My Permanent Crowns Feel Uneven – What Should I Do?
Permanent crowns have a number of functions in dentistry. They are commonly used for providing a protective covering for a filling. They can also be used to protect or restore weak teeth, hold dental bridges and implants in place, and even be used as a cosmetic modification to cover misshapen or discolored teeth. Ideally, your permanent crown should feel just like a normal tooth, but sometimes a new crown can feel uneven or uncomfortable. If that is the case, below are some tips advising you on what you do.
Ask Yourself How Long You’ve Had the Crown
The first question to ask yourself is how long you've had the crown for. Most permanent crowns will require some sort of adjustment period. If your crowns feel uneven for the first couple of days after your surgery, you might be adjusting to the feel of the new addition to your mouth.
Contact Your Dentist
If you have had the crown for more than a few days and feel that you have moved past the usual adjustment period, then you may need to contact your dentist. Once you've made a follow-up appointment, your dentist should be able to take care of the problem quickly and easily.
What Causes Uneven Crowns?
The main reason that crowns can be uneven is that a patient's mouth is usually numbed during dental surgery. The numbing means that you may not be able to close your mouth normally or feel if the crown fits properly or not. A good dentist will do their best to make sure that your crown is filed down properly to match the shape of your tooth, but without the ultimate test - your own sense of feeling - it's hard to be absolutely sure that your crowns are set the way they need to be.
How To Fix the Problem
Fortunately, an uneven crown is extremely simple to fix. All your dentist needs to do is to re-check your bite, and grind down the uneven part of the filling. This should only take a couple of minutes, and it should be totally painless as well.
What If My Crowns Are Causing Me Pain?
The reason that permanent crowns will cause pain is because they are uneven. An uneven crown will cause the thin layer of tissue under the tooth known as the periodontal ligament to become inflamed. This is because there is increased pressure on the high part of your crown from your teeth when you bite down. Normally, the pressure in your mouth is distributed evenly when you bite. However, when one part becomes higher than the rest, that area will experience more pressure.
Discomfort or pain caused by permanent crowns should not be anything to worry about. Sometimes your mouth is just adjusting to the change. Even if you are having long-term issues, you don't have to worry about lining up another long-term surgery for yourself. Fixing an uneven crown could be the simplest thing your dentist does all day, and it should feel just as simple for you as well.