Crowns can create the look of a perfect tooth even when the natural tooth is far from that. However, a crown is only as good as the way it fits. To find out more about the importance of fit with your new crown, read below.

What is a Crown?  

Also known as a dental cap, a crown is a false tooth that is constructed to slip over a damaged tooth. A crown not only looks better than the damaged tooth it is covering, but it adds a layer of protection to the damaged tooth, aids in chewing, and helps with speech. Crowns are constructed of porcelain or other strong materials and are meant to be as strong, if not stronger, than a natural tooth. Crowns commonly follow root canals and help with broken or cracked teeth. They are also used in bridges to close a gap.

Crowns Must Fit Closely

In many cases, your natural tooth is fragile and may not provide a lot of surface area with which to adhere to the crown. That means the fit of the crown should be tight and not wiggle around as your natural teeth may do. Any movement from a crown could cause it to become unstable and break off. A poorly fitted crown may also allow bacteria to enter the tooth area and set up an infection and perhaps a gum infection. Gaps should not happen with a crown, particularly at the openings.

Adjusting to Your New Bite

Most have experienced the unfamiliar way your mouth can feel after a dental procedure. When a new crown is added, your bite may change and you may feel a bit uncomfortable until you get used to it. If you are still having issues with biting and chewing and it's been a few weeks since the crown was added, speak to your dentist and find out how your bite is being affected.

A Tight Fit with Surrounding Teeth

It's common for teeth to contain a small gap. Teeth naturally grow that way and it's a good thing they do. This allows you to clean and floss between your teeth. Cavities often occur in those tiny spaces between teeth so don't ignore the gaps. When it comes to a gap between a natural tooth and a crown, things must be just right. If there is not enough space to fit a dental floss easily, it's too tight. However, larger spaces between a crown and a natural tooth also spell problems since the crown can be destabilized and become loose. While a crown is impervious to decay, your other teeth may become decayed if the crown is too close to the natural tooth.

Speak to your dentist to find out more.