A crown, often called a cap, is an artificial cover that restores a decayed or damaged tooth to its normal shape and size. It is useful for protecting the structure of a tooth that is cracked or broken. A crown can also be used to change the shape of a tooth, to correct a bite or cosmetic problem, or to replace existing broken or poorly-fitting crowns. A crown may be made of gold and other metals, porcelain, or a combination of the two.
There are many situations that may call for a crown:
- Large old fillings - When large old fillings break down or develop decay, the tooth often needs to be crowned. It is important to crown a tooth that has been structurally weakened to prevent further damage such as cracking or breaking.
- Cracked tooth – When a tooth is cracked, a crown is placed over the tooth to hold it together. If the cracked tooth is left untreated, it can become sensitive or will eventually break. It is important to crown a cracked tooth before it breaks as broken teeth are not always repairable.
- Extensive decay – If a tooth has decay so extensive that the tooth structure is weakened, a crown can often allow the tooth to be saved.
- Broken / Fractured tooth – A tooth that has broken may be too weak to hold a filling. A crown will hold the tooth together and prevent it from breaking again.
- Root Canal Therapy – A tooth that has undergone Root Canal Therapy will need a crown to properly seal and protect the tooth.
- Esthetics – Crowns can help to improve your appearance and smile.
Crowns (also called 'caps') may be the answer to your sensitive or broken down teeth.
Feel free to ask either Dr. Simali Garach or Dr. Vijay Garach about 'caps' on your next visit.