Modern dentistry is to restore the patient to normal contour, function, comfort, aesthetic speech, and health by removing the disease process from a tooth or replacing teeth with a prosthesis.
However, the more teeth a patient is missing, the more challenging this task becomes. As a result of continued research, diagnostic tools, treatment planning, advanced materials, and techniques, predictable success is now a reality for their rehabilitation of many challenging clinical situations.
The posterior regions of the oral cavity are the most common areas for single tooth loss.
The first molars are the first permanent teeth to erupt in the mouth and, unfortunately, are offered the first teeth lost due to decay, failed endodontic therapy, or fracture.
Local anatomical problems could be; drifting teeth moving into unoccupied spaces, poor jaw function creating malocclusions, bite alignment issues, tooth wear, jaw stress, and jaw bone loss, up to a 25% reduction in the first year.
It also appears aged and diminishes chewing ability.
This situation requires significant long-term and expensive treatments to correct the problem.
What are the consequences of complete edentulous? – Meaning people having no teeth at all.
This could be even more significant, affecting local oral structures, the general health aesthetic, and social conditions.
Continued bone loss of the jaws, soft tissue changes of the face and jaws, negative facial aesthetic changes, decreased chewing function, increased health issues, and negative dietary effects.
Psychological effects of those laws could involve oral invalids – unable to wear dentures.
18% claim some difficulty with speech, and 25% claim other significant problems.
More than 200 million yearly is spent on denture adhesive to decrease embarrassment and dissatisfaction: with appearance, low self-esteem, avoidance of social contact, and romantic situations.
What is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Biomimetic dentistry is a practice of dentistry that applies the concept of biomimetics.
This treatment approach strives to preserve intact tooth structure and restores the function and biomechanics of natural teeth.
Biomimetic dentistry is typically applied to restorative and aesthetic dentistry, but it can be applied to any dental discipline.
How is Biomimetic dentistry different from traditional dentistry?
Traditionally dentistry focuses on restoring damaged teeth by fixing the problem but sacrificing other parts of the tooth which otherwise is healthy.
This, in turn, can create side effects like prolonged sensitivity, weaker areas prone to recurrent decay, and sometimes inflammation in the gums.
The critical difference between biomimetic and traditional dentistry is that it aims to keep the teeth strong and seal them off from bacterial invasion. It emphasizes prevention and maintenance instead of the reactive approach conventional methods typically focus on.
Biomimetic dentistry focuses on preserving the foundation and natural structure of teeth, so instead of replacing teeth, biomimetic dentists work to preserve your teeth as they are.
What treatments do biomimetic dentistry do?
Biomimetic dentistry can treat a wide range of oral conditions, including tooth decay, fractures, or cracks.
Today we have a much better understanding of how to bond composite resins or porcelain conservatively to the remaining tooth structure without sacrificing the remaining tooth foundation.
In addition, we have modern materials and techniques that apply predictably to biomimetic dentistry.
Make an appointment with us today to experience biomimetic dentistry.