Is my bite off? What should I do?
After a new filling or dental crown has been done, you are usually still numb from the local anesthetic when leaving the office. This can make it difficult to tell whether your bite feels normal when the dentist asks to make adjustments! Sometimes, patients notice that once the numbing wears off, their bite feels different after the filling or crown has been placed. This can be a relatively common occurrence. If this is something that you are experiencing, here's what to do:
- Give yourself a day or two to settle in- sometimes you are just not yet accustomed to the new material
- If it persists, give us a call and ask to be scheduled for an adjustment- this is an easy and quick fix!
- At your appointment, we will check your bite again and adjust any areas on the filling/crown that is hitting high
- Some fillings/crowns are perfect from the get-go, some take a small and quick adjustment, and some may take a few!
*Never ignore if you feel like your bite may be off- this can cause the ligaments around the roots to become inflamed, causing soreness and pain if left too long*
Ways to tell if your bite may be off:
- One side of your teeth feels higher than the other
- You touch down on one tooth before the others
- It is tender to chew on that tooth/side of the mouth
- Something just feels different than it did before
- It mainly bothers you when chewing/eating
If your new fillings or crowns feel sensitive following completion, this can be normal up to 6+ months. Many times, this is just caused by the manipulation of the drill and work done to the tooth. Start out trying a sensitivity toothpaste. Sensodyne is a well-trusted brand that our patients love! If the sensitivity becomes worse or more frequent after two weeks, you can always give us a call to get it looked at!