How do you find the right dentist for you? I get asked that question all the time. The problem is that finding the right dentist can feel overwhelming with so many different techniques and
Innovations. It can be highly stressful and confusing to find a dentist that doesn’t just look at you as a number and who doesn’t have a drill and fill mentality of root canals and crowns which unfortunately is all many dentists know and are trained to do. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be challenging if you know the right questions to ask. I’d like to give a few tips to help you find a great dentist. First and foremost, you really need to understand a new form of Dentistry that has emerged in the past decade – Biomimetic Dentistry – which is tooth conserving dentistry. In a nutshell this allows the dentist to maintain the greatest amount of your natural tooth structure possible with new materials and technologies. This then allows you to avoid root canals, crowns, bridges and eventual extractions. But how do you know if the dentist is well versed in biomimetics? Tip number one – Are they up on the latest techniques and technologies? It’s important to do your research before you book an appointment. Make sure the dentist is trained in biomimetic protocols and performs advanced adhesive restorative techniques using those protocols. Use a website like ‘ find a biomimetic dentist.com’ or the Academy of biomimetic dentistry’s database to identify top trained biomimetic dentists in your area. Tip number two – Are they just concerned about your teeth or your overall health? Most dentists treat your current oil issue as quickly and economically as possible, without really finding out about your long-term health goals. It’s important to find a dentist who sees the bigger picture. Your oral concern is just one piece of the puzzle. Tip number three – Do they have a great reputation? Today it’s not just about online reviews, but also about real-life connections. Yes, you should make sure to read at least six to ten online reviews, but getting a word-of-mouth referral from a happy patient is equally important, to make sure you feel comfortable before choosing a dentist. Choose a dentist that not only has a solid online reputation, but one that is certified in biomimetic dentistry. Our expertise is in biomimetic dentistry, and we focus on helping patients in Blount County. For those that want to learn more, they can simply go to www.proffittdentistry.com where they can learn all about our biomimetic perspective, and the many services we offer, or they can call us at 865-9822421. It’s time you experience biomimetic dentistry – the future of dentistry today!
For centuries people experienced pain and suffering when it came to oral hygiene and dental procedures, and dental methods still used today are based on principles and innovations that are over a hundred years old. Now however you have a choice. A chance to use groundbreaking procedures with cutting-edge technology to minimize your pain, create a superior quality product, and keep more of your healthy tooth structure than ever before. It’s called Biomimetic Dentistry.
Biomimetic dentistry is a new form of dentistry that’s both kinder and gentler to our patients and their teeth. The concept is we want to return a tooth to its original condition. You don’t want to make a tooth too strong, and you don’t want to make a tooth too weak I’ve chosen to do biomimetic dentistry because I feel it’s the right thing to do, and it’s the wave of the future.
So why was biomimetic dentistry developed?
Biomedic dentistry evolved because traditional dentistry with fillings and crowns and root canals would all have to be redone many times. Fillings would fail, crowns would fail, root canals would fail, traditional fillings and crowns of allow leakage and infection that would kill the nerves of the teeth. Old-style dentistry has used crowns that are much too hard that actually damaged the opposing teeth. Dr. Alleman and Dr. Pascal Magne worked tirelessly for over a decade researching, developing, and perfecting the techniques that would eventually become biomimetic dentistry. Biomimetic dentistry is a way of thinking, that is completely different from the traditional way of thinking. It means also a deep love for intact tooth structure. It’s about prepping less, being more selective in what we remove from the teeth. The dream is that only the disease issue needs to be removed and the entire amount of healthy tissue be maintained. Biometric dentistry is an advanced form of adhesive dentistry which allows the tooth to be conserved. We’re able to preserve tooth structure and the vitality of the tooth. This reduces the need for root canal treatment and also reduces the need for teeth to be cut down for crowns and other fillings of traditional dentistry. Adhesive dentistry is a better process of bonding materials to the damaged or decayed tooth structure. With traditional dentistry first your tooth is drilled a way to get rid of the decay. Then it’s filled. The traditional white fillings can shrink allowing for decay, and metal fillings can expand causing cracks, more pain, more money more time, and less and less tooth, as you go from a crown, to a root canal, to a bridge, to dentures. Now after painful procedures that have cost thousands your tooth is gone. With biomimetic dentistry, your dentist will examine x-rays and create a plan for your tooth, but instead of extensively drilling, your dentist will use a combination of advanced technologies to
gently clean away bacteria and leave as much of your natural tooth as possible. With pinpoint precision, dyes or lasers are used to identify the decay without harming than other parts of the tool. Once the decay is removed the tooth is sealed off from bacteria with super strong bonding materials that easily handle day to day use. These advanced materials actually mimic the biological structure of your tooth. They look, feel, move, and flex like a natural tooth, keep more of your money, more of your tooth, and more of your time for years to come. There’s a tremendous amount of research coming out now that is proving how valuable biomimetic dentistry can be for our patients. Your dental health is a number one predictor of overall good health. However, traditional dental practices of drilling teeth and filling them with toxic materials can actually do more harm than good when it comes to treating dental hygiene issues. Biomimetic dentistry is a form of dental care that actually mimics the natural composition of the teeth, restoring health with materials that are as close to the actual structure of the teeth as possible. This kind of treatment isn’t just gentler on the teeth, it also offers a number of additional benefits to patients. Some of them are less pain, less drilling, easier maintenance, better protection of healthy teeth, and maintaining natural tooth structure. Biomimetic dentistry is not a choice in my opinion. It is the right thing to do, because it is more conservative, because it is cheaper, and more accessible than complicated prosthodontics works, that are more traditional. From the diagnosis, the treatment, it’s the most conservative way to treat a tooth, so that you’ll be able to prevent root canals and retreatments.
