For every possible dental issue, you have or might have, you will be better off with conservative dental intervention. By choosing less radical methods to restore or improve the condition of your teeth, you choose to reduce risks and complications. By extension, you will also be reducing the chances of a future visit.
Here at the dental practice of Jim Erpenbach, DDS, we believe in preservation and conservation over unnecessary replacement. It is for this reason that Dr. Jim Erpenbach favors biomimetic dentistry in his approach.
Biomimetic dentistry as a dental approach can stand on its own. However, we believe it is an excellent complement to supportive traditional dentistry methods. Here are five ways biomimetic dentistry improves traditional dental procedures.
#1: Regularity in Dental Exams and Early Screening
Prevention and preservation lie at the core of biomimetic dentistry. Unlike traditional dental procedures, biomimetic dentistry’s preventive approach emphasizes the importance of early detection and screening of dental issues.
Screening in biomimetic dentistry is regular to monitor changes in dental and gum health over time. For this reason, patients can stay informed on the condition of their teeth and gums. This means that dental problems can be addressed and prevented as soon as they are discovered.
#2: Tooth Veneers That Are Crafted to Preserve the Remaining Tooth Enamel
At times, a situation like internal weakness or esthetic will call for a tooth to be crowned or need veneers. Minor damage to the tooth can be in the form of chips, occasionally resulting in a noticeably unsightly appearance. More importantly, chewing can become challenging, as the enamel is damaged.
Traditionally crafted veneers or dental crowns often require that a part of a tooth be removed. Biomimetic dentistry makes veneers less destructive and invasive. Biomimetically created veneers only require that a minimal portion of the broken tooth be removed.
This ensures that most of the enamel is preserved. The result is a tooth that is aesthetically pleasing and protected.
#3: Dental Sealants for Tooth Protection
A crucial part of biomimetic dentistry is protection. For this reason, dental sealing is a flagship service for dentists specializing in preventive and protective dentistry. Dental sealants used in biomimetic dentistry rely on biomaterials that protect the tooth.
Some materials are fluoride or resin-based. These materials keep the healthy tooth structures intact and simultaneously protect them from bacteria, sugar residue, and acid.
#4: Protective Tooth Onlays for Partly Damaged Teeth
Tooth onlays or partial crowns can be a solution for partly damaged teeth. While crowns are generally more aggressive in preparation, an onlay can provide similar protection and strength. This can be a welcoming sign, especially for those who only require partial coverage of a weakened tooth.
With a biomimetically implanted ¾ crown or onlay, a tooth can look natural even when filled. For this reason, it is a better option when aesthetics is a priority.
#5: Mercury-Free Tooth Fillings
For a long time, traditional dentistry used mercury-based fillings. Despite their proven safety, rarely do they mimic the natural appearance of teeth. This can be an area of concern for some patients.
With biomimetic dentistry’s emphasis on safety and protection, dentists have been distancing themselves from mercury. Mercury-free tooth fillings help maintain the healthy continuity of tooth enamel. In addition, the introduction of mercury-free fillings does not do damage to existing healthy teeth. This makes it one of the least invasive ways of dealing with cavities.
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