Do teeth have to meet?

TMJ / TMD

TMJ / TMD

I had to get three crowns. I don’t know whether I should call my dentist or not. My teeth have always met before. I don’t know if I am saying this right. I am talking about the teeth on opposite sides from each other. Now that I have the crowns my teeth aren’t meeting. Is this a problem or am I worried about nothing?

Deanna S. – San Diego


Deanna,

You are very perceptive. It is not only important that your opposing teeth meet, but it is also important how they meet. There are entire dental courses and textbooks written about these issues. If they don’t meet properly it will throw off your bite and very likely lead to TMJ.

Your dentist should check two different ways of how your teeth should meet. The first way is side to side. The second is how your back teeth bite down.

Your dentist needs to repair this issue or you will end up with some occlussion problems.

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