A teeth cap is a type of dental restoration that covers the visible portion of a damaged or decayed tooth, restoring its shape, size, strength, and appearance. A teeth cap is also known as a dental crown. These caps/crowns are usually made of metal, ceramic or porcelain, PFM( Porcelain Fused Metal), and
Who needs a teeth cap?
If the person’s teeth are broken, misshapen, or severely discoloured, then it is time for a teeth cap. They are typically used to restore broken or damaged teeth, protect weak teeth, support dental bridges, cover dental implants, and cover a tooth after root canal treatment. Additionally, the need for teeth caps will depend on the specific needs and conditions of each patient.
The price of a teeth cap/ crown in Nepal may vary depending on various factors such as the material used, the size of the tooth, and the location of the dental clinic. On average, a teeth cap in Nepal can range from NPR 5,000 to NPR 25,000. The prices may also rise if the dentist has to perform more extensive treatment like RCT or dental implant before putting the crown.
Types of teeth crowns
There are different types of teeth crowns based on each case and patient’s preference.
These crowns are made of strong metals such as stainless-steel, gold, silver, or platinum and are often used to restore back teeth. These crowns are durable and long-lasting. They are highly resistant.
These crowns can be colour matched to the teeth for a natural appearance. These crowns are metal free and are good for those with metal allergies. They are highly biocompatible and toxic-free.
Porcelain fused to metal crown (PFM)
These crowns are fused and can be colour matched to the surrounding teeth. PFM provides a good balance of crown where the use of metal provides strength to the crown and porcelain improves the aesthetic crown.
These crowns are made of zirconia which has a strong and durable material. They are strong and long-lasting. They are metal-free and highly biocompatible. These crowns are an alternative for patients who have metal sensitivities.
These crowns are the newest type of crowns made of lithium disilicate. They have high aesthetic value and look almost like the natural tooth structure. These crowns are very strong and highly durable.
What is the procedure for a teeth cap?
Initially, your dentist will examine your teeth and take X-rays to determine if a crown/cap is the appropriate treatment. Then the dentist will numb the area around the teeth to be treated, and remove any decay and damaged parts of the teeth. The remaining teeth’ structure will be reshaped to make room for the crown. Then, a temporary crown will be installed over the prepared teeth.
Once the permanent crown is ready, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown will be installed and will be cemented in place.
The procedure for getting a teeth crown typically takes two appointments to complete the treatment. However, the length of the procedure and recovery time will depend on each patient and the extent of the treatment needed.
Are teeth caps permanent?
No, teeth caps are not permanent. They typically last between 5 to 15 years. However, their lifespan can vary depending on factors like the materials used, the location of the caps in the mouth, and dental hygiene habits. Thus, it is recommended to get them checked and potentially replaced by a dentist regularly.