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Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, is a preferred provider for Invisalign and has been treating his patients with Invisalign for over 15 years. This experience with Invisalign allows Dr. Kerbs to take on a wide variety of cases, from simple cases with minor crowding of the teeth to more advanced cases with complex bite issues and crowding or spacing of the teeth. Dr. Kerbs wants his patients to know the effects of crowding and a misaligned bite on the overall health of the mouth.
Teeth move with age, they move towards the middle of the face and collapse toward the center of the mouth. This movement can cause the teeth to begin to bang together in a way that causes trauma to the teeth and bone. This trauma can cause chipping and breaking of the teeth, gum inflammation and bone loss, and eventual tooth loss.
The bite wants to function in a certain way, it wants to meet evenly on all of the teeth and have certain guidance points so that the teeth and muscles know where to go and how to function when eating. When the teeth and bite shift into a wrong position (malocclusion) then damage starts to occur to the teeth and surrounding structures like the gums, bone and muscles. This can lead to gingivitis, periodontitis, broken teeth, worn down teeth, mobile teeth, loss of teeth and in some cases severe TMJ and pain issues with the muscles and joints.
Dr. Kerbs has extensive training on how the bite should function. Dr. Kerbs analyzes the crowding, spacing, underbite, overbite, crossbite, chipping, wear facets, abfractions, recession, smile lines and facial muscles/TMJ before diagnosing and prescribing treatment. Dr. Kerbs’ extensive knowledge in traditional braces and Invisalign helps him to make the best treatment plan possible to achieve optimum health and function of the teeth and bite for long-term results. Once the teeth are properly aligned and functioning in a healthy bite, they are retained and protected so that the bite will stay healthy for life.
This video produced by Invisalign, is a great demonstration of how movement of the teeth into an improper biting position can cause trauma and damage to the teeth and surrounding bone and gums.

Dr. Kerbs and his team are passionate about health and prevention. We are here to answer all of your questions and help you move forward toward a healthy mouth for life. If you have noticed movement or shifting of your teeth and bite please give our Escondido Invisalign dental office a call 760-746-3663. Invisalign may be a great option for you to achieve a healthy bite, teeth and gums.

Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, uses Ozone disinfection in his practice of holistic dentistry. Ozone (O3) is bactericidal, virucidal, fungicidal, parasiticidal. Dr. Kerbs uses this element in different concentrations for each procedure.

Dr. Kerbs treats the following with Ozone therapy:

- Root Canals: Dr. Kerbs treats the root canal with Ozone to wipe out bacteria within the canal and accessory canals. This therapy is very effective at wiping out pathogenic bacteria and totally disinfecting the root canal.
- Cavities / Composite Fillings: When filling a cavity, Dr. Kerbs is able to remove less tooth structure due to treatment of the area with Ozone therapy. Ozone penetrates the tooth to the depth of 3 millimeters and disinfects the bacteria causing the cavity, thus allowing Dr. Kerbs to be more conservative in his drilling on the tooth. Many times Dr. Kerbs has avoided root canal therapy due to Ozone because he is able to stop short of the nerve canal and treat the infected area with Ozone to wipe out any remaining bacteria.
- Gum Disinfection / Periodontal Treatment: Ozone wipes out all forms of bacteria that are causing infection in the gums and break down of the bone. Ozone creates a healthy pH that allows for optimal healing of the bone and gums.
- Ozone Water Sterilization: Dr. Kerbs uses Ozone in the water during all dental and hygiene procedures, eliminating the bacteria in the oral environment as well as in the office environment.

Ozone therapy is safe and effective and is just one of the advanced therapies that we offer in our holistic practice of dentistry. If you have any questions regarding ozone therapy or any questions regarding holistic dentistry please give our Escondido holistic dental office a call today. 760-746-3663 We have a team of friendly professionals here to help you move toward a healthy mouth for life.

