Dental Cleanings

Dental Cleanings with Ozone, Laser ( for deep cleanings) and a Probiotic

Our oral health depends on many factors such as the type of bacteria present in our mouth, hygiene habits (how well and how often we brush and floss our teeth), diet, health of our immune system, P.H. of the mouth, among others. At Family Holistic Dentistry we do our best to help our patients make the necessary adjustments to improve their oral health.

Here are some of the things we will address

Bacteria: We will guide you if you need an Oral DNA test to know what bacteria is present in your mouth. We recommend this test when we see unusual signs of inflammation, decay and/ or stubborn pockets.

Oral Hygiene : We educate you on how to maintain a good oral hygiene routine.

Nutritional Guidance: we will guide you on which food to avoid, what to eat including  the right time to eat it and how to combine different type of food in order to maintain an alkaline ph and avoid feeding bad bacteria.

Overall Health: We would refer you to the right health practitioner in the case we find a sign in your mouth of any disease or condition related to your overall health.

Alkaline P.H.: We  give our patients tools and tips to maintain an approximately 7 ph in their mouth during the day and night. Bacteria needs an acidic P.H. to produce more acid and disolve the minerals of our teeth. Having an alkaline P.H. would stop the acidic production by the bacteria.

After the exam is done and we determine which type of  a dental cleaning you need (regular or deep cleaning) and if you need laser therapy or not.

On Site we do a very detail oriented dental cleaning which includes:

Magnification Loupes: Our hygienists use loupes to be sure they see all the plaque that needs to be removed and to be able to evaluate your teeth and the oral soft tissue as well.

Headphones with a relaxing music: We offer to our patients these noise-softening headphones playing relaxing music that helps bring your brain wave to a pre-sleep stages.  Alphastim or NuCalm : They are clinical system designed to help your mind and body relax naturally within just minutes.

Disclosing solution ( substance which paints the plaque): This is used to show you where the places are that are accumulating biofilm (plaque) and where you need to work in order to keep the plaque at a lower level.

Ozone (O2/O3) insufflation: We start with ozone in your gums to keep the bacteria under control. We don’t want you to swallow the bacteria during the cleaning. Some people don’t feel well after a regular cleaning. This is because the bacteria that is pulled out during the cleaning can be pushed to the bloodstream and gut. Ozone therapy helps to remediate this because bacteria can’t survive in an oxygen rich environment. You can read more about ozone therapy here

Ozonated water and an antibacterial  tonic rinse : The tonic is made of herbs and is used in conjunction with ozonated water in order to keep the bacteria under control.

Cavitron with ozonated water : If the patient is comfortable with a cavitron, a cavitron is used to remove big calculus (calcified plaque).

Hand Scalers: We continue with these per quadrant irrigating with ozonated water and antibacterial tonic.

Polishing: We polish with a fluoride free paste which helps remove stains from food and is non abrasive enamel.

Last Rinse: We finish with ozonated water and antibacterial herb tonic.

Oral  probiotic: Finally we give you an oral probiotic in order repopulate your mouth with a good bacteria.

If you need laser treatment to address deep periodontal pockets we will let you know and Dr Burke could perform that and Dr Pearl Lai can do a comprehensive periodontal examination. During the cleaning our experience hygienists give you advice on how to maintain a good oral hygiene.




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

Dr Burke has completed her Level 4 certification in anterior and posterior restorations using the BioClear techinque with hands on courses from the BioClear Learning Center in Tacoma, Washington. This fits into our philosophy of conservative, minimally invasive dentistry.

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.

Until recently, dentists repaired “black triangles” and gaps with porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin layers of ceramic that adhered to the teeth.  Applying the veneer first involves removing portions of the tooth surface. With BioClear, the natural tooth can be preserved so there is no additional loss of tooth structure. The BioClear technique achieves aesthetic beauty in a healthy way. This technique uses addition instead of amputation, which  strengthens  the tooth. In addition, it is a more cost effective and conservative approach.

BioClear is also beneficial for posterior teeth. For posterior teeth, the injection molding technique can be used prevent placing a crown in some instances, giving us the option to restore teeth where before we had only the option of a crown. 

The 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.

BEFORE  This patient came to Family Holistic Dentistry because she didn't like the appearance of her veneer in her lateral incisor and needed to start a new job. She couldn't neither afford nor wait for a new veneer. BioClear was a great option for her, we removed the old veneer and did a BioClear restoration for her with a BPA and fluoride free composite.


