How Long Should Your Tooth Be Sensitive After Getting A Crown?

How Long Should Your Tooth Be Sensitive After Getting A Crown?

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A dental crown is a restorative procedure that can save a damaged tooth in many cases. A crown placed over an existing tooth allows the natural root to stay in place for support so that the tooth can function normally. 

The process of getting a crown restoration sometimes takes a few steps, one of which includes the placement of a temporary crown. After getting a temporary crown, your tooth may be sensitive to pressure for a period of time, making it difficult to chew. How long will this last? Here’s what to expect. 

What is a Temporary Crown? 

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped protective cover placed over a damaged tooth. In the placement of a traditional crown, a temporary crown needs to be placed while the permanent crown is created in a lab and shipped back to your dentist’s office. The temporary crown is made to last for a few weeks and may not look or function as well as your permanent crown. 

Recovery After Temporary Crown Placement 

It is normal for your tooth to be sore after the placement of a temporary crown. It may be sensitive to pressure for a few days to a week or more. The good news is that it should subside by the time your permanent crown comes back from the lab and is ready to be placed. 

Avoid Temporary Crowns with CEREC Same Day Crowns 

If you would prefer to expedite the process of getting a crown and experience less discomfort, a same day crown may be the right option for you. With CEREC technology your permanent crown can be created in your dentist’s office while you wait. The tooth is prepared, impressions are made, the crown is created, and then it is permanently placed on the same day. You may still have some mild discomfort or tenderness to pressure after placement, but you will only have to experience this once, rather than twice. 

Am I a Candidate for Same Day Crowns? 

If you have a tooth that is severely decayed, cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged, a crown may be able to save the tooth. Most patients are eligible for a same day crown, as long as the tooth can still be restored. If the damage is too extensive, the tooth may need to be extracted and replaced. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns 

Why is a temporary crown necessary?

In the traditional dental crown process, the temporary crown protects the tooth from sensitivity and allows it to look and function naturally while you wait for your permanent crown to be made. Without a temporary crown your tooth would be uncovered for weeks, which could be uncomfortable. 

How long does it take to recover after the placement of a same day crown?

The tooth and the gum tissue around it may be tender for a few days following the procedure. Over the counter pain medication can help, as well as avoiding chewing in that area of your mouth. It can help to eat soft foods for the first few days following the procedure.

Who Provides Same Day Crowns? 

Dentists with CEREC technology can provide same day crowns. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. The crown is made from the specifications gathered by digital impressions. If adjustments are needed, they can be made in the office in just minutes. 

Doctors Lake Family Dental provides CEREC same day crowns so you can avoid the extra steps and temporary crowns required with the traditional method. 

Call 904-264-6700 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.