Ideally, your permanent teeth would be just that – permanent, and last your entire lifetime. The structure and design of natural teeth are extremely well-engineered to survive in the oral environment. Unfortunately, teeth can become damaged and experience complications for many reasons. Oral hygiene, your general health, genetics and circumstance all play a role in the health of your teeth. A good dentist will do everything possible to save a tooth. Even though there are good replacement options for missing teeth, preserving the natural tooth is the optimal choice. Biomimetic dentistry preserves and restores the structure, function, and strength of natural teeth.
The Meaning of Biomimetics
When you look at the term biomimetics, you notice that it is derived from two words: biology and mimic. Biology is the study of life or living matter, and mimic means to imitate or copy.
Essentially, in the case of dentistry, biomimetic means to imitate or copy the natural tooth.
Dentistry has always endeavored to do this with the various methods of tooth repair and replacement. What makes biomimetic dentistry different is the way in which teeth are preserved and strengthened. The finished product appears more like a natural tooth, is less prone to further damage, and is stronger than traditional methods of repair.
Important Objectives of Biomimetic Dentistry:
- Conserve Healthy Intact Tooth Structure
- Keep teeth alive and prevent root canals
- Use materials that mimic natural tooth structure
- Restoration and repair the strength and function of teeth
- Maintain a strong biological seal to minimize re-occuring problems and cavities
Tooth Conservation with Biomimetics
Before biomimetic dentistry, a decayed or damaged tooth would need to be “prepared” for a filling and/or crown. In these procedures, the diseased part of the tooth would be removed. Some of the healthy structure would need to be removed also in order to put in a filling or place the crown. When a tooth had a lot of decay or if it was severely damaged, the preparation process could traumatize the nerves of the tooth and cause them to die. Root canal therapy or extraction would then be needed.
Advances in dentistry in the past few decades have led to the development of dental materials and techniques that minimize destruction of healthy tooth structure in repair and strengthening. As a result, preparation for fillings and crowns leave more healthy tooth structure intact. Tooth-colored material is then bonded onto or within the tooth. This material looks and feels like the natural tooth.
The bonding that takes place also helps strengthen the tooth. The material used in the bonding process adheres to the natural tooth structure in such a way that it prevents bacterial invasion. In addition to removing healthy tooth structure, traditional methods do not create such a tight seal between the healthy tooth and repair material.
Beautiful, Natural Results
Biomimetic dentistry may sound complicated, but in reality, it is a simpler, more effective method of restoring health to teeth while maintaining their natural appearance. It can also be more cost-effective, both in money and time.
Find out more about biomimetic dentistry by contacting Helm Nejad Stanley Dentistry via our website or give us a call. Schedule your appointment today and discover the difference biomimetic dentistry can make with your oral health and appearance.