This patient came to Family Holistic Dentistry because she didn't like the appearance of her veneer in her lateral incisor and needed to start a new job. She couldn't neither afford nor wait for a new veneer. BioClear was a great option for her, we removed the old veneer and did a BioClear restoration for her with a BPA and fluoride free composite.

AFTER  The result was a more natural and beautiful restoration that is more conservative and less expensive than veeners. In addition we completed this in one appointment. After one hour she was ready to start her new job. Later she will come back for us to fix her central incisor.


The result was a more natural and beautiful restoration that is more conservative and less expensive than veeners. In addition we completed this in one appointment. After one hour she was ready to start her new job. Later she will come back for us to fix her central incisor.

Another Clinical case at Family Holistic Dentistry

This patient came to our office asking for Bioclear to close his black triangles.
He had braces twice and the space between his front teeth couldn’t be closed. After getting a dental cleaning he could see his black triangles more pronounced and his self stem was affected. He wanted to get an alternative with a natural look to close the gaps. We closed them with BPA free composite without removing tooth structure

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Another case :

Patient came to our office looking for a better appearance. I did the upper front 6 teeth. What I like about Bioclear is the fact that I can restore teeth with addition instead of subtraction. For instance, to do a crown I would need to subtract( cut away) healthy tooth structure. Veneers would require me to the same.

Chemical-free environment

Chemical-free environment

At Family Holistic dentistry we avoid all chemicals as much as possible; we clean with eco-friendly, non-scented materials, and staff does not use perfume or other synthetic fragrances. One in three individuals in the US has chemical sensitivity so we limit the exposure as much as possible for our patients and their families. We want our patients to feel comfortable and safe from overexposure to chemicals and synthetic fragrances when they are here.

To ensure clean air in the office, we have a Vollara air purifier, with an ionizer. It has negatively charged ions  which remove pollutants from the air. ActivePure Technology duplicates nature to safely reduce contaminants on surfaces.

We have an Amalgam separator to protect the water of Boulder and be complaint with EPA regulations.

Refreshments are limited to tea, to avoid offering anything that might have a negative impact on our patient’s health and filtered and purified water, using a Berkey filter. 

We only use Nitrile gloves and non latex rubber dam to avoid adverse reactions in patients allergic to Latex.

We carry some special instruments without metal for people that has metal sensitivity or have reacted to dental instruments in the past. Please let us know if that is your case when you make the appointment and we will have those ready to use for your dental procedure.

We use a diffuser with essential oils  to have the benefits of aromatherapy , when our patients request it.

We  disinfect and sterilize all our instruments , burs and hand pieces  in individual packages  after each use to follow OSHA regulations and protect the health of our patients and ours.

We don't have pets in our office. 

We use a  CT and the digital sensor  with the lowest radiation in the market

At family Holistic Dentistry we want our patients to feel at home! 

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Ozone Therapy(O2/O3)


Ozone Therapy(O2/O3)

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,protozoa,  parasites and fungus. 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 a powerful oxidizer, and therefore 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,type of bacteria and oral hygiene habits. Ozone therapy improves the state of the gums while reducing the unhealthy pressures on the overall system.

In our practice, we are irrigating 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 virtually eliminate 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. If you need to be referred to a periodontist, we'll be more than happy to do so. 

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 disinfects throughout the lateral canals and tubules in a tooth. The bacteria in the tooth create a positive charge. Ozone, as it is the only gas to carry an electrical charge, gets attracted to 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.We will refer you to an endodontist when the case demands that.

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 used ozone trays, advised parents on habit adjustments and nutritional counseling in order to buy some time, and we slowly started filling their teeth individually as the child matured. 

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


Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry


We are a family practice and we love seeing kids. Dr Burke and Dr Jumtina see kids all ages. We understand how important it is for children to have a positive experience at the dentist. Our team has a great empathy to kids.  When you and your child come for your first visit and examination, we will cover good hygiene practices that you can do as a parent to help improve your child’s overall dental health. A good diet is necessary for oral health, and it is important to start emphasizing the influence of a proper diet early on in your child's life.  We’ll teach you how to brush and floss your child's teeth.  You can watch a video where I am brushing my daughter's teeth. 

