Biomimetic Dentistry
In Rancho Mission Viejo

What Is Biomimetic Dentistry?

Biomimetic Dentistry is a philosophy. The premise of Biomimetic Dentistry is to “mimic”and replicate your natural tooth shape, function, strength, and to preserve the pulp vitality when possible, in order to avoid needing a root canal. Modern materials allow us to chemically bond materials to the natural tooth, allowing us to be as conservative and preserve as much of the healthy tooth structure as possible. The goal is to preserve your natural tooth for as long as possible by removing only the diseased part of it.

As a conservative dentist who is an Accredited Member of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, this is always Dr. Anna Paholiouk’s goal at Monarch Dental Arts. She will always look to preserve your teeth whenever possible. For example, she may recommend treatments like dental inlays and onlays over dental crowns, since inlays and onlays do not require the removal of as much enamel from your tooth. Contact us now to learn more and schedule your appointment in Rancho Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and Ladera Ranch.

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Early intervention is key for biomimetic dentistry. The sooner your dentist notices a problem, the sooner you can get minimally-invasive treatment. That’s why you need to see Dr. Paholiouk every six months for a teeth cleaning and an oral exam in Orange County. 

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The Benefits Of Biomimetic Dentistry

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Preserves more of your natural tooth

Our goal is to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. The more tooth structure we save, the stronger the remaining tooth will be, the less likely the need for intervention of root canal therapy, and the longer a patient can expect to keep a tooth in their mouth. To achieve long term stability of both the restoration & the surrounding tooth, our goal is to mimic the natural tooth in shape, function, flexibility and strength.

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Reduces the risk of complications

Teeth treated with dental crowns often require root canal therapy in the future, since the treatment involves removing a lot of the natural enamel. With biomimetic dentistry, the need for future treatments and your overall risk of complications will be lower.

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Longer treatment lifespan

Using advanced techniques, Dr. Paholiouk preserves more of your tooth structure during your treatment at Monarch Dental Arts. This means your restored tooth will stay healthy and will last longer overall.

Biomimetic Dentistry Treatment Options

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Tooth-Colored Fillings

During the filling process, Dr. Anna will conservatively remove only the decayed part of your tooth to restore it. She will utilize Biomimetic Dentistry techniques and use BPA-free materials that mimic the natural structure, function, and durability of teeth. This approach aims to preserve more of your natural tooth structure and deliver long-lasting results. With our dedication to biomimetic dentistry in Rancho Mission Viejo, your newly-restored tooth will look, feel, and function just like it did before your cavity.

We proudly serve patients in Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistano, and Rancho Mission Viejo.

Dental Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are sort of a mix between fillings and crowns. They are used when your tooth has been too damaged for a filling, but is healthy enough that a crown is not necessary. Similarly to a crown, it takes at least two appointments to get an inlay or an onlay. When possible, this is a more conservative way to prepare the tooth and keep more of the healthy tooth structure, and preserve the pulp vitality to avoid root canals.

Dr. Paholiouk will clean the area and remove damaged enamel, then take a mold of your tooth. She’ll work with a dental lab to create your onlay or inlay out porcelain or composite materials. She will send you home with a temporary restoration to protect your tooth. Then, you’ll come back to our office in a few weeks to have your inlay or onlay permanently attached to your tooth.

Dental Crowns

There are some situations where a crown is the best choice. However, we only recommend dental crowns when your tooth is too damaged or decayed for inlays or onlays. While they do require a lot of enamel removal, crowns do cover up and protect your remaining tooth structure, which helps prevent further complications.

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About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.

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Have questions about implant dentistry? Find answers here. 

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How are dental implants made?

A dental implant is made of two parts: a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium called the post, and the restoration, which is usually a dental crown and abutment. Posts are manufactured in a variety of pre-selected sizes to ensure each patient gets the right implant for their needs. In contrast, the restoration is completely custom-made. After your dentist places your dental implant, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab. 

There, a technician will create a long-lasting, durable dental implant restoration out of porcelain or another high-quality material. This restoration will be sent back to our office, and it will be attached to your dental implant, completing your implant procedure.

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How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants typically last up to 30 years or more with proper placement and care. In fact, it’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives. 

However, the dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown or set of overdentures, usually will not last this long. Your restoration is exposed to regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more, and may need to be replaced a few times over the years. 

