Do Dental Crowns Hurt?

Dental crowns are one of the most common types of dental restoration used in dentistry today. As their name suggests, they sit over the top of the affected tooth, covering the damage that the tooth has sustained. A dental crown also restores the shape, size and appearance of the tooth, so that you can enjoy full functionality and a more natural, attractive smile.

In the past, crowns were made purely of metal. While this made them strong, it also made them very obvious and quite unattractive. Understandably, such a prominent restoration can dent your confidence and self-esteem and affect your personal and professional relationships. Fortunately, today it is possible to choose crowns that are either 100% porcelain or porcelain fused to a metal base. This enables your restoration to be discreet while ensuring that you can benefit from a smile that still looks natural and beautiful.

When is a dental crown necessary?

Dental crowns can be used to treat a variety of dental issues, including:

  • Severe decay, where a cavity filling is not an option

  • Severe erosion of the teeth, often due to tooth grinding or GERD

  • Broken teeth

  • Teeth that are weak and at risk of breaking

  • Teeth are misshapen

  • Teeth that are discolored

  • When a dental bridge is needed to replace a missing tooth, as crowns are used to support the bridge

Dental crowns are also one of the primary components of dental implants, which are used to replace singular or multiple missing teeth.

Do dental crowns hurt?

Many patients feel a sense of trepidation when it comes to getting any sort of dental work done and asking whether or not a specific procedure hurts or if you will be in pain afterwards is completely normal.

The procedure to receive dental crowns is fairly straightforward for any qualified and experienced dentist. Firstly, your existing damaged tooth will need to be prepared to receive the crown. This may mean drilling away any areas of decay and filing it down so that a crown of the appropriate size can fit well over the top, or in the case of teeth that are very eroded, building it up so it can support the crown. This preparation is always performed using anesthetic, so you should not be in any discomfort during the procedure. However, if you are particularly nervous or anxious, it may be possible for you to be mildly sedated while the work is carried out. Once the tooth is prepared, impressions of the tooth and surrounding teeth are taken which will be used to custom-design your new crown.

Same day crowns are available in some locations, though it is very common to have to return to your dentist’s office up to a week later to have the new crown fitted. This is checked against your teeth before sealing it in place. Some anesthetic or sedation may also be used although this part of the procedure is non-invasive so should not cause you any discomfort.

Once your crown is placed, it may feel unusual for a few days, but it will not hurt. You will very quickly get used to it and it will begin to feel just like a natural tooth.

If you are still concerned about dental crowns being painful, arrange an appointment with our dental team. We will be able to answer any questions that you may have and reassure you about this common and painless treatment.