Think You Have An Abscess? Call Us Immediately

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The dangers of an untreated abscess tooth are real, folks! An abscess means that you have an infection from bacteria brewing inside the pulp of your tooth. This is, without a doubt, a dental emergency. You’ll need quick treatment in order to prevent dangerous complications later on. Signs and Symptoms of an Abscess Call us…

Is Tooth Sensitivity After a Filling Normal?

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If you have a cavity, there’s a good bet that we will recommend a filling. Dental fillings are safe and effective, but on some occasions, people may experience discomfort or tooth sensitivity after the procedure. Here are a few reasons why a patient may experience sensitivity after a filling. What is a Filling? A filling…

Study Finds Charcoal Toothpastes Do More Harm Than Good

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It’s time to give charcoal toothbrushes the official brush off. A new study suggests the so-called teeth whitening products are nothing but a gimmick that may do more harm than good. The new study published in the British Dental Journal examined 50 charcoal toothpastes to determine whether they lived up to their claims to whiten,…

Dental Fillings Don’t Last Forever — Here’s Why…

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Dental fillings used by Knoxville dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, are meant to repair chips or small cavities in teeth. Fillings are made up of materials that are resistant to decay, like porcelain, composite resin, and sometimes, amalgam. Fillings are made to last — however, on occasion, harmful bacteria in our mouths can break down the…

Ozone Antiseptic Shows Promise for Treating Gum Disease

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Ozone Therapy has been used here at the Knoxville Dentist office of J.D. Erpenbach DDS for many years to treat tooth decay and gum disease. Now, scientists are taking the treatment one step further, developing an ozone antiseptic agent called “ozone nano-bubble water” to treat severe gum infections. The Use of Ozonated Water In one ozone therapy study,…

4 Common Causes of Gum Recession — And What To Do About Them

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Recession, or receding gums, is something I talk about quite often with my patients. In fact, we check for receding gums by taking gum line measurements at every dentist visit. Why are these measurements important? Because, besides attractively showcasing your teeth, your gums also protect your teeth and underlying bone from bacteria and abrasive food…

Reversing Damaged Tissue From Gum Disease

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Anyone with advanced gum disease knows how much the condition can ravage the mouth. Gum disease literally destroys connective and periodontal tissues, causing tooth pain and tooth loss. The bacteria involved with gum disease are also associated with other health problems such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and stroke. Common Treatment for Advanced Gum Disease…