A dental crown or a cap is a dental aid or a tool which is primarily used to provide strength and support to an existing tooth structure. Sometimes, a tooth gets partially broken or cracked, or it gets stained, and treatment has to be done to restore the tooth. Also, the tooth may develop an infection or even the size, color or shape needs to be changed. In all such events, a dental cap or crown is used.
What are dental implants?
These are among the latest techniques to enter into the world of dentistry. Dental crowns or caps are used for this purpose as well. The dental implant constitutes a titanium screw which is drilled into the jaw bone. The jaw bone grows around the implant naturally, and it becomes firm in its place within three to four months. A dental cap or crown is placed atop the screw to function as the tooth which the world sees.
What is the endodontic treatment?
Root canal therapy is also called endodontic treatment. The outermost layer of the tooth is called the enamel. The one inner to it is called the dentine. Inner to this even is the pulp cavity. Inside the pulp cavity is a bundle of nerves, cellular matter, and blood vessels. These are emptied out during endodontic treatment. The cavity is also cleared up totally and is disinfected. It is then filled up with a material called gutta percha. The cavity is then sealed off from outside environs, and a dental cap or crown is placed atop the existing tooth structure to give it more strength and support. Many people have the misnomer that endodontic treatment is very painful. However, this is not the case. The only pain involved in this whole procedure is that of the injections which are given to numb the area. After the area is numbed, the patient feels no pain at all.
However, even with dental caps and crowns, the patient should make it appoint to take care of their oral hygiene properly. He or she should develop the habit of brushing teeth at least twice daily and for at least two minutes each time. Also, the patient should learn the correct technique for doing so. In other words, the strokes used for brushing should be up to down and down to up and not left to right and right to left. Also, the patient should also change the toothbrush once every two months or so since it tends to get flattened by this time. The patient should also use a good quality toothbrush and toothpaste for this purpose. The patient should also learn to floss the teeth, and this too should be done properly and with correct technique. The crown should be shown to the dentist regularly for any follow-up treatment if required. Thus, the long life of the crown or cap is ensured by taking such measures and precautions on a regular basis.