All About Biomimetic (or Cosmetic) Dentistry
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 exactly is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Translated literally, biomimetic dentistry means to copy what is life-like from nature. 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 pulp of the tooth. Pulpal inflammation could then require root canal treatment. By limiting removal of healthy tooth structure, Biomimetic Dentistry significantly reduces the necessity for root canal treatments, keeping your tooth alive, they way it was meant to be. This is essential to the long-term success and preservation of your natural teeth.
Biomimetic Dentistry Minimizes Shrinkage & Stress
Anytime a dental “filling” is performed, the filling shrinks as the bond curing light is applied which can result in gap formation between the filling and the remaining tooth, or shrinkage stresses are applied negatively to the tooth. The Biomimetic approach minimizes shrinkage stresses with proper bonding technique and use of the finest biocompatible dental composite materials available based on todays latest scientific research. Dr. Etess has a broad and constantly expanding knowledge of the research on the shrinkage & stress of todays restorative techniques and materials and these findings are useful for understanding the importance of proper restorative techniques.
Biomimetic Dentistry is Tooth Conserving Dentistry
With Biomimetic dentistry, ONLY the damaged tooth and decay is removed, and your final restoration is bonded to the existing and still 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.w
Biomimetic Dentistry is based on Advanced Adhesive Dentistry
This prevents excessive shrinkage and gaps from causing premature failures. Bonding techniques such as this, along with a sound understanding of advanced adhesive bonding methods is what separates Biomimetic Dentistry from the traditional approach to dentistry practiced by the vast majority of todays dentists.
Dr. Jeffrey Etess is an Expert in Biomimetic Dentistry
Groundbreaking researchers at prestigious universities around the world developed the working principles of today’s biomimetic dentistry. The work by Dr. Pascal Magne, the father of Biomimetic Dentistry and his colleagues have refined these advanced adhesive dentistry techniques for over a quarter century. The primary focus had been on treatment of the front 3 tooth types of teeth comprising of the incisors, canines and premolar. Dr. Etess has continually improved the techniques utilized for biomimetic dentistry at Integrative Dental Specialists of Long Island and is constantly evolving proprietary methodologies for adapting biomimetic concepts to all of the patient’s teeth including molars. Molars, which are responsible for the majority of chewing, sustain up to 90% more force load in the mouth during the approximate 250,000+ chewing cycles yearly that teeth endure. Since biomimetic dentistry utilizes minimally invasive procedures, patients experience little to no discomfort in comparison with conventional procedures. In addition, patients are provided with longer-lasting and WHITE & NATURAL looking restorations. Biomimetic dentistry is advanced cosmetic dentistry.
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