Biomimetic comes from two words: “biology,” the science of life or of living things, and “mimic,” to copy or imitate. Biomimetic means the treatment of a tooth that allows it to behave like- or mimic- a natural tooth. Biomimetic dentistry treats weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that restores their strength and seals them from bacterial invasion. Careful sealing against infection removes the need for aggressively cutting down teeth for crowns and drastically reduces the need for root canals.
Biomimetic dentistry takes advantage of advanced ceramics and adhesives. These technologies allow dentists to use small onlays that work like your own teeth rather than large caps/crowns. Old techniques can cause your teeth to eventually crack and leak, allowing bacteria to rot your teeth away from the inside. Biomimetic dentistry locks out the bacteria, for safer, more durable dental work. Think of it as “Tooth Conserving Dentistry,” for that is the goal and the outcome.
Welcome to Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry web site. We are an international professional membership association of dental practitioners and supporting organizations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of patients through the proper use of Biomimetic Dentistry. The Academy actively supports education and research through its certification programs, publications, meetings and additional activities. The Academy fosters dialogue and seeks to build community among its members and dental organizations, educational institutions, researchers, industry representatives and others who share this purpose.
Biomimetic dentistry, a type of tooth conserving dentistry, treats weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that keeps them strong and seals them from bacterial invasion. In dental practices around the world, Biomimetic Dentistry has practically eliminated cutting teeth down for crowns and destructive root canal treatment. Patients are happier and often spend less compared to conventional treatment.
Nature is our ideal model to imitate. The basic science for dentally mimicking nature is found in the BioMechanical characteristics of teeth. This is recent scientific and published information that ABD members learn from lecturers across the world. (One of our New Zealand lecturers will speak on this in October's conference.) Our comprehension of what nature looks like and feels like is essential. Teeth move, bend and have physical dynamics of force that must be accounted for while re-making the tooth with nature as our guide. In other words, we can study nature’s properties of teeth so that we can better duplicate them.
Many competing synthetic dental materials are stronger, stiffer and seemingly more beautiful, however, their use often leads to undesirable results–even catastrophic failures. Dentistry has had structural failures and problems related to the over-engineering of materials, mostly because we did not have the knowledge or the technology to imitate natural teeth. Now it is possible to rebuild teeth with materials that simulate natural teeth much more closely, and hold up better to constant chewing.
Biomimetic professionals have studied the dental scientific literature and have applied those techniques and materials. Both staff and patients can testify that teeth restored with biomimetic restorations feel and look like real teeth and they can be confident that the potential of catastrophic failure including root canals and fractures has been reduced or eliminated altogether.
Modern adhesives and bonding techniques are the driving force of biomimetic dentistry.
With traditional dentistry we had to destroy healthy tooth structure in order to accommodate a new restoration. In other words, we had to destroy in order to create. Now we are able to bond or glue teeth back together and even add missing parts of the tooth reliably without removing volumes of precious tooth structure. It has the added value of sealing the tooth from bacterial infection. This has mostly eliminated the need for painful and destructive crowns and root canal treatment with its associated pins, posts, slots, grooves and other non-adhesive retention features.
Our group's philosophy is "less dentistry is the best dentistry", or, better said: "There is no dentistry like no dentistry." Much of the amputation of tooth structure can be eliminated with modern science and medicaments. Periodontal disease and caries (tooth decay) can be eliminated with modern therapies, hygiene, and proper home care. Such therapies can reduce periodontal problems and tooth infections without significant resection of tissue. If tooth decay or old fillings exist, they can be treated with the most conservative materials and techniques. We can say that tooth preservation and dental conservation lie at the heart of biomimetic dentistry. The heart of the tooth is the pulp, which is the brain of the tooth. Preserving the pulp is vital to the patient’s lifelong dental experience. The economic implications of not needing the advanced, invasive care seen in traditional (amputational) dentistry, have profound positive effects on people’s lives. We can now help patients create a healthy and happy mouth with simple, and often painless techniques!
The best and cheapest dentistry is when the right thing is done extremely well the first time. And it lasts. A friend recommended a biomimetic dentist when I was told I needed a crown. One visit, half the cost and no discomfort! My former dentist is now my FORMER dentist!- Steven D.Long Island, NY