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, 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 Orange County.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We use modern dental techniques to minimize enamel removal during the filling process, and Dr. Anna uses natural, tooth-colored composite fillings to restore your smile. With our dedication to biomimetic dentistry, your newly-restored tooth will look, feel, and function just like it did before your cavity.
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.
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.
About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.