Can dental implants get infected?

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It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery. 

You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed. 

Will dental implants stop bone loss?

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Yes. Bone loss occurs when your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. Your tooth transmits this force through the root and into your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone healthy. 

When you lose a tooth, this process stops, and the jaw bone tends to weaken. Since the post of the dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root, it restimulates your jaw bone by transmitting the force of chewing and biting once again.

Can dental implants be done in one day?

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Some types of dental implant systems can be done in one day. The restoration is usually temporary until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. This solution allows you to speak and eat normally, however, the restoration is temporary. 

As your mouth heals, you’ll attend appointments at your doctor’s office where impressions will be taken. These impressions will guide the manufacturing of your restoration. This permanent restoration will be a more durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.

Is Biomimetic Dentistry Minimally Invasive?

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What Is The Difference Between Biomimetic Dentistry And Traditional Dentistry?

In short, biomimetic dentistry focuses on restoring your oral health and preserving as much of your tooth as possible. Traditional dentistry also focuses on restoring your tooth, but is less concerned with preserving your natural tooth structure.

Biomimetic is a term that means “to mimic nature.” And that’s exactly the difference between biomimetic dentistry and traditional dental techniques. Our teeth truly are biomechanical marvels. The enamel that makes up the outer layer of each tooth is stronger than any other part of the body, and is designed to hold up to tremendous wear and tear throughout our lives. As a provider of Biomimetic Dentistry Dr. Anna Paholiouk does all possible to keep as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible by removing only the decayed part of your tooth. So, as a provider of biomimetic dentistry, Dr. Anna Paholiouk does her best to keep as much of your enamel intact as possible during every treatment.

In contrast, traditional dentistry is more “one size fits all.” Some dentists may remove more enamel (healthy tooth to tooth structure (it is not just enamel)than is necessary simply because it makes the treatment faster or easier. But the more healthy tooth structure you remove, the more problems may occur. The tooth may become weaker, more sensitive, or even more prone to infections in some cases.

With our conservative approach to biomimetic dentistry, we focus on removing only the diseased parts of your tooth. Dr. Anna and our team use advanced materials and treatment methods (to build your tooth up incrementally , lair by lair mimicking the natural tooth structure) to replace the enamel with a strong, durable, and minimally-invasive restoration.

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What Are The Benefits Of Biomimetic Dentistry?

First and foremost, biomimetic dentistry focuses on preserving your natural, healthy tooth structure. This means that it helps keep your tooth strong. For example, if you have a cavity, Dr. Anna will not simply remove all of the enamel near the affected area. She will carefully remove only the infected tissue, then rebuild the area layer-by-layer with dental resin. Only diseased, damaged, and compromised tooth material will be removed.

Not only does this simplify your treatment, but it also helps preserve the vitality of your tooth’s pulp. The pulp is what keeps your tooth alive. And as more natural material is removed from your tooth, the risk of pulpitis (pulp inflammation) or a tooth infection may grow, especially as dental restorations like fillings wear down. Eventually, this could result in the need for a root canal. But with biomimetic dentistry, you can keep more of your natural tooth structure healthy. This may help you avoid future root canals and other dental work, and keep your tooth healthy for the years and decades to come.

Our dedication to biomimetic dentistry also extends to aesthetics. No matter the issues facing your smile, Dr. Anna will work with you to develop a treatment plan that keeps your mouth healthy, and restores the natural appearance of your smile. Your teeth will look and feel completely lifelike and natural after your treatment, guaranteed!

Is Biomimetic Dentistry Minimally Invasive?

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Yes. By nature, biomimetic dentistry is minimally invasive. The term “minimally invasive” simply means that a dentist uses the least invasive technique and procedures to treat patients. And that’s what biomimetic dentistry is!

Because she practices biomimetic dentistry, Dr. Anna will never recommend a procedure that’s not exactly what you need. For example, if you have a cavity that could be treated with either a filling or a dental crown, she will typically recommend a filling, since this procedure is less invasive and keeps more of your natural tooth structure healthy.

And this extends to the procedure itself, too. During your procedure, Dr. Anna will only remove damaged, diseased, or infected tissue from your tooth or mouth. Preserving as much of your tooth as possible simplifies your treatment, improves your overall outcome, and ensures a better overall treatment experience at Monarch Dental Arts.

Did you know…

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Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.

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