For years the standard of care for snoring and sleep apnea has been a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure device). Now, with the advancement of technology, the new standard of treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea is the use of a dental oral appliance. Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, is a trained dental sleep doctor and is a recognized expert in OAT (oral appliance therapy). Dr. Kerbs uses the latest technology available to diagnose and treat his patients for sleep apnea and snoring. He uses a team based approach for his patients, working closely with a board certified sleep physician and his patients’ primary care physician for the best results.
Dr. Kerbs uses a pharyngometer and a rhinometer to measure and diagnose how collapsible the airway is. This information, along with a take home sleep test, allows Dr. Kerbs to accurately diagnose and treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. For our patients who are diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, a CPAP is the recommended treatment. However, in some cases patients wearing a CPAP find that they are unable to tolerate it. In this case, OAT is the next best care and proves to be highly affective in reducing sleep apnea episodes in the majority of cases.
Every patients’ case of sleep apnea is different and must be treatment planned correctly based on each diagnosis and need. Dr. Kerbs uses the leading and most advanced sleep appliances available for perfect fit, optimal comfort and success.
If you think you snore or may have sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy may be the answer for you. Dr. Kerbs’ treatment can help you get a better nights sleep and make you healthier because of it. Please call our Escondido dental office to make a free consultation appointment today. Our team is very knowledgeable about our sleep apnea treatments as well as medical insurance billing in order to maximize your benefits. Dr. Kerbs and our team are here to help. Call us today at: 760-746-3663.

Do you or someone you know snore? Many people do not realize that snoring is the number one symptom for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when breathing completely or partially stops during sleep causing a lack of oxygen to the body. Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, treats both snoring and sleep apnea at his office. He utilizes the most current methods for diagnosing and treating snoring and sleep apnea by using sound waves through a rhinometer and pharyngometer to measure the airway and a simple take home sleep study to diagnose the level of snoring and sleep apnea that is occurring in a nights sleep. Our patients find that our process of diagnosis and treatment is simple, efficient and affective in getting the results they need to eliminate or significantly reduce snoring and sleep apnea.

WHAT CAN SNORING INDICATE?
Just about everyone snores occasionally – even a baby or a pet may snore. However, many times snoring can be a sign of a much bigger health problem.
Snoring can affect the quantity and the quality of your sleep. Consequently, inadequate sleep can lead to daytime fatigue, irritability, weight gain, memory loss, acid reflux, headaches, and other serious health ramifications. In addition, if your snoring is so loud that your bed partner can’t sleep, both of you are not achieving the proper sleep and rest at night.
If you snore regularly and experience any of the symptoms above, you may have sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your overall health.

TREATMENT
Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, uses oral appliance therapy to treat his patients who suffer from snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is a mouth piece that is measured and fitted for each individual to reposition the jaw in a way that keeps the airway open while sleeping. Dr. Kerbs utilizes a pharyngometer to measure where each individuals jaw should be placed in order to achieve maximum comfort and maximum oxygen. This allows the body to relax, get adequate oxygen and not constantly gasp for air.

We have seen phenomenal results with our treatment of sleep apnea for our patients. Our patients sleeping better and feel rested upon waking. Most of our patients who have undergone treatment say that they had no idea how much better they could feel and now have no idea how they lived before on such inadequate sleep. They feel rejuvenated and are so thankful for their treatment. It goes beyond feeling great, our patients also tell us that their weight has improved, their acid reflux has diminished or completely gone away, and their physicians have told them that their blood pressure has improved and pre-diabetic patients or patients with adult onset diabetes have reported better insulin levels.

We feel very strongly about treating snoring and sleep apnea at Dr. Kerbs office. We have seen how oral appliance therapy has improved the lives of our patients and potentially saved a life by reducing/eliminating the health risks involved with sleep apnea. We want to help as many people as possible live better. If you or a loved one snores or you suspect that you or a loved one may suffer from sleep apnea, please give our Escondido dental office a call today 760-746-3663. We offer complimentary sleep health consultations and can bill medical insurance including medicare. We are here to answer all of your questions and look forward to hearing from you.

Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, has a very strong dental hygiene and periodontal department at his office. Dr. Kerbs and his dental hygienists do a periodontal exam at every new patient exam and annually thereafter. You may be aware of this exam as being the numbers that are called off by the dental hygienist, ie: 2 2 3, 3 2 3 etc. However, there are times when these numbers reach higher levels above 3, such as 6 7 8, and even up to 12. What these numbers signify is the depth of space between the gumline and where the gums attach to the tooth. The numbers are measured in millimeters. Healthy numbers are 2 and 3 millimeters. This is a normal and healthy way that gums should attach to the teeth. When the pockets are deeper than 3 millimeters this signifies a problem.