And what has the response been from patients who have received biomimetic treatments so far? My patients love biomimetic dentistry. There’s less drilling, less discomfort, it’s less invasive, it’s more conservative, and they appreciate teeth looking like teeth. The patient has teeth, then biomimetic diagnosis and treatment is by far the best way to treat dental decay, fracture and dental disease. Unless you are toothless, biomimetic dentistry is for everybody. Keep more of your money, more of your teeth, and more of your time for years to come. Biomimetic dentistry the future of dentistry today!
Dentist office in Maryville, TN: Your destination for quality preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care
We are fortunate to have one of the most stunning natural wonders in our backyard. The Great Smoky Mountains are, far and away, the most-visited national park. And, just as our neck of the foothills is a tourist destination, we at Proffitt Dentistry are privileged to be your destination for quality preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care in Maryville, TN. Dentist Dr. William F. Proffitt, Jr. has more than 35 years’ experience preventing, managing, and resolving oral conditions.
Along with his skilled team at Proffitt Dentistry, he has proactively addressed most dental conditions, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer in a gentle, precise, and conservative way. Each patient’s case is unique and should be evaluated and treated in a manner that reflects the patient’s desire for good health. Dr. Proffitt encourages his patients to choose good health, good function and good esthetics for a lifetime.
One approach to restorative dentistry is the technique of Biomimetic dentistry. “Bio” refers to “life,” while “mimetic” translates to “to imitate” or “to mimic.” Dr. Proffitt has spent the last five years learning and becoming proficient in treating decay or disease in a way that best replicates the natural structure of living tissues such as tooth enamel. Such conservative or biomimetic dentistry emphasizes the preservation of healthy, natural tissues using biocompatible (tissue-friendly) dental materials. Even with considerable advancements in dental materials and technologies, there is still no artificial tooth or tissue material that is superior in form and function to natural, healthy tissues. This technique allows you to keep more of your natural enamel.
By its nature, Biomimetic dentistry is also less invasive and, in turn, less traumatic than more aggressive, conventional approaches to removing dental decay and rebuilding a tooth. Minimally invasive techniques are also generally well tolerated by patients; they are associated with comfortable treatment, low risks of adverse side effects and complications, supporting overall patient satisfaction, and lasting oral health. Just a few of the ways that we conservatively protect health, promptly treat problems, and support functional, stunning smiles are listed below:
- Tooth-colored fillings made from tissue-compatible, lifelike composite resin
- Inlays and onlays as alternatives to full-coverage crowns
- “Gold standard” dental implants to replace a single missing tooth, or a mouthful of teeth
- Precision-fit partials and complete dentures
- “Prep-less” porcelain veneers
- Cosmetic Clear Aligners/braces
Additionally, advanced technologies such as DIAGNOdent™ laser cavity detection promote early detection and prompt treatment of the leading causes of tooth loss: decay and gum disease. Laser and digital diagnostic and treatment tools are also gentle and minimize trauma to the treatment site. So, post-treatment side effects such as bleeding and discomfort are also minimized, and fast healing is supported.
All restorative procedures are as cosmetic as they are functional; however, Proffitt Dentistry also offers treatments that are primarily designed with smile aesthetics in mind. These cosmetic treatments include professional teeth whitening (bleaching). To experience the Proffitt approach for yourself, contact us to schedule your appointment at our Maryville office.
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Our Maryville Office
811, High St, Maryville, TN 37804
Proffitt Dentistry provides dental restorative, hygiene services, and preventive dental treatments to the Maryville, TN area.
Our Clinic Won’t Be Open During:
- The week in March for school systems.
- The fall break for County school system in October.