If you want a healthier type of dentistry, then visit Supra-Gingival Dentistry by Dr. Ruiz. Our experienced dentist uses a style of dentistry called Supra-Gingival Dentistry, developed by Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz. This minimally invasive technique uses the latest advances in adhesive dentistry, composites, and ceramics to save tooth structure and place restorations above the gum line, keeping your smile healthy and strong. Contact our office if you want to learn more about supra-gingival dentistry in Studio City, California. Our dentist is very experienced in supra-gingival dentistry, having practiced and taught it for over 15 years. World class dentistry at very affordable prices and payment options.
Traditional dental crowns require the removal of a lot of healthy tooth structure, (Picture 1) leaving only a stump of the tooth remaining. Often the dental restorations are placed under the gum line, which can make it unhealthy (Picture 2). The opaque color of these restorations also looks unnatural. But with Dr. Ruiz’s supra-gingival dentistry, only the damaged tissues are removed, and many specialized techniques are used to stay away from the gum line, with some rare exceptions. The thinner translucent restorations also allow the natural luster of the tooth to shine through for a more beautiful smile (Picture 3 is a case with 15 years of healthy results). Call our dental team today if you want to learn more about our minimally invasive supra-gingival dentistry.
The benefits of supra-gingival dental procedures are:
- Healthier gums, because a major effort is placed to avoid materials below the gum
- Less chances of root canals, because less tooth is cut away
- Usually less discomfort during and after treatment because it is minimally invasive
- More beautiful because the natural beauty is left to shine through
A Healthier Form of Dentistry
The inflamed gums seen in picture 2 remind us that this type of inflammation is similar to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is chronic infection and inflammation which causes systemic disease. At our dental practice, we are concerned about your overall health, which is why we avoid placing foreign materials under your gums as much as possible. These materials are irritants to your gums and can contribute to gum disease. Additionally, we use multiple measures to protect you from unnecessary exposure to undesirable substances. We only use FDA-approved materials, and when removing amalgam, we use double suction and a Dryshield trap. Dr. Ruiz has published many research papers on dental materials and is an expert on this topic, choosing only the healthiest and best materials to treat his patients. If you have any allergy or special needs, do not hesitate to talk to Dr. Ruiz.