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What to Expect When Getting a Dental Crown, Does It Hurt?

September 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — soldotnadentalarts @ 12:45 pm
A woman asking her dentist about dental crowns

Anxiety at the dentist is a very common issue with many patients. It comes from a place of fearing the unknown and a desire to not feel pain. If you’re about to get a dental crown and you’ve never had one before, you may be experiencing some of that anxiety right now.

So, do dental crown treatments hurt? What will happen when you sit in the chair? If you want to know the answers to these questions to get some peace of mind, continue reading.

Does Getting a Dental Crown Hurt?

Not at all! Advances in dental technology have led to the wide general practice of pain-free dentistry. Treatments that used to be uncomfortable or cause pain can now be performed with special instruments or while you’re under the effects of sedation.

These advancements mean that someone with dental anxiety can now go to the dentist with confidence.

How Are Dental Crown Treatments Performed?

Dental crowns are a multi-step process that involves two or more office visits to complete.

Step 1: Exam and Preparation

When you go in for your first appointment, your dentist will give you a thorough dental exam to prepare your tooth for the procedure. Once they are satisfied that it can proceed, they will clean away any decay from the afflicted tooth and build it up with composite resin if necessary.

Next, an impression of your teeth is made to be sent off to a dental lab. To complete your first visit, you’ll be fitted with a temporary crown to prevent damage.

Step 2: Lab Fabrication

After the impression arrives at the lab, technicians use specialized equipment like molds and ceramic powders to craft your prosthetic. Once it meets your dentist’s specifications it’s sent back to their office.

Step 3: Installation

Once your dentist receives the finished crown, you’ll come in for your final appointment. Your dentist removes the temporary crown, cleans the tooth, and places your new prosthetic tooth. If there are any difficulties with the fit, your dentist can adjust it there or send it back for a new one. The whole process takes around two to three weeks to complete.

What Happens If I Don’t Get a Dental Crown?

If your dentist has recommended a dental crown for your tooth, you should listen to them and get the treatment. A dental crown is used to restore a tooth with severe damage or decay that hasn’t yet passed the point of extraction. If you’re not already experiencing pain, skipping the treatment will only delay the inevitable.

Dental crowns are an incredibly effective solution for tooth restoration. They surround a damaged tooth to protect it while also restoring the functionality and aesthetics of your smile. If you’re still anxious about the treatment, give your dentist a call and have them walk you through the process. You’ll be glad you did.

About the Author

Dr. Mike Christensen loves working with people of all kinds and helping them restore their oral health. He attended the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry to receive his dental doctorate before starting his practice. Since then, he has continued to expand his education through advanced training courses and certifications. He and his professional support staff are ready to guide you through treatment. To schedule a dental crown consultation at Soldotna Dental Arts, call (907) 420-3938 or visit the website to book online.

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