Crowns or Caps – Know the Basics

Crowns or Caps – Know the Basics

Whether they are called crowns or caps, the concept is the same in that a crown is simply a prosthetic type of treatment that helps to improve a patient’s functionality and outward visual appearance when it comes to damaged teeth or ones that are diseased [1]. Teeth that have become badly decayed or broken are best served by some type of replacement technology such as a crown or cap. Best of all, today’s modern crowns are designed to look exactly like a patient’s natural teeth. A crown requires that your dental care provider first shave down the tooth in question. Once this has been accomplished and an impression of the original natural tooth has been taken, all the required details are then sent to a lab [2].

Dental Crowns

A crown is then made in the lab that will eventually be placed permanently on the patient’s existing natural tooth. In the interim while the lab is producing the permanent crown, the dentist will likely send you home with a temporary crown until the permanent crown can be placed. Today’s modern advanced dental technology is highly effective at producing a perfect match when placing a crown. For those who have ever wondered about the difference between a crown and a cap, now it is easy to understand. They are in essence the same thing. The most important aspect of this type of technology is that it helps to protect an existing natural tooth that has experienced some type of trauma, disease or injury [3]. Contact your dentist in Walnut Creek, Dr. Darvishzadeh at Walnut Creek Dental today to learn more.

References:
[1] What Are The Different Types of Dental Crowns?
[2] Dental Crowns Variations Worth Considering
[3] Understanding Dental Crowns and Tooth Decay