We do our best to give kids the best experience in our practice! We offer NuCalm(5y and older) and Alphastim to help to activate their parasympathetic nervous system and get a more relax time at the dental office.

It is our goal to help your child avoid preventable cavities.  Your child’s primary teeth are very important in the preparation and establishment of their permanent teeth.  It is vital that your child’s primary teeth are left in until they are naturally lost. Primary teeth serve three main roles: They support the permanent teeth by saving space, they help your children chew their food properly, and they aid in the progress of speech development.

At the age of 12 it is very important to guide preteens to establish a good routine to keep their permanent teeth healthy. At our office we do our best to educate our patients and guide them on good oral hygiene habits.

We have a small area for kids in our office with a table,toys, pencils, colors, books,coloring books and coloring paper to facilitate their transition to the dental chair. Younger siblings are welcome to play in that area while waiting.


If you child does need dental work done, we will use only the cleanest materials.

Laser has been a great addition to our practice to make the experience smoother for all of our patients in general. We are a mercury  and fluoride free office and use BPA free sealants and composites. We use only materials recommended by the IAOMT, the professional organization which monitors holistic dentistry.  We also can incorporate ozone into treatments.  I had four families with very young children come to us last year who had a child that had intensive decay.  It was recommended to put them under general anesthesia to perform their dental treatment.  Instead, we used ozone trays, advised parents on habit adjustments, and gave nutritional counseling in order to buy some time. We then began filling the child's teeth individually as they matured. Those kids have responded very well to the treatment.

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Services offered for kids in our office:

Dr Anna Jumtina doing an exam and a cleaning for Alicia(7y/o)

Dr Anna Jumtina doing an exam and a cleaning for Alicia(7y/o)

  • Cleanings with ozone

  • Ozone trays

  • BPA free sealants and composite fillings

  • Extractions

  • Appliances such as space maintainer

  • Frenectomies

  • Second opinions

  • Evaluation of the space available for the permanent teeth

  • Remineralization with alternatives to fluoride

In addition, if your child has any chemical sensitivities we can do materials testing reactivity.  

Safe Amalgam Removal

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Safe Amalgam Removal

Having an amalgam silver filling removed exposes you to mercury vapor. When you have this procedure performed in a mercury-safe environment, your exposure is drastically reduced.

As a SMART certified member of the IAOMT(International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology), I have been trained on how to remove amalgam silver fillings safely, in order to protect the patient, the assistant, and everybody present at the dental office.  See our office handout on SMART (safe mercury amalgam removal technique).

Please read a blog post written by Christopher Turf,R.PhD.

Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol is Detailed Below:

1. We give the patient a rinse with  activated charcoal or chlorella  before and after the procedure

2. The patient  wears a transparent oxygen mask ,eye protection,nitrile gloves, a bib,a disposable and impermeable gown  during the procedure. 

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3. Use a Latex free rubber dam and Nitrile gloves for dentist and assistant

4. Use a high-volume suction aspirator over the rubber dam and a low suction aspirator under the rubber dam during the removal

5.  Cut the amalgam into chunks and keep the fillings cool during removal

6. Use air vacuum during the removal

7. Air purifier and ionizer in the office good for 3000 sq ft 

8. Remove gloves and clean the patient’s mouth

9. Immediately clean up

10.Disinfection with laser

11. Apply ozone gas over the tooth before the appropriate restoration is placed

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Once the amalgam is remove we restore the tooth with a BPA and Flouride free composite recommend by the IAOMT. Read about the composite we use                      

You can see in the pictures  the attire that we use for us and for the patient. The oxygen mask is transparent. We protect us and our patients.

Office Handout About SMART

BPA Free Composites and Sealants

BPA Free composites


A composite is a mercury free filling (tooth colored) that is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed and then filled with a composite filling. I use a BPA and fluoride free composite. We are a free mercury practice.

Click to view the composite material we use.


We only place composite fillings. There are many options and we determine which is the most compatible with our patients before we place them. Composite fillings can usually be placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, we remove decay as necessary. The space is then thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, and ozone gas is given before the new filling is placed. If the decay is near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling is then precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are placed. This subsides shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.


Bio Compatibility Test for Materials

What is the  Materials Sensitivity and Reactivity Test?

