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Crowning Comfort: Does it Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

December 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — oshinssmiles @ 5:55 pm
A young woman anxious about getting dental crowns

Many patients have a bit of anxiety about going to the dentist. If you were to ask a big group of them why, quite a few would probably cite fear of pain. Whether it’s because of bad past experiences or a learned perception of dentistry, pain is a common concern. Because of this, even simple procedures like dental crowns can become nightmare scenarios.

But do dental crowns actually hurt to get? Continue reading to learn more about dental crowns and modern dental practices.

Easing Your Anxiety

For some patients, the idea of any dental procedures, especially those involving heavy use of instruments can cause anxiety. However, it’s important to note that dental technology has come a long way. Many procedures, including dental crowns, are now pain-free thanks to better anesthetics and procedure techniques.

What are Anesthetics?

Before the dental crown procedure begins, your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the affected area. These chemicals work by blocking pain signals from reaching the brain. This ensures that you won’t feel any discomfort during the process. The injection may cause a slight pinch, but the result is a painless experience during the crown placement.

How Are Teeth Prepared for Dental Crowns?

To prepare your tooth for the crown, your dentist may need to remove a small portion of the enamel. This step is crucial for a proper fit and to create a base for your crown free of decay. However, because of the anesthetic, you will only feel pressure from the procedure, no pain.

What About Pain After the Procedure?

After the anesthesia wears off, it’s normal to experience mild sensitivity or discomfort. However, this can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Your dentist will provide guidance on post-procedure care to ensure a smooth recovery.

The idea that getting a dental crown is a painful experience is often based on misconceptions. With local anesthesia, post-procedure care, and a skilled dentist, you have nothing to worry about. Hopefully, by understanding the procedure and the safeguards involved, you can approach your dental crown treatment with confidence. If you’re still unsure, talk to your dentist. It’s important to know that they truly care about your comfort.

About the Author

Dr. Steven Oshins is a friendly and talented dentist who is all smiles all the time. He graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, did an internship working with renowned dentists at the US Penitentiary Atlanta, and then did a two-year residency at Ellis Medicine. There, he became an expert with pre-treatment regimens before opening his practice. Call (518) 356-5635 to schedule an appointment at Oshins of Smiles or visit the website to dive into the sea of other services they provide.

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