Dental Caps North Hollywood
Dental caps are restorations that cover the crowns of teeth. They are versatile and can be used in many cases, including to restore teeth that are badly damaged, misshapen or discolored, or missing. If our North Hollywood dental office recommends dental caps, here is what you need to know.
Benefits of Dental Caps
Because caps are typically made of dental porcelain, they are highly aesthetically pleasing. Porcelain can be made to match the color and contours of the natural tooth. It is also biocompatible, which means it will not irritate or damage your natural tissues. Other types of caps are also available, including metal and porcelain-fused-to-metal caps. We can help you decide the best type for your specific needs.
A cap will add an extra layer of protection and can strengthen weakened teeth, especially if they have large fillings or damaged areas. Caps will not decay, and they can restore the function of teeth while preventing further damage.
If you are a candidate for a dental cap, you may need two appointments to complete the procedure. At your first appointment, our North Hollywood dental team will examine the tooth to ensure it will support the cap. Then, the tooth will be numbed and prepared. To prepare the tooth, we shape and trim away some of the enamel so it fits inside the crown. If the tooth has suffered extensive damage, a post or filling might be needed to add strength before the cap can be placed.
Next, a dental impression will be taken. This impression will be used to make an accurate model of the tooth so that the dental lab can design your new cap. We will then place a temporary cap for protection until the cap is ready and can be securely bonded to your tooth.
Caring for your Cap
Dental caps are easy to maintain. Although they will not decay, you do need to brush and floss either side of the cap to prevent decay and gum disease from striking the tooth underneath. Be sure to schedule regular dental checkups to maintain your overall dental health.
Call our office today to learn more about dental caps or to schedule your appointment with our North Hollywood dentist.
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