Many patients come in with teeth that are no longer structurally sound. This may be due to grinding, chipping, cracking, faulty fillings or tooth decay. If left unchecked, these problems can become an even larger threat to the life of the tooth. Dental caps/crowns is a procedure performed by our doctor for patients in our region to restore their beautiful smile.
By covering the visible surface of the treated tooth, dental caps/crowns add strength and durability while enhancing the tooth's appearance.
Your caps/crowns consultation
During your initial consultation, we will discuss your particular condition, your expectations, and the probable outcome of your treatment. You may be shown several before and after treatment photographs of patients having similar conditions, and you will receive an explanation of your treatment. Before and after photos may be taken of the area to be treated to document your results.
Are there different types of caps/crowns?
There are three basic types of caps/crowns. Metal caps/crowns have been around for years. They can provide a superior fit and are more resistant to chipping. They are preferred for rear teeth or molars. Combination porcelain on metal caps/crowns are another popular choice for molars. The most popular caps/crowns are made from porcelain because of their more natural appearance. They also meet the needs of metal sensitive patients.
How are caps/crowns attached to my teeth?
Caps/crowns are a two-visit procedure. Each visit lasts from 1 - 1 1/2 hours. During your initial visit, a mold will be made of your teeth to be capped or crowned. This mold will be used to create your custom cap/crown. If you are choosing a porcelain or resin cap/crown, be sure to discuss your color preference with our dentist at this time.
Most patients leave the office with a temporary cap/crown. This will protect your tooth, maintain occlusion and gingival contours while giving the lab time to make your permanent cap/crown.
Who are the best candidates for caps/crowns?
The best candidates for caps/crowns are patients that grind their teeth, have an uneven bite, have cracked or broken teeth or teeth that have decayed. Our doctor performs the cap/crown procedure to correct these irregularities and restore a more comfortable bite and a more pleasing smile.
Will my new cap/crown require any special care?
Make sure you brush well and that you floss below the gum line once your crown is in place. Your new crown protects your remaining tooth from further decay. But, you must protect the base of the crown from future bacterial growth and gum disease.
Brushing and flossing on a regular basis are essential to the health of your natural teeth and keep your cap/crown in place for years to come!
How will I feel after my caps/crowns are added?
Following preparation for your cap/crown procedure you may experience some minor sensitivity. This will go away in a short time.
After patients have their permanent cap/crown in place, many say they have a more confident smile.