Biomimetic Dentistry Helps Preserve Your Natural Teeth

Biomimetic dentistry is a field of dentistry that seeks to mimic nature. When you think about it this makes perfect sense as our natural teeth are generally the best solution. That is why the dentists at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center in restorative dentistry focus on trying to preserve your own teeth for as long as possible. When restoring a badly damaged or decayed tooth, the ultimate goal is to try to re-create its original form and function and strength. Biomimetic dentistry is able to do this in a conservative manner, creating lifelike restorations with the help of biomimetic dental materials.

What Is Biomimetic Restoration?

With more traditional types of restorations the approach is to restore a tooth in a way that is very stiff and strong, without paying much attention to the actual function and biomechanics of the fully restored tooth. With a biomimetic restoration, only the damaged structure and decay is removed from teeth, ensuring the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure remains. The biomimetic restoration is bonded strongly to the natural and healthy tooth structure, creating a sympathetic restoration for a tooth. In biomimetic dentistry the aim is to ensure the tooth is strong and functional and is completely sealed against further bacterial invasion, preventing more destruction and decay.

How Does Biomimetic Dentistry Apply to Cavities and Fillings?

With biomimetic dentistry sophisticated restoration materials are used such as the most advanced composite resin fillings. Our dentists at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center will use the very latest composite resins to create the best possible filling for your natural tooth. With a composite resin filling, we will only need to remove the decayed part of the tooth while leaving the healthy tooth intact. This is quite different from older style amalgam fillings where it’s often necessary to remove some of the healthy structure of the tooth in order to prepare the tooth for the filling.

Composite Resin Filling vs. Amalgam Filling

Another advantage of choosing a composite resin filling in biomimetic dentistry is that the material bonds extremely strongly to your natural tooth, preventing bacteria from getting inside the tooth. With an amalgam filling, this material can crumble and leak over time and it also flexes when it comes under pressure during biting or chewing and this can be a real problem for anyone who clenches or grinds their teeth during the night. Amalgam also tends to expand and contract whenever it comes into contact with hot and cold liquids which over time can weaken the overall structure of a tooth.

A More Tooth Friendly Approach to Restoring Your Teeth

Beautiful tooth colored composite resin fillings can cost a little more than older style amalgams. However this material is very hard wearing and is extremely advanced while the procedure to place it is more technique sensitive than for amalgams. With a composite resin filling, you’ll find our dentists can closely match the color of your natural teeth, creating a restoration that not only looks beautiful but which will help preserve your natural tooth for as long as possible. We much prefer to take this kind of conservative approach to treatment as our ultimate aim is to ensure your natural teeth last for as long as possible as after all, nature generally knows best.

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