It may seem like a straightforward question, but there’s no short answer. A lot depends on the reason the crown is being made in the first place. If you have a deep cavity that needs to be cleaned out, the crown may be sensitive or the tooth may need a root canal. If your tooth has already had a root canal, the procedure may be relatively pain-free. Making a crown requires several procedures to be undertaken. These include freezing the tooth, preparing the tooth, as well as manipulating the gum tissues, tongue and cheeks. In offices not providing same-day crowns, there is also a temporary crown that will need to be made and placed. If all the procedures are not carried out gently, you may have pain afterwards.
You may have heard friends or co-workers comment that the dental crown procedure from their dentist was not comfortable. Remember that your next thought should be, “How does this person tolerate dentistry in general?” Many patients have dental anxiety, which can lead to the perception of any procedure – even a routine exam or x-rays – as painful. That’s where personalized care comes in. Our New Westminster dentists take time to listen to every patient’s concern about their upcoming procedure to ensure that every effort leads to maximum comfort.
Our doctors and their staff know that every patient has a unique history concerning their previous dentistry or oral healthcare. We pride ourselves in creating smiles with a gentle touch for anyone looking for New Westminster dental crowns or other procedures provided in our dental clinic. We also offer same-day dental crowns, which could help ease any anxiety associated with visiting a dental clinic.
Most dental crown procedures require two visits to your dentist. The first visit is to prepare the tooth receiving the crown and create an impression. That impression is then sent off to a lab or other dental service to create the crown – a process that can take a couple of weeks. In the meantime, a dentist will place a temporary crown over the tooth. Although this temporary crown will look and function to a certain extent as a natural tooth, the temporary nature of the tooth means that it may also fall off or break before your permanent crown is ready resulting in additional appointments with the dentist to get the crown remade or temporarily cemented again.
It is inconvenient for a patient to have to return to the dental office multiple times for the same procedure, but not replacing or recementing the temporary crown could result in tooth breakage that will negatively impact the precise fit of the restoration. Plus, patients always run the risk of a temporary crown falling off at the most inconvenient times, such as while traveling for business or pleasure or at an event where the inconvenience leads to embarrassment. To put it simply, the waiting period between appointments can be stressful. And when you add that stress to a patient who is already experiencing dental anxiety, it becomes easier to understand why some patients describe their experience as uncomfortable.
With the same-day crowns offered at our office, the patient can have the final crown on the same day without having to worry about temporaries or having to come back a second time for the same procedure.
If you need a crown and are concerned about pain, talk to your dentist about this. If you are interested in the same-day crowns that we offer, contact us to make an appointment for a same-day dental crown in New Westminster.