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Dental Crowns

Broken, decayed, or missing teeth can make chewing and speaking difficult. They can also take a toll on your confidence.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that can repair or replace a lost tooth restoring the look and function of your smile.

Philadelphia cosmetic dentist Bruce J. Wilderman in Doylestown, PA, designs custom crowns that will make smiling a joy again.

What Is a Dental Crown?

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In dentistry, a crown is a dental restoration commonly used to cover and protect a tooth after treatment for trauma, decay, or a root canal. Crowns are also used with dental implants to replace a lost tooth. Once fitted, our custom crowns look and function like your natural teeth.

Why Choose Porcelain Crowns?

Porcelain dental crowns are typically the top choice for our patients in the Philadelphia area since they are durable, safe, and indistinguishable from natural teeth. Dr. Wilderman's finely crafted custom crowns:

Enhance Your Smile

Dr. Wilderman carefully matches the color of your crown to your natural teeth so that it blends in seamlessly. His all-porcelain crowns let you avoid the telltale dark line at the gum that typically occurs with porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. 

Cover Stubborn Discoloration

When traditional whitening methods are not enough, dental crowns can cover an abnormal or discolored tooth and give you a whiter, brighter smile.

Protect a Weakened Tooth

Dental crowns can prevent further harm to a chipped or cracked tooth, which may help you avoid a root canal. Crowns also strengthen weakened teeth, reducing the chances that they will break, wear down, or decay. 

Offer Versatility

The high-quality porcelain our practice uses is extremely durable which allows us to use crowns as part of other dental procedures. For example, we can attach our porcelain crowns to dental implants to replace a missing tooth or use crowns to hold a dental bridge in place. 

Our Patient Results

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Before Deep stains and decay had taken a toll on this patient's smile.
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After Custom crowns restored aesthetics and stability following treatment.

See Our Cosmetic Dentist To Improve the Form and Function of Your Smile

Dr. Wilderman takes every measure to ensure that a dental crown improves both the look and health of your smile. As a result of his personalized attention and natural-looking results, he has earned many outstanding reviews from his patients throughout the Philadelphia area. 

If you need to treat a damaged or missing tooth, visit Artistic Expressions Dentistry to find out whether a dental crown is right for you. If you're in the Bucks County area, request an appointment or call our Philadelphia-area practice in Doylestown.

215-340-1199

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The Artistic Expressions Dentistry team draws patients from throughout the Philadelphia area.

See Why Bucks County Chooses Us For Their Dental Needs

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Helene Klig

2021

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The name of the dental practice is spot on.  Dr. Wilderman is a perfectionist and meticulous in his work; he treats every patient as if you're part of his family.  He is very kind and his dentistry is practically pain free.    I have visited many dentists in my life and in my experience, Dr. Wilderman is the best.

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Tammy Miller

2021

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...I never imagined I would smile as much as I do now- a genuine, full smile because I was so insecure about my teeth before Dr. Wilderman and staff fixed it.
I am so happy with the end result and with my whole experience with Artistic Expressions Dentistry. I would highly recommend to anyone!

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Is a Dental Crown The Right Solution for Me?

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Dr. Wilderman at Artistic Expressions Dentistry in Doylestown, PA, can quickly determine if a dental crown is an answer to your dental issues. During a consultation, he will examine your mouth, review your medical history, and make a recommendation that addresses your cosmetic or restorative needs. If you do not have any underlying health issues, you are typically a good candidate if you have a:

Cracked, chipped, or damaged tooth

Decayed tooth

Discolored tooth

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Small or misshapen tooth

Our Dedication to Your Satisfaction  Is Made Clear During Your Consultation

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Dr. Wilderman dedicates extensive consultation time to discussing your concerns and giving you realistic expectations. On average, he will spend 60 to 90 minutes with a patient during consultations. Based on your goals, he can recommend the right materials and other options to give you the results you want. 

In addition to providing wax-ups, our practice uses an extensive amount of photography and digital photo manipulation to show you how a single crown can enhance your smile.

The Process  Of Placing a Dental Crown

The process of placing a dental crown usually takes place over two appointments at our Doylestown office. We do not offer same-day crowns because we believe the best results are achieved when we work with skilled technicians who can hand-craft your restoration.
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Consultation

Dr. Wilderman will examine your teeth and determine whether a dental crown is right for you. Based on your needs, goals, and budget, he will also determine which materials will be used. 

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Preparation

To make room for your crown, Dr. Wilderman will remove damaged or decayed tissue from your tooth. The remaining tooth structure will then be altered to accommodate a dental crown.  

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Impressions

Dr. Wilderman will take impressions of your prepared tooth and the surrounding teeth.

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Temporaries

You may be given a temporary crown to protect your tooth while your permanent crown is being crafted.

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Wax-Ups

Dr. Wilderman will create a wax-up of your crown so you can preview your results. If you are happy with the look and fit of the wax-up crown, we can begin creating your permanent restoration. 

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Permanent Restoration

Our practice has worked with the same dental lab for over 10 years. A ceramic artist will use your impressions to create your restoration. About three weeks later, you will receive your permanent crown.

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Placement

Once your crown is ready, you will come back to our office for a second appointment. Dr. Wilderman will place the crown over your tooth or dental implant and thoroughly evaluate the fit and feel before securing it in place with dental cement.

