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We are pleased to offer the following services to our patients:

Health-Centered Dentistry

Health-Centered Dentistry is about whole-body health and helping you have healthier teeth.  A marriage of art and science, Health-Centered Dentistry addresses the causes of disease, supporting the body's natural healing processes and its innate ability to maintain and restore health.  This approach looks beyond the mere elimination of disease to the restoration of the natural form and function of your teeth.  The results can be dramatic: a halt to worn and broken teeth, relief from head and neck pain, increased energy, improved well-being - and a more beautiful smile than you ever thought possible!

Our approach will help you achieve the dental health you have always wanted, or help you maintain optimal health for life.  Whatever your starting condition, we support health and healing by assessing your risk factors, heredity, and susceptibility to disease.  Then we make appropriate recommendations in partnership with you.

The promise of Health-Centered Dentistry is to help you choose health, not to leave it to chance. Together we can help you develop a personal and comprehensive care plan geared to your whole person health needs.

 

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Preventive Care

True to Health-Centered Dentistry, our Preventive Care approach is as unique as you are.  Whether working with you to reverse gum disease, prevent problems, or simply help you preserve optimal oral health we will evaluate your needs and develop a plan that fits your needs.

With the use of our Dental Health CoachTM and Dental FitnessTM program we are able to continually assess your individual steps toward achieving optimal oral health. Working in concert with our Registered Dental Hygienists a customized plan is developed with you for disease prevention and optimal health maintenance.

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Periodontal Therapy

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As more and more evidence emerges regarding the link between periodontal health and overall systemic health we are constantly incorporating ways to help you be at your healthiest.  Our periodontal therapy programs provide tailored treatment regimens to help you improve your oral health and overall wellbeing.  With the incorporation of the PerioProtect Method™ we are able to provide targeted, non-invasive therapy to treat and eliminate the bacteria causing gum disease.  Click here to learn more about the PerioProtect Method.™  Providing you with the tools to address periodontal disease gives you the power to take control and see an improvement in not only your oral health but systemic health as well.  More and more research has established links between oral bacteria/infection and systemic diseases such as Diabetes, Respiratory Distress, and Alzheimer's Disease, to name a few.

Deep Pocket Therapy

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Mercury-Free Dentistry

 

 

In our Health-Centered Dental practice mercury-amalgam fillings are never used. We are concerned with the integrity of the oral cavity and use materials and procedures in our practice that are systemically compatible.  There are a variety of dental materials available and will work with you to determine which material is best, based on biological compatibility, durability, appearance, and functionality.  A dental restoration, commonly called a filling, is done to restore a tooth to its normal function and shape after being damaged by decay.  Composite resins are matched to the exact color of your teeth, creating a more natural appearance.  They are completed in one visit and they usually last between 3 and 10 years.  Porcelain restorations, called inlays or onlays, are custom creations made by a master dental ceramist, which are bonded to your tooth.  They are ideally matched to the color of your teeth, making them nearly undetectable.  Porcelain is extremely durable and most biocompatible dental material available today.  Gold restorations are custom-made jewelry-quality inlays and onlays that are bonded to your tooth.  Gold is the most durable of all dental materials and can often last 20 years or more. 

As biologic dentists we recognize the impact of toxic materials. Many people do not realize that “silver” amalgam fillings are 50% mercury.  Mercury is powerful poison, more toxic than arsenic and lead.   A large filling may contain as much mercury as a thermometer.  Mercury vaporizes easily at room temperature, and in this state, is odorless, colorless, and tasteless.  Inhaled mercury vapor is readily absorbed into the bloodstream.  Dental fillings contribute more mercury to a person's body than all other sources of mercury combined, and there are special health risks  in the removal of mercury fillings from teeth.  As biological dentists we are properly trained in mercury filling removal and we follow strict protocols to prevent additional mercury exposure to you and our team.         

   

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Numerous mercury amalgam fillings were replaced with a combination of composite resin fillings, porcelain onlays, gold onlays,
and porcelain crowns. 

Dentistry by Dr. Todd Kinney.

