Often old age means tooth decay, discolouration of the tooth, chipped, fractured or broken teeth. There was a time that the only way to resolve an issue with a damaged tooth is to extract it. However, with medical advancement, dentists can help you keep your original tooth with functional restoration treatments.
What Is Functional Restoration?
Functional restoration treatment of a tooth is a way to restore a damaged tooth to its function, integrity and morphology that is due to cavity, old age decay or any external trauma. Functional restoration can involve several procedures depending on the kind of tooth loss or decay a patient is suffering from.
Who Requires Functional Restoration?
Functional restoration procedure can be recommended to patients with any of the following conditions:
- Teeth damaged due to cavity and caries
- Teeth worn out due to attrition
- The fillings are old, has worn out or have changed colour
- Darkened teeth
- A gap has appeared between teeth
- Dental injury
- Decay due to ageing
Types of Functional Restoration
There are primarily two categories in functional restoration, they are direct restorations and indirect restorations. In direct restoration the malleable, soft filling is put inside the prepared tooth to build it up. After the filling is placed, a time is given for it to set hard and restore the tooth. Dentists use this process as it can be done at a single session. Indirect restoration requires dental impression for the fabrication. Indirect restoration treatments are needed for the following:
The Process of Functional Restoration
The process of restoration of a tooth/teeth to its functional capacity requires few stages.
- The dentist does an in-depth analysis of the condition of the tooth and its surrounding space.
- A detailed study of the gum and the jaws are done
- The tooth that will undergo the functional restoration is prepared for placement of restorative material
- Shape and size of the tooth/teeth is determined
- Placement of the material on the tooth/teeth
In case permanent restoration cannot be performed, then temporary restoration is provided before putting the full functional restoration.
Part of the procedure also involves selecting the material for the restoration, which can range from:
To know more about functional restoration, book an appointment with Chats Dental. We will guide you through every process and give you a smile that you always had.