Debunking The Top 4 Myths About Dental Crowns

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If you have a tooth that's severely damaged, you may be looking at ways to save it. Dental crowns are one of the most popular options to save damaged teeth because they don't involve extraction. They also restore the function and appearance of your weak teeth. 

Despite the popularity of dental crowns, many myths still float around that may prevent you from getting them. To help you learn the truth, this article debunks the top four myths about dental crowns. 

Myth 1: The Procedure Is Painful 

You may postpone getting a dental crown because you think the procedure is painful. But in reality, dental crowns help to relieve pain and discomfort on damaged teeth, not amplify it. Besides, your dentist will administer anesthesia to numb the area, ensuring a painless procedure for you. 

Myth 2: Dental Crowns Look Ugly and Fake

This isn't true. Dental crowns are made of top-quality materials like porcelain, ceramic, or zirconia that resemble natural teeth. No one can tell you have dental crowns unless you tell them. You can also bite things with your crowns, just like with your natural teeth. 

That said, dental crowns may look unnatural if not fitted correctly into your mouth. Therefore, ensure yours are installed by a dentist who has adequate expertise with the procedure.

Myth 3: Dental Crowns Stain Easily

Although dental crowns are white, they don't stain easily. The materials used in making them are nonporous, meaning they don't allow materials to pass through. They are also resistant to stains induced by foods or drinks. 

If you plan to whiten your teeth in the near future, it's recommendable that you do so before getting a dental crown. Whitening treatments cannot work on your crown. If you match your crown to your natural teeth and then whiten your teeth some months later, the crown may stick out and appear stained. 

Myth 4: Dental Crowns Are Only Needed for People With Poor Oral Hygiene

Since dental crowns are popular among people with cavities, there is a myth that only people with poor oral hygiene need them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Apart from cavities, crowns can be used by people whose teeth have suffered cracks or fractures, for example, due to an accident. Some oral diseases can also cause your teeth to develop cavities.

On top of that, some people have a habit of grinding their teeth, causing them to wear down over time. These people may need crowns to restore their teeth. Overall, dental crowns can be used by anyone, regardless of whether you take care of your oral hygiene or not.  

Contact your dentist to learn more about dental crowns.


11 August 2022

Coping With Dental Emergencies

My son was outside playing with some friends when he accidentally fell down and hit his mouth on the sidewalk. The fall knocked out his front tooth, so I immediately placed the tooth in a small jar and added some milk. I rushed my son to the dental clinic and the dentist immediately took us into the examination room. The dentist placed the tooth back into the socket and saved it. My name is Beverly Tillman and thanks to the quick work of the dentist, my son didn't lose his tooth. Since this was a scary time for me and my son, I wanted to write this blog as a source of information for other parents who are facing a dental emergency. First of all, don't panic and get to your dentist as soon as possible. I hope this blog will help to answer your questions about dental emergencies.