Biomimetic Dentistry: The Art and Science of restoring damaged teeth with restorations that mimic natural teeth in appearance, function and strength.
Traditional prosthodontic principles (stabilization and retention) do not align with the biology (pulp survival), function and mechanics of natural teeth. In the “biomimetic approach,” the dental tissues (enamel, dentin, dej) are returned to full function through a hard tissue bond, allowing functional stresses to pass through the tooth and returning the damaged tooth to a functional, biologic, and esthetic result. This is in sharp contrast to the traditional approaches being applied today.
Biomimetic restorations include stress-reduced direct composite restorations and porcelain/composite inlays and onlays that restore the biomechanics of broken and damaged teeth. Traditional dental treatments including porcelain fused to metal crowns, gold crowns, and amalgam fillings are not biomimetic by any measure.
It is a “less is more” conservative approach.
Translated literally, biomimetic dentistry means to copy what is life-like. Nature has provided the most successful and ideal properties to our natural teeth. When restoring damaged, broken, and decayed teeth, the goal is to return the tooth to its original strength, function, and esthetics. Biomimetic dentistry accomplishes all of this in a conservative, strong, and attractive approach.