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.
What Makes Biomimetic Dentistry Different From Traditional Techniques?
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:
- Preserve as much tooth structure as possible
- Prevent needless root canals and maintain tooth vitality
- Attempt to restore teeth as maximum as possible, preventing the need for extraction
- Improve the bond strength of a dental restoration
- Eradicate sensitivity issues
- Provide long-lasting restorations without any traditional complications
What can a Biomimetic Dentist address?
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:
- Tooth decay
- Tooth sensitivity
- Fractured teeth
- Chipped, cracked, damaged teeth
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 To Treat Cavities
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.
Benefits of Biomimetic Dentistry
The benefits of biomimetic dentistry include the following:
- No use of toxic materials or chemicals in your mouth.
- Conserving more of your natural teeth, thus not disrupting smooth dental functions like eating and speaking.
- Esthetically attractive dental restorations that look and feel like your real teeth
- Doesn't harm the health of the surrounding teeth and mouth as materials that mimic your teeth' functionality and aesthetics are only used.
- Minimally invasive treatments, thus eliminating or reducing the need for anesthesia. This also costs less, saving you money.
How Long Does The Recovery From A Biomimetic procedure take?
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.
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