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A 62-year-old male asked:

Does it hurt to get a dental crown?

15 doctor answers26 doctors weighed in
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice 42 years experience
No: Local anesthetic is used to get the area and the tooth numb. There should be no pain during the procedure and very little soreness for a day or two after.
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Dr. Jonathan Gerstman
Dentistry 30 years experience
Should be painless: Modern dentistry should provide you with a comfortable experience for all phases of treatment. If the tooth is vital (never had a root canal) than a local anesthetic will numb th etooth so that you do not feel anything during the treatment for a crown. If the tooth has had a previous root canal you may not need any local anesthetic.
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Dr. JACEK ZIEMSKI
Dentistry 21 years experience
No: No, if the tooth had root canal treatment.
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Dr. Jared Plitt
Dentistry 21 years experience
Usually not.: Most crowns are done in 2 visits. First the tooth is prepared, has an impression taken, and is temporized. This is done with anesthetic, and the tooth should be numb. On the 2nd visit the crown is tried in, adjusted, and cemented. For most teeth this visit is minor & anesthetic is not used. All that is felt is a minor sensitivity to the cold air. You can be numbed for that visit too, if you want.
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Dr. Emile Waked
Dentistry 25 years experience
It shouldn't: Like any dental procedure, if the patient is numb, it shouldn't hurt. In case the patient still feels pain, please, communicate it to your doctor to take care of your concern.
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Dr. Peter Gross
Dentistry 43 years experience
It shouldn't.: The dentist should use local anesthetic to completely numb the area prior to the procedure, so it should not hurt.
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Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
No: When having dental work/crown, you are given an anesthetic to numb the area. Sometimes, the tooth may already have root canal treatment done (which removes the nerve from the internal portion of the tooth), so the tooth will not feel pain. Even if you've had root canal work done, you should have anesthetic for the surrounding gum area as the work will involve that area.
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Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 43 years experience
Just the anesthetic: Once you get the anesthetic to numb your tooth and your gums, everything else should be pain free, drilling the tooth can be noisy and annoying but that's all, the impressions to make the mould for the lab are usually done in the same visit, if your dentist uses a cerec machine you can get your crown the same day, or you can get a temporary crown until your next visit.
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Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
No: A crown is performed under local anesthetic like any other dental procedure. It will tke longer than getting a filling but there should be no pain.
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Dr. Frank Berman
Dentistry 40 years experience
NO: There should be no dental pain for the procedure if you are properly numb.
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Dr. Woojin Woody Kwon
Dentistry 20 years experience
No: Just like any restorations, as long as adequate anesthesia is provided, getting a dental crown should not hurt.
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Dr. Marguerite Myers
Dentistry 46 years experience
No : You may have slight discomfort from the injection. However you will be numb for the preparation procedure and should not feel much. At the second appointment, you may be numbed as well. You may feel thermal changes however strong pain sound not be a problem. Please tell the dentist if your are overly sensitive.
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Periodontics 45 years experience
Crown & Pain: Believe me dentists are more concerned about not giving pain to their patients than the patients. Getting a crown is not generally a painful process. And your dentist will make sure of it. It generally involves local anesthetic. There is even a numbing gel to numb the gum before the shot is given. So no reason to fret. Just show up and be relaxed. And of course communicate with your dentist.
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Dr. J. Richard Shih
Cosmetic Dentistry 29 years experience
No: If you want to know if the procedure hurt or sensitive on teeth, then the best answer is yes. But not always. Everyone has different tolerance in pain. If you expect to have pain for the procedure, then ask more anesthesia from you dentist. It is true if you have a vital tooth, then enough anesthetics is the only way to prevent unwanted pain.
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Dr. Matthew Church
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
No, it does not: Preparing for a dentalCrown and having a dentalCrown physically placed are not painfulTreatments.Patient comfort is ensured with local anesthetics during this time.The dentist must first remove enamel from the tooth to take impressions,which are then sent to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the crown.Once it arrives at the dentalOffice,it is bonded in place over the NaturalToothStructure
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Similar questions

A 49-year-old member asked:

Which type of dental crown should I get ?

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nathan Doyel
25 years experience
Crown type: Every dentist has preferred types of crowns they feel best working with. I love working with pressed e-max. They are very strong and gentle to opposing teeth. In my hands they fit and look amazing, however another dentist may not feel as comfortable and prefer gold or a pfm (porcelain fused to metal). They type of crown that is used also depends on the condition of the tooth and tissue.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

I'm wondering how long should a permanent dental crown hurt?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joaquin Siles
Prosthodontics 48 years experience
Tooth ache?: Sensitivity in a tooth with brand new crown is almost normal, it could last, weeks even months. I am talking about a slight sensitivity, that will go away. This different thna paine, and this is bad news, mostable if you need to take over the counter pain medicines. In that case tooth needs root canal treatment. Ok?
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017
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