Subgingival margin dental crowns lead to gum disease, root canals: 4 points

Dental crowns with subgingival margins are more susceptible to causing gum disease, root canals and other oral health conditions, according to the Academy of Supra-gingival Health Dentistry.

Here are four points:

1. When undergoing dental crown procedures, 75 percent of the tooth is cut or shaved down, causing a chance of harming the nerve. However, 37 million crowns are still placed every year.

2. Subgingival procedures leave material below the gums, such as crowns, that then lead to higher pathogen level and inflammation, as well as an increase in the likelihood of gum disease.

3. Cutting teeth is also suggested to increase the chance of a tooth requiring root canal surgery.

4. Supra-gingival minimally invasive dentistry is an alternative to subgingival dentistry. The Academy of Supra-gingival Health Dentistry helps patients find dentists who specialize in this minimally invasive technique.

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