Apart from enabling us to chew food, teeth help in defining our overall facial structure as well as how we appear before other people. Saving a natural tooth is one of the best ways of maintaining our beautiful smiles and health. Our natural teeth should never decay, crack or loosen in an ideal, perfect world.
But, that is not possible. Even when you maintain the best dental or oral hygiene and ensure the best preventive care, teeth will always loosen, crack and decay in some cases. The natural part of human teeth that appears above our gum line, which is responsible for enabling us to bite and chew food looks great every time we smile. However, this forms only a third of an entire tooth.
Two-third of our tooth is usually the root that is found below our gum line. Our jawbone holds the root in its place and it gives shape and structure to our faces. On losing a tooth, the jawbone losses support after which it starts deteriorating.
Thus, apart from being unable to speak, chew or swallow properly, bone loss occurs when we lose a tooth.
Why Putting a Cap On a Tooth Is a Good Idea
- Crowns or caps can be placed over a tooth.
- A tooth that is discolored, decayed or broken can be saved by removing the decayed or broken part and having a cap placed on it.
- A dental bridge can be anchored using a tooth cap.
- Dental implants are also topped off with caps. Dental implants function like natural teeth because they maintain the jaw bone.
- Dental insurance usually covers tooth caps
- On average, caps last 5 to 15 years. Caps can be replaced with ease if they are chipped or loose.
- Caps feel and look like our natural teeth.
- Caps are easy to take care of once they are placed on teeth. They require the same care with our natural teeth.
Can my Tooth be saved with a Dental Cap?
The best way to get an answer to this question is to visit a reputable dentist like Dr. Gabe Doria at his dental practice in Bayonne, New Jersey in Hudson County. A professional dentist will examine the condition of your tooth carefully to determine if you are an ideal candidate for a dental cap.
Ideally, any patient with any of the following problems may be an ideal candidate for a dental cap:
- Tooth decay at an advanced stage
- Traumatic dental or oral injury
- Severe or moderate tooth erosion
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Infection of the root canal
- Misshaped tooth
- Pain or difficulties in performing some oral functions
- Severe cosmetic blemishes like tooth discoloration
How to Put a Cap on a Tooth
If you have a severe infection or decay that has infected or inflamed the pulp in the tooth, you will have a root canal performed first. When you visit Dr. Gabe Doria at his dental practice in Bayonne, New Jersey in Hudson County, the damaged pulp will be removed and the inside part of the tooth disinfected before a cap is placed on the tooth. A rubbery material may be used to rebuild the tooth before a cap is placed on it.
Once this is done, tooth impressions will be taken so custom made dental caps can be fabricated using the impressions. A temporary cap may be placed over the tooth as you wait for the new cap to be ready. Once finished, your new cap will be used to replace the initially placed temporary cap. This will be your permanent tooth cap.
Dr. Gabe Doria is ready to perform a thorough assessment of your tooth including performing an x-ray examination to determine if a tooth cap will work for you. Our dental office at Bayonne, New Jersey in Hudson County and a team of professional dental veterans ensures that you get a perfect color and fit for the dental crown cap. Whether you want to enjoy the aesthetic benefits of dental caps or you are having a toothache, we can help you.
Contact us now if you want answers to more questions about dental caps or to book an appointment with Dr. Gabe.