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.
Dr Wilson practices Biomimetic Dentistry – the art and science of restoring damaged teeth with restorations that mimic natural teeth in appearance, function, and strength. Biomimetic dentistry is conservative- by only replacing what is damaged, and strong- by replicating nature’s original design.
WHAT IS BIOMIMETIC DENTISTRY?
Translated literally, biomimetic dentistry means to copy what is life-like. 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 IS BASED ON ADVANCED ADHESIVE DENTISTRY
All too frequently, fillings are treated as a temporary solution because of the belief that the fillings will eventually fail and need to be replaced with crowns or onlay restorations to be a more permanent restoration. As adhesive dentistry has evolved, our materials and techniques have been refined allowing us to achieve a predictable long lasting adhesive bond. These advanced techniques are the cornerstone of Biomimetic Dentistry.
With the Biomimetic approach, a filling is a final restoration when it is indicated (small or medium amount of damaged tooth structure). The restoration is carefully placed in increments to maximize the adhesive bond to your tooth. This prevents excessive shrinkage and gaps from causing premature failures. Techniques such as this, along with a sound understanding of advanced adhesive methods is what separates Biomimetic Dentistry from the traditional approach to dentistry.
BIOMIMETIC DENTISTRY IS TOOTH CONSERVING DENTISTRY
Once significant damage has been done to a tooth, a crown is the restoration of choice in traditional dentistry. Teeth become structurally compromised when a large amount of the tooth is missing or damaged. Traditionally, crowns were indicated to restore strength to these structurally compromised teeth. However, crowns result in over 70% reduction of your original tooth structure. The problem is a majority of structurally compromised teeth will require even more reduction of healthy tooth structure in order to fit the crown which is supposed to strengthen the tooth.
This approach is fraught with problems. Crown preparations can lead to sensitivity, root canals, and fractures. A tooth with a crown behaves differently than a natural tooth and the stresses on the crown are more damaging to the remaining tooth structure. With Biomimetic dentistry, only the damage and decay is removed, and your final restoration is bonded to the 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.
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 tooth which will require root canal treatment. By limiting removal of healthy tooth structure, Biomimetic Dentistry significantly reduces the necessity for root canal treatments. This is paramount to long term success and retention of your natural teeth.