A crown/cap in the dental field refers to the restoration of teeth with the use of materials that are fabricated by indirect methods which are cemented in place. They are a great option to protect a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment, has a large cavity, or a tooth that already has a large filling and needs it to be replaced. Crowns completely cover the tooth and help protect it from chewing forces.
A crown can also be used to hold a bridge in place or for cosmetic purposes. Crowns can be made of plastic, stainless steel, porcelain fused to stainless steel or can be all ceramic. If there is a need to replace one or more missing teeth, a bridge is a possibility. Bridges are held in place by natural teeth or even by implants. First a crown is made for each of the teeth on either side of the open space. Bridges are made of metal, porcelain or ceramic.
Generally, the teeth to be crowned are prepared by one of our dentists and records are then given to a dental technician who will fabricate the crown or bridge. The crown or bridge is then returned to the office to be inserted at a subsequent dental appointment.
As new technology and material chemistry has evolved, the Lee Family Dentistry evolves too to provide you with the most suiting methods of restoration.