Pet Prosthodontics

Crowns aka Caps

Prosthodontic Crown

In veterinary dentistry, there are specific situations in which we might consider placing a metal cap (or prosthodontic crown) on a tooth. Because dogs’ teeth are subjected to much higher forces than our teeth, materials other than metal are not recommended because they don’t withstand the wear. If we recommend a crown for your pet’s tooth, it will be a metal alloy crown.


Some of the situations in which a crown might be needed include:

  • A broken tooth on a police dog
  • A tooth that has had root canal treatment where the fracture line extends under the gumline
  • A tooth that has had root canal treatment and has been rebroken by the pet
  • Significant wear on the back of the canine teeth from cage chewing