i Health Program


Biologic Dentistry with a Whole Body Approach

Participants in the iHealth program receive the services of traditional dentistry in conjunction with the benefits of alternative dentistry and medicine. Compelling research is being done in the areas of oral biologic infections and heavy metal toxicity (including mercury and fluoride) that has not been accepted by mainstream dentistry.

We feel our patients deserve the choice of what materials are placed in their bodies and the educational opportunities to make an informed choice.

Dr. Angela Tenholder and her team have additional training in the methods and equipment that can be utilized to reduce the burden that traditional dental materials and techniques often place on the overall health of the body. We call it whole*istic dentistry because our focus is on the whole body.

Whole*istic Alternative Treatment and Exam Room

Participants of the iHealth program benefit from the use of the state-of-the-art medical grade equipment in our WATER room which stands for Whole*istic Alternative Treatment and Exam Room.  It utilizes modern technology for optimizing the effective treatment of the many connections between oral and overall health.

The decision to begin the journey of understanding your overall health in the context of dentistry is an important, and often overwhelming task.

We support our patients journey in both their education and their ability to make the decision that is right for them. We are proud to provide these high-end services, equipment and facility for our patients.

The Root Canal Controversy

Additional Information


We Do Root Canal Therapy Differently

At Synergy Dental Solutions we do our best to provide optimal, state of the art care for our patient while respecting their valuable time and resources. In many cases when a tooth is badly diseased, multiple procedures must be performed to return that tooth to a state of health and function.

Our combined care therapy for an advanced stage of disease includes treating all areas of infection, inflammation and structural repair for the tooth and surrounding tissues in an efficient method that respects the body’s ultimate capacity to heal in only two strategically timed appointments.

Root Canal = Controlled Crash

It's never our first choice but often our last resort. The damage to the tooth and bone didn’t happen overnight and will not be repaired overnight. Current research shows that providing 4 weeks of healing time using calcium hydroxide therapy dramatically improves the prognosis of the badly damaged tooth that requires root canal therapy.

Dr. Tenholder believes so strongly in the benefit of this procedure that she has incorporated this technique as her standard of care for root canal therapy in her office. If a patient demands that their root canal be performed at one visit, Dr. Tenholder will be happy to refer you to a root canal specialist (endodontist) for the completion of your procedure.

Healing is a Process

During the healing time for the root canal treated tooth, the gum tissue will also be healing from the decontamination provided by the diode laser during the first session of your combined care therapy. You will be fitted with a temporary crown that will provide the optimal structural healing environment for the tooth and surrounding tissues while your custom ceramic crown is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.

At the final visit of your combined care therapy we will complete the root canal by placing the final bioceramic sealer in the root canal system to ensure that the tooth is both as decontaminated as possible and protected from further infection. In addition, your permanent crown will be fitted and cemented to complete the active stage of therapy.

Evolving Evalution Can Determine Overall Health

We recommend careful ongoing reevaluation of your healing progress to ensure that your tooth is responding to therapy and is a good candidate for retaining in your body. If for some reason your body does not respond to therapy and the area surrounding your tooth does not heal, we will recommend careful removal of your tooth to ensure that all of the infection is removed.

Not all teeth will respond optimally to root canal therapy, but with proper nutritional support, appropriate antibiotic therapy, the high-tech procedures and state-of-the-art technology available through modern and alternative dentistry, our success rates for saving many teeth from unnecessary surgical removal and the complications associated with oral surgery and tooth loss is something that we are very proud of.

We advocate ongoing evaluation of the level of healing for teeth treated with root canal therapy and will recommend endodontic evaluation and follow up appointments at 1 month, your next recare (checkup) appointment and annually thereafter. You will be provided with options as to your preference on the testing methods that you wish to receive at those endodontic evaluation appointments. 

i Health

What You Put in Your Body Makes a Difference

Our office does not place mercury amalgam restorations and we allow our patients to decide whether to keep or remove those restorations based on dental and medical reasons. We also offer fluoride free options.

iHealth patients have the ability to choose their method for assessing the most compatible dental materials for their individual needs. There are several ways to receive this testing.

There is nothing more controversial in the field of dentistry than the discussion concerning mercury and fluoride use. We strongly feel that our patients have the right to make their own choices and have the ability to do their own research on the dental materials that are placed in their mouth. However, we feel strongly enough that mercury placement and improper removal is dangerous for our health when we are providing mercury removal services to our patients that we take the precautions necessary to protect our health.

