Careful Kids: Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

February 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — kidsdentistry @ 9:58 pm
A fake tooth with a crown next to a broken fake tooth

If you’ve just found out that your child needs a dental crown, it’s normal to have questions. This tooth-shaped cap is the perfect way to restore functionality to your little one’s decayed or damaged tooth. That said, it’s a somewhat invasive procedure and you may be wondering whether your kid will be in any pain. Your dentist wants you and your family to feel confident when you arrive for your appointment so has put together some helpful information to set your mind at ease. Read on to learn more!

What Exactly is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth restoration that’s cemented over your little one’s injured tooth to shield it from further harm. Usually, it’s made from resilient materials like metal combined with durable porcelain. It can be customized to match the shade of your child’s natural teeth so no one can tell just by looking that it’s there.

Your kid might need a dental crown if:

  • They have a tooth with cavities too severe to be fixed with fillings.
  • They have a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth.
  • They had a root canal or pulp therapy that required protection.
  • They have a misshapen tooth that sustains uneven wear and tear.

Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

While it’s normal to experience some sensitivity after getting a dental crown, typically the process isn’t considered overly painful. Your child’s dentist will first apply a local anesthetic to numb the area so there’s no discomfort while they work. If your little one is overly anxious, they may also offer other sedation options like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) that’s administered through a breathing mask placed gently over their nose.

Then, they’ll clean the damaged tooth and remove any decay, infection, and debris. Next, they’ll prep the tooth by removing some of the enamel so that the dental crown aligns with their other teeth. Finally, they’ll bond the crown in place and wipe away any remaining residue.

Is Dental Crown Recovery Painful?

It doesn’t typically take long to heal after getting a dental crown. Your child might experience some mild aches and swelling around that tooth, but it should resolve itself after a few days. If they tell you that they’re still sore after a week or so, call their dentist to let them know. They may need to check in and ensure that everything is functioning as intended.

Don’t forget to follow any care instructions that your pediatric dentist provides to ensure a safe and smooth recovery!

About the Practice

At Homer Sedighi, D.M.D., P.C., your family benefits from two licensed pediatric dentists who have years of specialty training. That makes them uniquely qualified to treat still-developing smiles. They use state-of-the-art technology to accurately assess and address any areas of concern, including decayed or damaged teeth. They can restore your child’s tooth using top-quality, life-like materials to keep their smile happy and healthy. If your child has a cavity and you’d like to schedule an appointment, you’re welcome to request one on the website or by calling (636) 777-7777.

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