Difference Between Canker Sores & Mouth Ulcers

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We’ve all been through the uncomfortable situation of waking up to a mouth ulcer or canker sore. Everybody has been a victim of these frustrating ulcers at least once in their life and understands how they can irritate your mouth and prevent you from enjoying food. If interfering with your food wasn’t enough, there’s a…

Minimizing Drilling – Conservative Dentistry and Saving Your Teeth

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Dr. Erpenbach Keeps Teeth Safe from Unnecessary Procedures Our teeth naturally have everything they need to survive. Special circumstances can call for the dentist, but there is danger in drilling or shaving on the natural tooth more than is necessary. Jim Erpenbach, DDS, understands this and practices conservative dentistry to protect your teeth from unnecessary…

Biomimetic Dentistry & The Tooth Death Spiral

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Caring for teeth the old-fashioned way does as much harm as it does good. Fixing one problem contributes to another. Dentists who practice biomimetic dentistry call this “the tooth death spiral”. The word death here is an ode to what indeed happens: the tooth dies. Thankfully, over time, dentistry has evolved as new technologies have…

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19

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What is coronavirus? Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have included Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). COVID-19 is the disease caused…

Why Choose a Biomimetic Dentist For Your Care?


I am proud to be one of the leading “Tooth-Conserving” dental offices in Knoxville. This means I am a biomimetic dentist; a certified member of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry. I follow a biomimetic approach to dentistry which by definition means to mimic nature. The best way to do this is by preserving as much…

Cigars Carry the Same Oral Health Risks as Cigarettes

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Chances are you know someone who likes to smoke a cigar every once in a while. Unlike cigarettes, cigars have long been considered an expensive luxury. Unfortunately, no matter how “classy” cigar smoking may seem, it comes with a price — oral health problems. How Cigars Can Ruin Your Smile More than 75% of people…

Knoxville Dentist Guarantees a Safe, Pure Environment For Patients

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Dental unit waterlines — that plastic tubing that carries water to our handpieces, water syringes, and ultrasonic scalers — are notoriously known to harbor bacteria and biofilms. These nasty bugs can put patients at risk for illness if these waterlines are not appropriately treated. Since 2015 in the United States alone, there have been two…

Electric Toothbrushes: Are They Better Than Regular Toothbrushes?

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The debate over electric toothbrushes has been a continual topic in our practice for years. Some patients swear by them, while others say they’ll never give up their standard toothbrushes. The truth is both brushes have their flaws. Electric toothbrushes can be really great, even better than regular toothbrushes, at reducing gum disease and removing…