Cosmetic Dental Excellence with Biomimetic Dentistry
The latest advances in adhesion and material technology have changed dentistry forever.
For many years crowns were the only answer for rebuilding teeth which have been substantially damaged due to decay, fracture or root canal treatment. Recent advances in bonding technology and the development of new nano-restorative materials have provided us new avenues for treating teeth with highly aesthetic, extremely durable bonded restorations that not only strengthen teeth to rival natural, unrestored teeth but preserve natural tooth structure to preserve their biological and physical integrity.
What is biomimetic dentistry?
This revolutionary restorative treatment takes its name from a philosophy that literally means to mimic or copy nature. The use of extremely durable and strong ceramics and nano-composite materials used in conjunction with highly developed dental adhesives and precision CEREC CAD-CAM manufacturing techniques have opened the door to some innovative treatments that have until very recently, not been possible. The configuration of these materials and techniques allow them to imbue the tooth with unprecedented strength and durability. The ability to mill these materials to ultra-fine sections means that little viable tooth structure is ever removed, and this bodes well for the health and longevity of both the tooth and restoration.
A traditional crown requires the removal of up to 75% of tooth structure and is by nature highly destructive. By needing to encase the entire tooth, it often means that large sections of healthy, undamaged tooth are destroyed in order to accommodate these restorations. By contrast, veneers can involve as little as 3% tooth reduction, and this inevitably means that the tooth is healthier, stronger, and lasts longer.
In our practice we have virtually eliminated traditional fillings and crowns from our services, reserving their use almost exclusively to the replacement of existing, failed crowns. Whilst conventional dentistry has served us well in the past, biomimetic dentistry now offers an extremely attractive alternative to the discerning patient.
Whenever a tooth is treated with a non-adhesive filling, such as amalgam, its strength is reduced substantially and it is extremely vulnerable to cracking or fracturing. Biomimetic dentistry exploits the physical properties of these new materials and bonding agents to reinforce and strengthen the tooth with minimal tooth preparation.
What are the benefits?
- Minimal tooth preparation or reduction
- Highly aesthetic, highly durable restorations
- Less complications like tooth fracture, root canal therapy and tooth loss
- State of the art techniques
- Ongoing costs for repairs and replacements are minimised or eliminated.
- Future-proofing. Preservation of vital tooth structure ensures that even when the restoration needs replacement, the underlying tooth remains essentially intact and re-restorable
Depending on the size of the cavity or defect, the appropriate restoration (bonded composite resin, precision-milled nanocomposite overlay or porcelain veneer) is chosen and the tooth is minimally and precisely prepared under high magnification.
In a single-step, or in the case of porcelain veneers, a 2 stage procedure, the cavity is prepared with high strength adhesives and the restoration is bonded into place. The tooth is transformed and strengthened to its original state; healthy, beautiful and resistant to further degradation.
Contact us today for more information on Biomimetic dental treatment.