Airway Restorative Dentistry

The restorative dentistry section of the AAPMD plays a crucial role in holistic patient care. It not only addresses the functional and aesthetic concerns of damaged or lost teeth but integrates a multi-disciplinary approach, ensuring optimal oral health in conjunction with overall wellness. By promoting advanced techniques, fostering education, and advocating for comprehensive treatments, this section is pivotal in advancing the standards of patient care and highlighting the broader implications of oral health.

Section Leaders

Jeffrey Hindin, DDS

Dr. Hindin specializes in craniofacial pain, TMD, and sleep disorders, integrating biofeedback into patient care. He’s researching the link between orofacial pain, splint therapy, and heart rate variability, with lectures globally on the topic. An instructor for the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe, he has a pending patent for an oral appliance adjustment system. He’s affiliated with numerous professional dental and medical societies.


Since 1982, John H. Tucker has practiced in Erie, Pennsylvania, specializing in Obstructive Sleep Apnea. A University of Pittsburgh Dental Medicine graduate and a Diplomate of The American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, he offers Oral Appliance Therapy. Recognized as a top Sleep Doctor by Sleep Review Journals in 2012 & 2013, Dr. Tucker collaborates with sleep specialists for optimal patient outcomes. He founded Erie Dental Sleep Therapy, LLC in 2007, an acclaimed AADSM-accredited facility.

Marcello Allegra

Marcello has held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics since 2012. With over 13 years in dental sales, he has overseen various aspects of the laboratory’s sales and marketing efforts. His experience has given him a deep understanding of both products and procedures in the field, enabling effective communication between clinicians and technicians. Additionally, Marcello has a keen awareness of industry trends and new technologies.


What is the mission of the restorative dentistry section of the AAPMD?
To promote a holistic approach to patient care, considering both the functional and aesthetic facets of dentistry, and emphasizing the broader impact of oral health on overall well-being.
Who can become a member of the restorative dentistry section?
Providers involved in any form of restorative dentistry and related fields can join this section.
How does collaboration among different dental and medical specialties enhance the restorative dentistry approach?
Collaboration fosters a multi-disciplinary approach that ensures comprehensive treatments, integrating insights from various specialties and medical disciplines which leads to a more holistic perspective on patient care.
How can I contribute to the mission of the restorative dentistry section?
Individuals can contribute by sharing knowledge, offering lectures, participating in discussions, and engaging in educational outreach to disseminate advanced techniques and treatments.
Can dentists from all backgrounds benefit from joining the restorative dentistry section?
Yes, dentists from varied backgrounds will benefit from the collective knowledge, experiences, and collaborative environment that the section offers.
How does the restorative dentistry section handle the relationship between oral health and overall health?
The section adopts a holistic approach and respects perspectives from other dental and medical disciplines. We, acknowledge the significant connection between oral health and overall wellness, and emphasize comprehensive treatments that address both aspects.
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