During the last 15 years, the restorative approach has steadily evolved, progressing from mechanical retention to advanced adhesion. This transition was fostered by a wealth of scientific publications, improvements in adhesive materials, and most importantly worldwide dissemination of the science and techniques of advanced adhesion. Collectively, the science, principles, and techniques of advanced adhesive dentistry are known as bio-mimetic dentistry. At its core, the biomimetic approach respects the simple philosophy that, to adequately restore teeth, we must “mimic life” and understand the natural tooth in its entirety.
Biomimetic Dentistry has four main concepts that everything is based on...
Reducing polymerization stress to the developing hybrid layer results in a 300% to 400% increase in bond strength. Dentin bond strengths in the range of 30 MPa to 60 MPa are in the same range as the tensile strengths of enamel, the dentinoenamel junction, and dentin. This strong bond allows the biomimetically restored tooth to function and handle functional stresses like an intact natural tooth.
A strong and secure bond allows for a long-term marginal seal to be established and maintained during functional stresses.
By maintaining a highly bonded seal, the restoration will provide long-term function without recurrent decay, dental fractures, or pulp deaths. A vital tooth is also three times more resistant to fracture.
While hard to visualize, residual stree leads to cuspal deformation, debonding, gaps, cracks, pain and sensitivity, and recurrent decay. reducing residual stress while maintaining the maximum possible bond strength is the ultimate goal of any biomimetic restorative technique.
JEFF DAVIES, DDS
Dr Jeff Davies has studied the concepts of biomimetic dentistry extensively, starting in 2012 when he studied under "the Father of Biomimetic Dentistry", Pascal Magne, at USC. He was part of Pascal's first inaugural Dental Morphology, Function, and Esthetics (DMFE) course that blended dental arts and scientific literature. While in dental school, he started up the Biomimetic Study Club as a way to promote these concepts. The Biomimetic Study Club brings these concepts closer to you than ever before.
Since then, he has studied the with the leaders in biomimetic continuing education, including a two year long mentorship with Dr Dave Alleman, one of the founding fathers of biomimetic dentistry. Some of the educators he has studied with include, Drs. Dave Alleman, Matt Nejad, Simone Deliperi, and Tim Rainey. He has been practicing biomimetic dentistry exclusively in his dental career.