Dental crown materials have improved significantly over recent years and have helped patients restore their teeth that have been severely damaged or decayed. However, there are myths associated with dental crowns leading to confusion and fears about restorative treatment. This article aims to outline and debunk misconceptions about porcelain dental crowns to help you stay informed and highlight the available options for restorative dentistry.
Myth #1: Dental crowns are an extensive and painful procedure
Dental crowns, or “Tooth Caps”, are a procedure that is used to help restore both function and beauty to a tooth that has experienced damage or decay. Although it does involve a tooth getting reshaped and prepared for the “tooth cap”, the process should be relatively painless. At Kingsville Family Dental, we also offer sedation options such as Nitrous Oxide, or “Laughing Gas”, which helps patients to relax during their appointment.
Some patients typically worry about recovery time. However, the recovery period for dental crowns is minimal. Most patients can go back to their daily routine the day after their tooth crown replacement. Besides some slight sensitivity to hot and cold, there should be no other side effects. After the initial healing period, the crown and surrounding area should not experience any pain or discomfort.
Myth #2: They don’t look natural
Unless you tell people that you have a dental crown, they should not notice it. Tooth caps look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Dentists are experts at making dental crowns seamlessly blend in with the rest of your teeth, so you can rest assured that your crown will not stand out amongst your existing teeth!
More specifically, your dentist will match the shade of your existing teeth to your new dental crown before polishing it and cementing it into place. As a result, your dental crown will blend in with your natural teeth and be unnoticeable to the untrained eye.
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Myth #3: Porcelain Dental crowns are more at risk for food stains
Porcelain Dental crowns are designed to resist food and drink stains. Even if you regularly drink coffee, tea or wine, this will not affect the overall colour of your Porcelain Dental Crown. Porcelain is not porous like your natural teeth, so food and drink residue don’t stick in the same manner. This is why before your dental crown procedure, your dentist will match them with your natural teeth shade.
Kingsville Dental Crowns
We go the extra mile to make your family smile! Visit our Kingsville dental clinic if you’re interested in repairing your damaged teeth with Dental Crowns. We aim to provide a warm and comfortable environment for your family’s oral healthcare needs. Give us a call at 519-916-0151 to find the best time to book your next dental visit or consultation about dental crowns. You can also schedule online at www.kingsvillefamilydental.ca.