What Dr. Kerbs and his dental hygienists want their patients to understand is why this is happening. With a thorough examination, Dr. Kerbs assesses the plaque, tarter and bleeding levels in the mouth. This tells us if the problem is related to bacteria and plaque buildup in the mouth. Dr. Kerbs then assesses the recession, mobility, crowding, bite and existing restorations (crowns, fillings, etc). This tells us if the problem is related to bite trauma and/or poor restorations. There are times when periodontal disease is linked to all of these issues, but often times one of these issues is more prominent. It is important to know the cause of the problem in order to have the solution for optimal healing of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth.

Dr. Kerbs and his dental hygienists use a combination of Ultrasonics with Ozonated water, Hand Instrumentation, Laser treatment and Ozone Insuflation Gas Treatments to clean the teeth and gums. The combination of all of these treatments removes tarter, plaque, diseased tissue, sterilizes the area, and neutralizes the pH. When the teeth, gums and bone are being traumatized and cause the pockets to develop, Dr. Kerbs develops a plan to remove the trauma and allow the mouth to start to heal.

Periodontal disease is a silent disease that most patients are unaware of until a periodontal exam is done. Most patients report that they have not had any pain to alert them of an infection. It is very important to catch this infection at early stages for optimal healing to occur. Bleeding gums when brushing and/or flossing is not normal and is a sign that an infection is occurring.

Do your gums bleed? Are you concerned that you may have deeper pockets than 2 and 3 millimeters? If so, please contact our office and speak with one of our team members. We are here to help answer all of your questions and help you move toward health. Call our Escondido dental office today 760-746-3663, located in North County San Diego.

Are amalgam fillings plaguing the health of your mouth and body? Escondido holistic dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, hasn’t placed an amalgam filling since 1985. Since this time he has been removing amalgam fillings safely with all of the necessary safety protocols including a rubber dam to isolate the tooth from the mouth, high-speed evacuation, oxygen mask to cover the nose and room air filtration.

Amalgam fillings are filled with mercury, a known poison. Amalgam fillings are not bonded to the surrounding tooth, causing the amalgam filling to separate from the remaining tooth which allows for microleakge of bacteria under the filling. As a result of the microleakage, Dr. Kerbs finds cavities under the amalgam fillings over 80% of the time. Amalgam fillings corrode and expand/contract over time, causing the tooth around the filling to crack and fracture which weakens the natural tooth structure and can lead to large pieces of the tooth to break. Mercury is constantly being released into the mouth and body when amalgam fillings are present.

Dr. Kerbs replaces amalgam fillings with tooth colored composite fillings. Dr. Kerbs uses the strongest and safest material available to sculpt the tooth back to its original shape. Composite fillings bond the tooth back together to increase the tooth’s strength by 85-95% and when placed correctly they have superior function.

Dr. Kerbs only utilizes the highest quality, non-toxic materials in his practice of dentistry, but what he wants his patients to understand is that technique is equally as important as safe materials. Dr. Kerbs is a conservative dentist. What this means to his patients is that he will never remove any tooth structure that doesn’t absolutely need to be removed. How this applies to removal of mercury fillings is that Dr. Kerbs will never cut down any unnecessary tooth structure when replacing amalgam fillings.

If you are concerned about your amalgam fillings please give our Escondido dental office a call 760-746-3663 one of our team members will be able to answer all of your questions and help you move forward to better health.

At Dr. Kerbs Office we believe in eliminating all of the stress and anxiety that can be associated with dentistry. We know that millions of people experience this fear of dentistry so we have created an environment that is very different from most dental offices. When you walk into our office you will be greeted with fresh flower arrangements, soft lighting, soothing music, essential oils scenting the room, hot beverages and a warm hello from one of our team members. When seated for treatment we offer complimentary hand paraffin treatments, warm lavender neck wraps, massaging dental chairs and noise canceling headphones. For our patients that are wanting sedation dentistry, we offer complimentary sedation so that our patients can sleep through their dental visit. We do everything in our power to comfort our patients and ease their dental fears. Dr. Kerbs and our team are here for you to answer all of your questions, to offer you all of our comforts and to ultimately make sure that you have the best dental experience possible. We are located in Escondido, CA and serve all surrounding areas including Rancho Santa Fe, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Valley Center and Temecula. Call our Escondido dental office to schedule your appointment today 760-746-3663.

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