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.
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.
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.
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.