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Badly decayed or broken teeth often must be repaired by using a cap or crown. Dr. Reyes will recommend this procedure when filling the tooth to its proper shape becomes impossible. After a cavity has been prepared, you must have enough good sound tooth left to hold the filling materials in place. A cap or crown is a replacement of the part of the tooth which is above the gum line. Crowns fit over the tooth. Fillings are forced down into a cavity that has been drilled by Dr. Reyes. Crowns protect the teeth and restore their biting function. Crowns resists all the forces and conditions which tend to destroy it. However, the tooth can still decay under the crown if you do not brush and floss your teeth daily. Brush and floss your crown (cap as you do your natural teeth.
Types of Crowns:
Porcelain - These are usually only used up front. For cosmetic reasons they are the nicest looking crowns and look the most natural.They are not good for molar teeth because the biting pressure can crack the crown. These are used more for looks not function.
Porcelain fused to metal - These are usually used in the back where you have biting surfaces like the molars. These can also be used up front but they don't look as nice and may show a gray or black line near the gumline.
Gold - These are usually used in the back where you have biting surfaces like the molars. Not recommended for people who sing and/or are concerned about how it looks when they are singing or talking because the gold will reflect the light.
Stainless Steel - this is the cheapest form of a crown. it doesn't work as well as the others and it is usually used on baby (deciduous) teeth.
Avoid between-meal sweets.
NOTIFY DR. REYES IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OCCURS: