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Biomimetic Dentistry

What is Biological Dentistry?

According to the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, "biological dentistry is concerned with the whole body effects of all dental materials, techniques and procedures." It insists that all clinical practice be designed of components that sustain life or improve the patient’s quality of life.

How does biological dentistry differ from general dentistry?

Like holistic dentistry that has long established the relationship between the mouth and the rest of the body and the effects of oral health towards overall health, biological dentistry is based on the unity of the best clinical practices and technologies of Western dental medicine with a wide array of practices.

When you talk about biological dentistry, the words "holistic" and "biomimetic" also come to mind. Sharing similarities but essentially different, biological dentistry is concerned with effect of dental practices towards the whole body – not only on the patient but also the practitioner (dentist or dental staff).

The difference is that biomimetic dentistry concerns itself with the natural reconstruction of teeth using natural composites, while Holistic dentistry studies the effects of dental health towards overall health. You can say biological dentistry and holistic dentistry are similar but the latter is more encompassing.

How do you know who is a biological dentist?

Biological dentists can be any type of dentist. They may be general dentists, periodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons or pedodontists. They also have extensive training in dental toxicology and specific modes of healing, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, herbology, homeopathy, iridology and energy medicine.

Biological dentists also share a belief in the Hippocratic oath that dictates: “First, do no harm. “

Otherwise called holistic dentists, they more likely treat causes of symptoms rather than symptoms toward the goal of restoring and sustaining health.

What are the trademark beliefs of biological dentistry?

Biological dentistry is conservative. The aim is to be minimally invasive yet appropriately active.

  1. Recognizing the close connection between dental health and such areas as nutrition, body structure such as problems in the dental arch and the temporo-mandibular joint structure, the cranio-sacral fluid system of the body, the immune system and the central nervous system.
  2. Care with regard to the materials used in dental fillings.  Do not use mercury amalgam or nickel in any form.
  3. Recognizing that most root canal procedures cause infection that is very harmful.  I do not recommend root canals ever.
  4. Recognizing the problem of cavitations, which are pockets of infection left over from old dental procedures.
  5. Recognizing that gum disease or periodontitis can be handled with natural methods, particularly nutritional balancing, and should not require surgery. (source)

We Practice Holistic Dentistry

Our belief in holistic dentistry goes beyond practicing mercury-free fillings, ozone therapy and fluoride-free dental cleanings. Dr. Reese is an active member of the AOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) – an association of dentists who believe in showing scientific proof in the safety or hazard of dental practices. Our Indianapolis Dentistry clinic takes pride in its spa-like amenities allowing our patients to have a comfortable, anxiety-free visit.

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Root Canal Alternatives

When bacteria have invaded the inside of a tooth, a root canal might be the only way to save the tooth. At Indianapolis Dentistry, Dr. Reese will, whenever possible, try to avoid doing the procedure using root canal alternatives. Root Canal AlternativesUsing the advanced tools and biocompatible materials of biomimetic dentistry, root canals may be avoided. Root canals are one of the most invasive dental procedures and so it's no wonder that biomimetic dentists like Dr. Reese are always on the lookout for how they can save more of the original tooth when they can.

Root Canal Alternatives: What Dr. Ted Reese Does

Being an Indianapolis holistic dentist, Dr. Reese practices integrated dentistry. This means he treats dental problems with consideration on its effect on overall health. He also believes in exploring all options to make teeth restorations as close to nature as possible, meaning, he wants to build up teeth, not grind them down.

When using biomimetic techniques, Dr. Reese basically does the procedure of a root canal therapy, but he uses a tool called Diagnodent, a laser flouresence device that can measure levels of bacteria in different areas in the tooth that allows for less drilling. Once decay has been removed, he can apply ozone gas directly to the tooth to kill any remaining bacteria.

After bacteria is removed, the tooth is restored to its proper function by using biocompatible composites and onlays. These materials seal up the tooth to prevent bacteria from re-entering the tooth and cause more problems in the future.

Whenever possible Dr. Reese will avoid capping the treated tooth with crowns. This is because crowns may crack and bacteria can re-enter and re-infect the tooth. This way repairing teeth will be easier and more economical in the long-run.

How Does This Differ From Root Canal Therapy?

Biomimetic techniques prioritize the function of the tooth rather than the strength of the restoration (crown). With traditional dentistry we had to destroy healthy tooth structure in order to retain a new restoration. In other words, we had to destroy in order to create. Now we are able to bond or glue teeth back together and even add missing parts of the tooth reliably without removing volumes of precious tooth structure. It has the added value of sealing the tooth from bacterial infection.

