Dentistry That Works With Your Body
What is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Much of dentistry is concerned with rebuilding and mimicking parts of a damaged or decayed tooth in order to restore its appearance and structure. Traditionally, many of these treatments require a tooth to be prepared, shaped, and modified so that a dental restoration (like a dental crown) can be fitted to it. While these methods have been very helpful in the past, time and research have shown that they can sometimes make a tooth weaker in the long run.
The issue stems from the fact that these restorations put an inorganic material (as in metal or ceramic) into an organic environment (your mouth). The structures in your mouth are much more malleable and apt to change over time than traditional dental materials, and this often can cause tension that leads to a tooth eventually cracking or breaking. This, in turn, means that a patient has to get more restorative work that will need to be repaired repeatedly in the future, and so on until the tooth is too damaged and needs to be extracted.
We don’t want our patients to go through this cycle of perpetual dental work, which is why we use methods that are meant to provide better, more sustained results. This focus on long-term care is why Pacific View Dental Group uses something called biomimetic dentistry. It basically refers to dentistry that seeks to completely mimic the properties of nature, as in the structure and composition of your teeth.
This approach allows Dr. Arditti and our team to minimize how much we need to shape and cut down teeth in order to repair them. We’ll typically try to use flexible composite resin materials whenever we can so we can preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible. This will allow your tooth to stay stronger over time so that you’ll need less dental work over the course of your life. We would much rather only see a patient twice a year for a checkup and cleaning rather than have to bring them in to repair the same tooth over and over again. With biomimetic dentistry, we can repair your teeth in a way that leaves them mostly intact, and in the end, give you a much better result.
If you have any questions about what biomimetic dentistry is or how we use it at our practice, we’d be happy to answer them! Simply contact our office today.