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How Much Discomfort Can I Expect When Getting a Dental Crown?

January 12, 2024

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Repairing damaged teeth is one of the key services dentists provide, and sometimes an injured or infected tooth needs more than a normal filling to be fixed. Dental crowns serve to restore damaged teeth to their original size, shape, and function after they are compromised by trauma, decay, or dental treatments like root canals, and they are usually placed in two appointments. If you’ve never had one before, you may wonder what getting a dental crown is like. Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect when getting a dental crown and how to keep yourself comfortable afterward.

What Is the First Dental Crown Appointment Like?

During your first appointment, your dentist will examine your mouth and prepare the tooth being treated to receive a crown. This may involve X-rays to provide information necessary for modifying the tooth. Your dentist will numb the area with local anesthetics before removing damaged tissue from the tooth. They will then take a bite impression so a crown can be manufactured to fit perfectly with the rest of your teeth. A temporary crown will be placed upon the tooth, the impression will be sent to a lab so your permanent crown can be made, and you will be sent off to enjoy the rest of your day.

What Is the Second Dental Crown Appointment Like?

When your dentist receives your new dental crown from the lab, they will schedule your second appointment so it can be placed. During this visit, the area will once again be numbed with local anesthetics and the temporary crown will be removed. Your dentist will check to make sure that the crown has the right color, shape, and fit. After any final adjustments, this permanent crown will be cemented in place. You will then be free to enjoy your newly restored tooth, which can last for more than fifteen years with excellent care.

How Can I Stay Comfortable After Receiving a Dental Crown?

Receiving a dental crown does not usually involve a long recovery process, but you may experience irritation or inflammation in the treated area. It may take some time to get used to the way your tooth feels, but this is normal, and you should no longer notice it after a few days. Discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, but contact your dentist if your bite still does not feel comfortable or if you still experience pain after a few days.

Many people need dental crowns at some point in their lives. These restorations have allowed many people to enjoy full, beautiful, and functional smiles after oral injuries.

About the Practice

Oakbrook Dental & Orthodontics proudly offers comprehensive dental health services to the community of McKinney, TX. Led by Drs. Nathan Coughlin, Manhvu Nguyen, Vinhson Nguyen, and Stephanie Weng, the staff ensures each patient receives excellent care and courteous customer service. Areas of expertise include preventive, cosmetic, emergency, and restorative dentistry such as dental crowns. For more information on the process of getting dental crowns, contact the office online or dial (469) 526-4040.

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