Crowns (Caps)

Dental Crowns (Caps) in North Ridgeville

At Center Ridge Dental Professionals, we understand that protecting your teeth is important. If you need a dental cap, our dentist, Dr. Arndt, will take the time to customize a treatment plan to your individual needs and educate you every step of the way. You can rest easy knowing that the professionals at Center Ridge Dental utilize advanced technologies to help craft a natural looking and beautiful smile. Schedule your appointment online or call our North Ridgeville office (440-327-9006) today and discover how a dental cap can improve your smile.

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What is a Dental Cap

A tooth crown (also known as a dental cap) is a long-term solution used to help restore a tooth’s original shape and size. The tooth cap covers a tooth in its entirety. A crown is not just for aesthetic purposes either; it also strengthens and supports a tooth and is often used when a filling or another dental option cannot be.

Crowns can be made from many materials. These materials include:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Metal Alloys
  • Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain

The most popular material used for tooth caps is porcelain. Porcelain crowns are customized to have the same shape, color, and size of your teeth. They are also very durable and will last for years.

How Long Do Dental Caps last?

On average, tooth crowns can last between 5 to 15 years, but the longevity is determined by your oral hygiene practices, diet, biting, and chewing habits.

Why would you need a tooth cap?

Dental caps protect teeth much the same way that a sewing thimble fits over your finger to protect it with a hard cover. Crowns help restore a tooth back to proper function after decay destroys parts of the tooth, a tooth fractures from having too big of a filling, or the tooth is damaged by injury or trauma from an accident. Dental crowns can help improve oral health and facial aesthetics in many ways. Here are some of the more popular reasons people choose to get a tooth crown: 

  • Fix and strengthen broken or fractured teeth
  • Protect a weakened tooth from breaking
  • Repair fractured fillings or large fillings
  • Repair decaying teeth
  • Support a dental bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a tooth treated with root canal therapy
  • As a cosmetic enhancement to improve smiles

What is the process for getting a crown?

Getting a crown generally requires two visits to our dentist in North Ridgeville.  Our dentist will create a unique plan that will fulfill your individual needs, but the process is usually as follows:

First Visit: Preparing for the Tooth Crown

At your first appointment, our experts in our North Ridgeville office will get impressions of your tooth to customize your crown. We use a digital scanner for the impressions, so that our patients don’t have to have a mold taken in their mouth with all of the dental goo inside it. We will then numb your mouth, remove any decay, and shape the surface of your tooth to fit the crown. We will place a temporary crown and verify a proper bite. This crown will remain in place for approximately two weeks while the permanent crown is created. 

Second visit: Applying the Permanent Dental Care 

Your second appointment will involve removing your temporary crown, cleaning your tooth, and placing your permanent crown. Our dentist will provide you with clear care instructions for maximum longevity and comfort at the end of this appointment. As always, regular dental visits, proper brushing and flossing, and a healthy diet are encouraged for proper dental hygiene and crown maintenance.

Are Dental Crowns Painful?

When our dentist shapes your tooth to accept the crown, he will numb it the same way as if you were having a cavity filled. It is possible and normal to experience temperature sensitivity following the procedure, but this will subside.

Dental Cap Repair

Some patients may require a dental cap repair appointment. Tooth caps can be repaired, but there are limitations. Crowns on front teeth with fractured porcelain on the dental crown can sometimes be repaired for cosmetic reasons. However, results are limited. Crowns on teeth towards the back of your mouth, where chewing force is required, do not always work. Small dental cap repairs at the margin (edge) of a tooth crown can sometimes help extend the life of a dental cap. However, some can be impossible to fix and require replacement.

Ready to Protect and Restore Your Beautiful Smile?

With over thirty years of experience serving the people of North Ridgeville, Center Ridge Dental Professionals is the best dentist for your next dental cap. Our advanced technologies combined with the expertise of our dental professionals makes receiving a tooth crown faster and a more relaxing experience. Experience how we can help protect your beautiful smile by contacting us online or calling our North Ridgeville office (440-327-9006) today!

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