Friday, February 1, 2013

What Is the Difference Between a Cap and a Crown?

When a tooth is severely cracked, broken or damaged from decay, it will be necessary to restore it. Sometimes the removal of old fillings will also require more repair than just replacing the original filling. Tooth restoration is done for both cosmetic reasons and out of necessity. Severely damaged teeth can make eating difficult and even affect a patient’s speech.

The process of restoring a tooth back to its original condition calls for a crown or cap. There is really no difference between the two. What differs is the material used in the process. It may be a matter of personal taste or what the patient’s insurance company is willing to cover. There are caps and crowns made from a composite material that match the teeth. Other popular choices are porcelain, gold, and stainless steel.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Simon Melcher at Implant and General Dentistry in Raleigh, NC for a routine dental check-up or to evaluate your options for caps and crowns: 919-782-0548.

Learn more about caps and crowns here: Dental Treatments - Crowns

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