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Biomimetic Dentistry

Filling a cavity and mending fractures are the least a dentist can do. At Newport Family Dental Care, our dentists go several steps further.

Using biomimetic dentistry, we aim to provide results that mimic natural tooth structure with both preventative and proactive methods.

Learn how Drs. David and Joseph Sutton can help patients throughout Newport, Morristown, and Sevierville, TN...

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What is Biomimetic Dentistry? Understanding the Basics

Biomimetic dentistry isn't a marketing buzzword: it's a dental treatment philosophy that we take to heart. Emphasizing wellness and aesthetics, this approach puts the health of a patient's smile at the forefront of every checkup and restorative visit at our Newport office.

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The Meaning of "Biomimetic"

The basics of biomimetic dentistry are there in the word "biomimetic." "Bio" refers to life, and "mimetic" refers to mimicking or imitation. A biomimetic approach to dentistry means an attempt to mimic the natural structure of a tooth using the latest materials and techniques available to us.

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Principles of Biomimetic Care

Key principles of biomimetic dentistry include an emphasis on preventative dentistry, repairing fractures as soon as they are detected, preserving as much natural dental structure as possible, improving the durability of restorations, and focusing on the long-term oral health of the patient.

Biomimetic vs. Traditional Dentistry Comparing Approaches to Dental Care

Some patients wonder how biomimetic and traditional dentistry differ. Although many dentists use biomimetic techniques at their practice, most do not fully implement the biomimetic approach to dental care. Below are some examples to illustrate the difference between normal dentistry and biomimetic dentistry.
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Proactive Preventative Dentistry

In biomimetic dentistry, we don't just do cleanings and exams: we want to stop cavities from occurring. We'll use dental sealants to protect teeth from decay. Not only is this a smart approach to preventative dentistry, it's a proactive approach to dental health in general.

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Treating Damage Immediately

Small tooth fractures are often imperceptible and may go untreated at traditional dental practices. In biomimetic dentistry, we know that minor problems now could require a root canal or extraction in the future. Our dentists treat all cavities and cracks as soon as possible.

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Mercury-Free Dentistry

Metal restorations are common, but they have numerous drawbacks. Apart from their appearance, they often contain mercury. Biomimetic dentistry relies on the use of tooth-colored dental restorations for a natural look and to prevent exposure to toxic substances.

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A Less Invasive Approach

Composite fillings and dental restorations don't just look better. Placing these tooth-colored restorations means less drilling and removal of natural tooth structure. The more enamel and dentin a patient can maintain, the better it is for their oral health in the years ahead.

Alternatives to Crowns and Root Canals

The dentists at Newport Family Dental Care in Newport, TN, are proud practitioners of biomimetic dentistry. Biomimetic dentistry focuses on treating teeth with biocompatible materials that mimic natural tooth structure and function. Biomimetic dentistry is often a less invasive and more conservative alternative to traditional dental treatments.

Meet with Skilled Dentists Using the Latest Techniques and Technologies

At Newport Family Dental Care, your health is our primary focus. In addition to biomimetic approaches to dentistry, our dentists emphasize patient education, at-home care, and building meaningful connections between our team and your family.

Dr. David Sutton has practiced dentistry in Newport for more than 40 years. He has a strong commitment to this community and patients from all over East Tennessee. Dr. Joseph Sutton believes in creating solid relationships with patients through trust and understanding. Our staff is always available to answer questions and address concerns.

To learn more about the latest approaches to dental care, contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center. You can schedule an appointment at Newport Family Dental Care by phone at:

(423) 212-9350

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Julie Strange

February 10, 2020

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I always have a great experience at Newport Family Dental. The girls as you enter to register are so friendly and helpful. I saw Dr Sutton and he was very concerned with my dental problem and solved it with great care. He always talks to me and discusses my options and step by step he lets me know what he is doing. The dental chair is very comfortable. Casey Nichols made sure I was alright and she assisted Dr Sutton very efficiently. Great experience. I highly recommend their new procedures also. The whole staff there are awesome.

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Fisher Ford

January 21, 2020

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I have been a patient at Newport Family Dental Care for 9 years. Melissa is a great hygienist, always takes such good care of me, even if it means pointing out areas that I need to work better at. No one likes to hear they are not doing great taking care of themselves, but if changing a couple things at home helps me in the long run, then pointing out my flaws is welcome. I have seen all 3 doctors over the years and would recommend all of them to anyone. I know my teeth are in great shape once they get done with me. If I ever question why they are doing something different, they are always willing to explain the WHY to me. They are not the 'cheapest' around, but I look for quality in something I expect to last for a long time and I know I have the best care around.

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The Biomimetic Dentistry Procedure What Patients Can Expect

Each biomimetic dental visit is tailored to the needs of the patient. While no two procedures are quite the same, the overarching biomimetic philosophy informs how our dentists go about treatment. This overview of a biomimetic dental procedure provides a good idea of what patients can expect.
Biomimetic dentistry isn't a marketing buzzword: it's a dental treatment philosophy that we take to heart.
Biomimetic dentistry isn't a marketing buzzword: it's a dental treatment philosophy that we take to heart.

Assessing the Problem

By performing a comprehensive exam and using the latest diagnostic tools, our dentists can identify current or potential dental health problems. Even minor issues affecting a tooth will receive our close attention.

Treating the Tooth Damage

With the damage noted, tooth-colored fillings and composite materials are used to rebuild any compromised structure. Our dentists feel that the cosmetic results are just as important as the strength of the restored tooth.

Sealing the Tooth

Placing a dental sealant prevents cavities as well as chips and cracks. It also helps reduce the chances of harmful bacteria damaging a tooth down the road. Sealants can be placed even if a patient has no need for a filling.

Regular Dental Visits

Regular cleanings and checkups are essential preventative care. Whenever you see our dentists, they'll go over your dental health concerns and offer advice on what you can do to avoid tooth decay and root canal infections.

We Care About Our Patients and Are Committed to Their Health


Beverly Messer

September 22, 2019

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This place is awesome! They make you feel so welcome. I am terrified of the dentist but not here you are at complete ease! Thank you so much!!

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Lynn St Laurent

February 25, 2020

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I am terrified of the dentist. I'm just starting out my relationship with these guys but so far they have made me feel secure and seem to be committed to making sure I am as comfortable as possible.

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Newport Family Dental Care

Newport Family Dental Care

The experienced dental team at Newport Family Dental Care provides a wide range of treatments. Our dentists are affiliated with a number of highly respected professional associations, including:

  • Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry
  • American Academy for Oral Systemic Health
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

We invite you to schedule an appointment at our Newport, TN, dental office, by contacting us online or calling (423) 623-1307

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