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Biomimetics

Literally translated, biomimetic dentistry means to copy what is life-like. Nature has provided the most successful and ideal properties to our natural teeth. When restoring damaged, broken, and decayed teeth, the goal is to return the tooth to its original strength, function, and esthetics. Biomimetic dentistry accomplishes all of this in a conservative, strong, and attractive approach.

Biomimetic restorations include stress-reduced direct composite restorations and porcelain/composite inlays and onlays that restore the biomechanics of broken and damaged teeth. Traditional dental treatments including porcelain fused to metal crowns, gold crowns, and amalgam fillings are not biomimetic by any measure.

The emphasis of standard dentistry is on the strength of the restoration, but no attention is placed on the function and the biomechanics of the restored tooth. By ignoring this critical aspect, it is no surprise that complications such as root canals and extractions occur more frequently and future treatment becomes progressively more aggressive and invasive. With biomimetic dentistry, only the damage and decay is removed from the teeth, and the final restoration is bonded to the remaining tooth structure. These bonded restorations function and behave biomimetically and preserve the natural teeth. Therefore, early diagnosis combined with minimally invasive techniques offer a superior quality and ultra conservative level of dental care.