Biomimetic Dentistry has been gaining popularity over the last 15 years. Doing dentistry the traditional way of mechanical retention is being replaced by doing advanced adhesion techniques. There have been great advances in the research and understanding, adhesive materials, and especially techniques. The techniques combine new materials and newly understood information. Collectively the science, principles and techniques of advanced adhesive dentistry is known as Biomimetic Dentistry. Interpreting it literally, biomimetic dentistry, means to “mimic nature”.
The benefits of biomimetic dentistry are huge! The need for extension and mechanical retention is virtually eliminated. Full coverage restorations are eliminated. Marginal integrity is preserved. Leakage, cracks, and gaps are prevented. Once a tooth is properly treated with biomimetic protocols, the tooth is best able to handle and manage functional stresses similarly to the natural tooth. This means with all the occlusal chewing forces that are placed on the teeth, the restorations can balance those to avoid dentinal cracks and deformations and stress deformations. Applying these ideals decreases post operative pain and sensitivity along with preserving vitality by not allowing bacteria to enter and kill the pulp. Preserving the pulp is paramount because a vital pulp helps the tooth naturally flex and resist fractures.
When we treat teeth in a biomimetic approach, we must understand and be conscience of the tooth’s biology, structure, function and esthetics. Understanding these four closely related concepts means we can have the basis needed for success. These philosophies will naturally lead us to be more conservative than ever thought possible. We will begin to change our thought processes and treatment strategies. We will ultimately be saving teeth.
Info taken from “Inside Dentistry: The Protocols of Biomimetic Restorative Dentistry: 2002-2017 by David Starr Allemen, Matt Nejad, and David Scott Alleman of Biomimetic Dentistry CE. Please also see www.whatisbiomimeticdentisry.com