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Dental Microscope

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Our office just purchased a Global  Microscope. This tool allows us to see the minutiae of the mouth, which allows us to work with greater precision than if we were not using a microscope.   Truly great visualization is achieved with high magnification as well as high-intensity, co-axial lighting. This offers some unique benefits to the most important person in the room: the patient.

  1. Starting simply, the magnification a dentist receives with the patient under the microscope allows for only the highest quality of oral exams. Without this magnification, the starting signs of something as simple as cavities or as serious as periodontal disease can be missed. By catching these problems quickly and early, treatment outcomes are always more successful.

  2. This elevated level of awareness at the diagnostic level directly leads to increased efficiency at the treatment level. For restorative dentists, those of us generating new teeth over broken ones, being able to spot fractures of the tooth is of paramount importance. Those fractures are likely invisible at the macroscopic level, but when under the scope, they become more easily visible. This allows us to know what is a safe place to start tooth restoration.

  3. The microscope also allows for an increase in the ergonomics of the dentist. When you see a dentist working without a microscope, you generally see him or her leaned over the patient, with a contorted spine and distended shoulders. This leads to pain for the dentist, and can lead him to rush through treatment. With the microscope, you can be sure that the dentist is going to take his time with you, because he/she is comfortable.

  4. The comfort of the dentist allows him to increase his productivity. She can work comfortably for longer periods of time, which means she can get through a procedure in your mouth and have you out of the chair that much faster. We can all appreciate that.

  5.  Root Canal treatment using the microscope is considered the standard of care.  Finding and accurately removing the nerve of the tooth without causing unnecessary damage to the remaining tooth is critical.  This allows us to get the job done right the first time, lowering any risk of a postoperative infection, and keeping you out of the chair for as long as possible.

  6. The microscope also allows us for increased precision with the patient in the chair. As I can now see everything in the mouth more precisely and can minimize, if not outright eliminate, any unnecessary damage to the tissues surrounding a targeted area. This will minimize the healing time and discomfort required for our patient.

Even with so many advantages to using a microscope, only a few dentists are using one. There is no additional cost generated to the patient for the use of the equipment. It may actually save the patient some money in the long run, as it allows for higher-quality care at a much faster rate.

So, you know you're in good hands and being treated with top-of-the-line equipment and staff with our practice.   Don't hesitate to give us a call and we'll have your mouth clean, comfortable and healthy in no time.



Laser Dentistry with Fotona Lightwalker Laser

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Our office is happy to announce the purchase of a Fotona Lightwalker Laser and Dr Burke has completed a continuing education certification in Laser Dentistry. Our goal is to offer the highest level of Holistic Dentistry in Colorado and this  technology allows us to do so. 

Laser fits in with our holistic philosophy since it affects the cells producing less  inflammation, increasing growth , speeding  healing, decreasing pain .

It has an influence on producing collagen which affects  gum tissue , skin, dentin, bone  and stimulates  fibroblasts, macrophages  and other cells.

 The Fotona Laser is a comprehensive piece of dental technology that is transforming the way we perform basic and complex dental procedures at our office. The result is an all-inclusive laser device capable of delivering greater patient comfort, faster healing and better overall accuracy than traditional laser treatments.

Most patients are candidates for laser dental treatment. We use the LightWalker for a variety of treatment services, including those pertaining to operative dentistry (many filling can be done without anesthesia) , endodontics, periodontics, surgical procedures, and cosmetics. Whether you are undergoing a basic root canal, preparing to receive new crowns or simply looking for a whiter smile, laser dental treatment may be right for you.  The average laser dentistry patient enjoys several treatment benefits:

  • Less discomfort during treatment
  • Reduced post treatment pain and swelling
  • Rapid healing time
  • Less bleeding
  • Fewer post surgical complications
  • Less trauma to the surrounding dental tissue

Dental lasers have been used in numerous procedures for many years. Countless patients have been satisfied with the reduced need for shots and anesthesia, and many are happy to avoid the unpleasant sounds, smells and sensations experienced with a drill.  If you have any questions on our newest technology please contact us

Learning from Dr Judson Wall in Utah about applications of laser in Holistic Dentistry

Learning from Dr Judson Wall in Utah about applications of laser in Holistic Dentistry

Learning  how to perform a  root canal with a Holistic approach from Dr Valery Kanter  https://drvaleriekanter.com/laser-dentistry

Learning  how to perform a  root canal with a Holistic approach from Dr Valery Kanter https://drvaleriekanter.com/laser-dentistry

More continuing education In Las Vegas institute 

More continuing education In Las Vegas institute 

Treating black triangles, gaps and restoring posterior teeth with BioClear Injection Molding Technique

As we age, sometimes unwelcome dark spaces appear between our teeth.  Besides adding an older appearance to our simile, these dark spaces may also collect food debris and plaque. Also known as dental black triangles - the clinical terminology is gingival embrasures - they can be the result of bone loss, recession of the gum line, or movement of the teeth.

Some people have naturally occurring gaps between their teeth called diastema.  Though not unhealthy, gaps between the teeth are sometimes the source of embarrassment or low self-esteem.

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Until recently, dentists repaired “black triangles” and gaps with porcelain veneers.  A method for restoring function and appearance, veneers are thin layers of ceramic that adhered to the teeth.  Applying the veneer, though, first involved removing portions of the tooth surface to make room. With BioClear, the natural tooth can be preserved so there is no additional loss of minerals. The BioClear technique achieves aesthetic beauty in a healthy way.

BioClear is also beneficial for posterior teeth. For posterior teeth, the Injection Molding Technique can many times be used to  prevent  having to place crown. There are clear indications to get a crown, but now we can restore teeth with this technique which before we had only the option of placing a crown. 

