At Picasso Smiles, one of the ways we always make sure you and your family get the best dental care is by utilizing only the latest and greatest in dental treatment methods. To accomplish this, we make sure we are up to date on the latest advancements in the dental field, and train ourselves to provide you with care that helps create healthier smiles. As a part of this process, Dr. Nima Shayesteh at Picasso Smiles has adopted a new approach to restoration dentistry called “biomimetic dentistry”, and has integrated it into the services that we offer here at our Culver City dental practice. It allows us to create fillings and crowns that are more lifelike than ever before, while helping you keep your smile radiant for longer compared to older treatment methods. To learn more about biomimetic dentistry and how it benefits you, check out the information below.
With the traditional method for treatment such as fillings and crowns, the focus is on creating a strong restoration above everything else. This is why the material used is in this process consists of things like gold, amalgam, or porcelain that is then bonded to metal. Additionally, Dr. Shayesteh will sacrifice a healthy tooth for the sake of creating a better support structure for the filling or crown.
Biomimetic dentistry broadens the approval for a more effective and longer lasting treatment. While making no sacrifice on the strength of the restoration, the biomimetic approach also mimics the life-like look, feel, and function of a natural tooth as closely as possible. To achieve this life-like recreation, we use a different set of materials, including stress-reduced direct composite and porcelain composite to create inlays and onlays. Not only does this material allow for a strong restoration, it also bonds more effectively with your natural tooth, and requires no removal of healthy tooth structure.
With the traditional approach to restoration treatment such as fillings or crowns, research has shown that patients get locked into a cycle of restoration and decay, which more often than not leads to them needing a root canal and a dental implant. This is due to the focus on strength instead of functionality, as well as the necessity of removing healthy teeth to create a better supporting structure for treatment. In this process, a filling is created and healthy tooth structure is removed to make room for it, then the light used to harden it ends up shrinking the material and leaves a space or gap between it and the tooth. These gaps eventually promote decay, and the shaving down of healthy tooth leaves not enough tooth structure to support a necessary crown or even last long against the onset of decay. This leads to a necessary root canal and dental implant, all due to the imperfections in a simple fix with a standard filling.
With biomimetic dentistry, the process breaks this cycle of restoration and decay by using materials that will restore the tooth, create a strong bond that has no spaces, and preserves more healthy tooth structure. In the long run, the result is a lower likelihood of decay and the need for a root canal or dental implant.
When you come into Picasso Smiles here in Culver City, the first step is sitting down with Dr. Shayesteh to conduct an initial examination. With the results from the examination, we’ll be able to determine the extent of the decay, and for your dentist to map out the tooth or teeth that are in need of biomimetic restoration. Next, we’ll begin clearing away any decay from your tooth, while leaving the healthy parts of your tooth alone. Then comes crafting your restoration, where we use a special type of material that will bond to your healthy tooth seamlessly; no gaps or cracks. . The material we use is designed to looks and feel like your natural tooth, so your smile will look perfectly natural, not to mention completely restored to its old self.
While it’s the latest and greatest in terms of dental restoration methods, biomimetic dentistry is still rare, with only 3% of dentists using the method according to the Foundation of Biomimetic Dentistry. At Picasso Smiles, we are proud to be at the forefront of our field, since it allows us to provide you and your family with the best dental care available. For any questions about biomimetic dentistry or how you can schedule an appointment with us, contact us and a member of our staff will be happy to help you. Get started on the path to a new, more radiant smile today with Picasso Smiles!