Crowns and Caps
If you have a tooth that is badly chipped, discolored, or decayed, dental crowns and caps are a way to restore its structure. A dental crown or cap can be placed by the dentist in about two office visits. Once the crown or cap is in place, you will be able to return to eating your usual foods. There are many benefits to choosing crowns or caps to restore your teeth.
Types of Crowns and Caps
There are four types of dental crowns and caps. Each type is custom-made for you by your dentist. The process begins with the dentist shaping your tooth and taking impressions of it with a resin putty. The dental lab uses the impressions to make your crown. Ceramic crowns are tooth-colored and used for front teeth. Porcelain fused to metal offers strength and a natural look. Gold and metal alloys offer a lot of strength for your molars.
When Is a Crown or Cap Needed?
A crown or cap is used to protect a tooth that has been weakened by decay. It can also be used to hold a cracked tooth together. You may need a dental crown or cap to restore a tooth that has been severely worn down through chewing or grinding. If your tooth has a large filling and little enamel left, a crown or cap helps to hold its structure together. Crowns and caps are also used to hold dental bridges in place. You might also choose a crown or cap to cover a cosmetic issue with a tooth, such as stains that cannot be corrected through bleaching.
Call the office of Joshua Ignatowicz, DMD, today to learn more about restoring your teeth with crowns and caps.