Why Isn’t My Bite Perfect Even Though My Crown Fits?

Aug 22, 2021
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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!

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