Traditional dental crowns were once a great solution for restoring badly damaged teeth. They gave patients their strength back for functional chewing and provided the best possible protection from bacteria available at the time.
The problem with crowns is that they cause immediate and irreversible damage to the tooth. When prepping the tooth, vital structure from the top and sides must be drilled away. A crown is then placed over the tooth and tucked into the gums. While much of the tooth is protected from infection, a pocket is commonly formed in the space between the crown and the gum. This pocket harbors bacteria, often resulting in harmful infection. Cavities can be difficult to detect in general because the entire tooth is covered. On top of pockets and difficult cavity detection, crown material cracks and inevitably needs to be replaced.
This is why I’ve adopted the principles of Biomimetic Dentistry in my practice. With an approach that focuses on tooth conservation, I’m able to be respectful of the body’s biological structure. Instead of placing traditional crowns, I use a detailed layering technique that allows me to keep much more of the tooth structure. Restorative biomimetic materials and techniques allow me to mimic nature for healthy, long-lasting results.
If you would like to learn more about Biomimetic Dentistry restorations, please contact Central Kansas Dentistry today.