Posted by Janice
on April 28, 2000 at 10:10:48:
In Reply to: capping posted by guy on April 25, 2000 at 11:16:26:
Tooth capping or getting your tooth crowned ought to be relatively painless. Think of the cap as a fake tooth with a hollow space on the inside for your real tooth. First, they make a mold on the side of your mouth where the tooth is. The mold is sent to a lab where they will make a permanent crown/cap, the "fake tooth". Inquire about the materials that they will use to make the crown. Avoid nickel crowns (not really used much nowadays)--cheap but many people are allergic to nickel.
Then they grind away a layer around your tooth.
The dentist will put in a temporary cap which might not necessarily fit all that well. Try and have it fit as comfortable as possible. Keep the area around the tooth clean and don't take off the cap. If the temporary cap comes off your tooth could shift which could alter the way your permanent crown fits.
About a week later your permanent crown will be ready to place. The dentist will cement the crown in place and that's it.
Some people have some bruising and swelling during the process (week or less) but others have no problems at all. Overall,it should not hurt that much and if it does, let your dentist know. Hope this helps.