Biomimetic Dentistry Techniques: A Better Way to Restore Compromised Teeth
Biomimetic dentistry by Dr. Joe Jeppson is an alternative to traditional restorative solutions that can provide longer-lasting benefits. While porcelain crowns can eventually cause teeth to crack or become decayed, biomimetic dentistry relies on ceramics and adhesives to properly seal weak, fractured, and decayed teeth. At Jeppson Dental in Provo, UT, you can count on us to recommend solutions that can help keep your smile healthy for many years to come.
How is Biomimetic Dentistry Different?
"Biomimetic" literally means to mimic what is lifelike. In other words, the focus is to recreate the natural structure of the tooth rather than totally concealing it with a facsimile.
Once a tooth becomes chipped, cracked, or damaged, it is important to restore it before it becomes decayed. Crowns can reinforce a damaged tooth, but as you chew, the restoration places strain upon the tooth that can eventually cause it to crack. This can lead to infection by allowing bacteria to enter through microscopic crevices. However, by rebuilding the structure of the tooth with layers of bonding or adhesive, the stresses of chewing and other oral functions pass through the tooth as if it had no structural compromise. In fact, this approach makes a tooth 90 percent less likely to require a root canal following restoration.
Is It More Expensive than Traditional Dentistry?
Over time, biomimetic restorations are typically much less costly than the traditional approach. If a traditional crown fails, it can also compromise your tooth. Over a longer period of time, the amount of money spent on repairing a damaged crown or undergoing a root canal, receiving a bridge, or having an implant placed can far exceed the price of a biomimetic restoration. Although the initial treatment may be a bit more costly, it is less likely to require repairs or other treatment in the future. If repairs do become necessary, they typically require no anesthesia and can be performed quickly and easily.
Biomimetic treatment can make a tooth 90 percent less likely to require a root canal following restoration.
Portions of healthy dental tissue must be removed in order to make room for a crown. This can lead to increased sensitivity and irritation. As a rule of thumb in dentistry, the conservation of dental tissue is always the best approach. Biomimetic restoration minimizes the need for tissue removal, making it a far more conservative alternative to dental crowns.
Replacing Old Fillings
If you have metal fillings, Dr. Jeppson can replace them with composite resin. Metal fillings can be especially harmful to teeth because they expand and contract with temperature changes, which can eventually cause cracks in the tooth. However, composite resin fluctuates at virtually the same rate as natural dental tissue. It also forms a much stronger bond with dental tissue and can be matched to the color of the tooth, making it a far more compatible solution in terms of both form and function.
Contact Us to Learn More
Have you suffered dental trauma? Is a tooth restored with a crown or filling beginning to feel painful? If so, now is the time to explore how biomimetic dentistry can benefit you. Contact us online or give us a call at (801) 356-701 to set up a consultation at our office.