Dental Crowns (Caps)
As far as a dental restoration goes, crowns and caps are used synonymously.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an esthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
The reinforced resin or bonded all-porcelain type of crown has the nicest appearance. This crown can be made from pure ceramic or a reinforced composite resin. It is almost indistinguishable from natural teeth. The bonding technology involved provides an exceptional bond your tooth. It is metal-free, and thus satisfies the needs of patients with metal sensitivities.
Gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth can be treated with wonderful results using porcelain veneers. Veneers are natural in appearance and are a great alternative for patients who want to make adjustments to their smile. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of porcelain designed to cover the front side of your teeth.