Less is More… minimally invasive dentistry that seals and preserves Healthy Tooth
Biomimetic dentistry treats weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that keeps them strong and seals them from bacterial invasion. Careful sealing against infection removes the need for 60% to 90% of the crowns and root canals of traditional dentistry.
My journey to discovering the benefits of biomimetic dentistry started with a training course given by Dr. David Alleman. My patients thank you for helping preserve more healthy teeth, less need for crowns, and less need for root canals.
The top of the tooth is restored back to proper function and can be repaired in minutes if damaged. Very often we can avoid capping by covering and protecting the tooth in one visit with the newest of natural biomaterials, a tooth colored composite hybrid material that mimics natural enamel. This bio-option allows the tooth to be restored in one appointment.
What’s different about biomimetic dentistry?
Instead of simply filling cavities as though they were potholes, biomimetic dentistry keeps the patient’s long-term dental health in focus. By using advanced adhesive techniques and properly fashioned onlays, dentists can make sure that dental work will fail in a repairable way, before your teeth suffer any biological failure. By sealing the tooth against infection, biomimetic dentists make sure they don’t make dental problems any more serious than they already are.
What is wrong with conventional dentistry?
Conventional dentistry techniques don’t take advantage of the advanced ceramics and adhesives developed by modern engineering. These new technologies allow dentists to use small onlays that work more like your own teeth than the large porcelain crowns used in traditional dentistry. Old techniques can cause your teeth to eventually crack and leak, allowing bacteria to rot your teeth away from the inside. Biomimetic dentistry locks out the bacteria, for safer, more durable dental work
Biomimetic Dentistry is dentistry which “mimics” nature. In other words, it is dentistry which restores teeth to as close as they were naturally.
Biomimetic dentistry restores a tooth conservatively with materials and techniques that mimic what nature intended, avoiding root canal and loss of teeth issues.
The Dental Cycle
Much of the time and money spent doing dentistry is re-doing dentistry.
Fillings leak around the edges. Teeth break around large fillings. White fillings can shrink resulting in failure. Metal and porcelain crowns concentrate force at the edges and break the teeth and/or cause leakage.
This can result in root canal treatment or loss of teeth.
All of this results in tooth problems, tooth infection, tooth loss.
Biomimetic Dentistry Stops This Dental Cycle!
We Don’t Grind Down the Tooth
We have the training, the technology, the materials and most importantly the commitment to save tooth structure and stop the dental cycle:
|With an accurate medical diagnosis (description of the problem) after removing all diseased and broken tooth structure. We save good healthy teeth — we don’t grind down the tooth.|
|With a restoration design based on sound engineering principles to absorb and distribute stress through the tooth as in nature.|
|With the least possible treatment to save tooth structure…more of the tooth is left intact.|
|While rebuilding the tooth strong — building the tooth up, not grinding it down — to prevent future breakage.|
|Biomimetic dentistry eliminates or minimizes the use of crowns or caps.|
What is biomimetic dentistry?
some insights from a fellow Biomimetic dentist, Dr. Arnoud Noot
Biomimetic dentistry, a type of tooth conserving dentistry, treats weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that keeps them strong and seals them from bacterial invasion. It allows us to practically eliminate cutting teeth down for crowns and destructive root canal treatment. Patients are happier and our Staff enjoy the practice more.
Biomimetic means to copy or mimic nature.
Nature is our ideal model to imitate. In order to mimic nature we must understand what nature looks like or feels like. We need to know how it moves or behaves. In other words, we can study nature’s properties so that we can better duplicate it. In the past and even today the world tries to improve nature by attempting to make synthetic materials that are stronger, stiffer and seemingly more beautiful. This often leads to undesirable results–even catastrophic failures. Dentistry has had the same problems mostly because we did not have the knowledge or the technology to imitate natural teeth. Now it is possible to rebuild teeth with materials that simulate natural teeth much more closely, and hold up better to constant chewing. We have studied the dental scientific literature and I have applied those techniques to my patients. My staff and my patients can testify that the teeth restored with our biomimetic restorations feel and look much better than the traditional dentistry.
Modern adhesives and bonding techniques are the driving force of biomimetic dentistry.
With traditional dentistry we had to destroy healthy tooth structure in order to retain a new restoration. In other words, we had to destroy in order to create. Now we are able to bond or glue teeth back together and even add missing parts of the tooth reliably without removing volumes of precious tooth structure. It has the added value of sealing the tooth from bacterial infection. In our practice this has mostly eliminated the need for painful and destructive crowns and root canal treatment with its associated pins, posts, slots, grooves and other non-adhesive retention features.
Biomimetic dentistry is conservative.
One more important aspect about biomimetic dentistry needs to be addressed: less dentistry is the best dentistry; we can even say no dentistry is the best dentistry. Much of the surgical aspect of dentistry can be eliminated or prevented with modern science. Periodontal disease and caries (decays) can practically be eliminated with Ozone treatment, hygiene, and properly placed pit and fissure sealants. If caries or old fillings are existing, they can be treated with the most conservative materials and techniques. We can say that preservation and conservation lie at the heart of biomimetic dentistry. It is a win-win situation for everyone.