Tooth Cap Procedure


How are Dental Caps Attached to your Tooth?

A cosmetic dentist will make an impression (mold) of your tooth and a dental laboratory will create the needed custom cap. You will typically leave the office with a temporary cap to wear while the permanent cap is being made - this takes about fourteen days. The permanent cap is then cemented onto your tooth. Typically, only two visits are required for this part of the procedure. Often, a preliminary restoration of your tooth may be needed before the permanent cap is actually placed. To stabilize your tooth, a filling must first be put in place prior to placing a cap to counter any loss of your original tooth structure.

It is important to discuss with your cosmetic dentist that the cement color used for your permanent cap will be the same as used for the temporary cap (try in paste). The color of the cement does affect the overall color of a porcelain cap, so this needs to be discussed well before your temporary cap is placed.

In some cases your cosmetic dentist may choose to use a Flipper instead of a temporary cap. A Flipper is a false tooth to temporarily take the place of a missing tooth before the permanent crown is placed. A Flipper can be attached via either a wire or a plastic piece that fits in the roof of your mouth. Flippers are meant to be a temporary solution while awaiting the permanent cap.

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  1. Introduction to dental caps section
  2. Dental caps - an overview
  3. Who is a candidate for having teeth capped?
  4. Tooth caps - Procedure description
  5. Varieties of tooth caps
  6. How much do dental caps cost?
  7. Pros and cons of tooth caps
  8. Dental caps - Before and after photos
  9. Personal stories from people who have had tooth caps
  10. Picking a color for tooth caps
  11. Discuss caps with others

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