Dental Wear & Erosion
If you suffer from dental wear or erosion with thinned out enamel surfaces that are cold sensitive and unattractive, restoring the original volume of your tooth with porcelain as an enamel substitute may be an excellent solution for your dental problems. Studies have found that the tooth recovers much of its original structural, optical, and biomechanical properties when the thinned out enamel that is lost from wear and erosion is replaced with bonded porcelain.
Biomimetics is the study of the structure and function of biological systems as models for the design and engineering of materials. Following the principles of biomimetics and applying them to dentistry we can strive to restore or mimic the biomechanical, structural, and esthetic integrity of the tooth.
When your treatment of choice is a conservative esthetic rehabilitation with porcelain veneers it is paramount to be respectful of the existing tooth structure, especially the dental enamel. The use of porcelain as an enamel substitute is an excellent application of the biomimetic principle due to the similar elastic modulus, thermal expansion, and optical properties of the two structures.