What is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Biomimetic dentistry is tooth conserving dentistry. Literally translated ‘Bio-mimetic’ means to mimic life. We study nature’s properties so that we can better duplicate it. Biomimetic dentistry treats weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that keeps them strong and seals them from the invasion of bacteria. It reduces the need for cutting teeth down for crowns and helps to prevent root canal treatments whenever possible. In essence, it is utilizing the latest in dental materials and technology to preserve what we’ve got, for as long as we’ve got – just as nature intended.
Dr. Lazare is the President and Founder of the Lazare Institute for Biomimetics and Smile Design – hosting lecturers from around the world. Additionally, Dr. Lazare is one of only a few dentists in the entire New York City area that is trained in and practices Biomimetic Dentistry. He has been certified as an Instructor of Biomimetic Dentistry by the Alleman-Deliperi Center for Biomimetic Dentistry, focusing on reproducing the biomechanics and esthetic properties of intact healthy teeth using the latest techniques and materials. Dr. Lazare additionally serves on the Board for the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry. Dr. Lazare maintains a dental practice in New York City.
Dr. Marc Lazare is only one of a few dentists in the entire New York City area to be trained in and practice Biomimetic Dentistry. Dr Lazare has been certified as an instructor in Biomimetic Dentistry by the Alleman-Deliperi Center for Biomimetic Dentistry, focusing on reproducing the biomechanics and esthetic properties of intact healthy teeth using the latest techniques and materials.
We Don’t Just Fill Teeth. We Restore Them.
If a tooth is structurally compromised, we reinforce the remaining tooth structure with a fiberglass mesh to disperse the forces imposed on the tooth when chewing, and layer the esthetic, biocompatible bonding materials in a way that minimizes the stresses between the restoration and the tooth structure. This helps to prevent developing cracks that could lead to fracture, and protects the margins from breaking down in order to seal out bacteria.
We don’t believe in using silver-mercury fillings or even bulk filling with a tooth colored material. The materials that we use mimic the elasticity and strength of enamel and dentin (the tooth structure beneath the enamel), and are layered to enhance the bond strength of the material to the tooth, minimize the stresses that cause a restoration to break down, and blend in the natural shades and characteristic of the original tooth color to make a final restoration that is difficult to find, even when blown up in high definition on a big screen.
Unlike other parts of our body, our teeth often do not mend on their own. Invasive procedures used by traditional dentistry (such as silver mercury fillings, posts, and unnecessary reduction of tooth structure and deep, non-layered fillings) may eventually result in cracks, contributing to bacterial infections and tooth fractures, and the subsequent need for root canals, implants and bridges. This is why it is important to protect and conserve as much of the natural tooth and gum structure as possible. The most successful dentistry is comprised of procedures that are the least invasive. This is the philosophy and primary emphasis behind the principles of the biomimetic dentistry that we are proud to practice.
Biomimetic Reconstruction Case Studies
These are two case studies of Biomimetic Dentistry. The photos were taken periodically throughout the course of surgery.
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