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Common Misunderstandings About Dental Crowns

4 Myths and Misunderstandings About Dental Crowns

There are many misconceptions floating around about dental treatments. From root canals to crowns, some myths and misunderstandings date back almost a hundred years. Your dentist in the Outaouais is no doubt familiar with several of these myths.

Crowns are particularly prone to these myths and misunderstandings. Dispelling some of the common misunderstandings about crowns with insight from dental experts is the first step towards improving dental health.

Here are some of the most common myths about crowns and the truth behind them:

Crowns Require More Than One Appointment to Be Placed

While it is true that it used to take at least two appointments to place a crown, with the use of CEREC®, a computer-assisted restorative technology, crowns can now be made and placed in a single appointment! CEREC® stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and it allows dentists to scan, create, and place the crown very quickly.

Crowns Are Extremely Painful

Not at all! We’re fortunate that we get to enjoy many advances in dentistry, including anesthesia and sedation for comfortable dental procedures. These days, the most painful part of crown placement is any discomfort caused before the procedure, which might have caused the patient to visit the dentist in the first place. Crowns will often reduce or eliminate any pain caused by the affected tooth. It’s a good idea to consult your dentist as quickly as possible if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort.

You Can’t Get a Cavity Under a Crown

This is an all-too-common myth brought on by the belief that a crown also prevents decay. Crowns are only placed above existing tooth enamel, so while the artificial surface of the tooth won’t (and in fact can’t) get a cavity, it is still very possible to get one underneath the material. Be sure to brush and floss regularly and properly to maintain your oral health. You wouldn’t want to pay for a procedure only for it to be wasted due to bad oral hygiene habits.

There Is Only One Type of Crown

Not true! Crowns are frequently made of multiple materials, but the most popular materials by far are porcelain or a metallic alloy. Both materials have their pros and cons. Porcelain looks much nicer and as a result is often used for front teeth, but the material isn’t as tough. The metallic alloy option is often used for the back teeth like molars, because it is significantly more durable. This allows you to chew and eat without concern, but the material is often unsightly and noticeable compared to the natural look of porcelain.

Crowns are a convenient and quick way to restore the look and function of your teeth. Don’t worry about anything you might hear from questionable sources. Whether you go for one appointment with CEREC® or two with the traditional process, metal alloy or porcelain, your local dentist will help you find a solution that works for you. Take care of your teeth, and if one is being a royal pain, go get it what it needs: a crown.

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Dr. Eric Marcil of Gatineau, Wakefield and Chelsea's dental clinic.

A graduate of the University of Montreal in 1996, Dr. Eric Marcil is a gum specialist gums (i.e., a periodontist). After taking many training courses in aesthetic rehabilitation, he focuses mainly on the manufacturing of ceramic restoration, which is the only material restoring the original strength to the treated tooth. Passionate about surgery and aesthetics, he has developed a talent for wisdom tooth surgery and grafting, as well as for aesthetic and functional rehabilitation. In addition, Dr. Marcil has just completed an advanced Botox training to relieve patients of their pain and thus eliminate the continual intake of drugs and also prevent the fracture of restorations by grinding or clenching of the teeth.