At Corridor Dental, our mission is to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible—hopefully for life! Even when tooth decay or injury get in the way, we follow the principles of conservative biomimetic dentistry, which you can read more about below.
Traditional restorative techniques, like dental crowns, are invasive and require the removal of 70% or more of your healthy tooth structure. The word “biomimetic” literally means “to mimic life”, so biomimetic dentistry uses the natural properties of the teeth to create more conservative and life-like restorations.
Using minimally-invasive techniques, we can treat weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that strengthens and fortifies them without compromising healthy tooth structure. With tooth conservation and dental preservation at its heart, biomimetic dentistry favors inlays and onlays over crowns, and has greatly reduced the need for root canal treatments.
Using the natural tooth as a guide, biomimetic dentistry uses the latest in dental materials to mimic natural teeth and preserve them as long as possible—just like nature intended!
Tooth-colored fillings help us treat the smallest areas of decay before they progress and require a larger restoration like an inlay or onlay. To place a filling, we do still need to remove the area of decay, but instead of using a traditional drill which can be more invasive than necessary, we can use air abrasion to remove the decay and prepare the tooth for a filling.
Where traditional metal fillings can expand and contract with temperature changes, causing teeth to crack, tooth-colored fillings better mimic your natural tooth structure. They can even be color-matched to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth in shade and translucency.
Metal amalgam fillings have been the gold standard (see what we did there?) in dentistry for filling cavities for many years, but today, tooth-colored fillings are very popular—but metal amalgam fillings are unsightly and can actually be quite harmful to the human body.
Using the principles of biomimetic dentistry to guide us, inlays and onlays are our preferred restorative technique here at Corridor Dental. Many dentists are quick to recommend and provide crowns when more than a simple filling is needed—but a crown might not be necessary, and you will be left with less healthy tooth structure than when you started.
Once your natural tooth structure is gone, it’s gone for good. That’s why we don’t recommend crowns unless they are absolutely necessary. Instead, we recommend inlays and onlays that conserve and work with your natural tooth structure, filling and fortifying the tooth as needed to restore it to health—without unnecessary drilling and cutting down of teeth.
Inlays and onlays allow us to fill teeth and repair damage without removing what healthy tooth structure you have left. Our conservative philosophy of restorative care is one thing that sets our practice apart from the rest.
If you’re missing a tooth, or two, or several, a dental bridge might be an important part of getting back your oral health, your quality of life, and your sense of confidence. Bridges typically consist of one or more fabricated teeth, anchored to the surrounding teeth with crowns on either side.
Bridges can be fixed or removable, and there are several different types of bridges that we can offer to suit your needs, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges, and implant-supported bridges. Bridges help fill the gap in your smile, support your surrounding teeth, and allow you to get back to your life with a complete, functional smile.
Your ideal tooth replacement solution depends on many factors, including your budget, bone density, and the number of teeth to be replaced. Schedule a consultation today to get our best professional recommendation.
Your natural teeth! Learn more about biomimetic dentistry by contacting your North Liberty restorative dentist, Dr. Cody Kriegel at Corridor Dental today!