Dental crowns, while common, are often misunderstood. As dental technology and techniques advance, so do the myths surrounding this popular dental procedure. At Smiles by Seese, we believe in keeping our patients well-informed. Let’s debunk some of these myths and set the record straight on dental crowns.
Myth 1: Dental Crowns Are Solely for Cosmetic Purposes
Fact: While dental crowns can significantly improve the appearance of damaged or discolored teeth, their primary purpose extends beyond aesthetics. Crowns protect and strengthen a tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other dental procedures.
Myth 2: Getting a Crown Is a Painful Process
Fact: Modern dentistry prioritizes patient comfort. When you’re getting a dental crown, the area is numbed to minimize discomfort. Post-procedure, like any dental restoration, there might be some sensitivity or slight discomfort, but this is temporary and manageable with over-the-counter pain relief.
Myth 3: Crowns Are Noticeable and Look Artificial
Fact: With advancements in dental materials and techniques, crowns can be made to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth. Especially with porcelain or ceramic crowns, it’s often hard to distinguish the crowned tooth from natural teeth.
Myth 4: Dental Crowns Last Forever
Fact: While dental crowns are designed to be long-lasting, they don’t last forever. With proper care, a crown can last up to 15 years or longer. However, like natural teeth, they are subject to wear and tear and might need to be replaced.
Myth 5: You Can’t Get Cavities Under a Crown
Fact: Crowns protect the portion of the tooth above the gum line. However, the underlying tooth and gum area are still susceptible to cavities and gum disease. Regular dental hygiene and check-ups are crucial to ensuring the health of the crowned tooth and surrounding gums.
Myth 6: Fitting a Crown Requires Numerous Dental Visits
Fact: Typically, only two visits are needed. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared, and impressions are taken to create a custom crown. In the second visit, the permanent crown is cemented in place.
Myth 7: Crowns Are Expensive and Not Worth the Cost
Fact: Crowns are an investment in restoring the strength, function, and appearance of a damaged tooth. When you consider the cost of not addressing a damaged tooth, which could lead to more extensive dental procedures in the future, a crown is a cost-effective solution.
Knowledge is Power
Understanding the facts about dental crowns empowers you to make informed decisions about your oral health. At Smiles by Seese, our dedicated team is here to guide you through each step, ensuring your experience is comfortable and your results exceptional. If you have more questions or concerns about dental crowns or any other dental procedure, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to dispel the myths and provide you with the truth about achieving optimal dental health.