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What is a dental cap?

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If a large piece of tooth breaks off or the tooth has a lot of decay, the dentist may grind or file away part of it and cover it with a crown, or tooth-shaped cap. This protects the tooth and makes it look better. Permanent crowns can be ceramic, metal, porcelain fused to metal, or resin. If the entire top of the tooth is gone but the root is still intact, the dentist can do a procedure called a root canal. He’ll place a pin or a post in the canal, and then build up a structure he can place a crown on.

SOURCES:

The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "When Teeth Get Damaged."

Worldental.org: "Emergency Broken Tooth Repair."

Indiana State Department of Health: "Broken or Displaced Teeth."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "When Teeth Get Damaged."

Worldental.org: "Emergency Broken Tooth Repair."

Indiana State Department of Health: "Broken or Displaced Teeth."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

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