Dr. Jim Erpenbach is an experienced Knoxville family dentist who has always believed in taking a conservative approach with the smiles of his patients. Extracting teeth without looking twice is not the way to deal with dental distress. While you may end up losing a tooth (or more) if you don’t take care of your smile, there are options to…
Dr. Jim Erpenbach is an experienced Knoxville family dentist who has always believed in taking a conservative approach with the smiles of his patients. Extracting teeth without looking twice is not the way to deal with dental distress. While you may end up losing a tooth (or more) if you don’t take care of your smile, there are options to save as much tooth structure as possible before completely giving up. Dr. Erpenbach is happy to provide answers to some of the frequently asked questions about biomimetic dentistry.
Q1. What, exactly, is biomimetic dentistry?
A1. Tooth structure can be weakened for a variety of reasons. While poor oral hygiene and neglecting dental visits is a common reason for infections of teeth, dental injury can also result in teeth that are in distress. Once a crack, chip, or break occurs teeth become much more susceptible to bacterial infections. The traditional dental restoration process involves fillings, root canal procedures, and dental crowns. However, all of these processes carry a risk of further damaging healthy tooth structure. This is not the case with biomimetic dentistry. Restorations are done in a way that teeth will be stronger because biomimetics utilize your remaining natural tooth structure to the fullest capacity.
Q2. Does biomimetic dentistry stop at restorations?
A2. Dr. Erpenbach is a strong proponent of a multi-tiered approach, which biomimetic dentistry answers to. Tooth structure is rebuilt as part of this system, but ozone treatment, education for future prevention, and dental sealants are also a part of the whole package. Preventing future potential tooth decay and gum disease is a big element of this “less is more” approach.
Q3. Does biomimetic dentistry eliminate the need for root canals?
A3. In many cases, yes. This form of dentistry takes inspiration from nature by restoring your teeth in layers. Biomimetic dentistry was designed with the patient’s needs in mind, so as much tooth structure will be retained as possible.
Biomimetic Dentistry from Your Knoxville Dentist
If you would like to schedule an appointment with our 37919 dentist office, you can call 865-584-8630. Your biomimetic family dentist in Knoxville welcomes patients from Knoxville and the greater metropolitan area.