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What Is the Difference Between a Cap and a Crown?

March 29, 2022
Posted By: Beachwood Smiles
A man getting his dental caps and crowns in Beachwood, OH

Tooth caps and dental crowns in Beachwood, OH, are two names for the same restoration. Sort of like saying "car" or "automobile." And typically, we refer to these valuable restorations as dental crowns that "cap" your teeth.

Dental crowns have several essential uses across dentistry, and we're happy to offer them to our patients!

How We Use Dental Crowns for Our Patients

When a patient undergoes root canal therapy or has a broken or severely decayed tooth, our Beachwood, OH, dentist typically caps the tooth with a dental crown to save it from further issues and the need for extraction.

We also use dental crowns in tooth replacement—either topping a dental implant post or connecting artificial bridge teeth to healthy supporting teeth.

In some cases, a patient may request a dental crown to conceal tooth flaws and discoloration.

Because tooth crowns have so many practical uses, it only makes sense that we would use the finest materials and technologies available to craft these restorations for our patients.

The Dental Crown Process

If you need a dental crown, your dentist treats the tooth to be capped. This can mean removing old filling material and areas of decay. We then cement the crown over the treated tooth and make any necessary adjustments.

Your dental crown can last for many years—decades and even for life with proper care.

Dental Crown Upkeep

Dental crown upkeep is as simple as adopting excellent oral hygiene and keeping up on dental visits and teeth cleanings.

It would be best to avoid bad habits—for example, don't chew on ice or use your crowns or natural teeth as tools. Your dental crowns and teeth are for smiling and chewing only.

For Dental Crowns Near Me, Contact Our Team

If you have a damaged tooth or a broken crown in need of replacement, we are happy to help. Reach out to a member of our team today.

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