Dr. Holinbeck has always had a calling for the health care field, and being able to take care of so many different people and play a crucial role in their improved health is a true passion for her. She is also dedicated to continual learning and has completed hundreds of hours of advanced training over the course of her career in order to provide the highest quality of clinical service possible. She looks forward to welcoming you in soon as a patient.
Dental implants are an integral component to our practice of dentistry, as they most closely copy the look and function of teeth. A dental implant replaces the root of a tooth, the part that is embedded in the jaw, allowing for tooth replacement to be secure and permanent. You can eat, brush, floss and talk as normal. Historically, the challenges with implants have been the use of of titanium. But in the last 15 years, metal-free implants have been a viable alternative, giving people more options for a natural tooth replacement. All implants placed at Bionica Dental Wellness are made of zirconia, a metal-free (bioceramic) material that has been proven to be high strength and friendly to the bone and gum. The results are a tooth replacement that is durable, long-lasting, esthetic, and healthy for the whole body.
Once you and Dr. Holinbeck agree that dental implants are the best option to replace your missing teeth, the procedure will involve the following steps:
When you come to see us for a routine checkup and cleaning, Dr. Holinbeck won’t just examine your teeth and gums looking for cavities and gum disease. Instead, she’ll keep an eye out for these issues and make sure the system, consisting of your head, neck, and jaw, is working together properly. She’ll also look for signs in the mouth that could indicate the presence of whole-body health problems. By taking this more comprehensive approach, we’re able to protect our patients from much more than just tooth decay.
The acronym “pH” stands for potential hydrogen – essentially, it describes either the chemical acidity or alkalinity levels of any certain substance. A patient’s saliva pH range should fall somewhere between 6.2 and 7.6. If this value is lower, it may indicate the presence of dangerous bacteria and a higher risk of enamel breakage. Thus, regularly checking pH levels can actually be valuable when determining whether dental treatment is needed. Dr. Holinbeck will know when she and her team need to implement more involved preventive measures to help you avoid decay!
The health of your gums has a direct impact on the rest of your body, and this fact is never too far from our team’s minds. Without consistent oral hygiene, the gums can actually develop an infection called periodontal disease, which in addition to damaging the mouth, can also increase someone’s risk for conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and dementia. If we spot any redness or swelling in your gums, we can perform a special deep cleaning designed to remove infection and safeguard your health from head-to-toe.
If the daily grind is literally causing your teeth to break down or your jaw to ache, it needs to be addressed right away, otherwise, you could develop chronic pain throughout your head and neck and experience unrestorable fractured teeth. A simple solution we can offer is a nightguard, which is a custom-made protective appliance that slips over the teeth and provides a barrier between them to prevent any harmful contact. This can also help relieve persistent TMJ pain.
Oral cancer claims at least one life each and every hour, and a big reason for this is that the disease is very easy to miss during its early stages. This means many patients don’t really notice anything until the cancer is already advanced and difficult to treat. Our team’s trained eyes are able to spot the initial signs, however, so we’ll give you an oral cancer screening at every checkup.
Traditional fillings are made of a gray metallic material called amalgam, and while they may have been the go-to treatment for fixing cavities for decades, concerns have grown over recent years due to the fact that they contain mercury. If you’re looking to replace your defective metal fillings with a more aesthetic and biocompatible alternative, we can use the patented Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) that’s specifically designed to keep you protected from amalgam particulates and mercury vapor. In just one appointment, you can finally say “Goodbye!” to those pesky gray marks in your smile.
While we make every effort to restore teeth conservatively and preserve as much tooth structure as possible, sometimes teeth need more. In the event of a broken tooth or one with extensive amounts of decay, a crown may be needed. Using our single-visit technology, we can fabricate an all-ceramic, metal-free crown that will support the tooth and reinforce its strength.
You can think of a bridge as multiple crowns connected together to replace a missing tooth. When an implant is not possible, a bridge is a viable solution for replacing a missing tooth.
Not all tooth-colored fillings are the same. Bionica Dental Wellness has selected the highest quality, BPA-free composite resin materials to use. This tooth-colored filling material mimics the biology of teeth and provides an esthetic repair. The malleable nature of the resin also allows us to preserve more tooth structure while repairing it, which prolongs the lifespan of the tooth.