We offer bio compatibility tests to patients that have a lot of environmental sensitivities or have reacted negatively to certain dental materials in the past.  We offer both Clifford and Biocomp lab . These laboratories' screening processes help to identify existing sensitivity problems to various chemical groups and families of compounds in an individual.  After the test has been completed, your reactivity results are compiled in a report.  

In modern society, contact is made every day with many substances in the food you eat, the products you use, and the treatments you receive. Because everyone possesses a unique biochemistry, these substances affect everyone differently and to varying degrees. For some, the effects of certain substances (and their corrosion byproducts) can be toxic and hazardous, and may result in serious health problems. A substance which causes little or no reaction in one individual can prove harmful to another.

Since these effects vary, it is vital that these factors be considered when choosing dental and other materials for use in your body, especially when you have special or unique health concerns. These tests provide Dr. Burke with extensive information about your individual sensitivities so that she can choose the best materials to use in your treatment.

How do I order the test?

Dr. Burke can make the kits readily available to anyone wishing to identify any existing sensitivity problems. However, Dr. Burke does not have the capabilities to perform testing in his office. The kits can be self ordered at the and

CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) and Digital X-rays


 CBCT (cone beam computed tomography)

At Family Holistic Dentistry, we have a Planmeca Romexis imaging device for digital panoramic and cone beam 3D imaging. The Planmeca Ultra Low Dose x-ray establishes that the low dose imaging protocol enables CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) imaging with a significantly lower dose than standard imaging without a statistical reduction in image quality. Patients benefit from improved 3D diagnostics without being exposed to a high radiation dose. Dr Carmen Burke gets the better technology to be sure her patients have less radiation exposure and don't have to go to another office to get a CBCT. We can take the image here at our office for you.

If you have any suggestions that can help us make the experience more comfortable for you, please feel free to tell us.


Digital X-rays

We take x- rays when necessary. We require a FMX( full mouth X-rays) for a new patient when doing a comprehensive exam in order to have a baseline and a good diagnosis, we don’t want to miss any infection inside the bone which is only possible to see with X-rays. Each patient is treated in an individual manner in our office.  If you have recently had x-rays taken, please bring them with you.  We will evaluate if they are clear enough to diagnose. If they are not, we can take them here in order to have an accurate reading.

The advantages digital x-rays have over traditional photographic film include time and efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. In addition, less radiation is used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.


Instead of x-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device. The advantages of this device are many, including immediate image preview and availability and a wider dynamic range. A wider dynamic range is more forgiving with over-and under-exposure, and it also allows the application of special image processing techniques that enhance the overall display quality of the image.

We  carry an intraoral Dexis sensor to ensure the experience is comfortable for all patients. The Dexis sensor is the latest available on the market, is smaller than film x-rays and other digital sensors, and has curved edges for the patient’s comfort. If you have a small mouth, don’t worry, this sensor will fit and be more comfortable than many that you have previously used. We can use  our Planmeca imaging device  to take bite-wings or a panoramic image when is needed. 

If we need to take an x-ray for a child, we use our Dexis digital sensor, as it is more comfortable for little ones and helps to give him/her a better experience at our dental office.

Learn more about the Planmeca Ultra Low Does x ray here.


Extractions with Ozone, Laser and PRF

Extraction with Ozone,Laser and PRF

When a tooth needs to be removed, it should be done correctly in order to prevent ischemic Osteonecrosis( cavitation). This is an area of dead jaw bone that can cause systemic harm throughout our bodies and impede healing.  At Family Holistic Dentistry we use a biological protocol for extractions.

This protocol includes:

NuCalm is used during the procedure to promote relaxation and healing. It activates the patients parasympathetic nervous system.


P.A.L.T laser topical anesthesia is applied in addition to topical anesthesia in order to minimize the pain caused by a needle. Dr Burke does her best to provide painless anesthesia.

Local anesthesia: In our office we have local anesthetics with and without epinephrine. We use it according to the case and patient’s needs. We can discuss the best option before the procedure.

Luxation is done with luxators to keep the walls of the bone intact as much as possible.

Odontosection: Odontosection means cutting the tooth into smaller parts. Sometimes it is mandatory for easier extraction with less trauma. We use burs and laser to accomplish this.

Alveoplasty: Sometimes bone needs to be removed to make the extraction easier. This is be done with burs and laser.

Extraction of the tooth is done with luxators, elevators and forceps depending on the case.

