William M. Schneider, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

William M. Schneider, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Walnut Creek, CA

Dental crowns are vital in maintaining teeth with decay, extensive fillings, and fractures. William M. Schneider, DDS, has 25 years of experience delivering exceptional dental crown treatments to men and women living in Walnut Creek, Northern California. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of dental crowns or have noticed significant decay in one of your teeth, get in touch with Dr. Schneider today by phone or online to book an appointment.

Crowns Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns refer to prosthetic devices placed directly on top or in the place of damaged or missing teeth, or to fix an alignment or occlusion issue. A crown covers the affected tooth entirely to protect, strengthen, and heal the problematic tooth.

What are the different types of crowns?

Dr. Schneider can recommend a variety of materials for your crown. In most cases, you’ll want to choose a material that seamlessly blends in with the rest of your teeth.

Materials used on crowns include:

  • Stainless steel
  • Metal (gold or alloy)
  • Porcelain
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

During your consultation with Dr. Schneider, you can discuss what the best option is based on the location of the tooth at stake, your budget, the position of your gum tissue, and the function of the tooth.

When should you consider getting a crown?

There are many reasons why you should consider getting a crown. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  • An oversized cavity
  • A missing tooth
  • A dental implant that needs covering
  • Root canal treatment
  • Discoloration or crack in the tooth

If you feel as though you might be experiencing any of the above, get in touch with Dr. Schneider to discuss what your options are.

What should you expect of a dental crown procedure?

Before starting the procedure, Dr. Schneider first starts by making a digital impression of the tooth in question to base the crown on.

Once you’ve agreed on a material, Dr. Schneider cements a temporary crown on the affected area while you wait for the permanent one to be created and ready to place. You might need to wait a couple of weeks for the permanent one to be ready.

After Dr. Schneider finalizes the permanent crown, he places it on the affected area and makes the necessary adjustments to ensure the optimal fit.

How long does a crown last?

With his decades of experience, Dr. Schneider can guarantee that your crown lasts up to 15 years, though you might experience some wear and tear. To avoid this, it’s vital that you take good care of the crown.

While a crown doesn’t require special care, you should think of it as one of your natural teeth. You should brush and floss your teeth regularly, avoid hard foods, and schedule regular check-ups with Dr. Schneider.

To learn more about dental crowns, get in touch with Dr. Schneider today by phone or online.