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Dental crowns


Dental crowns

Dental Crowns London

Dental crowns are used for restoring, repairing and strengthening severely damaged teeth. There are different materials used in making crowns, but ceramic crowns are more common because they look like natural teeth shades.

Crowns are custom-made by a dental technician using your dental impression, which makes them fit perfectly.

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Types of dental crowns

Different types of dental crowns are available with varying materials and sizes. Depending on your needs and dental condition, your dentist may recommend any of the following dental crowns;

  • Temporary crowns
  • Solid crowns made with metal
  • Metal-ceramic crowns
  • Post crowns, anchored to the tooth using a pin
  • Partial crowns which cover only a small part of the teeth
  • Implant crowns
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Telescopic crowns
  • Ceramic crowns

If you want a more aesthetic dental crown, an all-ceramic crown may be the most suitable option. This crown looks like a natural tooth and gives you a better appearance.

Benefits of dental crowns

If your tooth is damaged, chipped or cracked, you can get a dental crown or cap to restore the tooth’s look and function. This leaves you with a better-looking smile and helps boost your self-confidence.

Covering your severely damaged tooth with crowns makes the tooth more stable and reduces the risk of further cracking. Crowns are used to cover the visible part of your teeth and can help preserve your remaining tooth while giving it a better shape and improving its appearance.

Dental crowns procedure

The dentist will check if you are a suitable candidate for a dental crown. If you are, the dentist will prepare your natural tooth to enable the crown to fit perfectly, then take your tooth impression, which they will send to the dental technician to make your crown. 

The technician will make the crowns using your preferred material and tooth shade to match your existing teeth. While waiting for the custom-made crown, your dentist will fit a temporary crown on the affected tooth.

When your permanent dental crown is ready, your dentist will clean the underlying tooth and fit the crown with an adhesive material.

Ensure you schedule regular visits with your dentist to check your dental crown’s stability.

Who needs dental crowns?

Dental crowns are a simple way of restoring damaged teeth, and you can get a dental crown if:

  • You have a worn down or broken tooth
  • Your tooth is weak from decay and at risk of cracking
  • You want to cover your dental implant
  • You have fillings but need more support for the tooth
  • You want a better-looking tooth

Advantages of dental crowns

Some advantages of dental crowns include:

  • Durability: Your dental crown can last for up to 20 years with proper care
  • Satisfaction: They are a good option for improving your appearance since they restore the colour and shape of your tooth
  • Total protection: Dental crowns offer protection for decayed, cracked, and worn out teeth. They also prevent further teeth damage

Disadvantages of dental crowns

Like other dental restorations, dental crowns have a few downsides despite their advantages which include:

  • Discomfort after the procedure
  • The need for dental work before dental crown placement, such as teeth filling
  • They may chip or wear down over time
  • The adhesive material used to hold them to the natural teeth wears off over time

Before you opt for a dental crown, ensure you consider its benefits and disadvantages. Your dentist can guide you in making the right decision.

Caring for dental crowns

Caring for your dental crown is as essential as caring for your natural teeth. This involves a good oral hygiene routine to ensure the dental crown lasts for a longer time.

Your oral hygiene should include:

  • Use an inter dental brush or floss daily
  • Visit your dental practice for routine dental cleanings and check-ups
  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least two times daily

Contact your dentist to schedule an appointment if your dental crown falls off. Your dentist may need to replace the crown or fit the old one.

Cost of dental crowns

The cost of a dental crown depends on several factors, such as the patient’s needs and the material used to make the crown.

The following are the average costs of dental crowns;

  • Inlay – single inlay £1,500, with multiple inlays starting at £1,200
  • Onlay/partial crown – single onlay£1500, with multiple starting at £1,200
  • Crown – single crown £1,500, with multiple starting at £1,200
  • Implant crown (anterior) – £2,100
  • Implant crown (posterior) – £1,800
  • Post and core – £300
  • Dental crown replacement – £150
  • Extra review after placement – £70

For your dental crown placement, visit Smile Clinic London or call us on 020 7139 8611 to book an appointment with our dentist.