Socket cleaning: A good cleaning is done with curetes , round burs with slow speed hand piece and laser in order to be sure that the granulation tissue and the periodontal ligament is out.

Disinfection of the socket is done with ozonated water and gas. We use the sweeps mode on our laser to additionally clean and disinfect. The laser helps promote healing and bone formation.


Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF): Family holistic dentistry has an in house PRF centrifuge. Our office will draw your own blood and place it in a our centrifuge where it is spun. The process separates out portions of the blood into platelets which are used to stop bleeding, white blood cells which fight infection and growth factors which promote healing. These cells of our own blood so biocompatibility is guaranteed. After the socket is clean, the PFR is placed into the socket mixed with a biocompatible bone graft for socket preservation. This process promotes faster healing and increased blood flow to the area.

Clot Formation with laser: We use our laser to promote clot formation so bleeding will stop before the patient leaves the office.

Suture: We have absorbable and non-absorbable sutures which will be chosen at the time of the appointment based on the case. If the non-absorbable is used, the patient will need to come back to the office a week later for removal.

Post-instructions: verbal and written instructions are given to each patient. Results are much better when patients follow post op instructions.

Prescription: Antibiotics, analgesics, rinses, etc would be prescribed according to patient’s needs.

Benefits of PRF, Laser and Ozone Treatment in Tooth Extraction Sites:

  • Faster bone healing

  • Less pain after tooth extractions

  • Decreased swelling during healing

  • Decreased chance of dry socket and bone infection

  • Increased early blood supply to tooth extraction socket

The most common post-extraction complications are pain, discomfort, swelling and development of dry socket. Dry socket develops when the blood clot dislodges from the tooth extraction socket soon after extraction of the tooth. Clot displacement is associated with lysis of fibrin and delayed wound healing. The Laser and  PRF with ozone reduces the chance of dry socket and can decrease discomfort and promote healing.

Some scientific literature on PRF: 

Influence of Leukocyte- and Platelet-Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) in the Healing of Simple Postextraction Sockets: A Split-Mouth Study

Clinical effects of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) following surgical extraction of lower third molar

Efficacy of platelet rich fibrin in the reduction of the pain and swelling after impacted third molar surgery: Randomized multicenter split-mouth clinical trial

Role of Platelet rich fibrin in wound healing: A critical review

BPA Free Mouth Guard and Orthotic

 At Family Holistic Dentistry we do custom Night Guards and Orthotic devices without BPA. 

 A Night Guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, TMJ,arches, lips and gums.  A mouth guard is most often used to prevent injury in contact sports, as a treatment for Bruxism (grinding/clenching), or as part of certain dental procedures. Grinding can injure teeth, as it can cause fractures and  local pain in the mouth or jaw, and may contribute to Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ).  Having a mouth guard helps prevent major issues such as fractures and root canals, among others.

The Orthotic, on the other hand, places the teeth in a position where the jaw muscles and the TMJ are comfortable and relaxed.

An Orthotic is designed to stop grinding and, therefore, many symptoms associated with TMJ are decreased or go away altogether. While some think the only symptoms of the condition are popping in the jaw and jaw pain, it may manifest in various ways, including keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep, ringing in your ears (tinnitus),feeling your ears full ,chronic headaches or migraines are also commonly misdiagnosed symptoms.

If you suspect that you are grinding , have unexpected fillings or teeth fractures, symptoms in your ears , etc, come and talk to us for an evaluation. We help patients find their perfect fit.  

Call us today at (303) 219-0499 to make an appointment. 


Root Canal Treatments (RCT) with Laser, SWEEPS Photoacoustic Endodontics

Root Canal Treatment (RCT)

As a Holistic/Biological dentist I am so happy that I found a more holistic approach on how to perform a root canal for those who want to buy more time for their teeth. Fotona Laser Lightwalker offers a better way to disinfect the canals removing the biofilm from even the minuscules accessory canals present in the teeth. Watch the videos above!

A lot of people ask me what my thoughts are on root canal treatment.  I have done many root canal treatments in my career and I continue to do so even though there is controversy from some quarters on the practice. The origin of the controversy lies in the question of remnant populations of microbes in the dentinal tubules in root canal treated teeth and whether or not endodontic techniques adequately disinfect them or keep them disinfected.

