Learn about Biomimetic Dentistry

The word “biomimetic” may as well be the phrase “life mimicking.” The basis of biomimetic dentistry is tooth conservation. In contrast to some traditional dental methods, biomimetics focuses on keeping as much healthy tooth structure as possible, making it a very preventive element of good dental health. By…

The word “biomimetic” may as well be the phrase “life mimicking.” The basis of biomimetic dentistry is tooth conservation. In contrast to some traditional dental methods, biomimetics focuses on keeping as much healthy tooth structure as possible, making it a very preventive element of good dental health. By combining the use of carefully placed dental sealants and tooth strengthening treatments, biomimetics prevents the need for more invasive restorative procedures.

Dealing with Tooth Decay

Biomimetic dentistry addresses cavities with the most conservative restorations possible. When teeth are damaged by decay, inlays and onlays may make a better option than bulkier porcelain crowns which require much more tooth preparation and loss of natural structure. Dental work with a biomimetic slant is also safer and more durable than traditional dental work because of a priority on sealing out bacteria and further infection.

The Biomimetic Difference

This form of treatment allows our Dr. Erpenbach to employ advanced adhesive materials and methods with dental restorations so they last longer and provide better protection against breaking or leaking. Biomimetic dentistry uses these techniques with long-term dental health in mind as opposed to quick fixes. In some cases, biomimetic dentistry eliminates the need for root canal procedures. This makes a great option for patients who want to replace silver or amalgam fillings. However, biomimetic dentistry is not the treatment of choice for replacing a crown.

Biomimetic Dentistry in Knoxville

To learn more about dentistry procedures that mimic natural teeth and improve your oral health more durably and safely than traditional dentistry, contact our Knoxville dental office today at 865-329-7815.