Dr. Joseph Fusco proudly incorporates biomimetic dentistry into his Long Island, New York, dental practice. This method mimics the body’s natural processes, allowing him to restore your teeth to their full strength. At the same time, Dr. Fusco is able to preserve as much of your dental tissue as possible. In this way, he can minimize discomfort and improve your overall oral health. Thanks to biomimetic dentistry, you will have a much lower risk for future dental problems, such as cracked teeth and damaged restorations. Furthermore, you are less likely to need additional restorative treatment. Finally, biomimetic dentistry can enhance your appearance. Your custom-made restorations will blend beautifully with your smile. Because of these many benefits, Dr. Fusco uses biomimetic techniques to perform virtually all restorative procedures.
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What Is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Biomimetic techniques are designed to mirror normal biological processes. The goal is to maintain long-term dental health by protecting and conserving the natural tooth structure. Biomimetic dentistry relies on conservative, or less invasive techniques, to provide patients with safer and more efficient dental solutions. Dr. Fusco firmly believes in the benefits of biomimetic dentistry. Therefore, he has taken extensive training in these advanced techniques to provide his patients with the highest level of care.
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A Different Approach to Restorative Care
This is accomplished by approaching each treatment with the future in mind and the potential issues that can arise. Dr. Fusco can then take preemptive measures to help prevent any further damage to your tooth. Additionally, during restorative treatment, Dr. Fusco will remove the smallest amount of dental tissue possible, rendering the remaining portions of your teeth stronger and less susceptible to future damage. Then he can attach a restoration that is a remarkable match to your smile. In this way, Dr. Fusco can often eliminate the need for root canal therapy, extraction, and other complex procedures.
Biomimetic Dentistry Explained
Learn the basics of biomimetic dentistry and how it benefits our patients.
The Downfalls of Traditional Dentistry
Traditional dental methods can seriously weaken your teeth. Many of these techniques fail to take advantage of developments in materials and technology. For example, to treat even a simple cavity, a dentist would need to significantly reshape your tooth. To place a traditional dental crown, your dentist would typically need to remove the decayed tissue as well as up to 75 percent of your healthy tooth structure. Only by eliminating this much tissue would your dentist be able to make room for your restoration.
During treatment, Dr. Fusco will remove the smallest amount of dental tissue possible, rendering the remaining portions of your teeth stronger and less susceptible to future damage.
Then he or she would place a metal filling. Because this material is nothing like biological tissue, it will stress your tooth. Over time, temperature fluctuations, resulting expansion, and strain could cause your tooth to crack. Often, you could require extensive restorative treatment in the future. In many cases, you could even require tooth extraction.
In many cases, harsh tools such as dental drills are used which can have long-term repercussions, causing damage to surrounding tissues, weakening the tooth, or leaving you susceptible to future health issues. In contrast, biomimetic dentistry will preserve much more of the naturally strong dental tissue using less invasive techniques.
The Advantages of Biomimetic Dentistry
Dr. Fusco always strives to serve the best interests of his patients. Practicing biomimetic dentistry offers several advantages including:
More Efficient, Comfortable Dental Care
Biomimetic dentistry is more conservative by nature which leads to more efficient procedures. This can also lead to less discomfort than other methods. Many procedures are performed without dental drills and other more invasive tools. Avoiding these tools whenever possible can reduce much of the anxiety that is often associated with dental treatment.
Use of Modern Materials
All restorations we provide will be crafted from modern materials rather than traditional metal. We generally use:
These materials are designed to match the appearance of your teeth precisely. We also work with partners who uphold our high standards, including an artisan lab in Turin, Italy, which creates our porcelain veneers and dental crowns. Your prosthetics will be designed using the finest materials and detail-oriented techniques for realistic results that blend with the rest of your smile.
Stronger, Long-Lasting Results
Using advanced materials and adhesive techniques can provide greater reliability when repairing your tooth. Innovative biomimetic methods can increase bond strength by an astonishing 400 percent. Therefore, your restorations can last much longer, and they can more effectively restore your oral function. Restorations will mimic the look of your tooth as well as its strength and function. Thus, it could last for years or even decades, and it will not alter the appearance of your smile.
A biomimetic approach to restorative dentistry can also reduce much of the sensitivity typically experienced after a crown or filling is placed. In addition to removing less of the tooth structure, Dr. Fusco will use expert-level precision to properly seal the tooth.
Minimizing Long-Term Expenses
As the severity of a condition increases, so does the price of dental treatment. By reducing the need for restorative dental care in the future, biomimetic dentistry can often save you money in the long run. Additionally, we accept financing through CareCredit® which can help manage any out-of-pocket expenses you do incur.
An Expert in Biomimetic Dentistry
As a practitioner of biomimetic dentistry, Dr. Fusco invested in refining his craft to improve the services he provides to his patients. Notable accomplishments that set him apart include:
- A personal commitment to pursue learning opportunities with over 1,000 hours of continuing education
- Membership with the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, among many other organizations, which allows him to remain abreast of the latest developments within the specialty
- Winner of The Block Drug Company Award, "Ascorbic Acid and its Relationship to Connective Tissue" in 1985
For decades, Dr. Fusco has made special efforts to elevate his skills and knowledge.
Creating a Better Dental Experience
The more pleasant nature of biomimetic dentistry, combined with the expertise of Dr. Fusco, allows him to improve the overall dental experience for his patients. Valuing patient relationships and satisfaction, he takes the time to get to know you on a personal level and tailors every procedure to your goals and needs.
Dr. Fusco also believes in hands-on treatment, providing all of your dental care himself. His dedication to precision and exceptional results that emphasize natural function and aesthetics can help you achieve a smile you can feel proud of.
Learn More about Biomimetic Dentistry
If you have questions or concerns about biomimetic dentistry techniques or you think that these methods could benefit you, call our office at (516) 766-6767 or contact us online today to learn more. Dr. Fusco and his staff look forward to meeting with you.