Crowns add strength, security, and beauty to a smile by protecting teeth damaged by fracture or decay. Getting a dental crown is a very common procedure, but if you’ve never had it done before, it can be scary to contemplate.
What Happens in a Crown Procedure
The dentist trims away damaged parts of the tooth and shapes it, to leave a strong and solid core. He or she then takes an impression or scan to create a mold of the prepared tooth. This step also captures the layout of the opposite teeth’s chewing surface to make sure top of crown fits naturally in the bite.
None of has to hurt at all! Getting a dental crown feels about the same as getting a filling. Local anesthetic is placed around the tooth being worked on, so it’s perfectly numb. You may feel a little pressure on your tooth as the dentist works, but no pain.
Placing the Crown
Many dentists offer same day crowns. These crowns are made right in the office while you wait and the entire process can be completed in a singe appointment. If your dentist does not offer same day crowns, he or she will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth while you wait for your permanent crown to be made. Avoid chewing on your temporary and stay away from very hot or cold beverages.
Your dentist may or may not numb you up at the next appointment to remove the temporary crown. He or she will clean the tooth and tries on the permanent restoration. If it looks and feels good, it’s cemented in place.
You may experience some sensitivity as your tooth gets used to crown. This could take some weeks, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.
Contact your dentist if you have any questions about new or existing dental work.
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