Dr. Robert (Bobby) Supple
graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1980. He completed the Pankey Institute’s curriculum in 1999 and pursued studies at the American Equilibration Society and at the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.
Dental occlusion has fascinated Dr. Supple throughout his 30 years in private practice. He is grateful to Dr. L .D. Pankey, to Dr. Janet Travell and to Dr. R. V. Tucker for communicating their passion and expertise on the subject. Dr. Supple also acknowledges the determining influence of such reputable occlusionists as Peter Neff, Parker Mahon, Mark Piper, Peter Dawson, David Hornbrook, Gordon Christensen, Gerald Chiche, and Jeff Okerson.
In 1990, Dr. Supple ventured in digital dentistry and introduced his staff and his patients to the T-Scan technology. He recognized the diagnostic value of quantitatively evaluating occlusal forces and displaying the results on a computer monitor. In 1997, a thousand scans later, he developed the concept of Habitual Force Distribution Patterns which he has since presented at international meetings and annual conferences. Twenty years, nine T-Scan generations, and thousands of scans later, he is determined to share his clinical findings and mentor dental professionals interested in integrating digital occlusion in all aspects of their practice.
Since 2005, Dr. Supple has been lecturing dental residents at the University of New Mexico on occlusion and TM disorders. He has been participating in the Horizon Study Club since 1985, in the High Desert Study Club since 2000, in the R. V. Tucker Gold Study Club since 2000, and in the New Mexico Esthetic Study Club since 2006. He is a member of the International College of Dentists, the American Equilibration Society and the International Academy of Gnathology.
Dr. Supple firmly believes that the cumulative knowledge and clinical experience of master teachers have stood the test of time. In his opinion, such knowledge and experience combined with technological advancements form the basis on which rests the future of dentistry.