Biomimetic Dentistry in New Canaan

Biomimetic Dentistry in New Canaan

Biomimetic dentistry is the practice of dentistry which applies the concept of Biomimetics. This treatment approach strives to preserve intact tooth structure and restore the function and biomechanics of natural teeth.

Like biological dentistry, biomimetic dentistry avoids using toxic materials to treat dental problems. Biomimetic dentistry uses biocompatible methods and materials to treat tooth decay and dental caries (cavities).

Traditional Vs. Biomimetic Dentistry

According to the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, the biomimetic approach is less invasive than the traditional approach.

Traditional dental procedures rely on preparation designs that accommodate the restorative material or technique. This includes preparation features such as retention and resistance form, as well as tooth reduction to meet the strength requirements of the restorative material instead of prioritizing the preservation of intact tooth structure. As a result, the restored tooth has significant additional preparation and a significantly higher chance of complications such as pain, sensitivity, root canal treatment, recession, and fracture.

In contrast, the Biomimetic approach unites an understanding and appreciation of the biomechanics of natural teeth with principles and techniques which maximize adhesion. These concepts comprise the necessary components to mimic the natural tooth most faithfully. Restorative materials replicate the properties of the dental structures and healthy intact tooth structure is preserved through adhesion without additional preparation requirements. The biomimetically restored tooth mimics the strength, function, and esthetics of natural teeth. Biomimetic restorations include composite fillings, partial coverage restorations, and when necessary, full-coverage ceramic restorations. However, the application technique and material selection makes a significant difference in the performance of these techniques and, therefore, it is important to have a sound understanding of the science.

Delaying Further Treatment Or Re-treatment

One hallmark of biomimetic dentistry is the delay of additional treatment or re-treatment. In some cases, putting off additional treatments can give the teeth time to heal.

For example, inflammation of the dental pulp can be reversible, depending on what’s causing the inflammation. Instead of a root canal, the best treatment could be to give the pulp the time it needs to heal itself.

By delaying treatment under the supervision of a biomimetic dentist, you’ll retain more of your natural tooth, and you can avoid unnecessary painful dental procedures. (Delaying dental care without consulting a dentist can be dangerous and can lead to life-threatening infections.)

Benefits of Biomimetic Dentistry

There are many upsides to working with a biological dentist.

The benefits of biomimetic dentistry include:

  • Avoiding the use of toxic chemicals in your mouth
  • Preserving more of your natural teeth, which helps you eat and speak naturally
  • Use of materials that function like your teeth, which can keep the rest of your tooth healthy and promote oral health
  • Less invasive treatments also usually cost less, saving you money
  • Esthetically-pleasing (good looking) restorations that look and feel like your own teeth

Discuss Your Options with Our Biomimetic Dentist

To find out more about biomimetic dentistry, please call us at 203-966-5313 for more information.