Dental Crowns and Caps

In the world of dental restoration, the terms crowns and caps are interchangeable.

Crowns are synthetic dental caps, usually made of materials like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.

Dental crowns are used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns can be used to restore the shape and bite the original tooth offered.

Crowns can be used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or when an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns can also serve an aesthetic use, and can be applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.

Dental Crown or Cap Placement Procedure

A tooth is usually filed down to accommodate the space the new crown will take. An impression is taken and a cast is made of the existing teeth. The impression is sent to a special dental lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied to the tooth until the permanent crown is ready to help prevent further damage or unnecessary sensitivity. Once the permanent crown is completed and fitted, it will be permanently cemented in place.

Caring For Your Crowns

With proper care, a good quality crown will last many years. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration. Routine oral care is the foundation of success to a healthy, beautiful smile.

If you think a crown might be the right fix for your tooth, contact us to schedule an appointment today!