What to Expect During Your Dental Crown Procedure

What to Expect During Your Dental Crown Procedure

Dental crowns serve many functions. They can prevent a weakened tooth from breaking, protect a tooth with a large filling, hold together an already broken tooth, or secure a dental bridge. Crowns are commonly used to cover misshapen or discolored teeth to achieve a beautiful smile. They can also be used in combination with cosmetic restorations, such as dental implants. Single crowns are the most common type of restorative procedure, according to the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), with two to three million implant-supported crowns made annually. There are specific steps involved in a dental crown procedure, each equally important to ensure a satisfying outcome.

Crown Preparation Steps

Procedure steps typically take place over two appointments. At your first appointment, your dentist will examine the tooth and prepare it for a crown. This typically involves taking X-rays, filing the tooth, and taking impressions. The impression is then sent to a lab where your custom crown will be created. This process can take up to two to three weeks. In the meantime, your dentist will provide a temporary crown.

At your second appointment, your dentist will place it. You’ll first have the temporary one removed and your dentist will check to ensure your permanent crown is the appropriate shape, color, and fit for your tooth. The permanent crown will then be cemented into place. Depending on pain tolerance, your dentist may use a numbing agent to ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible during the procedure.

One of the most common questions that patients have before getting a dental crown is whether the procedure is painful. The good news is that getting a dental crown is virtually painless. Most patients only experience mild sensitivity and discomfort after having a dental crown placed. This discomfort usually subsides within a few days after the procedure.

Recovery After a Dental Crown

Like most dental procedures, there is some recovery time. If your dentist used a local anesthetic during the procedure, your mouth may be numb for several hours. It’s also common to experience some discomfort as the body heals from the inflammation caused by the procedure.

Your dentist will provide you with after-care tips to minimize any discomfort and prevent infection. If you are still experiencing pain several days after the procedure or if you are having any other abnormal symptoms, contact your dentist for guidance. Your dentist may need to make adjustments to the crown.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dental crowns have the ability to transform your teeth and help you regain full chewing function. To learn more about or to schedule a consultation, contact Vero Elite Dentistry at 772.617. 2869.