Through Nature and Evolution, your teeth have endured the test of time. In fact, teeth are designed so well that they have remained unchanged for over 400,000 years. Your teeth are naturally designed to last a lifetime, and with proper care and attention this can be a reality. When your teeth become damaged or decayed, it is logical for restorations to mimic the function, strength, and beauty of natural teeth.
What is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Translated literally, biomimetic dentistry means to copy what is life-like. Nature has provided the most successful and ideal properties to our natural teeth. When restoring damaged, broken, and decayed teeth, the goal is to return the tooth to its original strength, function, and esthetics. Biomimetic dentistry accomplishes all of this in a conservative, strong, and attractive approach.
Biomimetic Dentistry Prevents Unnecessary Root Canals
In many instances, root canals can be completely avoided with these principles. Most Biomimetic Dentists report over 90% reduction in the number of root canals their patients receive. Removing excessive amounts of healthy tooth structure for a crown can inevitably result in sensitivity and irritation to the vital tooth which will require root canal treatment. By limiting removal of healthy tooth structure, Biomimetic Dentistry significantly reduces the necessity for root canal treatments. This is paramount to long term success and retention of your natural teeth.
Biomimetic Dentistry Minimizes Shrinkage & Stress
Anytime a dental filling is performed, the filling shrinks as the light is applied which can result in gap formation in the filling, or shrinkage stresses are absorbed by the tooth. The Biomimetic approach minimizes shrinkage stresses with proper technique and use of the finest dental materials available based on scientific research. Dr. Nejad and Dr. Stanley have conducted research on the shrinkage & stress of various restorative techniques and materials and the findings are useful for understanding the importance of proper restorative techniques.
Biomimetic Dentistry is Tooth Conserving Dentistry
With Biomimetic dentistry, only the damage and decay is removed, and your final restoration is bonded to the healthy natural tooth structure. The final restoration is often referred to as an inlay or onlay restoration. There is no extra removal of healthy structures to fit a crown and the result is a conservative and strong final restoration.
Biomimetic Dentistry is based on Advanced Adhesive Dentistry
This prevents excessive shrinkage and gaps from causing premature failures. Techniques such as this, along with a sound understanding of advanced adhesive methods is what separates Biomimetic Dentistry from the traditional approach to dentistry.
We are Experts in Biomimetic Dentistry
USC dental school is a leader in adhesive and biomimetic dental education. While students at USC, Dr. Nejad and Dr. Stanley received advanced training and mentorship with the "father" of Biomimetic Dentistry, Dr. Pascal Magne. Dr. Magne is author of the prominent textbook "Bonded Porcelain Restorations In the Anterior Dentition- The Biomimetic Approach". Dr. Magne also conducts substantial research in adhesive/Biomimetic Dentistry and lectures internationally for crowds of dentists.
Dr. Stanley and Dr. Nejad teach with Dr. Magne at USC and conduct research in his lab. Dr. Nejad and Dr. Stanley also give lectures and teach continued education to dentists interested in updating their clinical skills (www.BiomimeticDentistryCE.com).