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Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

September 8, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — robertgraffeo @ 8:28 pm
closeup of tooth with crown in Hoboken

A dental crown is a protective dental restoration that completely encircles a damaged tooth and can be used to protect it from further harm. If you need a crown but you’ve never had one before, you might be concerned about whether the procedure will hurt. Here’s what you can expect to feel when getting a dental crown and the many ways it can benefit your oral health.

Does Getting a Dental Crown Hurt?

During a dental crown procedure, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. The numbing effects of the anesthetic should last a few hours and will keep you from feeling any pain during your procedure. The area may feel a bit tender for the next few weeks, but over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage sensitivity.

If you decide not to get a dental crown for a damaged or structurally compromised tooth, you’re actually raising your chances of experiencing pain in the future. It’s only a matter of time before everyday use ultimately causes the tooth to break down. Dental crowns help keep your tooth functioning properly and your smile looking its best.

What Happens During a Dental Crown Procedure?

The procedure usually includes two appointments spread out over a few weeks. During your first appointment, the tops and sides of the tooth that’s receiving the crown will be filed down to make room for it and ensure that it won’t interfere with your bite. If too much of your natural tooth is missing due to damage or decay, a filling may be used to build up enough tooth structure for the crown to go over. Your dentist will then take impressions, which will be used to design your restoration. They’ll give you a temporary crown to protect the tooth while you’re waiting on the permanent one, and the impressions will be sent to a dental lab so they can make the crown. Once your dentist receives the crown from the lab, you’ll come in for a second appointment to have it placed.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Along with protecting the tooth from further damage, dental crowns offer a number of additional benefits including:

  • Pain relief – Teeth that have been damaged by decay or injury are more likely to cause pain or discomfort when exposed to outside temperatures or pressure. Dental crowns protect the tooth from these things and reduce overall discomfort.
  • Improved appearance – Crowns can be used correct chips, discoloration, misshapen teeth, and more.
  • Improved oral function – By protecting a damaged tooth, crowns can make it easier for you to eat without experiencing pain or discomfort.

If you’re in need of a dental crown, there’s nothing to be worried about. With the use of a local anesthetic, the procedure will be quick and pain-free!

About the Practice

Dr. Robert Graffeo and his talented Hoboken team aim to provide their patients the quality dental health care they deserve. They offer extended office hours to fit your busy schedule, so you never have to go without the treatment you need. Whether you need a dental crown or another restoration, the highly skilled team of oral health professionals will always make your comfort a priority. For more information, visit their website or call (201) 683-3531.

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