I had a new crown fitted to one of my teeth two days ago (the crown was fitted to a tooth that had a root canal filling about 6 weeks ago).
The tooth that had the crown fitted (lower left rear) feels okay, but the one immediately above it gives a small amount of pain when biting down onto the newly crowned tooth below it.
I'm wondering if the crown is slightly too high and incorrectly making contact with the tooth above it on biting. Can I test for this somehow?
Alternatively, is this likely to be still in the 'settling down' phase, ie the tooth above it isn't yet 'used to' the newly crowned tooth below it and so the upper tooth is slightly bruised? If so, perhaps that should wear off in a few days?
Due to the problems I had prior to the root canal I haven't been chewing on the left side of my mouth for at least a year - now the pain I'm getting on the LEFT upper tooth seems to be most prevalent when I chew on my RIGHT side, so perhaps, again, this is just a 'settling in' phase?
Or am I going to have to go back to my dentist so that he can buff a little off the new crown? I hope not as he's miles away ........
It's very likely that the crown needs adjusting. This doesn't me your dentist will have to pull it off and start over. He will probably have you grind your teeth on some carbon paper to see what high spots on the crown need to be ground down a bit.
Go home. If the problem persists, DO go back again for another adjustment. This is an easy problem to fix, and you shouldn't be in pain. Good luck!
Sorry, I lost track of your post, Toothy. To answer your question, no, I don't think your opposing tooth needs time to adjust. There are peaks on your tooth that are probably hitting some peaks on the new crown. Again, I'd advise seeing your dentist for an adjustment; it's easy and you'll be glad to did.