Dental crowns preserve natural teeth or fix alignment issues. They can address discoloration, missing teeth, or an oversized cavity. They’re typically made from high-performance materials like metal or porcelain, as well as composite resin, ceramic, or a combination of substances.
At the dental practice of William M. Schneider in Walnut Creek, California, Dr. Schneider uses dental crowns as a discreet way to fix dental problems. He helps you choose a material that seamlessly blends in with the rest of your natural teeth.
With decades of experience in dental prosthetics, Dr. Schneider guarantees that your crown can last up to 15 years with adequate care. Routine wear-and-tear is to be expected, but a crown doesn’t require special treatment as long as you practice proper oral hygiene.
What is a crown?
A dental crown is a prosthetic device. It’s called a crown because it’s a cap placed over the top of a natural tooth or a dental implant. When used to address problematic natural teeth, crowns help them heal and strengthen.
During your consultation with Dr. Schneider, he goes over treatment options and details to help you choose the best path for your oral care. Many things are considered, such as your budget, the tooth’s location, and the position of your gum tissue.
How to extend the life of your crown
Dental crowns protect damaged teeth for up to 15 years, maybe longer with proper care. Most people know that eating hard foods and candies is bad for your teeth, but here are some other things to consider:
Is bruxism damaging your teeth?
Bruxism is a fancy word for teeth grinding. Some people clench their jaw and grind their teeth during normal activities without realizing it. Perhaps you gnash your teeth as you sleep.
Chronic bruxism wears down tooth enamel over time. Teeth grinders may find relief using mouth guards or Dr. Schneider may need to use a crown to protect your damaged natural tooth. Depending on how often or heavily you grind your teeth, a crown may have a shorter lifespan.
If you’re concerned about bruxism, ask Dr. Schneider about splints or mouthguards at your next appointment to save your tooth enamel or extend the life of your crown.
Are you brushing properly?
Correctly brushing your teeth is one way to keep your crown in great shape. Choose a toothbrush with soft, flexible bristles. This ensures you won’t inadvertently damage tender gum tissue, which causes irritation or inflammation.
When you brush, use only as much force as you would need to use on soft, ripened fruit without breaking the skin. Think of brushing as a gum massage. The gentler you are on your teeth, the longer your crown lasts.
Are you getting regular checkups?
One of the most important and easiest ways to prolong your crown’s health is by visiting Dr. Schneider and our team a couple of times a year. Regular professional cleanings and checkups ensure that your crown is always in its best shape.
When you visit, we also check on your gum health and make sure you have no cavities or other problems to address. Combined with daily dental care at home, you can reliably prevent a number of risks to your natural teeth and extend the life of your crown.
The life of dental crowns
With good oral care, it’s safe to assume your crown can last 15 years and possibly more. A dedicated dentist like Dr. Schneider can help ensure long-term success.
When was the last time you had a checkup? Maybe it’s time. If so, call us today at 925-935-2700, or use our convenient online scheduling tool to make your appointment.