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Caps and crowns are basically the same thing and are used to cover a tooth. The dentist might recommend the use of caps and crowns under certain circumstances. Some of the primary reasons a dentist will recommend a crown include:
Crowns can be made out of one of several materials including stainless steel, resin, porcelain, or ceramic. The dentist will know which materials is best to use in each situation and will recommend the one that is most suitable for you. Usually, they are made from ceramic or porcelain because they look the best, or the most aesthetically appealing.
The tooth that is being capped will either be filed into shape, or filled to make the right shape. Then a dental professional will make an impression of the tooth and the ones closest to it. The crown is specially made to fit the tooth. Usually, the dentist will cover the troublesome tooth with a temporary cap to protect it until the permanent crown is ready.