Biodentine has become increasingly popular over the past decade. According to the product’s brochure, “Biodentine® has mechanical properties similar to the sound dentin and can replace it both in the crown and in the root, without any preliminary conditioning of mineral tissues.”
Linda Golden, DDS, and her team at Golden Dental Wellness are embracing this biocompatible technology for its ability to make tooth restoration simpler, faster and more effective.
But first, what is dentin?
Let’s back up for a moment. What exactly is dentin? Dentin is the layer of the tooth just under the enamel. It is a hard, bony tissue that makes up the bulk of the tooth. Dentin contains fewer minerals and is denser than enamel—and as a result, less breakable. Dentin has two primary jobs: 1. Support tooth enamel, the hard yet vulnerable outer layer of your tooth. And 2. Send impulses (messages) from the enamel to the dental pulp.
Biodentine is a huge plus when it comes to holistic dentistry. It contains high-purity, monomer-free mineral ingredients that are highly biocompatible. This material creates a tight seal on the dentin surface, which not only preserves pulp vitality but reduces the risk of sensitivity and pain after the procedure.
But what does this really mean for the patient? It means that biodentine provides:
- Quicker procedure
- Faster healing time
- Less to no pain and sensitivity
- Higher compatibility with the body
- Longer-lasting results
- Alternative to root canal
Biodentine is an active biosilicate material that has many clinical applications in both the crown and root of the tooth. Here are some primary restorative uses of the material:
- Permanent dentin restoration
- Temporary dentin-enamel restoration
- Repair of root perforations
- Retrograde filling
Biodentine also has therapeutic applications in pediatric dentistry:
- Pulp therapy
- Bulk fill procedures
- Pulp capping
- Cavity treatment
- Crown fractures
According to Dr. Golden, “At the office, we use Biodentine primarily to avoid the need for root canal. We are finding from various dental studies that this procedure can be very dangerous. I do anything and everything possible to avoid root canals for my patients, myself and my family, and I feel my patients are a part of that last category.” People can learn more about the health risks of root canals in the Netflix documentary The Root Cause, as well in the book The Hidden Agenda, by Thomas E. Levy, M.D., J.D.
Golden Dental Wellness Center is located at 444 Community Dr., Ste. 204, Manhasset. For more information, call 516-627-8400 or visit GoldenSmile.com.