What is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Biomimetic literally means life-like copy. In their natural state, teeth are composed of the most successful and ideal properties. The goal of Biomimetic Dentistry is to restore teeth as close to their natural form as possible. Biomimetic Dentistry is gentler to the remaining tooth structure by using specific techniques to only remove the damaged portion of the tooth.
What are the benefits of Biomimetic Dentistry?
With its focus on more natural and less invasive treatment methods, Biomimetic Dentistry delivers a number of important benefits, including:
While in dental school, students are taught to chisel away a great deal of the tooth’s original structure to make way for a crown. In some cases, the tooth is drilled down to a stump. Teeth can often be saved without crowns. It does not make sense to destroy healthy tissues just to repair the bad. All of the above can be solved using Biomimetic Dentistry. In fact, teeth can often be saved without crowns. In our office we have seen a 95% reduction in the need of these expensive and painful procedures.
Using a combination of air abrasion (sand blasting) and special stains that dye the damaged portion of the tooth, Biomimetic Dentistry uses less drilling than comparable traditional techniques. Often times 100% of the remaining healthy enamel is removed in a single traditional crown preparation. But with Biomimetic Dentistry most of the time 100% of the remaining healthy enamel is left completely intact.
Reduced need for future treatments.
Rather than constantly returning for corrective measures on already ‘fixed’ teeth, Biomimetic Dentistry ensures time and money are spared from future treatments. Biomimetic Dentistry can deliver a lower lifetime costs as compared to traditional dentistry.
Better protection of healthy teeth.
With these natural methods, Biomimetic Dentistry restores teeth in a way that is more durable and longer-lasting compared to traditional dentistry.