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What Are Dental Posts and Cores?

Posted in Crowns

Restorative dentistry has a large vocabulary. It’s easy to get confused about the differences between posts, cores, root canals, crowns, and so on.

How do posts and cores relate to crowns?

Get A Grip!

Crowns replace a tooth’s outer layer if it’s been damaged by decay or fracture. Caps take things a step further when a filling is insufficient.

But what happens when even a crown isn’t quite enough?

Dental crowns depend on a tooth having a solid core for support. Without a core, there’s not much for the cap to hold onto.

An artificial core is often made of a similar material as white dental fillings. Your dentist molds it into the tooth to create a new foundation for supporting the crown. This core is typically secured with small pins to help it hold onto the existing tooth.

Posts to Stabilize the Core

Your dentist will call on the help of a dental post if more than half of the natural crown (upper portion) of your tooth is missing, and the core needs more support to stay on the tooth.

At this point, your tooth should already have had a root canal. Posts cannot be placed in teeth without endodontic treatment. The dentist must drill down into the nerve chamber of the tooth to create a hole for placing the post. You don’t want this done on a live nerve!

After the root canal is completed, a dentist places a sturdy metal plug in the excavated area. Then, the core material is packed around it and a crown seals off the whole thing.

Talk with your dentist to learn which restorative techniques are right for saving your tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064


Do Dental Crowns Hurt?

Posted in Crowns

When you worry about dental crowns “hurting,” you might have these three areas in mind:

  • Dental crown placement procedure
  • Post-procedure recovery
  • Living with a dental crown

We’ll break these down one-by-one to clear up confusion and put your mind at ease regarding your first dental crown.

Is Getting A Crown Painful?

Not at all. It’s no more uncomfortable than a standard filling. You’ll get a numbing shot so that you don’t feel a thing the entire time.

Post-Placement Sensitivity

It’s possible to experience a little sensitivity for some time after you get a crown. This is because your tooth has to adjust to losing a big part of its outer layer. With time, it will get more tolerant of temperature change. This sensitivity is nothing compared to the pain you could experience if you didn’t get the crown. Sensitivity toothpaste can also help, if you have a small area of recession.

Life With A Dental Crown

Once you’re used to a crown, you probably won’t pay much attention to it, at all.

As long as the crown material you have is compatible with the teeth that will be biting down on it, you shouldn’t have any problems. On occasion, some crowns will be too hard for the natural teeth. That can cause some premature wear and sensitivity.

Your dentist will help you avoid this by recommending a material that’s right for your smile.

Just care for your crown the same way you do for your other teeth. Regular brushing and flossing and not biting down on ridiculously hard objects will keep it strong and comfortable for years to come.

Talk with your dentist about any other concerns you have about dental crowns.

Posted on behalf of:
Northampton Dental
24036 Kuykendahl Rd Suite 300
Tomball, TX 77375
(832) 639-6350

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