How Painful is Getting a Dental Crown?

Woman talking to dentist about a dental crownIf you have a severely damaged tooth, your dentist may have recommended placing a dental crown over it. The protective cap covers the portion of the tooth above the gum. Although it’s a common treatment, it’s normal to be concerned about a painful procedure. If the thought of getting a crown makes your palms sweat, you’re not alone. 39% of people with dental-related phobias are fearful of potential pain. There isn’t any reason to worry. From start to finish, the procedure is virtually pain-free. You can sit back and relax while your dentist rehabilitates your smile.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is the most widely used treatment in restorative dentistry; however, it’s only recommended when there aren’t any other options to save a tooth. A porcelain or ceramic cap is placed over your tooth, which means your enamel will need to be reshaped to allow the restoration to fit over it. The crown is custom-made to match the color and size of your real teeth to blend in with your smile. It can be used to protect a weakened tooth from breaking or along with another procedure, like root canal therapy. No matter the reason, you don’t need to dread your upcoming appointment.

How Bad Is It Going to Hurt?

You don’t need to be concerned about any pain while getting a crown because your dentist will use a local numbing agent. In some cases, you might also benefit from sedation dentistry to calm your nerves. Once you’re comfortable, your dentist will take X-rays and perform any necessary dental work, like removing an old filling or root canal therapy. They will also file your tooth to make room for the crown. You won’t feel any pain, but the sensations might be a little uncomfortable.

After your tooth has been prepared, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to give to the dental lab. The lab technicians will carefully craft your crown to meet your exact specifications, which can take a couple of weeks. Your dentist will place a temporary crown over your tooth to protect it while you wait.

Once your final restoration has been sent back to your dental office, your dentist may use a numbing agent to keep you comfortable as the temporary crown is removed. Your new crown will be bonded to your tooth to serve you for many years with the right aftercare.

Your tooth might be a bit tender for a few days, but you can easily manage it with an over-the-counter pain reliever. It’s a good idea to choose softer foods until your discomfort subsides. In no time at all, your crown will feel just like a natural tooth.

About Dr. Patrick Pirkle

Dr. Pirkle earned his dental degree at the Nova Southeastern University Dental School before continuing his training in general dentistry. With over 15 years of experience, he is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. If you need a dental crown, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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