A dental crown is a necessary procedure if you’ve cracked a tooth, need a root canal, or have a discolored tooth. Most dental crown procedures are designed to medically and cosmetically improve your smile. If you’ve never had a crown, your first question is likely: Will it hurt?
The short answer is: You’re likely to feel little to no pain with the proper medication. Our professionals at Simple Smiles provide you with a thorough consultation to ensure you understand your options and feel confident with your smile.
What to expect from the procedure
There are many reasons you may need a crown, including cosmetic concerns like a gap between the teeth, discoloration, and strengthening a weak tooth.
In these cases, a ceramic or porcelain crown may be the best option. It may seem daunting if you’ve never received a crown before, but there’s nothing to worry about, because they are routine, effective, and safe. Our specialists at Simple Smiles make your smile shine in two appointments.
Your first appointment
During your appointment, we offer you a numbing agent, and, depending on your case, you may opt for local anesthesia or sedation.
Crowns are typically completed in two appointments: the impression appointment and the installation of the crown. First, we take X-rays to identify the extent of the damage in the injured or infected tooth.
Next, we file down the tooth and remove the outer layer and make an impression of the tooth so that the new crown will fit perfectly on top with no gaps. At the end of your first appointment, we place a temporary crown on the prepared tooth, while we send the impression off to the lab where your permanent crown is crafted.
During the second appointment, we pop off the temporary crown and cement the new permanent crown in place. You may need to come in for a follow-up appointment or two to ensure the crown is properly placed and that you don’t have any fitting issues.
How much pain should you expect?
Because pain medication is available during your crown procedure, you should not expect a lot of pain. Local numbing agents specifically target the treatment area and prevent pain, but you may experience slight discomfort as the medication wears off and you begin using your tooth again.
After a dental crown, it’s important to continue regular checkups and oral care. Immediately following your crown, we recommend the proper aftercare and ask you to avoid harsh foods such as ice, cold foods, hot foods, or acidic food.
After you’ve fully healed from your crown procedure, continue to practice healthy oral care routines, including brushing your teeth daily, avoiding foods that may irritate your mouth, and visiting us regularly.
At Simple Smiles, we offer free consultations so you can feel confident about your smile. If you suspect you may need a crown, call or book a consultation today.