There are many reasons why our bites could be misaligned. This ranges from crooked teeth, issues with a dental procedure we had, etc. Crowns are a common too used to cap teeth in order to protect them from decay or to fix a damaged tooth. However, sometimes a crown can cause a bite to get slightly off resulting in various issues such as not being able to bite down correctly, chewing difficulties, or cheek biting. If you think you might have this issue, read on to find out more information about the process of reshaping a crown to adjust your bite.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are often made out of a type of metal, resin, or porcelain. They are used to cap the tooth when a tooth has already been damaged, has a large filling that could result in a weak tooth, or when a tooth has a high chance of decay. A crown is placed on the top of the tooth. The tooth often times has to be shaped in order for the crown to fit on it and not be too bulky next to other teeth.
Reshaping the Crown
Sometimes a crown has to be “shaved” down in order for it to fit well with the other teeth it’s surrounded by. If not shaped correctly, or if the tooth underneath isn’t shaped correctly before the crown is placed, it could cause a person’s bite to be misaligned. This could cause bite issues, cheek biting issues, crooked teeth, pain, etc. In order to avoid this, a reshaping of the crown is necessary. A temporary crown can easily be adjusted since, if need be, it’s easily removeable or adjusted. However, a permanent crown takes a few more steps to be fixed.
In order to reshape a permanent crown, a dental professional will first examine the mouth and see what the root cause is. If the crown is made out of porcelain, it’s difficult to reshape the crown but slight adjustments can be made if need be. However, if a larger adjustment is needed, the entire process may need to be redone. It’s rare for this to occur since dental professionals who offer this service are usually careful to fit a person’s teeth closely and give them a look before taking the permanent steps. If the crown is made out of resin, reshaping is a bit easier however, adjustments may cause the resin to not be as shiny or glossy as it was before.
It’s important to note that some adjustments may need to be made when permanent crowns are involved. However, it’s not overly common as the process for placing permanent crowns is a meticulous one in order to give patients a comfortable transition. Hardly noticing the change, if at all, is the overall goal of dental professionals when placing permanent crowns. Often times, small portions of the tooth receiving the crown will be removed in order for the crown to fit seamlessly. Small adjustments can be made to permanent crowns once on but, an attempt to avoid even these small adjustments is made in order to leave the crown in the best shape possible. This will ensure a long life for the crown as well as the best look overall.
As always, if you’re having issues with your permanent crown, call your dental professional as soon as possible. There could be other issues standing in the way of your crown functioning at its best and your dental professional will be able to find the issue and fix it as needed.