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Over a year ago I had a crown put on first tooth behind an upper incisor. From the beginning there was a thin red gumline over the crown. The red line is still there, and now the tooth is pressure sensitive and probably headed for a root canal. The other dentist in the practice saw the red line and questioned it, but let it go. Was this a badly fit crown, or is this a normal appearance? I had a root canal on the adjacent tooth 6 months ago.

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Hi Pat,

If something does not look right or feel right, then go get a second opinion.  

You mentioned the other dentist at that practice saw a red line above the crown and let it go.  Having another dentist in the same practice look at your tooth does not count as a second opinion.  On the off chance that your dentist caused an irritation of some kind, it is unlikely other dentists in the same practice would accept accountability.

It's probably nothing serious, but have it checked out.

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Jonathan
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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.

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About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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College Graduate with Bachelor of Arts Degree

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