Does it hurt to get a crown?

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When a tooth suffers from extensive decay or trauma, if it's severely cracked or damaged, or if it needs a root canal, we will usually recommend a dental crown to protect the remaining tooth structure and maintain a natural, healthy-looking smile. Many people worry about whether this procedure will be painful.

The good news is that having a crown placed doesn't hurt at all. We will take an impression of your mouth and match the color of your natural teeth to make sure your crown is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. Creating a crown normally takes one to two weeks, so we may use a temporary crown to protect any dental work from becoming damaged until the permanent crown is ready.

Once the crown is ready you can return to our Elk Grove dental office to have the crown placed. We will ensure the crown fits properly and feels comfortable, and make any adjustments necessary to fit it seamlessly into your mouth. Once both you and the dentist are satisfied with the crown, it will be bonded firmly into place and any excess cement will be removed to avoid soreness and irritation of your gums.

If you've been putting off the repair of a damaged or decayed tooth because you were worried about the pain of getting a crown, there's nothing to fear! Call our office today and let our gentle, caring staff restore your tooth and improve your smile.

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