Cap? Crown? What’s the difference?

Cygnet Dental – Basic Guide to Dental Crowns

You may have been told that you need a cap or a crown to protect a tooth but what is the difference between the two?  Basically nothing! A cap or a crown is the same thing.

Why would you need a crown?

A crown is required when the tooth has either been fractured, has been heavily restored or has had Root Canal Treatment. It can also be used for cosmetic reasons such as improving a tooth’s colour and shape.

What is it made of?

A crown can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain, metal, a combination of both and gold.  The material used depends on the location of the tooth being treated as well as other factors.  On occasions a few options are available in which case your dentist may ask which one you would prefer.

Will the treatment hurt?

Not at all.  All treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic and we will make sure that you are completely comfortable before we start.  A small amount of tooth structure is removed all around the tooth to make space for the crown to fit over.  An impression is taken and sent to the laboratory making the crown.  Your dentist will also select a shade for your new crown. Most laboratory’s require 2 weeks to make the crown. During this time your dentist may cover your tooth with a temporary crown. At the fitting appointment the dentist will remove the temporary and permanently cement your new crown in place.  

How long will my new crown last?

You can expect your crown to last you about 10-15 years or more providing you take care of if.  Just because your tooth is protected by a crown it still needs brushing just as well as your other teeth, not forgetting to clean in between the teeth as well.

How much will it cost?

The fee for crown treatment varies.  It depends on the material used, the laboratory chosen to make the crown and on the dentist carrying out the treatment.  Your dentist should provide you with a full treatment plan detailing all fees involved before treatment commences.

To discuss crown treatment in more detail contact Cygnet Dental now.  Our Treatment Co-ordinator can advise you further or for a clinical diagnosis and consultation one of our friendly dentists can help you.