 “I wanted to have the best amalgam removal procedures and restorations, not just esthetically, but for my overall health.”
- Beth

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Bioesthetic Dentsitry

Bioesthetic Dentistry emulates the natural beauty, form, and function of healthy chewing systems that have lasted a lifetime.  Bioesthetic Dentistry is based on biologic principles, designed to return health to a chewing sytem.  The foundation of Bioesthetic Dentistry is that problems are identified and corrected not only with the individual teeth, but also with how the teeth, jaws, and muscles function togetheras a system.  Many people are not aware of, but have, many of the signs and symptoms of an unhealthy chewing system, as many of these signs and symptoms may seem unrelated to a bite problem.  Restoring balance and health to an unbalanced or unhealthy chewing system can helprestore and preserve the function, health, comfort, and lasting natural beauty of your teeth and smile for a lifetime!  For more information please visit our Bioesthetic Dentistry page


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TMJ Treatment

TMJ stands for TemporoMandibular Joint.  The TMJ connects the mandible, or lower jaw, with the temporal bone of the skull.  This is the most unique, and complex joint in the body.  The health and stability of the TMJs is essential to the overall integrity and function of the chewing system.  Problems with the TMJ may be caused by a wide variety of factors, misalignment of the teeth and jaw, dental work, missing teeth, trauma, and muscle stress, such as clenching and grinding.  TMJ disorders (TMD) occur when the skull and jawbones, cartilage disks, muscles, nerves, and teeth all fail to work in harmony.

 

Symptoms of TMD include: 

  • Clenching or grinding of teeth 
  • Headaches, neck pain, or migraines
  • Uneven or bad bite
  • Worn down or broken teeth 
  • Muscle or jaw pain
  • Jaw joint noises: popping or clicking
  • Difficulty with chewing and eating
  • Trouble/soreness with opening and closing the mouth 

There is no “one size fits all” solution and your treatment is customized based on in-depth analysis and accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms.  Some of the common treatments include removable splint therapy, orthodontics, restoring worn teeth and old dental work, or replacing missing teeth in order to balance the chewing system to function normally. Treatment for TMD can involve adjunctive providers such as physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, MDs, and naturopathic doctors.  For further information on TMD treatment please visit our Bioesthetic Dentistry page.

 

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Biologic Orthodontics

 

 

Biologic OrthodonticsTM integrates the art and science of biologic dental health with modern, high-tech orthodontics.  Unlike traditional orthodontics, which is mainly concerned with just straightening teeth, Biologic OrthodonticsTM addresses the causes of a bad bite, tooth wear, and other problems, rather than just cosmetically treating the teeth and smile.  There is a significant difference between traditional "tooth alignment" orthodontics and biologic bite correction therapy.

Biologic OrthodonticsTM integrates the most comprehensive examination and diagnostic protocols utilized in orthodontics and dentistry today in order to customize the correction of chewing system problems and intervene as early as possible.  This novel approach allows children and adults alike to receive conservative treatment.  It is a healthier and longer lasting alternative to costly and irreversible cosmetic dentistry for adults who want to improve their smile.  Biologic OrthodonticsTM uses the most advanced orthodontic technologies to move teeth easier, more comfortably, and more predictably than ever before, with:

  • Faster treatment time and fewer office visits 
  • Greater comfort without tightening 
  • Significantly less need for extracting teeth or surgery 
  • No headgear or palatal expanders 
  • Decreased need for permanent retainers 
  • Extraordinary functional and naturally beautiful results

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Dental Sleep Medicine

Dental Sleep Medicine involves the management of sleep-disordered breathing, utilizing oral appliances, and/or surgical techniques.  Sleep-related breathing disorders (SBDs) may range from mild snoring to potentially life-threatening sleep apnea.  The diagnosis of SBDs follows a sleep study, interpreted by a sleep physician.  Treatment can include

  • Improvement in sleep habits

  • Weight loss, as applicable

  • Use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Machine

  • Oral Appliance Therapy

  • Sugery

Drs. Amy and Todd Kinney are trained in the fabrication and use of Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).  With individuals for whom CPAP treatment is not well tolerated, OAT can be an effective treatment to help improve oxygen levels.  The goal of OAT is to move and hold the lower jaw in a more forward position in order to artifically open up the upper throat and airway.  There are specific considerations in using OAT, and with their advanced training in TMJ therapy, Drs. Amy and Todd can provide additional support and attention to the health and stability of the TMJ during OAT treatment.  For more information, visit the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, or contact Drs. Kinney.

