Supra Gingival


Research in medicine shows that oral chronic periodontal infection and inflammation is a serious health problem associated with heart disease, diabetes, stroke and many other heath conditions. The Academy of Supra-gingival (above the gum) Healthy Dentistry promotes 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, thus avoiding periodontal infection and inflammation. Supra-gingival healthy dentistry uses minimally-invasive techniques available for the purpose of providing patients with a healthier form of dentistry and minimizing negative side effects like root canals and pain (Figure 1, patient with 15 year old supra-gingival veneers and healthy gums.) Healthy Dentistry also means biocompatible (not harmful to living tissue) dentistry and therefore the Academy of Supra-gingival Healthy Dentistry also strives to use and encourage the use of materials and techniques that are healthy and biocompatible to the patient. Traditionally, severely 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.

health gums Healthy Gums Figure 1
not health gums Unhealthy Gums Figure 2

Why Is Supra-gingival Dentistry Healthier for You?

The gums are healthy because the restoration is kept above the gum as much as possible, which decreases chances of gum disease caused by subginival margins. Healthier gums.

During the procedure the dentist minimizes injury to tooth, pulp (nerve) and gums, leading to faster recovery and less pain.

The restoration is kept above the gum as much as possible, which decreases chances of gum disease caused by subgingival margins and maintains healthier gums.

The nerve of the tooth is much less traumatized, which often prevents the need for unnecessary root canals treatments.

Written Testimonials

I believe Supra-gingival dentistry is better for the patient because it makes the maintenance of the restoration easier, the gums are always healthier when the restoration is away from the gums. The preparations tend to be more conservative. I have almost no complaints of discomfort after the procedure, and the restorations tend to last longer because there is less leakage with Supra-gingival dentistry.
Dr. Narpat Jain, DMD, MAGD, FICOI
The principles of Supra gingival dentistry allows for a conservative approach for patients to maintain as much of their own tooth structure for optimal esthetics and longevity.
While utilizing the latest, most up-to-date research based techniques, our dental office is committed to providing Supra-Gingival Minimally Invasive Dentistry to all of our patients. In doing so, we can conserve and protect as much natural tooth structure, ensure we are creating long lasting dentistry, and provide an overall healthier result for our patient's oral health.
Jennifer Caruso, DMD, FAGD

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Who We Are

"The Academy of Supra-gingival Healthy Dentistry was passionately founded with an ambitious objective to spread and promote the knowledge and practice of supra-gingival minimally invasive dentistry. We are an organization of caring, educated, motivated and health-conscious clinicians who have created a platform with a goal to inform the public of healthier dentistry by providing a reservoir of educational, academic information on Supra-gingival healthy dentistry, as well as a place to allow patients to communicate with a dentist near them who is knowledgeable on such techniques."