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Does it hurt to get a dental crown?
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Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Mokbel
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Dr. Jared Plitt
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jared Plitt
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3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jonathan Gerstman
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Dr. Matthew Church
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Matthew Church
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Marguerite Myers
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Just like any restorations, as long as adequate anesthesia is provided, getting a dental crown should not hurt.

In brief: No
Just like any restorations, as long as adequate anesthesia is provided, getting a dental crown should not hurt.
Dr. Woojin Woody Kwon
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Dr. Peter Gross
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It shouldn't.
The dentist should use local anesthetic to completely numb the area prior to the procedure, so it should not hurt.

In brief: It shouldn't.
The dentist should use local anesthetic to completely numb the area prior to the procedure, so it should not hurt.
Dr. Peter Gross
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Dr. JACEK ZIEMSKI
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
No, if the tooth had root canal treatment.

In brief: No
No, if the tooth had root canal treatment.
Dr. JACEK ZIEMSKI
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Dr. J. Richard Shih
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. J. Richard Shih
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Dr. Frank Berman
Dentistry
In brief: NO
There should be no dental pain for the procedure if you are properly numb.

In brief: NO
There should be no dental pain for the procedure if you are properly numb.
Dr. Frank Berman
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Ledford
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Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anna Guarna
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Dr. Emile Waked
Dentistry
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Emile Waked
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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
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