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  • Avoid root canals and losing teeth. The most important time to ask your dentist about supra-gingival dentistry is when your treatment plan includes a crown. Over 37 million crowns are placed every year by dentists in the United States. Crowns require drilling away approximately 75% of the tooth, turning the tooth into a small peg. Removing that much tooth away traumatizes the nerve, which then can leads to inflammation, pain and increases the risk that the tooth will require a ROOT CANAL in the future.

    Supra-gingival minimally invasive fillings, onlays and veneers, are a great alternative to dental crowns and require drilling on less than 35% of the tooth, leaving the pulp or nerve mostly undamaged. Both supra gingival onlays and veneers are minimally-invasive, conserve the original tooth structure and create a healthier treatment option for the patient.
    Learn more about veneers: https://www.healthydentistry.org/veneers-vs-crowns/
    Learn more about onlays: https://www.healthydentistry.org/healthy-alternative-to-crowns/

  • For everyone trying to be healthier, it is important to remember that health is not only about improving eating habits and exercising more often; dental health contributes to overall health too. Asking your dentist about supra-gingival dentistry treatments will help conserve your teeth, help your gums stay healthy and also reduce inflammation.

    Supra-gingival dentistry is a minimally invasive, modern technique and uses up-to-date advances in materials such as adhesion. Supra-gingival means above the gum line, which essentially means a treatment plan in which the dentist performs work away from the gums. This conservative technique preserves original tooth structure and leads to healthier gums by minimizing inflammation.

    In the photo below you can see the traditional approach, a tooth cut down for a crown with subgingival margins (on the left). Observer the enormous swelling (inflammation) and amount of tooth drilled away.
    On the right a tooth prepared for a supra-gingival veneer, gums and tooth looking almost untouched.

    There are consequences, the body’s autoimmune system responds with inflammation and then leads to oral chronic inflammation and chronic periodontal disease. Chronic inflammation is a major contributor to several serious diseases and medical conditions such as heart disease, arterial disease, diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, birth complications, and cancer. Remember to ask you dentist for supra-gingival healthy dentistry.
    Learn more: https://www.healthydentistry.org/inflammation-and-dentistry/

  • Healthy teeth contribute to a healthier and more satisfying life! The vast majority of people will get cavities and will need dental restorations, but the choice of how those cavities and teeth are repaired will significantly impact their dental future. While most dentists strongly support tooth conserving dentistry, full crowns are still the most popular way to repair damaged teeth. Crowns require drilling away 75% of the original tooth, drastically increasing the need for root canal and often damaging the gums in the process!

    Supra-gingival minimally invasive techniques are a healthier alternative. The more damaged the tooth, the more imperative it is to preserve the part that remains. Even when treating extremely complicated cases, supra-gingival minimally invasive dentistry is possible and also a better, healthier choice.
    Learn more about supra-gingival dentistry and how it is a healthier short-term AND long-term choice: https://www.healthydentistry.org/inflammation-and-dentistry/

  • Oral health impacts your overall body health, energy level, weight loss and digestion. A study in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research concludes “people with serious gum disease were 40% more likely to have a chronic condition on top of it. In fact, conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory tract infections, and depression have been linked to the presence of gum disease.” Keeping your gums healthy is very important for your overall health! This means when getting any treatment, you need to ask for the treatment that will result in the least amount of inflammation. Always remember to ask your dentist about Supra-gingival dentistry. When the dentist performs work above the gum (supra-gingival), it results in less pain, less sensitivity and less inflammation.

    Read the following article to learn more: http://bit.ly/2sGTPbD

    Read the following study to learn more: https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/research/data-statistics/surgeon-general

  • Dr. Ruiz’s book “Supra-gingival Minimally Invasive Dentistry: a Healthier Approach,” published by Wiley, demonstrates faster, easier, and more predictable techniques for dentists that are also healthier for the patient. Learn to say “NO!” to subgingival margin placement! Subgingival margins are unhealthy and make dentistry unpredictable. Learn more about healthier dentistry in Dr. Ruiz’s book, published by Wiley-Blackwell, “Supra-gingival Minimally Invasive Dentistry: a Healthier Approach.” http://bit.ly/2DPxE8t
  • Alternatives to dental crowns do exist. There are modern advances in materials and dental techniques that are healthier for the patient and also more predictable for the dentist. Supra-gingival minimally invasive dentistry is a modern technique and uses up-to-date advances in materials such as adhesion. Supra-gingival onlays are a great alternative to dental crowns. The onlays are made of porcelain and do not require turning the tooth into a peg nor damaging the pulp. Supra-gingival veneers are also a great substitute for crowns for front teeth, because they are minimally-invasive and preserve the tooth structure, creating a healthier treatment option for the patient.
    Learn more about veneers: https://www.healthydentistry.org/veneers-vs-crowns/
    Learn more about onlays: https://www.healthydentistry.org/healthy-alternative-to-crowns/
  • Sub-gingival (below the gum) dental procedures leave material below the gums, including crowns, and lead to an increase in pathogen levels, inflammation, and gum disease (see photo below.) Research has demonstrated that cutting teeth for crowns also increases the chance that the tooth will require a root canal. It is important for patients to fully understand the consequences of their treatment choice and that there are alternatives to unhealthy crowns and fillings such as healthier supra-gingival (above the gum) minimally-invasive dentistry. Crowns are a procedure over 100 years old, and there are better alternatives.
  • US News posted 4 simple ways to lengthen your life, and 2 of them involve your mouth! They say to “smile big and bright’ and to “floss daily.” They reference a study that shows how smiling builds your immune system and even improves your mood and stress levels. They write that flossing decreases low-grade inflammation which is great because low-grade inflammation increases the risk of early heart attack and stroke. Flossing also reduces gingivitis because it helps remove the food stuck between your teeth and it helps remove bacteria before it hardens into plaque. Read about all 4 in the following article: https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2017-06-12/4-surprisingly-simple-ways-to-lengthen-your-life
  • Did you know that over 37 million teeth are cut for crowns every year? Dental crowns are by far the most popular indirect procedure even though they require drilling approximately 75% of the tooth away, turning the tooth into a small peg, compared with drilling only 35% of the tooth away for a supra-gingival procedure. The image below shows the comparison. Removing more than half of the tooth traumatizes the tooth and gum and also can cause irreversible damage to the nerve. The permanent damage to the tooth pulp leads to inflammation and pain which then leads to an increased risk that the tooth will require a root canal in the future.