See It in Action

Dr. Wilderman will remove damaged or decayed tissue, conservatively reshape the remaining tooth structure, and place your permanent crown during your next appointment at our Philadelphia office.

A Closer Look  At Placing Porcelain Crowns

Dr. Wilderman performs the placement of porcelain crowns in two stages:

Stage One

The dentist will remove part of your existing tooth structure. He will then make an impression of your teeth; this impression will be used to create your custom porcelain crowns at our lab. You will be provided with temporary crowns until the permanent crowns become available.

Stage Two

About three weeks later after you are fitted for your crowns, the dentist will gently remove your temporary crowns. He will then bond your new porcelain crowns in place at our Philadelphia, PA, facilities, so as to meet your personal aesthetic and functional needs.

Have Confidence in Your Smile Call to Learn About Your Options

A chipped or cracked tooth can erode your confidence and make you hesitate to smile. Dr. Wilderman can help you overcome those feelings with beautifully designed crowns that not only rebuild your smile but also your self-esteem.

Often recognized in Philadelphia Magazine for his cosmetic dentistry skills, Dr. Wilderman uses his years of experience in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to create custom crowns that strengthen weakened teeth and restore your smile. 

 

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What Are You Waiting For? 

Leave us a message or call our practice in Doylestown to learn how you can improve your smile and protect your teeth. We're here to help. 

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"I've never had a better experience with a dentist"

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Lexi Prater

2020

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I’ve never had a better experience with a dentist and their assistants than I’ve had at artistic expressions. As soon as you walk in the door, you’re comfortable. They answered all my questions and concerns with realistic answers/plenty of knowledge. If there was an option for more than 5 stars, I would of chose that. I am so happy with my results! I will continue to recommend them to everyone!

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Rachel D.

2020

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I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the work done on my teeth by Dr. Wilderman and his team. The extensive care and consulting before my two veneers really made all the difference. Having broken my two front teeth as a child, and having inherited the same soft teeth that run in my family, I always had chipped front teeth. But, I had a fear of getting the front two Veneers done. Thankfully I found this office, and knew after looking at results of there work that I had nothing to fear. Finally I have the professional and natural smile I’ve always wanted. Thank you all!:)

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How To Care  For Your Dental Crowns

With proper care, porcelain restorations can last 15 years or longer. To get the most out of your new smile, you should:

Maintain a Dental Hygiene Routine

Healthy teeth and gums are essential if you want to prolong the life of your restorations. Brushing twice daily and flossing once daily will help prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. All of which can damage and shorten the lifespan of your dental crowns.

Get Routine Dental Checkups

Routine checkups are just as important as your at-home dental care. Seeing your dentist twice a year will help keep your gums and teeth healthy. It also gives Dr. Wilderman the opportunity to check on your restoration.  

Avoid Teeth Grinding

Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw can wear down your porcelain restoration and shorten its lifespan. Bruxism also damages your natural teeth. If you suffer from bruxism, ask Dr. Wilderman about fitting you with a mouthguard to wear while you sleep, when many people grind their teeth unknowingly.

Avoid Biting Hard Surfaces

While quality porcelain is durable, it is not indestructible. Biting hard surfaces puts you at risk of chipping or damaging your restoration. Break the habit of biting your nails, chewing ice, or opening a package with your teeth to protect both your crowns and your teeth. 

Can I Afford a Crown? 

Yes. The majority of insurance plans contribute to at least a portion of the cost of dental crowns as well as the preparatory treatment they require. Some premium materials will likely involve a greater out-of-pocket expense, but we believe in making the results you want affordable.​ We accept credit cards and work with CareCredit®, a third-party lender that offers low-interest payment plans.

"Now I just feel very confident when I smile."

In this dental crowns review, Susan explains that when she was young, she fell and chipped her front teeth. Over the years, she went through every possible treatment, from porcelain veneers to root canals. In 2002, she chose Dr. Bruce Wilderman to enhance her smile with natural-looking dental crowns, and now she loves her smile.

Take Charge Of Your Oral Health

A simple crack or chip in your tooth may not seem like a dental emergency, especially if you don't have any obvious signs or symptoms. However, a weakened tooth can lead to serious dental issues. If it's been a while since you've visited the dentist, a regular checkup may help you avoid a more costly dental procedure down the road. If you've missed your dental checkups: 

Bucks County Loves Our Office

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Danielle Albert

2019

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Everyone at Artistic Expressions Dentistry was absolutely fantastic!  My smile now looks wonderful and they made the process so easy.  Dr. Wilderman made sure everything was perfect and I was completely satisfied.  Wonderful experience!

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Melanie West

2018

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I spent hours researching top cosmetic dentists to have my discolored front teeth improved.  I was elated and relieved to find Dr Wilderman.  I felt confident the moment I called for my first appointment.  Janette, at the front desk, is so friendly and welcoming.  You can feel the closeness of the staff and Dr Wilderman...

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Artistic Expressions Dentistry

Dr. Bruce Wilderman has been providing comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services since 1986. By combining a true sense of artistry with state-of-the-art technology, he can provide stunning results. At Artistic Expressions Dentistry, we are proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (215) 340-1199 today.

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