Biomimetic and Minimally Invasive Dentistry
Taking dentistry in a new direction
Tooth preservation and dental conservation lie at the heart of biomimetic and minimally-invasive dentistry. At Nova Dental Practice we are dedicated to the health, function and appearance of oral tissue by preventing disease from occurring or intercepting disease progress with minimal tissue loss. Using magnification and advanced technologies, remove the least amount of tooth structure, bone or soft tissue necessary to eliminate what is unhealthy or diseased. When tooth replacement is necessary, it is performed as conservatively, comfortably, and as beautifully as possible.
Biomimetic and minimally invasive dentistry provide a new way to take care of your oral health.
Biomimetic dentistry is a minimally invasive way of treating teeth that have become weakened, fractured or decayed. The word biomimetic means to mimic nature, and this new and exciting type of dentistry recognizes the need to imitate the properties of natural teeth as they are perfectly designed for the job in hand. Teeth move, bend and have physical dynamics of force that need to be allowed for when restoring a damaged tooth and recent advancements mean we can now rebuild teeth with materials that emulate these properties more closely.
Why is Biomimetic Dentistry so different?
The materials used in Biomimetic Dentistry flex with the tooth, reducing the likelihood of fractures. In contrast the materials used for crowns and many traditional fillings are hard and inflexible. The remaining tooth structure is often weakened by the forces created when biting and chewing, and this can lead to it cracking. A cracked tooth may require extraction, meaning both the crown and the tooth will be lost. Alternatively, the biting forces can weaken the bond between the crown or filling and the natural tooth, allowing bacteria to penetrate the tooth, creating infection and decay.
The practice of biomimetic dentistry helps to conserve the teeth and to keep them as strong as possible by sealing out bacteria and protecting the nerve and inner part of the tooth. Traditional dentistry techniques have often meant decayed or damaged teeth are drilled and filled, are crowned, and invasive root canal therapy is eventually required. The restorations and materials used in more traditional dentistry often require the destruction of healthy tooth structure to allow for their placement meaning a substantial amount of the tooth is lost forever. In contrast biomimetic dentistry only replaces those areas of the teeth that are damaged, conserving the healthy parts of the tooth.
Biomimetics at Nova Dental Practice
Fortunately, at Nova Dental Practice, we are able to bond or glue teeth back together and replace missing parts of damaged teeth without removing any more precious tooth structure than is absolutely necessary. The use of advanced materials, adhesives and bonding techniques, enables us to seal teeth from bacterial infection and rebuild teeth to a natural strength and resilience with materials that simulate natural tooth substance. Such restorations respond to daily use with reduced stress and cracking.
Following the principles of Biomimetic Dentistry has drastically reduced our need to cut teeth down for crowns and achieving such good bacterial seals and well-fitting bonded restorations means that further repair work or root canal treatment are less likely in the future.
Minimally Invasive Dentistry
As with biomimetic dentistry, the goal of minimally invasive dentistry is to conserve healthy tooth structure. Using the advanced technology, techniques and materials we have at Nova Dental Practice we are able to perform the least amount of dentistry needed whilst never removing any more of the tooth structure than is required to restore the tooth.