One of the most suitable solutions that we have at our disposal to restore damaged teeth is through the placement of dental crowns since they offer us optimal aesthetics and functionality.
In other words, by placing a dental crown we will not only protect the tooth integrity but will also be able to return both the aesthetics and the piece functionality.
However, many people do not dare to accept the placement of a crown for fear of pain. But does it hurt to have one? Here we tell you in detail what to expect.
What is a Crown?
We are talking about a type of fixed tooth-shaped prosthesis that will generally be placed over a damaged tooth. However, they can also be used to improve the appearance, alignment, and shape of a tooth or the dental aesthetics of your smile.
It is possible to find crowns made with materials of different types. In that sense, your dentist, after a visit and depending on your case, can recommend crowns made of porcelain, ceramic, stainless steel, or resin.
Crown Preparation and Placement
Placing a crown is a process that consists of a series of steps that are carried out in the dental clinic:
1. The tooth on which the crown is to be placed is filed or filled.
2. Afterward, impressions are taken with silicone or with a dental scanner to obtain a tooth mold that is sent to the laboratory.
3. While the final crown is being fabricated, a temporary one is placed to maintain aesthetics and protect the original tooth.
4. After the crown is fabricated in the dental laboratory, it is tested for fit on the patient’s tooth.
5. If everything is correct, the crown will be cemented and the occlusion and contact points with the adjacent teeth will be adjusted.
Now let’s talk about one of the most important parts of this procedure, does it hurt?
How Much Does it Hurt?
There are different reasons why a person may be afraid of the dentist and one of them is due to bad previous experiences. However, not all dentists are created equal and reputable ones will not let their patients feel any pain.
That is why you should invest a little of your time to find the best dentist in your area. The dentist will explain that crown placement is usually not a painful process since it tends to numb the area where the crown or any necessary adjustments will be placed.
When the numbing effect passes, it is normal that you feel discomfort due to slight pressure on the tooth, since it is a piece that has been custom designed in the laboratory so that it fits under pressure and adapts perfectly to the tooth you want to protect with it.
Even so, this discomfort should disappear on the second or third day, although the dentist usually recommends an over-the-counter medicine in case the pain does not go away or if there is gums inflammation. However, if the pain is persistent or increasing, never hesitate to consult your dentist.
The dental crown’s purpose is to restore functionality to the tooth, both aesthetic and functional. On the other hand, if you are worried about pain, you should know that the process is painless. However, you may feel discomfort until you get used to it.