I have a mouth full of crowns and broke one last year. I had only had it for several years, so I was surprised. I needed it replaced quickly, so I opted for a CEREC same-day crown to replace it.
The crown I got, however, was extremely uncomfortable. My tongue rubs against it all the time, and I fear I am grinding it while I sleep. It felt so bulky, so clunky that I had to go back to my dentist. He said my crown was crooked, and he filed it down. He said I just needed to get used to it. However, it’s still not comfortable at all. Do I need to go back to my dentist again? None of the other crowns I have took this long to get used to. What should I do?
James, from Englewood, CA
Crowns are made of a strong ceramic material that does not break easily, especially after just a few years. A CEREC crown is custom-made to your mouth, so any crown milled by the machine should fit seamlessly. However, since the CEREC crown does not fit properly, it may be because your dentist was not experienced in using the CEREC software or machine. When used properly by a skilled cosmetic dentist, your mouth is scanned and the crown is milled in-office specifically to fit your mouth.
You may need to start over with a new crown. Once a crown has been cemented in your mouth, it is nearly impossible to shave it down or reshape it. Since this dentist has made mistakes with the CEREC machine, you may want to seek out a different cosmetic dentist to remake your crown. CEREC is a relatively new technology, so if you would like another CEREC crown, find an experienced CEREC crown provider.
This blog post is brought to you by Enfield CEREC crown provider, Dr. William Cummiskey, of Generations Dental Care.