What is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Biomimetic Dentistry is a modern approach to addressing damaged teeth. With a specific set of methods, protocols and materials, Biomimetic Dentistry aims to fix teeth with the goal of preserving and conserving teeth as much as possible.
How is Biomimetic Dentistry different from regular dentistry?
For close to 100 years, dentists have been trained to cut into healthy parts of teeth in order to accommodate a new filling or crown. With Biomimetic Dentistry, much of the cutting into healthy parts of teeth are no longer necessary and are therefore not performed.
What are the benefits of Biomimetic Dentistry?
Studies and experience has shown that Biomimetic Dentistry results in:
- Reduced or no discomfort after treatment
- Increased longevity of dental treatment
- Reduced or eliminated need for future re-treatment
- Reduced or eliminated need for additional further treatment such as root canal treatment or extraction
Why is it called “Biomimetic Dentistry?”
Biomimetic can be translated to “mimicking life.” One of the goals of Biomimetic Dentistry is to understand and copy the properties of natural teeth and how they behave under function. Nature knows what it's doing and therefore the natural tooth is the ideal model to imitate.
Teeth bend and move in specific ways and also possess natural safety features in order to avoid being damaged when working. By understanding and copying these properties, our doctors can rebuild teeth in a manner that maintains these natural advantages.
What other benefits of Biomimetic Dentistry are there?
Another advantage to Biomimetic Dentistry is that it may cost patients less in the long term. By keeping treatment more conservative, our dentists lower the risk of needing additional further treatment such as crowns, root canal treatments and extractions. Additionally, Biomimetic Dentistry is designed to be easily repairable, thereby avoiding the headache and cost of having treatment completely re-done. Finally, with the conservative and preservative approach of Biomimetic Dentistry, a tooth’s natural lifespan can be significantly extended when compared to teeth with traditional dentistry.
If you think you might benefit from biomimetic dentistry, call our office today and we will be more than happy to further assist you in answering your questions.