Can a tooth ground down after a crown be a problem?
Ramin Tabib (New York, NY) on Dec 21, 2011
No crowns or fillings function as well as a healthy tooth. However, if the tooth has problems, such as large cavities, there is more danger in not having a crown.
Amanda Seay (Mount Pleasant, SC) on Dec 21, 2011
It is sometimes, but not often, necessary to adjust the opposing tooth in order to restore the one tooth. This is usually done with planning in cases where you may have a sharp cusp tip or a tooth that is out of a normal tooth plane. When it is done while the crown is being delivered it should only be very fine polishing. Enamel is of a certain thickness and once you remove too much enamel you can experience some sensitivity. If you felt sharp pain it may not necessarily mean that your dentist took away too much enamel but it could be that he did it at a very high speed(and pressure) with no water and this can cause some pain. Of course if he did remove too much enamel then this could cause future risk to the tooth since the structure under enamel is much softer and less resistant to chemical and mechanical wear.
Michael Apa (New York, NY) on Dec 21, 2011
This is usually done to provide room for the bite. There isnt any worry of damaging the tooth that was adjusted. There are about 5mm of tooth structure before hitting the nerve and any adjustment usually takes about .1-.2 mm's away. If there was permanent damage you would feel intense pain on the tooth constantly.
Christopher Baer (Aurora, CO) on Dec 21, 2011
There is a potential for that, yes. If you feel pain on the recently drilled on tooth, there is a possibility that the dentin is now exposed- this is a more sensitive part of the tooth. I would return to the dentist and explain the problem you are now having and determine why they drilled on your tooth and not the crown.