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A 24-year-old male asked:

Dentist shaved down a double chipped tooth and put in a tooth bonding that is slightly lower than my other front tooth that he polished. i have tmjwhy?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Evaluation: Will be necessary to determine if these 2 events are related. Most often a 'high' spot on a new filling will be more problematic than a 'low' spot. Tmd symptoms may or may not be caused by changes in your bite accompanying the new filling.
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
More info needed: Did you have any TMJ symptoms before? Have you discussed this issue with your dentist? Just by keeping your mouth open wide may trigger some TMJ or muscle pain. If your bite feels uncomfortable or you are unhappy with the length of your teeth or your bite, simple let the dentist know. It sounds like a simple adjustment, if necessary, will resolve your problems. Speak to your dentist.
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Last updated Nov 2, 2016

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