A dental cap is a type of dental restoration which completely covers a tooth. It may be necessary to place a dental cap when a tooth is damaged or decayed to the point where it cannot be repaired with a simple filling. Dental caps are usually made from porcelain or ceramic, and are custom-made to fit over the existing tooth. In some cases, a dental cap may also be used to improve the appearance of a tooth which is misshapen or discolored.
Types of Dental Caps:
There are three main types of dental caps:
1. Full Gold Crowns
These are made entirely from gold, and are usually only used on back teeth as they can be quite noticeable.
2. Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns
These have a metal core which is covered with porcelain. PFM crowns are strong and durable, and can be used on any tooth.
3. All-Porcelain Crowns
As the name suggests, these are made entirely from porcelain, and are the most natural-looking type of dental crown. All-porcelain crowns are usually only used on front teeth.
Placing a dental cap is a relatively simple procedure, and can usually be completed in just one or two visits to the dentist. First, the tooth will be prepared by removing any damaged or decayed tissue. An impression of the tooth will then be taken, which will be used to create the custom-made crown. Once the crown is ready, it will be placed over the tooth and cemented into place.
- The tooth is prepared by removing any damaged or decayed tissue.
- An impression of the tooth is taken.
- The custom-made crown is placed over the tooth and cemented into place.
If you think you may need a dental cap, or have any other questions about dental restoration, please contact our office and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.
Care for Dental Caps:
Dental caps are durable and long-lasting, but it is important to take care of them to ensure they remain in good condition. Here are some tips for caring for dental caps:
- Brushing and flossing – Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and don’t forget to floss!
- Avoiding hard and sticky foods – Hard and sticky foods can damage or dislodge dental caps, so it is best to avoid them.
- Wearing a mouthguard – If you play sports, it is important to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from injury.
- Seeing your dentist regularly – Be sure to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Dental caps are a type of dental restoration which can be used to repair or improve the appearance of damaged or decayed teeth. There are three main types of dental caps: full gold crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, and all-porcelain crowns. Placing a dental cap is a relatively simple procedure, and can usually be completed in just one or two visits to the dentist.
It is important to take care of dental caps by brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding hard and sticky foods, wearing a mouthguard if necessary, and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. If you have any questions about dental caps, or if you think you may need one, please contact our office and we will be happy to help.