Dental Caps and Crowns
Dental Caps and Crowns

Dental Caps and Crowns

Many people wonder what a dental cap or crown is and whether or not they are two separate procedures. The answer is that they are not. The two terms are used interchangeably, and a cap or crown is most often used to cover a damaged tooth or a dental implant.

Following is some general information to help you understand the procedure for dental caps and crowns.

There are Four Types of Dental Caps and Crowns

  1. Ceramic. These are popular for the front teeth as they are better at blending in with the natural color of your teeth.
  2. Porcelain. Because the porcelain is fused to metal, it makes the cap or crown stronger than just porcelain alone.
  3. Gold alloys. These are comprised of a mix of gold, copper and other metals that deliver a stronger bond with the tooth.
  4. Metal. Non-noble metals are impervious to corrosion and are used in instances when less of the healthy tooth needs to be removed.

The type of dental cap will depend on the position of the tooth that needs a cap. If you need a cap on a molar, it will need to be very sturdy since the molar does have a lot of pressure on it when you chew.

Understanding Our Cap and Crown Procedure

Your dentist will first examine the tooth to see which type of cap or crown will best fit your needs.

Then the dentist will make an impression of your mouth in order to send it to the lab where your permanent cap will be made. He or she will also place a temporary cap on your tooth or implant.

When the cap comes back, the dentist will then remove your temporary cap, make sure the fit is correct on the permanent one, and then bond it to your tooth or implant with a dental bond.

After your cap is bonded, you care for it just like a natural tooth. Brushing and flossing as usual, along with using a good mouthwash.

How We Can Help

The professional and caring staff at Brooklin Village Dental Care are ready to answer any other questions you may have about dental caps and crowns. We have emergency appointments available as well as evening and Saturday appointments to accommodate even the busiest of schedules. Make your appointment today.

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