Why Isn’t My Bite Perfect Even Though My Crown Fits?
You’ve just gotten your crown fitted, and now it’s time to show the world your perfect smile! But, you might notice that while your crown fits perfectly, your bite may feel a little uncomfortable. You may be wondering “How is this possible?” The fact is that while a crown may fit, it still may need to be adjusted for your bite.
Why is this so?
- The technician who made the crown didn’t adjust the porcelain occlusion appropriately. This can happen since it’s difficult for the ceramicist to adjust for tiny discrepancies.
- The impressions can be distorted. These distortions are very difficult to detect with the naked eye, but when the plaster casts of your upper and lower jaw are mounted, your bite may end up slightly open.
- Dentists usually ask patients to bite into a bite index, and the idea is that you bite into it with your natural, habitual bite. If you move your teeth while biting into the index, incorrect mounting can occur.
Many dentists will make small adjustments and observations while fitting a crown to ensure that it fits well, such as comparing how the teeth meet both with the crown in place and with it removed, which should be the same. At the end of the day, it’s vital to communicate discomfort or irregularity in your bite with your dentist; the more you communicate, the better the end result will be!
A common question many dental patients have (especially older patients) is why they have dark spaces between their teeth. Dental professionals commonly refer to these as “black triangles,” which tend to show themselves as you get older, but can occur at any age.
Why do they occur?
Keeping your teeth clean and sparkling with braces is a difficult task, to say the least. It seems many believe it’s either impossible or close to it to keep clean, bright teeth and healthy gums with wearing braces. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Use these tips and tricks to keep a clean, bright healthy smile while wearing braces:
Bleeding gums when brushing is a far more common occurrence than you might think; it’s usually simply because your gums are inflamed. While inflamed gums can sometimes be linked to an infection or a serious systemic problem like leukemia or a virus, the likely cause is gingivitis. The good news? This can be eliminated by improving your oral care at home, or with a thorough dental cleaning by your dentist!