Custom-made full or partial dentures are a good option if you are missing several or all of your teeth but implants are not possible. Dr. Holinbeck can help you reclaim your bite and your confidence with a metal-free prosthesis that looks as good and is light-weight. Adding implants to this will provide an even more secure fit with improved function.
While we prioritize saving teeth when possible, sometimes a tooth has suffered too much damage and needs to be removed. When this is the case, Dr. Holinbeck has received training to remove teeth with the least trauma possible. She also takes time to debride the extraction site in order to get rid of infected tissue and periodontal ligament (PDL). She will then flush the site with ozone/oxygen in order to kill pathogens and decrease post-op complications. Lastly, our team is always happy to answer questions before and after the procedure, because we know how nerve-wracking the process can feel.
Dental implants hold a truly special place in dentistry because they are the only treatment that’s able to replace an entire missing tooth, fully replicating it aesthetically and functionally. They restore both the root and crown of a tooth at the same time, basically recreating every part of natural dental structure. Here, patients can have their new implanted teeth made from 100% zirconia, a strong and extremely durable ceramic that looks natural and can be trusted to last for decades to come.
Porcelain veneers literally give a patient the ability to change the shape, size, and color of their teeth to whatever they want. Thin ceramic restorations are placed over the front of the teeth and firmly bonded to ensure a strong and secure fit. The best thing about veneers is that they’re able to correct multiple flaws at the same time, including stains, chips, cracks, gaps, and even slightly crooked teeth. They are always custom-made as well, and you can get just one or an entire set in as little as two appointments.
Research has confirmed that ceramic restorations are generally more biocompatible than metals. In other words, they don’t cause allergies, have no electrical conductivity, and the body responds better in their presence. Because modern ceramics are strong and durable, there is no need to compromise longevity with esthetics.
If you’re an adult who’s interested in straightening your teeth, then you should seriously consider Invisalign. Instead of noticeable metal brackets and wires, all a patient has to do is wear a progressive series of nearly invisible mouth trays. They’re shaped to slowly move the teeth into their ideal positions, and no one will notice you’re wearing them. Hygiene is a breeze because you can even take the trays out to eat, brush and floss!
To fix minor dental flaws as quickly as possible, Dr. Holinbeck can apply a color-matched composite resin to any damaged, missing, or stained enamel, using it to literally sculpt a tooth to it’s ideal form. She then hardens it using a curing light, creating a firm and natural finish that blends easily into the smile.
Traditional dentistry looks at the teeth and mouth like they are a standalone entity, while holistic dentistry considers the entire body when providing dental care. We take a comprehensive approach at all times and only use safe, non-toxic materials for our treatments. By always considering the body as a whole, we’re able to give health-conscious patients much more than just a beautiful set of teeth.
Biomimetic literally means “to mimic nature.” A biomimetic dentist is concerned with two things: (1) conserving as much tooth structure as possible and (2) mimicking the natural form and strength of teeth. Read Dr. Holinbeck’s article to learn more.
Yes. Many people look to Dr. Holinbeck to remove their defective amalgam (also called “silver”) fillings either because they don’t blend well with their smile, there is decay underneath the fillings, or the body is reacting negatively to the material. Because Dr. Holinbeck is certified to use the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART), she can keep you safe during the removal, and she can replace these old fillings with more biocompatible and esthetic alternatives.
Yes, and it’s called Invisalign. Patients simply wear a series of clear, lightweight aligners that easily slip on and off the teeth. Each one places a small amount of pressure that slowly but surely brings the teeth into their ideal positions. The aligners themselves are practically invisible, and because they are removable, patients are able to maintain their normal diet and brushing habits throughout treatment.
The answer will be different for every person, but in a lot of cases, Dr. Holinbeck would recommend metal-free dental implants. The research demonstrates that zirconia implants are both reliable and biocompatible.
Ozone is made from pure oxygen and is an effective minimally-invasive way to eliminate microbes. Ozone/oxygen therapy can be used to treat teeth with cavities, after tooth extractions, with implant placement, during dental cleanings. There are many uses in dentistry.
Zirconia (also known as Zirconium Dioxide) is a ceramic element that is made from zirconium. After treating with heat and oxygen, this zirconium is converted to zirconia, and there are zero traces of metal. Zirconia has been proven to be extremely biocompatible. There is no known allergy risk, as there is with metals. Zirconia also doesn’t trap plaque and bacteria, which means healthy bone and gums around the restoration or implant.