Most patients find that they do not experience any pain during the crown treatment process. From the patient’s perspective, shaping a tooth for a crown is very similar to having a filling placed. Dr. Gray uses a deliberate and specific protocol including multiple types of anesthetic to numb the tooth. This protocol is extremely effective and allows us to numb the tooth with minimal discomfort. After shaping the tooth for the crown, we place a plastic temporary crown to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is made. Occasionally people will notice minor sensitivity to cold while they have the plastic temporary crown. Once the permanent crown is cemented onto the tooth, it will feel like a natural tooth again.