Crowns and Bridges
At Artistic Expression Dentistry, Dr. Bruce Wilderman restores patients' teeth by providing porcelain crowns to a patient who has one or more chipped or cracked teeth. Dr. Wilderman also provides dental bridges to fix a patient who has missing one or more teeth.
DR. WILDERMAN: All the crowns we do in our office are made of all porcelain. All-porcelain crowns have a natural translucency that look like natural teeth. A crown is for somebody that's got a chipped tooth, a broken tooth, maybe just a large filling in a tooth. It can also be used to beautify a tooth. We can use crowns for a number of reasons to help you get a better smile. A bonded all-porcelain crown restores almost completely the natural strength of the tooth. Not only do you get the benefit of having a brand new tooth look beautiful, but you also have the strength and beauty of a natural tooth. A crown generally takes two visits. On the first visit, we're going to shape and rough the tooth, take an impression, and make a temporary crown that you'll wear for about three weeks. You'll come back to the office for the second visit and we'll remove the temporary crown, and then place your permanent crown in about half an hour. A bridge is to help replace a missing tooth. A missing tooth can really detract from someone's appearance. By using an all-porcelain bridge, you can replace that tooth and have it look completely natural. The great thing about a crown or a bridge is that you treat it just like your own teeth. You don't think about chewing with it. You don't have to think about brushing or flossing it. You treat it exactly like you would your own teeth.