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Bridges and Crowns May Change Your Bite

Posted on 7/26/2021 by Dr. Frank Sallustio
Bridges and Crowns May Change Your BiteBridges and crowns help restore your smile if you lost one or more teeth due to decay, an injury, gum disease, or any other reason. Missing even a single tooth can throw off your bite and lead to uneven wear and tear on your teeth and jaw. A misaligned bite can also contribute to cracked teeth, chronic jaw pain, TMJ disorder, and many other problems. Usually, dental bridges and crowns improve your bite by filling in the gap where you are missing one or more teeth. But there are some times when bridges and crowns are not fitted properly, which can make your bite feel off. Read on to learn more.

How to Recognize If Your Bite is Off

When you first have your bridge or crown placed, local anesthesia might make it difficult to tell if the fit feels right. Once the anesthesia wears off and your mouth has healed, you might feel like your bridge or crown is too high in your bite, or you might feel pressure on the neighboring teeth. Bridges and crowns that do not fit properly may also cause pressure or soreness in your jaw.

In addition to being placed too high or low, crowns and bridges can also end up being too wide or too narrow. If your bridge or crown is too narrow, you might frequently get food stuck between the restoration and your neighboring teeth, or the restoration might feel loose. If your crown or bridge is too wide, you may have trouble flossing between it and the teeth next to it, or it may feel too tight.

What to Do If Your Crown or Bridge Changes Your Bite

If you are experiencing any of the above issues after having a new bridge or crown placed, do not worry. Crowns and bridges can take a while to get used to, so it is possible that you simply need to give your mouth a few days to adjust. However, if these feelings persist, you should come see us for a readjustment. This is typically a quick fix and your bite will be restored in no time. Call us today to learn more.
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