Unfortunately, a good oral hygiene regimen is simply not enough to maintain pristine oral health. Most patients will experience some form of tooth decay or dental disease at some point in their lives. Luckily, modern dentistry has seen vast improvements in restorative technology and techniques over the last several decades. This has given rise to a new field of dentistry known as biomimetic dentistry. At Lauren Becker DDS, PC we believe biomimetic dentistry leaves our patients happier and more satisfied with the state of their oral health.
What Is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Biomimetic dentistry is a type of tooth-conserving dentistry that focuses on treating weak, decayed, or fractured teeth in a strong and preservative manner. The goal is to bond or glue a tooth together reliably and without removing volumes of healthy tooth structure. We can even add missing parts of a tooth with composite resin. If done properly, biomimetic dentistry should also seal the tooth off from future bacterial infections.
Translated literally, biomimetic dentistry means to copy what is life-like. We believe that nature provides the most successful and ideal blueprints for our natural teeth. Biomimetic restorations have eliminated the need for painful and sometimes destructive restorations, such as dental crowns and root canal treatment.
With biomimetic dentistry Dr. Lauren Becker is able to:
What Makes Biomimetic Dentistry Different From Traditional Techniques?
Traditional restorative principles typically do not align with the function, mechanics, and biology of our natural teeth. On the contrary, biomimetic dentistry focuses on tooth preservation above all else. The elimination of advanced and invasive dental care seen in traditional restorations can have a profoundly positive effect on our patient’s lives. We can now help create healthy and happy mouths with simple and usually painless techniques.
Besides restoring the strength of your tooth, our goal is to minimize the chances of your dental work failing, and maximize the ability to retreat a tooth if failure does occur. For example, a dental crown is a cap that covers the entire visible portion of a damaged tooth. This can lead to weaker tooth structure and complications with the surrounding teeth. The biomimetic alternative only addresses the tooth structure that is infected or damaged. The restoration will also be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Biomimetic restorations include porcelain or composite inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are fabricated in our laboratory and can be thought of as partial dental crowns. These restorations only restore the broken, damaged, or decayed areas of the occlusal (bite) surface. They are ideal for patients that have decay in tight contact spaces as well. Other biomimetic restorations include stress-reduced composite resin bonding. Composite resin is a putty-like material that is bonded directly to health enamel to improve the shape, appearance, and function of a tooth. Composite resin is also textured, and color matched to the tooth material to provide an esthetically-pleasing restoration.
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To learn more about biomimetic dentistry, please call (929) 284-3944, and schedule your appointment with us today!