Supra-gingival (above the gum) Healthy Dentistry is a modality or style of dentistry that uses the latest materials and innovative techniques to intentionally keep restorations such as fillings, crowns, veneers, onlays, etc. above the gum line. Supra-gingival healthy dentistry also uses the most minimally-invasive techniques available for the purpose of providing patients with a healthier form of dentistry (Figure 1, patient with 15 year old supra-gingival veneers and healthy gums). Traditionally, badly damaged teeth are cut down before being treated with fillings or crowns with margins below the gum line, which is invasive and often leads to unhealthy gums (Figure 2, patient with crowns and generalized periodontal disease). By using modern dental adhesives and materials, the dentist does not need to drill too much of the tooth or go below the gum level (sub-gingival). Supra-gingival techniques can be applied to every procedure in dentistry.
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