Biomimetic dentistry is a revolutionary approach to restorative dentistry that aims to mimic the natural structure and function of teeth, resulting in more conservative and sustainable dental restorations.
Biomimetic dentistry is gaining popularity among patients who are looking for a more minimally invasive approach to restorative dentistry. No one should have to have their good tooth structure cut down for a crown to replace a large old filling just because the Insurance companies only recognize the more invasive traditional dental procedures and have not evolved with the new science and more conservative protocols available today. No one should have to have their tooth structure undercut and over-prepared just because their dentist relies more on mechanical retention to secure their restoration rather than knowing and trusting the protocols of the more conservative adhesive dentistry. And no one should have to go through a root canal procedure unless the nerve is not vital or infected. The Biomimetic dental approach involves the least invasive protocols and uses materials and techniques that closely emulate the natural properties of teeth, which can result in more conservative and long-lasting dental restorations. In this blog post, we will explore the sustainability benefits of Biomimetic dentistry compared to traditional dentistry.
Preservation of Natural Tooth Structure
Biomimetic dentistry focuses on preserving as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, rather than removing large portions of healthy tooth tissue to place restorations. This conservative approach can reduce the amount of good tooth structure being removed and minimize the need for additional dental work in the future. By preserving natural tooth structure, Biomimetic dentistry can also promote the long-term health of the tooth and reduce the risk of future damage or decay.
Use of Biocompatible Materials
Biomimetic dentistry often utilizes biocompatible materials that are less likely to cause adverse reactions or require replacement. These materials are designed to mimic the natural properties of teeth, which can result in more durable and longer-lasting restorations. In contrast, traditional dentistry may use materials like amalgam (silver-mercury fillings) and bulk-filled composite resins that can have limitations in terms of durability and longevity and may not be biocompatible for all patients. By using layered biocompatible materials that mimic the type of tooth structure it is replacing, Biomimetic dentistry can reduce the risk of adverse reactions and the need for replacement, promoting sustainable dental care.
Reduced Need for Repeat Procedures
By preserving natural tooth structure and using durable materials, Biomimetic dentistry can potentially avoid the need for invasive procedures such as root canals, posts and crowns and reduce the need for repeat procedures. In contrast, traditional dentistry typically defaults to root canals, posts and crowns for deep decay and broken teeth and often requires restorations to be replaced periodically due to wear, damage, or decay around the edges of the restoration. By creating a more secure and sealed restoration the first time, Biomimetic dentistry often minimizes the need for these repeat procedures. If something were to happen to the biomimetic restoration, it is often a less catastrophic situation, with a better chance of repair, than with failed traditional dental restorations.
Biomimetic dentistry offers a sustainable approach to restorative dental care that aims to preserve natural tooth structure, utilize biocompatible materials, and minimize the need for repeat procedures. With Biomimetic dentistry one can save time, money and their tooth structure while creating restorations that can be more biological and sustainable than traditional dentistry. Patients interested in sustainable dental care may want to explore the benefits of Biomimetic dentistry and find a dentist who is well-versed and certified in the practice of Biomimetic dentistry, as it takes years of continuing education to master these techniques.