Minimally Invasive Restorative Dentistry
A Biomimetic Approach
Mark I. Malterud, DDS
When providing dental treatment for a given patient, the practitioner should use a minimally invasive technique that conserves sound tooth structure as a clinical imperative. Biomimetics is a tenet that guides the author’s practice and is generally described as the mimicking of natural life. This can be accomplished in many cases using contemporary composite resins and adhesive dental procedures. Both provide clinical benefits and support the biomimetic philosophy for treatment. This video illustrates a minimally invasive approach for the restoration of carious cervical defects created by poor hygiene exacerbated by the presence of orthodontic brackets.
*Private practice, St. Paul, MN
This video discusses minimally invasive procedures for treating and restoring damaged teeth due to cavitated carious lesions. Upon viewing this video, the viewer should:
- Become familiar with a variety of treatment options that are available and their varying levels of invasiveness
- Understand the importance of conserving as much natural tooth structure as possible and how this can benefit subsequent treatments.
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