Root Canal Alternative: Biomimetic Dentistry

Biomimetic dentistry, a type of tooth-conserving dentistry, treats weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that keeps them strong and seals them from bacterial invasion. In dental practices around the world, Biomimetic Dentistry has practically eliminated cutting teeth down for crowns and destructive root canal treatment. Patients are happier and often spend less compared to conventional treatment.

You Have an Alternative

Dr. Reese practices biomimetic dentistry techniques like air abrasion technology and using biomimetic sealants. Dr. Reese strives to conserve the tooth structure with biocompatible materials and techniques that mimic what nature intended. This could help avoid procedures like root canals and the loss of dental tissue. These are all in part of his clinic’s goal of practicing biocompatible dentistry – helping you reach your wellness goals through optimum dental health.

Indianapolis Dentistry is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Southport, just five minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. Call 317-882-0228 for an appointment now!

Biomimetic Dentistry is the Holistic Choice

As the world realizes the importance of holistic health and shifts its focus towards dental health promotion and prevention, dental treatments become more patient-oriented with minimally invasive procedures. This approach is called biomimetic dentistry. While not a dental specialization, biomimetic dentistry is practiced by Dr. Reese as part of the integrated dentistry approach his clinic practices. This is in view of biomimetic dentistry as a holistic choice – a dentistry that restores teeth to as close as they were naturally.

Biomimetic Dentistry is the Holistic Choice

Biomimetic dentistry restores a tooth conservatively with materials and techniques that mimic what nature intended, avoiding root canal and loss of teeth issues.

According to AvoidRootCanal.org, a web site belonging to dentists dedicated to prevention, practicing biomimetic dentistry means that instead of grinding down teeth, dentists build up natural teeth layer by layer:

  • We have the training, the technology, the materials and most importantly the commitment to save tooth structure and stop the dental cycle: after removing all diseased and broken tooth structure.  Biomimetic Dentistry is the Holistic Choice
  • We save good healthy teeth — we don’t grind down the tooth.
  • With a restoration design based on sound engineering principles to absorb and distribute stress through the tooth as in nature. With the least possible treatment to save tooth structure…more of the tooth is left intact.
  • While rebuilding the tooth strong — building the tooth up, not grinding it down — to prevent future breakage.
  • With Biomimetic dentistry the goal is to eliminate the use of crowns or caps.

Biomimetic Dentistry Can Prevent the Need for Root Canal Treatment

Yes – this sounds too good to be true but biomimetic dentistry takes on a different approach when it comes to very large cavities that are too deep already.

Biomimetics, just the term itself, is basically studying the structure and function of a biological system, in this case a tooth, and using it as a model to design or engineer the materials that you would use to replace missing or diseased tooth structure.

During a root canal procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp, which is the soft, center area of the tooth, is removed. After the inside of the tooth has been cleaned and disinfected, it is filled and sealed with rubbery material known as gutta percha. In the last stage, a crown is usually placed on the tooth for protection.

When a dentist uses biomimetic techniques, what happens is that the dentist also carefully removes and cleans decay up until it reaches the nerve of the tooth – and then he stops. In a way, a little bit of decay is left and as long as the patient is asymptomatic (there is no pain), the nerve is sealed.

The main difference between biomimetic techniques and a usual root canal procedure is that the dentist doesn’t kill the nerve of the tooth – making the tooth viable and “living” as opposed to killing the nerve of the tooth, in effect “killing” blood supply to the area necessitating for a crown. This is why crowns are needed – a tooth without blood supply essentially becomes brittle and would need protection.

Patients would usually ask “Isn’t it dangerous to leave a bit of decay in my tooth?” The answer would be no, as long as the decay is sealed off from the nerve where there is blood supply, it would not have access to blood to reproduce bacteria, thrive and breed more decay.

Biomimetic Dentistry is the Most Tooth Friendly Choice

Since biomimetic dentistry ensures that dentists keep teeth as natural as possible, it helps restore the tooth to its most natural state instead of breaking it down even further to build a new structure. Biomimetic techniques are often considered a modern and more cost-effective approach to patient-oriented dentistry that prioritizes the function of the tooth, rather than the strength of the restoration. “The whole goal is to make the tooth look like a tooth again, and not only look like a tooth, but to function and act like a tooth. That’s really the key difference.”

Dr. Reese practices biomimetic dentistry techniques like air abrasion technology and using biomimetic sealants. Dr. Reese strives to conserve the tooth structure with biocompatible materials and techniques that mimic what nature intended. This could help avoid procedures like root canals and the loss of dental tissue. These are all in part of his clinic’s goal of practicing biocompatible dentistry – helping you reach your wellness goals through optimum dental health.

Indianapolis Dentistry is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Southport, just five minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. Call 317-882-0228 for an appointment now!