Getting a Tooth Cap

Tooth CapTooth caps are quite helpful in the push to restore broken teeth. Tooth caps are typically used to correct cracked teeth that can't retain fillings. They are also used to remedy teeth with large cavities. Some such cavities become so large that there is minimal if any tooth tissue remaining to retain the filling. A tooth cap makes it easy for the dentist to remedy badly damaged teeth that can't hold a filling.

Dental Crown Procedure

Tooth Cap Appearance

Tooth caps are shaped to look like regular teeth. The difference between normal teeth and tooth caps is the interior portion of the tooth cap contains a hollow area that slides in quite nicely over the tooth to be capped. Tooth cap material and color dictate aesthetics. Some tooth caps are made of porcelain while others are made with dental alloys or gold. Porcelain and alloy caps resemble your actual teeth. It is also possible for tooth caps to be comprised of porcelain and dental alloys. These caps look like they are made of alloys covered with porcelain.

The Tooth Cap Procedure

Tooth caps are custom designed to fit the specific tooth in question. The tooth cap can't simply be shaped onto the current tooth to fill the broken spaces as occurs with dental bonding. This procedure will require at least a couple visits. The initial visit with the dentist involves an examination of the tooth to gauge if a cap is necessary.

If it is determined a cap will help, the dentist will perform some prep work on the tooth. It might be necessary to remove a small portion of the natural tooth to allow for ample space in the mouth to accommodate the cap. Once this is complete, an impression of the tooth is made. The dentist uses dental putty to capture the tooth's shape with a detailed impression. The impression is sent to a dental lab technician who creates the tooth cap.

The dentist will place a temporary tooth cap as you wait for the permanent cap to be provided. Once the dental cap is prepared, it is time for the fitting. The dentist will take off the temporary cap and position the permanent cap with dental cement so it is held in place.

Tooth Caps Stand the Test of Time

Once your new tooth cap is affixed with dental cement, it will likely last between five and twenty years. The quality of the tooth cap as well as the materials used to make it ultimately determine its lifespan. In general, the typical tooth cap will last about a decade.

It is possible the tooth cap will loosen or fall off. Such a rare event is typically attributed to an insufficient amount of tooth tissue remaining to support the cap. It might be necessary to extract the tooth and replace it with a bridge or dental implant. However, this is the exception to the rule. Most tooth caps pose no such problems.

Call Montpelier Family Dentistry at (301) 605-1132 for more information from or to schedule an appointment in our dentist office in Laurel.

Recent Posts

Important Care Tips For A Chipped Tooth

Got a chipped tooth? Not quite sure what to do? Firstly, do not panic. When you chip, break or fracture one of your teeth there are some things you can do in order to help save it until you can get to the dentist office. While the majority of people experience some form of tooth…

Solutions For Lost Teeth

Millions of Americans have lost teeth due to a number of reasons including tooth decay, gum disease and injury. Gum disease and tooth decay may advance to the point where teeth have to be extracted or fall out. An accident or injury may damage a tooth beyond repair or knock it out. If you are…

Restorative Dentistry: How It Can Help You Gain Confidence

Restorative dentistry refers to dental procedures that are primarily done to improve the functionality and health of your smile. As a result of the restoration, the appearance of the patient's teeth is also enhanced.By addressing oral issues that their patients are dealing with, cosmetic dentists safeguard their health since oral health is closely linked to…

Visit A Restorative Dentist In Laurel For Dental Crowns

As a restorative dentist in Laurel, we have a variety of solutions that we use to restore dental damage to teeth, decay or erosion. As solutions go, dental crowns are one of the most innovative and have the broadest range of applications in the dental world. Dental crowns can give teeth a new lease on…

Recent Posts

TMJ Disorders FAQs

TMJ Disorders FAQs

Disorders of TMJ are common, and there are numerous symptoms associated with the condition. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull. There is a joint on each side of the face, located right in front of each ear. This joint allows for jaw movement, such as chewing, opening the mouth,…

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

If you have one or more missing teeth, consider a mini dental implant. For years, the only option patients had was either a bridge or dentures. While dentists still offer those, full mouth implants came on the scene several years back. Today, there is yet another remarkable solution — mini dental implants. What a difference…