The Academy of Supra-gingival Health Dentistry held its first meeting on December 7 at the Loews Regency Hotel in San Francisco. More than 70 dentists and dental professionals attended lectures and demonstrations conducted by experts including Drs. Jose-Luis Ruiz, Ray Bertolotti, Rene Kurtz, Tom McDonald, and Patricia Ryan.
According to the organization, supra-gingival healthy dentistry is a modality or style of dentistry that uses the latest research knowledge of materials and techniques to very intentionally preserve tooth structure and keep restorations above the gum line. It’s designed to be a more biocompatible option that preserves and protects both oral and overall health.
Truly healthier treatment is possible, the organization says, when dentists acknowledge the importance of providing healthy, biocompatible dentistry as well as the literature noting that many restorative procedures and materials contribute to chronic inflammation, which is a major contributor to aging and disease. Healthier dentistry also is possible, it says, when:
- Restorative margins are kept supra-gingival
- More biocompatible materials are used
- Biocompatibility testing is performed when necessary
- The use of root canal treatment is decreased by performing supra-gingival minimally invasive dentistry
The Academy of Supra-gingival Health Dentistry further encourages to learn more about amalgam removal, fluoride, and other trending subjects to educates patients who may have been misinformed by non-evidence-based providers by visiting healthydentistry.org/inflammation-and-biocompatible-dentistry/.
“I left with more material from seven hours of lectures and demonstrations than I have gotten from two- to three-day hands-on courses,” said Dr. Roland Wilson of Madison, Wisconsin, who attended the event.