Most who have undergone an invasive oral procedure will tell you that it made them anxious. Fortunately, there is a more natural, preventative approach called biomimetic dentistry that is getting a lot of attention and putting patients at ease.

How Does it Work?

The goal of biomimetic dentistry is to conserve teeth by treating weakened, decayed, or even fractured teeth in such a way that preserves them before they need to be reconstructed. This is made possible by the advanced adhesive techniques and materials that are available today. Click here to learn more about what we do differently at our practice to provide our patients with long-lasting tooth color fillings using the adhesive and biomimetic dentistry.

If a tooth has begun to decay, it gets weaker and becomes open to further deterioration. Biomimetic dentistry targets these concerns directly by strengthening the affected tooth against bacterial invasion with a conservative treatment. With a biomimetic approach the clinician tries his or her best to maintain the enamel compressive dome that holds the entire coronal tooth structure together. Secondly, clinically proven bonding protocol is utilized to create the most bond strength a tooth can achieve with the selected restorative material. This conservative form of care helps to retain your natural teeth, cutting down on the need for costly procedures in the process.

With the more traditional approach of post and core build up, and crown, the enamel dome often gets lost leading to more reduction and destruction of tooth structure. Biomimetic techniques are conservative and less expensive than the traditional approach of root canal treatment and crowns. Also, almost no post-operative sensitivity is observed.

Not all teeth can be successfully restored biomimetically. However, at Praus Dentistry we will do our best to provide you with the most conservative and thoughtful treatment with this end goal in mind: Preserve your natural teeth as much as possible while restoring their form and function in a minimally invasive way.

Mimicking Nature

Biomimetic means, literally, to mimic life. In biomimetic dentistry, we copy nature’s way, leaving the patient’s mouth feeling more comfortable while the normal function of the teeth is preserved.

An example would be if a cracked or chipped tooth needed to be saved, it might be without the need for root canal treatment and unnecessarily removing additional tooth structure for a crown. Instead, the remaining tooth structure, especially, the enamel rim, will be salvaged via selective preparation technique, proper bonding protocol & restorative material that require least amount of tooth structure removal.

Avoiding removal of a tooth and rebuilding it with more natural, clinically proven dental adhesive & restorative materials, leaves the patient with a more natural appearance and function. In this way, biomimetic dentistry results in natural tooth function that can withstand forces of normal, day-to-day biting, chewing, and grinding

What Makes Biomimetic Dentistry Different?

Biomimetic dentistry uses existing teeth and materials that mimic the properties of natural teeth, and protects the natural dentition by re-creating their strength, appearance and function

These conservative techniques can eliminate much of the need for amputation of tooth structures with the conservation of enamel and the aid of dental bonding. In fact, the preservation of the tooth lies at the very heart of biomimetic dentistry. Properly placed restoration using a biomimetic approach can increase its bond strength up to 400%. Other benefits of biomimetic dentistry include preventing unnecessary root canal treatment, minimizing shrinkage stress on the teeth, eliminating tooth sensitivity and creating long-lasting dental restorations.

This approach means less stress for the patient with significant cost saving over the lifetime of the dental restoration and teeth. Patients leave with happy and healthy mouths after a much simpler procedure than is often involved with traditional dentistry.

Are you interested in learning more about what biomimetic dentistry can mean for you and your family? Contact our office today and schedule a consultation with our dentist to learn more!