Through Nature and Evolution, your teeth have endured the test of time. In fact, teeth are designed so well that they have remained unchanged for over 400,000 years. Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime, and with proper care and attention this can be a reality. When your teeth become damaged or decayed, it should be logical for restorations to imitate the function, strength, and esthetics of natural teeth.
Our Simi Valley dentist provides Biomimetic Dentistry – the art and science of restoring damaged teeth with restorations that immitate natural teeth in both appearance and function. Biomimetic dentistry is conservative- by only replacing what is damaged, and strong – by replicating nature’s original design.
A Different Approach than Standard Dentistry
All too frequently, fillings are treated as a patch to a small or medium sized problem. Often times very little time is spent on fillings because of the assumption that the fillings will eventually need to be replaced with crowns or onlay restorations. In Biomimetic dentistry, a filling is a final restoration. When a filling is the treatment of choice, it is viewed as the first and final intervention. All of the care and attention to detail you would expect of a permanent restoration is placed into your filling. A filling is not “just a filling,” and with a quality biomimetic filling it is possible to be a long lasting restoration with no expectation of replacement or future treatment. With this in mind, the form and function of a biomimetic filling replicates that of your natural teeth.
Once significant damage has been done to a tooth, a crown is the restoration of choice in traditional dentistry. Crowns result in over 70% reduction of your original tooth structure. This can lead to sensitivity, root canals, and fractures. With Biomimetic dentistry, only the damage and decay is removed, and your final restoration is bonded to your remaining healthy natural tooth structure. These bonded porcelain restorations are commonly referred to as inlay or onlay restorations. There is no extra removal of healthy structures to fit a crown and the result is a conservative and strong final restoration. In many instances, crowns and root canals can be completely avoided with these principles.
The Restorative Dental Cycle
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Biomimetic dentistry is an emphasis of modern dental education, and is recognized as the greatest advancement in dentistry for the 21st century. Dr. Matt teaches biomimetic dentistry at USC, both clinically and pre-clinically (learn more). Additionally, he provides continued education and training to hundreds of dentists from around the world (BiomimeticDentistryCE.com).The shift towards Biomimetic dentistry at USC occured nearly a decade ago, with a majority of treatment delivered at the USC clinic following the principles of Biomimetc Dentistry. Biomimetic dentistry is one of the core “Centers of Excellence” at USC Dental School.
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Standard filling VS. Biomimetic Filling
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