Biomimetic dentistry is a technique for repair and restoration of teeth using the latest adhesive technology. It’s based on scientific evidence published in dental journals by some of the best scientists, researchers, and dentists. By following the guidelines, the results will be increased strength, more durability, less sensitivity, less likelihood of root canals and crowns, and less natural tooth structure removed.
I first learned about biomimetic techniques in a 4-day continuing education meeting in June (2017). We learned from dentists who have been using these ideas for over 10 years with fantastic results. During this session many of the scientific articles were presented for our review. At this writing over 1 million teeth have been restored worldwide using biomimetic protocols.
Since June (2017) I have practiced this technique on my own patients and have had amazing success. During that time, I decided to pursue more training. I travelled to Italy where I spent 4 days of training with another distinguished dentist. In December I added 2 more days and I have now (December 2017) completed 10 days of training with more to come. I believe in it completely and it is the technique I would want for my own tooth.
For over 100 years dentists have been using the same techniques. If a cavity developed, fillings were placed that only filled the hole. Eventually many teeth develop fractures that lead to root canals and crowns and even tooth loss. Now we have a better way and with biomimetic dentistry we can restore most teeth back to the way they were before the cavity.
Not every dentist is aware of this technique. Even fewer have sought training and changed their practice protocols. I am very proud to be one of only 500 dentists in this country who’ve gone through this training to become certified in biomimetic dentistry and I am the only dentist (January 2018) trained in this technique in Blount County. I am also a member of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry and plan to attend a conference in the spring of 2018.
For those with questions about cost, you should know that this technique is more time consuming than conventional restorations(fillings) and as such necessitates a higher fee. That fee is more than a “filling” but less than a crown. You should also know that at this time insurance companies don’t recognize biomimetic procedures and they don’t provide any benefits. It’s not a covered procedure. However, we will help you get benefits for any procedures that are covered under your policy. Insurance companies are often many years behind when new materials, techniques and procedures come about. I offer this because I want what’s best for my patient’s teeth, but I fully realize some people only want what the insurance company will “allow”.
I look forward to learning all I can about biomimetic dentistry, doing all I can to provide the most conservative and minimally invasive treatment for my patients and I hope to spread the word among other dentists. This is the way of the future and I’m proud to offer these services.
For more information please see: www.aobmd.org and watch the videos. You can also find videos on YouTube.