Biomimetic dentistry comprises restorative treatments performed to maintain and save the natural tooth structure and strength by using advanced materials and techniques that closely mimic your natural teeth. Biomimetic dentistry procedures can repair damage, improve aesthetics, and prevent further damage.
Biomimetic dentistry aims to preserve the patient's teeth and their structure as naturally as possible. It involves using various biomimetic techniques that include removing as less tooth tissue as possible while treating dental issues. For example, in case of a severe cavity or tooth infection, the traditional treatment of endodontics includes the removal of the dental pulp and replacing it with gutta-percha. However, this can make the tooth more susceptible to chips, cracks, or fractures, as the gutta-percha is not as strong as the tooth pulp. Biomimetic dentists attempt to repair the natural pulp instead of removing it, as in the case of endodontic treatments. Biomimetic dentists make use of natural methods like ozone therapy to fight the bacterial invasion and preserve the stem cells that can grow and repair the tooth pulp.
In short, this is what a biomimetic dentist does:
Biomimetic dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on preserving the natural function of the teeth and gums. Biomimetic dental restorations can be used to replace individual teeth or address larger dental issues like severely damaged or decayed teeth. Biomimetic dentistry is most effective at addressing common dental problems that patients experience, such as:
By addressing the root of the problem, rather than attempting to treat the symptoms, Biomimetic dentists are able to restore the function of the teeth and jaw, helping patients to enjoy better oral health.
Biomimetic fillings are made of a tooth-like composite material that mimics the mechanical characteristics of dentin and enamel. This material is cured, or hardened, by a type of light, making it hard and durable. It bonds with the tooth and can be shaped and polished for a tight, natural fit. The composite material is also color matched to the natural tooth to provide an esthetically-pleasing restoration indistinguishable in the mouth. Because biomimetic fillings bond so well to the tooth, they are less likely to cause breakage.
A biomimetic crown is a dental restoration that looks and functions like a natural tooth. Biomimetic crowns are usually made of ceramic. The crown is shaped and colored to look and function just like a natural tooth.
The benefits of biomimetic dentistry include the following:
Biomimetic procedures are minimally invasive, so they usually take much less time than traditional procedures. The dentist will use advanced imaging and computer modeling to plan out treatment and then treat the area through minimally invasive techniques.