The tooth-shaped “cap” placed over the tooth to restore its size, shape, strength, and appearance is called a dental crown. Dental crowns are cemented in place and are designed to fully encase the visible portion of the tooth.
While dental crowns have been around for several years already, there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions about dental crowns many people don’t know the truth to. For the uninitiated, below are some of the common myths and misconceptions about dental crowns and the truth behind them:
Dental crowns look unnatural.
Dental crowns can be made of ceramic or porcelain. Both materials are not only durable, they also mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Since dental crowns are designed to match the natural bite and appearance of the natural tooth, most people won’t even notice it’s there. All they’ll notice is your healthy and gorgeous smile!
There is only one type of dental crown available.
Patients have several options when it comes to materials used for dental crowns. While each option has their own pros and cons, many patients opt for porcelain and metallic alloy.
Porcelain dental crowns are quite popular because of its ability to closely mimic the teeth’s white enamel. This makes them the consummate option for front teeth replacement.
While more durable, metallic alloys are more obvious so they are considered more ideal for back teeth replacement.
Dental crowns are immune from damage.
While resistant to breaking or chipping, porcelain is not impenetrable. That being said, there’s still a chance dental crowns can get damaged if used to bite something really hard or when an accident occurs.
Fortunately, there are different ways to save a chipped or damaged dental crown from further damage. Check with your dentist so you’ll be given advice as to the best option available for your case.
Cavity can’t get inside the dental crown.
This is one of the most common misconceptions about dental crowns. While unknown to many, the remaining structure of the tooth is still vulnerable to decay. Although the tooth’s artificial surface is no longer prone to cavity, the remaining natural teeth is still prone to infection.
That being said, it is advisable to regularly maintain one’s oral health (flossing, brushing, and regular dental visits) to protect the remaining natural teeth from any damage.
Dental crowns are only done for cosmetic purposes.
Contrary to popular belief, dental crowns are not used for cosmetic purposes alone. While dental crowns are considered the best option for those who would like to have beautiful white teeth, they can also be used to rebuild broken teeth. In addition, dental crowns may also be recommended for patients who have undergone root canal therapy.
Dental crowns can stain easily.
Yet another common misconception people have about dental crowns is they can be stained easily. However, the exact opposite is true. Dental crowns are less prone to discolouration compared to other options.
This is especially true when porcelain is used since stains won’t stick to it. Dental crowns are also designed to match the shade of the patient’s natural teeth so it looks as natural as possible.