The American Dental Association position on RCT is: "The effectiveness of root canal treatment is well-established. However, misinformation continues to circulate on the Internet that may cause patients to question the safety of endodontics." The IAOMT position is more nuanced, and asks  whether alternative materials and techniques can yield a more biologically acceptable outcome for those that wish to keep their teeth through RCT. Either way, it is important for a dentist to provide informed consent about the benefits and risks of RCT.

I work  with each patient  to find the right treatment for him/her and always start with the question: "How important is for you to keep that tooth?"  I ask  that question because each individual has different values. Decisions will affect people's emotions, and emotions affect people’s health.

When  the pulp (nerve) of a tooth is damaged, there are only two options: RCT or Extraction. An extraction is an amputation, the person can be affected emotionally if for them it is important to keep their teeth. On the other hand, there are some people that would rather have the tooth  extracted and replaced with a bridge, removable or an implant.  I educate my patients about both procedures and their pros and cons and then let them choose the best treatment for their needs.

What is a Root Canal?

The root canal is a natural chamber inside of the tooth that houses the dental pulp, which is known as the tooth nerve.  The pulp is responsible for nourishing the tooth and transmitting pain and sensitivity signals to the brain.

When do you need a Root Canal Treatment(RCT)?

  • Deep dental decay exists near the pulp or pulp is exposed.

  • Traumatic tooth injuries have created fractures or cracks and compromised the root canal.

  • The pulp(nerve) is infected.

  • Previous dental work, such as deep fillings, have created irritation.

Once the nerve is irreversibly damaged and you want to save the tooth, a RCT should be performed.  There are different ways to clean the canal and different options on which material  to use to fill the cleaned canal.

What does Root Canal Therapy involve at Family Holistic Dentistry?

  1. A root canal treatment requires at least two appointments to be sure that the infection is fought properly.

  2. We want to make sure our patient is comfortable and with low stress without neither medications nor Nitrous Oxide. We recommend some homeopathic remedies, NuCalm and BLAST technology using TouchPoints instead.

  3. We apply local anesthesia (either with or without epinephrine based on your needs), we have some simple distraction technique that helps to achieve painless anesthesia.

  4. A Non latex rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) is be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva.

  5. If tooth decay is present, it will be removed with burs and dental instruments.

  6. An access opening is made on top of the tooth, and if you have a zirconia or a porcelain crown I can remove with our laser and be able to cement it again. If you have a PFM( porcelain fused to metal )crown, I can do the access on the top through it, we can keep the crown if no recurrent decay is present.

  7. Series of hand and rotary files are placed into the canal to shape it and clean it with constant irrigation.

  8. Then irrigation and disinfection is done with ozone therapy and using SWEEPS Photoacoustic Endodontics laser which improves debridement and disinfection in the main and accessory canals and it is more patient friendly (no heat involved).

  9. Canals are dried. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed temporarily with Calcium hydroxide (an alkaline material), and a temporary filling with neither Fluoride nor eugenol will be placed.

At the next appointment, usually a week later, calcium hydroxide is rinsed. The roots are filled and sealed .  A temporary filling is then placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth.  One week later, if there is not evidence of  infection, either a  Bioclear   composite restoration or a  one day crown (cap)  will be  placed.  This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.  After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.  Many times the patient will need to take antibiotics  and analgesics. You will be given care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment. 

Complications. There are many things which can compromise the result, including:

  • Resistant bacteria

  • Unknown factors, that nobody can explain

  • Fracture in the root

  • A broken instrument lodged in the root canal (a rare occurrence)

Further treatment could be necessary which means repeating the process of cleaning and filling the root, or it can involve surgery to treat the ends of the roots directly (Apicoectomy). On some occasions, the tooth must be extracted.

If you decide to have a root canal at Family Holistic Dentistry, we will explain the procedure in detail. If you want to have the root canal with a specialist, we would be more than happy to refer you.

Dr Burke Learning how to perform a root canal with a Holistic approach from Dr Valery Kanter

Dr Burke Learning how to perform a root canal with a Holistic approach from Dr Valery Kanter

Same day Crowns, Partial Crowns, Bridges and Implants Crowns

This patient came to our office and Dr Burke found decay under the bridge from teeth #9-11(upper left) and a diastema(space) between the two bridges.

This patient came to our office and Dr Burke found decay under the bridge from teeth #9-11(upper left) and a diastema(space) between the two bridges.

