No matter how old you are – it’s always surprising to realize you don’t know it all. Who does, really? Even your dentists don’t know it all…but when it comes to teeth, we like to think we do.
So what about dental caps and dental crowns? What’s the difference? While many patients believe these two are wholly separate dental procedures (and pieces of “technology”) they actually aren’t. That’s right, dental crowns and dental caps are actually the exact same thing.
Just in case you needed a refresher: read on.
When a tooth has significant damage or we need to remove a large portion of the tooth to make room for material (like with a dental bridge). This is done for a few reasons. Most of all, it’s done so that the gums don’t recede away from the crown. Because if we just added material, the gum might otherwise think it’s calculus or tartar that’s grown on the tooth. So a crown (or cap) is added to give the tooth additional strength and support to continue working as it should, despite the need for repairs. You would actually be surprised by how well a dental crown can fix a damaged tooth.
Crowns have been used by dentists successfully for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. Typically, they’re made of metals such as gold and palladium, porcelain baked onto metal, and varieties made entirely out of ceramic. All of these dental crown options have pros and cons – where you weigh your options in terms of price, durability, and appearance.
Could a crown be in your future? If you’re a dental patient in the Garden Grove area – our dentists can help. With extensive experience providing dental crowns and other restoration work – patients at Primary Dental Care of Garden Grove can always be sure they’re getting the best, most affordable care available.