lecture series for biomimetic dentistry
* Please note next Biomimetic Lecture has been rescheduled for March 4th 2016
What is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Biomimetic dentistry is tooth conserving dentistry. Literally translated ‘Bio-mimetic’ means to mimic life. We study nature’s properties so that we can better duplicate it. Biomimetic dentistry treats weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that keeps them strong and seals them from the invasion of bacteria. It reduces the need for cutting teeth down for crowns and helps to prevent root canal treatments whenever possible. In essence, it is utilizing the latest in dental materials and technology to preserve what we’ve got, for as long as we’ve got – just as nature intended.
Unlike other parts of our body, our teeth often do not mend on their own. Invasive procedures used by traditional dentistry (such as silver mercury fillings, posts, and unnecessary reduction of tooth structure and deep, non-layered fillings) may eventually result in cracks, contributing to bacterial infections and tooth fractures, and the subsequent need for root canals, implants and bridges. This is why it is important to protect and conserve as much of the natural tooth and gum structure as possible. The most successful dentistry, in terms of durability and longevity, involve procedures that are the least invasive, the need for ideal aesthetics often results in the sacrifice of sound tooth structure in order to achieve the patient’s aesthetic desires.
The Lazare Institute for Biomimetics and Smile Design explores how to work up, stage and execute a biomimetic smile makeover that closely adheres to the principles and fundamentals of biomimetic dentistry without compromising the desired aesthetic result. The most renowned lecturers from around the world are invited by the Lazare Institute to speak on topics that best convey the lessons, techniques, materials and principles of Biomimetic Dentistry and Smile Design.