Is it Painful Having a Crown Put on your Tooth?


A crown is the visible part of your tooth that sits above the gum line on your lower teeth and below the gum line on your upper teeth. You can get a dental restoration procedure that covers either the whole of or just part of the outer part of that visible part of your tooth.

This procedure is known as dental crown installation. Here’s an all-around guide on what dental crowns are, when you may need them, the process of getting the crowns, and how you can take care of your crowns, among others.

Is it Painful to have a Crown Put on your Teeth?

Getting a dental crown installed is one of the most common and relatively simple teeth restoration procedures. Ideally, it shouldn’t be a complicated process but for some patients, it may be somehow difficult to get one.

When you get a dental crown treatment, you should not experience too much pain so long as it is installed correctly. Usually, you’d feel mild discomfort, which is normal and mostly felt after the treatment.

If you were getting a dental crown to help restore an infected tooth, your doctor would need to remove your tooth’s infected areas first. Usually, this is done through drilling, and it is what causes your discomfort though it isn’t a cause of concern.

The discomfort would be due to your tooth roots getting exposed as the doctor removes the infected areas. This is a good sign since you get some assurance that you will have managed to stop the development of the infection.

After the infected areas are removed, your dentist will place a dental crown on the top part f your tooth to completely seal it off and stop the infection. Now, to minimize the amount of discomfort that may come with the removal of the infected parts of your teeth, your doctor will give you a numbing medication before the treatment.

This implies that you may only feel discomfort after the procedure is complete. You may also experience feelings of soreness and tenderness after your treatment.

To manage the discomfort after your treatment, your dentist may recommend OTC pain medications, which you will need to, take after around 24hours after the procedure. After getting a dental crown in Singapore, your recovery may take a few days as your body gradually recovers from the gum soreness and inflammation that often come with this treatment.

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Gum soreness usually results from the crown placed on top of your tooth running into gums. Besides the pain medications, your dentist may also recommend cold compresses and ice packs to manage the soreness.

You may also feel numb around the treatment area for some time after your treatment as the anesthetic medication that was administered to you wears off. If you don’t want your mouth to stay numb for a few hours after the treatment, your provider may give you an OraVerse injection to reverse the dental numbness. Some patients also report tooth sensitivity when flossing, chewing, or brushing their teeth.

This is also normal and should resolve within seven days from the day you got your dental crown. With that being said, we can conclude that having a crown put on your teeth is not painful, but you can expect some amount of discomfort after your treatment.

How long would it take to put a Crown on a Tooth?

Now, getting a dental crown shouldn’t take too long. The amount of time it may take for your dentist to put a crown on your tooth depends on whether you will have a multi-day crown procedure or the same-day procedure.

Here’s the difference, if your dentist recommends a multi-day procedure, you will need to use a temporary crown for some time. For the same-day procedure, the dentist will not need to use the temporary crown first before installing the permanent crown. We’ve rounded up what you can expect depending on the proposed dental crown installation procedure.

Multiday Dental Crown Installation Procedure

Also known as the traditional crown, for this option, you will need to visit the dentist’s office twice. Here’s what will happen during the visits;

The dentist will evaluate and then prepare the affected tooth that would benefit from the crown. They would then take a mold of your mouth or tooth, so they come up with a crown that exactly fits on your teeth. They may also take X-rays of your tooth.

The dentist will then file down and remove the outer layer covering the part of your tooth where the crown will be installed. They will make two impressions, which they will need to forward to the lab where your dental crown will be made.

One of the impressions will be of the trimmed tooth, and the other one will be for the surrounding teeth. The dentist will then install a temporary crown.

This temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth filed down as you wait for your crown to be made. You’ll be notified when your crown is ready, so you return to your dentist’s office for the second visit.

It is on this second visit that they will bond the crown to your tooth. If your dentist recommends the multi-step crown installation procedure, it may take a few weeks to put a crown on your tooth. Alternatively, if they recommend the same-day procedure, which we expound on below, you can expect to get your dental crown installed the same day.

Here’s a roundup of what you may expect with the same-day procedure;

The dentist at the clinic where you wish to get your dental crown will take digital impressions of your mouth.

They will use the digital scans from the impressions to create for you a crown in the office. The process of creating the crown may take around 1 to 2 hours.

After creating the crown, the dentist will bond it onto the remaining section of your tooth. Overall, you can expect the whole procedure to take around 2 to 4 hours. Most people prefer the same-day procedure as it may allow you to get back to your regular activities, especially if you’re working on a tight schedule.

Over to You

Putting a crown on your tooth may be painful because of the drilling process and the removal of affected tooth roots. Nonetheless, this pain is managed with the local anesthetic injection so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Give us a call today to learn more about dental crown installation and probably, schedule a date for your treatment.