Tooth Crowns- Tooth caps
When a tooth is damaged by decay, it is important to protect and preserve the remaining part of the tooth. This is where tooth crowns, or caps, come in. Dental crowns may be made of several different materials, but they all serve the same purpose – to act as a protective sheath over the remaining part of the tooth.
If your dentist decides a dental crown is the best treatment for your situation, the first step will be to get a mold of your teeth. In this way, the dentist can build the dental crowns to the shape of your teeth to ensure that they fit properly and will sufficiently protect the affected teeth. At this same visit, the dentist will provide a temporary crown for your tooth or teeth, to be used until the permanent crown is ready. The permanent crown will then be affixed using permanent dental cement.
Teeth crowns can be made of different substances, including porcelain, gold, or a combination of porcelain and metal. Solid porcelain crowns are beneficial because they provide a natural look, and require no metal core and therefore take up little space in the mouth. However, they may be less durable than other types of crowns, and may not be sufficient for areas of the mouth which involve a lot of biting and chewing. Gold crowns do not provide a natural look, but they do provide durability. People who grind their teeth, or who need crowns placed in areas of the mouth which involve heavy chewing, may choose to use a gold crown because it is very durable and will not damage the opposing teeth during chewing. Gold crowns can also be prepared very quickly. Crowns which combine both porcelain and metal can provide both durability and a natural appearance, as the metal provides a strong core upon which the porcelain outer layer is affixed. However, these crowns require careful preparation of the affected tooth to accommodate the bulkiness of this type of crown. Also, if the gums recede over time, the gold core of the crown may be exposed; however, some dentists can prepare these crowns so as to avoid this problem.
Tooth crowns are an effective way of protecting a damaged tooth and preventing further decay. When properly constructed and installed, they can provide a very natural, scarcely noticeable protective layer that will greatly enhance the life of your tooth.