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What is Biomimetic Dentistry?

 

There’s a new type of dentistry making a name for itself around the nation. It’s called biomimetic dentistry, and according to the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, it focuses on tooth preservation and conservation in order to reduce and eliminate root canals and crowns.

Dr. Bryan Schwarts, DDS, of Whole Health Biomimetic and Biological Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, believes that the traditional ‘drill and fill’ ways of dentistry are hurting us more than helping us.

"As a biomimetic dentist, I believe that oral health has a strong connection and influence on the entire body," said Schwartz. "Prevention is always at the forefront of everything we do and if treatment is needed, the most natural, minimally-invasive way is the best solution."


Different Techniques and Tools to Prevent Root Canals
The concept of dentistry with no drills is a new one for many. In fact, it’s completely unheard of for most. Biomimetic dentists like Schwartz have taken scientific research and modern technology and found a way to meet patients’ needs in a way that is less invasive, more comfortable and safer for the teeth.

Instead of a drill, some biomimetic dentists use an air abrasion tool which functions like a micro sandblaster, using compressed air combines with aluminum oxide to clean the grooves on teeth to place sealants, treat decay and condition teeth in need of fillings.

"The air abrasion tool is perfect for kids and even adults who are fearful of or just simply hate shots and drills," he said. "Many patients don’t need any anesthetic as it’s much more comfortable and less invasive than a drill."

Strong, Natural Repairs to Save More of the Tooth
The word biomimetic comes from the Greek words bios, which means life, and mimesis, which means to imitate, to create a word that embodies what these dentists aim to do: "imitate life". Schwartz and others like him believe that our teeth are stronger than any artificial material and that by saving more of the tooth we allow the tooth to be stronger for much longer than traditional treatment methods.

"Unfortunately most of traditional dentistry consists of repairing and redoing previous dental work," said Schwartz. "That’s where a majority of the time and money goes. By approaching the dental cycle differently, we eliminate the need for multiple repairs in the same areas and even root canals in most cases."

Mercury and Metal Free
Another component of biomimetic dentistry is its stance on amalgam dental fillings. Often referred to as "silver fillings", the material used for them are made of up to 55% liquid mercury according to the FDA. This has led to a concern for health and wellness in the dental community worldwide. In 2016, the European Union passed a rule banning the use of amalgam for pregnant women and children under the age of 15 effective July 2018. The ruling included a long-term goal of drastically reducing the use of amalgam as a filling material by July 2019.

In the United States, amalgam fillings are still common and dentists like Schwartz who practice biomimetic and biological dentistry are taking a stand against its use and even offering removal of amalgam fillings in their offices and the replacement of the fillings with a much safer, more natural material.

 

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• LONG LASTING DENTISTRY
• MERCURY & METAL FREE
• SAFE MERCURY REMOVAL

• TOOTH CONSERVING DENTISTRY
• MINIMALLY INVASIVE
• MODERN, SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TECHNIQUES
• NO DRILL DENTISTRY

• NATURAL DENTISTRY
• AVOID CROWNS
• ELIMINATE ROOT CANALS