About a year ago I had a full crown placed on # 16 (all of my wisdom teeth came in straight). Up until this time, I had an even bite on both sides of my closed mouth.
When my dentist was putting the finishing touches on the crown using articulating paper, I informed him that the crown felt a little high, and he went through the motions of grinding, ‘tap tap tap’, until it was more or less ok. The crown t still felt a little high, but not enough to be concerned about. As the months passed, however, it became more noticeable that my bite was becoming more uneven – tooth# 16 & 17 were the only teeth making surface contact when I closed my mouth.
When I informed him of this recently, he palpitated my jaw muscles, had me turn my head left and right, and said that the reason for this uneven bite was TMJ, and gave me a referral to a specialist who would fit me for a night-time mouthpiece that would stop me from grinding my teeth.
I am very skeptical of my dentist’s diagnosis of the problem , since I had absolutely no bite problems before the crown placement. Why all of a sudden do I have TMJ? Is it possible that the crown is of the wrong size? The dentist is not willing to further grind down either the top or bottom molars (molar #17 is also a crown). Please give me your professional opinion as to what is really going on.