Our WATER Room (Whole*istic Alternative Treatment and Exam Room) and additional protective measures as recommended by the  IAOMT and  DAMS organizations provide both our team and our patients the highest level of protection from the dangers of heavy metal exposure.

Please ask a team member for more information.

Have you Heard About Heavy Metal in Your Mouth?

Heavy Metal is not just a musical style, for some it's a health problem with the source of the toxicity originating from the mouth. 

Our WATER room  (Whole*istic Alternative Treatment and Exam Room) offers a ventilation system that removes mercury vapors from the treatment room for everyone’s protection.

Our office uses a double suction machine which is an extremely powerful vacuum that significantly reduces the amount of vapors inhaled by our patients and our team. Air filtration systems and dental drills using large amounts of water are used to further reduce the amount of airborne particles. We use a rubber dam arrangement that envelops the tooth we are working on so the mercury is confined and removed as soon as it is taken out of the tooth.

In order to safely and effectively prepare the body for dental mercury removal, we offer our patients a consultation and evaluation with a nutrition expert as well as general nutritional recommendations. In addition, during the removal procedure we offer supplemental barriers as well as additional oxygen supplementation.

We have found several products from  Mother Earth Labs to help our patients who have concerns about the nutrutional aspects of dental treatment and overall health. In addition and upon request, we have general nutritional protocals for mercury removal. 

As a dental office, we are not trying to replace medical advice and we recommend that you consult with your physician if you have concerns.

It's the Battle of Good vs Bad and Us vs Them

The bacterial disease originating from the mouth have been implicated in several serious systemic illnesses. We utilize high tech methods of diagnosing and treating these infections including:


  • Low exposure digital imaging
  • Laser assisted periodontal therapy
  • Piezo electric periodontal instrumentation
  • Biologic wound management in conjunction with oral surgery procedures (patient specific)
  • Passive ultrasonic irrigation and laser assisted endodontic therapy and many more options

Recent research indicates a strong relationship between oral bacterial plaque-related diseases (dental infections, gingivitis and periodontal disease) and diseases in other parts of the body. This is of major concern to the medical community, because it is being realized that oral diseases and bacteria have a major impact not only on the health of the oral cavity, but also on the overall health of the human body.

What is Biofilm?

Biofilm is a collection of microbes (including bacteria) with a distinct architecture. A biofilm is like a tiny city in which microbial cells, each only a micrometer or two long, form towers that can be hundreds of micrometers high. The "streets" between the towers are really fluid-filled channels that bring in nutrients, oxygen and other necessities for live biofilm communities.

Biofilms form on the surface of teeth, catheter lines and contact lenses. They grow on pacemakers, heart valve replacements, artificial joints and other surgical implants. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that over 65% of hospital-acquired infections are caused by biofilms.

Bacteria growing in a biofilm are highly resistant to antibiotics, up to 1,000 times more resistant than the same bacteria not growing in a biofilm.

It is important for the patient to understand their role in the reduction of dental biofilm through effective home care and regular visits to their dentist.

The Loss of One Tooth Can Make a Difference

The decision to remove a tooth should be taken very seriously. It should be considered as a last resort, not a decision based on perceived convenience or fear of the unknown factors of keeping the tooth.

Every tooth has a function. By removing the tooth, there is not only a decrease in chewing ability and often an unsightly appearance, but tooth removal also increases the potential for disease and eventual damage to the surrounding teeth. The structural stability provided by a tooth to the jaw bones and jaw joint should be carefully considered when considering tooth removal and replacement options.

There is No "I" in Team

Incorporating the knowledge and skills of other related health care practitioners can be the difference between patients getting well or not improving.

Through our  Integrated Healthcare Partnerships Program we consult with a wide variety of practitioners, including:


Medical Doctors

Osteopathic Physicians

Nutritional Therapists


Massage Therapists

Physical Therapists

Dental Specialists 

Other Dentists.

Just Because You Can't See it Doesn't Mean it's Not There

Even though most dental professionals will deny the existence of areas of the jaw that are often referred to as a cavitation or a NICO lesion, we believe that an increased awareness of these lesions is critical in our ability to properly care for our patients.

The ongoing evaluation of poorly healing areas of dead or dying bone that suffered a reduced blood flow as a result of root canal therapy, infection or trauma (including tooth removal) is critical. Potentially serious systemic issues may result from failure to diagnose or treat these problem areas