Dr. Woods is an experienced dentist and prefers to use a conservative approach when it comes to dealing with dental distress. While sometimes it’s inevitable to lose a tooth or two, biomimetic dentistry provides great options to maintain the tooth structure. Below, Dr. Woods answers some of the most frequently asked questions regarding biomimetic dentistry.
What does biomimetic dentistry mean?
Biomimetic dentistry is a conservative dental care technique that focuses on fixing and sealing weak, broken and decayed teeth in a more natural way. This means preserving more of your natural teeth and using the remaining natural teeth structure during the procedure.
Is biomimetic dentistry better than traditional dentistry?
Biomimetic dentistry is better in that it utilizes the modern technologies of advanced adhesives and ceramics. While traditional dentistry uses bulky porcelain crowns, biomimetic uses smaller onlays that work like actual teeth. In addition, the techniques used in traditional dentistry can make the tooth crack and leak over time, allowing bacteria to invade your teeth. On the contrary, biomimetic methods are more effective and long-lasting.
Who invented biomimetic dentistry?
The basic principles and techniques of this dental practice were developed by researchers from top universities in various countries. However, the techniques were promoted and advanced by researchers from the United States and Europe.
How does biomimetic dentistry differ from traditional dentistry?
Traditional dentistry involves fillings, dental crowns, and root canal procedures, which can cause damage to a healthy tooth structure. On the contrary, biomimetic dentistry involves using minimally invasive procedures and utilizing the remaining natural tooth structure.
How much time do biomimetic procedures take compared to traditional dentistry procedures?
Biomimetic dentistry is a conservative technique that eliminates time-consuming procedures such as root canals. Therefore, the procedure takes less time than traditional methods. In addition, unlike traditional restoration that requires at least two visits, the biomimetic procedure is done in one visit. The method also has longer lasting results.
The only part of the procedure that takes more time than the traditional method is the initial repair as it involves careful reconstruction of the tooth, layer by layer to create stronger teeth.
Does my insurance cover biomimetic procedures?
The procedures are billed just like those of traditional dentistry. Most insurance companies view biomimetic procedures as ceramic filling.
Is biomimetic more costly?
Biomimetic restoration is actually cheaper than the traditional procedure in the long term. Biomimetic restorations are of higher quality and are longer lasting than traditional restorations which require expensive repair or replacements.
What if I have old fillings?
Dr. Woods suggests that old fillings that start showing signs of damage should be replaced using biomimetic procedure immediately. The earlier you treat them, the better the results and the cheaper the procedure.
Why should I choose biomimetic dentistry?
Having been in the dentistry field for many years, Dr. Woods has performed both traditional dentistry and biomimetic dentistry. And from his experience, he found out that the biomimetic method can resolve most of the shortcomings associated with traditional dentistry.
Biomimetic restoration treat damaged teeth in a way that our bodies would repair it naturally. This involves getting rid of the damaged parts and using correct bonding and sealing methods.
Other reasons why you should choose biomimetic dentistry include:
- It causes little or no pain
- It’s has a high long-term success rate
- It’s more cost-effective
- Woods can add shine and shape for a better look
For a free Biomimetic dental consultation with Dr. Woods, call 619-359-6569