Teeth that are damaged by decay, erosion, or injury can significantly compromise oral functions, making it more difficult to bite, chew, or speak. Damaged teeth are also an aesthetic concern. Even a single damaged tooth can impact the overall appearance of the smile. When the front teeth are damaged, it can really take a toll on a person’s confidence.
At Artistic Expressions Dentistry, Dr. Bruce J. Wilderman offers dental crowns to repair and protect damaged teeth. Dental crowns for the front teeth can restore oral comfort and functions, while enhancing the appearance of the teeth so that our Philadelphia, PA, Doylestown, and Bucks, County patients feel proud to show off their smile.
Designing the Ideal Crown
If a crown is placed over one of the front teeth, appearance is a priority. Dr. Wilderman personally customizes every dental crown to meet the unique needs of each patient. He will choose the size, shape, and color that blends in most closely with adjacent teeth, while also taking into consideration facial features and proportions.
In addition to customizing the appearance of dental crowns, we can also choose which materials are used in the fabrication process. For instance, when a dental crown is being placed over a back tooth, patients may select to have a crown made with a metal core and a tooth-colored shell, since this type of crown is strong enough to withstand biting, and offers a more affordable option than all-porcelain crowns.
However, when the front teeth are being treated, our patients will likely want to consider more premium materials, such as our IPS e.max® crown. These crowns are made entirely of ceramic and are known for their superior translucency, color, and durability. All-porcelain crowns look just like the natural teeth so they are a great choice for the front of the mouth.
The Treatment Process
The dental crown treatment process generally requires two dental appointments. At the first appointment, Dr. Wilderman will remove all damaged tooth enamel. Remaining tooth structure will be reshaped to accommodate the crown, and dental impressions will be taken so that we can customize the fit of the crown.
At this appointment we will also discuss design specifications. Dr. Wilderman can provide patients with a wax-up of the crown so that we can be sure they are satisfied with its shape and fit before we begin fabricating the permanent dental restoration. Finally, a temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth while we wait for the customized dental crown to be complete.
Once the permanent dental crown is ready, patients will return for placement. We will test the fit of the crown a final time before bonding it in place. As long as no alterations are required, Dr. Wilderman will cement the crown to the tooth with a special dental compound. This will complete the treatment process.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
Dental crowns are strong and attractive restorations, which make them a great option for the front teeth. They are also beneficial because of their durability. If our patients practice good oral hygiene care and avoid harmful dental habits, their crown should easily last for 15 years or longer.
Get in Touch
Whether teeth are damaged at the front or back of the mouth, dental crowns are an effective restorative dentistry treatment. If you would like to learn more about the dental crown treatment process, send us a message at your earliest convenience. You can also call (215) 340-1199 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce J. Wilderman. We serve patients in Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Bucks County.