 

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Crowns
 

Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that have experiences significant damage through decay or fracturing. A crown (also known as a cap) is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth.  A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment. 

 

Crowns may be used to:

  • Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing 
  • Restore a fractured tooth 
  • Attach a bridge 
  • Cover a dental implant 
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth 
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

 

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 Dentistry by Dr. Todd Kinney

 

 

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Dental Implants, Bridges, and Dentures

When a tooth is lost replacing the tooth can improve not only the integrity of teeth and the stability of the bite, but the overall confidence of an individual.  There are a number of options for replacing an entire tooth. Whatever the restorative options, it is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible.  If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward. Since teeth use their neighbors for support, if one is missing they begin to "fall” and shift into the open spaces. This may worsen the bite because of the changes in pressure and can eventually result in problems with the jaw such as TMJ.

 

 

Implants

A dental implant is made from titanium, and replaces the root structure of a missing tooth.  Once in place and the bone surrounding the implant has secured it in place, an artificial crown is attached to the implant.  While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they have significant cost savings in the long run.  In many cases they are also a more favorable approach than bridgework since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.  They provide superior benefits over traditional bridges or dentures, including comfort, esthetics, cleansibility, and convenience. 

 

 

   

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 Restorative Dentistry by Dr. Amy Kinney

 

 

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Bridges

 

A bridge is one or more artificial teeth, called pontics, cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support.


The adjacent teeth are prepared

       

Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science since it replaces a missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. 

 

 


The bridge is cemented into place      

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.  There are many types of dentures available, including partial and complete dentures.  Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used to completely replace all teeth.  Implant-supported dentures provide optimal stability, fit, and comfort, compared to traditional "floating" dentures.  Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!

Partial Denture

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Veneers and Bonding

Improving the look of teeth to improve a smile can have unlimited benefits.  The confidence of a beautiful smile is priceless.  Often simple, conservative dentistry can provide a significant improvement in a smile, and well being in a person.  Two common procedures done in providing cosmetic improvement to a smile are Bonding and Veneers. 

Bonding

Bonding involves adhering composite resin material to the front of a tooth.  The composite is matched to the color of the tooth, therefore is virtually impossible to detect. This is performed to repair damage caused by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for other cosmetic purposes.  Composite bonding is the most conservative method available to improve the color and shape of teeth.

 

 

  

 

 

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 Dentistry by Dr. Amy Kinney

 

Veneers

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a porcelain covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth.  Veneers are usually only applied to the part of the tooth that is visible when talking or smiling, and are often used to correct discoloration or chipped teeth.

The technique involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory by a master ceramist.  At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering.  In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, and are bonded to the teeth.  The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic material.  When done correctly in balance with the chewing system health, porcelain veneers can be the optimal choice for strength, color stability, and longevity.

 

   

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 Dentistry by Dr. Amy Kinney

 

 

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Whitening

Tooth whitening, or bleaching, is a fast and easy way to make teeth whiter and brighter - to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile.  Our office offers two options of whitening: Zoom! in-office whitening and at-home tray whitening.  We start with an initial evaluation to determine the whitening method that is right for you. 

Zoom! whitening is ideal for anyone wanting immediate results.  During the procedure a special light-activated gel is applied to your teeth and a special light is used to enhance the action of the agent - making your teeth whiter and brighter.  We create custom trays for you to continue whitening at home if you would like, and for touch-ups. The result is dramatically whiter teeth that will last for years.  Click the Zoom! icon to learn more about the Zoom! process.

At-home whitening is a less expensive whitening treatment you can do while in the comfort of your own home.  We create customized clear whitening trays for you to wear for a period of time daily.  At the end of this period, you will see maximum whitening results that are nothing short of dazzling.  Further treatment can be used at your convenience to maintain your new smile.  

   

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 Zoom! Whitening

Waterlase dentistry

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WaterLase Dentistry™ uses a patented technology combining concentrated laser light energy and water in a process called HydroPhotonics™ and sends it through an optical fiber to its handpiece that can aim the laser energy at precisely the areas to be treated.  Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional dental drill.  Since cutting teeth and gums with the WaterLase® does not generate heat, vibration or pressure, a wide range of dental procedures can be performed with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia, less use of the drill, and fewer numb lips!



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