Did my dentist botch my new crown? It seems low to me and doesn't seem to make proper contact with its above counterpart. What should I do next?
My rearmost lower molar was crowned recently (wisdom tooth is already removed). While I was waiting for the permanent crown I had a temporary cap that was very comfortable--I barely noticed the difference from my old tooth. When the permanent crown was put on however, once I started eating I realized it was making little contact with the tooth above and all the strain of chewing was on the two molars in front, which were starting to hurt.
I gave it a week or so and when back to my dentist. She said that dentists deliberately put new crowns a little lower, which seems strange because my only other crown, at another dentist, was a little high and had to be filed down.
To resolve the problem, the dentist filed down the upper tooth of the next pair, to distribute the load more evenly. I questioned this solution several times because it seemed to me that it would just move the pressure point onto the next pair of teeth but she convinced me it would work.
I've given it a couple of weeks for me to get used to it. It turns out I was right. When I close my mouth, the back two pairs of molars on that side no long make contact and instead the front pairs take the load, which is an uncomfortable default state for my mouth. Furthermore, when I chew, they don't make close enough contact so I can chew food but not reduce it sufficiently finely and so I then transfer it over to the other side of my mouth. (The new crown also has a little pain if I push it down or sideways but I gather this will disappear over time?)
I think I really need the crown removing and reset higher. Can this be done? Is this a standard approach and can the crown be saved or does it need a new one to be created? It's a difficult discussion to have with the dentist (I suggested it last time) since she just disagrees and will no doubt suggest filing down more healthy teeth, which seems crazy to me and didn't work out so well last time. So I'd like to be prepared for that discussion.
If she flat out refuses I guess I can go to another dentist, but I don't think my insurance (US) would be happy with that. Should I be contacting them to let them know that I am not happy with things so far?
I have a attempted a very poor diagram of my teeth below, if it helps. Front of mouth is to left, back is to right i.e. I am facing to the left. Bold indicates a crown.
Before new crown:
After new crown, lower rear tooth doesn't make proper contact:
After filing down actual tooth, the main contact is now the next set toward the front