Dental Caps Northridge
Dental caps are restorations that are made to cover the crown of the tooth. They are permanently cemented to the tooth and become the new outer surface. This is different than a filling, which replaces just part of the tooth. A cap is made to look and function just like your natural tooth, and it can be cleaned in the same way. Our Northridge dentist can help you decide if a cap is right for you.
You may need a dental cap if you have:
• A badly damaged tooth that needs to be repaired or strengthened
• A severely decayed tooth with a large filling that needs extra support
• An unsightly tooth that cannot be improved with more conservative cosmetic methods
• A tooth that has had root canal therapy
Dental caps can also be called tooth caps or dental crowns.
Our Northridge dental office typically uses porcelain for dental caps. Porcelain offers the most aesthetically pleasing results because it has a luminous appearance that closely resembles that of natural dental enamel. This material can be made in shades that match your own teeth. Porcelain is also strong, durable, and stain-resistant. Other materials can also be used to make tooth caps, including dental alloy, gold, and porcelain-fused-to-metal.
The process for getting a cap usually requires two dental visits. At the first appointment, your tooth will be prepared. Some of the enamel will be trimmed and contoured to make room for the cap. This is done under local anesthesia for your comfort. Any decayed tissue is removed at this time. If the tooth is badly damaged, a post may be placed to add strength and better support the tooth. We will take dental impressions so that we can design a cap that fits your tooth perfectly, and the model of your tooth will be sent to the dental lab that will make the restoration. We will use a temporary crown to protect your tooth as you wait for the final cap. At the second appointment, the cap will be bonded to the tooth.
Call our cosmetic dentist in Northridge to learn more about how dental caps can be used to restore your smile or to schedule an appointment with our team.
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