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Three Myths You Need To Know Before Getting A Dental Crown

Any people what one thing they fear the most, and going to the dentist will top many lists. Unfortunately, that fear often leads people to avoiding the dentist, not getting proper care, and having problems that necessitate a root canal and eventually a crown. Most people that do need dental crowns understand the basics of what a crown is, and what it does, but that's about it. There's a lot of misinformation out there, and having the wrong information could lead to trouble down the road.

Here's a look at some of the most common myths about dental crowns, and the real truth behind them:

Myth #1: A Dental Crown Will Last Forever

A crown is a "permanent" fix so to speak, but it has to be maintained. Depending on how well you take care of your teeth, a crown usually lasts around 10 to 15 years, and even up to 30 years. But if you don't take care of your teeth, you might need to replace them in as little as 5 years. Just like regular teeth, crowns deteriorate due to plaque and bacteria, and eventually soften over time.

Myth #2: Any Tooth That Needs A Root Canal Will Need A Crown Too

Crowns are placed on teeth that have had root canals to prevent that tooth from further decay. But teeth that aren't primarily used for chewing (like the teeth in the front) may end up not needing a crown. The chance of one of these teeth breaking or crumbling is relatively small. Some people do choose to get a crown on a front tooth anyway though, because teeth that have had a root canal do eventually become discolored over time.

Myth #3: Dental Crowns Have Been Linked to Cancer Causing Agents

Thanks to one article published on one website, a myth has arisen that "97 percent of terminal cancer patients had previously undergone root canal procedures." The American Association of Endodontists said though, that "There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere." That myth was based on information that is actually almost a century old, and was considered outdated even in the 1950s.

If you need dental crowns for your teeth, or you have them already, don't let these myths fool you. A crown will require a little attention after it has been placed, but it is perfectly safe afterwards. For the sake of your oral health, don't ignore those teeth!