The intact natural tooth has the perfect combination of properties via dentin, enamel, and the DEJ. The properties of these individual layers combine to result in superior performance as a multi-laminar structure. An understanding of the structure, function, and resulting biomechanics of natural teeth allows for maximum success in restorative dentistry.
Restorative procedures with the biomimetic approach replicate the properties of natural teeth with conservative restorations that preserve intact tooth structure and pulp vitality. Traditional approaches (amalgam fillings, metal-ceramic crowns, metallic inlay/onlay restorations) do not even remotely restore the natural tooth properties or performance. As a result, these restorations have complications and failures that result in more aggressive and more invasive treatments over time, leading to loss of teeth. This lecture will review the major concepts and paradigm of the Biomimetic Approach.
Dr. Matt Nejad is an expert biomimetic and esthetic dentist practicing in Beverly Hills, CA. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, the highest level of accreditation possible, and serves as a Scientific Advisor to mentor and train dentists. He provides education and training in Biomimetic Dentistry through the Nejad Institute for Biomimetic Dentistry.
Dr. Nejad received his DDS degree from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry (University of Southern California School of Dentistry) in 2010. As a student, Dr. Nejad was mentored in a selective program run by Dr. Pascal Magne, known globally as the leading authority in esthetic dentistry and credited as the “father” of biomimetic dentistry. He finished top of this mentoring program in both the didactic testing and clinical case experience. By graduation, he completed a record amount of prosthodontic and cosmetic cases, earning a truly unique training experience.
After graduating, Dr. Nejad started his own practice immediately so that he could provide Biomimetic and Esthetic dentistry exactly the way he envisioned. He also continued developing his training and expertise in Biomimetic Dentistry and started providing training courses with Dr. David Alleman. He was the youngest dentist to become a member of the USC faculty, teaching alongside his mentor Dr. Magne since 2010.
Today, Dr. Nejad is considered one of the top opinion leaders in the dental industry. He is committed to the research and scientific development of adhesive and biomimetic dentistry. He consults with top companies, helping develop innovative dental materials and new products. Dr. Nejad continues to lecture nationally and internationally, is a key opinion leader for multiple companies, and is a member of the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products (SCDP).
His areas of research and interest are adhesion, polymerization stress, residual stress, biomechanics, occlusion, and esthetics.