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Dental cap is often used interchangeably with “dental crown.” A dental cap, also known as a crown, is a prosthetic device that is custom-made to cover and encase the entire visible portion of a damaged, weakened, or aesthetically compromised tooth. It is designed to restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance, providing both functional and cosmetic benefits.

Dental caps are commonly used to address various dental issues, such as:


  1. Severe Tooth Decay: When a tooth has extensive decay that cannot be repaired with a traditional dental filling, a dental cap is used to protect and restore the tooth’s structure.
  2. Fractured or Broken Tooth: Teeth that are cracked, fractured, or weakened due to injury or dental trauma can be strengthened and protected with the placement of a dental cap.
  3. Large Filling Replacement: If a tooth has a large filling that is failing or causing structural concerns, a dental cap is often used to provide better coverage and support.
  4. Root Canal Treatment: After a root canal procedure, a tooth may become more brittle, and a dental cap is frequently placed to protect and strengthen it.
  5. Cosmetic Enhancement: Dental caps can also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as covering severely discolored, misshapen, or poorly aligned teeth to improve the overall appearance of the smile.


The process of getting a dental cap is typically completed in two appointments:


  1. Preparation Appointment:
  • The dentist examines the tooth and assesses its condition, often using X-rays to determine the extent of damage and suitability for a cap.
  • Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the tooth, ensuring a painless procedure.
  • The tooth is carefully reshaped and reduced on all sides to make space for the cap to fit precisely over it.
  • An impression of the prepared tooth and the surrounding teeth is taken, which serves as the basis for creating the custom dental cap.
  • A temporary cap is placed over the prepared tooth to protect it while the permanent cap is being fabricated in a dental laboratory.
  1. Placement of the Permanent Dental Cap:
  • Once the custom dental cap is ready (usually after a few weeks), the patient returns for the second appointment.
  • The temporary cap is removed, and the fit and color of the permanent dental cap are checked for accuracy.
  • The dental cap is cemented or bonded onto the prepared tooth using dental adhesives, creating a strong and durable bond.
  • The dentist makes final adjustments as needed to ensure a comfortable bite and proper alignment with the surrounding teeth.


After the procedure, patients may experience some mild sensitivity, which should subside shortly after the cap settles. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, dental caps can last for many years, providing patients with restored functionality and an aesthetically pleasing smile.

Shreeji Eye Clinic & Dental Care Centre Flat No 102, B -68 BLDG
Moreshwar Shantinagar CHS Ltd,Sector No.1 Opp. TMT Bus Stop
Near Rly Station, Shanti Nagar,
Mira Road, Thane,
Maharashtra 401107

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