Dental Tips Blog

Jan
26

Think Your Dental Crown Is Too High? Why You Should Get It Checked Out Right Away

Posted in Crowns

A high dental crown is a common issue, but it’s not one you can afford to ignore.

Why Is Your Crown Too High?

After placing your crown, your dentist asks you to bite down to check the fit, seeing how it lines up with your other teeth.

However, there’s more to it than what the dentist can see. He or she will also ask you how the crown feels when you bite down. The problem is that you might be numb from the procedure. You can’t always feel how well the cap fits against your other teeth or may be unsure about what the right fit feels like.

Being too numb from anesthetic is the most common reason people end up with crowns that don’t quite fit.

What’s Wrong with a High Crown?

It’s usually a couple hours or days after your procedure that you start to notice how strange your crown feels. The crown may not bother you, at first, or you may even get used to it, so it’s easy to ignore the issue.

When a crown is high, that means it’s the first point where your upper and lower teeth meet. But in a healthy bite, all of your teeth should meet at the same time.

Even if your crown is only slightly too high, that will make a difference in your bite. This difference can lead to some very uncomfortable problems like:

  • TMJ pain
  • Sensitivity
  • Wear on the opposite teeth.

If you clench your teeth hard and the capped tooth hurts, that’s a sign the crown may be too high. See your dentist as soon as possible. Adjusting a high crown takes only a few minutes and will spare you a lot of irritation in the long run.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

Sep
12

Is Your Crown Too High? Signs to Look For

Posted in Crowns

When you first get a new dental crown, your dentist will check that it fits and isn’t interfering with your bite before it’s cemented in place.

But it’s not unusual to get home and within a couple hours realize that your crown doesn’t feel quite right.

Here are some signs that you should get your crown looked at.

You can’t close your teeth together all the way.

Practice closing your teeth together tightly. Do this without any food in your mouth. If you can’t close all of your teeth together comfortably, then your crown is most likely too high.

You can’t slide your jaw from side to side.

Close your teeth snugly together and shifting your jaw from side to side. If you sense something near your crown is blocking your teeth from sliding together, then your crown may need adjustment.

You feel pain when you bite down.

A high crown doesn’t always hurt, but if it does you’re likely to notice it whenever you’re chewing food.

Pain in jaw muscles.

Your jaw will get into the habit of not letting you bite down on the uncomfortable crown. It won’t take long before your TMJ or cheek muscles start getting sore from being so tense.

Even if your crown is more annoying than painful, that doesn’t mean you can just ignore it. If your crown truly is a little high for your bite, then things will only get worse with time.

You’re looking at fractures, worn enamel, TMJ pain, temperature sensitivity, and even nerve damage.

Don’t wait if your tooth feels a little off! Call your dentist today to schedule a checkup to fine-tune your smile again.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Mar
6

Think Your Dental Crown is Too Big? What You Can Do

Posted in Crowns

Your dentist will always check the fit of a crown before cementing it in place. Take this opportunity to let him or her know whether you feel the cap looks too big.

You’d quickly notice whether a front tooth with a crown looks bigger than the rest.

But it can take a while for you to realize that a back tooth crown feels larger than it should. Once the anesthetic and sensitivity wear off, your crown may become more noticeable.

Why It Happens

Sometimes, it has to do with the way the crown was placed. If the cap isn’t properly positioned on the tooth, it can feel higher than the other teeth. You might sense that the capped tooth is the first one that you bite down on.

Alternatively, the crown itself may have a ridge or peak on the chewing surface that’s too high.

Why It’s Bad

You’ll be able to tell if something doesn’t fit right. In fact, your tongue may get tired from feeling it all day.

But it’s also bad news for your teeth. A poorly-fitted crown can wear down the opposing tooth it bites against. It can also stress the core and root of the tooth it’s covering. An uneven bite can tax your jaw, causing TMJ issues.

What to Do

Go see your dentist for an adjustment. If the crown is really off, then he or she may be able to reposition it.

The most common fix, however, is simply polishing down the high points on the crown. The dentist will use a special drill piece to remove areas that feel too big when you bite down.

Better yet, see a dentist who works closely with their lab and uses careful tools to assess the fit of your crown from the very get go!

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565

Nov
25

What if My Dental Crown Feels Too Big?

Posted in Crowns

It happens on occasion that a new crown doesn’t feel like it’s fitting as it should. If you run into the problem of feeling that your crown is too big, what can you do about it?

Definitely don’t wait too long! A poorly fitting crown can lead to problems down the road.

What If You Just Tough It Out?

Maybe you notice a slight difference in your crown, but you don’t think it’s a big deal. Is it worth the effort to have it adjusted? Yes, and more than you may imagine!

Leaving a crooked dental crown unadjusted will make your bite uneven, which can lead to:

  • Muscle soreness
  • TMJ pain
  • Uneven wear on teeth
  • Sensitivity
  • Root canal therapy

Obviously, each of these complications will lead to other problems of their own. Don’t take a nice even bite for granted!

How Your Dentist Will Fix the Crown

The good news is that your dentist won’t have to completely remove the crown to make an adjustment. Instead, he or she will have you bite down on a special slip of paper. This test will show which teeth are coming together more closely than others. It will also show what surfaces on the crown need adjustment.

Next, the dentist will use a drill to carefully polish down the areas of the crown that are a little too high. The change can be subtle, but you will feel the difference!

Getting used to any new dental restoration does take time. But if your crown still feels big after a week of having it, then you should call your dentist for a follow-up appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

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