Your Dental Future Depends on Your Choice of Dentistry, says The Academy of Healthy 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.

The preparation for dental crowns cuts 75% of the tooth away, turning the tooth into a small peg, compared with drilling only 35% of the tooth away for supra-gingival onlays, and even less for a supra-gingival veneer. Removing more than half of the tooth traumatizes the tooth and gum and the permanent damage to the tooth pulp leads to inflammation and pain. There are alternatives! Supra-gingival procedures are specifically designed to promote long term gum (periodontal) health by preventing the placement of dental materials below the gum.

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 and do not require turning the tooth into a peg nor cause damage to the pulp. Supra-gingival veneers are no longer just for esthetic makeovers, but are a healthy substitute for front tooth crowns because they preserve the tooth structure. Both supra-gingival onlays and veneers provide a healthier treatment option for the patient.

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