If you have heard the term “cap” used in regards to dental restorations, you might be interested in learning more about this treatment option. What many people don't know is that a dental cap is the same thing as a crown, and there are many reasons that you might need one.
What Does a Dental Cap Look Like?
A dental cap is a tooth-shaped fitting that goes over the top of an existing tooth. It is used to restore a tooth to its original size, strength, and shape, and it can ultimately improve the appearance. When cemented into place, the cap will encase the visible part of the tooth that is situated above the gum line.
Dental caps can be made from many different materials. In the past, metals were used, but today porcelain and zirconia are more common. These materials are strong and tooth-colored, and they can provide a better appearance than metal. In fact, it may be hard to even tell the difference between your natural teeth and the cap.
Why Might You Need a Dental Cap?
There are several situations in which you might need a dental cap. The most common is to protect a tooth that is weakened by decay, possibly after a large filling has been put into place. A cap can protect the tooth from further breakage, and it can hold together parts of a tooth that have previously been damaged. A dental cap may also be used to cover an implant, to hold a dental bridge, or to cover up teeth that are severely discolored or misshapen.
Regular dental appointments are important to ensure your existing dental caps stay healthy. Call us today to set up your next appointment and to learn more about or dental crowns and the many different materials that we have to offer.
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