Dr Burke removed the old bridge on the upper left, removed decay, disinfected with laser and O2/O3 therapy. The new bridge was made and the diastema was closed. Patient was very pleased with the result.

Dr Burke removed the old bridge on the upper left, removed decay, disinfected with laser and O2/O3 therapy. The new bridge was made and the diastema was closed. Patient was very pleased with the result.


Our office offers the last CEREC technology to offer same day crowns, partial crowns and bridges.


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.When you have a tooth or teeth that are missing some structure due to fractures, decay or grinding wear, or you lost a tooth, you can strengthen them with crowns or replace them with implants or bridges.

A crown is for an individual tooth. A bridge is done to replace 1 missing tooth using two adjacent teeth as a support.  An implant replaces one tooth without compromising its adjacent teeth.

A crown ("cap") is a covering placed over a tooth. Crowns serve many functions, such as strengthening, restoring and improving the appearance of your tooth. A crown covers the tooth when there is no longer sufficient structure left to place a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken, and can be attached to bridges or dentures.

Crowns and bridges can be made of porcelain, metal or porcelain fused to metal. I recommend all porcelain crowns and bridges since we are a free mercury and metal free dental office. Dental porcelain can be sculpted to closely replicate the look of natural tooth enamel, while providing desirable strength and resilience. They are more biocompatible and there is no need for metals in your mouth.

Partial crowns, often referred to as on-lays, are a type of restoration or filling that covers one or more cusps. An inlay is similar to a filling but the work resides completely within the cusps on a tooth’s chewing surface. These restorations are much more conservative than crowns, and can be imperceptible from your natural tooth.  These "partial crowns" can be done the same day using our in office technology.

If you don’t want to involve adjacent teeth, you can choose an implant.  An implant is a type of screw which is placed inside of your bone and a crown is placed later. If you want to have an implant, I will be happy to refer you to a specialist to complete the surgical part, and then months later, once your implant is oseo-integrated, I will do the definitive crown for you.



Removable Partial and Complete Dentures

Dentures , Partial Dentures and Flippers

When people lose their teeth, it is better to replace them to have muscle, TMJ, and occlusion support. They could be replace with fixed or removable appliances.

Removable Appliances:

A denture is a removable dental appliance and a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are designed to closely resemble your natural tooth and even enhance your smile. There are three types of dentures: 1) Complete: used when all of the teeth are missing. 2) Partial: used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, but it also prevents other teeth from shifting. 3) Flipper: used when one or two teeth are missing.

Complete Dentures:

A complete denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate.”  A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, which usually takes 6 to 8 weeks. During this time, the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear. The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over a period of several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture.  Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however, this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures. You will be given care instructions for your new dentures.

Partial Dentures:

Partial Dentures involve impressions for both arches, bite, registration, color, and shade selection. The time that a patient should wait after the extraction to fabricate the partial may vary depending on the number of the teeth missing.


Flipper Dentures involve impressions for both arches, color, shade selection. Sometimes the bite registration can be hand articulated when the occlusion is stable and there are teeth on each side of the missing tooth.

Each case is unique and needs to be evaluated.  If you need to replace your missing tooth/teeth and decide to go with a removable appliance, I will explain the procedure in detail to you.

OralDNA Labs

At our office, we use clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs® to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA Labs® is a specialty diagnostics company designed to provide reliable, definitive and cost effective clinical tests that guide oral health professionals in detecting and prognosing disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.

A lot of times I find abundant bleeding in patients that have good oral hygiene and good nutrition. The cause could be a  bacteria ,virus, fungus or parasites. There is a kind of bacteria that is resistant to cleaning. When this is the case, we should use other ways to eradicate those microorganisms.  

Oral DNA test gives me the opportunity to know exactly which type of microorganism is causing that either bleeding or  pockets or discomfort and at the same time chose the best treatment to eradicate those  or at least to have them in a low level.


The test is very simple and takes just few minutes at our office:

1- We give you saline to switch in your mouth for 30 seconds

2-You spit it out in a container with a preservative

3-we pack and label it  up with with your information

4-We send it to the Oral DNA lab  and they send us the report of the results in a short time by email.

5-Once we received the results, we discuss the recommended treatment  and find the best fit for you.

6- If bad bacteria is found, you start the treatment and we retest 8 weeks after the treatment is implemented.