You’ve probably heard a handful of misconceptions about dental crowns that could be stopping you from getting proper dental care from your local dentist. Our team has identified several common myths about dental crowns, and information that you should know instead as a dental crown can help patients restore their a tooth with tooth decay.
Myth 1 - Dental Crowns Don't look Natural
Some patients are afraid of their crowns looking unnatural or not looking like a real tooth. Whether the dental crown material is made out of porcelain or ceramic, your new dental crown will look and feel like a natural tooth. The color of your tooth will match your existing teeth so that it blends naturally with your smile.
Myth 2 - Dental crowns can't break, chip, or crack
Sometimes, even the strongest dental crowns could break as they are not immune to damage because of unexpected accidents, trauma to the area, or when biting something hard. However, in most cases it can be easily replaced or fixed without further complications.
Myth 3 - I can just get another filling
If you have a tooth that has an advanced level of dental decay, you need to see your dentist. A filling will not stop the tooth from decaying further. However you can prevent the need for a crown (major dental surgery) by visiting the dentist on a regular baisis, or getting the tooth decay taken care of sooner than later.
Prevention is always better than cure, especially when we are talking about your teeth. Due to tooth decay developing slowly and sometimes without us knowing, it can cause serious pain and cost a fortune to treat. Rather see a dentist regularly so that you can manage this risk effectively. The earlier something happens it does not always mean the worst. Avoiding something is always better than having to deal with it once it has happened.
If your dentist is recommending a crown during your visit, that means the damage has gone past the point where a filling is the best solution. A filling in these situations will only prolong the inevitable need for a crown, and may result in losing more of your tooth. In addition to potentially losing the tooth, it will certainly mean more expensive procedures later.
Myth 4 - I can get dental crowns instead of veneers for cosmetic purposes
While dental crowns are often used to change the shape of your teeth, getting them as an aesthetic addition isn’t a great idea. (If that’s what you need, take a look at our veneer services!) The reason for that is because veneers are designed to conceal imperfections or improve the appearance of a smile by removing as little tooth structure as possible. Whereas crowns offer a complete solution for severely damaged teeth.
Myth 5 - Dental crowns are too painful
Our mission is to provide the latest, most advanced dental care with exceptional service and a caring touch. As part of your dental procedure, we will help you choose the options that will make your treatment as comfortable as possible. We focus on providing pain-free dentistry so that you can enjoy your smile and the confidence it gives you.
myth 6 - Crowns are too expensive
It is important that you talk to your dentist if finances are a concern and is preventing you from getting the dental restoration you need. Let us help you find a dental solution that fits your budget. We partnered with CareCredit and LendingPoint. We also have our Dental Membership which offers flexibility in paying for your dental treatments which can help some patients afford the care they need.
Myth 7 - THERE IS NO MAINTENANCE YOU NEED TO DO WITH A DENTAL CROWN
We encourage you to care for your crowns, just as you would with your natural teeth. You can do this by taking your time while brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Additionally, we encourage you to keep up with your regular dental visits with your local dentist so we can make sure the crowns are properly cared for and that they fit well.
Myth 8- Dental crowns protect your teeth from all potential future damage
They are intended to protect teeth from extreme cases of damage like fractures, injuries, etc. However, they don’t protect you from severe gum diseases or protect your teeth that are located beneath it. If the crown develops holes or leaks, it allows harmful bacteria to enter your system. Bacteria can trigger gum infections and cavities of your other teeth.
To keep your smile in great condition, you’ll need to brush twice a day, floss and use mouthwash once a day.
Myth 9 - A DENTAL CROWN PROTECTS AGAINST CAVITIES
Dental crowns are used to restore a cavity-infected tooth and strengthen the structure of your tooth. This is great for protecting it against damage and decay. However, we cannot always protect the tooth from further deterioration as the primary function of a dental crown is to act as a protective barrier between bacteria and the tooth to prevent further decay.
Have questions about Dental crowns?
If you’re thinking about dental crowns, have questions about the dental crown procedure, how they would look in your mouth, or would like to get a second opinion. At our practice, we take your smile and oral health seriously – we want it to last for a lifetime! Please contact our office (972) 468-1440 in Fairview, TX, and we’ll be happy to assist you.