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Dental Crowns: Is the Procedure Painful?

April 16, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — broadparkdental @ 2:52 pm
a patient undergoing the dental crown process

Dental crowns are one of the most effective and lifelike solutions for repairing and improving the strength of compromised teeth. While these restorations can help address decayed or damaged pearly whites, you might wonder if the procedure itself is painful. Keep reading to learn what you should expect before arriving at your appointment and the ways you can minimize discomfort after your treatment.

How Do Dental Crowns Work?

A dental crown is typically a personalized protective cap that is designed to cover the top surface of a tooth that’s been moderately decayed or damaged. By having this restoration placed, you can expect to make the most of an improved bite as well as protection against sensitivity and further decay. Dental crowns can also be used after undergoing root canal treatment, that way you can regain a comfortable and dazzling tooth.  

Is it Painful to Get a Dental Crown?

As long as you receive dental crowns from a qualified dentist, you should not expect to feel discomfort or pain during the procedure itself. Your team will always first numb your mouth with a local anesthetic so that you are pain-free throughout the appointment. You may even be provided with sedation dentistry to stay completely relaxed and comfortable during your treatment. Experiencing some pressure might be common, but pain should be absent.

Managing Discomfort After Your Procedure

While you shouldn’t feel discomfort during your dental crown procedure, it’s natural to experience some soreness following your appointment. Due to the alterations of your enamel, your tooth may feel sensitive or slightly tender once the numbing effects and sedation medication wear off. Fortunately, you can easily manage any discomfort with prescribed/over-the-counter painkillers as well as a cold compress. You should also stick to softer foods during your recovery to avoid exacerbating any soreness.

Most patients can heal completely after a few days of having their dental crown. Once you’ve recovered from your procedure, you’ll be free to use your improved tooth just like your natural pearly whites. Speak with your dentist before your treatment, and they’ll be glad to walk you through the details of the process and how they can ensure you remain pain-free throughout your visit.

About the Author

Dr. Jeremy Rudd has always been passionate about dentistry and seeks to ensure every patient receives the best possible care they deserve. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry and is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. If you want to learn more about the dental crown process or wish to schedule a consultation, visit his website or call him at 817-473-6857.

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