When you look at the name biomimetic no one really associates it with dentistry. To most it would seem out of scope and out of place. But look just a bit closer. The word “bio” meaning life and the word “mimic” meaning duplicate actually seem to fit quite well when explaining what biomimetic dentistry really is.
Biomimetic dentistry is a form of tooth conserving dentistry that treats fractured, decayed, weak, teeth by preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible and by treating problems before major reconstruction of the tooth or teeth is needed. By being proactive when dental issues initially arise and by using less invasive forms of treatment, biomimetic dentists are able to imitate natural structures of the teeth as well as how the dentition bends and operates. By replicating nature, the mouth feels normal and comfortable, and the normal function of your teeth is preserved.
Biomimetic dentistry uses biocompatible materials and bonding techniques that seal out infection. They prevent fillings from deteriorating, causing infection, and requiring root canal treatment. Biomimetic methods help the dentist in caries detection and removal and aid in placing more conservative restorations that mimic the structure and anatomy of the natural tooth.
So now you may be asking yourself, “What is the difference between traditional dentistry and biomimetic dentistry?” Traditional dentistry focuses on tooth preparation that accommodate the restorative material being placed or the technique being used to place it. This includes eliminating natural tooth structure to meet the strength requirements of the restorative material instead of preserving intact tooth structure. The Biomimetic approach brings together an understanding and consideration of the biomechanics of natural teeth with materials and techniques which maximize adhesion or in other words, bonding. These materials and techniques bring forth a way to mimic the natural tooth and the way it functions, the structural integrity and strength, as well as esthetically pleasing.
Most dentists strive to provide the best possible care to their patients. By using proper diagnostic and treatment methods to preserve tooth structure, they give their patients the best chance at maintaining their teeth for optimal health and in turn enhancing their overall quality of life and well-being.
Written by Nicole Dean, Office Manager for Dr. William J. Twohig DDS. Nicole has been working in the dental field for 14 years now, many of which were spent as a chairside assistant. She is certified in CPR and has also trained in cross coding for medical/dental billing, medical law and ethics, healthcare customer service, and health in the human body and disease.
“By replicating nature, the mouth feels normal and comfortable, and the normal function of your teeth is preserved.”