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Tooth Cap vs Crown


Posted on 3/1/2024 by Weo Admin
3D rendering of three teeth each with a different dental filling materialYou will require a tooth cap or crown when you have broken, damaged, or decayed teeth. These two procedures are beneficial to restore the function and overall health of your teeth. Here, we will discuss everything you should know about a crown and cap.

An Overview of a Dental Crown


A dental crown mainly aims to cover your teeth and restore their appearance, strength, and shape. It is primarily used to manage issues such as damaged or cracked teeth and can also be useful in covering dental implants and safeguarding them from any damage. There are many materials of crowns available, and porcelain is the most commonly used as they are crafted to match the color of your other teeth.

A Tooth Cap


On the other hand, a tooth cap can be referred to as an inlay or onlay. It is similar to a dental crown but only covers part of your tooth surface instead of the whole tooth. A cap treats or conceals cracks, decay, or fractures on your teeth.

Differences Between a Crown and a Tooth Cap


Tooth caps and crowns are two terms that are often interchangeable in the dental world. They both serve the same purpose of concealing any defects that are present in your teeth. But the most distinctive difference is the surface area of your teeth that they cover. Ideally, a cap will cover the biting surface area while a crown is crafted to encase the entire surface of your teeth. Since a cap covers only the biting surface, it is considered less invasive on your teeth than dental crowns. Crowns need filing and reshaping of the enamel of your teeth to ensure that it fits over the surface in the right manner. In terms of costs, caps are less expensive compared to the crowns.

Tooth caps and crowns are quite similar and serve the same purpose. The only difference is the surface of your teeth that they cover. Our dentist will review your case and determine the best treatment option.

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