An attractive couple with dark hair sits outside smiling. A healthy tooth consists of two main parts-the crown and the root. Situated above the gum line for all to see, your tooth crowns are responsible for biting, chewing, and enunciating your words. A prosthetic dental crown is fashioned to replicate the top portion of your tooth. It can restore a tooth that is structurally weakened, or lost to damage or disease. Dr. Robert Wilkoff provides custom dental crowns at his Philadelphia office, helping patients to rebuild damaged smiles. Contact us today to learn more about how dental crowns can benefit your smile.

Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?

If a tooth has been compromised by trauma or decay, or if you undergo a root canal treatment, the affected tooth may be too weak to sustain itself. Placing a dental crown over the tooth can restore its function and protect it from further damage.

What Materials Are Used in Making Dental Crowns?

We provide all-porcelain crowns to restore front teeth, and porcelain-on-metal crowns for back teeth. Both varieties are highly durable, and look completely natural. Porcelain-on-metal crowns provide added strength for the heavy-duty chewing your back teeth must perform.

How is a Dental Crown Placed?

Placing a dental crown requires two visits to our office. During the first visit, your tooth will be treated for trauma or decay. Portions of the tooth may be removed in order to accommodate the crown. Dr. Wilkoff will take an impression of the treated tooth, which will be sent to an offsite laboratory to guide technicians in crafting your crown. Your tooth will be covered with a temporary crown in the meantime. During a second visit, usually two to three weeks later, your custom crown will be permanently bonded into place.

Cosmetic Benefits of a Dental Crown

Porcelain dental crowns are usually considered a restorative dentistry procedure, but because of their ability to blend in naturally with your smile, they serve a cosmetic purpose as well. In fact, dental crowns are a popular choice in smile makeover procedures when teeth whitening, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers won't suffice.

Modern Tooth Replacement

In the not-too-distant past, patients who lost a single tooth relied on dental bridges to close the gap. A dental bridge is made of one or more replacement teeth bordered by two crowns, which are affixed to healthy teeth adjacent to the empty space. With the advent of dental implants, however, dental crowns have become the preferred single tooth replacement. A dental implant replaces the root that supports a tooth. The surgically-implanted titanium post fuses to the jaw bone, creating a superior anchor for crowns, bridges, and dentures.

Schedule an Appointment Today with Robert Wilkoff, D.D.S.

To schedule an appointment, contact us today. Located in Rockledge, our practice serves the greater Philadelphia area with general, cosmetic, orthodontic, and restorative dentistry. We look forward to helping you and your loved ones achieve beautiful, healthy smiles.