LOS ANGELES: If you are a health-conscious individual and found out you need a dental filling or crown, the wrong choice could cost you more than just unnecessary pain and money, it could cost you your health - Crowns and fillings with subgingival margins (below the gums) can cause gum disease, a chronic condition, and other unhealthy consequences associated with it (see photo).
But there is help, there is a new website with information about healthier alternatives! The Academy of Supra-gingival Healthy Dentistry has created a platform for patients to learn more about new ways to repair teeth with less of the side effects associated with traditional dentistry, as well as where to find the closest health-conscious Supra-gingival dentist.
New Website Link: www.HealthyDentistry.org
Crowns are a procedure over 100 years old, but are still routinely used. Dental crowns are a destructive method and require cutting approximately 75% of the tooth structure, and can harm the pulp (nerve) of the tooth. Unfortunately, over 37 million crowns are placed every year by dentists in the United States, showing how popular this procedure still is.
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). 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.
HealthyDentistry.org provides valuable knowledge and a forum to ask more questions about options for treatment. The website also allows patients to search for and communicate with a close-by dentist who practices supra-gingival minimally-invasive dentistry.
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.
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