We feel it when we bite down on that pizza crust a little too hard. That tender pain that sends a groaning wave throughout our body. You feel that one tooth become the epicenter of discomfort and pain, and you know it’s time to get a dental crown.
However, the first thing you start doing is weighing the pain you’re currently feeling versus the eventual discomfort of installing the dental crown.
However, is that question truly valid? Does getting a dental crown really cause that much pain?
Procedure: Facing the Facts
Let us clear that up for you. First procedure is quite straightforward.
A dental crown is simply a tooth-shaped cap that gets placed over an existing tooth that is badly decayed or has extensive damage. A crown will restores the shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.
Finally, let’s discuss the procedure. Crowns will always take two appointments — first is preparing the tooth for placement and then the actual placing of the crown. The first visit will shape the tooth, get an impression to create the crown and then place a temporary crown. The second appointment is to place the permanent crown and then the patient will be on his or her way.
The patient sometimes gets a dose of local anesthesia to ensure that no pain is felt during the procedure. The fact that it’s local anesthesia, also ensures that once the procedure is done, the patient can continue back to their daily routine. Once the area has been anesthetized, water is used with high speed instruments are used.
In some cases, the procedure is so straightforward that they don’t have to do local anesthesia for cementing the permanent crown.
To ensure that your procedure goes well and that you experience the least amount of discomfort and annoyance, we’re including some after-care tips for when you get a crown.
After Care Tips
- Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily.
- This may seem like a tip everyone hears, but it’s especially pertinent when getting a new crown. You don’t want to get food bits stuck under and around the new crown.
- See your dentist or hygienist regularly for cleanups.
- Once again, in the first 6 months, you’ll want to be extra careful to keep the crown area clean as it settles into your mouth.
- To prevent damage on your new crown or bridge, don’t chew on hard foods, ice or hard objects.
- Yes, that pen cap is so tempting, but it’s not worth another visit to the dentist! The crown has to settle and become part of your mouth before you can go on hard-food adventures.
We hope these tips ease your thoughts as you go get a dental crown and book an appointment with us for the best care!