Teeth Caps Protect the Integrity of Teeth
Like a cap on your head that protects you from sun, cold, wind and the possible embarrassment of a bad hair day, caps on teeth protect and restore weak or damaged teeth.
Also called crowns, teeth caps are great way to fix a tooth that is broken or worn, and still keep the integrity of the natural tooth. Once a tooth is removed, bone loss occurs, followed by facial collapse. Placing a cap on a tooth means that the root, and the part of the tooth that anchors it to the jaw, is retained.
Tooth caps are also cost effective and fit easily over the natural tooth.
How Caps for Teeth are Made
The process for placing caps on teeth is pretty simple:
1. The first step is an assessment, including an x-ray, to make sure that the damaged tooth can support a cap and that the area around the tooth is healthy.
2. An impression of the tooth is taken, from which the cap will be made.
3. The portion of the tooth that is weak or decayed is ground away, leaving enough of a surface so that the new tooth cap can be bonded to the surface with dental cement.
4. A temporary cap for the tooth may placed until the permanent cap is ready.
5. The permanent cap is bonded into place.
Teeth Caps Can be Made From:
- Porcelain fused to metal
They are safe enough to use for children whose baby teeth need to be capped. Caps on teeth can last forever, if taken care of properly. They need flossing and brushing, the same care that keep natural teeth healthy.
If a cap does come loose, it can usually be easily bonded back into place.
Dental Caps Serve Many Purposes
A cap for a tooth not only restores the shape and size of a tooth, but also improves the appearance and maintains the integrity of the tooth.
Caps for teeth are also used to:
- Cover Dental Implants
- Hold Dental Bridges in place
Find Out if a Tooth Cap is Right for You
Dr. Stone works closely with the technicians in our Onsite Laboratory to make sure that your smile looks so good, no one but you knows that you have a cap on your tooth.
Dr. Stone is a Prosthodondist, with over 30 years of experience. He teaches dental implant therapy to dentists in two different locations: Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic at Palm Beach College and Broward Dental Research Clinic at Broward College. He is a specialist in tooth replacement and has been placing dental implants surgically since 1991.
Why is a Dental Crown Needed? http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns
Crown (dentistry) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_(dentistry)
What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges? http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Checkups-and-Dental-Procedures/Crowns-Bridges/article/What-are-Dental-Crowns-and-Tooth-Bridges.cvsp
Dental Crowns: Preserve Damaged Teeth With a Crown http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/crowns/