What is tooth capping?

Tooth Capping or ‘Crowning’ is a procedure used by dentists for a number of reasons. From cosmetically altering your smile to repairing decayed / broken teeth, crowning is a procedure that involves essentially bonding porcelain, ceramic or metallic cover over the tooth in order to protect and stabilize it. Performed correctly, the procedure can be invisible, painless and it can last for a decade or longer.

For many, crowning is often performed at a dental clinic over a few visits. Generally, capping involves reshaping the old tooth and then cleaning it inside and out. The dentist will then cover the ‘root’ with a temporary crown. After the tooth has had sufficient time to recover, the final step of the process is to install the cap, sealing it in place with dental cement. It’s a procedure that is carried out both for cosmetic reasons and also health reasons.

Many people are actually born with varying dental problems that need orthodontic treatment. For some, tooth removal and capping / crowning is one of the best ways to remedy the condition, giving the person both a natural smile and also stabilizing the teeth from moving.  Maccocclusion is a problem that while normally identified in children, can linger on into adulthood when left untreated. Tooth capping with the aid of bridges is one of many ways in which it can be treated and dealt with

Normally however, the main reason crowning is used is because of tooth decay or due to an infected root. While normally a filling can be used to fill a cavity and protect a tooth, when the situation is severe, root canal and tooth capping is perhaps the only option. Ordinarily, dentists only like to perform capping / crowning when there is a health-related need for the procedure.

When it’s purely for cosmetic reasons, the better alternative to tooth capping might very well be dental veneers. Veneers essentially act as a ‘cover’ that gets cemented to the tooth, with the added benefit that your teeth remain untouched. Crowns are a fantastic innovation, but due to the fact that they require your teeth to be reshaped for the crown to fit, they should only be used when necessary.

Babies and small children with milk teeth can actually have crowns too! Surprisingly, while many think it’s not necessary, crowns and fillings are essential in not only protecting your child’s milk teeth, but ensuring that they remain free from gum disease. Luckily, dentists use stainless-steel pre-fabricated caps for children because they are most effective, affordable and more suitable for younger mouths. Generally, as we get older – more heavy duty materials are required to ensure a perfect fit.

A dental crown installation is not a painful procedure but it might be uncomfortable. Tooth capping is essential if you have extensive decay, loose teeth or if you need a root canal. Many insurance packages cover the procedure when done for medical reasons. If you think you need a dental crown, then visit your dentist to find out more.

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