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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Proper Dental Crown Length

07/19/2011

Question:

I`m 59, and recently had 2 crowns made for my upper left rear molars, one in porcelain and another in gold, as recommended by my dentist. I have had 8 crowns placed on other teeth in past years, all touched the opposing jaw`s teeth. These latest 2 crowns come nowhere near to touching the opposing lower teeth; they are 1 to 2 mm apart. I was told that this could be a problem; is it? Thank you very much

Answer:

Unless there are unusual extenuating circumstances, new crowns should usually contact the teeth in the opposing arch. You should point this out to your dentist who I am sure would be glad to fix the problem, if possible.

Hope this helps!

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Response by:

Ed A McGlumphy, DDS, MS Ed A McGlumphy, DDS, MS
Professor of Restorative/Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University