Biomimetic and Minimally Invasive Dentistry

What is it?

It’s a philosophy of dentistry that centres on preserving and maximising the natural tooth remaining, when restoring teeth damaged by decay, wear or accident.

Why? 

Natural tooth is stronger and more resilient than artificial materials so it makes sense, to add to what is left to ‘strengthen’ the restoration, rather than weaken it by over-preparation to a passe design, for materials of the past. (Dr Mike was taught 30 years that passe way but materials, techniques and Mike have evolved!)

How?

To be Minimally Invasive you remove and shape the diseased or worn or broken parts of the tooth only to extent just necessary to restore it.

To be Biomimetic you structure restorations to mimic the physical and aesthetic properties of the natural tooth (structure) so that it looks and (works)behaves as close to natural tooth as you can make it.

 

This is a paradigm shift away from the way most dentists practising have been trained. In fact, most are still trained the ‘old’ way but practising biomimetic minimally invasive dentistry is, we feel, the way forward for the future.

We practise this way as it gives patients quality and longevity in for their oral care.

To keep abreast of these areas both Dr Mike & Melanie are members of  The New Zealand Institute of Minimal Intervention Dentistry (NZIMID). Dr Mike is also a member of a global group, The Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry (ABD)