October 24, 2021
A dental crown sounded like it could really help you when your dentist was telling you about it. Among other things, you’re wondering if it will hurt to get one placed. Maybe it won’t be anything to worry about.
Keep reading to learn about why you should get a crown, the placement, the recovery period, and what’s at risk if you decide not to get one.
Why Would I Get a Dental Crown?
If you have a tooth that is decayed or severely damaged, your dentist may deem a dental crown to be in your best interest. It restores the size, shape, and function of your tooth to extend its life. A crown is usually the best treatment option when the structure of a tooth becomes compromised since it offers protection from further damage.
What Is the Placement Procedure for a Crown Like?
It’s a two-appointment process. At the first one, your dentist examines your tooth and prepares it for the crown. The tooth will be numbed, filed down, damaged areas will be removed, and an impression will be taken for the lab. No worries, your tooth will be completely numb during this time.
At the second and shorter appointment, once your crown is ready, you will return to the clinic, and it will be permanently cemented into place. This step shouldn’t be uncomfortable either since your dentist can use a numbing agent if needed.
What’s the Recovery Like After Getting a Crown?
The recovery period is mostly just getting over some irritation, tenderness, and inflammation after the procedure. These issues should dissipate in a few days, and you can take over-the-counter pain relievers in the meantime. If the pain is significant or lingers, you should contact your dentist for a follow-up in case adjustments are needed.
What If I Skip Getting a Crown at This Time?
It’s probably not a good idea to put off getting a crown, especially if that’s the treatment your dentist recommended. You risk exposing your damaged and decaying tooth to bacteria that could cause further damage and irritation. Also, it could put you at risk to need more extensive treatments later on like a root canal or extraction.
Don’t let concerns of pain make you reluctant to get a dental crown, it’s not a procedure known for discomfort. Your dentist will make it as painless as possible – it’s passing on the crown that could cause real pain down the line.
About the Practice
At Lapalco Family Dental, we combine old-fashioned customer service with state-of-the-art technology. We want chatting with a member of our team to feel like you’re talking with an old friend who just happens to know a lot about dentistry. We prioritize using the finest materials and latest tools for optimal care, plus sedation is available if you need some assistance remaining calm during your treatment. If you are interested in a dental crown, Dr. C.J. Landry may recommend it to address a broken, decayed, or lost tooth. He can assess your situation and answer any questions during a consultation that you can schedule by visiting his website or calling (504) 348-0080.
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