Are Diamonds a Tooth’s Best Friend?

Knoxville Dentist James Erpenbach DDS

From Gold “grills” to 24-karat gold plated dental retainers — it’s clear some people like a little bling in their mouths. But would you ever consider diamonds in your root canal? A report from the American Chemistry Social journal Nano shows that nanodiamonds — which are literally microscopic diamond chips — have the potential to…

5 Reasons Why Dental Implants Fail

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Knoxville Dentist Erpenbach DDS

Dental implants have a 98% success rate. They are a safe, popular, and long-lasting fix for replacing missing teeth and giving you back a natural, glowing smile. For the huge majority of dental patients, implants are a terrific option and a economical alternative over the long-term. But that does not mean dental implants continue forever…

Say Ahhh: What Color is Your Tongue?

Categories: Blog, Dental Health
Knoxville Dentist James Erpenbach

They say that your tongue is a window to your health. If something is off inside your body, your tongue may show signs. But what kinds of signs should you be looking for when you open wide? A Closer Look at Your Tongue First things, first. Let’s talk about the tongue, itself. It’s often referred…

5 Ways Obstructive Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Health

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Knoxville Dentist James Erpenbach DDS

Snoring can sure disrupt a night’s sleep — both for you and your partner. But if you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), bigger problems may be brewing in your body. Obstructive sleep apnea is when the soft tissues in your neck and throat obstruct your airways during the relaxed state of sleep. People that suffer…

Air Abrasion Treats Cavities Without the Drill

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Jim Erpenbach DDS is a Knoxville dentist committed to less invasive techniques and the latest technology, such as digital x-rays and air abrasion. Digital x-rays are a highly accurate way of dental imaging that means less radiation exposure to the patient. Air abrasion is a way to treating cavities that doesn’t require a conventional drill.…