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3 Key Signs Your Dental Crown Needs Replacement or Refitting

You’ve gotten that much needed dental crown but something is off. You can’t close your mouth like normal and it feels uncomfortable. These are probably just signs of getting used to a cap, right? Wrong! Poorly fitting caps are actually signs that something is wrong with the fit of your new dental crown. Here are the reasons you need to go back to the dentist for a replacement or to get your cap re-fitted.


If you feel any sort of pain after getting a crown placed on your tooth, this is not normal, and you need to see your dentist. He/she can look inside your mouth to determine what is wrong to fix the issue right away. If there is pain or swelling around the crown covered tooth then this is a sign your cap is fitted improperly.

Coming Off or Moving Around

Have you noticed your dental crown has moved from its original position? You might need to get your crown adjusted to prevent it from falling out entirely. Some caps are not permanent but should still stay in their place until they are removed by your dentist. Those that are permanent definitely should be securely adhered to the tooth they are placed upon. Wear and tear are common problems with caps that can cause them to move after several years and if this is the case, you may need a new crown entirely.

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 Off Bite

It’s been a week since you got your dental crown placed in your mouth. You go to bite into that juicy piece of chicken and something stops you from chewing normally. Your teeth are not in line with one another. While it may feel weird at first to have a dental crown and cause you to eat differently, this awkward feeling goes away within a few days. What do you do if your crown continues to feel strange longer than a few days? Go back to your dentist since your crown might have been placed off-kilter in your mouth causing you to chew abnormally.

Your dentist will be able to check on your crown during your regular visits. It is a good idea to tell your dentist if you feel something is out of place, just to make sure nothing is wacky. You go to the dentist twice a year anyway but might consider going more often for the first little while if you just got a cap placed on your tooth. Monitoring your new dental work will ensure you prevent any further issues with a new crown. It is important that your cap stays securely in place to eliminate the possibility of further damage to the root of your tooth.


Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on February 6, 2020

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