Jim Erpenbach DDS

Call Us Today: 865-240-2035

Why Less Dentistry is the Best Dentistry

Traditional dentistry is centered on the fastest means of giving teeth their strength back. This often entails drilling teeth down as well as packing large restorations in-between the tooth and gum.The problem with this is that we're not setting our teeth up for long-term success. If teeth are not properly cared for and treated, the likelihood of needing a root canal is almost guaranteed. In dentistry this is referred to as the "root canal cycle."

In recent years, more and more practitioners are adopting the principles of Biomimetic Dentistry. Biomimetic Dentistry is not a quick fix, but rather an investment in your teeth. Longer but fewer appointments are necessary in order to achieve restorations that look, feel and function like your natural teeth. This is possible through tooth-conserving methods that only remove absolutely vital portions of the decayed tooth. We then place detailed restorations with materials that are biocompatible and flex with the changing temperatures of the mouth. 

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The Mouth-Body Health Link

Did you know that the mouth contains over 700 different kinds of bacteria? Not all of these are harmful, but the buildup of certain strains can become a problem. We tend to think of our teeth as invincible and not take infection as seriously as we do in other parts of the body. But the reality is, teeth and gums endure daily stress that can lead to serious problems both in the mouth and the body if not properly cared for.  

There’s a medical term called the oral-systemic link that refers to the connection between oral health and whole-body, or systemic health. The easiest way to visualize this is to think of the mouth as the body’s largest doorway. Infection in the mouth has open access to the body and can spread through the bloodstream. Disease in the mouth increases an individual’s risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and more. 

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Periodontal Program

Periodontal Program

Oral health isn't just about having good teeth; the health of your gums is equally important.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in our nation, and up to 80% of Americans have some level of the chronic condition. Research tells us, gum disease increases the risk for serious systemic and overall health problems. As a founding member of AAOSH, the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, Dr. Erpenbach feels strongly about thwarting gum disease in the early stage, when treatment is less invasive and traumatic.

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Dental Implant Restoration

Dental Implant Restoration

Most people don’t realize how important it is to have a full smile. In addition to creating an unsightly appearance, missing teeth can result in tooth and jaw misalignment, dietary limitations, and additional tooth loss. Also, research indicates that up to 20 percent of teeth adjacent to missing teeth will fall out over the next several years if lost teeth are not replaced.

Because Dr. Erpenbach understands the value of a healthy, complete, and fully functional smile, he may suggest bridgework, dentures, partials, or dental implants. Implant restorations enable patients to once again enjoy active living and a high quality of life. Constructed from biocompatible titanium, a dental implant is a small, metal post surgically inserted into your gum line. One post and crown are placed in each empty socket to act as teeth roots and crowns.

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Bridges, Dentures & Partials

Bridges, Dentures, and Partials

Dr. Erpenbach always works to save your natural teeth, but disease and injury may make that goal impossible. Lost teeth generate a host of problems such as difficulties chewing, speaking, and even smiling. With bridges, dentures, or partials, Dr. Erpenbach can improve your oral health and appearance.

Complete rows of prosthetic teeth, known as full dentures, are attached to gum-colored bases and can replace teeth on the upper, lower, or both jaws. Typically, patients secure their dentures with adhesives or natural suctions. If you have healthy remaining teeth, Dr. Erpenbach may advise getting a partial denture to fill in your smile. A partial will contain as many prosthetic teeth as necessary to close the space left by missing teeth, fitting into your mouth like pieces of a puzzle.

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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Each year, people in this country spend millions of dollars trying to preserve their youth. Who doesn’t want to turn back the clock and say goodbye to several years? Professional teeth whitening can refresh your smile and give you a more radiant appearance without breaking the bank.

Over time, dark beverages, tobacco, and age cause our teeth to look dull or yellow. Teeth whitening erases surface discolorations and boosts the wattage of your smile up to 10 shades. Safe and effective, teeth whitening has helped countless patients refresh their images.

