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Biomimetic Dentistry

Scientifically Advanced Approach

Minimally-Invasive Biomimetic Dentistry

Hello, I’m Dr. Robert H. Thornton, DMD and I offer Minimally-Invasive Biomimetic Dentistry as an excellent biologic alternative to conventional crowns. As the owner of a dental practice in Tupelo, Mississippi that specializes in health-centered wellness and longevity, I spend a good amount of my time focusing on Minimally-Invasive Biomimetic Dentistry.

My team and I are committed to helping you achieve true holistic wellness. This scientifically advanced, minimally invasive approach is focused on replicating the natural properties of healthy teeth to ensure optimal, long-lasting results. I’ve been practicing Dentistry since 2000 and I am trained extensively in Bioesthetic Restoration. I am a Level 4 Graduate of The OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry and have treated countless patients with complex oral health issues such as Airway Dysfunction and TMJ Disorder. This knowledge and expertise allow me to employ conservative, minimally invasive techniques that rejuvenate the natural biology of the masticatory (chewing) system. As a result, my patients experience better comfort, increased confidence, and enhanced health.

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Holistic Biomimetic Approach

Discover a Holistic Alternative to Traditional Dentistry

Described as a “life-like” alternative to traditional dental crowns, Biomimetric Restorations are designed to closely match the look and feel of your natural teeth. By using porcelain inlays and onlays in combination with stress-reduced direct composite restorations, I am able to fully restore the biomechanics of damaged teeth. During this process, only decay and damage are removed, leaving the healthy parts of your tooth fully intact. The final restoration is then bonded to the healthy tooth structure, creating a strong, aesthetically pleasing, and fully functional restoration.

Not only is the Biomimetic process less intrusive and painful than traditional methods, but it also avoids further destruction and breakdown of the natural teeth. Studies indicate that traditional crowns lead to root canal treatments in approximately 10-25% of cases. Biomimetic Dentistry significantly reduces this risk, sparing you from extensive, invasive dental procedures in the future. Patients who receive this natural, minimally invasive treatment are at a much lower risk of needing endodontic therapy, crowns, or extractions.

The Science of Biomimetic Dentistry

Biomimetic Dentistry is a science-based approach that utilizes the concept of Biomimicry as its philosophy for treatment. The term “Biomimetic” can be broken down into two parts – Bio which means “life” and mimetic which means “the close resemblance of one organism to another.”

Nature has had millions of years to refine what works and what doesn’t, evident in the well-established process of natural selection. Biomimicry favors methods that have stood the test of time and contributed to the evolution of the natural world. In dentistry, it’s used to resolve dysfunction and restore teeth to their natural, healthy state.

Biomimetic Dentistry Vs. Traditional Crowns

While both Biomimetic Dentistry and traditional dental crowns serve similar purposes, they differ significantly in philosophy, the preservation of tooth structure, bonding techniques, and their approach to aesthetics and function. Biomimetic Dentistry prioritizes the preservation of natural tooth structure, aiming to produce restorations that closely mimic natural teeth in both appearance and function. In contrast, traditional restorations, such as metal crowns, gold crowns, amalgam fillings, and porcelain-fused crowns, often involve more tooth reduction and may not be as conservative in their approach. In simple terms, traditional dentistry, while effective, doesn’t offer the benefits of biomimicry.

Cost Effective, Natural Tooth Restorations

Biomimetic Restorations are celebrated for being an affordable, natural solution for restoring damaged teeth. They can be repaired more easily and cost-effectively compared to traditional crowns, making them a more appealing option for many of my patients. In the past, when a patient had a chipped crown, tooth decay, or fracture, the entire restoration needed replacement, which was considerably more expensive.

Thanks to modern advancements in dentistry, we can now repair cracked, chipped, and broken teeth with Biomimetic Restorations. The preservation of natural tooth structure and advanced bonding techniques allow for efficient and conservative repairs, contributing to cost savings and practicality. If the materials become damaged, they can be rebuilt without having to remove the entire restoration. This is a significant advantage for both patients and practitioners!

Let me show you how Biomimetic Dentistry can enhance your dental health, vitality, comfort, and quality of life!

Consult the Leading Experts in Biomimetic Dentistry in Tupelo

I am honored to be Tupelo’s trusted Bioesthetic Dentist and offer Minimally-Invasive Biomimetic Restorations for patients of all ages and levels of health. If you’re seeking a holistic alternative to traditional dental crowns or fillings, I invite you to contact my office to schedule a consultation.

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