A prosthodontist is a lifesaver for people who have broken, rotted, or otherwise damaged teeth. These dentists use caps and other ways to fix people’s teeth to give them a healthy, beautiful smile. Even though crowns are becoming more famous, there are still some myths about them. We’re here to clear up the facts so you can make a good choice.
Dental Crowns: Myths vs. Facts
MYTH #1: “They’re only used for dental implants.”
Prosthodontists put crowns on dental implants to replace missing teeth, but they also use crowns to protect and strengthen badly damaged teeth and teeth that have had root canals.
MYTH #2: “If you already have them, you won’t get more.”
In spite of what most people think, dental crowns won’t keep you from getting cavities if you put them over your normal teeth. Under the crown, a hole can still form. Because of this, it’s best to have a good oral hygiene practice at home and go to the dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup.
MYTH #3: “They’ll never feel like real teeth.”
A crown will feel like a healthy, normal tooth. Your custom-made crown will take away the pain and discomfort every time you bite down on it, and it will also protect it from further damage in the future.
MYTH #4: “They’ll look fake.”
You’re wrong if you think that dental crowns won’t look like your real teeth. Because porcelain is see-through and impressions are used to make your dental crowns, they will look and work just like your real teeth. In other words, when you smile, they won’t stick out.
MYTH #5: “Those who need a crown don’t take care of their teeth.”
Even if you take great care of your teeth, you may still need a crown if you crack or break a tooth in a car accident or while playing sports. Whether you broke your tooth when you bit down on something hard by accident or it is badly damaged, a dental crown can protect it from further damage and keep it from falling apart.
MYTH #6: “Getting a filling is better than getting a crown.”
If you get a filling before the problem tooth gets too decayed, you might not need a crown. Your prosthodontist will tell you to get a crown instead of a filling if the damage is too bad for a filling to fix.
Using a dental filling to treat a badly damaged tooth will put off the inevitable need for a dental crown and make it more likely that you will lose more of the tooth.
MYTH #7: “You don’t have to go to the dentist right away if you have a broken or decayed tooth.”
It’s always best to treat tooth decay as soon as possible. If you don’t get a crown right away after your dentist tells you to, you may lose a lot of your broken or damaged tooth. Also, if you don’t fix broken teeth, you’ll later need more expensive dental work.
MYTH #8: “They can’t change color.”
The chemicals used to make a dental crown may cause it to change color. For example, the metal in porcelain-fused-to-metal tops can make them look gray over time. Even though zirconia and porcelain crowns are less likely to get stained, things like smoking and drinking coffee can leave spots on their surface.
Also, if it wasn’t made from the same high-quality materials that are used today, a crown that is a few decades old may look worn out over time.
MYTH #9: “Teeth whitening treatments work on them.”
Since crowns are made of inorganic materials that don’t react to bleaching agents, you can’t whiten them the same way you whiten normal teeth. Because of this, it’s best to have your teeth whitened by a professional before getting dental caps.
If you take care of your teeth and gums and get professional cleanings every six months, your natural teeth and crowns will stay white, bright, and free of stains.
MYTH #10: “They have to go through a painful process.”
Fear of pain is one of the main reasons why people don’t get the care they need. If you have a fear of pain, like many other people, you can be happy to know that your prosthodontist will make sure you are safe and comfortable while you are in the dentist chair.
The process of getting a crown should be almost easy from the first visit to the last.
MYTH #11: “They’re great for fixing things that only look bad.”
Most of the time, dental crowns are the best choice for a tooth that has been severely damaged, has a big filling, or has had a root canal. If all you want to fix is how your teeth look, you should use porcelain veneers instead of dental caps.
Do You Need to See a Prosthodontist?
You don’t have to live with teeth that are broken, cracked, or have gone bad. If you want to fix the way they look, feel, and work, you might want to get dental caps. The friendly and hardworking experts at Dr. Motiwala Dental Clinic & Implant Centre make sure that dental care for people of all ages is safe and enjoyable. Get in touch with us right away to set up a meeting!
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