Most of us rarely think about how essential our teeth are to our lives unless something goes wrong. When there is something wrong, we call a dentist. Traditionally dentists have worked on the basis that a fix that is “good enough” is OK and for a long time that was the only choice available to dentists too. Now, however, there is a new school of thought and practice – biomimetic dentistry which is specifically designed to go beyond “good enough” when it come to your teeth.
The word biomemetic refers to the ability to mimic biology (or perhaps more literally “mimic nature”). In biomemetic dentistry that means the focus is on treating your teeth in the way that the treatment behaves as much as possible just like your natural tooth.
What it means for your mouth is that when we find damage to a tooth we try to use materials that more closely match the original teeth. The idea being that teeth are very well-designed to withstand the tasks they are designed for and that long-term oral health comes from natural teeth.
This is because when a traditional dentistry approach is used the techniques and substances used may crack teeth and over time this can mean that bacteria can sneak in through those cracks and continue to destroy the tooth from the inside. Over time this can mean the need for ever more extreme dentistry to fix the problems caused.
A biomemetic approach, on the other hand, doesn’t treat your fillings like a hole in the road that just needs filling. It uses techniques that are designed to rebond surfaces in your teeth that fill the cracks and gaps and prevent bacteria from sneaking back into your teeth.
Great question but no, while biomemetic techniques are not free of all discomfort, it definitely shouldn’t hurt more to use this approach on your dentistry. That’s because the guiding philosophy behind biomemetic dentistry is a non-invasive approach to dentistry.
The key principle is to avoid doing anything that might cause damage to the teeth and gums (beyond that which has already taken place) so that your teeth stay healthier for longer. The reason for this is that your teeth, unlike most parts of your body, cannot heal by themselves. Once they are damaged, they stay damaged. A good approach to dentistry is one which recognizes this fact and endeavours not to cause damage in its own right in the name of treatment.
Yes, assuming that you incorporate biomemetic dentistry in a healthy dental regime (e.g regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist), it is highly unlikely that you would need a crown or root canal treatment. Biomemetic dentistry has nearly eliminated the need for these painful and invasive procedures.
If you’d like to discuss how you can benefit from biomemetic dentistry then please contact us today to set up an appointment for your teeth.Tags: biomemetic approach, Biomemetic Dentistry, traditional dentistry