Did you know that your teeth can last a lifetime? Well, they can because that’s how they have been designed. Our teeth are naturally strong and can last over 120 years. Therefore, it makes sense to repair damaged teeth by mimicking the tooth’s natural function and strength. Biomimetic dentistry offers a conservative and more natural method of addressing dental problems.
Biomimetic dentistry is a dental care procedure for treating damaged, decayed, and broken teeth by copying the properties of natural teeth. It is an approach that addresses the shortcomings of traditional dentistry techniques.
Advantages of Biomimetic Dentistry
- Biomimetic Dentistry Conserves Tooth
The biomimetic approach is based around saving the natural tooth structure. Therefore, the only thing that is removed is the decay and damage, while your good tooth structure is maintained. Unlike traditional dentistry that uses crowns which require additional removal of good tooth structure, biomimetic approach uses inlays or onlays which do not require much space. In addition, with traditional dentistry, a composite filling is expected to last a few years, after which you’ll need to redo it. Each time the tooth is treated again, tooth structure is removed further. A biomimetic restoration lasts much longer hence is more conservative.
- Biomimetic Dentistry Prevents Root Canals
With the biomimetic procedure, there’s usually no need for a root canal. In fact, according to most biological dentists, the number of their patients receiving root canals has reduced by over 90%. Traditional dentistry involves excessive drilling of the tooth structure to make space for a crown. This leads to irritation and sensitivity to the tooth thereby requiring a root canal treatment. On the contrary, the biomimetic procedure does not involve this excessive removal of the tooth structure hence reducing the need for a root canal treatment.
- Biomimetic Dentistry Uses Advanced Adhesive Techniques
Biomimetic dentistry uses advanced adhesive methods and materials to provide lasting restorations. The bonding creates stronger teeth which are less prone to fracture or breaking, and the tooth is completely sealed from infection. Thanks to these techniques and the use of advanced materials, biomimetic dentistry can reproduce a biomimetic match between natural teeth structure and substitution materials.
- Biomimetic Dentistry Reduces Shrinkage and Stress
A dental filling is prone to shrinkage caused by the light used to set it, and this leaves space between the filling and the tooth, causing sensitivity. Gaps between tooth structure and the filling material can lead to saliva, food particles, and plaque leaching into the tooth. This can cause stress and decay can occur again. The biomimetic method uses advanced dental materials and techniques that prevent this shrinkage. Dr. Woods knows all about these issues and based on his research and experience, biomimetic techniques can prevent shrinkage and stress.
Replacing the elements of nature is impossible. Similarly, when tooth structure is lost, it cannot be reproduced by artificial means. Unfortunately, the materials used in traditional dentistry are not long lasting, and the procedure can cause more damage. Biomimetic dentistry tries to solve these problems by partially stimulating the tooth and using advanced techniques that are safe.
For a biomimetic dental consultation with Dr. Woods, call 619-359-6569.