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Do Teeth Shift Around After You Get a Dental Crown?

Posted on 7/26/2021 by Front Desk
Do Teeth Shift Around After You Get a Dental Crown?After you have a new dental crown placed, especially along with a dental implant, it may feel like your surrounding teeth are shifting in your mouth. There are a few different reasons this sensation may occur, which we will outline in today's blog.

Your Teeth Are Restoring Proper Alignment

If you have been missing a tooth for a while, it is possible that the rest of your teeth have begun shifting out of place in the meantime. Having an implant and crown placed where you were previously missing a tooth exerts some pressure on the surrounding teeth. As a result, these neighboring teeth may feel like they are "shifting" slightly in response to the replacement tooth, but this feeling should go away within a few days as you become accustomed to your new crown.

Your Crown Does Not Fit Properly

If the feeling of pressure, tightness, or soreness on your neighboring teeth persists days or weeks after having your new crown placed, it could be due to a fit issue. Your crown could be too wide for the space and exert too much pressure on the neighboring teeth, causing them to shift. This could also lead to discomfort when you chew and difficulty flossing your teeth effectively. Come see us for a simple readjustment, which should eliminate these issues.

Crown or Implant Failure

In rare cases, the feeling of your teeth shifting could be a sign of crown failure. If your crown is covering a dental implant, you could have developed a condition called peri-implantitis, which is an infection of the gum tissue surrounding the implant. Like gum disease, peri-implantitis can attack the roots of your teeth, causing them to loosen and shift around. Other symptoms of peri-implantitis include swollen gums, pain in the gums, and a bad taste in your mouth. If you feel like your teeth are loose or shifting several days or even weeks after having a new crown placed, call our office right away.

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