Monthly Archives: January 2016

What is Minimally Invasive Dentistry?

What is Minimally Invasive Dentistry?

You may have noticed our motto, “Minimally Invasive Dentistry in a Caring Environment”. The caring environment part of the philosophy is accomplished by Prescott Dentistry‘s commitment to treating our patients with the utmost caring, respect and understanding. However, you may be wondering what minimally invasive dentistry is all about. In a nutshell, minimally invasive dentistry and biomimetic dentistry are nearly interchangeable. While biomimetic dentistry is named such after it’s goal of mimicking nature to better treat your oral health, it just so happens that mimicking nature tends to be less invasive inherently in comparison to traditional dentistry.

Biomimetic dentistry is a method of restoring and preserving teeth to as close to their natural state as technology and science will allow. This approach uses the natural intact tooth as a framework for dental restorations that mimic nature in appearance and function. The goal behind the biomimetic approach to dentistry is to preserve the original function and form of your teeth by keeping in tact the very maximum amount of the initial tooth structure.

In contrast, traditional dentistry methods generally include removing more of the healthy tooth material than is necessary in order to perform restorations. Full crowns and posts are becoming needed less and less with minimally invasive biomimetic techniques allowing the use of properly bonded composite and porcelain restorations. The cutting edge techniques involved in biomimetic dentistry provide a less painful and caring atmosphere while allowing our patients to preserve their natural teeth for as long as possible.

Contact Prescott Dentistry today if you want to hear more about biomimetic dentistry and schedule your appointment today!

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Smile! Life Get’s Better with Age

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New research seems to indicate that there may be one more reason to preserve your pearly whites as you age. You might just be showing those teeth off a bit more soon! According to a new study, like a fine wine maturing, people actually tend to get happier with age. Contrary to popular belief and the ever-prevailing cultural myth of the “mid-life crisis”, after a brief dip in our teen years, the trajectory of happiness tends to be positive well into our 40’s and perhaps beyond.

The findings were published in the journal Developmental Psychology. The study followed two groups of people over time beginning in high school from ages 18 to 43 and beginning in college from 23 to 37. Despite some peaks and valleys, overall those followed were generally happier in their 40s than at age 18 (aside from spikes of happiness at 18 and 30). It is believed by the study authors that this upward trend in happiness may be due to career stability, less uncertainty and more comfort in one’s own skin. More or less people tend to “get better at life” as they age according to John Mayer, PhD.

Perhaps this is what makes practicing dentistry in Prescott so pleasant, many of our patients are older due to the high number of retirees who make Prescott their home! Keep on smiling and schedule your appointment with Prescott Dentistry today!

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Biomimetic Dentistry: Dental Prosthesis

Biomimetic Dentistry: Dental Prosthesis

The doctors and staff at Prescott Dentistry pride themselves in offering the most advanced, modern biomimetic dentistry procedures. You can be sure that your dentist in Prescott, AZ is keeping a close eye on all the latest research coming out in the field of biomimetics, and we like to share information to keep our patients informed about their dental health and what separates a dental office that practices biomimetic dentistry from one that practices only traditional dentistry.

One of the strongest and most durable materials known to man is that of seashells or teeth. The makeup of these materials consists of microscopic platelets joined together aligned in different layers but identical orientation. It has been an extreme challenge to recreate this natural biomimetic technology, due to it’s structural complexity and unique properties. However, a group of scientists surrounding head researcher André Studart, Professor of Complex Materials, have produced a new material that mimics the natural model almost exactly.

This new technology has been named magnetically assisted slip casting or MASC. The amazing thing about this advancement is that it builds upon a technique that is already a century old. To read a detailed description of the process visit phys.org.

This new technique has biomimetic dentistry written all over it. The new technique allows the creation of artificial teeth from a casted mold. Unlike dental implants used in a traditional dentistry setting, these artificial teeth behave almost exactly like your natural teeth. The surface is hard and structurally complex, and the layers beneath are softer similar to dentine in your naturally occurring teeth. This technology is still in the proof-of-concept phase, but the demonstration proves that a degree of control is able to be obtained over the microstructure of a composite material. This is a feat previously only accomplished by living organisms!

Read the source study here: dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmat4419

Contact Prescott Dentistry today to have all of your questions answered regarding all the currently used biomimetic dentistry procedures here in Prescott, AZ.

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