Dental Procedure Pain: Get the Facts

All About Getting A Crown

If you have a tooth that's in bad shape, whether due to an injury or tooth decay, then you may be a good candidate for a crown. Having a crown put on that tooth will help protect its integrity and restore it so you can keep your natural looking smile. If you are unaware of everything involved with getting a crown, this article will educate you on the process.

Your first appointment

When you go in to the dentist for your exam and they see a problem large enough to warrant a crown, they will discuss all possible options with you. Once the two of you decide on a crown, the dentist will prepare your tooth by grinding it down. This is done to make room for the bonding material and the crown.

Once your tooth has been prepared, the dentist will have you bite down on a soft mold that is used to give them an impression of your gums and teeth. They will write the color and shade of your natural teeth on a slip so the lab knows what color to make your crown. The dentist will give you a temporary crown to wear until your permanent one comes in.

Your second appointment

Once the dentist's office receives the crown, you will come back in to have it put in place. The dentist will remove the temporary crown, clean the tooth and surrounding area, place a strong bonding agent on the tooth and put the crown on your tooth.

After the crown is in place, the dentist will clean your surrounding teeth to ensure that none of the bonding agent is still in your mouth before you leave the office. They will also give you advice on caring for your crown, such as letting you know to care about it the same way you do your natural teeth, not to chew hard things, such as ice cubes, and inform you of any other special instructions they may have for you.

What you will feel like after the crown is in place

When you leave the dentist's office with your new crown, your mouth may feel a little sore from holding it open for so long. However, you shouldn't experience much in the way of pain. Some over-the-counter pain reliever will help with the discomfort. The crown will feel odd at first since you are used to not having a tooth there. However, within a couple of days it will feel just like your other teeth.

Getting a crown is a great way to repair a problem with your tooth in an easy manner that offers you a permanent fix.