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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

When you look sensational, people take notice. Having a brilliant smile can boost confidence and contribute to personal and professional success. If chips, gaps, or stains have stolen your smile’s luster, consider porcelain veneers. These thin shells of porcelain will cover imperfections to reveal a dazzling image.

If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, Dr. Erpenbach will schedule a consultation so that he can discuss your ideas and get a feel for your smile enhancement goals. With this type of veneer, Dr. Erpenbach will select restorations that complement your skin tone, facial features, and personality. Expert ceramists handcraft traditional porcelain veneers to Dr. Erpenbach’s exact specifications. Flaunt the brand new you in just two to three visits to our dental office.

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ClearCorrect

ClearCorrect

If someone offered you a subtle way to achieve a straighter smile, would you take it? Many image-conscious adults would love to correct crooked teeth and attain a flawless smile, but they hate the idea of traditional braces. With ClearCorrect custom aligners, you don’t have to worry about painful adjustments or the embarrassment of a metal mouth.

Through a series of clear, removable trays, the ClearCorrect system gradually moves your teeth into the desired position. Wear these aligners all the time, except when you brush or eat, and you will have a perfect smile in just 9 to 18 months. Because the aligners are made from clear plastic, most people won’t even know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

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Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

Even when you take care of your teeth and gums, problems may still arise. Fractures, deep decay, and lost teeth can negatively affect your oral health and put a damper on your appearance. Dental health impacts overall wellness, so it’s important to address any conditions and problems in the early stages, if possible. With restorative dentistry, Dr. Erpenbach can correct damage and revitalize your smile.

Dr. Erpenbach feels that conservative tooth restorations best serve our patients’ needs. Using biomimetic dentistry as his guide, Dr. Erpenbach selects biologically-based materials and removes as little original tooth structure as possible. Because he places composite fillings, inlays, onlays, and ceramic crowns, patients don’t have to worry about detracting from their attractive smiles with necessary dental repairs.

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General and Family Dentistry

General and Family Dentistry

As a general and family dental office, we realize the power of prevention. Good home care and routine checkups form the cornerstones of lasting oral health. Dr. Erpenbach and our hygiene team will work with you to address any concerns and maximize your smile potential.

During your appointment, we will complete a thorough exam. Our hygienists will look for signs of gum disease and professionally clean your teeth, removing tartar build up. Your assessment will also include a bite analysis and tooth-by-tooth inspection. Dr. Erpenbach will review his findings with you and explain any treatment recommendations.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you see gorgeous smiles on friends, family, or even celebrities and wish you could attain that same beauty? You may not realize that cosmetic dentistry allows people just like you to give nature a hand with their not-so-perfect smiles. Options like cosmetic bonding, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and ClearCorrect aligners can transform your image from tired to terrific.

Dr. Erpenbach believes that every dentist should approach their work with cosmetics in mind. Whether Dr. Erpenbach is placing veneers or repairing tooth damage with a filling, he chooses the finest materials to create solid, life-like restorations. Because he follows the principles of biomimetic dentistry, Dr. Erpenbach restores vitality and creates natural-looking, healthy smiles for our patients.

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Our Office

Our Office

The facilities and equipment you'll find in our office are the latest in state-of-the-art dentistry. We have devoted time and effort to creating an environment where you'll always feel comfortable and confident. Dr. Erpenbach and our entire staff are available to answer questions, discuss options, and assist in your complete satisfaction.

Amenities & Technology

  • Air Abrasion
  • 5x Magnification
  • DIAGNOdent
  • CO2 Laser
  • Televisions and Noise-Cancelling Headphones in Operatories
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Our Team

Our Team

Paula Arden - Treatment/Financial Coordinator

Paula has 22 years dental experience and is also a Registered Dental Assistant. She has been with the practice for the last three years as the Treatment and Financial Coordinator. Paula is responsible for getting things done once a patient's needs are determined. She is extremely knowledgeable about dental coverage and getting maximum benefits. She has many financial options and works with you to find the one that best fits your needs.

Paula has two cats and enjoys socializing around the pool where she lives.

