Biomimetic Dentistry – preserving your natural teeth
Here at Brush & Floss Dental Center, we take a conservative approach to caring for your teeth known as Biomimetic Dentistry. Biomimetic means “imitating life.” This is a type of dentistry that treats damaged, worn or decayed teeth in a way that aims to preserve or restore their strength and protect them from bacterial invasion and decay. Dr. Jeffrey Hoos’s goal is to restore a damaged tooth to its original state whenever possible, rather than further damage its structure with traditional methods of dentistry.
What is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Biomimetic Dentistry treats weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that keeps them strong and seals them from bacterial invasion. Careful sealing against infection removes the need for 60% to 90% of the crowns and root canals of traditional dentistry.
Our conservative Philosophy
Biomimetic dentistry is conservative. Our group’s philosophy is “less dentistry is the best dentistry”, or, better said: “There is no dentistry like no dentistry.” Much of the amputation of tooth structure can be eliminated with modern science medicaments. We can say that tooth preservation and dental conservation lie at the heart of biomimetic dentistry. The economic implications of not needing the advanced, invasive care seen in traditional (amputational) dentistry, have profound positive effects on people’s lives. We can now help patients create a healthy and happy mouth with simple, and often painless techniques!
Biomimetic Means: To Copy Or Mimic Nature
Nature is our ideal model to imitate. The basic science for dentally mimicking nature is found in the BioMechanical characteristics of teeth. This is recent scientific and published information that ABD members learn from lecturers across the world. Our comprehension of what nature looks like and feels like is essential. Teeth move, bend and have physical dynamics of force that must be accounted for while re-making the tooth with nature as our guide. In other words, we can study nature’s properties of teeth so that we can better duplicate them.
Modern Adhesive and Bonding Technique
The driving force of Biomimetic Dentistry
With traditional dentistry we had to destroy healthy tooth structure in order to accommodate a new restoration. In other words, we had to destroy in order to create. Now we are able to bond or glue teeth back together and even add missing parts of the tooth reliably without removing volumes of precious tooth structure. It has the added value of sealing the tooth from bacterial infection. This has mostly eliminated the need for painful and destructive crowns and root canal treatment with its associated pins, posts, slots, grooves and other non-adhesive retention features.
Many competing synthetic dental materials are stronger, stiffer and seemingly more beautiful, however, their use often leads to undesirable results-even catastrophic failures. Dentistry has had structural failures and problems related to the over-engineering of materials, mostly because we did not have the knowledge or the technology to imitate natural teeth. Now it is possible to rebuild teeth with materials that simulate natural teeth much more closely, and hold up better to constant chewing.
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