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How should a new crown feel?



Well-known member
Verified dentist
Jul 19, 2009
Miami, Fl
This post is to explain what you should expect from your new crown.

When you bite down it shouldn't feel that it is in the way at all. The teeth on the other side of our mouth should also touch. If your front teeth touched before then they should touch now. Don't assume you will get use to it as it isn't good for anything to have the bite off, not even a little.

If you had contacts between your teeth before then you should have contacts afterwards. Another way to evaluate is that you shouldn't be getting a lot of food stuck between your teeth after you eat. If so then return to the dentist. If the adjacent tooth already has a filling in it it is reasonable to either modify or replace the filling in order to give you a good contact that will prevent food impaction. Or the dentist may have to remake the crown.

Lack of obtaining a good interproximal contact and need to change the crown or modify a filling happens to every dentist. What is important is that the dentist be willing to do the right thing to correct the problem.

On the day the crown is placed it might feel tight betwen your teeth for that day. This is okay.

If it is a porcelain crown it should either be the color you want or be similiar to the adjacent teeth. Some teeth are very difficult to match.

There shouldn't be any big overhangs on the sides. Nor should floss get stucked or hang-up on the crown.

The new crown might be sensitive at first. The majority of the time it will calm down and this may take months so be patient.

I hope that this can be used as a general guide to crowns. Most of this also applies to fillings.


Jul 21, 2014
Anywhere but "The Chair"
Very helpful. Thank you!