Bio-mimetic dentistry literally means to “imitate life” (Bio = “life”, mimetic = ”to imitate”). It is a unique approach to dentistry that aims to preserve a tooth’s intact structure and restore its natural function and biomechanics.
While it typically applies to cosmetic and restorative dentistry, here at The Dental Standard, we apply the Biomimetic approach to all we do. We believe biology has given our natural teeth the perfect structure, aesthetics and biomechanics to do what they were meant to do.
With the Biomimetic approach, we use our skills and techniques to “mimic” the properties of natural teeth. One hallmark of Biomimetic Dentistry is the focus on preserving pulp vitality by conserving as much intact tooth structure whenever possible. Biomimetic Dentistry also focuses on using special restorative materials that replicate the function of our natural tooth enamel and dentin so that the restored tooth looks, feels and functions just like natural teeth.
Traditional dentistry typically works around the requirements of the restorative material rather than what is needed to preserve the natural characteristics of the actual tooth. As a result, more tooth preparation is required and often the end product does not function like a natural tooth. The traditional approach also increases the stress on the remaining tooth structure and complications such as inadequate seals, cracks, infection, pain, sensitivity and loss of pulp vitality are more likely to occur.
Biomimetic Dentistry prioritizes the preservation of intact tooth structure and approaches restoration with an understanding and appreciation of the biomechanics of natural teeth and the importance of applying specific techniques which maximize bonding. Once complete, the biomimetically restored tooth will mimic the strength, function, and appearance of natural teeth with less stress and preparation of the tooth and therefore, less risk of complications.
Biomimetic concepts in dentistry have been gaining awareness and popularity as dentists and the public alike have recognized the support it has scientifically and in real life. Here at The Dental Standard, we strive to provide the best dental care to our patients and we believe that includes care that causes the least amount of trauma and disruption of the natural structure of the tooth. Call us today for an appointment and learn more about how we are raising the standard in dental care. 312-584-0355