A dental cap is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A cap protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of caps, porcelain (tooth colored cap) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain caps are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
• Broken or fractured teeth
• Cosmetic enhancement
• Decayed teeth
• Fractured fillings
• Large fillings
• Tooth has a root canal
A cap procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom cap. A mold will also be used to create a temporary cap which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new cap is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the cap. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary cap will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment, your temporary cap will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new cap will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new cap.