What’s The Difference Between A Dental Crown And Dental Cap?

Who Needs Dental Crown Treatment? Reasons To Consider Dental Caps
10 April 2017

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A dental crown is a prosthetic treatment used to restore decayed, broken or severely damaged teeth. The treatment “caps” or covers the damaged tooth and restores its normal size and shape while improving its strength and appearance. There is actually no difference between a dental crown and a dental cap, cap is simply a layman’s term for crown that has been used for years, and is still very common.

Dental crown treatment can be recommended for a number of reasons:

  • You have a broken tooth that cannot be fixed with fillings.
  • You need to seal a cracked tooth and hold the pieces together to prevent further damage.
  • You want to restore a severely damaged tooth that is not strong enough to support a large filling or a dental bridge.
  • You want to restore fractured teeth or strengthen weak teeth to keep them from fracturing.
  • You want to restore the natural look of a tooth and provide a strong chewing surface after root canal treatment.
  • You want to cover discoloured or badly shaped teeth.

What Does Dental Crown Treatment Involve?

The damaged tooth is usually filed and reduced to create an allowance for placing the crown. Your dentist will then make an impression of the tooth and gums and send them to a lab where the crown will be made. When preparing the impression and ordering the crown, your dentist will consider the colour of your teeth, their shape, bite and length, so that the restored tooth will resemble your natural tooth. If you want to improve your smile or change your cosmetic look, it is important that you discuss your needs with your dentist during the first appointment.

It may take a few days to make the crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth. On your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the permanent one. After the dental crown treatment, your teeth will not only be more attractive, but also much stronger, so you can enjoy your favourite meals.

Is a Dental Crown Right for You?

Crowns (or caps) are mostly used to restore teeth that have lost a considerable amount of their structure, such that a dental filling would not be strong enough. With proper installation and good oral hygiene practises, a dental crown should last about 8 years. The material used, such as gold, porcelain, or a combination of both, also affects the durability of the treatment.

To find out whether dental crown treatment is right for you, and to discuss other dental restoration possibilities, please contact Discovery Dental to schedule an appointment.

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