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Our Doctor

Our Doctor

Dr. Jim Erpenbach

Dr. Jim Erpenbach was raised in Knoxville. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Tennessee Memphis in 1982. He has been practicing here for over 28 years.

He strongy believes advanced continuing education is vitally important to provide the most current scientific based care for his patients. He averages over 150 hours a year in continuing education focused on teeth conserving biomimetic (life like) dentistry and the link between the mouth health and effects on general health (oral systemic links).

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Contact Us

Contact Us

Welcome to Our Knoxville Dental Practice

Dr. Jim Erpenbach
6311 Kingston Pike Suite 8W
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Telephone: (865) 240-2035
Fax: (865) 584-6950

We are conveniently located in Knoxville and serve the greater metropolitan area. Our office is open during the regular hours of 8 to 5, Monday through Wednesday, and 8 to 4 on Thursday. Please contact us about our hours during holidays or in emergency situations.

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Finances & Policies

Finances & Policies

We Want to Help Our Patients Smile

At our dental practice, we know that dental insurance and payment matters can be confusing. Our team will help you navigate the process and answer any questions you have. As a courtesy, we will file your dental insurance. Your portion is expected at the time of service.

For your convenience, we accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards. Contact our office at 865.240.2035 if we can be of assistance.

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Oral-Systemic Dentistry

Oral-Systemic Dentistry

The phrase oral-systemic health refers to the connection between oral health and whole-body, or systemic, health. Research has shown and continues to uncover a direct interweaving of oral and overall health. When you consider that everything in your mouth has direct access to the inside of your body, the link makes perfect sense. Your mouth is like a portal to your body's internal workings.

Dr. Erpenbach is proud to be a founding member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, an organization that brings an array of doctors from many fields, including dentistry, together in an effort to educate the public and study the connection between oral and overall health. Here are just a few ways your mouth's health influences your body's health:
  • Gum disease affects up to 80% of Americans, and it increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes complications, low-weight births, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and may also influence the development of certain cancers.
  • Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that cause tooth decay and contribute to gum disease, can enter an abrasion in the mouth and get into the bloodstream. If the immune system does not defeat the bacteria, it can travel to the heart within a matter of seconds. There, the bacteria attach to the lining of heart valves and cause inflammation. This condition, known as endocarditis, is potentially fatal.
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Biomimetic Dentistry

Biomimetic Dentistry

Dr. Erpenbach Promotes Healthy Mouths and Smiles with Biomimetic Dentistry

As a tooth conserving philosophy, biomimetic dentistry seeks to treat fractured, weak, and decayed teeth in a manner that strengthens the teeth and protects against bacterial infection. Traditional dentistry can destroy healthy tooth structure as part of the restoration process. With biomimetic dentistry, however, Dr. Erpenbach can rebuild your teeth by using components of your natural tooth structure as part of the restoration process.

Biomimetic dentistry also advocates a more moderate approach to treatment, focusing on the idea of "less is more." Ozone treatment, good hygiene, and properly placed sealants can practically eliminate the occurrence of issues like gum disease or tooth decay. Where cavities develop or old fillings exist, Dr. Erpenbach will address these needs with the most conservative therapies available.

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Services

Services

Knoxville Residents Trust Their Smiles to Dr. Erpenbach

Before you ever speak, your smile conveys a message to the people you meet. At our Knoxville dental practice, we want to help you project an image of self-assurance and grace. Blending artistic vision and clinical expertise, Dr. Erpenbach will exceed your expectations with quality dental care and amazing smile enhancements. Teeth whitening, dental implants, and even regular preventive care will keep your smile in mint condition.

Because Dr. Erpenbach embraces the idea of biomimetic dentistry, he seeks to restore smiles and promote total body harmony. Employing conservative practices, Dr. Erpenbach fashions restorations that preserve healthy tooth structure and strengthen your entire mouth. An advocate of the Bale-Donne method of identifying and decreasing the risks for heart attack and stroke, Dr. Erpenbach looks for any warning signs during exams and educates patients on how dental issues like gum disease can contribute to systemic health concerns.

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