Porcelain crowns are a great way to bring life back into your smile. Whether the tooth is broken, decayed, or worn down, crowns are a great way to cover unsightly teeth. With that being said it is important that you go to a licensed and trained dentist to apply crowns because poor fitting crowns can cause a number of issues that leave your teeth worse off.

Poorly fitted crowns can be painful

Five Issues

While there are a number of things to look out for when you suspect that you crowns may not fit right, here are five major signs that something may not be right with your crowns.

Discomfort

This may seem obvious, but it is important to know that some pain initially is normal with dental crowns, especially if the tooth didn’t get a root canal so the nerve inside is still alive. Even so, if you find that there is some pain when you bite down then your crown may need to be readjusted.

Difficulty Chewing

It may be hard to notice right after the procedure as your mouth will still be numb, but down the road if you find that you are having issues chewing then you will want to come back and have the tooth buffed until the crown fits perfectly. This often indicates the bite is not quite even, and can lead to more problems later.

TMJ

Also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, TMJ can cause major problems such as migraines, facial pains, and shoulder issues among a myriad of other problems. This goes hand in hand with the previous point as an uneven bite can damage nerves running along the temporomandibular joint in your jaw.

Wear of Opposing Tooth

This is especially true for crowns that are made of porcelain, but also occurs if you have metal crowns. Excessive chewing, or even worse grinding, can cause wear on teeth that oppose the crowns which will inevitably lead to more crowns or more invasive dental surgery.

Failure of the Crown

This is probably the worst case scenario as not only will you lose your crown, but you run the risk of infections to the underlying tooth. If you find that your crown is slipping or cracking please visit your dentist right away to infection.

Dental Crowns Could Be the Right Choice

It is important to visit your dentist to see the best course of treatment for your specific case. While there are some things that could go wrong with dental crowns, they have proven to be a great method to improve or repair a person’s smile if done correctly. If you have any questions about dental crowns or would like to schedule an appointment with an Orlando area cosmetic dentist, please call Michael L. Weinstock DDS in Altamonte Springs at (407) 834-6446.