A root canal is a dental procedure that involves cleaning out the contents of the pulp chamber of the tooth. The procedure allows the dentist to save a tooth with a compromised chamber. Local anesthetics are often administered prior to performing a root canal, and that prevents the patient from feeling anything as the dentist…
Is Getting a Dental Crown Painful?
Although the process of getting a dental crown is typically similar for most patients and is generally not very painful, the exact experience of each individual will vary. Based on factors such as location of the tooth, health of the gums and proficiency of the dental professional, some people may experience more discomfort than others. Continue reading to find out more about the procedure for a crown.
During the first appointment
The process of getting a permanent crown usually involves two appointments. The first appointment generally is the more involved and complicated.
Numbing the gum
Prior to shaping the tooth, a local numbing agent is typically administered into the gums. Most patients feel a pinching sensation at this point, some more pronounced than others depending on several factors. Gum health and level of sensitivity as well as age and weight can all contribute to exactly what the patient feels. Once the area is numb, patients typically feel little to no pain as the procedure is taking place.
Shaping the tooth
Some patients experience minor moments of discomfort from the sound or vibration of the instruments being used to shape the tooth. Others may find it a little uncomfortable to have multiple instruments in their mouth simultaneously. However, these moments should be brief and not intense enough to be described as painful.
Taking the impression
Once the tooth has been shaped, an impression is taken to ensure the permanent crown will fit exactly onto the tooth. This experience is typically pain-free.
Placing the temporary crown
The final step of the first appointment is to secure a temporary dental crown. It is commonly set in place using temporary dental cement to allow for ease of removal when the permanent crown is ready for placement. Patients again usually feel no pain during this process.
During the second appointment
The second appointment usually involves less pain than the first one, as the tooth has already been shaped.
Removal of temporary crown
The temporary crown is generally easily removed with no pain. Patients may feel pressure while the dental professional separates the temporary crown from the tooth, but it should not hurt.
At this point, a local numbing agent is usually once again used. Because it is injected into the gum line, many patients experience at least minor discomfort at this point. The amount each patient feels can be different depending on the previously mentioned variables.
Permanent crown placement
Using permanent dental cement, a dental professional secures the permanent crown. Most patients feel little to no discomfort during this part of the procedure and should not experience pain.
Getting a dental crown is generally not overly painful. The injections required to administer the numbing agents are usually the most uncomfortable part of the entire process. After either appointment, there may be some tooth sensitivity and soreness in the gums around the injection site, but patients typically do not require prescription medication following these procedures.
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