7 doctors weighed in:

Are crowns meant to move a little bit?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Tooth movement

What seems like slight movement to you could be 1 of 2 things.
If the crowns are loose due to movement away from the supporting tooth, something is wrong & needs to be evaluated. However, the crowns may seem "loose" when in fact the teeth holding them may have some movement. Teeth are not like poles in cement. They may move slightly due to bruxism or food impaction. If due to gum disease->bad!

In brief: Tooth movement

What seems like slight movement to you could be 1 of 2 things.
If the crowns are loose due to movement away from the supporting tooth, something is wrong & needs to be evaluated. However, the crowns may seem "loose" when in fact the teeth holding them may have some movement. Teeth are not like poles in cement. They may move slightly due to bruxism or food impaction. If due to gum disease->bad!
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Dr. Gary Sandler
You need to see your own dentist to evaluate cause of slight movement and if any treatment is needed or recommended.
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Shifting can occur

All teeth have little cushions around them called the periodontal ligament (pdl).
Because of this, the teeth can shift at anytime. If there is microscopic imbalance with the bite, gums, or spaces between the teeth, movement is more likely. Gum health is also a factor as well as previous orthodontics. After cementation of a crown, the teeth will adjust themselves if not touching initially.

In brief: Shifting can occur

All teeth have little cushions around them called the periodontal ligament (pdl).
Because of this, the teeth can shift at anytime. If there is microscopic imbalance with the bite, gums, or spaces between the teeth, movement is more likely. Gum health is also a factor as well as previous orthodontics. After cementation of a crown, the teeth will adjust themselves if not touching initially.
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Dr. William Williams
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Moving Crowns

No not on the tooth itself.
But, teeth are meant to move in the socket via their ligament suspension structure that connects them to the bone...Similar to trampoline springs. Teeth get more mobile when the stress on them is high as in a person clenching and grinding, or from occlusal (bite) irregularities (high places). Check with you dentist to see if the bite needs adjustment. It's common.

In brief: Moving Crowns

No not on the tooth itself.
But, teeth are meant to move in the socket via their ligament suspension structure that connects them to the bone...Similar to trampoline springs. Teeth get more mobile when the stress on them is high as in a person clenching and grinding, or from occlusal (bite) irregularities (high places). Check with you dentist to see if the bite needs adjustment. It's common.
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