I had a piece of tooth come off from eating a peanut. Molar on the lower right. The tooth is basically an enamel shell with a ton of amalgam. Fortunately there was no pain, the root was not involved, so no root canal necessary, and the dentist did a bit of bonding to replace the broken area.
Now I'm scheduled for a crown on that tooth. Personally I'd rather stay with the bonded tooth, but I surmise that is not a long-term option.
My problem is the anesthesia options. I'm not afraid of dental procedures in general. But about 3 years ago I had a filling replaced (in this same tooth as a matter of fact) and the novocaine injection had side effects. The numbness took a considerable time to wear off -- days in fact -- and I had intermittent burning, tingling, etc. for weeks afterwards.
Needless to say I'm not anxious to repeat the experience. I would really like to not have any injections for the crown work. I've had root planing and scaling without anesthesia and that was fine. The pain threshold in my mouth is apparently higher than normal.
I'm very happy with my new dentist except that she does not offer any kind of alternative anesthesia -- just the novocaine injections.
So, after this long-winded explanation, my question is what actually happens in this crown process in terms of shaping the tooth for the crown. Should I expect a ton of pain? Because if that is the case, even though I really like my current dentist, I would opt for looking for a dentist who could do some kind of conscious sedation process.