Restorative Dentistry |3 min read

Do Crowns Hurt?

Do dental crowns really hurt?

One of the most frequent questions at our office is whether dental crowns hurt.

It’s a legitimate query for those considering this standard dental procedure for restoring and strengthening damaged teeth.

Understanding the process and knowing what to expect can help alleviate concerns.

In this article, we’ll cover the world of dental crowns, addressing concerns about potential pain or discomfort.

So, if you’re curious whether dental crowns are painful, keep reading to find all the answers.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are custom-made, tooth-shaped restorations that cover the entire visible portion of a tooth.

They often restore severely decayed, broken, or worn-down teeth, restoring strength, durability, and aesthetics.

Crowns can be made from various materials such as porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination.

Crowns are also part of individual dental procedures and full-mouth rehabilitations.

Types of dental crowns

Various types of dental crowns are available, each with advantages and considerations.

While porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns, all-ceramic crowns, and metal crowns are commonly used, one type that stands out is the CEREC same-day crown.

Your dentist will consider your needs, budget, and desired appearance.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns offer durability and a natural appearance, combining a metal base with a porcelain coating.

All-ceramic crowns provide excellent aesthetics due to their tooth-like translucency.

Metal crowns, often made of gold or other alloys, are highly durable but may be less preferred for visible teeth.

CEREC same-day crowns have gained popularity for their convenience and time-saving benefits. With CEREC technology, the entire crown fabrication process can be completed in a single dental visit, eliminating the need for multiple appointments and temporary crowns.

Before tooth preparation or crown placement, your dentist will use local anesthesia to ensure a pain-free experience.

This numbs the tooth and surrounding gums, allowing for a comfortable procedure.

During the tooth preparation, where some of the enamel is removed, you may experience minimal discomfort, but the local anesthesia significantly reduces any sensitivity or pain.

After crown placement, it is common to experience some sensitivity or discomfort around the treated tooth.

However, this sensitivity is usually temporary and should subside within a few days or weeks as your mouth adjusts to the new crown.

Your dentist may recommend over-the-counter pain medications to manage discomfort during healing.


Factors affecting pain perception during crown placement

Several factors can influence pain perception associated with dental crown placement.

Understanding these factors can help provide context for individual experiences:

Individual pain threshold

Each person has a unique pain threshold, meaning that the perception of pain can vary from person to person.

Some individuals may be more sensitive to discomfort, while others may have a higher tolerance.

The extent of tooth damage

The extent of tooth damage or decay can influence the complexity of the crown procedure.

In cases where extensive tooth preparation is required, there may be a slightly higher chance of experiencing some discomfort during the process.

Dentist’s technique and skill

The skill and technique of the dentist performing the crown procedure can also play a role in minimizing any potential discomfort.

Experienced and skilled dentists are trained to perform the procedure efficiently and precisely, reducing the likelihood of pain or discomfort.


Dental crown procedures generally do not cause significant pain.

With local anesthesia, discomfort is minimal and well managed.

It’s important to remember that individuals may experience temporary sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure.

Following post-crown placement instructions and contacting your dentist will ensure a smooth recovery.


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