Crowns and Caps
Crowns and Caps
Whether its caps or crowns, both fall into the category of dental restoration. What are crowns exactly? They are known as synthetic caps made from porcelain that are applied to a tooth. The purpose of a dental crown is to restore the tooth back to its natural appearance. Crowns are normally applied after a patient has had a root canal. Another instance, when crowns are applied to teeth, is when a tooth is decayed and needs to be removed.
Crowns are also applied to cover implants, to prevent teeth from becoming dislocated or loose, to attach bridges and to help prevent cracked teeth from worsening. Additionally, crowns and caps are used when a tooth is stained or discolored.
In order for a crown to be accommodated by a tooth, it must be decreased in size and the following steps must be applied:
Step 1: An impression of the tooth is taken
Step 2: A cast is created of the teeth
Step 3: The impression is sent to the lab
Step 4: The crown is custom-designed to fit the patient
Step 5: The patient is given a temporary crown until the permanent crown is ready. The permanent crowns are cemented in place.
Tip: Crowns and caps are often mistakenly called veneers. Veneers are applied to small areas of the teeth.
How to Care for Crowns and Caps
When a crown is applied properly, and with proper care, it can last for a long time. Make sure you floss regularly in the area of the crown. Flossing will help eliminate food particles and plaque from accumulating around the restoration.