My dentist recently put in a dental implant in my lower jaw, topped with a dental crown. Surgery went fine, and when he put the crown on, everything seemed fine. After getting home, I realized that something wasn’t quite right. The dental implant feels larger than the rest of my teeth, and is slightly taller than the surrounding teeth. It looks rather unnatural. Since getting it, my jaw feels very uncomfortable, as it does not shut entirely – it just rests on the new implant. Biting, eating, and even talking is noticeably different since getting the crowns and implants.
I’m hesitant to go back to my dentist for this, so I’d like to get a second opinion. My jaw has been hurting since getting the crown, and I’m not sure what to do.
Sara, from Salem, Massachussetts
You definitely should go see a dentist, though perhaps not your general dentist. Dental implantology is a new technology, and takes a lot of experience to get it right. Your dentist likely did not have enough experience with dental implant surgery or making crowns. By going to a general dentist, you are likely to get a functional solution to your problem, rather than an aesthetic solution. A cosmetic dentist will be able to fix your crown, and create a beautiful yet functional solution.
You are right to seek a second opinion. You will have to see someone to fix the crown, before your jaw problems become worse. Going to see a TMJ dentist can help you restore your jaw back to normal with treatments and exercises.
Most TMJ specialists are also cosmetic dentists, and will be able redo the crown if necessary. Since it has been already implanted, your crown may not be able to ground down. Re-doing the crown will be likely the best option to make it a better fit. An experienced cosmetic dentist will also have the dental technology to ensure your crown is the best fit.
This blog post is brought to you by Colorado Springs TMJ dentist, Dr. Joseph Rota, of Rota Advanced Dental Care.