A common misconception when it comes to dentistry is that all restoration materials and techniques work the same way. There is much variation in terms of approach and material used depending on the type of dentist that you see. Modern technology is also a factor, since improvements are steadily being made. Many patients are unaware all together that they still have out-dated fillings that could be harmful to both the mouth and body.
For example, the use of amalgam (silver) fillings was once a standard of care. But in the 80s, concern grew about the potential effects of mercury leaking into the body. While this topic is still debated, many dentists stopped using amalgam for other reasons. Primarily because the amount of tooth structure that requires removal when placing a amalgam filling.
Once tooth structure is gone, we can never get it back. This means decreased strength and longevity. An even more recent advancement is the approach of Biomimetic Dentistry. This technique is more prominent in other parts of the world and is starting to gain traction in the U.S. Biomimetic means to mimic nature. Everything we do centers around preservation of what nature provided. When a restoration is needed, this approach allows us to greatly decrease the amount of structure that’s removed. Catching problems early enough allows us to avoid crowns and root canals all together. As a result, patients have healthier teeth and end up spending less time in the dental chair.
Are you curious to learn more about Biomimetic Dentistry? I’d love to talk to you about it. Give us a call at 785-472-3803 to schedule a consultation.