The temporary crown is tiny. Will my permanent crown on tooth be small too?

Q. The temporary crown is tiny. Is there any chance that my permanent crown will be in normal size?

Answered by
Dr. Beryl F
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 29, 2020

Hi doctor,

The dentist thought my tooth had a fracture, so he put on a temporary crown. That worsened the pain and throbbing exponentially, so he sent me to an endodontist that said my tissue was extremely inflamed and needed a root canal ASAP. After the root canal, the regular dentist put on the permanent crown. I felt the throbbing again after he put the permanent crown on. I got a second opinion and the dentist #2 did an X-ray and noticed the crown did not cover my tooth fully. I went back to Dentist #1 who had to restart. He took the permanent crown off and put a temporary crown on again. But, he had thrown my original imprint away and waited to take a new imprint until after he removed my permanent crown. The temporary crown is on now and is tiny compared to my other teeth. It looks like a kernel of corn. Should he have taken the impression first before taking the permanent crown off? I worry my new permanent crown that comes in will be tiny.



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Did you have any pain after completion of root canal procedure before permanent crown placement? How is the pain? Is it the same pain which you experienced before root canal? If the pain did not stop after completion of root canal and before crown placement, then it should be from the tooth. You should get back to your endodontist in this case.

Generally, a couple of days will be left as healing period before placement of crown. If the crown is placed immediately without allowing a period of healing, it hurts. If the pain started after placement of permanent crown, then you should visit your general dentist to check the status and fit of the crown. In this case, the crown needs some fine adjustments for a perfect fit and bite.

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