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. Dr. Bruce J. Wilderman offers custom crowns at his practice serving the greater Philadelphia, PA, area.
Why should I choose a cosmetic dentist to provide my dental crowns?
Let's take a closer look at how dental crowns work...
A Durable Solution
Crowns can last 15 years or longer before needing replacement. Your crown can provide long-lasting benefits if you avoid habits such as chewing ice, biting your nails, or using your teeth to open mail and packaging.
You can also prolong the life of your dental crown by brushing twice each day, flossing daily, and attending six-month checkups.
How a crown can improve the look and feel of my smile?
Our Patient Results
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.
How is a crown placed?
Dr. Wilderman will remove damaged or decayed tissue, conservatively reshape the remaining tooth structure, and place your permanent crown during your next appointment.
The Process of Placing a Dental Crown
The process usually takes place over two appointments. We do not offer same-day crowns because we believe that the best results are achieved when we work with skilled technicians who can hand-craft your restoration.
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.
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.
Dr. Wilderman will take impressions of your prepared tooth and the surrounding teeth.
You may be given a temporary crown to protect your tooth while your permanent crown is being crafted.
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.
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.
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.
Will I love the results?
Video: Adrianna - Porcelain Crown
Our Dedication to Your Satisfaction
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.
A chipped or cracked tooth can lead to a lack of confidence in one’s smile, a feeling that Dr. Bruce J. Wilderman does not want any of his patients to experience. As one of the state’s leading dentists, he cares about his patients inside and out, striving to provide teeth that the people of Pennsylvania can feel good about.
"Now I just feel very confident when I smile."
Why Choose Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain dental crowns serve both aesthetic and functional purposes for our suburban Philadelphia patients, because:
- They are aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Wilderman can match the crown to the color of your real teeth in order to provide the healthiest, most natural, results possible.
- They may cover an abnormal or discolored tooth. (The dentist can also perform advanced tooth whitening for stained teeth.)
- They can prevent further harm to a chipped or cracked tooth. Porcelain crowns strengthen weakened teeth, keeping them from breaking, wearing down, or even decaying.
- They can replace an old, conspicuous metal dental crown.
- They may work to support another dental procedure. Porcelain crowns can be attached to a dental implant, or used to hold a dental bridge in place.
"...I was nervous about getting veneers/crowns due to them looking fake. I am now completely confident and assured that they will look natural and my smile will be exactly what I wanted." Melanie W.
A Closer Look at Placing Porcelain Crowns
Dr. Wilderman performs the placement of porcelain crowns in two stages:
During the first stage, Dr. Wilderman will remove part of your existing tooth structure (part of an adjacent tooth may need to be reduced as well). He will then make an impression of your teeth; this impression will then be used to create your custom porcelain crowns at our lab. Meanwhile, you will be provided with temporary crowns until the permanent crowns become available.
In the second stage, which occurs about three weeks later, Dr. Wilderman will gently remove your temporary crowns. He will then bond your new porcelain crowns in place at our Philadelphia facilities, so as to meet your personal aesthetic and functional needs.
A Cosmetic Dentist Who Can 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.
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. You can request an appointment online or call our practice directly at (215) 631-3085.