Do I Need a Dental Cap? – Know the Answer

There are many dental procedures performed every day, from implants, to veneers, and beyond. If you’re experiencing problems with your teeth or gums, your regular dentist will likely be able to explain which procedures are right for you. A common question people ask is if they need a dental cap. This is a question that only your dental care provider can answer for you, but you can have a good idea of whether or not you need one if you understand why you may need a cap in the first place. A dental cap is essentially a formed cap that is placed over an existing tooth. It is also called a crown because of how it’s installed. The reason you may need a dental cap will usually come down to the condition of the tooth on which it’s being placed. If the tooth has suffered decay, cavities, or even major chipping, then there’s a good chance that a dental cap is one of two available options. Usually, the only other option would be to remove the tooth and replace it with an implant. Installation of a crown is the easiest option for fixing such problems. Determining whether or not you need a dental cap comes down to two basic things. The first is whether or not your tooth has major problems that are causing you pain and discomfort. While a dentist may be able to provide you with fillings or other solutions, in most cases a severely damaged tooth can only be fixed by a cap. If you have a tooth that was chipped or damaged by an accident, then there’s a chance your self-conscious about it. In those cases it’s important to understand that a cap will restore the tooth’s normal appearance. If you have a tooth that isn’t what it should be, getting a dental cap is the easiest way to ensure strong oral health. The procedure is easy and only causes temporary minor discomfort that will be eased by anesthesia. If you think you need a cap, schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible. He or she will know whether or not a dental cap is right for you.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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