Are you looking for a more holistic dentist? Contact us at Goldstein Garber & Salama in Atlanta today to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. We don’t believe in band-aid solutions.
Biomimetic dentistry is the art and science of restoring the health of your natural teeth with minimally invasive and biocompatible materials. Biomimetic dentistry is concerned with preserving the existing structures of your teeth.
The origins of the word bio, meaning life-like and mimetic, meaning to copy, translate into copying what is life-like. That’s our philosophy. We will avoid removing excessive amounts of enamel or tooth structure in preparation for other treatments, and we don’t use toxic chemicals in your teeth.
When possible, our Atlanta dentists recommend using biocompatible materials that imitate the natural function and appearance of your real teeth, such as composite resin for fillings and bonding, porcelain or ceramic crowns, and titanium implants that anchor a porcelain crown as a tooth replacement.
When your natural teeth are preserved and we use biocompatible materials, patients experience less tooth sensitivity and pain and improved aesthetics. Biocompatible materials require less drilling, meaning that your teeth will be more stable and strong over the years.
Titanium is the most-used material for dental implants because it is well tolerated by the jawbone, encourages proper osseointegration, is highly durable, and is resistant to corrosion.
Another advantage of Biomimetic dentistry is that we improve the strength of bonding agents so that restorations and fillings stay in place for many years and have a decreased risk of damage or failure.
Oftentimes, dentists are doing too much. They are recommending treatments before they are necessary, removing too much of the natural tooth instead of focusing on preservation, and placing too much emphasis on responding to existing problems rather than preventing them.
Sometimes, biomimetic dentists will work to preserve the natural pulp inside the tooth before replacing it with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha which is used in root canal treatments.
Treatments such as ozone therapy are common alternatives in holistic dental practices. Root canals are performed excessively by general dentists when steps could have been taken before reaching that point to prevent the cavity from reaching the dental pulp.
We also discourage unnecessary extractions when damaged or decayed teeth can be repaired. Extractions should only be used as a last resort, not as an elective treatment that is sold as a convenient option.
Removing a tooth will take a serious toll on a patient’s oral health, including causing irreversible bone loss, increasing their risk of future tooth loss, and changing their facial structure over time.
Traditional dentists remove a significant portion of the tooth in preparation for crowns, leaving almost none of the original tooth intact. Holistic dentists are hesitant to perform this level of unnecessary drilling, as it increases the risk of needing a future root canal or losing the tooth.