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Teeth Are Fun: Teeth Start To Form As Soon As Your Do!


It’s true: Teeth start to form in the womb, which might make some women think twice about getting pregnant – but more importantly, it’s a fact that will make you want to stay healthy during pregnancy so your child has great teeth you can be proud of. For a free oral health consultation during pregnancy or at any stage in life, call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Biomimetic Dentistry: Frequently Asked Questions

biomimetic restorationDr. Woods is an experienced dentist and prefers to use a conservative approach when it comes to dealing with dental distress. While sometimes it’s inevitable to lose a tooth or two, biomimetic dentistry provides great options to maintain the tooth structure. Below, Dr. Woods answers some of the most frequently asked questions regarding biomimetic dentistry.

What does biomimetic dentistry mean?

Biomimetic dentistry is a conservative dental care technique that focuses on fixing and sealing weak, broken and decayed teeth in a more natural way. This means preserving more of your natural teeth and using the remaining natural teeth structure during the procedure.

Is biomimetic dentistry better than traditional dentistry?

Biomimetic dentistry is better in that it utilizes the modern technologies of advanced adhesives and ceramics. While traditional dentistry uses bulky porcelain crowns, biomimetic uses smaller onlays that work like actual teeth. In addition, the techniques used in traditional dentistry can make the tooth crack and leak over time, allowing bacteria to invade your teeth. On the contrary, biomimetic methods are more effective and long-lasting.

Who invented biomimetic dentistry?

The basic principles and techniques of this dental practice were developed by researchers from top universities in various countries. However, the techniques were promoted and advanced by researchers from the United States and Europe.

How does biomimetic dentistry differ from traditional dentistry?

Traditional dentistry involves fillings, dental crowns, and root canal procedures, which can cause damage to a healthy tooth structure. On the contrary, biomimetic dentistry involves using minimally invasive procedures and utilizing the remaining natural tooth structure.

How much time do biomimetic procedures take compared to traditional dentistry procedures?

Biomimetic dentistry is a conservative technique that eliminates time-consuming procedures such as root canals. Therefore, the procedure takes less time than traditional methods. In addition, unlike traditional restoration that requires at least two visits, the biomimetic procedure is done in one visit. The method also has longer lasting results.

The only part of the procedure that takes more time than the traditional method is the initial repair as it involves careful reconstruction of the tooth, layer by layer to create stronger teeth.

Does my insurance cover biomimetic procedures?

Yes

The procedures are billed just like those of traditional dentistry. Most insurance companies view biomimetic procedures as ceramic filling.

Is biomimetic more costly?

Biomimetic restoration is actually cheaper than the traditional procedure in the long term. Biomimetic restorations are of higher quality and are longer lasting than traditional restorations which require expensive repair or replacements.

What if I have old fillings?

Dr. Woods suggests that old fillings that start showing signs of damage should be replaced using biomimetic procedure immediately. The earlier you treat them, the better the results and the cheaper the procedure.

Why should I choose biomimetic dentistry?

Having been in the dentistry field for many years, Dr. Woods has performed both traditional dentistry and biomimetic dentistry. And from his experience, he found out that the biomimetic method can resolve most of the shortcomings associated with traditional dentistry.

Biomimetic restoration treat damaged teeth in a way that our bodies would repair it naturally. This involves getting rid of the damaged parts and using correct bonding and sealing methods.

Other reasons why you should choose biomimetic dentistry include:

  • It causes little or no pain
  • It’s has a high long-term success rate
  • It’s more cost-effective
  • Woods can add shine and shape for a better look

For a free Biomimetic dental consultation with Dr. Woods, call 619-359-6569

Teeth Are Fun: Lemons Do More To Your Mouth Than Make It Pucker


Citric acid can damage your teeth, leading to cavities in an otherwise healthy mouth – and expensive dental bills for restorations you might not have needed otherwise. So brush and floss after eating lemons or lemon juice – or anything else – and call Dr. Paige Woods and Brighton Dental San Diego at (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation on your dental and oral health.

Teeth Are Fun: Prevent And Get Rid Of Stains For Beautiful Teeth!


Prevent stains if you can, brush and floss after meals to remove staining foods right away and consider using diluted hydrogen peroxide to maintain good oral health and bubble away minor staining – then see a dentist, not some spa in the mall, for professional teeth whitening. Learn more and get a free dental health consultation from Brighton Dental San Diego by calling (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Stay Healthy During Pregnancy With A Dental Exam


You may not realize it, but oral health is linked to so much else in the body – so it absolutely makes sense to see a dentist during pregnancy to make sure your whole body – teeth, gums and everything else – stays as healthy as can be. For a free oral health consultation during pregnancy, call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Reinsert A Knocked-Out Tooth For A Chance To Save It!


Teeth are living things that die outside the body, so rinse and reinsert a knocked-out tooth if possible and get to a dentist within 30 minutes if you want to save it. If you’re teeth are all in place but look so bad they could fall out, contact Brighton Dental in San Diego at your leisure at (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation to see what can be done.

Teeth Are Fun: Don’t Let The Elvis Thing Discourage You!


It’s true: Elvis obsessed with brushing his teeth – but don’t let the fact that he died young (of something else entirely!) discourage you from brushing, flossing and using mouthwash too. For a free oral health consultation to see where you stand, call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569 right away.

Teeth Are Fun: Dark Chocolate Is Good For Lots Of Things, Including Teeth


In addition to being delicious, dark chocolate contains flavonoids, polyphenols and tannins that provide antioxidant benefits to your teeth and mouth – but be sure you brush and floss after eating it because of all that sugar it leaves in your mouth. If you need an oral health consultation (or maybe want to learn how to live a healthier life through chocolate), call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569 now.

Teeth Are Fun: How Long Does A Snail Dental Cleaning Take?


Snails really do have tens of thousands of teeth – all tiny and all susceptible to snail problems, but not plagued by human issues like crooked teeth, gum disease and decay from sugary snacks. To get a free consultation on the health of your 32 or so teeth, call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Baby Teeth Are Getting Pricier Every Year!


How much money does the Tooth Fairy leave your children – or do you bother with this ritual? If you’re giving less than a dollar, you’re being left behind. If you’re giving more than $20, maybe start a trust fund. For a free oral health consultation (and no more unsolicited financial advice), call Brighton Dental San Diego at (619) 359-6569.