This technique uses addition instead of amputation,which  strengthens  the tooth. In addition, it is a more cost effective and conservative approach.

BioClear Injection Molding Technique is a new system that uses composite material, easily bonded to any part of the tooth, to close the gaps, align uneven teeth, cover chips and even out the color.  It is minimally invasive and cost effective treatment that uses clear forms which are filled with a composite material matched to the shade of your teeth.  The forms are removed leaving behind smooth contoured composite that has beautiful shine this is smooth to the touch.  The form sits just below the gum line, meaning the teeth will appear to emerge naturally.  The tight contacts achieved with this system mean that the papilla (the gum in-between the teeth) is hugged back into place, revealing a healthy and youthful smile.

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This procedure is much less expensive than porcelain veneers, can be completed in one visit, is stain resistant and durable, and closes up the unsightly “black triangles.” There is no need to remove enamel or grind a tooth prior to application.

If your teeth are healthy (meaning there is no decay or significant damage that would require a crown to repair) BioClear may be a good option for you.  It is minimally invasive and your teeth will look healthy and gap-free.

Dr. Burke has completed two BioClear Matrix courses at the BioClear Learning Center in Tacoma Washington and is fully certified in this technique. BioClear fits into her philosophy of conservative, minimally evasive dentistry.

To learn about BioClear please contact us at Family Holistic Dentistry 303-219-0499

Single visit crowns with Cerec

By: Carmen Burke, D.D.S, ND, IBDM

We are excited to announce that our office has just purchased the latest CEREC CAD/CAM and onsite milling technology.  Technology has changed our everyday lives; smart phones, smartwatches, tablets and self-driving cars are becoming the norm, yet many people are unaware that technology impacts the healthcare industry as well, including dentistry, in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dentistry require less time in the dental chair, decrease discomfort and create satisfying results. Our single-visit solution, CEREC®, allows us to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings and crowns while saving our patients time and money.  

What is CEREC?

CEREC (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) is a single-visit solution used by thousands of dentists worldwide. CEREC uses a high-quality ceramic material (and now zirconia) that matches the natural color of the patient’s teeth to provide patients the perfect outcome. Efficient, convenient and simple, dentists around the world are quickly switching to single-visit dentistry with CEREC.  

How does the instrument work?

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology that incorporates a small, hand-held camera and a computer in one instrument, and a milling unit to grind/mill restorations in-house. The camera is used to capture the 2D or 3D image of the affected tooth/teeth and the surrounding area. This image is then displayed on a computer screen where the dentist then uses the special CEREC Software to create the perfect restorative tooth/teeth. Once the virtual restoration is created, the information is then sent to the milling unit via software and milled onsite within 8-10 minutes.

What does this innovation mean for a patient?

CEREC offers natural-looking metal free, mercury free, crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays that are compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. The days of temporaries, messy impressions and waiting days for the lab to return the restoration are history.  This means less stress for the patients because the process is comfortable.  There is no powder, the camera is comfortable in the mouth and the process gives the highest quality restoration. CEREC has three decades of clinical research and documentation to support our technology, and restorations completed with CEREC have been proven precise, safe and effective.

How can I find out if this is an option for me?

Call our office at 303-219-0499. We will be happy to answer your questions on this new technology.

All About Ozone Therapy

Ozone is made up of three oxygen atoms.  It is the elemental form of oxygen that occurs naturally as a result of ultraviolet light in combination with atmospheric electrical discharge or lightning, which causes a temporary recombination of oxygen atoms into groups of three. An ozone generator simulates lightning via an electrical discharge field.  Ozone is also formed naturally in our bodies by the immune system to kill invading bacteria, viruses, parasites and funguses. It works because oxygen is the only gas that has a terminal electron receptor and can carry an electrical charge.

Ozone is an anti-inflammatory and has strong disinfectant properties. It enables non-toxic wound healing. It increases circulation via nitric oxide and has high redox potential.  Ozone is such a powerful oxidizer that it is a great natural therapy to address infections commonly seen in the oral cavity.

Ozone enhances gum treatment, root canals, extractions, and even cavity prevention.

Gum disease is a result of multiple factors, including diet, systemic conditions, and oral hygiene. Ozone therapy improves the state of the gums while reducing the unhealthy pressures on the overall system.

In my practice for periodontal issues, we irrigate with ozonated water along with scaling the teeth. This is followed by an infusion of gas directly into the gum pockets. Using this method, we are seeing a virtual elimination of pathogens. In addition, the gums respond with increased blood flow and healing. Patients can augment this treatment at home with ozonated olive oil. The methods applied are safe and efficacious, with no toxicity or side effects.

Ozone is equally as promising in root canal treatment. We can further eliminate other toxins by offering ozonated products as an alternative to conventional chemicals. Ozone disinfects the potential chronic state of infection surrounding a root canal-treated tooth. Ozone gas permeates and kills throughout the lateral canals and tubules in a tooth. The bacteria in the tooth create a positive charge. Ozone, as the only gas to carry an electrical charge, gets attracted toward the very infection it is trying to fight. The pathogens attract the ozone, essentially committing suicide. Thus, concerns affiliated with root canals can be reduced.

Ozone is also being used to stop small cavities and to inhibit deeper cavities from degenerating into root canals. It is especially useful for treating cavities in the children as minimal drilling is all that is required. I have treated  small children with ozone trays who were recommended to be put under general anesthesia.  We were able to gain more time  allowing the child to mature enough to be able to handle single fillings.

I am certified in Ozone Therapy from the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. I use a state of the art medical grade ozone generator manufactured by Longevity Resources, which produces ultra-pure, contaminant-free ozone from pure oxygen.

You can find numerous peer reviewed studies on ozone at Pubmed

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28858272

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27386005