Caps (Crowns) FAQ’s
What is a crown?
A crown, or cap, is a piece of metal, plastic, ceramic, or porcelain that covers a damaged tooth. It’s designed in the shape of the original tooth and can enhance its strength and appearance. The crown goes over the original tooth and is bonded into place, so the tooth is completely covered, from the gum line up.
Do I need a crown?
Your dentist at BENE Dental may recommend a crown in a variety of situations. A crown can cover a strangely-shaped or dark tooth, or a dental implant.
Crowns are more than cosmetic solutions. They can cover and protect a weak or cracked natural tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that are at risk of breaking or that have weakened as a result of large fillings.
Dental caps can restore your smile’s beauty. They can also be a reliable solution for teeth that need strengthening as a result of severe decay, cracks, fractures, or fillings.
Which kind of crown is right for my teeth?
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including:
- Stainless steel
- Gold or another alloy
- Porcelain fused to metal
The material used depends on a range of factors. For example, stainless steel is often used to make temporary caps. Prefabricated stainless steel crowns are a frequent choice for children who have decayed baby teeth and need crowns.
Metal crowns are durable and able to endure the force of chewing and eating, but because of their noticeable color, they’re usually reserved for use in the back of the mouth.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns have a more natural appearance than metal crowns, but they do come with some downsides. For example, the metal portion of the caps might be visible as a dark line close to the gums, and the opposing teeth might endure more wear than with other types of crowns.
All-resin crowns are generally a less expensive option, but are also more prone to cracking, whereas all-ceramic crowns are the best option for people who have metal allergies.
What’s involved with a dental crown procedure?
A dental crown procedure typically involves two visits to the dentist, at a minimum. At the first appointment, you’ll have X-rays taken so that your dental professional at BENE Dental can evaluate the condition of the tooth in question.
Next, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and its surrounding tissue. The tooth will be filed down or built up so that the cap will fit properly and securely. After that, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth, which a lab will use to manufacture the crown. Your dentist will cover your tooth with a temporary cap until the permanent custom crown is finished.
Getting a dental crown can be a simple, easy process. To discuss your crown options, contact the experienced team at BENE Dental or make an appointment online.