient to see a periodontist is if there were gum (periodontal) disease... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Cause?: Depends on the cause. If its caused by medications you are on, speak with your doctor about alternatives. There are also medications that can help sti... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Teens-Early 20's: Wisdom teeth are the last ones to finish developing, and that's just before they erupt (late teens to early 20's, provided they have enough room in th... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
6 years (usually): Most tongue thrust appliances hook onto the 6-yr molars, so this is about the earliest one could be done. There are different options here, so speak ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
No: The short answer is 'no'. You would need to have something of theirs in your mouth to make your throat sore.
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A female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Sinus problems?: Many times sinus problems and post-nasal drip can contribute to bad breath as well as acid reflux. There are a number of reasons why you could be expe... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Tell your doc: I would think you'll be fine, but make sure you tell the docs before they do the procedure. While MRSA sounds scary, there are antibiotics that can ki... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Don't sweat it...: Many young children do this. There's really not a lot we do for it, and most children will outgrow it. My general rule of thumb is that i don't worr... Read More
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Testimonials
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Recommendations
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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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