Midwest Dental Specialists Are Transforming Dental Excellence

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February/March 2024

Midwest Dental Specialists is a collaborative team that delivers unmatched expertise and dedicated, care to every individual they serve. The practice is conveniently located in Zionsville, IN, and offers specialized dental services to the greater Indianapolis area, encompassing Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Whitestown, Lebanon and Brownsburg.


Midwest Dental Specialists specializes in an extensive array of advanced dental solutions crafted to restore, enhance and safeguard your smile’s natural brilliance and functionality. From dental implants and porcelain veneers to crowns, bridges, dentures and full-mouth reconstructions, Midwest Dental Specialists’ expertise spans a broad spectrum of prosthodontic and periodontal treatments. This specialized team consistently delivers exceptional results that not only rejuvenate smiles but also enhance overall quality of life.

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Mariana Mambrini Soldatelli, DDS

For Dr. Soldatelli, the practice of dentistry comes naturally. Her mother and younger sister are orthodontists in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where Dr. Soldatelli is originally from (Novo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul). She currently resides in Carmel with her family. Her husband is a faculty member at Indiana University School of Dentistry.

“I graduated [ULBRA-RS School of Dentistry in Brazil] in 2006, completed a post-graduate prosthodontics program in 2008, and my mother and I worked together until 2017 at the same practice,” Dr. Soldatelli said. “I did my residency from 2019 to 2022, completed the national boards and exams to get my license, and now, I’m working in a private practice along with Dr. Justin Villanueva.”

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Dr. Soldatelli’s expertise in prosthodontics and skills in reconstructing complex dental issues, along with her mastery of restorative and replacement procedures such as crowns, bridges, dentures and
implants, ensure functional and aesthetic excellence while improving overall quality of life and creating transformative, confident smiles.

Justin J. Villanueva, DMD, MSD, DHL

Similar to Dr. Soldatelli, dentistry is a family affair for Dr. Villanueva. He comes from a long line of dental practitioners that begins with his grandfather, who was from and practiced in the Philippines. Specializing in periodontics, Dr. Villanueva focuses on preserving gum health and the supportive structures of teeth.

Offering cutting-edge treatments like LANAP for gum disease, he ensures a strong oral foundation while enhancing the aesthetic allure of your smile with personalized attention.

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“Growing up, I either wanted to go into dentistry like my dad, aunts, uncles and grandpa, or join the military,” Dr. Villanueva said. “I decided to go to dental school, and during my first semester, 9/11 happened. So, I enlisted and was in the U.S. Army for four years. Once I was out of [military] service, I went back to dental school.”

While attending dental school, Dr. Villanueva’s father passed away unexpectedly, and he inherited his father’ private practice. Dr. Villanueva went on to complete his residency in periodontics at the Indiana University School of Dentistry before opening his private practice in Indiana. Dr. Villanueva married his junior high school sweetheart and eventually moved their family from the Chicagoland area to Zionsville, where they’ve lived since 2016.

With two additional practices in Lafayette and South Bend, IN, Dr. Villanueva is excited to grow his boutique practice, opening in mid-March in Zionsville.


Both Dr. Villanueva and Dr. Soldatelli shared that they spend more time with their patients because they are usually referred to their practice by general dentists for more complex cases that need periodontal and prosthodontic expertise. The doctors also emphasized that this is the greatest advantage of having
both specialties within the same practice.

“I feel like we run our practices very differently from a typical office,” Dr. Villanueva said. “I only see six patients a day, and I do that on purpose because I don’t ever want people to feel rushed when dealing with an issue. Especially in my specialty, most people don’t know they have an issue or are referred for it when they’re not having a lot of symptoms. So, there’s a lot of questions, and I need the time to explain a lot of information. My consultations are typically an hour to two hours long.”

Dr. Soldatelli added, “Sometimes a patient will come in with tooth pain, and it’s just a single tooth that needs to be treated, but sometimes it’s not just that tooth that’s causing the problem, and there’s an underlying problem. For me, I can see six to seven patients a day, but sometimes, the treatment process for prosthodontics takes a little longer, and I may only see one or two patients a day because they need a lot of attention and a lot more complex work done.”

Dr. Villanueva and Dr. Soldatelli prioritize the well-being and satisfaction of their patients, striving to create a welcoming, supportive environment where individuals feel valued and heard.

With their compassionate approach to care, they take the time to understand each patient’s unique concerns, preferences and goals. By fostering open communication and trust, the doctors ensure their patients are actively involved in their treatment decisions and feel empowered throughout their dental journey. Whether addressing dental concerns or simply providing guidance and support, Dr. Villanueva and Dr. Soldatelli are dedicated to delivering patient-centered care that exceeds expectations.


Periodontal health and prosthodontic health are crucial for several reasons. First, periodontal health, which consists of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, is essential for maintaining the stability and longevity of the dentition. Periodontal diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis can lead to gum inflammation, tissue damage and eventual tooth loss if left untreated. Therefore, maintaining healthy gums through regular dental hygiene and professional care is vital for preserving oral function and aesthetics.

Similarly, prosthodontic health focuses on restoring and replacing missing or damaged teeth to improve ora function, aesthetics and overall quality of life. Prosthodontic interventions such as dental implants, crowns, bridges and dentures help individuals regain the ability to chew, speak and smile confidently. By addressing tooth loss or structural abnormalities, prosthodontic treatment promotes oral health and prevents further complications associated with dental problems.

Overall, both periodontal and prosthodontic health play integral roles in maintaining optimal oral health and well-being. By prioritizing regular dental check-ups, performing proper oral hygiene practices, and seeking timely treatment for any dental issues, individuals can preserve their smile and enjoy a healthy, functional mouth for years to come.

Take the first step towards a brighter smile by discussing your care options and treatment plan with Midwest Dental Specialists today. Don’t wait any longer to address your dental concerns—their team is there to help you achieve optimal oral health and regain your confidence.

Whether you need preventive care, restorative treatments or cosmetic enhancements, Midwest Dental Specialists offers personalized solutions tailored to your specific needs and goals. Contact their office now and embark on your journey towards a healthier, better life with a smile that radiates confidence.

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