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Dental caps are great dental restorations that improve the health, function, and appearance of your tooth and finally give you the smile you are looking for. Dental caps are also known as dental crowns, and if you place a dental crown over your worn, fractured, and unattractive tooth, you will finally reach your oral health goals.

What can a dental crown do?
A dental crown can help with many different types of problems. It can save a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay, support a tooth that has a large filling but not a lot of tooth structure left, and restore a broken or fractured tooth. A dental crown can also hold a dental bridge in place, cover a dental implant, disguise a severely misshapen or discolored tooth, and protect a weak and worn down tooth.

What is the process of placing a dental crown?
The process involved in placing a dental crown is easy, but it does, however, require two visits to our dental office. Your first visit will involve your dentist examining and preparing your tooth for the crown. Dr. Kenneth Schweizer will take a few X-rays, numb your tooth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic, and shave your tooth’s surface down to make room for the crown. Then, he will take impressions of your tooth and will send those impressions to the dental lab where your crown will be created. While you wait, Dr. Schweizer will give you a temporary crown to give you the comfort and function you need. Remember not to eat chewy or sticky foods while you wear the temporary crown. When the permanent crown is ready, you will come into our office and Dr. Schweizer will cement the crown into place after checking to see if the restoration fits perfectly.

How do I care for a dental crown?
You will need to care for your crown like you care for your teeth. Simply brush your teeth every morning and every night, floss your smile at least once a day, and rinse your mouth with beneficial mouthwash daily. Also, remember to attend your six month checkups. The checkups will keep your crown in tip-top shape and will help you fight gum disease.