What is a crown or cap?

Crown is a restoration that completely encircles the whole tooth structure or an implant.

The crown covers the tooth above and below the gum line. Majority of the time the treatment is suggested when restoring the tooth with a filling is not possible.

Restoration of a tooth with a crown requires two phases: 1) preparation of the tooth, an impression sent to the lab, construction and temporary cementation of a temporary crown; and later, 2) removal of the temporary crown, adjustment, and cementation of the permanent crown after esthetics and function have been verified and accepted.istock_000020006674xsmall-dentalcrown

Once a temporary crown has been placed, it is essential to return to have the permanent crown placed as the temporary crown is not intended to function as well as the permanent crown. Failing to replace the temporary crown with the permanent crown could lead to decay, gum disease, infections, problems with your bite, and loss of the tooth.

Benefits of crowns

Crown is typically used to strengthen a tooth damaged by decay, fracture, or previous restorations. It can also serve to protect a tooth that has had root canal treatment and improve the way you’re other teeth fit together. Crowns are used for the purpose of improving the appearance of damaged, discolored, misshapen, misaligned, or poorly spaced teeth.

Risks of crowns

Preparing a damaged tooth for a crown may further irritate the nerve tissue (called the pulp) in the center of the tooth, leaving my tooth feeling sensitive to heat, cold, or pressure. Such sensitive teeth may require additional treatment understand that the edge of a crown is usually near the gum line, which is in an area prone to gum irritation. Proper brushing and flossing at home, a healthy diet, and regular professional cleanings are some preventative measures essential to helping control these problems.