Supra-Gingival Minimally Invasive Dentistry
Just like in medicine, dentistry continues to learn that less invasive treatment i.e. medications, procedures or surgery, results in less risk of secondary injury to treated and adjacent tissues, less recuperation time, less post-operative pain, and faster and more complete healing.
Supra-gingival, minimally invasive dentistry is a modality or style of dentistry which uses the latest materials and innovative techniques to very intentionally keep restorations (fillings, crowns, veneers, onlays, etc.) above the gum line, and which uses the most minimally-invasive techniques available. This also applies to fillings; oftentimes, too much tooth is drilled away and may be placed, unnecessarily, below the gum line.
By minimizing the amount of tooth drilled away and staying away from the gum:
- The patient maintains as much natural, healthy tooth structure as possible, leading to better durability of the tooth.
- 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 canal treatment.