TBU: #041 How To Start Doing Biomimetic Dentistry (Part 2)Mar 04, 2023
Biomimetic dentistry is a relatively new field of dentistry that focuses on restoring and preserving the natural tooth structure. It is based on the principle of mimicking the natural tooth structure in order to create a strong, durable, and aesthetically pleasing restoration. Biomimetics focuses on preserving as much of the natural tooth structure as possible and mimicking the natural biomechanics of the tooth. This type of dentistry is becoming increasingly popular due to its ability to provide long-term, durable results with minimal destruction of the natural tooth structure.
Some of the benefits of biomimetic dentistry are:
Preserves natural tooth structure: Biomimetic dentistry aims to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. This approach is better for the overall health of the tooth and reduces the need for invasive procedures, such as root canals or extractions.
Prevents future damage: Biomimetic dentistry aims to restore the tooth in a way that mimics its natural structure and function, which can help prevent future damage to the tooth.
Provides a more natural appearance: Biomimetic restorations are designed to closely resemble the natural tooth, providing a more natural appearance than traditional restorations.
Long-lasting results: Biomimetic restorations are typically more durable and longer-lasting than traditional restorations, reducing the need for frequent replacements.
Minimal discomfort: Biomimetic dentistry uses minimally invasive techniques, reducing discomfort for the patient and promoting faster healing times.
Overall, biomimetic dentistry offers several advantages over traditional restorative dentistry. By preserving natural tooth structure, preventing future damage, and providing a more natural appearance, biomimetic dentistry can help patients achieve healthier, longer-lasting smiles.
One of the most popular questions I get is how to start doing biomimetic dentistry. I'm adding more suggestions to my previous post that was done in January.
The first step in getting started with biomimetic dentistry is to understand the principles behind it. Biomimetic dentistry is based on the idea of mimicking the natural tooth structure in order to create a strong, durable, and aesthetically pleasing restoration. In order to do this, the dentist must consider the shape, size, and color of the natural tooth structure, as well as the strength and durability of the materials used in the restoration.
If you are interested in pursuing biomimetic dentistry, here are some steps to get started:
Education and training: Start by researching and learning as much as you can about biomimetic dentistry, including its principles, techniques, and materials. There are many resources available, including books, online courses, and conferences. Consider taking courses from established biomimetic dentists or organizations that offer biomimetic dentistry training. We have two popular courses, The Foundations of Biomimetic Dentistry and How To Do Biomimetic Posterior Restorations. We also have resources, guides, and downloadables to help.
- Get trained: Look for courses or training programs that offer biomimetic dentistry training. Many dental schools, professional organizations, and continuing education providers offer courses in biomimetic dentistry. Most of the time, the more training you have, the more questions pop up. Often times, there's questions with the proper application of the techniques, subtle nuances, and best practices. Our membership and 1:1 coaching can help depending on the need.
Obtain the necessary equipment: Invest in equipment that is necessary for biomimetic dentistry, such as high-quality dental adhesives, composite resins, and dental instruments. Biomimetic dentistry often requires specific equipment and materials, such as high magnification loupes, dental microscopes, caries detecting agents, and air abrasion units. While the technique is more important, having access to the necessary equipment and supplies to perform biomimetic dental procedures will help give you and added edge.
Build a network: Build a network of fellow biomimetic dentists and industry professionals. Attend conferences, join online forums, and participate in continuing education courses to build your network. Connecting with other dentists who are interested in biomimetic dentistry will give a sense of community, encouragement as well as quick on demand help whenever needed.
Update your dental practice: Update your dental practice to incorporate biomimetic techniques and procedures. This may include purchasing new equipment (as we spoke to already), implementing new protocols, and training your staff. Getting your staff on board may be challenging or it may be a breath of fresh air to them with some exciting changes. It will take time to get things how you would like to. But the rewards will be worth it.
- Practice, practice, practice: Start incorporating biomimetic techniques into your dental practice. Start with simple procedures, such as minimally invasive restorations, and gradually work your way up to more complex procedures. The heroics of biomimetics maybe something that you work toward if you enjoy those. Or it might mean full mouth rehabs, or even ortho/ restorative cases. Biomimetics enables you so many possibilities.
Market your practice: Develop a marketing strategy to promote your biomimetic dentistry services. This may include updating your website, advertising in local publications, boosting your social media prescience, and networking with other dental professionals. Talking to my specialists about what I do has become a great resource for me as they have started to refer back to me for my conservative style.
Stay current: Stay current with new developments in biomimetic dentistry by attending conferences, continuing education courses and memberships. This will help you stay at the forefront of the field and provide the best possible care for your patients. Some advancements that have happened within biomimetics are short fiber reinforced composites, onlay preparations and outlines, techniques associated with bulk fill and universal adhesives.
Starting a career in biomimetic dentistry requires dedication, hard work, and a commitment to lifelong learning. But with the right education, experience, and resources, you can build a successful and rewarding career in this exciting field.
Whenever you're ready, here are the ways I can help you:
- If you're looking for better application in your practice, take a look at our online courses and guides
- The Foundations Of Biomimetic Dentistry
- How To Do Biomimetic Posterior Direct Composites.
- Get our 53 page biomimetic protocols guide for posterior direct restorations.
- Join our ever growing community and get instant access to our group chat, shared resources, on-demand help, along with networking with the leaders in biomimetics.
- Work with me 1:1 to grow your biomimetic dental practice